An initial sketch, it took me about 1.5 hours during OHC, and then I worked on it for an additional 3h 30m during stream, and it still needs more work. I didn't really listen to the master either since it's in such a draft state.

Riding high
In the sky
with my happy heart shaped
Chocolate drop

See the world
Sweet and clear
Covered in a rain of
Chocolate gold

Happy heart shape chocolate drop
Dancing with the stars aloft
Happy heart shape chocolate drop
Around the world, we’ll never stop

vim · 56 days ago

The first couple of chords in this sound just like the intro to Shakin' Stevens' Merry Christmas Everyone.

More submissions by Arcana for Weekly Music 2021

I ended up just working on the previous week's song, but I didn't end up finishing the arrangement since I was rather busy with other things I wanted to do (like some commissions that I can't share here). I did add a few parts but I didn't really extend the arrangement so it's like last week's song with a few minor tweaks.

Sorry for being lazy

More EDM practice - I am working on creating a template in Bitwig and continuing to learn how to use Bitwig features.

This is pretty unfinished, I spent a few hours on it. If you want to see the process, you can watch it on my stream:

I started doing this song on stream, but when I couldn't really come up with anything I just ended up recording an 8-bar loop and then added some content in Bitwig, like an arp bass, some synth pads, and orchestral ensembles, and now it sounds like a synthwave song.

It's super short because the stream didn't really go that well from a creative output point of view.

A Eurorack jam. I spent a lot of time with the Metropolix on this one and came across tons and tons of bad takes. I streamed much of it today, but I ended up with a few technical problems and a lot of moments of bad inspiration.

Hope you like it, it's pretty much like a dark techno-y song.

OOOPS I spaced out and continued working past the week's deadline. I started this one and streamed it and then wanted to try to work on it some more before upload and went over by about five minutes.

Sorry, I've been rather lazy about listening and offering feedback to other tracks this week. I'll try to catch up this week.

This is actually the same project as last week's with enough changes that it's basically not really recognizable as the same song. It's not exactly done either (the arrangement isn't really complete, and the "core loops" are not as polished as I'd really like, but what a HUGE difference a week makes.

I was practicing making some trance (though it kind of sounds like House) in Bitwig, so I didn't really get that much done this week. Still learning the UI and learning how things work together in the new environment. Hope for more results next time.

We got our weekly music theme today from Two Hour Track Sunday. We played a (really complicated) game where you had spies and non-spies and the non-spies composed a song according to a "location" and you had to guess first who the spies were and then the spies guessed what the location was.

I ended up spending maybe an hour and a bit on it in total.

The theme was "Cemetery", though part of the game was that you were supposed to make it a little ambiguous so that the "spies" couldn't guess the location!

This was live-streamed also - on June 6, but look out about an hour and a half into the stream for the beginning of this particular track, since I started doing some stuff and then started over.

Ambient music on the Eurorack modular, though in practice this might actually be more drone than ambient. Recorded live, took two takes and about 1h 30m total.

Streamed live here With respect to streaming, it was actually a pretty good day since I got a pretty big raid (of about 24 people).

I did this for 2HTS:

"By the time I got to this it was masked behind a copyright claim for YouTube

Cribbed from some great piano players - will my livestream of this session get silenced?

This is a little bit of an absurd callout to when streamers play classical music legally on their streams, and then suddenly Twitch will mute the video and slap DMCA violation because their performance is too similar to some classical professional performer's recording owned by a record company."

It kind of has some goodness in it, but I forgot to side chain, and the mastering chain really crushed the dynamics so it wasn't quite what I wanted to hear and I cut it too close to the end to adjust it.

This might be a borderline case but this week I was tired and didn't really end up creating a song of my own, but instead ended up doing an impromptu collab with my friend Starla (who runs Starla produced the track and provided vocals, and I did a guitar solo and some of the male vocal parts so it's really kind of not my track as the main artist but since it was a COLLAB~ I wanted to upload it anyway since I rarely do collabs or contribution of instrumental parts to other people's songs.

Also we did this as part of Two Hour Track Sunday which meant that we decided on what to do in real time in UNDER TWO HOURS over a stream!

Check out the stream here:

And if you can try to follow or drop by!

its only temporary
so they said
i'm waiting for my judgment
so you said

I'm filled with all my secrets
I keep them to myself
I'm waiting for my judgment

i'm hidden in this limbo
im waiting for salvation

Tell me all your secrets
I'll keep them to myself
I'm waiting for my judgment

lost in the space between
you and me
in purgatory

tethered to you
can anybody hear me
can anybody hear me

drawn to the world that keeps
you and me
in purgatory

tethered to you
can anybody hear me
can anybody hear me

I set out today to create an "epic orchestral electronic" track that might invoke images of a final boss battle in a video game.

I don't know if I quite got the "epic" down but it has a bunch of tension and stuff. The song is in A minor, it's 136 bpm, etc. etc. I don't really know what else to say about this yet.

if you do want to see the making of video, you can check it out at and look out for the May 2 video.

I started this one on my other computer (my old 2013 iMac, but, for various reasons, the old iMac actually performs better than the new Mac Mini I got) and it has templates/sounds that are a little out of date. I streamed that one, and interestingly enough I didn't get audio dropouts at all while streaming but as soon as I bring it over to my new 2018-era Mac Mini it starts to sputter and desync and it's a terrible mess and there's only like 6 tracks or so.

Also it's VGM Con and I'm helping out so I can't really do much with it the song weekend. I'm going to just ditch it and move on with the next project.

I did however learn from the chat participants watching about how they like to bus wet reverb or wet echo differently from dry and compress only the wet signal. I normally don't do that.

Wrote this as a last-second for Two-Hour Track Sunday:

There was a live stream of this:

I created this song as a live stream on Deluge, Eurorack, and Meeblip. Here's the live stream channel: It's under "creating music in real time with hardware".

I got kind of tired so I didn't really sit to polish this one up, but after doing listening I probably would change a few things like adjusting levels a bit more. I was getting into gainstaging problems where the gear was overloading the VCA and the unity mixer was clipping hard. I might have to pay more attention to that later on. Other than that it's a long live jam done in real time.

I haven't sat down to like actually compose in a while - spent a bunch of time on a secret album project (which was primarily me playing guitar poorly 2 weeks ago) then doing the Eurorack modular live set.

Here's Shanna's Theme. Her character is a crystal pirate, so she wanted something piratey - like heroic pirate theme.

A live jam for a synth meetup this evening. I also recorded a stream of this on Twitch where I was setting it up and practicing performing it.

Gear: TR-8s, Analog 4, Deluge, Linnstrument

arggh my fingers hurt so much this is what you get when you don't pick up a guitar for like one and a half years but then you get mad at sequencing guitars in MIDI so you're like "let's just try playing it" and then you end up with this also my guitar's like years old and I've never changed the strings because rarrr

Two Hour Track Sunday Track originally (submitted here)[].

I was learning Shreddage 3 Jupiter, which I had upgraded to after not using Shreddage 2 in about 8 years. There's a bit of a learning curve - it has a lot of articulations and so forth that I didn't manage to get into so the guitars don't really sound real, but that's what happens when you do a compo.

I've been kind of slow on music projects recently. I got caught up in learning a DAW for Windows (Studio One 5 trial, so far) and I'm learning some voice (still a beginner, so no real recordings yet) and am writing more on my blog.

Instead of normal music time, I decided that I'd do Two Hour Track Sunday (

The instructions were as follows:

Basically, it's to use a web-based sequencer with a partner to create samples, some beat tracks, and then load those into your own DAW after to create a song.

I'm not even sure what to say about the actual song at this point, it just literally started.

Here's what I had to work with:
and here's the submission.

I must say that was actually super educational because I had to actually learn how to use the sampler. In the process, I learned how to snap it to zero-crossings, how to slice the parts (by transient, at least - not by beat), how to one-shot vs. pitch shift samples, and even how to load them up. I don't normally work a lot with raw samples, usually I use a sampler that's already been mostly assembled. This was a total eye-opener. I don't know if the song itself came out that well, but it was definitely a cool experience for the purpose of learning.

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