Discovering the NAF: Dealing with Different Pitch References

One of the “facts of life” when dealing with Native American flute is that they vary in pitch reference. Sometimes this is intentional because the maker tuned it that way, for example A=440Hz vs A=432Hz. Sometimes it is environmental – a cooler flute plays flatter than a warmer flute. Sometimes it is player preference – […]

Production Log: Sea Flat

Pre-production: The idea for this one started with a Facebook post about a modern take on the suling. The example given was similar to a NAF, having 6 holes and pentatonic tuning, but it had a different tuning being tuned to a modern scale of B C D F# G. I got to thinking about […]

Sound Sample: Cherry F# NAF, Carlton Styron

Sound Sample: “Killer Joe”, F#4 NAF by Carlton Styron One take through “Killer Joe” by Benny Golson F#4 NAF by Carlton Styron Backing track by “Essential Elements” Tuned down 1 semitone in Propellerhead Reason in order to use Bb instrument chart Recorded on Zoom Q3 video recorder Edited in LumaFusion and Cubasis on ipad Air […]

Production Log : Ab’s Lament

  This song started with drum programming in the iPad app called Patterning. This is a really deep drum sequencing app, and I have barely scratched the surface with it. The main thing I wanted to explore with it was the probability layer. With this, you can assign a probability that a given hit will […]

Production Log: Know Mercy

This song is my “inspired by” take on Glenn Cashman’s “No Mercy”.  As I wrote previously, I had originally used the name “Know Mercy” while working up the cover version, but changed it back after talking with Glenn. I also was not aware that Glenn’s tune was “inspired by” the Joe Zawinul tune “Mercy, Mercy, […]