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Electrical

By NWSPR on November 1, 2020 11:34 pm

This week's track takes inspiration from the 2017 film "The Current War" which I finally had a chance to watch on Friday. Inspired by the inventions of Tesla, Edison, and Westinghouse, I decided to do some inventing of my own and dove into the Moog lab to create all original analog sounds for this week's track.  All built on the Moog Grandmother and Model D except for the vocoder which is from the KingKorg.

All the drums were hand played using single pass monophonic analog sounds from the Moogs.  No sequencers, samples, and no digital patches.  I imagine this is what it would have been like recording electronic music (like Kraftwerk) in the late 70s before the next wave of technology hit.  Except the gear has gotten much smaller. I did use some flextime editing to tighten up my 8 tracks of hand played drums.  That's cheating since that technology didn't exist in the 70s sad

I think this is my favorite recording of the year because I really had fun constructing the old school sounds.

Hope you had a great halloween.  Looking forward to the election here in the U.S. this week.  Let it be over.

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

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November 2, 2020 2:05 am

Digging these movie inspired tracks and it's very cool that you went (close to) authentic era-appropriate recording techniques.  Sometimes I think all our technology is a bit of a crutch.  I really do admire what those old school guys accomplished with much more limitations.  And yes, let this election be over and hopefully with a positive outcome.

November 2, 2020 4:02 am

Damn, thats really cool man.  I never would have guess that you synthesized these drums from scratch, they sound awesome. 

November 2, 2020 4:35 pm

Very nice. Love the vocoder. Cheating is ok if nobody knows... Ooops.

November 2, 2020 7:24 pm

Oh yes--excellent bass and drum groove here. A satisfyingly crunchy dystopian atmosphere.

November 3, 2020 8:25 pm

Yes, this is a smart piece of music. It is one of your highlights this year for sure. It has the right instrumententation and the supercool beat to infect the listener. It has a perfect retrobeginning, then brought me to a short Daft Punk Party and after this I was hanging out with Ralf and Florian, like in the good old Krautrock times we use to celebrate here in Germany. Perfect track. Love it.

November 5, 2020 4:52 am

The bass line is really nice. For some reason this reminded me of the lab of a mad scientist, the kind we'd find in old black and white horror movies.

November 5, 2020 10:27 pm

Great track, a highlight for sure! That main riff is so good, Moogs sound tops. Drums too, that really is impressive how you did those. But I'm mostly all about that vocoder, that got me going. Cool idea and concept. 70's had enough! I enjoyed that movie too. I always get frustated about how Tesla and his innovations didn't get the recognition they deserve.

November 9, 2020 3:33 am

Hot stuff.

November 9, 2020 12:38 pm

Cool idea you got from watching a flick. The bass is cool. I like the line and how the sound seems to melt away with that little tail of release that seems to let the highs linger a little longer.

November 18, 2020 2:43 pm

Super catchy bassline that gets really cool when it's doubled up with the other synths.  Excellent overall groove to this track.  Like I just stepped onto the dance flo!

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