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Prometheus Revisited

By Plantrain on September 2, 2018 11:03 pm

This week I listened to a BBC radio documentary about Yevgeny Murzin, the inventor of the ANS synthesizer. In this doc it's mentioned that one of the inspirations to create this instrument was a performance of Scriabin's piece Prometheus. Back in 2016 I did two WB tracks based on Scriabin's Prometheus Chord, so I decided that I should try to do another version using the Virtual ANS.
The virtual ANS is a very cool instrument, but I still wasn't able to do something that really sounded good using only that.
So I "cheated", processing the virtual ANS sounds in Absynth, adding tremolo to create rhythms and adding Pianoteq piano (and a little vibraphone).

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September 3, 2018 8:31 am

Very interesting inspo! Scriabin is great, one of my favourite weirdos. This has a vibe of comfortable eeriness. I like how the sparsity allows the spiciness of each note to shine. I would listen to this late at night on a Monday.

September 3, 2018 7:25 pm

It really sounds like the ghost is loose in the machine.  There's a spooky vibe and I get the sense of machinery or technology breaking down.

September 4, 2018 2:26 am

Haunting! Excellent use of space here smile

September 4, 2018 4:28 pm

Scriabin would die in jealousy if he could hear this. Superb!

September 5, 2018 4:03 am

the low rumbles are so good

September 6, 2018 1:32 pm

The vibrations of ANS are really cool with the piano.  Damn this has such a spooky but huge space feel to it. 

September 7, 2018 10:20 am

I don't know who a Scribian or what a Virtual ANS is... but I likes what my ears be hearing... cOoL stuff

September 9, 2018 4:51 pm

I had to read up on the ANS because I was not familiar. Really cool.  I never understood how optics were used in early electronic music so the documentary sounds interesting. I love the tremolo effects and stereo panning. It is the defining characteristic in the composition giving it a tempo and evoking the sound of energy. Piano is definitely a nice touch of percussion and high register that brings it to life. Great work on the composition!

September 9, 2018 10:56 pm
Avarine wrote:

Very interesting inspo! Scriabin is great, one of my favourite weirdos. This has a vibe of comfortable eeriness. I like how the sparsity allows the spiciness of each note to shine. I would listen to this late at night on a Monday.

CosmicCairns wrote:

It really sounds like the ghost is loose in the machine.  There's a spooky vibe and I get the sense of machinery or technology breaking down.

Mission Crossing wrote:

Haunting! Excellent use of space here smile

Jim Wood wrote:

Scriabin would die in jealousy if he could hear this. Superb!

orangedrink wrote:

the low rumbles are so good

Tone Matrix wrote:

The vibrations of ANS are really cool with the piano.  Damn this has such a spooky but huge space feel to it.

Podling wrote:

I don't know who a Scribian or what a Virtual ANS is... but I likes what my ears be hearing... cOoL stuff

NWSPR wrote:

I had to read up on the ANS because I was not familiar. Really cool.  I never understood how optics were used in early electronic music so the documentary sounds interesting. I love the tremolo effects and stereo panning. It is the defining characteristic in the composition giving it a tempo and evoking the sound of energy. Piano is definitely a nice touch of percussion and high register that brings it to life. Great work on the composition!

Thank you all!
I realize that I probably should have included some more information about the Prometheus Chord and the ANS (both virtual and physical). For those who are still curious:
The mystic chord: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystic_chord
A nice piece about ANS, old and new: http://cdm.link/2013/10/ans-amazing-eer … inks-vids/
Virtual ANS for Windows/Mac/Linux:http://www.warmplace.ru/soft/ans/

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