Weeklybeats 2018 was a 52 week long music project in which artists composed and publicly released 1 song a week for the entire year. Enjoy this archive of over 3,700 music compositions by over 260 artists.
Sign up or Login to give feedback or chat up on the forums.

Royal Water

By onezero on April 29, 2018 3:59 pm

Having done a lot of bass-driven pieces over the last few weeks, I wanted to avoid retreading, so I started with some slow drums (Ableton tempo 131, but half-time, so 65-ish) put through a Corpus plugin to add a strangeness to them. The instrument/processing lineup:

Drum rack of acoustic kit single-hit samples through different Corpus plugins (Kicks and snares through differently pitched membrane resonators, toms through pipe resonators, cymbals through string resonators), into Drum Buss.

Ableton presets Datal Kit and Battu Kit through Drum Buss (they were different enough that I didn't need Corpus here.)

Handclaps through Corpus (membrane resonator).

Tension on String Delay preset, and Tension on String2 Cello (pitched way down, lot of scrapy bow sounds).

Bastl Kastle through high-pass and low-pass Auto-Filters to control the wide-spectrum nature of the sound,.


Rather than reach for my usual Auto-Pan, I added new ambisonic plugins from Envelop, mostly Spinner and one Source Panner (on the Datal Kit).  All of these got automation on the rate and perceived azimuth.


Sends: Echo on Delay Syndicate (mostly automated on the channels that use it), and in a nod to this week's element of chlorine, a convolution reverb using an empty indoor pool room.


While this piece is dark ambient-ish, there's light at the end of the job-search tunnel.  (I now have some offers to choose from.)


Title from what might have been the first isolation of elemental chlorine, a very early solvent mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acids.  Early chemistry is weird and fascinating.

This submission is licensed by author under Copyright All rights reserved

  • Play
  • Download
April 30, 2018 12:37 am

Crazy drums... the processing and sounds you got are amazing. Very different. Some sounds are like the metallic creaking that might be encountered on a deep sea submarine or alien spacecraft.

April 30, 2018 12:53 am

Very trenchant (sorry,couldn't resist). Excellent drum treatments.

April 30, 2018 1:06 am
NWSPR wrote:

Crazy drums... the processing and sounds you got are amazing. Very different. Some sounds are like the metallic creaking that might be encountered on a deep sea submarine or alien spacecraft.

Thank you!  Oh, cool!  The scraping/creaking is almost certainly the ultra-down-pitched Tension instrument on the cello preset.  It has that light-bow-scraping harshness that seems to work well here.

Jim Wood wrote:

Very trenchant (sorry,couldn't resist). Excellent drum treatments.

Marianas trenchant!  Thank you!

May 1, 2018 7:01 pm

strange sounds coming out of your underground. very cinematic.

You need to login to leave a comment.
Login Sign-up