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Aviary

By CrazyBob on May 8, 2016 5:53 pm

Kind of a culmination of various things...

Back to mining favorite tracks for structure/composition... this one came dangerously close to straight-up plagiarism, but I think I managed to steer out of that. 2562's "Morvern," in case you were wondering. The main sound reminded me of a delay-treated seagull, so I decided to try basing a piece around bird samples.

Credit where due: all bird sounds from freesound.com
Seagull samples: "Lakeside Birds 2.wav" by jus
Robin chirping: "Bird Whistling, A.wav" by InspectorJ

Lakeside Birds was chopped up, some put through reverb and ping-pong delay, the rest put through chorus and grain delay. Bird Whistling was looped and run through a resonator, flanger, ping pong dealy and auto pan. The resonator allowed the robin's song to take the place of the pads I was planning to add. Tweaking the phaser settings as the piece went created some pretty wild sounds.

I recorded a live bass. Three tracks, actually. One relatively clean, one through a harmonic percolator clone, and one put through a heavily gated big muff clone. Gradually changed the volumes on the three tracks to give different bass textures. Also created a synth bass on Operator, with a low pass filter (sometimes modulated with an LFO)

The vibraslap was a late addition, because I felt the piece needed something more. It kind of echoed one of the bird samples, and added a nice punctuation to the different sections.

It sounded a little too mellow/loungey, so I kicked the BPM up from 140 to 143.

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May 9, 2016 5:38 pm

Nice processing of the birds...but it's really all about those basses.  Mighty stuff in there, Bob!   Cool piece.

May 9, 2016 6:32 pm

well put together in pretty much every way. I really like the user of the birds. everything else comes and goes very fluidly

May 11, 2016 2:27 pm

May 15, 2016 5:51 am

>> It sounded a little too mellow/loungey, so I kicked the BPM up from 140 to 143.

Hahahaha.... that's called "too many hours in the studio".  It gets a BPM slower in your head for every hour you spend in front of the computer. 

Diging it though.  Great little atmos breakdown in the middle and pickup on the otherside.

May 15, 2016 7:40 pm

Thanks everyone!

onezero wrote:

Nice processing of the birds...but it's really all about those basses.  Mighty stuff in there, Bob!   Cool piece.

I had to knock the bass volume down like 15 dB so it didn't overwhelm everything else!

ahhsumx wrote:

well put together in pretty much every way. I really like the user of the birds. everything else comes and goes very fluidly

Cool! I think a lot of the credit for that goes to the piece I analyzed to gank the structure... at least I can say I did it justice!

Ipaghost wrote:


cTrix wrote:

>> It sounded a little too mellow/loungey, so I kicked the BPM up from 140 to 143.

Hahahaha.... that's called "too many hours in the studio".  It gets a BPM slower in your head for every hour you spend in front of the computer. 

Diging it though.  Great little atmos breakdown in the middle and pickup on the otherside.

HA! Good to know, I'll have to keep that in mind for future reference. Is sleeping on it a cure?

May 16, 2016 8:07 am
CrazyBob wrote:

HA! Good to know, I'll have to keep that in mind for future reference. Is sleeping on it a cure?

Sleeping slows the BPM by 2 for every hour, and an extra 2 for the final hour of REM sleep.  You crawl to the coffee machine and actually think 118 bpm is banging

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