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Dropping Acid Rain

By CosmicCairns on July 21, 2020 4:14 pm

This is an excursion into some weird noises using both found sounds and twiddling knobs on synths.  It started when I had to buy a small piece of sheet metal for a work project and discovered it made a loud weird noise whenever I shook or bent it.  From there I piled on some other sounds including a slinky and a plastic toy I have called a "pop toob" that just makes sound when you pull it apart or push it back together.  I grabbed a rain sample and put some weird effects on my voice for a few lines.  Then I threw in a little bit of acoustic guitar to give it just a hint of a melody amidst the chaos.  It's always fun to put together strange sounds. 

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July 27, 2020 1:06 am

There’s some really wild sounds in here, this must have been fun to make.  I’m digging that low growling sound around 0:45.  The outro is nuts too man, love the crazy synth sounds.

July 27, 2020 1:28 am

Awesome weird spacy sounds smile Nice adventure through interesting soundscapes.

July 27, 2020 1:36 am

I love the way this track falls into a kind of silence and then fills with all manner of weird sounds. That part was such a wild experience to listen to the first time. Nice work.

July 27, 2020 10:47 am

Nice, I love sheet metal sounds, they're surprisingly diverse and useful - and it fits in really well with the rain. I agree, making weird sounds is strangely cathartic!

July 27, 2020 1:23 pm

Very chaotic, yet relaxing at the same time.

July 27, 2020 2:18 pm

heavenly weird sounds all along the way. this is the most psychedelic song I ever heard. The outcome to survive this on LSD must be smaller than 1%.

July 27, 2020 2:39 pm

I love weird noises.

July 27, 2020 6:16 pm
Chrisfoo wrote:

There’s some really wild sounds in here, this must have been fun to make.  I’m digging that low growling sound around 0:45.  The outro is nuts too man, love the crazy synth sounds.

Thanks!  That growl is an extension of my vocal run through an effect.  I had just spoken a line and then just held on making a vocal noise for awhile mostly because it sounded weird.





Mission Crossing wrote:

Awesome weird spacy sounds smile Nice adventure through interesting soundscapes.

Thanks!  It was a fun journey for me, for sure.



hent03 wrote:

I love the way this track falls into a kind of silence and then fills with all manner of weird sounds. That part was such a wild experience to listen to the first time. Nice work.

Thanks!  Part of the fun was messing around with when and how to unleash the different weird sounds.



hieme wrote:

Nice, I love sheet metal sounds, they're surprisingly diverse and useful - and it fits in really well with the rain. I agree, making weird sounds is strangely cathartic!

Yeah, I've never had occasion to buy sheet metal before but I couldn't help but instantly notice the weird sounds it made so I knew it was going to have to go into a recording.  I thought it blended well with the rain sounds and that kind of launched the whole track.



djippy wrote:

Very chaotic, yet relaxing at the same time.

Chaotically Relaxing.  Sounds like a good genre.



Q-Rosh wrote:

heavenly weird sounds all along the way. this is the most psychedelic song I ever heard. The outcome to survive this on LSD must be smaller than 1%.

Thanks!  I should include a disclaimer:  Not to be used in conjunction with LSD.



E-dub wrote:

I love weird noises.

Me too!

July 27, 2020 6:39 pm

That wobbling sound that comes in at 0:05 is harddddd

July 27, 2020 6:45 pm
danju wrote:

That wobbling sound that comes in at 0:05 is harddddd

There's a synth that comes in there that's then immediately followed by the sheet metal.

July 28, 2020 12:51 pm

This is a trip. I love how the addition of the rain sample adds just another piece of randomness on the top. Points for the creativity, for being so out of the box that the box is nowhere to be seen. This is inspiring, this is what music needs to be about. Thank you for that! Also bonus points for the title!

July 28, 2020 3:16 pm

You had a creative week. I love the way many sounds have a fluttering sound to them, in line with the shaking sound of sheet metal. I remember a pop tube, just never thought a childhood toy would become a piece in this track It's cool how silence is used to break sections apart and move into a new phase of...existence?

July 28, 2020 7:28 pm
Kedbreak136 wrote:

This is a trip. I love how the addition of the rain sample adds just another piece of randomness on the top. Points for the creativity, for being so out of the box that the box is nowhere to be seen. This is inspiring, this is what music needs to be about. Thank you for that! Also bonus points for the title!

Thanks!  It's definitely nice to approach things with a no rules/anything goes mentality sometimes.  It's liberating if nothing else. 


July 28, 2020 7:32 pm
Anon_Buster wrote:

You had a creative week. I love the way many sounds have a fluttering sound to them, in line with the shaking sound of sheet metal. I remember a pop tube, just never thought a childhood toy would become a piece in this track It's cool how silence is used to break sections apart and move into a new phase of...existence?

Thanks!  I've got a few toys I keep around for the sole purpose that they make noise.  I found that pop toob several years ago at some store and it only cost like a dollar so I was sold instantly.  I've used it on a few tracks over the years and it always brings a bit of a surprising element to things I think.

July 29, 2020 8:43 pm

Yay for putting together strange sounds! Fun to record them out in the world, I'll have to do that soon too. Sounds good, nice that it's so subtle, it has calming effect. And stimulating in its randomness. This makes little dusty neurons in my head come alive and peek around.

July 30, 2020 3:22 pm

An awesome array of sounds in this one.  I feel like I've been taken down into the basement of a mad scientist smile  "and over here is the amazing shrink ray!"

July 30, 2020 5:47 pm
miraclemiles wrote:

Yay for putting together strange sounds! Fun to record them out in the world, I'll have to do that soon too. Sounds good, nice that it's so subtle, it has calming effect. And stimulating in its randomness. This makes little dusty neurons in my head come alive and peek around.

I really do enjoy found sounds.  I'm always keeping my ears peeled for them.  It's kind of like going on a treasure hunt out in the world and you never know where or when you might find something interesting.



Tone Matrix wrote:

An awesome array of sounds in this one.  I feel like I've been taken down into the basement of a mad scientist smile  "and over here is the amazing shrink ray!"

Thanks!  I like the mad scientist comparison.  It's apt for how this one was put together as well.

August 2, 2020 11:32 am

Pretty cool sound collage. The stereo panning is a big part of bringing it to life.  You're the mad scientist of found object sounds! Sounds like you are bending the will of the other instruments to match the piece of metal. What's happening at the end? I really like how it becomes all synthy but follows the same general feel.  Then it beams up mothership!

August 2, 2020 6:26 pm
NWSPR wrote:

Pretty cool sound collage. The stereo panning is a big part of bringing it to life.  You're the mad scientist of found object sounds! Sounds like you are bending the will of the other instruments to match the piece of metal. What's happening at the end? I really like how it becomes all synthy but follows the same general feel.  Then it beams up mothership!

I was originally going to end it when the rain and shett metal sounds stopped, but then I started having too much fun messing around on the synths to stop so they ended up taking over for the last couple minutes. 

August 4, 2020 3:49 am

I love those weird metal sounds.  I also love super large pieces of metal, wish I could record in some missile silo or something

This is like a field recording of an alien abduction.  Start out working on the farm in the rain, aliens come, get beamed up, they start conducting tests, transformation from human into alien END.

August 4, 2020 8:09 pm
orangedrink wrote:

I love those weird metal sounds.  I also love super large pieces of metal, wish I could record in some missile silo or something

This is like a field recording of an alien abduction.  Start out working on the farm in the rain, aliens come, get beamed up, they start conducting tests, transformation from human into alien END.

Thanks!  I like the stories you conjure up to go along with tracks.  I can definitely picture all that in my mind.

August 4, 2020 9:09 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

I like the stories you conjure up to go along with tracks.  I can definitely picture all that in my mind.


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