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Paradoxical Gold

By onezero on December 30, 2018 10:43 pm

We made it! Congratulations everybody! 


In and among holiday activity and preparation for things in 2019...I still found time to make an intuitively-structured piece.  I put up two drum rack drum sets (acoustic session and 32 pad rock kit), and initially had a severe gate and bit crusher on one to make it feel more abstract...but the rest of the piece didn't go that way, so I pulled those effects off.  I also put up some synth bass and a lead line, and thought it'd be interesting to play in response to those, but pull them out before the final mix.  (And that's what I did.)  The rest of the instrumentation nods to things that happened this year--I tracked Res-O-Glas through the Mike Carey tremolo pedal I won at this year's PRFBBQ, and used a drone synth from Tim Kaiser for a texture.


Parts: two drum racks, each of which got Drum Buss for crunch, and one of which got some auto-pan. Both got M4L Humanizer.   Three tracks of Res-O-Glas guitar, all tracked through the tremolo pedal (but in one case, it was just for some gain and tonal qualities, not for tremolo), and some Auto-Filter high-pass with drive.  Epiphone P-J bass straight into the board, but into EQ-8 to roll off some lows.  There's an interesting string-bass quality to some of these lines, which I like.   There's a bit of Tim Kaiser drone synth here, and some Ableton Electric piano (Mk1 Crunchy). 


Sends: two convolution reverbs (one a room, one a much larger space) with Auto-Filter for bass roll-off, and one channel of Echo (Dark Pillow Tap preset, which I tweaked a bit).  Full-chain master on everything.


Title comes from one of Franz-Joseph Müller von Reichenstein's early names for tellurium (element 52), because he found it difficult to identify at first.

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December 31, 2018 1:19 am

Powerful ending to an inspired year. And who doesn't love tremelo?

Since, to the best of my recollection, you didn't get around to my favorite element:

Argon walks into a bar. The bartender says "We don't serve noble gases in here." Argon doesn't react.

December 31, 2018 1:29 am
Jim Wood wrote:

Powerful ending to an inspired year. And who doesn't love tremelo?

Since, to the best of my recollection, you didn't get around to my favorite element:

Argon walks into a bar. The bartender says "We don't serve noble gases in here." Argon doesn't react.

Ha!  That's awesome.  Thank you, Jim!  I did, in fact, get to Argon, for week 18.  (I've been following atomic number.)

December 31, 2018 7:42 am

Nice and chill smile

December 31, 2018 7:22 pm

Happy new year and congrats on making through the year! Perfect blend of electric piano over bass and drum groove. Like those atmospheric sweeps of that synthy buzz sound. Makes it extra space lounge sounding.  Tahnks for all the BASS in 2018. Cheers!

January 1, 2019 10:02 pm

Smooth and relaxed, a great way to end 2018!
Happy new year!

January 3, 2019 1:55 am

This whole year's been similar but distinct stuff, which is quite nice.

So I gotta ask, if you're going to do this again in 2020, will you continue on with iodine?

January 3, 2019 4:11 am
r2me2 wrote:

Nice and chill smile

NWSPR wrote:

Happy new year and congrats on making through the year! Perfect blend of electric piano over bass and drum groove. Like those atmospheric sweeps of that synthy buzz sound. Makes it extra space lounge sounding.  Tahnks for all the BASS in 2018. Cheers!

Plantrain wrote:

Smooth and relaxed, a great way to end 2018!
Happy new year!

Devieus wrote:

This whole year's been similar but distinct stuff, which is quite nice.

So I gotta ask, if you're going to do this again in 2020, will you continue on with iodine?

Thank you, everyone!  I'm continuing for 2019 over at https://streak.club/s/1002/weekly-music-2019 where I will indeed be picking up with iodine!

January 3, 2019 8:06 pm

Very nice, solid production as usual, enjoyed! Congrats on another year! Cool to hear about streak.club, great idea! I hadn't heard of that until now. Funny, I just put up creativeweeks.org over the holiday, kind of similar ... will see what happens. All the best to you.

January 4, 2019 4:01 pm

Fantastic mood, as always! Your sound has a lot of character and presence and I've had a lot of fun travelling (in my head) along with it. Thanks for the great vibes and have yourself a great 2019!

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