gwozdziec, track 3

here are the 19 samples:

By Gmaleson

By smallsushi
breathehope – kitchen – 07.wav

By Matias.Reccius


By stackpool
river otter or weasel 2006-09-17.mp3

By absreports

By MShades
Daihikaku Senkoji bell.mp3

By mw_1984
OceanGeorgetownm Penang.MP3

By Meutecee

By rotcav

By huubjeroen

By dirkbag

By Guitarz1970

By Scylla

By moffittmusic
indoor pooltime at summer camp.wav

By gussyrikh

By tezzza

By Sumanguru Gyra Jones
Wade Laughing.wav

By lofabred
snare hit c.wav

i’m realizing that i could be saving the remixes i’m making of these samples, but i’m not.  but i’m sort of doing that vaguely intentionally to keep the random/one-time-only sort of thing going on for this project.

and here’s my quote:

We are able to laugh when we achieve detachment, if only for a moment.
May Sarton 


i’m stripping that to the bare essence and calling this one “detachment”.

with this, there were so many samples that i grouped them together by a very loose criteria of subject matter/source.  there were several ambient noise samples which i used as the main component, linking them together and beginning and ending with the sound of the ocean.  i had several moderately “percussive” samples which i hacked to create a sort of drum looping thing.  and then there were several synthesized noises which i tweaked even more and layered to create textured drones.  it was early (or late, depending on your perspective) and i was going on very little sleep so i’m not really able to attach a value to this one.  i think i like it.  i think it tells a story, and i think there’s a zen feeling to the progression of natural sounds and human noises bookended by water.  this one i actually saved the percussion track separately.  which, by the way, when this is all done, i’m going to have a zip file with all the source materials so that will be in there.

with that, here’s the latest track.  upon re-listening, i think i do like it.

also, as a side note, i downloaded analogX’s vocoder software, which i played with a long time ago and several computer incarnations ago for another project.  i’m not sure how it will be used here, but i decided it would be a fun tool to play with.

gwozdziec, track 2

okay, on to track 2.

i rolled 0, 5.  i’m calling that a 5.

here are the samples:

By 110110010 ( wood_knock.wav (

By kyles ( airport waiting area busy1.aiff (

By irad ( inflames01.aif (

By james11111 ( pour a cup of tea.mp3 (

By kuzman909 ( 4 3-es1-2.wav (

generated my random quote page, rolled a 9 and got this quote:

There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964) 

i’m calling this track “there is no end”.  here it is:

track 3 will have 19 samples (1,9).

gwozdziec, track 1

so track 1 is done.  now i have to name it.

i pulled up my random quotes page from the album cover thingie.  there are 10 quotes per page, so i rolled 1d10 and got an 8.  the 8th quote on the page is:

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Irish Proverb

that sounds pretty much fine as it is, i think, so track 1 is “you’ve got to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

here’s the track:

i have to say i’m pretty pleased with this track.  i don’t know if i would have found that emergency broadcast system message if i tried and i think that was freaking awesome.  i was wondering where it came from?  because it sounds real, but there’s never been (as far as i know) a nuclear missile shot at the uk which is where i’m assuming the sample came from given the accent.  maybe the page it came from has some info…

get ready…it’s time for gwoździec!

i threatened when i made my random album cover that i would do a full on music project based on the fake album i created.  well, i’ve decided it’s time.  get ready bitches, it’s time for gwozdziec!  in keeping with the creative commons-ness of the whole thing, i’m going to blog the progress and make available all my sources along the way.  when it’s done, the whole thing will be available for free download and/or remix.  and i’ve decided that i’m going to use a virtual dice rolling app to randomize elements that don’t have something easily built in.  not sure exactly what, but we’ll see what happens.

creative commons this, yo!



grabbed a dice rolling app: rock’n’roll dice roller from mad ogre games.  the one i used to have, windice is nowhere to be found.  this one is free and has pretty graphics to boot.

i rolled 1d20 to determine the number of tracks on the album.  i got a 14.  there will be 14 tracks.

so now to work on track 1.  i rolled 2d10 to determine the number of samples to be used from  i got a 1 and a 5.  for the sake of not going insane, i’ve determined the low number is automatically going to be the 10s, so 1 and 5 is 15 (as opposed to 51).  this makes it somewhat less random, but much easier on my sanity (and the sanity of potential listeners).  now to download 15 samples for track 1.

i’m giving myself creative liberty to do whatever is see fit to the samples i randomly find.  on the flip side, i’m deliberately not listening to the samples until i start to assemble the actual songs.  here are the 15 samples in track 1:

By jukkis111 (
pandora huuto1.wav (

By james duckett (
out5FX.wav (

By thammo (
granulatum1.ogg (

By euroblues (
Trainwhistle SBB Re 420 euroblues.wav (

By xanthorp (
SH-5-259_103bpm.wav (

By jamieclarko (
emergencyalertsystemdistortedfmnoise.wav (

By anndee (
aufdie.wav (

By fille1000 (
slurping.wav ( By dimitar ( a sound of bells.wav (


By ashassin (
take_porte.wav (

By Mae Sekhmet (
DSCI0011.WAV (

By BuddhaMaster (
bathtub hitting inside and outside Ceramic Bowl inside cupboard PROCESSED.WAV (

By wanna73 (
Fountain_01.wav (

By mitchellsounds (

Random Album Cover – the Creative Commons Way

i’ve been waiting for someone to tag me on that 25 things meme, mostly because it’s come across a couple of the blogs i read, but i guess i either have no friends or everyone knows everything there is to know about me.  either way poor, poor, pitiful me.  anyway, i’m getting my revenge by having the most bad.ass. random album cover, and it’s inspired me to up the ante on this whole thing…



To Do This

1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations”
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Grab the photo randomly generated from Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr here:

4 – Use Paint.Net or Gimp or similar to put it all together.


this all started because i got the most awesome band name, and it only got better from there:ździec,_Lesser_Poland_Voivodeship

my random quote was
When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.
Nicole Kidmanin The Scotsman 

and my random photo was[email protected]/3304450435/
by /meaghan préfontaine 

here’s the result:

gwoździec - more happiness

i am so happy about this result that i’ve decided this album needs to be made.  so to go along with the spirit of random and creative commons, i’m trying to devise a system by which one could create an entire album in the same vein as the album cover thing.

– so, the first step is to decide how many tracks are on the album.  i’m not sure of a cc way to do this, my idea is to go to (there’s gotta be a random  page thing?) or possibly a better idea is go to  there’s no random album thing there, but i did a search for my album title and i think the answer is to pick the first full-length release you come to (my first 3 search results were singles).  that is, unless you just want to do a single/ep, which, i suppose, could be an acceptable entry.  so my first full length result is this:
my album will have 11 tracks (i guess an even easier way is to roll a d12…)

now you need songs.  you can cheat and just do a compilation based on full-length creative commons tracks, but…that would be cheating.  a better idea is to scour or some other such sound archive and create your own songs based on what you get.  most of these are fragments so they will require software and time and inspiration and some amount of musical talent (but in these days of GarageBand and song mashups, not really all that much musical talent).  freesound does have a random sample search, so i think the method is get as many samples as you need to compose music that is entirely created with cc’d samples.   there’s a couple other places to get sounds that you can find on the creative commons site, freesound is just what i used for the rpm project.

last, anyone who actually completes this, let me know and put me in the liner notes or send me a copy or something.  you can expect gwozdziec’s debut to be coming in the next couple months.

note: i have no idea how to even pronounce gwozdziec, that’s part of what makes it so awesome.