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Sci-Fi themed Kurt Vonnegut inspired ambient

Post by PLacidBasilisk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:52 am

I'm just adding the finishing touches to which I'm submitting to a science-fiction inspired electtronic compilation due to be released in Switzerland next year. I'm a little iffy on the mix and mastering so any feedback regarding levels and the mix in general would be much appreciated.

http://soundcloud.com/metafauna/harmoniums-delight

Muchos gracias!

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Re: Sci-Fi themed Kurt Vonnegut inspired ambient

Post by Jarvisimon » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:35 am

PLacidBasilisk wrote:I'm just adding the finishing touches to which I'm submitting to a science-fiction inspired electtronic compilation due to be released in Switzerland next year. I'm a little iffy on the mix and mastering so any feedback regarding levels and the mix in general would be much appreciated.

http://soundcloud.com/metafauna/harmoniums-delight

Muchos gracias!

It's hard to say anything about mix levels etc as the sounds are one big wash. Would have liked to hear more depth in your sounds. This could be accomplished by not using such levels of sustain, and instead creating alien-like textures through more involved synthesis etc.

It might not be quite what you're wanting to do but take a listen to my track "departure lounge of eno's airport" to give you some ideas of sci-fi sounds that hopefully are a bit more contemporary. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default ... dID=944007

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Post by PLacidBasilisk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Hey thanks for the feedback. The song is actually supposed to approximate the natural resonances of the planet Mercury. In "The Sirens of Titan" Vonnegut describes the only lifeform on the planet as being little wafer-thin creatures which attach themselves to the the rock in the planets depths and feed off the planets vibrations. Hence the title, Harmonium's Delight. So I thought for this purpose it would be appropriate for more sustained rumbling than more delicated sci-fi tones.

Having said that, at some points it does become a little too muddy, so thanks for pointing that out.

Joey

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Post by gjm » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:00 pm

Hey PB, really liked this, I could instantly place myself in an 'other worldly' imagincantation. I really liked the move to the melodic sequence toward the end as it gave the piece movement and evoked the feeling of resolution/conclusion. I am not sure about the little blip at 4:51, it sounded like an unexpected drop out in the recording rather than the result of an event within the landscape you were portraying in the piece. Well done and all the best with the competition.

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Post by Magik » Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:42 am

I like it allot! Very very cool tune.

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Post by Usedtobe » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:18 am

fucking love it.


feedback or all synthesis stuff? all ableton or what? i'm aaaalll about this kind of stuff. i've been feedin tracks into each other with limiters and automating eq, filter, and distortion biz and comin up with similar noises.


sneriously, really radical.

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Post by Usedtobe » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:23 am

the other tunes on there are great too! what's your process like hombre? i put some glitchier stuff up earlier tonight but imma put my ambients on here too so we can tradeskies. where abouts you from?

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Post by RJ » Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:10 am

very cool

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Post by Bleep Blop Ima Robot » Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:49 am

this sounds like it could be an intermission on a CD.
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Post by PLacidBasilisk » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:51 am

Thanks all for the kind words! I put a bit of work into this one so it's nice to hear positive feedback.

@ gjm: You are right about the glitch at 4:51, I've uploaded a new, glitch-free version of the track. Thanks for pointing that out!

@ usedtobe: It's all Ableton with a large dollop of Reaktor 5 and various other vsts. It's a mixture of recordings I made with a contact mic, regular field recordings, and synthesis (mostly from Reaktor ensembles) all severely treated and mistreated with various Ableton and third-party effects. Process always varies but this time lined up a lot of similar tracks, and very carefully manipulated parameters on each. I'm based in Dunedin, New Zealand and would love to hear your stuff, PM me!

@ Magik and RJ: Thanks!

@ Bleep Blop Ima Robot: Thanks... I think.

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Post by vlantis » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:06 pm

Finally got around to listening to your track! I was the guy you told about the submission contest and ended up submitting "Interstellar Feller Man."

I have to say your music is the polar opposite of what I do, but I'd love to listen to this stuff in an artsy sci-fi video game!
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Post by PLacidBasilisk » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:28 am

Sorry but I can't quite remember when i told you about the contest/who you are! Did I tell you in the real world or online?

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Re: Sci-Fi themed Kurt Vonnegut inspired ambient

Post by vlantis » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:50 pm

Oops! My mistake! This message was left to me by bicarbone

"Nice!

Have you heard about this? I posted it in the general forum a few days ago:

http://ailleurs.ch/index.php?s=en&m=6&blid=63

You should send them something if you have an unreleased track.

You can listen to my own submission on soundcloud if you wish.

Cheers!"

I remembered reading your post about a sc-fi compilation and figured you were the same person. Sorry!
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