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Naive Aspiration

By Tone Matrix on February 23, 2020 6:25 pm

I fought the doubt monster this week.  Combined with some real life thangs and the self doubt, I kept talking myself out of working on anything.  I even opened Ableton at one point and just let it sit there hoping to trick myself into working on something.   I'm not exactly sure why I do this more often than not but it's like I have a fear of just putting in the time to work on something.  Thank goodness for Ableton's midi capture feature. 
Saturday night I finally started noodling along to a drone.  I played the main piano part once and was like "cool there's my idea, let's see if I can play it better after dinner".  Long story slightly short, I couldn't re-capture the same feel and melody as well as that first Ableton capture.  So of course that meant the bpm with Ableton and the notes were not exactly on the grid.  Hence it's a sparse track with no percussive elements.  But this is why I love Ableton so much.  Had it not been for Ableton's brain saying "oh did you want that last take but forgot to hit record, cool here you go" I would have been working on this for much longer or possibly even scrapped the whole thing.  Yay Ableton *claps for those smart Germans!*  The piano is from Spitfire Audio's LABS and the synth pads are from the free vst, Helm (highly recommended).  Thanks for listening! tongue

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February 24, 2020 12:50 am

Man, I'm with Ableton for like 10 years and didn't knew it has theat MIDI feature (I knew that was a feature in some DAWS, but wasn't aware it had it). Now I need to read the manual again... but I don't have your piano talent so I think I had to keep drawing notes with the pencil wink

It's a really beautiful piece, specially the ending. The somewhat high-pitched drony thing in the background againts such nice piano harmonies makes both things shine.

Excellent work, Eric! (and jetpacks are definetely not naive but extremely cool)

February 24, 2020 1:13 am

It's sparse, but it's definitely effective.  The end has a really nice sense of tension.

February 24, 2020 1:36 am

Oh wow, beautiful and solemn. Lovely! Definitely can relate with the doubt, I felt that a bit last week after a bit of work/art burnout. Sometimes the blank template is the most intimidating. Also yesss hooray for Ableton capture! 

February 25, 2020 3:59 pm

really emotive piece - hope this week is better!

February 25, 2020 8:58 pm

Love it! love the sparseness and the pacing. Has a bit of a trent reznor (good trent reznor doing soundtrack work) vibe.  Don't hesitate... just keep laying down those tracks!

February 26, 2020 3:53 am

Great piece of peace. Perfect title. Was calming, a good soundtrack vibe for sure. Glad it was captured. I almost never hit record anymore in ableton, just jam and capture. Great feature. Sometimes sitting down to start is all it takes, but that can be hard to do.

February 26, 2020 10:18 pm

February 28, 2020 4:01 pm
laguna wrote:

Man, I'm with Ableton for like 10 years and didn't knew it has theat MIDI feature (I knew that was a feature in some DAWS, but wasn't aware it had it). Now I need to read the manual again... but I don't have your piano talent so I think I had to keep drawing notes with the pencil wink

It's a really beautiful piece, specially the ending. The somewhat high-pitched drony thing in the background againts such nice piano harmonies makes both things shine.

Excellent work, Eric! (and jetpacks are definetely not naive but extremely cool)

CosmicCairns wrote:

It's sparse, but it's definitely effective.  The end has a really nice sense of tension.

royb0t wrote:

Oh wow, beautiful and solemn. Lovely! Definitely can relate with the doubt, I felt that a bit last week after a bit of work/art burnout. Sometimes the blank template is the most intimidating. Also yesss hooray for Ableton capture!

kaedo sevaada wrote:

really emotive piece - hope this week is better!

NWSPR wrote:

Love it! love the sparseness and the pacing. Has a bit of a trent reznor (good trent reznor doing soundtrack work) vibe.  Don't hesitate... just keep laying down those tracks!

miraclemiles wrote:

Great piece of peace. Perfect title. Was calming, a good soundtrack vibe for sure. Glad it was captured. I almost never hit record anymore in ableton, just jam and capture. Great feature. Sometimes sitting down to start is all it takes, but that can be hard to do.

Ipaghost wrote:


Thanks everyone for the positive support and listening. (Yep version 10 has that handy midi capture feature.)

February 28, 2020 4:47 pm

Well done, on both counts.

March 1, 2020 3:37 pm

I can 100% relate to that state of mind, I've been feeling the same this week. I'm really happy you fought through and made this really chill track! Also, huge thanks for mentioning the MIDI Capture feature. I had no idea this was a thing. I can see myself using that very often!

March 2, 2020 10:19 am

I totally understand that feeling of being afraid to put the time into working on something. I think I need to keep pushing myself otherwise I'll just keep making easy stuff all year.

This is excellent as always.

March 3, 2020 5:52 am

Haunting

March 8, 2020 9:37 pm

Wow... this piano goes deep!
smile seems that a lot people knowing are afraid of starting something. I know this to and i always ask myself what holded me back afterwards smile Never found the answer...

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