Friday, September 27, 2013

First, there was "Halloween in Space"! Now, there's my "Halloween in Space Suite" (Part 1)!!

This is my favorite Charlton Comics cover of all time (Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, #13, 1959, Bill Molno), slightly modified by me.  Since this is not a political blog, I didn't use am image of the Speaker of the House ("Orange Face").

Anyway, here is the first half (second half to come) of my Halloween in Space Suite, recorded "live" on my marvelous Casio WK-3800, albeit multi-tracked.  By "live," I mean I'm playing in real time--no MIDI, no step time, no tempo adjusting.  I took the hard route--no MIDI cheating for me.  But once I learn the soft synth function on my Sonar X2 program, I'll be cheating with zeal.

I like the vintage-synth sounds I got on View from the Space Station, which required a number of tones (and notes) for that c.-1959 library music sound.  And who hasn't labored to produce a c.-1959 library music sound?

Magix effects helped, but mostly you're hearing the tones as they happened on my Casio.  As ever, keeping eight or nine separately-recorded tracks in time is the fun (and agony) of the one-man-band challenge.  And, if I don't quit now, this essay will get even sillier.

Hope you enjoy....

Click here to hear:  Halloween in Space Suite, Part 1

HALLOWEEN IN SPACE SUITE, PART 1 (Lee Hartsfeld, 2013)

Danger, Thrills, and Monsters (Hartsfeld)

Space Spooks (Hartsfeld)
View from the Space Station (Hartsfeld)

Combined tones from my Casio WK-3800, played by me.  Live (no MIDI).



  1. Good evening, Lee!

    Thank you for sharing your latest, plus some of the technicals - you make it sound easy... and I can't carry a tune in a wet paper bag myself.

    I noticed halfway through "Space Spooks": does your Casio have a setting/tweak/option that's equivalent to the old eighties "Vox Humana" sound? Nice touch, there... new for you, I think.

    I can't wait for Part 2... although I guess we all have to.

    Cheers, sir!

    Kind regards,
    A. Gene Childe

  2. Thanks, A. Gene! And, yes, it's a sampled-voice tone--Casio calls it "Stereo Chorus." I think this is my first time using it, yes. I associate it with the "Friday the 13th" TV series (which, apparently, had nothing to do with the movies--fine with me!). Luckily, Casio added a lot of echo to the tone, so I didn't have to.

    Somehow, playing Halloween music "live" seems like breaking the rules....