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By onezero on July 10, 2016 7:59 pm

Sometimes one just doesn't have an idea, or the ideas one has don't sustain interest.  Late in the week, I had some percussive patterns in mind, and put them down in Live, but by the time we got to the weekend, they weren't compelling.  I slowed them way down, with the thought of playing Moog guitar drones against them, which I did...and I ended up with a bunch of snippets (Moog through RF-01 Fuzz and Vox Wah, manipulating the wah at the same time as manipulating the harmonic sustain point; there's also clean Moog guitar). All these clips had a chance of going together, but they didn't inherently lead to a structure.  Some were obvious guitar with pick attack; others I faded in with the volume knob--I'd had a thought of doing a lot of notes with defined attacks, though in practice that mostly didn't work for this one.  (If I'd have tracked less, I might have finished up sooner, because I would have had less to decide between. 

For a while, I added volume zero-phase auto-pan on them, with the thought of increasing tremolo as a structural element, but it didn't work in a satisfying way.  Similarly, I tried vocoding one of the drum lines to keep it involved...but it didn't work, and came out.  In the end, I had seven tracks of Moog guitar drones, mostly going at the same time.   Everything got auto-pan for left-right variation. 

Sends are where it gets a bit interesting: I used the modulation delay, with the delay times synced to the now-ghost tempo, but I added slight automation on the delay modulation.  That send channel cascades into a convolution reverb (very large space), and there's another send (M4L Harmonic Filter) on the two harder, more distorted guitar.  (That cascades into a different, smaller convolution reverb.)  Everything got Full-Chain Master.   

Title comes from the spectral-filtering sound of the final mix.   

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July 11, 2016 3:04 am

Wow, this is great.  I think you did a good job with separating frequency ranges and pan distances.  Love the 0bpm tag. wink

July 11, 2016 5:19 am

drone, not drones

July 11, 2016 2:38 pm
orangedrink wrote:

Wow, this is great.  I think you did a good job with separating frequency ranges and pan distances.  Love the 0bpm tag. wink

Thank you! This one was tricky to arrange.  It's funny--listening back now, it seems really spacious, but during the arrangement process, it seemed too dense. It does seem like it works, though.

CrazyBob wrote:

drone, not drones

Drone 4 Life, yo.

July 11, 2016 8:37 pm

Lovely drone, nice textures n noises!

July 11, 2016 9:06 pm

Oh thank you - my brain needed this reset today - DOWNLOADED for further sonic energy power up!

July 11, 2016 10:50 pm

July 12, 2016 1:32 am

Sounds like all that work paid off big time.

And I thought I was being obsessive this week...

July 12, 2016 3:48 am

Really enjoyed this, lots of sound, yet everything has space to breathe, impressive

July 14, 2016 10:37 am

This is haunting (that's good), this should be in a movie soundtrack. I love the way the sounds evolve, naturally and unforced.

July 14, 2016 10:59 am

My God, it's full of stars.

This is incredibly satisfying to listen to.

July 14, 2016 10:30 pm

Haunted by the drone! Awesome sounds.

July 18, 2016 2:50 pm

Amazing track ~[o.o]~

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