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Portals

By Arcana on July 5, 2020 7:18 pm

Take a moment to open the portal. Step through it and go on the journey. What do you find? What do you see? What do you take home with you?

This is a reflective, yet upbeat piece about going places to learn about things that you perhaps thought you understood, but could perhaps learn better and bring back with you on a journey home.


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This song is kind of cheating because I completed it this week, but I spent like a month on it.


This song is actually a reimagining of "A Little Bit of it All" (http://compo.thasauce.net/files/Arcana_-_A_Little_Bit_of_It_All(OHC607).mp3) created on May 28th, where I said, "This song is a HOT MESS of all kinds of stuff. It features: tempo changes, a key change, minor key stuff, major key stuff, AND a time signature change and like what the hell is even going on here."

I've been working on it off and on since, and now I have a mostly-completed version to share. It's odd because it wasn't really a top choice as far as "wow I sure did this and it has promise".

Some liner notes:

* The song starts in G minor
* The bass was terrible for the longest time. As a last minute decision I hooked up a bunch of hardware to thicken up the bass (Analog Four) and the lead in the lad 3rd (Access Virus) and it made things a LOT better
* I used BOTH Stutter Edit and the demo version of Stutter Edit 2. I only used Stutter Edit 2 because the original Stutter Edit was off by about 1/8 note or so when triggering effects (it would start and end them late) so after getting angry at it I tried the new version. The new version is mostly better (some parts of the UI aren't better though) but it costs money.
* I extensively used automation, which is odd for me since I never really got used to automation in Logic Studio. I did find a really good video (titled something like Seven Tips for Automation in Logic) that actually helped a lot, so anyone here who struggles with automation in Logic should look it up.
* For those of you who listen to a lot of my songs, I actually changed the drum samples I use (since often I'm way too lazy and reuse them over and over and over again and the ones I default to aren't even that good).

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike (BY-NC-SA)

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July 8, 2020 4:00 pm

Pretty awesome so won't report you to the WB authorities smile Great uplifting beat and crispy driving synths with lots of variety in the arrangement and moods. Really fun track! Especially like the more orchestral section after the midway point.

July 8, 2020 9:01 pm

Wow, the video is super cool - did you make it or is it like a visualizer?  Rad either way.

I like the bass a lot - good job

July 12, 2020 9:18 pm

I used the pro version of Staella (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/staella-music-visualizer/id1370376584). You can add a picture and then record the movie with the audio. Unfortunately it has to record in real-time manually so you can't just load a song and have it crop so there's some editing you need to do afterward. Still, it seemed easier than trying to learn Blender or Unity (two other popular ways to get custom visualizers) and cheaper buying and learning After Effects or Motion/Final Cut Pro.

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