Occasionally, one of my keyboards wants to get in on the songwriting. The best example is the song "fitful" off Remnants of a deeper purity (listen here at Spotify). Back in 1995, when I was living in Los Angeles, I was working in my studio when my Emax locked up, playing a bunch of random sounds together in an intriguing loop. The bizarre thing is there were more sounds playing than the internal memory could hold, as if the synth was possessed. I dashed for a DAT tape to record the piece, but it stopped before I could get things set; I spent the rest of the afternoon recreating what the keyboard told me.
Do you remember the scene from Jean Cocteau's 1950 film Orpheus, where the static on the car radio gave the poet his words? Yeah, kind of like that.
Sunday, my ESI4000 (a more recent version of the Emax) did something similar. I had played a few notes on the keyboard controller, and while editing the patch, the ESI suddenly started playing a drone. It was just one sound (not as complex as "fitful") but still interesting. Multi-tracking with digital these days, I was able to immediately hit record and save it. As time went on, the sound changed and degraded.
It's going into a song that might be the first track on the next album. It used to be called "0418 Horn," even though I have since replaced the Horn.
Attached is a file of just the drone, with processing