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Mainframe romance

By laguna on September 13, 2020 11:59 pm

Oh, what a week! I think I finally got caught by the COVID virus, though maybe it's just an ordinary cold (I'm still waiting for the results).

I've spent my days at home, well cared by my family, and ironically more relaxed now than in the whole summer. Some fever and some headache, but I'm making my way through quite fine.

That's why I indulged myself in this music trip that begun as some kind of #909Day jam. Yes, my original intention was making a proper Roland TR-909 techno song... but I suck big time at uptempo beats. Everything that came out sounded lame to me, so I started to twist the individual sounds. Pitching things down, slowing down the sequencer, I ended here, at 82 bpm.

The song is more ambitious in my head, but since everything is made out of found samples, I run out of time searching for the proper sounds. Also, I'm afraid after messing so much with the 909 samples, they're not really that punchy.

I finally gave a somewhat "acceptable" very basic form to the arrangement on Sunday evening, though I'm definetely planning to continue this one.

Do you need this one needs some more drums?

I don't know if my results will be negative (so I'll be back on duty in a few days) or positive (and a couple of weeks at home, for sure). Thing is I'm lucky I didn't have strong symthoms and I'm back home with my loved ones instead of miles away in a hotel room. Just for that, I'm really grateful.

I wish you all to be safe, healthy and surrounded by the people you love and care. It makes a whole lot of difference.

Much love to every one of you around the world, Weekly family smile

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September 14, 2020 3:52 am

Hope you get better soon and nothing too serious.  This beat has such a nice lurching/head nod feel to it, to my ears the drums have a nice punch, very smooth tune.

September 14, 2020 1:47 pm

I hope you you are not infected with covid. You made an extremely nice track. Get well soon.

September 14, 2020 4:42 pm

Heh... in the US, some employers make you come to work while you wait for your test results. Get well soon! I love the sounds; excellent work on the beat.

September 14, 2020 7:07 pm

I love the syncopation when the second drums come in.
It doesnt need more drums, nice relaxing sound.

September 15, 2020 10:09 am
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Hope you get better soon and nothing too serious.  This beat has such a nice lurching/head nod feel to it, to my ears the drums have a nice punch, very smooth tune.

Thanks a lot, Jason! I think the tune has potential, though choosing the sounds is proving to be difficult.

Again, thanks for your feedback and the kind words!!!

Q-Rosh wrote:

I hope you you are not infected with covid. You made an extremely nice track. Get well soon.

That's my same hope, and it fortunatelly has signs of a common flu. Vielen dank für alles, mein Freund!!!

Mission Crossing wrote:

Heh... in the US, some employers make you come to work while you wait for your test results. Get well soon! I love the sounds; excellent work on the beat.

Oh, that's terrible!... though I think my company here in Spain would be delighted if they could squeeze some days out of us. Let's not give them ideas !!!

Thanks a lot for the criticism and the good wishes smile

gesceap wrote:

I love the syncopation when the second drums come in.
It doesnt need more drums, nice relaxing sound.

Oh, I couldn't resist to add some "breaks" (from some kind of analoguish techno beat, slowed down). All those 909 beats sounded so cold and isolated on their own.

I'll work with what I have, though I think it would be nice to add some fills here and there.

Thanks a lot for your continuous feedback, Gesceap smile

September 17, 2020 8:21 am

I like how the huge kick kinda takes all the space when it hits, it's as if it cuts the track and when it's not there the rest of the more delicate instruments surface. It makes for an interesting dynamic. I hope you did not get covid and you have a prompt recovery!

September 17, 2020 11:42 pm

Hope you feel better! I hope it's just a mild cold!

September 20, 2020 9:10 pm

Hoping for the best for you.  Get well soon!

Great beat here, love that little bleep noise and the blip arpeggio hiding in the back, later at the end.

September 22, 2020 1:27 pm
Kedbreak136 wrote:

I like how the huge kick kinda takes all the space when it hits, it's as if it cuts the track and when it's not there the rest of the more delicate instruments surface. It makes for an interesting dynamic. I hope you did not get covid and you have a prompt recovery!

Oh, I used a really practical device called "signal follower" on Renoise, which in turns controls the gain of another track. It's an easier and straightforward way of getting that "pumping" effect without depending on the mystery of a compressor's inner workings (which I've always wanted but have never been good at getting).

Finally it is actually COVID, but I'm leaving behind the fever and gladly having no more symptoms at the moment.

Thanks a lot for the kind wishes!!!

Ipaghost wrote:

Hope you feel better! I hope it's just a mild cold!

Thanks a lot, Ipa!!! It wasn't just a cold after all but I'm having quite bearable symptoms. I'm trying to live it as some kind of unspected vacation, after all these months "in the streets" smile

Again, thanks a lot for the great positive vibes (and the GIFs) smile

orangedrink wrote:

Hoping for the best for you.  Get well soon!

Great beat here, love that little bleep noise and the blip arpeggio hiding in the back, later at the end.

Thank you, Orangedrink!!! I'm feeling much better now smile

I'm not very fond of sample libraries, but I found some "construction kit" in my archive, all fancy 24 bits stereo samples. I turn them to mono, 16 bit and shortened the hell out of them, so I could create my own chops instead of splicing 8 bars of premade library music.

The bells are basically glockenspiel samples that I use in a back and forth loop so they could be sustained. I think everything was sampled in the same key so I could put it through long dalays and it still "fits" together nicely.

The end is the whole Send group resampled and pitched down. It's a great trick to create variation from an existing arrangement, and since I suck at synthesis, I abuse it every time I can.

Thanks for being there every week, man! All the best back to you smile

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