Monday, April 2, 2012
Flipping through the presets to try and find a channel that would work, there was interference on almost every one. I could hear my music, but it was coming through distorted and mangled. Then it occurred to me that this might be a cool way to dirty up samples... "analog circuit bending" almost.
1. Record the sounds you want to sample as a WAV or MP3 and import it onto your phone or MP3 player.
2. Use an FM transmitter that allows you to manually set the transmitting frequency to send your phone/MP3 player's signal through the car stereo.
3. On your car's radio, locate a station that is just barely coming in with lots of interference. Set the FM transmitter to that station.
4. Play back your samples and use a portable recorder like a Zoom H2 to re-record your now filthed up samples.
Mind you, this is a very unpredictable way of messing with samples that doesn't give you a lot of control over how your sounds are distorted, but if you play around using different channels with varying degrees of interference, you'll be surprised by how wide a range of distortions/manglings you can achieve.