This was an awesome experience and I encourage everyone to try an AEM collaboration at some point, you can really learn a lot! There is a channel on the AEM Discord for people to easily chat and link up for future collaborative works.
Four57 x Slowscape:Collaboration
This first video is from Four57. I provided a tune and he did the rest!
Slowscape x Four57: Strife
This one was what I created from a beat that he gave me (and I have to say, it was challenging, my work is not normally this fast/ changing!)
For me, this was a great experience. Four57 had a lot of great input to help me wrap my head around such a crazy IDM beat. Then came the experience of syncing it all up so that I could play along with his recording. It was challenging for me, and I'm looking forward to doing more collaborative works in the future!
Absolutely love the idea and the performances. I just couldn't even start on how to program breakcore ... it's a beautiful mystery.
On another note: these types of collaboration could be a great patch challenge - someone uploads a Stem of either a lead or rhythm and then others can use this to incorporate into their own tracks and share here on the forum. Is anyone up for this?
NightMachines We both worked on a piece that was best suited for us. So for me, I created a sort of soundscape, and Four57 created a beat. We then sent those to each other privately and got to work creating an accompanying track for what we received. That’s where it got real interesting! A lot of messaging back and forth (and sending some little samples for input on my end).
We didn’t really have too many rules, other than AEM only. We were allowed to cut things up and basically master our track however we wanted. That being said each of our parts were minimally altered.
We wanted to put them out at the same time, so there was then a whole lot of waiting on me to finish up my video haha. Four57 was a good sport though and was very patient with me 😋
admin I think that’s a great idea! It could really help to get collaborations started. They really are a lot of fun and it would be great to see more!
Specifically (for me), I put the song in Garageband and lined the beats up there. Then I had my Beat Step Pro do all of the sequencing on my end. So When I hit start on the BSP it started both my AEM sequence and Four57's part in Garageband at the same time.
Garageband audio went out to my AEM where I mixed the two together and recorded with my field recorder.
To get Garageband to take start and stop midi signals was super hacky. I had to get some external software to do it. Garageband is definitely not ideal