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Trace Evidence

By Tone Matrix on August 16, 2020 9:26 pm

Sometimes I run out of brain power to write these descriptions coherent.  Between rushing to finish today and listening to the final version a zillion times to make sure yada yada, by the time I get here I'm like waaaaaahhh?  I started Saturday morning and got a bit sidetracked when I decided to change my Ableton template.  Instead of working on music for 2 hours I worked on "no this should go here, but how can I control this if this is here... why doesn't this work!? oh right thanks manual".  Finally towards Saturday evening I had a basic beat and synth loop from the Bass Station dos.  So I reWATCHed WATCHmen this week because I'm a nerd and also love Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross' score.  I was kind of inspired to write something for a nice tinted out Buick Grand National (google or watch episode one for understandability).  The intro synth is from the BS2, the other synths are from Ableton Operator and the usual piano and orchestral schtuff is Spitfire's thang.  I should probably start a day or three earlier so I have more time to work on the mixes but yeah I don't listen to my own advice much sooooo.  Time to collapse, thanks for listening!

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August 17, 2020 12:42 am

This is really cool. There's some strong NiN vibes to the track that I really dig. I really like the sounds you've chosen too, and they come together really nicely.

August 17, 2020 12:55 am

This has a cool vibe to it.  I'm almost hearing a bit of spy music or something.  I like the builds and releases as well.  It makes for a nice intensity and then release of tension before diving back in for more.

August 17, 2020 2:06 am

The bass has a cool dark vibe. I can indeed get a feel of Reznor's work. Like the synth layers around 2:00m the keys around 2:50. I like the many sections of this track, where it plunges deeper. 3:45 section is really awesome, before going back to the quieter piano lines. That is a really well crafted piece.

By the way I loved this interview where Reznor geeks out on synthesizers.

August 17, 2020 11:17 am

A nice blend of synth tones and a lovely piano tone.

August 17, 2020 3:35 pm

this is creepy. always under tension, great pianobreak in the middle and in the end. I love the synths, doing not too much and not too less. It really has a spy-movie flav. excellent track.

August 17, 2020 4:52 pm

I'm sorry. What is this word "manual" that you speak of? Is that Greek? After 8 months of making and altering templates, I haven't altered mine much, aside from what VST instruments I have loaded for practice or sound design. How fitting that Reznor and "Watchman" had a part in inspiring your track. Very moodal. I like the subtle climbs and dips your tracks have. They aren't climbing epic stairways to heaven or descending into hell and returning to ground by great feats. They move and have a steady life that develops, unlike how my tracks have forced ascensions to heaven before descending with a nuclear bomb into the pits of hell.

August 20, 2020 1:33 pm
hent03 wrote:

This is really cool. There's some strong NiN vibes to the track that I really dig. I really like the sounds you've chosen too, and they come together really nicely.

CosmicCairns wrote:

This has a cool vibe to it.  I'm almost hearing a bit of spy music or something.  I like the builds and releases as well.  It makes for a nice intensity and then release of tension before diving back in for more.

Kedbreak136 wrote:

The bass has a cool dark vibe. I can indeed get a feel of Reznor's work. Like the synth layers around 2:00m the keys around 2:50. I like the many sections of this track, where it plunges deeper. 3:45 section is really awesome, before going back to the quieter piano lines. That is a really well crafted piece.

By the way I loved this interview where Reznor geeks out on synthesizers.

rdomain wrote:

A nice blend of synth tones and a lovely piano tone.

Q-Rosh wrote:

this is creepy. always under tension, great pianobreak in the middle and in the end. I love the synths, doing not too much and not too less. It really has a spy-movie flav. excellent track.

Anon_Buster wrote:

I'm sorry. What is this word "manual" that you speak of? Is that Greek? After 8 months of making and altering templates, I haven't altered mine much, aside from what VST instruments I have loaded for practice or sound design. How fitting that Reznor and "Watchman" had a part in inspiring your track. Very moodal. I like the subtle climbs and dips your tracks have. They aren't climbing epic stairways to heaven or descending into hell and returning to ground by great feats. They move and have a steady life that develops, unlike how my tracks have forced ascensions to heaven before descending with a nuclear bomb into the pits of hell.

Thanks everyone for the nice comments and listening.  I think I've watched every Trent interview (especially the m00g vids) a zillion times.  Half the time I zone out with my jaw dropped staring at the gear.

August 21, 2020 8:28 pm

ooh, like this one, got me in a nice trance. I could repeat this one and do some good thought work. It moves, and drives, but stays controlleed. Cool. Love that break then drop at about 3 minutes, I perked up on that. Great synth work and mix as usual. I'm going to watch the Trent vid again now. I like how he looks happy in the video thumbnail there. Like "I love my synths!!"

August 23, 2020 2:07 pm

Great work as usual! So many great sounds in there. I'm SO into the way those hats sit spatially. Listening through headphones they really sound like they're coming from under my desk and I felt like I had to check to make sure it wasn't going to wake up the kids haha

August 27, 2020 3:17 am

This is perfect Grand National music, me and my friends were obsessed with that car in the 90’s, didn’t initially read the description but first thing that came to mind for me was this sounds like a b-side or unreleased pretty hate machine track, awesome stuff!

August 30, 2020 11:44 pm

HElls Yes!  Strong Trent Reznor NIN vibe with some Gary Numan in that warbly synth melody.  You give so much space for those punchy synths to cut through.  That's the secret sauce!

August 31, 2020 12:59 am

Awesome man, love this one.  Good arrangement and development throughout.  The part where you briefly brought the horns in is sweet.  The drum kit you used is bad ass too, that hi hat is so cool. 

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