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Circus Mayhem

By Devieus on May 23, 2018 4:08 pm

Now presenting for your entertainment, Circus Mayhem!

As stated last time: the only way to go from having one track with a random instrument every note is to have two, and the best way to handle that is with diverting them to either side with pan automation.

I tried making it feel like a circus for no particular reason, but I was having a bit of an issue actualizing it. The first half feels very nice to be sure and the organ is key in this, yet it never quite felt like a circus, maybe the 5/4 doesn't help either. However I managed to pull through quite alright at the second half when it starts to actually build up and resolve in an acceptable cadence.

I also automated the tempo, because that's the kind of disorder that's always welcome, it caused all sorts of trouble with exporting (I had to record the output in Audacity) and it's very subtle, but it's always worth it.

So now the freak show can begin. Mind the band, it's possessed.

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May 28, 2018 12:41 am

Curious - cool too!  I'm liking how the melody seems comprised of a different instrument with each new note in some parts.

May 28, 2018 5:58 am

Nice! It’s giving me a Chrono Cross feel.

May 28, 2018 6:53 am

It's a really strange piece, but it works, definitely getting some weird / manic circus vibes

May 28, 2018 12:28 pm

I am reminded of Antheil's Ballet Mecanique, but I guess this is the digital version?

May 28, 2018 2:26 pm

Made me think of a great tent that goes flying up into space, super evocative sound big_smile

May 28, 2018 2:31 pm

Creepy circus for sure!  You achieved it!

May 28, 2018 2:37 pm

Sounds chaotic, but also orderly. Very interesting range of instruments!

May 28, 2018 3:15 pm

great performance. fantastic sound-carousel.

May 28, 2018 4:07 pm
Reilly Farrell wrote:

Curious - cool too!  I'm liking how the melody seems comprised of a different instrument with each new note in some parts.

It's actually all parts, and it's one in each ear. Or it's supposed to, maybe a little too much reverb caused it to blend together, though honestly it's not going to be much better either way.

Mission Crossing wrote:

Nice! It’s giving me a Chrono Cross feel.

Thanks! I only played trigger, so I wouldn't know about that.

Bleeoop wrote:

It's a really strange piece, but it works, definitely getting some weird / manic circus vibes

Good to know I've managed at least that much. One of the finer uses of a minor scale in my opinion.

Ryan wrote:

I am reminded of Antheil's Ballet Mecanique, but I guess this is the digital version?

I'd like to believe there's too much structure in this for it to be that.

Gab Manette wrote:

Made me think of a great tent that goes flying up into space, super evocative sound big_smile

That's one interpretation, though I imagine it to be like walking through the grounds, witnessing the opening act, whatever it is. Perhaps taking flight.

LydiaPrimate wrote:

Creepy circus for sure!  You achieved it!

Yea, it was a doozy, but I pulled through alright.

hieme wrote:

Sounds chaotic, but also orderly. Very interesting range of instruments!

It's weird how those two things can mesh together at all, much less so well.

Q-Rosh wrote:

great performance. fantastic sound-carousel.

Thanks. That's a great term for it.

May 28, 2018 8:42 pm

Yeah, it's not totally circus, and yet I can definitely hear that element in there.  Maybe an alien circus?

May 28, 2018 9:22 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

Yeah, it's not totally circus, and yet I can definitely hear that element in there.  Maybe an alien circus?

Maybe a carnival, or freak show.

May 29, 2018 1:23 am

Wonderful, incredible. Really appreciate the beat, and tempo variance. Hard to believe it's algorithmic, but anything is possible with demon summoning!

May 29, 2018 2:57 pm

I've always been disturbed by circuses, so this is apt. ::)

May 29, 2018 3:42 pm

Definitely can get the carnival/circus feeling on this. Well done!

May 29, 2018 7:57 pm
gpsychosis wrote:

Wonderful, incredible. Really appreciate the beat, and tempo variance. Hard to believe it's algorithmic, but anything is possible with demon summoning!

I guess it is in some places. Just the tempo flip-flopping in a square wave and the two instrument tracks.

Jim Wood wrote:

I've always been disturbed by circuses, so this is apt. ::)

Funny things happen there.

onlyjokinen wrote:

Definitely can get the carnival/circus feeling on this. Well done!

Thanks. It's tricky at times.

May 29, 2018 8:17 pm

I like the precarious feel.  Off cantor with the chord changes (a little Danny Elfmanish). A sense of danger and tension. Either high wire or perhaps clowns with mal-intent.  Great how the drums are directing the action.  ( BTW, Ever hear Circus of Death by the Human League? first thing I thought of when I saw your track name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KqP3VYnIvE )

May 29, 2018 8:39 pm
NWSPR wrote:

I like the precarious feel.  Off cantor with the chord changes (a little Danny Elfmanish). A sense of danger and tension. Either high wire or perhaps clowns with mal-intent.  Great how the drums are directing the action.  ( BTW, Ever hear Circus of Death by the Human League? first thing I thought of when I saw your track name. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KqP3VYnIvE )

It kind of does feel a little Danny Elfman, though I'd like to think I take my inspiration from Radiohead. No band relishes more in their off chord changes than them; to them a chord progression doesn't necessarily stick to the scale as much as traditional music would allow.
Never heard Circus of Death, but let's be honest, there's a lot of words you can stick after "Circus" to make it sound very, very nasty.

May 29, 2018 9:36 pm

It feels like it borders on a villains theme.. or like, the end of the world.. reminds me of thanatos from secret of mana, but maybe before his final plans

May 29, 2018 11:29 pm

That would be an interesting circus to go to! Nice work, really interesting and unexpected stuff.

May 30, 2018 6:34 pm

This is terrific.  I really like the panning and the 5/4 rhythm is very unsettling.

May 30, 2018 8:55 pm
zeropass wrote:

It feels like it borders on a villains theme.. or like, the end of the world.. reminds me of thanatos from secret of mana, but maybe before his final plans

There's definitely some foul going on here for sure.

miraclemiles wrote:

That would be an interesting circus to go to! Nice work, really interesting and unexpected stuff.

Thanks. A surprise at every note.

orangedrink wrote:

This is terrific.  I really like the panning and the 5/4 rhythm is very unsettling.

I don't know if the 5/4 is particularly unsettling, but it definitely adds a layer to it. A sort of unease that's off from the usual.

June 2, 2018 4:38 pm

that mysterious circus vibe is awesome!
Nice Idea to change the instrument on every note.
the toms are maybe a bit too extended.

June 3, 2018 8:22 pm
theGuen wrote:

that mysterious circus vibe is awesome!
Nice Idea to change the instrument on every note.
the toms are maybe a bit too extended.

Yea, just a little maybe. Or, like, a lot. It definitely creates the atmosphere I was going for, but it really overrules the bits I wanted to emphasize and ended up somewhat messy.

June 8, 2018 4:43 pm

Nice drum work too, it really drives the mystery and mayhem of the random_instruments smile 

June 8, 2018 11:31 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

Nice drum work too, it really drives the mystery and mayhem of the random_instruments smile

As drums should.

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