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Underwater Forest (Lady Bay), 1994

By Tristan Louth-Robins on March 18, 2018 12:57 am

The third instalment of spontaneous compositions using my old Tascam 424 in tandem with a Microkorg. This time around I used a few more loops recorded to a Boss RC-30. The same combo of auxilery FX are used: Boss DD-7 and an EHX Holy Grail reverb. A bit of tweaking in Logic for mixing down three different playbacks of the cassette at differing pitches and EQ settings.

The forest in question is the beautiful reef off Lady Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula, where I grew up. Consider this one an ode to snorkelling and the mysterious discoveries that lie below the surface of the ocean.

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March 19, 2018 8:58 am

Great job. The track sounds so good and so wet.

March 19, 2018 1:31 pm

The effects sound like it belongs near the surface of the water in a cave. Very peaceful.

March 19, 2018 2:01 pm

very asmr-like, sounds like the inside of the digestive system hah. really love the analog sound and your recording technique. I'm new to tape recording, how did you learn your production process?

March 19, 2018 5:38 pm

Ambience at its finest. Well done!

March 25, 2018 1:20 pm

Really great sounds. A beautiful ambience for sure.

March 25, 2018 2:21 pm

So relaxing...almost TOO relaxing... *blush*   smile

March 26, 2018 2:17 am
Q-Rosh wrote:

Great job. The track sounds so good and so wet.

Who would have thought that 'wetness' could be so readily derived from a combo of sample/hold, sine waves and a smidge of reverb? big_smile

Devieus wrote:

The effects sound like it belongs near the surface of the water in a cave. Very peaceful.

Thanks! Yes, a cave came to mind.

underground Luau wrote:

very asmr-like, sounds like the inside of the digestive system hah. really love the analog sound and your recording technique. I'm new to tape recording, how did you learn your production process?

Gurgling guts! big_smile Hmmm, the production process consisted of running a few improvisations on a Microkorg into a looping station, building up some textures and recording this to a track on the 424. The most useful feature on the 424 (imo) is the pitch function which can permit recording at 'normal' and 'high' speeds, along with a microtonal (degree) pitch dial. Often what I'll do is set a reference pitch with the first track and then manipulate the pitch settings on subsequent tracking in order to create harmonies/disharmonies with each other. For this one I also flipped the tape over a couple of times too, so that track (when I flipped back over) would be in reverse! It's fairly simple stuff I guess, but refreshingly tactile and hands-on which I love. Given that I'm pouring most of my available funds into building up a decent field recording set-up I have currently no funds to explore modular synthesis which a lot of folks are doing atm, so mucking about with tapes and external hardware is the next best thing for me. smile

Jim Wood wrote:

Ambience at its finest. Well done!

Thanks, Jim!

Ryan wrote:

Really great sounds. A beautiful ambience for sure.

Thanks, Ryan!

frostyjr2 wrote:

So relaxing...almost TOO relaxing... *blush*   smile

Thank goodness it doesn't go for any longer! Thanks, frosty!

March 26, 2018 3:01 am

thanks for the insight! yeahh i'm realizing im a hands-on kinda guy as well, its too easy for me to get overwhelmed with all the technicals and laser-precise parameters of daw effects and plugins

April 1, 2018 3:37 pm

Perusing your weekly beats back catalog just now. So Good.

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