Friday 14 February 2014


Been sitting on this one for a while.

Wanted to do something musical on the day Lou Reed died and this is the result.

I fed a recording of The Velvet Underground's European Son into the new pitch recognition software in Logic Pro X. Whatever notes it could detect were converted to MIDI and played back through the standard Steinway Piano patch. 

The outcome is a track of mostly atonal piano meandering but with some recognisable core notes. Sometimes you can hear the bass line come through, especially at the beginning. 

The original song is largely guitar feedback mixed with frantic drumming and one of my favourite Lou Reed pieces.

I love how Logic has picked up feedback spikes as high pitched single notes. They punctuate the later sections of the recording. There is also some great rhythmic parts despite the nonsensical music.