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Sand Wave

By miraclemiles on January 21, 2018 9:07 pm

This is an arrangement of a live session with fellow WB-er @license doing the main "theme" synth on the Nord Drum 2, and friend Aaron Faulks on electric guitar. I did the drums and some textural samples on the Push, ran through Kaoss Pad and some did some vocoded vox, that only show up here as some textures mixed into drums. I also recorded the session and ran us all into separate computer also running Ableton because when recording into the same session I'm also creating sounds from, I have accidently messed up recordings in the past.

This week I cut the session down and arranged this, but kept editing minimal, mainly to cut time down, and some level mixing. Wanted to keep that feeling that we did this live, and we are exploring and playing around, so I kept the various drum parts I tried out, some of the Kaoss pad delay bursts and so forth. Hope it doesn't sound to random and chaotic! I also sliced two of my drum parts into Simplr on the Push and tapped out the middle section. I wanted to impose limitation of only using sounds from the session ... then I broke my rule and added a snare sample in the beginning section for some more pop. I guess part of the fun of making rules is then breaking them. smile
Put this through Landr as some other WBer's are also doing, and liked results, thickened it up and separated some frequencies.

This title is because I heard a cool poem comparing sand to the ocean this week (can't remember by who), and because I remembered license had covered a Dune 2 video game song right around the time we did this jam, and wanted to make sure this wasn't that. It's not, he made this riff up off the top of his head, and did a damn fine job! Also, I can imagine flying over some sand dunes while this is playing, so that sounds like fun.

Working on this reminded me that getting together with friends to jam and experiment is one of the main reasons I like music. I tend to hole up alone and create, which is fine, but I think it's engrained in our DNA that music is also a social art as well. I can't wait to create and post more of these live jams in future weeks, and I hope you all enjoy! Thanks for listening, can't wait to hear more of this weeks great tunes!

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

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January 22, 2018 1:34 am

Love the combination of acoustic and electronic textures in this. Enjoyed reading about your process too. I'm kinda the opposite to you, in that I'm most comfortable making music with others. I'm trying to get better at producing music by myself.

January 22, 2018 12:38 pm

These bell sounds are crazy!
And the arrangement is great right at the moment where the interlude starts losing me the guitar came in again.

Great work!

January 22, 2018 8:02 pm
Avarine wrote:

Love the combination of acoustic and electronic textures in this. Enjoyed reading about your process too. I'm kinda the opposite to you, in that I'm most comfortable making music with others. I'm trying to get better at producing music by myself.

Thanks for listening and commenting! Up until a couple years ago, I had always only played drums in bands. Then after trying a band again in 2014 after a hiatus and feeling frustrated on many levels, I finally dove in and focussed on producing on my own and it's been an amazing journey. I wish I would have taken the leap earlier! Now I just have to remember to get together and play with people again from time to time smile. Also trying to figure out how to perform some of my songs live in an interesting way is the next challenge.

January 22, 2018 8:05 pm
theGuen wrote:

These bell sounds are crazy!
And the arrangement is great right at the moment where the interlude starts losing me the guitar came in again.

Great work!

Thanks so much G! -- I hear you on that interlude, as I was finishing up, I kept thinking it's not holding my attention either and starting to bother me, so it needs something else. But then the next section came in right in time so I figured I'd just leave it for now.

January 22, 2018 8:52 pm
miraclemiles wrote:


Thanks so much G! -- I hear you on that interlude, as I was finishing up, I kept thinking it's not holding my attention either and starting to bother me, so it needs something else. But then the next section came in right in time so I figured I'd just leave it for now.

Yeah leave it, it's a good balance if you change earlier it maybe feels rushed. And i pay close attentions to this right now,cause i sometimes feel that this balance could be better in my songs.

January 22, 2018 11:39 pm

This has a really nice fat sound to it.  Great production work!  I also tend to be a hermit working away by myself on music, but it really is quite fun to collaborate sometimes and you tend to get cool stuff you'd never do just on your own.

January 23, 2018 4:48 am

Great collaboration!  How do you like the Push?  I really want to get one.

January 24, 2018 7:12 pm

cool!

January 25, 2018 4:25 am

Excellent, I love how this is a collaborative effort, snare sounds good, so no harm in breaking rules, like the part midway where everything kind of deteriorates

January 28, 2018 8:48 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Excellent, I love how this is a collaborative effort, snare sounds good, so no harm in breaking rules, like the part midway where everything kind of deteriorates

Thanks so much for listening! Glad you like the middle deterioration, that was fun to make.

January 28, 2018 8:48 pm
kaedo sevaada wrote:

cool!

Thanks!

January 28, 2018 8:51 pm
CosmicCairns wrote:

This has a really nice fat sound to it.  Great production work!  I also tend to be a hermit working away by myself on music, but it really is quite fun to collaborate sometimes and you tend to get cool stuff you'd never do just on your own.

Thanks - I did OK, but I think the LANDR AI but pumped it up well too. Agreed on the collaboration, I'm similar.

orangedrink wrote:

Great collaboration!  How do you like the Push?  I really want to get one.

I love the PUSH! It's amazing how good workflow can be on that, and what cool parts you can play on those pads. When first Push came out I knew I had to finally take the plunge, learn Ableton and start producing my own tunes, and haven't looked back since.

February 1, 2018 5:09 pm

Really cool textures between the acoustic and electronic instruments.  Dig that breakdown in the middle as well.  Once it returns it gave me more of a BoC feeling with those dreamy chords reverberating. 

February 1, 2018 9:56 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

Really cool textures between the acoustic and electronic instruments.  Dig that breakdown in the middle as well.  Once it returns it gave me more of a BoC feeling with those dreamy chords reverberating.

Thanks! Yes, I want to revisit this sometime, maybe take that second part after the breakdown and build off of that more. Appreciate the listen and comment!

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