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Sengiah Evolution

By CrazyBob on January 17, 2016 10:10 pm

Another week, another exotic scale.

The plan was to take another stab at dubstep, this time with some proper sub-bass going on. The plan did not survive engagement with Ableton. Started with Operator. Got a nice heavy bass sound, a couple of nasty keyboard sounds, and a weird vulnerable organ noise and set to work.

Made a few loops experimenting with 32nd note runs in Sengiah, a weird bluesy scale with an augmented 2nd, a minor 6 and a dominant 7. The third is major, so it's technically a major scale... but it can barely compete with the augmented 2nd playing minor 3rd teamed up with the minor 6. I love major/minor ambiguity, so...

The loops I constructed just kept telling me the 140BPM beat was too fast. They didn't play well with the half-step percussion either. So I knocked it down to 135, slapped a 4x4 kick drum underneath and decided to call it techno.

A bit dull, so I put in a bunch of automated knob-tweaking, so that the sounds would evolve over time (hence the name)

In the end, I do really dig the bass on this... part of me thinks I should have just stripped it down to kick-drum and wobble-bass for some real mnml action... maybe keep the keyboard stabs. For the second week in a row, throwing too much at a track. Maybe by the end of the year I'll stop doing that.

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January 18, 2016 12:13 am

"I'm sorry that this was such a long letter, but I didn't have time to write you a short one."

January 18, 2016 2:02 am

The tortured Operator organ is great--it totally sounds like something analog with bad caps or something, and gets...strange in really engaging ways, with the blasts of noise and the resonance.  Digging the deep bass, and that's a fine kick you've got in there.  Very cool.

January 18, 2016 5:19 am
onezero wrote:

The tortured Operator organ is great--it totally sounds like something analog with bad caps or something, and gets...strange in really engaging ways, with the blasts of noise and the resonance.  Digging the deep bass, and that's a fine kick you've got in there.  Very cool.

The kick is a 606-mod and a Kick-LD played simultaneously, both with the resonance cranked up, both with the frequency getting tweaked (out of phase with each other)

January 18, 2016 9:17 am

the wobbly and nervous sine/triangle sound is really funny to listen to, the sounds overall could be better balanced.

January 18, 2016 4:57 pm

Cool run with sengiah. Second half of this track really smooths out. Major/minor ambiguity + heavy reverb = very yes.
I recommend using noise stabs as an accent or perc to complement other instruments. When they take the forefront in the first half it is overwhelming.

January 18, 2016 6:30 pm

January 19, 2016 7:25 pm

this is 100% not dubstep and 100% awesome anyway.

January 20, 2016 3:12 am
chiefthomson wrote:

the wobbly and nervous sine/triangle sound is really funny to listen to, the sounds overall could be better balanced.

Balanced in terms of volume, you mean? Yeah, I didn't pay much attention to that. Something to consider in the future...

scottux wrote:

this is 100% not dubstep and 100% awesome anyway.

Thanks! Yeah, about halfway through it mutated from Dubstep to Techno... with only the wobbly bass to hint at its origins

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