an experimental Music Journey

Amateur

Beauty

TAFP

The Alphabet Files Project, or TAFP for short, is a multi-media musical design
project that, in the first instance, combines music and creative design concepts.

It was conceived on a bus journey between the XTY Housing Community and
Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, China, sometime early spring semester in 2022.
What began as an experiment writing names with the notes in a DAW
piano roll editor in order to “hear what they sounded like” quickly snowballed
into something bigger and more challenging.

Thus, the TAFP was imagined.
Once the parameters for creating the alphabet had been decided, the task of
coming up with a coherent, workable tool was swiftly put into action by the
design team (trapecista). After extensive trialling, the alphabet was officially
launched in July, 2022.

USE -MCG-

The alphabet was created to function as a Musical Creativity Generator (MCG) and follows a series of basic instructions.

1 – The user first decides how they will use the alphabet.


The first volume in the series by Amateur Beauty is a straightforward A-Z with 26* randomly chosen words selected using: https://randomwordgenerator.com. At the time, considering the random nature of the project, this seemed a fitting methodology to adopt, however, text of any kind can be attempted and users are only limited in what they can do by their own imaginations.

Future projects could be based on names, poems, quotes, newspaper headlines, movie scripts, one letter, the lyrics of your favourite song or a recipe from a cook book you love and, of course, alphabets in their thousands.

NO RULES

2- Once the script has been selected, the next stage is to pass it through the MCG. The corresponding chords (3 notes per letter) are extracted:– in Volume 1 this was done by writing the corresponding chords in a DAW piano roll clip (Ableton Live 11 – default 4/4, 120bpm). The chords the word provides are the basis to the piece of music you will create. The creative process begins when you begin to mould and shape the music in the 3rd and final stage of the process.

3- From here on in, it’s all fun and games. There is only one rule, there are no rules. Add chords/notes, erase chords/notes, use notes instead of chords, play in reverse, duplicate sections, change tempo, change instrument, play a chord on a percussion instrument, play a complete word or project on a percussion instrument, use plug-ins, themes and motifs, play with audio effects and add splatterings of imagination and dollops of creativity.

The Amateur Beauty album was recorded in this fashion. Over the space of 49 days 26-pieces of experimental, instrumental music were conceived, created and recorded. This particular project is multi-genre music, adhering to no fixed styles or patterns. It is 99% electronic but, again, there are no rules.

Let’s Muzak!

The MCG can function on numerous levels and its use is in the hands of its user. In is most basic format it can be used to give initial inspiration to new piece of music or, used to its full potential, provide the motivation to complete a musical project and add it to The Alphabet Files Project library**.

ABDB – Vol 2


Amateur Beauty – Vol 1

Feel free to download the alphabet files project as a Standard Live Ableton File or simply get The Alphabet Files Project AlphaOne track too.


Available on

Enjoy the individual 26 tracks

Warning
If you use the MCG, you do so at your own risk with the explicit realisation that the administration are in no way liable for consequences of any kind, legal or otherwise. Prolonged use may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid alcohol, driving or operating heavy machinery when using the MCG. If you are taking any form of medication, consult your doctor.

Play safe!!

blogposts

  • 3WORDZ

    3Wordz is the latest addition to The Alphabet Files Project. Modified false starts and remnants from The Regular Cats amazing hip-hop alphabet, these 3 tracks bring the total number of official Alphabet Files Project releases to 85. We hope to hit the 100 mark in the coming months. Next out is Experiment SH1310’s “Punk Alphabet A” which sees the light of day on February 27th.

  • Compton (Purr-fect Pop Remix)

    The Regular Cats released the Compton (Perfect Pop Remix) on January 19th. It has already clocked up over 1,172 hits in the first month of release, positioning it as the Alphabet Files Projects most popular track to date. Go Cats Go!

  • David Official Video

    Happy Birthday Mr. Bowie.

    Amateur Beauty.

    From the album ABDB and the mini-sampler Volume 4 B

  • Dominate

    Volume 4 A Track 2

  • Volume 4 A

    Volume 4 A, first mini-sampler album to promote Amateur Beauty’s contribution to The Alphabet Project.

    Two 5-track mini-sampler albums containing 10 hand-picked tracks. An array of genres that barely scratch the surface of the world of musical styles found on the 2 Amateur Beauty alphabets: The Alphabet Files Project (Volume 1) and AB DB Volume 2.

    Track 1. Chameleon

    All the videos for this mini-sampler have been produced using a modified sample from footage created by K7C02.

  • 3WORDZ

    3Wordz is the latest addition to The Alphabet Files Project. Modified false starts and remnants from The Regular Cats amazing hip-hop alphabet, these 3 tracks bring the total number of official Alphabet Files Project releases to 85. We hope to hit the 100 mark in the coming months. Next out is Experiment SH1310’s “Punk Alphabet…

  • Compton (Purr-fect Pop Remix)

    The Regular Cats released the Compton (Perfect Pop Remix) on January 19th. It has already clocked up over 1,172 hits in the first month of release, positioning it as the Alphabet Files Projects most popular track to date. Go Cats Go!

  • Dominate

    Volume 4 A Track 2

  • Volume 4 A

    Volume 4 A, first mini-sampler album to promote Amateur Beauty’s contribution to The Alphabet Project. Two 5-track mini-sampler albums containing 10 hand-picked tracks. An array of genres that barely scratch the surface of the world of musical styles found on the 2 Amateur Beauty alphabets: The Alphabet Files Project (Volume 1) and AB DB Volume…

  • 2023

    With 2023 coming to an end, it’s time to take stock of what the Alphabet Files Project achieved in it’s first year of existence. Three projects saw the light of day featuring Amateur Beauty, The Regular Cats and a solo venture by Experiment SH1310. Amateur Beauty released 2 full alphabets, a 3-track EP and 2…

  • R2Z – Hip-Hop Alphabet Part 3

    Santiago-based, British-Chilean Hip-Hop duo The Regular Cats became the 2nd full-alphabet contributors to The Alphabet Files Project when they released the 3rd and final part of their hip-hop inspired alphabet on August 1st.. You can follow the band on Spotify and Instagram (the_regular_catz).


Keep in touch!!