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Tundra Salad (Kiss on the Cheek)

By NWSPR on May 13, 2018 7:03 pm

Tundra Salad is a phrase lifted from a Vatican Commandos song which was the New England hardcore band that Moby played bass in before he became "Moby" and a kiss on the cheek, being appropriate for Mother's Day (happy mother's day, and don't forget to call your moms), places the plasticity of human relationships in sharp relief when delivered from a synthetic text to speech generator.

Half-assed on a couple of Korgs and my trusty Roland TR-8 plus a bit of TTS from the web that may be too low in the mix. 

Off topic, anyone checkout that documentary on the 808 Movie?  http://808themovie.com/

Very cool and for me, reminds me of the divide in early electronic pop where we split into two camps between the Linn Drums and 808s and the rest is history.  I was always partial to the Linn sound being a huge Human League fan but the TR-8 I have is a descended from the 808.  Anyways check it out, enjoy your Sunday and call your Mom.



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May 14, 2018 12:35 am

Some very nice synth work on display here and the production sounds great.

May 14, 2018 1:37 am

Very powerful, with vocals adding a nice "humanizing" element. For me, at least the Linn/808 split was economic. ::)

May 14, 2018 1:44 am

Agreed that you've got some great synth work here...but let's talk about that kick!  Great low extension there!  And that organ line seals the deal--totally digging those parts, along with the higher melodies!   (One suggestion--and this may be my new headphones--is that the pad synths seem very present in the higher mids, and some of the lead lines seem to be fighting a bit for space.  They sit a bit better when the pads are less present.)  Nicely done!

May 14, 2018 8:28 am

Nice melodies and great arrangement!
Really like when the deep long decay 808 kicks in... whished the parts a bit longer wink
Never had the oportunity to play with either of these machines but i use way more linn kits than 808 kits.
But i think for the kits the 808 samples are always trimmed more to the electro sound and never as modest as you mixed it... Great Job!

May 14, 2018 12:09 pm

The synth work is nicee, really wide and expansive sounding leads heart

May 16, 2018 5:23 am

I'm really liking that melody.

May 19, 2018 9:06 pm

Lovely choice of instruments, this track put me in a great mood big_smile

May 20, 2018 9:04 am

Definitely a retro vibe popping the whole tune.   Very cool big kick that drops in.
Both drum machine camps have their plus and minuses.  Roger Linn was involved in the making of the Tempest which is my all time fave drum machine and studio instruments.

May 20, 2018 11:56 pm
rdomain wrote:

Definitely a retro vibe popping the whole tune.   Very cool big kick that drops in.
Both drum machine camps have their plus and minuses.  Roger Linn was involved in the making of the Tempest which is my all time fave drum machine and studio instruments.

Interesting to know. I'm not familiar with the Tempest so I'll need to look that up.  I always preferred the Linn drum sound, maybe since they were utterly inaccessible cost-wise (for the actual unit).  Not sure what they go for now.  The 808 is, last I checked, out of reach but they have re-issues for less.

May 21, 2018 12:48 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

Some very nice synth work on display here and the production sounds great.


Thanks, I managed not to overdrive the final mix... for once :-)

Jim Wood wrote:

Very powerful, with vocals adding a nice "humanizing" element. For me, at least the Linn/808 split was economic. ::)


Yeah, the Linn still goes for $$$.  That's why I use my TR-505 I got at a Flea Market for $20 and just EQ and add mix in some gated reverb. That's the poor man's Linn.

onezero wrote:

Agreed that you've got some great synth work here...but let's talk about that kick!  Great low extension there!  And that organ line seals the deal--totally digging those parts, along with the higher melodies!   (One suggestion--and this may be my new headphones--is that the pad synths seem very present in the higher mids, and some of the lead lines seem to be fighting a bit for space.  They sit a bit better when the pads are less present.)  Nicely done!


Thanks for the feed back, pads got outa control! That kick is the TR-8 with long decay and doubled with a bass note off the KingKorg with some soft distortion.

theGuen wrote:

Nice melodies and great arrangement!
Really like when the deep long decay 808 kicks in... whished the parts a bit longer wink
Never had the oportunity to play with either of these machines but i use way more linn kits than 808 kits.
But i think for the kits the 808 samples are always trimmed more to the electro sound and never as modest as you mixed it... Great Job!


Thanks! I kept the drums low except when the 808 (TR-8) long decay kick drops in for a nice contrast. I wanted to be less rhythm focused this week than the prior week.

hieme wrote:

The synth work is nicee, really wide and expansive sounding leads <3


Thanks. I like to noodle a bit.

Devieus wrote:

I'm really liking that melody.


Thanks for the positive feedback, much appreciated!

May 23, 2018 12:02 pm

Yes, lots of cheap 808 reissues.  I had a modular set for a while but sold most of it off except for the kick drum.  The Tempest is amazing.  Not cheap but it's a piece of gear I'll never sell.  Love it.

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