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Beyond the Neon Lakes

By ViridianLoom on April 12, 2020 11:56 pm

My Operating System crashed yesterday and all I was getting when I tried logging in was a black screen. Soooo I had to reinstall windows, which in turn meant I needed reinstall all my stuff and set Reaper back up. I lost a lot of my personal settings that helped my workflow. This is the first time I've cut it this close to submission.

I would have liked to have more time to work on this song but it is what it is.

For this week I figured I'd take elements of what I like about synthwave and try to interpret them in my own way. I noticed a lot of synthwave is in 4/4 so I figured I'd try to make a song in 6/8. Mostly became a moody atmospheric thing rather than anything to bop your head too. Thought I'd try throwing in some metal at the end.





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April 13, 2020 12:08 am

Came for the synth, stayed for the metal. Actually the whole thing's just so sweet.

I'm sure a bunch of stuff can be recovered, or not, depending on how you set it up in the first place.

April 13, 2020 12:11 am

Aaah that's a great take on the genre, the metal elements are a shoe in too! There's a great feeling of adventure/discovery with this track's pacing, it would be the perfect soundtrack for a futuristic/hi-fantasy blend game smile

April 13, 2020 12:24 am

I love it when that guitar comes in at 1:20. Really nice take on synthwave!

April 13, 2020 12:27 am

This is one of the coolest things I've heard this year. big_smile Seriously, this is packed with cool ideas. That guitar solo is just phenomenal and perfect.

April 13, 2020 12:51 am

April 13, 2020 1:12 am
Devieus wrote:

Came for the synth, stayed for the metal. Actually the whole thing's just so sweet.

I'm sure a bunch of stuff can be recovered, or not, depending on how you set it up in the first place.

Thanks! Yeah, I saved pretty much all the important stuff to another drive but I'm having to look up product keys and locating the .exe files for certain vsts, plus setting up my preferences in Reaper and rebuilding track templates that I didn't save, etc. Just a pain, but a fresh start on the OS is always nice!


Gab Manette wrote:

Aaah that's a great take on the genre, the metal elements are a shoe in too! There's a great feeling of adventure/discovery with this track's pacing, it would be the perfect soundtrack for a futuristic/hi-fantasy blend game smile

Thank you! I recently asked a mentor of mine about exploring new genres without firsthand knowledge of how that genre works (i.e. being someone who primarily play guitar in metal bands trying to produce electronic music) and he told me that I should just focus on elements of the music that attract me to it and blend that into what I already know. So I did that and enjoyed the experiment smile and I'd love to compose music for a video game some day!


Mission Crossing wrote:

I love it when that guitar comes in at 1:20. Really nice take on synthwave!

Thanks! I kind of spliced the guitar parts together but the way I came in on the first take sounded so good that I tried to build around it haha. Glad you enjoyed the moment it comes in!


Reilly Farrell wrote:

This is one of the coolest things I've heard this year. big_smile Seriously, this is packed with cool ideas. That guitar solo is just phenomenal and perfect.

I really appreciate that! It also makes me mad that my operating system had to crash this weekend and I spent so many hours recovering stuff rather than working more on this song, arg. I was going to experiment even further with the sound at the end.


Ipaghost wrote:

April 13, 2020 1:36 pm

Chill as F. The guitar tone is great at the end, gives a nice change of pace.

April 13, 2020 4:40 pm

Adding to the parade of folks saying that the introduction of guitar gave this a really nice texture progression yum yum crunch crunch

April 16, 2020 4:02 pm

that whole computer thing sounds so frustrating! - this piece is excellent!

April 18, 2020 3:56 pm

Great rhythmic switchups here, there's a lot going on! I like the combo of the electric guitar with the synthwave texture, it works really well. Great vibe too, this is so dramatic.

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