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Shapeless

By laguna on July 24, 2016 11:54 pm

Well, I don't know what to think about this one: cooked in the last three hours previous to the deadline, after two days messign with something quite different that I personally thought it went nowhere. Hard as it is, I extracted a few drum samples, gave shape to that shapeless ambient texture, deleted the project and started from scratch again.

I took most of the sounds from a very old tracker project circa 2002-2003. That's basically what I've been doing these last weeks: extracting brief elements from unfinished projects, tidy them up, store them on my private cloud as "revisited/discarded" and then clean up some hard drive space.

Really, I hope you could enjoy this as some "meh" ambient... I can't shake the feeling that the track could not get anywhere but, as you all know, deadline rules.

Now I'm going to listen to your stuff, which I'm totally sure it will be way more interesting than this little mess smile

Have a great week, y'all !!!

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July 25, 2016 3:11 pm

Lovely atmospheric Track
I like the drums as they appear and disappear in FX

July 25, 2016 6:35 pm

July 25, 2016 8:36 pm

Oh I know the feeling when you just want to throw the song out but you grit the teeth and submit it anyway.

My favorite parts of this are the faded, continually-shifting drum beats in the background that seem to circle around in this ethereal sea of sound. There's just enough of a hint of melody there in the loop. Your choice of pad is really pretty. I try, but rarely am able to pull off this kind of ambient sound that doesn't sound melodic, but yet is pleasing and pleasant from a composition point of view (my ambient songs tend to sound noisy, or overly melodic). Good work.

July 26, 2016 12:14 am
m2K7 wrote:

Lovely atmospheric Track
I like the drums as they appear and disappear in FX

Thank you Matthias. I used one of my secret cheap tricks of the book: turn a bad beat oriented track into an ambient one by making it sounds "haunted"... Lots of filtering and reverb on this one.

Ipaghost wrote:

When you stare at the abyss, the abyss stares back at you wink

Arcana wrote:

Oh I know the feeling when you just want to throw the song out but you grit the teeth and submit it anyway.

My favorite parts of this are the faded, continually-shifting drum beats in the background that seem to circle around in this ethereal sea of sound. There's just enough of a hint of melody there in the loop. Your choice of pad is really pretty. I try, but rarely am able to pull off this kind of ambient sound that doesn't sound melodic, but yet is pleasing and pleasant from a composition point of view (my ambient songs tend to sound noisy, or overly melodic). Good work.

Thanks Arcana for such comment. It's always interesting how other musicians approach their process. Reading your track's descriptions I realize our methods are quite different... and I think I could not do those melodies nor in a year's time!

I usually build pads like this one starting from one chord sequenced in loop, maybe one bar or two, tops. I mess with the synthesis part until I give the most slow attack / long fade out / envelope filter modulation... Then it's usually submitted to chorus / delays and bounced, then pitch shifted, then warped, then I turn it into a single one shot sample that I could load in a sample player, and then I start all over again if I had the time.

What I mean: Create the "texture" could take me a couple of hours, but I just end with a two bar loop worth of song, so I've learnt to make some interesting tricks out of modulating and fading in and out some element.

Wish I could play an instrument properly, like you smile

July 26, 2016 3:23 am

Very enjoyable, beautiful pads, sounds like listening to beats in a smoke filled room after drinking too much and you are just about to pass out, but something keeps you going, I like it!

July 26, 2016 2:48 pm

This is pretty great.

I guess that makes me a "meh" addict.

July 26, 2016 7:41 pm

Basically what Jim said smile

July 28, 2016 10:28 am

Really enjoy the atmosphere in this, makes me feel like being inside a continuously shifting cloud of sound

July 28, 2016 5:09 pm

I totally know the feeling of "whoops, nothing working out/not enough time; let's go ambient."  This is a cool set of textures, though--not "meh" at all!  Before I knew it, I was floating out in the Kuiper Belt.

July 28, 2016 9:23 pm

A fun journey!

August 4, 2016 3:02 pm

I love the presence of the drums throughout this.  It gave me the feeling of walking through an art installation and hearing the beat fold in, out and about smile  Nice job!

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