Ishka Who?

by Dave Hamara

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This is a very "experimental" piece, in which I am starting to push ZynAddSubFx in new directions.

I started out just to see what I could do weaving melodies around a single drone note, and to make and use more "sound effect-y" sounds. As I was creating the new sounds for the piece, I discovered that ZASF has a formant filter, so I set about taming it as well. It is a very unpleasant sort of module - extremely finicky, but after a month or so of banging my head on the keyboard and reprogramming the buttons on my little LPD8 controller to give it "suggestions," I was finally able to make it sing.

As usual, all sounds were generated with ZynAddSubFx, with the TAL Vocoder II making a cameo appearance in the intro. Sequencing and final mixing were done in Reaper, which I have for the most part stopped swearing at.


released June 19, 2013



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Dave Hamara Vail, Arizona

Dave Hamara is an analog electronic musician and keyboard player from the 80s who was time-warped into the age of digital synthesis, where he has finally found a home. Influenced by electronic musicians such as Jean-Michael Jarre and Isao Tomita, and keyboardists like Rick Wakeman and Jürgen Fritz, Dave brings a fresh and somewhat whimsical voice to modern electronic music. ... more

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