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Excimer

By onezero on January 14, 2018 10:02 pm

As of Saturday night, I wasn't liking this at all--it was a lot faster, vaguely housey, but not grooving, and not interesting. I had a Drum Rack of TR-606 samples, some directionless Analog synth and synth bass, formless Rhodes lines, and vague piano. As of Sunday afternoon, I figured that if it wasn't going anywhere interesting, I should cut the tempo drastically and revisit everything.  I picked some piano chords and then wrote some new Rhodes lines, cut out the synth bass and replaced it with improvised real bass (Epiphone P-J), added a few higher register synth touches, and tweaked the beats a bit. At a little over half tempo, it kind of breathed a bit. 


(I have to credit WB-er Q-Rosh here with having mentioned wanting to hear my bass work again--while this one isn't funky, it has real bass on it.)


TR-606 kick got the parallel high-pass treatment, and to keep the bass out of the way, I rolled off below 80Hz with Auto-Filter's high pass into an EQ-8. Bass got a send to a room-sized convolution reverb, and the drum rack got a bit of that, along with a regular delay and filter delay (with the bands of the filter set to accentuate higher-frequency repeats). Rhodes, piano, hand claps, and synth got some auto-pan, and greater or lesser degrees of delay sends.  Rhodes and piano got a bit of a different convolution reverb as well, and the whole mix got Full-Chain Master, with no bass boost and compression rolled way down.  I also put a bit of M4L humanizer on the claps and TR-606.


Title from an interesting way in which helium (element 2) compounds can be (briefly) created, even though He is a noble gas.

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January 15, 2018 3:39 am

In a word, smooth!

The real life bass gives it a perfect amount of extra flavor and movement

January 15, 2018 3:53 pm

digging the bass.  sounds great!

January 15, 2018 4:47 pm

Kudos for being brave enough to toss a few days worth of work out of the window! It is sometimes necessary but also realy scary smile

+1 on hearing your bass again. Quite mellow moments in here smile

January 15, 2018 6:12 pm

All your hard work cetainly paid off. the hand-crafted bass adds just the right human touch. Well done.

January 15, 2018 10:42 pm
laguna wrote:

Kudos for being brave enough to toss a few days worth of work out of the window! It is sometimes necessary but also realy scary smile

Amen to that!  Of course, I don't know what the previous work sounded like, but I admire you for making the tough decision.  This is a nice chilled out track and I'm loving the bass guitar!

January 16, 2018 8:39 pm

bass sounds sooooo gooooood!  really  nice tone!  - Rhodes over it all is really lovely!

thankfully this song will last more than nanoseconds!

January 18, 2018 11:49 am

The bass is what makes this tune in my opinion, it's so rubbery and feels great

January 18, 2018 7:22 pm

yass... that bass indeed smile

January 18, 2018 7:37 pm
cailen wrote:

In a word, smooth!

The real life bass gives it a perfect amount of extra flavor and movement

mikememo wrote:

digging the bass.  sounds great!

laguna wrote:

Kudos for being brave enough to toss a few days worth of work out of the window! It is sometimes necessary but also realy scary smile

+1 on hearing your bass again. Quite mellow moments in here smile

Thanks!  At this point I've done enough of them that I know the end-of-Sunday stretch is the worst if I don't like what I'm doing. Taking a radical step of some kind seems to open up possibilities of coming up with something good.

Nice .gif, too!

Jim Wood wrote:

All your hard work cetainly paid off. the hand-crafted bass adds just the right human touch. Well done.

orangedrink wrote:
laguna wrote:

Kudos for being brave enough to toss a few days worth of work out of the window! It is sometimes necessary but also realy scary smile

Amen to that!  Of course, I don't know what the previous work sounded like, but I admire you for making the tough decision.  This is a nice chilled out track and I'm loving the bass guitar!

kaedo sevaada wrote:

bass sounds sooooo gooooood!  really  nice tone!  - Rhodes over it all is really lovely!

thankfully this song will last more than nanoseconds!

Excellent!  I love Rick basses...though they don't tend to feel comfortable, for some reason.

purelygrey wrote:

The bass is what makes this tune in my opinion, it's so rubbery and feels great

Phil Harmonic wrote:

yass... that bass indeed smile

Thank you, everyone!  It's admittedly been a little while since the last time I played human bass on a track, so it's nice to do it again!  (Now that we're at Thursday this week and I haven't written anything yet...I might just start with something designed to have room for bass guitar...  Or maybe not!  We'll see...)

January 19, 2018 8:02 pm

Yes, lovely bass, enjoyed this tune!

January 19, 2018 10:41 pm

Yeah, yes, yes. Bass Bass Bass. As you see, everyone likes it, too. The Rhodes was a smooth idea. I wonder how the song would be without the kick-bassdrum. Probably more chill??

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