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Questo 52

By Ashen Simian on April 29, 2018 2:28 pm

The fastets job so far here for me... programmed and recorded in an hour, mixed later in 15 mins. Funnily enough I think it is probably better than many of my previous tracks, all of which took a lot longer to make. Maybe there´s a lesson for all of us.. or at least for me smile

The gear is Roland MC202, Korg MS10, Yamaha CS-15 and Multimoog + 808 and 707 for the programmed bits, Roland Juno 60 and JD 800 for overdubs. As usual, my trusty Korg O1W/fd provides the minimal midi data with its 16-track sequencer...

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April 30, 2018 1:34 pm

Odd how stuff thrown together quickly can sometimes turn out more "complete" than stuff worked on for weeks. I think it's just a matter of getting into that organic, compositional flow. Track turned out great! Interesting stepladder style bassline and I'm really loving that lead melody that comes in about 2/3rds through.

April 30, 2018 3:28 pm

Everybody this week seems to be "in the flow." Well done!

May 1, 2018 7:33 pm

What an amazing track!

May 2, 2018 3:26 pm
Parallelis wrote:

Odd how stuff thrown together quickly can sometimes turn out more "complete" than stuff worked on for weeks. I think it's just a matter of getting into that organic, compositional flow. Track turned out great! Interesting stepladder style bassline and I'm really loving that lead melody that comes in about 2/3rds through.

Thanks! The melody line is Roland Juno 60, it has such a pure 80´s sound. The strings doubling it is JD 800.

Jim Wood wrote:

Everybody this week seems to be "in the flow." Well done!

Thank you, perhaps it´s the magic of Springtime smile

acid wrote:

What an amazing track!

Great! I am glad you like it. Next one will be much more experimental and less straightforward...

May 3, 2018 7:06 am

That's an interesting psychological effect there, and I'm sure a lot of us can relate to it. I posit it's similar to rewiring your brain, where having little time makes you return to the basics and allow you to redevelop yourself into a different direction, using sounds, progressions and sections you'd normally never do but are now learning to. Perhaps it leads to betterment: an easier process, stuff you like more and all around more versatile.

You could take this opportunity to do something completely different, like a particular genre (waltz is usually pretty easy), or let it progress naturally.

May 3, 2018 10:25 am
Devieus wrote:

That's an interesting psychological effect there, and I'm sure a lot of us can relate to it. I posit it's similar to rewiring your brain, where having little time makes you return to the basics and allow you to redevelop yourself into a different direction, using sounds, progressions and sections you'd normally never do but are now learning to. Perhaps it leads to betterment: an easier process, stuff you like more and all around more versatile.

You could take this opportunity to do something completely different, like a particular genre (waltz is usually pretty easy), or let it progress naturally.

Thanks, good thinking... I think it also shows that the shortage of time may help you work more intuitively and do what comes totally naturally. Might try that waltz anyway in a week or two smile

May 3, 2018 7:30 pm
Ashen Simian wrote:
Devieus wrote:

That's an interesting psychological effect there, and I'm sure a lot of us can relate to it. I posit it's similar to rewiring your brain, where having little time makes you return to the basics and allow you to redevelop yourself into a different direction, using sounds, progressions and sections you'd normally never do but are now learning to. Perhaps it leads to betterment: an easier process, stuff you like more and all around more versatile.

You could take this opportunity to do something completely different, like a particular genre (waltz is usually pretty easy), or let it progress naturally.

Thanks, good thinking... I think it also shows that the shortage of time may help you work more intuitively and do what comes totally naturally. Might try that waltz anyway in a week or two smile

It certainly does that too in a do-or-die way, especially if you weren't already.

May 7, 2018 1:16 am

isn't this the beauty of this WB adventure?  lovely piece!

May 7, 2018 5:45 am

Damn sounds like you got all the dope gear to mess with. How do you leave the house? haha... sounds awesome

May 7, 2018 9:24 am
Podling wrote:

Damn sounds like you got all the dope gear to mess with. How do you leave the house? haha... sounds awesome

Hehe, thanks... Regarding the old gear, I was lucky to be around when people were almost throwing old gear away to make room for Korg M1s etc in the early 90´s. I collected many of my 2nd division classics then. I didn´t have enough pocket money to get a Minimoog or Jupiter 8, as they were relatively expensive also then. But I got many of the not-so-desirable-but-good synths then. The only real classics I have from analog days are probably Arp Odyssey Mk3, 808 and 707. I had a chance to buy some more in the late 00´s too, just before the prices went really crazy. There´s a lot of interesting gear now from the late 80´s to early 00´s that are very very cheap in relation to their capabilities. To be quite honest, i actually do not have much contemporary gear at all... just a couple of Strymon effects. But all in all, it´s not really about the gear... one can accomplish cool things if just takes the time to learn what you you have + some cool effect units. If I started nowadays, I would probably use just software smile

kaedo sevaada wrote:

isn't this the beauty of this WB adventure?  lovely piece!

Thank you! I agree... I try to see that this WB is a good excuse to try to work outside the box one has put oneself in over the years smile

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