The making of Introscope

Since it’s out now for everyone to hear (and to buy, apparently), I can say a few words how this track came to life. It took incredible amount of time and effort, but was worth it.

https://www.beatport.com/track/introscope-original-mix/9963922

It actually started as far as two years ago, with the rough idea to create some true hard-hitting and dark trancer with evolving structure. The title “introscope” means “device to look into yourself” – it was meant to be a journey through different emotions and states of mind.

So I created a bunch of different sounds (especially this killer sync-acid) and progressions, but couldn’t really get it all together. It was all fun and games with synthesis tricks (I had Sylenth1, Dune 2 and Serum and that time), but the result seemed to be a bunch of disjointed ideas that could hardly fit in one composition.  Today I’d keep it much simpler and remove at least one part.

So this year I came back to the project and reached for proven ideas, which are classics. In particular, I picked some motiffs and arrangement tricks from Santoz – Lost Segment, then adapted to what I already had.

Now you could think they sound nothing alike, and that wasn’t my intention by any means. In particular, there is no acid riff in Lost Segment – but that’s a must in modern club killers and in fact the first idea I started with.

Then comes the mixdown. From the beginning I knew it can be a bomb, but again – couldn’t get everything right. It really took me months to test multiple versions and send then to 20 labels I think before it got accepted. In the meantime a few different productions were finished and one even released.

Now, just a few days after it came out, I bought iZotope Ozone 8 Advanced – a revolutionary AI-based master assistant, but not only. Just for trial I ran both EP tracks, already mixed to death, through it. It brought only maybe 5% improvement, but did the trick and EP was accepted by next label I sent it to – Appointed Recordings. Again, they kept listeing to Soundcloud demos muliple times for maybe 10 days – couldn’t sleep because of that.

But now it’s out and certainly more tracks will come out in the future. I’m already preparing a remix for a request, and it’s only the beginning.

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2 thoughts on “The making of Introscope

  1. Pingback: The making of “Starvation” | DJ Warmonger blog

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