Late again - somewhat ironically as i've written about 6 tracks - however none were properly finished. So this was one of several tracks from this week's session (which continued from last week's session). The set up was i had the noise layers all down and i'd mix into them. It took me a few hours of sample loop faffing to get this down, plus a simple sequence off the CS80V to add some tonality.
A library demo background track to an 80's Doctor Who program was what i had in mind. I wanted something errie and analog. I've not quite achieved the sound as i think it could be fuller, better seperated with EQ and probably with less hi end to simulate tape better. To be honest the string part at the end work best for me however i wanted to punctuate the piece with something so i added keys - but i used two sets of keys with the somewhat naive view thinking that more analog = more analog. Musically it "hollows" in parts owing to my lack of understanding in chord writing...and theres a duff key in there too as i didn't keep to scale.
bit rushed....anyway.... So this started as a dub track. Sometimes I like to try to break down chords into melodies but with a deep sub and kick driving the whole piece. Then i faffed with a vocal sample to kinda do something a bit weird and diffrent. Finally added some melodies to finish it off. Could probably do with a remix to build it up better but i'm so short on time what with Crimbo coming up. The vocal is a bit loud too. Kinda finished as a deep tech house thing i guess.
Another late dub track. Simple affair really - doesn't go anywhere really. More a test of layering plates and delays but happened to be one i managed to finish. Not really proud of it though because its hackneyed musically. To be honest...with more time i'd have done some very much deeper and darker. I still might.
Started off as a dub test again....with aim of doing something for winter. But for winter i always think of Detroit techno, as that was the season i first heard it walking home through some old council estate. So it went that way. So follows a fairly well known techno pitch bended chord sequence (m, +2, -2). But the last chord is not so well known and has a Detroit vibe to it...to my ears.
So off the back of the 48' really. Same session but changed the patterns and sounds to produce another hard techno track with a touch of acid (the track was meant to start as a cool 303 style pattern - with a weaker sound but in a nasty pattern and warp into an actual 303 as it built up). I like weird or sinister sequences in techno and this kinda fits into that and builds up a bit - but the sound itself could probably be doing more. I also quite enjoy analog pitch-bent basslines that make you feel a bit giddy and the filter opens here in an effort to increase intensity. It doesn't really work - the 303 should probably have been put through a distortion to sound more sinister then the core sounds. In the end, the core sounds win as they're just as aggressive and the 303 just bumbles along. Maybe if i'd brokedown the track and brought the 303 in solo it might have had a better effect. Frak me...what a ramble!
I don't really like this as its a bit messy and i may have hit some bang' notes that kinda work but sometimes sound a bit shit. Its quite old and "dumped" but i wanted to get it out the way as it was near to complete. Oh...and its got the ear piecing synth thing again. must stop that.
Running late - holiday. I'll try to catch up over next few weeks. Sorry.
This was a dub track that late in the mix i realised was in or near key with the classic AON track. So, not treally thinking mine was amazing i worked that in using samples and Arturia's rendition.
Original track (C) Art of noise
Quit proud of this one. Not mastered amazingly - couple of pops in the attack envelopes of the analog synths that probably arn't needed but i tried to focus on musical scale here. Bass is prehaps touch heavy. I've left most of the sounds raw unless they're presets in which case i've only taken off the reverb so i can route them all through the same verb and reduce wash. Its in an odd time signature and your never quite sure where it starts until you follow the bell pattern so its a bit chaotic. My favourite piece i've done. So far...
Test atmos' dub...not sure how the kick sounds.?
In my phones' it sounds sweet but speakers may distort. Simple track really. Sub/Kick drum loop with some Serum And Faux Juno 106 stabs - heavy delays and verb. Then that weird vocal loop which is some sample i stretched and cut to fit ties the whole track if you focus on that. I put it through an effect to faff around with its timing via delays. Then another sample pad thing (stretched again) but roughly in tune with the vocal. I can't mention the horn stab source as its erm.... borrowed. Probably could have been longer but i felt the idea had run its course.