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Vapour dreams

By laguna on March 6, 2016 11:56 pm

Uploaded 3 minutes before the dayline! Please excuse all the big mistakes!

This week I've been messing with some ideas that didn't take me anywhere. Colorful Grey and I tried a collab that we hope will become reality this next week, however after life and time constrains it was Sunday afternoon and I still didn't had any particular idea.

I was kinda fixed on building my tune over certain beat I built on my hardware sampler, and maybe that blinded me and made me force things too much. I chopped some afro rhythms without getting any concrete vibe, then tried adding some solid drum machine kicks and snares using Ableton... Long story short I ended with a mess of sampled off-beat congas (sort of) and a Yamaha RX21 crap. What's the best way to unify a whole arrangement: resampling the whole thing into my E-MU e6400 and make new chops, with some 11025 kHz frequency for extra crunchiness smile

The melodic part? 3 hours before the deadline I took a really short guitar sample and started to mess with the sampler's filters and envelopes, and then throw it all back to Ableton, and rebuilt it from there.

Final result: an almost ridiculous simple piece with three tracks (beat, pad/atmosphere, last minute piano).

Hope it's not too crude for you guys. Really hoping to bring you a more pollished and well thought piece next week

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March 7, 2016 12:19 am

I like how the second snare of the best comes in slightly delayed, gives it a really solid groove. I actually really like this piece, I often find simple pieces can be just as great as complex pieces. Great job for a single Sunday session!

March 7, 2016 12:35 am
Martiln wrote:

I like how the second snare of the best comes in slightly delayed, gives it a really solid groove. I actually really like this piece, I often find simple pieces can be just as great as complex pieces. Great job for a single Sunday session!

Thanks Martiin! It's just frustrating how you spent the whole week looking for something and you finally get the idea in the last minute. I'd love to develop the piano on this one.

Thanks again for listening

March 7, 2016 1:15 am

Doesn't feel crude at all. A little murky maybe, but it moves along nicely. Very interesting texture on the percussion, almost sounds like beat boxing. More piano would be great, but not necessary. Keep it up man! smile

March 7, 2016 1:24 am
Alphaglitch wrote:

Doesn't feel crude at all. A little murky maybe, but it moves along nicely. Very interesting texture on the percussion, almost sounds like beat boxing. More piano would be great, but not necessary. Keep it up man! smile

Thanks, Alphaglitch. Yes, "murky" is maybe a good description, though I'm slowly struggling to make "brighter and cleaner" pieces out of such "swampy" and lofi samples.

March 7, 2016 1:35 am

I definitely like the grittiness about the track.  I think the last minute piano brings it together and I could see this in a cool car commercial smile  The contrast between the beat and piano is suhweet smile

March 7, 2016 2:04 am
laguna wrote:


Thanks, Alphaglitch. Yes, "murky" is maybe a good description, though I'm slowly struggling to make "brighter and cleaner" pieces out of such "swampy" and lofi samples.

Isn't that a contradiction? You want lofi samples to sound bright and clean? Let lofi be lofi!

March 7, 2016 2:10 am

Sometimes crudités are just what is called for ::)

March 7, 2016 4:32 am

Really dig the grittiness! Very cool track for headphones and the piano definintely ties it together

March 7, 2016 8:32 am

pretty cool track, like the lo-fi drums, again very Mo'wax. :-)
Latenight stuff! Diggin" the vibe you're in lately! smile

March 7, 2016 3:57 pm

The slight delay on the snare adds a nice drowsy feel. Very chill smile

March 7, 2016 5:22 pm

Compliment for this one. You minimalized
the track into a nice lofi and charming song.
All the efforts before made it worth. (Sorry for
my bad english) I like your "hardware"-sound!!
Sooo oldschool and true.

March 7, 2016 6:03 pm

A very interesting Song with monotonous Elements.
Partly limping beats give some Humanity to the Song.

March 8, 2016 4:45 pm

I like it - certainly sounds like it would take longer than a sunday afternoon!

March 8, 2016 5:07 pm


Lol, our titles are really close this week!

March 8, 2016 6:16 pm
Ipaghost wrote:


Lol, our titles are really close this week!

Yeah, I realised that when commenting your track!

Maybe I would go for simply "Vapour" when posting the polished version on Soundcloud... Or is it "Vapor"? wink


March 8, 2016 6:19 pm
Alphaglitch wrote:
laguna wrote:


Thanks, Alphaglitch. Yes, "murky" is maybe a good description, though I'm slowly struggling to make "brighter and cleaner" pieces out of such "swampy" and lofi samples.

Isn't that a contradiction? You want lofi samples to sound bright and clean? Let lofi be lofi!


No, what I mean is "my whole track that uses lofi drums and SOME samples". They tend to full the low end spectrum of the mix very quickly, so I've got to be careful with the EQ. I like the lofi character of it, but when I sample "too much vynil" and given the high amount of downpitch I apply, things start to sound reaaaaaaally muddy smile

March 8, 2016 10:33 pm
laguna wrote:
Ipaghost wrote:


Lol, our titles are really close this week!

Yeah, I realised that when commenting your track!

Maybe I would go for simply "Vapour" when posting the polished version on Soundcloud... Or is it "Vapor"? wink


Lol, I don't care, just thought it was funny!

March 9, 2016 7:21 pm
March 9, 2016 7:24 pm

Woops...

I like the uncluttered style on this one as well as the sampling work.

March 10, 2016 6:11 pm

Really digging the feel of this one--that just-slightly-lazy beat is a great hook, and the pretty piano line makes it even more hypnotic, like an afternoon of pleasant drinking at a tropical resort's bar.

March 14, 2016 4:41 pm

Compadrito, lo importante es cumplir y mantenerse en el reto!

Very chill! smile

March 23, 2016 11:37 pm
FXtion wrote:

Woops...

I like the uncluttered style on this one as well as the sampling work.

I wish I had found a little bit more "clutter" to put, but the deadline is the deadline. Thanks for the compliments, and of course, for listening

onezero wrote:

Really digging the feel of this one--that just-slightly-lazy beat is a great hook, and the pretty piano line makes it even more hypnotic, like an afternoon of pleasant drinking at a tropical resort's bar.

Good idea... I also thought it sounded a little bit more chilly, like this

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