Micro-Song #2

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 | Micro-Song, The Making of the 5th Leafcutter Album

For this micro-song I’m turning what could be described as the national instrument of Greece, a country which for many reasons fills me with joy. The Bouzouki is capable of a wide variety of sounds and emotions and I have not used mine as much as I should so it’s perfect for making a micro-song with.

This micro song is truly experimental in nature. I started of by recording the instrument using my little sony d-50 and my binaural Soundman mics. I gave myself the rule that I could not use my fingers directly to play the instrument in the conventional sense. So I used soft beaters to hit and scrape the body and strings. I used a rubber balloon to create low pitched farts along the strings, and a jaw harp with it’s vibrating metal component against the strings (that’s not me in the video!).

With the sounds transfered to Logic I set about layering parts of the recording to create a composition. I used some compression to get the level up in places and a touch of reverb to tie the sounds together a little. One of the great things about using binaural microphones is that because you wear them in your ears any movement of the head results in panning in the recording. This technique is very evident in the micro-song. From the screen grab you’ll see a MIDI region, this is a sampler playing sections of the original recording.

To listen to the song I’d recommend using decent speakers or headphones as you’ll not hear any bass on most computer speakers.  

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Take care,

Leafcutter John. 

To find out more about the origins of the micro-song idea read I thought you used to be a musician once?

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5 Comments to Micro-Song #2

[…] can interpret them but they are never wrong. With that in mind I present micro-song number 2 in my next post.   All the best,   Leafcutter […]

January 21, 2009


I KNEW you were going to find some good use for those Soundman OKM’s!!!

Rui Guerreiro
January 21, 2009

Niceeeee!!! ;) And you’re on Logic now… (love it!)

January 23, 2009

hi! logic? good choice of multitrack! Your mini songs are in the pure tradition of contempory music, i do this too (http://www.myspace.com/micainspectrum), pascal dusapin has done that too when he was younger. My only rule is “1 minute”. One thing : using compression in order to boost the volume is wrong, compression is the last thing you have to use for this, the first is PARAMETRIC EQUALISATION! the most effective effect! the alpha and omega of sounding!
Inspiration never goes away, it just rest a little some times…

January 23, 2009

Xcuse my english i’m french (occitan to be precise) so i could say “xcuse my french”…

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