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Stalkers.

By orangedrink on March 3, 2018 7:24 am

I started this song over seven years ago, and this is the eighth variation.  I've been struggling with a lot of decisions over the years, and WeeklyBeats is perfect for that "Screw it; Let's do it" imperative that I need to finish certain pieces.  This is part of the "horror soundscape" mode of Orange Drink. 


I used to record at a studio when I lived in Chicago, and sometimes I would be there long after midnight.  Sometimes I would hear sounds that would freak me out, and the studio had no windows, only a door that opened into an alley.  The sound that frightened me the most was the low rumble of a car driving right past the studio door.  That sonic idea (subconsciously) became the central theme of this piece. 


Interestingly, I found myself falling asleep while working on this piece multiple times over the years.  Partially because I would be up so late, but I also believe that something about the modulating sub bass hypnotized me!


My working file name for this was "scaryface".  I knew I wanted it to reflect something scary, but I didn't know what.  Then all of a sudden this week, seven years later, "Stalkers!  Duh!  Obviously!"  I added the period after the title to make it seem more final, fatal.


I have been very nervous, almost embarrassed about the track length.  I feel like people don't have the patience for "noise music" and I feel like I am telling a repetitive, minimal story and don't want to waste people's time.  Ultimately I am submitting this with the one of the longest running times the piece has had over the years.  The title now helps me understand the decision, because this is about a stalker, not an attacker.  This is not a chase.


The slow shaker motif also appears in WB 2016's track, "Sly Deal".  That track also had a thematic element of stalking.  The credits to the film No Country For Old Men begin with a shaker fading in.  I also just realized that the time signature is 9/4.  I'm shocked that I missed that.  I really appreciate everyone for reading all of this and taking the time with this obtuse piece!  I'm behind on listening to tracks and replying to comments but I love you all!


Ask the audience:  What do you think about the length?  Is the sub bass mix okay?  I'm available for any negative/constructive criticism!


A moment of remembrance and dedication to John Mahoney, who passed away last month.  John Mahoney was my #1 crush before Sir Derek Jacobi and was a personal inspiration to me in ways that words cannot express.  RIP

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March 5, 2018 12:38 am

Very listenable for a long track + gave me time to read through the full story.  I'm sure most on WBs can relate to staying up all night working on a track and dozing at the console.

The long format is well used to create the dark atmosphere and sets up the various sweeps and sounds efx well. Plus the repetition is at the heart of the stalker feel. As always, good mix. The sub bass is fine through my cans. Love the crazy car screech sound. BTW, I'm on my second lap through the track, so no too long smile Like the warm analog bass sounds too. I do not love the white noise at the end, that would be my only criticism. But it may grow on me.

March 5, 2018 11:10 am

Fuckin awesome... that's it... simple... f u c k i n | a w e s o m e !

March 5, 2018 9:56 pm

This is an excellent piece.

March 5, 2018 9:57 pm

Also forgot to comment on your questions: this is the perfect length. The track needs some time to evolve and tell what you want to tell.
Sub bass sounds good on my system, could even be bassier even!

March 7, 2018 4:28 am

Wonderful track, love how it slowly undulates and emerges. That low sub bass is divine, perfectly sinister and melty. This almost has a Boards of Canada feel. Also rocking that 9/4 signature, works really well for that uncertain, unsettling vibe. Stopping, starting, approaching, stalking. Dig how the piece ends with those static waves, super interesting outro idea there and closes out the story of the piece well.

March 7, 2018 3:56 pm

The length is fine. I don't know about the title though, the song has too much presence for it.

March 8, 2018 4:42 pm

Yes, this could easily be the soundtrack for a kind of obsessive nightmare. ::)

March 10, 2018 1:01 am

The length is good.  It definitely builds tension and there's a threatening vibe for sure. 

March 10, 2018 1:16 pm

I donnt mind the white noise at the end! And as always, i enjoyed this track anormously!!!

March 10, 2018 11:55 pm

Good pace.  Brooding.  Length is totally fine.  Nice bass at the midway.  Subs are fine.  smile

March 14, 2018 11:51 pm

Sounded like good mix on my headphones. Like this deep brooding haunting vibe, it does hypnotize! Enjoyed your story about it too.

March 18, 2018 10:46 pm

Wonderful dark atmospheric piece. Love it!
Perfect length for this kind of track, the mix sounds good on my headphones.

April 1, 2018 11:20 am


Damn, Excellent Artwork.
I love the dark feeling that opens up!

April 8, 2018 8:18 pm
NWSPR wrote:

Very listenable for a long track + gave me time to read through the full story.  I'm sure most on WBs can relate to staying up all night working on a track and dozing at the console.

The long format is well used to create the dark atmosphere and sets up the various sweeps and sounds efx well. Plus the repetition is at the heart of the stalker feel. As always, good mix. The sub bass is fine through my cans. Love the crazy car screech sound. BTW, I'm on my second lap through the track, so no too long smile Like the warm analog bass sounds too. I do not love the white noise at the end, that would be my only criticism. But it may grow on me.

Thanks for the criticism!  It's good to know what could potentially lose a listener smile

Podling wrote:

Fuckin awesome... that's it... simple... f u c k i n | a w e s o m e !

Thanks!

acid wrote:

Also forgot to comment on your questions: this is the perfect length. The track needs some time to evolve and tell what you want to tell.
Sub bass sounds good on my system, could even be bassier even!

Great, glad to hear it!  I was really worried about the length but it seems like a lot of people are into it!

Parallelis wrote:

Wonderful track, love how it slowly undulates and emerges. That low sub bass is divine, perfectly sinister and melty. This almost has a Boards of Canada feel. Also rocking that 9/4 signature, works really well for that uncertain, unsettling vibe. Stopping, starting, approaching, stalking. Dig how the piece ends with those static waves, super interesting outro idea there and closes out the story of the piece well.

Wow, your description is 100% spot on for all the feelings, thoughts, and scenes that I intended.   *jaw drop*

Devieus wrote:

The length is fine. I don't know about the title though, the song has too much presence for it.

Thanks - any other titles come to mind?

Jim Wood wrote:

Yes, this could easily be the soundtrack for a kind of obsessive nightmare. ::)

Yep, that's where I was at!

CosmicCairns wrote:

The length is good.  It definitely builds tension and there's a threatening vibe for sure.

Thanks for listening!

dj someguy wrote:

I donnt mind the white noise at the end! And as always, i enjoyed this track anormously!!!

Cool, glad you were into it - I know it was a bit of a left turn there

rdomain wrote:

Good pace.  Brooding.  Length is totally fine.  Nice bass at the midway.  Subs are fine.  smile

miraclemiles wrote:

Sounded like good mix on my headphones. Like this deep brooding haunting vibe, it does hypnotize! Enjoyed your story about it too.

Plantrain wrote:

Wonderful dark atmospheric piece. Love it!
Perfect length for this kind of track, the mix sounds good on my headphones.

m2K7 wrote:


Damn, Excellent Artwork.
I love the dark feeling that opens up!

Thanks everyone!  Really validating that you all really understood my vision and story for the song.  The WB crew really gives me the confidence to release these tracks heart

April 8, 2018 10:17 pm

Presence. Maybe A Dark Presence, but Presence covers it well enough.

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