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SITARI - For tomorrow is dark, is our path forsaken

By george bowles on March 22, 2016 6:53 am

Wow! this track tried to and did go in many different directions. it still seems a little "unwrapped up" compositionally, but that is where it seemed to want to go. this one turned out to be rather mercurial, any time i tried to pin it down it did something else. quarky!

the idea began with continuing a series of tracks that began a couple of weeks ago with Sitari - Solace in Lunacy... basically use world music drums and very organic percussion and pair it with the most alien sounding synths i have and other virtual instruments and then process it all together using various filters and idm-styled processors.

i then added some speech synthesis to it, a plugin that would read aloud in a male robot voice whatever you typed in to it. to figure out what I wanted it to say, i used a random lyric generator website and came up with a few phrases:

the main phrase and title of the track ended up being "for tomorrow is dark, is our path forsaken" a line from a lyric sheet that was generated (i ran it a few times before i landed on something that i wanted, much like using many generators). the other two lines which are harder to pick out are "three glowing triads lead me into the night" and "stalking executives playing the ended" which was actually a trimmed part of a lyric line which made it sound almost political (isn't everything political these days?).

the melodies were also generated by an ai, this one was based on notes in the phrygian mode. i programmed the drums and percussion, but there were liberal use of vst's applied as well, so this is a pretty random thing.

so after i got the contraption put together it ended up taking on a number of different forms. there was the original idea render, the one with the robot voice, a really  slowed down and drowned out version that almost ended up being the final version, then I started applying ableton live to it and it went in even more different ways.

there is now a "bitter crunch mix", an "alien apparatus mix", a "musique concrete mix" which actually used tape manipulation and musique concrete-ish techniques, and the one I used for weeklybeats is based on something called the "smooth pb&j mix". so 6 mixes! hope to have a single/ep with all of them up on bandcamp before i go out of town for the weekend.

i think the mix i ended up picking really shows a lot of layers and represents the idea i was going for in techno-organic sounding futuristic music. all the generations of banging on the drums has amassed into a sum of who-knows-what.

if you want or have the time, let me know which version on this extended single mini album is your favorite. after doing all of that, i think the stripped down original version is my fav, but i like them all in certain ways. my second favorite is the "prolonged remix". enjoy!

https://sitari.bandcamp.com/album/for-tomorrow-is-dark-is-our-path-forsaken

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March 28, 2016 3:30 am

Interesting -- it has strong forward movement, yet keeps looping back to stasis. I like it.

March 28, 2016 3:38 am
Jim Wood wrote:

Interesting -- it has strong forward movement, yet keeps looping back to stasis. I like it.

thanks! didn't think of it that way yet, but got caught up in the making of it, interesting...

March 28, 2016 4:26 am

https://sitari.bandcamp.com/album/for-tomorrow-is-dark-is-our-path-forsaken

March 28, 2016 5:53 am

oh hellll yeah, that speech synthesis is the bomb.  the beat is pretty fresh too.  i'll try to check out all the variants this week!

March 28, 2016 4:56 pm

Is this real life? It's so saturated with different noises, ahhh!! Really digging that synth voice

March 28, 2016 11:36 pm
orangedrink wrote:

oh hellll yeah, that speech synthesis is the bomb.  the beat is pretty fresh too.  i'll try to check out all the variants this week!

that'd be awesome, i couldn't decide which version to use so i went with this one.

March 28, 2016 11:39 pm

ha, yeah i know what you mean, it sounds really bizarre! i liked the mix at first but then listened to it recently and it sounded very strangely eq'd or something. the bassgnomes mastering suite is pretty hit and miss but when it's on it's ON. stuff like Clarity vst, its phase correction can be amazing at times or totally screw shit up, or the Crossmix is potentially very powerful as well, but sometimes sounds really unnatural. might explain the real life question lol! so not real! the robot voice i wasn't sure about and sounds different on each version. also the first render didn't have it but i decided to add it in later, otherwise the track title would be totally different.

Brackleforth wrote:

Is this real life? It's so saturated with different noises, ahhh!! Really digging that synth voice


March 29, 2016 4:02 pm

wow. mindblowing. confusion. very unique mixture. fresh and vital music. I stay tuned.

March 30, 2016 9:18 pm
Q-Rosh wrote:

wow. mindblowing. confusion. very unique mixture. fresh and vital music. I stay tuned.


thanks, that's what i needed to hear!

March 31, 2016 3:26 am

Totally disorienting--it's like having a mind-link into the CPU of a crowd of broken robots.  Bravo!

April 1, 2016 12:25 am
onezero wrote:

Totally disorienting--it's like having a mind-link into the CPU of a crowd of broken robots.  Bravo!

  fuck yeah, you just made my year!

April 3, 2016 11:36 am


Nice and Dark Athmos, great Work!

April 3, 2016 6:44 pm
m2K7 wrote:


Nice and Dark Athmos, great Work!

thanks!

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