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Opaque heart

By laguna on February 28, 2016 11:49 pm

Hello everybody. I hope you had a great week... Mine wasn't the best, for sure. Too much work and just not enogh time for music. I hadn't any time during the weekend until I got back from a work trip and give some final touches to the mix just less than an hour before the upload deadline.

This one's an hybrid of sorts, and I hope I'm not being too redundant with the whole 90's boom bap vibe.

I chopped the breaks on my Akai s3000xl hardware sampler. They were the first chops I made, and they remained at the hard drive as a simple exercise. Bass comes from some Novation Mininova presets. Didn't had any time to dig into the synthesis side of things... but at least the track was hand-played.

Finally, the (kinda) lead synth line was built using three layers of Waldorf rocket. I used so many layers for such a simple idea basically because I couldn't made my mind about which adjustment to use.

Some "swichhhhhhs" and "swooooooops" also made on the Mininova, goofing around with the filter cutoff.

I'd love to document the process better but I almost didn't have any time to finish the track so I'm at least posting some arrangement view. I think it's a little bit simple and boring.

The name of the track came out because a) I think my "oldschool sampler" stuff keeps sounding a little bit muddy and damped and b) there are some girls out there with dark hearts wink

Hope you like this one, built around a lot of sketches I couldn't polish since half of it was put together in hotel rooms, away from the studio. Hope to improve next week

WIshing you the best and looking forward to listen to your dope tracks wink Peace!

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February 29, 2016 12:11 am

I've been pretty swamped, too.  You still managed to pull off a pretty rockin' track.

February 29, 2016 12:13 am
Edmund Snyder wrote:

I've been pretty swamped, too.  You still managed to pull off a pretty rockin' track.

Thanks Edmund! I think February is a difficult month for a lot of us. I really struggled to put something out

February 29, 2016 12:19 am
laguna wrote:
Edmund Snyder wrote:

I've been pretty swamped, too.  You still managed to pull off a pretty rockin' track.

Thanks Edmund! I think February is a difficult month for a lot of us. I really struggled to put something out


I think that I put a little more effort into mine this week than I usually do to the detriment of everything else I'm supposed to be doing.

February 29, 2016 1:20 am

It has a nice groove to it and some pretty cool sounds that come in at various points.  Dig it.

February 29, 2016 5:03 am

Nice. The oscillating pad sounds cool with the lofi snare

February 29, 2016 5:44 am

Ahh really liking this - loose feels and wibbling chords

February 29, 2016 8:26 am

Really diggin' this. Reminiscent of Mo'wax stuff. I love the haunting synths and the sparse bass. Great great job, as always!

February 29, 2016 11:11 am
tim koch wrote:

Ahh really liking this - loose feels and wibbling chords

Thanks mate! I think I fixed the gif post. Let's see

February 29, 2016 11:14 am

That's right... Tim Koch's picture in full size

Brackleforth wrote:

Nice. The oscillating pad sounds cool with the lofi snare

Thanks Brackeforth. Always add out of sync oscillation when out of ideas smile

CosmicCairns wrote:

It has a nice groove to it and some pretty cool sounds that come in at various points.  Dig it.

THank you, man!

dj someguy wrote:

Really diggin' this. Reminiscent of Mo'wax stuff. I love the haunting synths and the sparse bass. Great great job, as always!

Well, Mo'Wax was a heavy influence in my early work. I spent my late teens and college years listening endlesly the "Headz" and "Fazes" compilations, so I guess it still shows sometimes

February 29, 2016 11:18 am
laguna wrote:

That's right... Tim Koch's picture in full size

Brackleforth wrote:

Nice. The oscillating pad sounds cool with the lofi snare

Thanks Brackeforth. Always add out of sync oscillation when out of ideas smile

CosmicCairns wrote:

It has a nice groove to it and some pretty cool sounds that come in at various points.  Dig it.

THank you, man!

dj someguy wrote:

Really diggin' this. Reminiscent of Mo'wax stuff. I love the haunting synths and the sparse bass. Great great job, as always!

Well, Mo'Wax was a heavy influence in my early work. I spent my late teens and college years listening endlesly the "Headz" and "Fazes" compilations, so I guess it still shows sometimes

We must be more or less the same age then ... I was also hooked on all things mo'wax. The other day i played Sharp A2 by like vibert in a warmup set. It still rocks smile

February 29, 2016 12:35 pm
dj someguy wrote:


We must be more or less the same age then ... I was also hooked on all things mo'wax. The other day i played Sharp A2 by like vibert in a warmup set. It still rocks smile

I'm 38 to 39... "representin' 1977" here smile I'm sure we share a lot of references

I still remember a vynil shop in your hometown Brussels I visited back in 2000. It was near to a car parking and I got some Hardfloor maxisingles and some Ninja Tune release smile Sorry but I could not recall the name of that store, but this was nearby:


February 29, 2016 12:41 pm

I hear ya loud and clear that work and life can get in the way sometimes! But pretty good effort all things considered! Looking forward to hearing more stuff from you!

February 29, 2016 3:32 pm


Sick track as usual!

February 29, 2016 3:53 pm

Digging this...I really like those wobbly synths. Nice work as usual!

February 29, 2016 7:49 pm

idk man I think this came out pretty solid, wouldn't change a thing

March 1, 2016 12:31 am

The intro is pretty interesting!

You're bien bueno haciendo musica man, keep it up!

March 1, 2016 2:36 am

that was a great snare sound!

March 1, 2016 3:52 am

i think the best parts are the little breaks in between. there are some really weird moments in there. did you plan that or did they just happen?

March 1, 2016 4:53 pm

Love how offbeat it is, there are some awesome sounds in there!

March 1, 2016 11:53 pm

I don't get tired of 90s boom bap. By all means, continue!

March 2, 2016 12:45 am

The boom bap is timeless! Dig it. Like the bass and synths, Mininova sounding good. Nice job getting it done, the weekly deadline is tough but a good motivator to finish stuff. Love the mentions here to Mo Wax and Ninja Tune, I'm similar age, used to spin all that on college radio station in Portland Oregon.

March 2, 2016 5:12 am

I too am not tired of the 90s boom bap.  Just go with the flow smile I liked those individual sorta bongo percussion hits throughout.  Nice work!

March 2, 2016 2:40 pm

Man, I don't know what is happening. I saw a lot of Weeklybeaters saying they had a bad week (myself included). What is happening to the world?! sad

Btw, It should be quite obvious for everybody around here, but I hereby give you the title of King of Weeklybeats.

March 3, 2016 2:39 am
Ipaghost wrote:


Sick track as usual!

Thank you man!


filby wrote:

I hear ya loud and clear that work and life can get in the way sometimes! But pretty good effort all things considered! Looking forward to hearing more stuff from you!

Thanks mate. I'm still catching up with your late weeks. It's been hectic. Glad to see you keep rockin'!

cfurrow wrote:

Digging this...I really like those wobbly synths. Nice work as usual!

Guess "wobbly" is a good way to describe them. I was about to get rid of them a couple of times and start from scratch but... I'm sure you know that feeling when you're wondering "does this really works?" ...
Thanks, man smile

ice smashing wrote:

idk man I think this came out pretty solid, wouldn't change a thing

Glad to hear that. As I told cfurrow above, I was about to clean everything and start from scratch... Some bug in my ear still whispers "it does not work completely"... Guess it happens to everybody smile

March 3, 2016 3:03 am
george bowles wrote:

that was a great snare sound!

The merit belongs to The Professionals for their rendition of "the Godfather theme", Youtube and the relative crunchiness of the Akai s3000xl smile


Abludo wrote:

Love how offbeat it is, there are some awesome sounds in there!

Thanks! The offbeatness comes not because I play offbeat, but because I often sample and chop breaks like in the old days, programming "on the grid" and pitching down until it "more or less" fits the bar. Then I use slight offbeats to "fill" the gaps, because if I don't do it you'll hear overlaps and/or silence when the breaks end.

Most of the times, the results are different from what you can achieve in Ableton Live. The process is Messier and sometimes infuriating, however sometimes something more interesting comes out from it smile

roboctopus wrote:

I don't get tired of 90s boom bap. By all means, continue!

Well, I'm glad I'm not boring you guys. I'd really want to bridge the past with some synth-driven future. Anyway, when it comes to the beat, I guess some sounds still resonate in my head from back in the day, before rappers had perfumes named after them, clothing lines and "twitter beefs" (I'm not even sure what that means)

Tone Matrix wrote:

I too am not tired of the 90s boom bap.  Just go with the flow smile I liked those individual sorta bongo percussion hits throughout.  Nice work!

Well, I guess I should credit in the description: breaks from a late 60's rendition of "The Godfather theme" by The Professionals (I think they were a session group). After some youtube browsing and some chopping on my Akai s3000xl... You can believe me, sometimes I really miss "warp points" when dealing with "oldschool" sampling smile

Thanks for listening, man! Really appreciated smile

miraclemiles wrote:

The boom bap is timeless! Dig it. Like the bass and synths, Mininova sounding good. Nice job getting it done, the weekly deadline is tough but a good motivator to finish stuff. Love the mentions here to Mo Wax and Ninja Tune, I'm similar age, used to spin all that on college radio station in Portland Oregon.

haha "Representin'" 1977 here smile

Guess some of us lived our late teens and early twenties with a lot of Ninja Tune, Warp and countless others. I maybe don't listen to the records so often, but certain names showed me that it was possible to do music with a few machines... Remember DJ Shadow, Krush, Vadim, Cam, Spooky? wink

Love to share references. Still looking for "the perfect break" smile

March 3, 2016 3:15 am
colorful grey wrote:

i think the best parts are the little breaks in between. there are some really weird moments in there. did you plan that or did they just happen?

Well, as you could tell, the "skeletal" of most of my tracks is actually rather monotone and miles behind what some of you, real instrumentalist, could do. As you could see in the arrangement view, I deliberately "make holes" every 4, 8 or 16 measures to try to mantain the listener's interest. I'm always thinking that you'll get tired of those "tricks" so I really put an effort in placing some surprising elements.

Since I play my arrangement endless times, I follow the song "as another listener" wishing that "it would be cool if now some snares would drop" and things like that.

So basically yes, Christian. The breaks and gaps are completely planned, trying to distract people from the fact that I suck at songwriting and harmony smile

So extra respect to your acoustic jams. I'd be scared to death, unable to hide myself between drum fills and the usual "i took the bass off and then on again". But please don't tell anyone wink


March 3, 2016 3:23 am
Naikymusic wrote:

The intro is pretty interesting!

You're bien bueno haciendo musica man, keep it up!

Muchas gracias, joven! wink En serio, muchas gracias por escuchar. Tu trabajo está super bueno también.

matheusleston wrote:

Man, I don't know what is happening. I saw a lot of Weeklybeaters saying they had a bad week (myself included). What is happening to the world?! sad

Btw, It should be quite obvious for everybody around here, but I hereby give you the title of King of Weeklybeats.

Man... Molto Obrigado! I'm flattered, although I think others deserve that honour far better than me.

Anyway, the pixelated walking king made my day. I would keep it nearby as a positivity talisman for the bad times.

Again, thanks for your really kind words. Your work is excellent and really inspiring, and BTW I was sorry to hear about your Grandmother.

Eu desejo que ela tenha tido uma boa vida smile

March 5, 2016 6:01 pm

I like that beat and chilling synth. Hope to hear more like this....

March 6, 2016 5:53 pm

pretty nice beat you produced here. quite like to dark atmosphere and good variation throughout the song. keep up the creative work.

March 6, 2016 6:37 pm

Very interesting track!
He has many groovy Elements that are somewhat reminiscent Rap / HipHop Style !

March 7, 2016 4:36 am

Love that swing here and the sampled breaks are great! I could listen to thos stuff all day

March 23, 2016 11:44 pm
donnyjankowski wrote:

Love that swing here and the sampled breaks are great! I could listen to thos stuff all day

Well, it's really "accidental swing"... I start using straigt notes on a pattern, but since there's no timestretching and everything it's been manually chopped, silences appear. So then I move every not slightly until there are no gaps and funny wonky swings appear smile

Thanks for listening, man

m2K7 wrote:

Very interesting track!
He has many groovy Elements that are somewhat reminiscent Rap / HipHop Style !

Danke schön, m2K7. The beat element is always in my mind and I am afraid I'm too much hip hop influenced, son I try to marry the synths with some heavy "phat" breaks

chiefthomson wrote:

pretty nice beat you produced here. quite like to dark atmosphere and good variation throughout the song. keep up the creative work.

Thank you, mate. Sorry for the late reply to your comment. I'm catching up.

Really working hard to build those dense atmospheres. Would love to consider this some sort of "progressive hip hop" smile

Q-Rosh wrote:

I like that beat and chilling synth. Hope to hear more like this....

Thank you Q-Rosh. You could bet I have more boom bap reserved. In fact, I should restrain from falling into the cliche smile I've got a weak spot for fat breaks and crunchy drums.... Need to work on my melodic skills also

April 4, 2016 2:26 pm

Badass oldschool sound

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