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Carved By Glaciers

By orangedrink on January 17, 2016 8:54 pm

I've been thinking about the concept of not growing and thriving through nurturing, but being shaped by perseverance through adversity.  I tried to make a peaceful, beautiful track that had some painful difficulty and darkness in the background.  I wanted you to see the glacier glisten, as well as feel its enormity and power.


Things I learned:
- Played piano and played a G major scale for the run up (I'm learning music theory)
- Was able to apply proper fingering for the run up, was excited that I could play it that fast
- Got an external keyboard working for MIDI!

Follow up on:
- Still have no idea how to use MIDINES (which is what I wanted to make this piece on)
- Would have liked to have introduced another part of the song, but wasn't feeling it.  But that's okay!

* * * I made a video for last week's track!!!  http://weeklybeats.com/#/orangedrink/mu … cting-face* * *

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January 18, 2016 12:28 am

Definitely peaceful and relaxing.  I do get the sense of an undertone of darkness especially at the end.  The main ascending piano line is pretty, but it doesn't give me the winter-y glacier feel as much.  Maybe it's a little too fast-moving to bring glaciers to mind?  But I dig it!

January 18, 2016 12:29 am

It's so cool you're pushing yourself every week. You're going to greet the end of the year as some sort of super human music maker. Beautiful track this week. I hope to do a piano only piece as well.

January 18, 2016 1:24 am

Very nice layering.
I need not a radio friendly buildup.

January 18, 2016 3:14 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

Definitely peaceful and relaxing.  I do get the sense of an undertone of darkness especially at the end.  The main ascending piano line is pretty, but it doesn't give me the winter-y glacier feel as much.  Maybe it's a little too fast-moving to bring glaciers to mind?  But I dig it!

Thank you!  You are right; I think a time-stretched item makes me think of a glacier instead.  I uploaded a video I made, and maybe that does a better job of capturing the mix of light-hearted / dark.

mechlo wrote:

It's so cool you're pushing yourself every week. You're going to greet the end of the year as some sort of super human music maker. Beautiful track this week. I hope to do a piano only piece as well.

Thanks!  Your kind words are really encouraging to me.  Looking forward to leveling up this year with you!

Nestrogen wrote:

Very nice layering.
I need not a radio friendly buildup.

Thank you and good idea, any suggestions on a more creative buildup?

January 18, 2016 3:19 am

I like the overall vibe of this man. Keep up the piano work! There were a few things pushing harmony a bit on the edge when that first high part comes in but I liked the vibe it gave off.

January 18, 2016 3:24 am
omegachild wrote:

There were a few things pushing harmony a bit on the edge when that first high part comes in but I liked the vibe it gave off.

Thanks for the note!  I'm really new to music theory, but I really need more notes like this in the future so I can go back and see what pieces were fitting together or not.

January 18, 2016 3:50 am
orangedrink wrote:
omegachild wrote:

There were a few things pushing harmony a bit on the edge when that first high part comes in but I liked the vibe it gave off.

Thanks for the note!  I'm really new to music theory, but I really need more notes like this in the future so I can go back and see what pieces were fitting together or not.

Yeah mate get into modes. Even if you stick to all white notes you've got plenty to play with smile


January 18, 2016 4:42 am

nice video work, fits the piece well. especially that close up, second-to-last shot. almost wish that the whole video was just that shot, it's absolutely gorgeous, so much is pulled out through the slow motion and the shallow depth of field with those snowflakes. and such fantastic expressions from the dog, is he/she yours?

January 18, 2016 10:34 am

Excellent track and video all round!
I found my self soothed into it on a pretty taken away level...

I hope you get to play with the MidiNES soon, I too have one. There excellent.
Pretty straight forward once you figure out the MIDI Routing, Channels, Notes and envelopes. -- So much to work with.

Keep up the great work smile
+Favourited.

January 18, 2016 6:51 pm

This has a great feel, I really like your composition

January 19, 2016 8:37 pm

great process. i'm a little thrown off by the g major, out of all things -- might have preferred a different scale -- but it is put kinda into place by the noise.

January 20, 2016 12:43 pm

After I saw that video, I could only think of dogs happily jumping through the snow. Hope my cat would do that... and hope we had snow at all this year !!! smile

As a fellow guy just learning the basics of piano and harmony, I'm glad to see you motivated and disciplined. I feel it helps a lot, although I'm really limited still.

BTW your "face" video was original and gave the track new intensity. Cool!

January 21, 2016 10:45 pm

Nice use of the analog-y synths at the end. Dig the rumbles too.

January 24, 2016 8:29 am

Cool

January 26, 2016 5:28 am

Cool to hear what you're making these days! Man, that dog-blinking-in-the-snow-in-slow-motion part of the video, together with the song, is pretty haunting. And does get across the concept you described.

January 28, 2016 4:10 am
Parallelis wrote:

nice video work, fits the piece well. especially that close up, second-to-last shot. almost wish that the whole video was just that shot, it's absolutely gorgeous, so much is pulled out through the slow motion and the shallow depth of field with those snowflakes. and such fantastic expressions from the dog, is he/she yours?

Thanks for the kind words!  The star of the show is my buddy Diez, and he belongs to my boyfriend and me.  I agree, he makes some really emotive facial expressions!  This is my second art collaboration with Diez, here's the first:

January 28, 2016 4:17 am
Aday wrote:

Excellent track and video all round!
I found my self soothed into it on a pretty taken away level...

I hope you get to play with the MidiNES soon, I too have one. There excellent.


Thanks!  I might message you for MidiNES tips if you don't mind smile

donnyjankowski wrote:

This has a great feel, I really like your composition


Tristan Louth-Robins wrote:

Nice use of the analog-y synths at the end. Dig the rumbles too.


paul raygun wrote:

Cool


Thanks everyone!

colorful grey wrote:

great process. i'm a little thrown off by the g major, out of all things -- might have preferred a different scale -- but it is put kinda into place by the noise.


Thanks for the note!

laguna wrote:

After I saw that video, I could only think of dogs happily jumping through the snow. Hope my cat would do that... and hope we had snow at all this year !!! smile

As a fellow guy just learning the basics of piano and harmony, I'm glad to see you motivated and disciplined. I feel it helps a lot, although I'm really limited still.

BTW your "face" video was original and gave the track new intensity. Cool!


Thanks for checking out the other video!!  Love your cat icon smile  I've avoided music theory all my life, but like Kevin McAllister in Home Alone, "I'M NOT AFRAID ANYMORE!"

exileFaker wrote:

Cool to hear what you're making these days! Man, that dog-blinking-in-the-snow-in-slow-motion part of the video, together with the song, is pretty haunting. And does get across the concept you described.

Thanks for watching!

March 1, 2016 12:27 am

The best instrument in daaa wurllddd!!! Pianoooo!! hahaha

I love to play piano also! thanks for this song!

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