“Please Remain Calm” is a new one minute 194 BPM song and multimedia video. In this post I’ll share the song, the video, and a behind-the-scenes look into the making of this multimedia performance.
This primary video layer and song were recorded in one continuous take. While the track and video are one minute it took me about 12 hours make. All synth sounds are MicroFreak from INIT which I looped into Deluge. Deluge was used for sample playback and mangling, drums, effects and live arrangement. I am definitely channeling DEVO’s first drummer Alan Myers with my drum programming.
This is shot intentionally in a vertical orientation.
If you dig it consider buying the single name your price https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/track/please-remain-calm.
Synth and Drum Programming
I programmed all the MicroFreak sounds and sequences from INIT with the exception of the vocoder presets which I tweaked. I tracked all the MicroFreak sounds and sequences into the Deluge so I could perform this all as a live arrangement. My drum programming was inspired by DEVO’s first drummer the amazing Alan Myers.
Rehearsal and Video Shoot
I rehearsed this one minute piece for about 45 minutes to find an arrangement I liked and to practice transitions. The song was recorded in one real-time pass playing both the MicroFreak (master clock) and the Deluge which you can see as one layer of this video. It was actually pretty tricky at 194 BPM so it took me about 12 takes. I shot the video with a Sony ZV-1 and a green screen. I patched the MicroFreak into the Deluge so I could sub-mix to a stereo pair which I recorded with a Zoom H6.
Video post-production was done on an iPad which included adding visual effects on the performance clip. Custom motion graphic production was done on Windows 10 with Resolume Arena. I rendered the motion graphics in Resolume and took them back to the iPad where I keyed them in and cut them to match the song timings. The music was unedited and just has some light mastering which I did in Ableton Live 11.
Kind of crazy what you do with just a MicroFreak and a Deluge :^)
Thanks for watching.
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