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Respire

By Tone Matrix on January 5, 2020 6:20 pm

"Oh my god I signed up for this again!?" My brain has been stressing over the past few days.  Obviously it's a personal challenge but this year I'd like to try and enjoy the 52 weeks rather than stress out.  So my tracks will probably vary from ambient meanderings to the occasional beat driven track.  But I'm not going to freak out if each week I don't have the usual verse-chorus-verse formula down.  (hopefully)
I've been listening to a lot of film music from the recent shows I've watched. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' "Watchmen" score and Mac Quayle's "Mr. Robot" score have been on repeat for me.  So if I can somehow accidentally emulate some darker film score type stuff I'll be a happy anxious person. tongue
So with that exhaustive intro, this week's track is in the ambient meandering category.  After 2018's WB my goal was to "remaster" or "polish" up the tracks for eventual release on spotify.  Welp.  My 2019 consisted of hardly any music making.  I opened Ableton a handful of times, mainly to try out a new free sample pack or plug-in.  The one productive thing musically I guess you could say is that I resampled my favorite synth patch from my old Yamaha SY22.  The "Full String" patch that is most notably used by Moby in his ambient instrumental tracks.  So yay I made my first resampled ableton instrument! yikes
That's how this track started out, the lowest G note droning with a few notes added later.  Spitfire Labs' Piano and a few of their other free synth/string patches.  Also a wavetable pad from Ableton. 
I promise next week's description will not be a novel!  Glad to be back and looking forward to hear what y'all WBers are up to.  Thanks for reading and listening!
As Barbara Walters once (many times) said.... This! Is! Twenty Twenty!

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January 6, 2020 12:45 am

Glad to see you back.  I always have some trepidation about jumping into this, but ultimately I feel it's rewarding and I suppose it only needs to be as stressful as you make it on yourself.  I know I certainly don't expect to knock it out of the ballpark every week.  But I'd say you're off to a nice start here.  Very atmospheric and somehow kind of uplifting.  It gives me a positive vibe at any rate.

January 6, 2020 2:34 am

It felt good to let my mind wander while listening to this! Welcome back!

January 6, 2020 9:41 am

What a breath of fresh air. Just lovely. If anybody needs me i'll be listening again.

January 6, 2020 12:39 pm

Very spacey! Feels like I'm floating through the streets. Great track!

January 6, 2020 9:53 pm

It certainly has that half warm/half stone cold Atticus Ross atmosphere. Beautiful opening track for a year.

I'm really happy you came back for another year, Tone Matrix. It's really a pleasure to have you here

January 6, 2020 11:24 pm

you're back!  I have downloaded so many of your previous years' work and enjoy it frequently.  this is great - love the drone.

January 7, 2020 9:11 am

Glad you're back. I had the same thoughts the days before i decided to take part again... But in the end it's fun.
Nice one by the way... Love those sine peaks in the rythm!

January 8, 2020 11:12 pm

Love this. A very pleasant journey during my workday. Those are some amazing soundtracks you reference there too, I enjoyed both those shows and soundracks. Great to have you back. Agree with the thoughts on WB ... but in the end I figure making music feels good, and WB is a great way to force / encourage / nudge us into making music / feeling good. I had same 2019 goals too, release some music proper ... and almost there, still working on it. Did you make that image in an app? Very cool.

cheers!

January 10, 2020 12:34 am


this is an excellent first track! that synth patch sounds super sweet! i'm with you on the goal to not stress this year as well - so far i'm failing - i went a year without writing anything after last wb... giving myself permission to ease into the process - hope you are too!

January 10, 2020 7:49 pm

Mhhh love this Drone
that's really expressive, delicious

January 10, 2020 11:15 pm

There's a lot going on here. I like it.

January 12, 2020 11:21 am

yes sir, your song helped me to respire. Thanks.

January 12, 2020 4:01 pm

This is a great start, I hope to hear more of this, definitely channeling some of the influences you listed, maybe I’m getting old but I find myself listening more and more to music like this, helps keep my mind grounded.

January 12, 2020 11:09 pm

yo if I heard this in the soundtrack for something I'd be obsessed. This is killer, keep doing this!

January 13, 2020 2:37 am

Rich. I would say if you are going for "accidentally emulat[ing] some darker film score type stuff" you nailed it, but I actually find this uplifting, like recovering from trauma. Soothing afternoon light vibes. It can't be easy to take all these disparate elements and make them work but also make them sound so human.

January 16, 2020 1:55 pm

Thanks everyone for listening, I really appreciate all your comments and feedback.  I'm feeling a bit more positive about things this year.  Hopefully that sticks! smile  As for the pic, I just took a random sunset pic I had and threw it in the handy app FRAGMENT.  Hit random a bunch of times and voila tongue  yay technology!


CosmicCairns wrote:

Glad to see you back.  I always have some trepidation about jumping into this, but ultimately I feel it's rewarding and I suppose it only needs to be as stressful as you make it on yourself.  I know I certainly don't expect to knock it out of the ballpark every week.  But I'd say you're off to a nice start here.  Very atmospheric and somehow kind of uplifting.  It gives me a positive vibe at any rate.

Gab Manette wrote:

It felt good to let my mind wander while listening to this! Welcome back!

Ryan wrote:

What a breath of fresh air. Just lovely. If anybody needs me i'll be listening again.

dj someguy wrote:

Very spacey! Feels like I'm floating through the streets. Great track!

laguna wrote:

It certainly has that half warm/half stone cold Atticus Ross atmosphere. Beautiful opening track for a year.

I'm really happy you came back for another year, Tone Matrix. It's really a pleasure to have you here

orangedrink wrote:

you're back!  I have downloaded so many of your previous years' work and enjoy it frequently.  this is great - love the drone.

theGuen wrote:

Glad you're back. I had the same thoughts the days before i decided to take part again... But in the end it's fun.
Nice one by the way... Love those sine peaks in the rythm!

miraclemiles wrote:

Love this. A very pleasant journey during my workday. Those are some amazing soundtracks you reference there too, I enjoyed both those shows and soundracks. Great to have you back. Agree with the thoughts on WB ... but in the end I figure making music feels good, and WB is a great way to force / encourage / nudge us into making music / feeling good. I had same 2019 goals too, release some music proper ... and almost there, still working on it. Did you make that image in an app? Very cool.

cheers!

kaedo sevaada wrote:


this is an excellent first track! that synth patch sounds super sweet! i'm with you on the goal to not stress this year as well - so far i'm failing - i went a year without writing anything after last wb... giving myself permission to ease into the process - hope you are too!

m2K7 wrote:

Mhhh love this Drone
that's really expressive, delicious

Devieus wrote:

There's a lot going on here. I like it.

Q-Rosh wrote:

yes sir, your song helped me to respire. Thanks.

Jason Nijjer wrote:

This is a great start, I hope to hear more of this, definitely channeling some of the influences you listed, maybe I’m getting old but I find myself listening more and more to music like this, helps keep my mind grounded.

scottux wrote:

yo if I heard this in the soundtrack for something I'd be obsessed. This is killer, keep doing this!

license wrote:

Rich. I would say if you are going for "accidentally emulat[ing] some darker film score type stuff" you nailed it, but I actually find this uplifting, like recovering from trauma. Soothing afternoon light vibes. It can't be easy to take all these disparate elements and make them work but also make them sound so human.


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