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February

By Plantrain on July 1, 2016 8:00 am

Drum machines, Kaoss Pad and piano.
Quite long, and could maybe have benefitted from some editing to make it shorter. But I'm going on holiday in a few hours, so there's no time left for major changes to it now.

A track called February in July? Well, to me it sounded more like a winter evening than a summer day.

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July 4, 2016 8:36 am

Absolute. Not a summersong. But very beautiful playing the piano.

July 4, 2016 7:23 pm

Definitely a winter-ish vibe, but sometimes that's nice to combat the heat blast of summer.  It's quite pretty and contemplative.   

July 5, 2016 4:53 pm

The piano sounds great.  It def gives me a visual of a wintry trek. The raindrop rhythm of the piano is hypnotic and has a really nice calming effect.  Nice work!

July 6, 2016 10:47 pm

I enjoyed the length, maybe could have ended 4/5ths of the way - there was kind of a logical stopping point.

What did the Kaoss Pad do?  I'm thinking about getting a KP Mini.

I want you to know that I've put some of your previous tracks on my MP3 player and they have been really helping me calm down during a rather stressful week.  My partner fractured his wrist and I've been having to help him a lot, as well as just being nervous about his recovery (he's doing well!).  So thanks for your music.  It allowed me to take a deep breath!

July 10, 2016 8:31 am

As always beautiful smile

July 10, 2016 11:40 pm
Q-Rosh wrote:

Absolute. Not a summersong. But very beautiful playing the piano.

CosmicCairns wrote:

Definitely a winter-ish vibe, but sometimes that's nice to combat the heat blast of summer.  It's quite pretty and contemplative.

Tone Matrix wrote:

The piano sounds great.  It def gives me a visual of a wintry trek. The raindrop rhythm of the piano is hypnotic and has a really nice calming effect.  Nice work!

m2K7 wrote:

As always beautiful smile

Thank you all! Back home again now, so will try to catch up on everyone's tracks this week!

orangedrink wrote:

I enjoyed the length, maybe could have ended 4/5ths of the way - there was kind of a logical stopping point.

What did the Kaoss Pad do?  I'm thinking about getting a KP Mini.

I want you to know that I've put some of your previous tracks on my MP3 player and they have been really helping me calm down during a rather stressful week.  My partner fractured his wrist and I've been having to help him a lot, as well as just being nervous about his recovery (he's doing well!).  So thanks for your music.  It allowed me to take a deep breath!

Thank you so much! It's good to hear he's recovering, and it means a lot to me that my music in a small way helped you out in a stressful time!

The Kaoss Pad isn't relly prominent in the mix, it's the low frequency loop that's in the first part of the track and then fades in again at the end. But it was in fact that loop that determined the tempo of the track. Because it was made using the pad motion feature (looping a finger movement on the touch pad) on the KP3 and wasn't synced to the midi tempo, I recorded it and then set the tempo of the project to match the recorded audio before I started creating the drum machine parts. Therefore the bpm of the track ended up at 48.952, which is a slightly unusual number for my tracks.
I am using a KP3 (bought in 2007, for the price there might be better options available today) and I've never tried the Mini so I don't really know what the differences are between them.

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