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A decade in bleeps

By laguna on January 5, 2020 12:35 am

Hello Worldwide WB Family !!!

I'm really glad to be back another year and see so many familiar faces. Looking forward to hear your new stuff and catch up in the comments section.

I choose to open this year remastering a piece I created a few months back, using Linux own Hydrogen drum machine as a chromatic sampler. There's something funny (for a little while, at least) about trying to do electronic melodies with an instrument planned for acoustic real-life sounding drums.

My Linux open source DAW skills are limited at the moment, so I had to do all the tweaking and polishing dumping each separated track into Ableton Live 10 on a Mac. I think the mix turned to be somewhat decent and not as muddy as my usual stuff.

EXPECT A YOUTUBE VIDEO about this one. Now in production, I wanted to edit this Sunday and finally had to do some mundane stuff, but hopefully I'd start posting very soon.

Thanks in advice to everybody for listening. Again, it's really great to be back another year smile

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January 6, 2020 12:15 am

Ah I'm so glad you're continuing! It's always so refreshing listening to your beats. so relaxing, I love the unboring Aphex Twin-standard repeatability if you get what I mean. Could be 4 times as long! Clean mix too smile

January 6, 2020 12:17 am

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January 6, 2020 12:20 am

This track is hues bait. BLEEP BOOP

January 6, 2020 12:31 am

Tantalizing to the ears

January 6, 2020 12:40 am

Same for you, Sir smile

Abludo wrote:

Ah I'm so glad you're continuing! It's always so refreshing listening to your beats. so relaxing, I love the unboring Aphex Twin-standard repeatability if you get what I mean. Could be 4 times as long! Clean mix too smile

I guess I do, Tom smile Most of my stuff is pretty repetitive so I force myself to build slight variations and twists in order to keep the listener (and myself) interested, specially when sitting in from of my laptop for hours listening to the same pattern!

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for listening, mate smile

ViridianLoom wrote:

Tantalizing to the ears

Quite a compliment! Thanks a lot, and cool cat in the avatar, BTW

January 6, 2020 12:43 am
Judgement Act wrote:

This track is hues bait. BLEEP BOOP

That visualizer is so cool! I actually tried to code something similar a few years ago for my own MIDI files, but my coding skills weren't up to the task then.

Would be very nice to see some Shojo characters dancing with my beats smile


January 6, 2020 1:08 am

Ah so beautiful, love it! heart

January 6, 2020 1:17 am

Thanks a lot, roybot. Glad to see you back for another go!

January 6, 2020 2:23 am

Nice to see you back again!!! I'm not sure I understand how you made the track but it's goddamn awesome. I've gotten away from the early electronic sound over the last couple years but I hear something like this and I feel like I've been wasting my time pursuing anything different. Great job!

January 6, 2020 2:56 am

Welcome back, Laguna! Wonderful to hear your work again!  This one's ultra-groovy all over, and that uplifting bridge is outstanding--even more so when I think of how you made this one!  Excellent stuff!

January 6, 2020 4:42 am

Love this! And welcome back! WB 2020 Let's Go!

January 6, 2020 6:53 am
Sodabelly wrote:

Nice to see you back again!!! I'm not sure I understand how you made the track but it's goddamn awesome. I've gotten away from the early electronic sound over the last couple years but I hear something like this and I feel like I've been wasting my time pursuing anything different. Great job!

Thanks a lot, Sodabelly! You made my day being back in the game for another year!

Basically I used an open source drum machine - that plays samples- with limited pitch control parameters to create a basic melody, using the 808's cowbell and a Casio VL1 "bleep" as leads. The basic song was there, but needed some mixing and lacked any effects. So I dumped every drum sound into separated audio tracks and then performed the final arrangement in Ableton. Hope to post a video showing the stuff soon.

Thanks again for your nice feedback smile Your no-so-electronic tracks kept me inspired during previous WeeklyBeats editions, wondering "how this guy manages to get that special sound while I'm still doing the same blip blop sh*t over and over", so I really doubt you wasted any time (this week's Sodabely track was simply killer). Props to you, man

onezero wrote:

Welcome back, Laguna! Wonderful to hear your work again!  This one's ultra-groovy all over, and that uplifting bridge is outstanding--even more so when I think of how you made this one!  Excellent stuff!

Thanks a lot, Maurice! "Ultra groovy" is the nicest compliment for this track smile You made my Monday morning

scottux wrote:

Love this! And welcome back! WB 2020 Let's Go!


It's good to be back and see so many talented people here, and you again among them, man! Have a great 2020!!!


January 6, 2020 7:42 am

Welcome back, it's great to see you! I think this mix turned out great, it's so percussive and satisfying to listen to. Here's to a good year heart

January 6, 2020 8:52 am
hieme wrote:

Welcome back, it's great to see you! I think this mix turned out great, it's so percussive and satisfying to listen to. Here's to a good year <3

Thanks a lot, Hieme! I've been struggling with muddy mixes for a long time. You D'n'B producers are more versed in taming those subbasses, but it's pretty new to me.


January 6, 2020 1:52 pm

Glad you're back! This is great!

January 6, 2020 3:00 pm

Mmm yes gimme that brain dance.

January 6, 2020 5:01 pm

This track is delicious. And props for making use of some FOSS in your work.

January 6, 2020 8:36 pm

Nice bleeping tune.

January 6, 2020 9:43 pm
onlyjokinen wrote:

Glad you're back! This is great!

Thanks a lot for listening. My pleasure to be here around talented people like you

ecso wrote:

Mmm yes gimme that brain dance.

A middle aged guy here representing some 90s IDM (I wish) wink
Thanks a lot for listening and bringing back your beats

kevanatkins wrote:

This track is delicious. And props for making use of some FOSS in your work.

Glad you liked and that you noticed the tip to the FOSS movement. I'd like to make more use a (privative) Ableton Live user and an avid Linux user, so I guess both could coexist peacefully.

E-dub wrote:

Nice bleeping tune.

Thanks Edmund! It's great to have you back !!!


January 7, 2020 6:55 pm

If you're going to do the work on Linux, I recommend LMMS as a DAW.

Love the piece btw.

January 8, 2020 3:36 am

Nice one, feeling this, especially feeling that that bass!

January 9, 2020 5:18 pm

Welcome back! Suhweet sound selection especially on that main Aphexy_ambient_synth.  The beat with the added percussion works really well too.  Nice job!

January 10, 2020 12:12 pm

oh wow i love the sound design on this, all the short samples dancing around

January 10, 2020 7:43 pm

Welcome back in 2020. It's nice to hear your songs again.
I like the quieter moments here.
As always the drums are awesome, a bit too bassy, but just a tick smile

January 10, 2020 8:04 pm

Ohh Sorry, my mistake.
Ive changed the headphones now and the mix is perfect!

January 12, 2020 3:06 pm

This is really cool! The staccato nature of the piece is great.

So good to see so many of the WB crew back as well!

January 12, 2020 3:50 pm

Very nice mixing and processing. I like these kind of relaxed but skittery drums. Feels like a snow day, but an energetic one.

January 12, 2020 3:56 pm

Welcome back!  Excited to hear what you have for our ears this year.  Love the start to this with the deep breath in, the modulating bass fits in nice, great job and as others have noted a bit of an aphex vibe going on.  Very clean mix on this which suits the track, but those muddy mixes have their place.

January 12, 2020 8:17 pm

this is pretty cool!

January 13, 2020 12:14 am

I like that synth and drum!

January 13, 2020 12:43 am
Devieus wrote:

If you're going to do the work on Linux, I recommend LMMS as a DAW.

Love the piece btw.

Thanks a lot, Devieus! I'm learning a little bit of LMMS every other day, though it's a little bit hard for me to get my head around that Fruity Loops /FLStudio paradigm. Anyway, I'll keep exploring it.

miraclemiles wrote:

Nice one, feeling this, especially feeling that that bass!

Thanks a lot! It was difficult to tame it into the mix. Gald you enjoyed

Tone Matrix wrote:

Welcome back! Suhweet sound selection especially on that main Aphexy_ambient_synth.  The beat with the added percussion works really well too.  Nice job!

Thanks a lot,man. I'm really glad you also returned for another round!

"Synths" are basically the 808 Cowbell chromatically tuned, the Casio VL1 "bleep" snare tuned, and a single sample of a microKorg. I filled it with effects so they don't see as static. All of that, because I didn't wanted to learn how to load VST synths in Ardour smile

tac wrote:

oh wow i love the sound design on this, all the short samples dancing around

Thanks a lot, Tac. I'm happy you're diggin' it.

m2K7 wrote:

Welcome back in 2020. It's nice to hear your songs again.
I like the quieter moments here.
As always the drums are awesome, a bit too bassy, but just a tick smile

Oh, I'm happy to read the other comment. I really struggled to fit that bass into the mix. I'm not really used to fit sub-basses into my music (I'd love to do it, but still learning).

It's great to be back and see you. I have to show you a video where I used your Ensoniq SQ8 VST with a cassette multi-track smile


January 13, 2020 12:48 am

It's not super hard, it's mostly piano roll stuff.

January 13, 2020 1:00 am
roboctopus wrote:

This is really cool! The staccato nature of the piece is great.

So good to see so many of the WB crew back as well!

Thanks a lot, Roboctopus, for both listening and being back another year. It's nice to see a real "community" of musicians and talented people.

license wrote:

Very nice mixing and processing. I like these kind of relaxed but skittery drums. Feels like a snow day, but an energetic one.

Thanks a lot, License! It's a nice compliment. I'd love to try this one on a snowy day myself smile

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Welcome back!  Excited to hear what you have for our ears this year.  Love the start to this with the deep breath in, the modulating bass fits in nice, great job and as others have noted a bit of an aphex vibe going on.  Very clean mix on this which suits the track, but those muddy mixes have their place.

It's a great pleasure to see you again here, Jason! Thanks for all those Aphex Twin comparisons. I'm basically faking it with a lot of small tricks over my really simply arrangement smile

I should credit that breath later. Tried to do it myself but never found the proper tone. When I was almost giving up, I found the one on freesound.org

joshvishnu wrote:

this is pretty cool!

Thanks, mate! You're cool aswell

Ipaghost wrote:

I like that synth and drum!

I just wanted to rip off The Future Sound of London and make a track using the 808 cowbell as the main melodic instrument. Got carried away after a while...

January 13, 2020 2:56 am

This is great, 808 cowbells make great melodies

January 16, 2020 8:32 pm

yay!  welcome back!

March 1, 2020 8:06 pm

I'm happy to be able to hear your songs again.
I once owned an ESQ-1 and love its organic sound. Think the SQ8L comes very close to that.

March 16, 2020 10:35 pm

Sorry for the extremely late replies. I'm catching up with the comments and missed some of the early ones

7506 wrote:

This is great, 808 cowbells make great melodies

Oh, yes indeed. I had some marvellous Future Sound of London tracks on my mind!

Thanks for listening!!!

kaedo sevaada wrote:

yay!  welcome back!

Thanks a lot, Kaedo! I hope to catch up with your stream of releases as I'm now catching with your comments... You're dancing GIFs are the coolest!!!

m2K7 wrote:

I'm happy to be able to hear your songs again.
I once owned an ESQ-1 and love its organic sound. Think the SQ8L comes very close to that.

I'm also happy that you are back again for another year.

I was convinced you were involved in a fan page about the SQ8. Am I wrong?

Thanks a lot for the comment and sorry for the late reply! Accept this as a synth tribute (really difficult to find an Ensoniq-themed GIF)

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