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By orangedrink on July 10, 2016 4:27 pm

Started this track in 2011 and have five variations of it.  Various lengths.  Pulled the trigger on this one today.  Still pretty uncertain about it, but hopefully WB family can help me decide.  This is supposed to be a very suspicious mystery.  I imagine walking down a dark city street (for some reason this song takes place in England in my mind) and something makes you turn down a corner you normally wouldn't.

At the 'third act' of the piece, you see the shocking thing you were hoping you wouldn't find.  This is the twist ending (what a twist!).  I can't tell if the drums should fade out earlier, leaving you with the seasick nausea sine wave bass, or the drums should continue has that haunting, constant reminder: "This is really happening."

The word loading has a definition topically related to electricity: "The addition of inductance to a transmission line to improve its transmission characteristics"  I related that "spark" sound to electricity somehow.  Also the "voice drone" thing reminded me of the loading screen for the video game Halo (probably the greatest loading screen of all time).  Regarding our "horror film" - I feel like the tension and fear should be loading up.  Another definition: "A weight placed on something else; a burden" - I believe the sine wave bass to be a burden, sonically and emotionally.

Of course shoutout to Friday the 13th composer Harry Manfredini who solidified the echoing sound as a horrifying thing in my mind.  Let me know what you think and if there are any problems you see with the track!  This track was created in Reason, and back then, I didn't really understand how to automate things, so I think some of this is "played live".  I am almost hoping to get the seal of approval from you all because I don't to go back and fiddle with the session file!  I guess the real test is if I can live with this for the next week! :-)

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July 11, 2016 2:23 am

It would definitely be a great soundtrack to a horror movie.  The drums certainly add to the creepy vibe, but it might indeed be more effective to fade them out sooner.  I don't know.  I might have to hear it both ways.  Awesome track regardless.

July 11, 2016 2:36 am

I like it the way it is. I can tell you're a real artist by the way you agonize over the details of your composition. I usually throw stuff together,relying on intuition and my meager knowledge, and hope it works.

July 11, 2016 1:44 pm

Man, that bass is incredibly nauseating (in a good way).  This tune could be the score to a Thomas Ligotti novel like Teatro Grottesco. And I love how the open section sounds like an incredibly fortuitous field recording looping - I'm hearing JCBs on a demolition site.

July 11, 2016 3:42 pm

Works completely and ominously for me, other than "driving" rather than "walking" (unless you're motorized).

July 11, 2016 3:48 pm

July 12, 2016 1:44 am

Love it, and the narrative behind it makes for a great extra something to the music. The piece flows really nicely as well. Great work on this one, fav'd for sure!

July 14, 2016 9:39 pm

I love this--it reminds me partly of Can's "Sound Desert" and some of what I was doing in the 2000s in my dark ambient period.  That rising filtered noise, the unsettled bass, the sibilant echo...awesome work. 

July 14, 2016 11:12 pm

Sooooo creepy!!! The build does feel like the weight of fear loading up in your chest... I felt it in mine!  I feel like if I don't listen to something happy stat -  I'm gonna have an anxiety attack! The Drums in the fade out works for me!  After reading what you wrote - I think you really achieved what you were going for!  Way to go!

July 17, 2016 9:28 am

Spooky, the progression matches the narrative very well.
Personally I think I would've tried fading the drums a few bars earlier, but I don't believe I would have thought about it had you not asked.

July 17, 2016 1:46 pm

I Love it and agree wto.
Lovely dark texture smile

July 26, 2016 9:42 am

Hearing this, I have some ideas about making it sound "more haunted"... Is that normal? wink

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