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slowly, quietly

By orangedrink on November 28, 2020 1:40 am

Just sat down at the keyboard and played all black keys and this is what I got.  Simple songs are often more intimidating to me because they don't feel "finished" or "good enough".  I've recently been aware of how many "not good enough" messages I give myself in a day.  This is an attempt for me to do something small and simple and say that it's good enough.  I like this song.  I think it could have some great placement on an album that would really enhance it.  The tempo is 67.70 bpm because that's what I tapped out.  This was an Ableton synth.  I really liked the metronome I was playing to, and replaced it with a warmer sounding clave.  I slightly adjusted the times to mimic a human.  The second half of the song has a room recording of me sitting in the basement, putting cables away, turning off equipment and lights.  You can hear the furnace running.  This song could also be about knowing when to walk away.

I leave the room - slowly, quietly

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November 30, 2020 12:38 am

Digging the simplicity. The metronome and pad pair well together!

November 30, 2020 8:21 am

Simple is good, simple works! smile A lot of space to breathe in this track.

November 30, 2020 10:56 am

Great song. a version with Bryan Ferry contributing some words would be interesting

November 30, 2020 7:21 pm

I agree, sometimes keeping things simple is the hardest thing to do because it feels too sparse or unfinished, but it's also true that a lot of times less is more.  Sometimes you can "overstuff" a track and lose what was cool about it in the first place. 

November 30, 2020 10:04 pm
November 30, 2020 10:06 pm

Really beefy sound.  Something very satisfying in the heft of those chords hanging in space and hearing the filters unfold.

December 1, 2020 2:03 pm

Simple can be satisfying.  The mellowness of the black keys on that synth sounds super relaxing.  That clave also makes me think I need to replace my boring stock metronome sound smile 

December 2, 2020 2:26 pm

"In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away"

December 2, 2020 8:01 pm

To put your mind at ease, playing on all the black keys is akin to playing in the scale of F# major pentatonic (or one of its modes). It's pretty good though, I like the mellow pace.

December 3, 2020 12:53 am

Nice one, smooth.

December 3, 2020 9:38 am

December 7, 2020 12:41 am

Really contemplative vibe, and I totally get that whole thing about "Not good enough" constantly bouncing around in the head. I've also made an effort to stop trying to put down the music I write each week, sometimes all I can see are the flaws. But I found that time is an ally, feeling less critical of music as time passes, hope its the same for you.

December 8, 2020 3:13 am

Great idea to replace the metronome with the clave, simplicity is great, but totally get how adding lots of stuff can hide some imperfections, really enjoyed this.

December 9, 2020 3:03 pm

Nice atmo. Less is more from time to time.

December 13, 2020 11:26 am

I'm a huge fan of minimalism.  It can be so powerful.  Like those room tones later too.

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