The summer sales are coming and I already purchased a full set of tools from my wishlist. Now that I can get tunes released, I just need to work faster and create tracks easier.
Another month, another remix contest.
Just before the deadline I finished a remix of Still Waiting by Kamille Louis. Good thing it’s shared in public and you can actually vote for it. The competition is strong though, mostly thanks to significant rewards.
Please vote here!
Now back to backyard: The original feels pretty uninspired. I guess the author had no idea what to do with, and neither had I – the genre was quite off :P. The basic idea was to use samples from remix pack as much as possible. I started down from cutting every sample out of it and procesing them until they ended up with something useful. The track is driven by polyrhythmic maracas (new technique to me) and basslines were resynthesized in Serum from original samples. The pads were also resynthesized with Harmor, though with poor results – mostly ending up with atonal textures. Second lead was chopped guitars playing MIDI extracted from generic drum loops – Ableton bread and butter.
Still, it eventually turned out to be pretty nice progressive house with a bunch of unusual sample FX. In fact it’s all about mixdown.
So it’s done. The next remix will be full-on trance at 140 BPM made from this. Should be quite straightforward.
Ta-da, my first release is live! That was possible thanks to remix contest organised by Black Lemon Records, which I won.
It is 20th production till date and yes, it’s progressive (house?) track. Moreover, this trancy break cut is pretty unfortunate and unrelated to original.
But trust me, it’s a great artistic endeavour. With groove!
Chaos and fractals were always attracting me (pun intended) and I wanted to give them a try in audio synthesis. Here’s the first try: wavetable pack for Serum made from chaotic oscillators.
Pick them from new blog page Samples & Wavetables. These are ordinary .wav files and should work with any wavetable synth or sample player. 37 different wavetables should keep you busy for a while. Some of them are evolving textures, some of them are simple but unusual like no one would ever craft by hand.
Rendering chaotic oscillators was the easy part. The difficulty was to actually make them musically usable. Some were picked directly, others were creatively processed. Chaotic attractors tend to generate subharmonic content and successive “periods” are very different from each other. It is opposite to wavetable where every frame is similiar to previous one.
Serum has a number of different import options, but they were not able to deal effectively with aperiodic waveforms. Many of them were picked and edited manually to be musically useful. This is only first attempt, I’m hoping to automate the process and create bigger, high-fidelity wavetables with minimal processing.
Also I have distant plans of creating actual synths and other utlities which will allow to use chaotic oscillators directly. There are dozens of known attractors and probably infinite number of new ones to discover. Surely there will be more depending on your interest.
Well, that’s the name of my latest track prepared for a music contest. It’s now free for download.
The contest was about creating track with extensive use of delivered samples from Warsaw Metro. It was quite a challenge to fit them into a proper trance track, so the result is somewhat original. I tried to use synths sparingly to make space for other sounds. All the percussion and FX are made out of samples. There is also part of the kick, nice granular pad delivered by contest host as Ableton rack, and my specialty – Roland-style supersaw created out of train siren sample 🙂
As you notice, orchestration is very rich and so is melody, I just tried to show a whole array of sounds instead of sending one-trick pony someone might like or not.
The track was highlighted as “finalist”, though I didn’t win. The top was dominated by some deep / drone / ambient stuff as well as some more groovy D’n’B made almost out of samples alone. In fact I’m the only who used a number of synths and some apparent melody.
The host also said the track is greatly mixed. In fact I finally found a simple trick which allows me to use arbitrary sounds nicely. Enjoy it 🙂