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June 6, 2011

What the World needs is a better lullaby

Filed under: alternative,ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,strings,Synth — steve @ 12:36 pm

Chillax – feed the whales or something…

AAS Player with Cinematheque, Audio Damage’s Axon, HG Forune’s ScapesWizard Mini [free], Piano, Bass and Strings from Indpendence Pro, Steinberg’s HAlionONE, and Jamstix.

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January 18, 2011

Alien Nation

Filed under: alternative,ambient,Composition,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 3:18 pm

First composition for quite some time and the first using Cubase 5.5.2 64 bit on my new Win 7 64 bit PC – a fair bit of stuffing around trying to get older 32 bit VST and VSTi’s working…

So, here we are, ‘Alien Nation’: ’cause they’re due here after the world ends in 2012, don’t you know…

East West’s Voices of Passion, AAS String Studio & Entangled Species, Audio Damages Axon, HG Forune’s ScapesWizard Mini [free], and free 64 bit effects and processors VSTs [Compression, EQ, Stereo Enhancer, and Limiter] from Melda Production Audio Technologies – these made this track possible as TRacks [no 64 bit pluggins] DO NOT run at all well in Cubase 5.5.2 64 bit…

Anyhow, enjoy [11:30]

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November 18, 2009

Peripeteia

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,strings,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 12:19 pm

Just when you thought you had found what you were looking for it turns out that it wasn’t there, so you start looking again, and again… like one of those stress related dreams that go around and around in circles until you look down upon yourself and wonder just what it was that you were trying to find in the first place…

Guitar, Bass and Oboe from Independence 1.5; Synths from Proteus VX; Pedal-Steel slide guitar from Sonic Reality; Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; Bandi flute from DSK soundfont; and, Drums and Percussion by JamStix.

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November 14, 2009

Dancing with the Tazmanian Devil

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,strings,Synth — steve @ 12:15 pm

Triplets over four-four timing makes it feel a bit like a waltz. The growling sound reminded me of the Tazmanian Devil. Hence, ‘Dancing with the Tazmanian Devil’ is what this is called.

Bass, Chimes and Clarinet from Independence 1.5; Synth Pads and growling sound from Proteus VX; Harp and Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; and, Percussion from Jamstix 2.5…

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November 12, 2009

Machinations of Evil

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 5:00 pm

The strange machinations of a not so pure mind… tick-tock-tock, tick-tock-tock…

Piano, bass, and guitar synth from Independence 1.5; other synths from Proteous VX; choir oohs and aahs from various soundfonts; and, drums from JamStix…

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October 1, 2009

[Life is] All Around You

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth,vocals — steve @ 5:08 pm

Another ambient piece. For me, life is a series of computer-monitors placed strategically around me – they’re real…

Bass, guitar and arpeggiated thing from Independence; Synths from Proteus VX; Vocals from Miroslav Philharmonik as well as Creative-EMU sondfont banks; and, drums and percussion from Jamstix…

UPDATE: Have spent 2 days remixing and editing this piece – added just this [very late] evening the Irina Brochin soundfont – when you need a female vocalist to cut through then you can count on Irina! Much improved over the first draft – I really like this now…

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September 20, 2009

A Balmy Night

Filed under: ambient,Composition,guitar,strings,Synth — steve @ 3:27 pm

For one of those balmy nights that should be heading our way here in the next few months… with the warm wind blowing through the trees and wind-chimes clanging in the breeze…

Synths from Proteus VX; Bass from Independence 1.5; Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; lap-steel slide guitar from Sonic Reality; and, percussion by JamStix.

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September 18, 2009

Dream Cloud

Filed under: ambient,Composition,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 2:43 pm

An ambient piece that, amazingly, I did not use Independence 1.5 in at all for the first time since I bought it…

Flute and bell/chime things from Miroslav Philharmonik; synths from Proteus VX; and, percussion by JamStix…

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August 11, 2009

(Looking for my) Happy Place

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 8:49 pm

Sort of ambient, but not much, really… At a direct instruction teaching session yesterday, the Lecturer referred to students going to their happy place when zoning out in a lesson – no doubt something we all tend to do if bored and finding it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand…

Ban-DI from DSK; flute, bass, piano and kettledrums from Independence 1.5; synths from Proteus VX; and, percussion from JamStix…

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July 25, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 1:53 pm

A rather repetitive piece but quite light and sweet – the kind of dreams you have that make you not want to get out of bed, ever.

All instruments plus arpeggiators from Independence 1.5 apart from Boy Choir and Irina_Brochin soundfonts – drums and percussion from JamStix…

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June 22, 2009

Not Waving, Drowning

Filed under: ambient,Composition,piano,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 11:53 pm

So what if you were drowning and everyone just thought you were waving, so all they do is wave back, grinning? As you struggle to keep your head above water you drift out to sea before finally submerging into the depths below… not too comforting really…

Main flute [Ban-Di] from DSK, plus E-MU  soundfonts, synths from Proteus and flute and piano from Independence…

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June 21, 2009

Acid Gibbon

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth — steve @ 4:05 pm

Another sort of ambient piece… Why “Acid Gibbon”? I have no idea – it just seemed to be swinging too fast through the trees for a Sloth…

Electric Piano, Bass and Synths from Independence, Synths and bass from Proteus and drums by JamStix which once again kept on stuffing up and took out all my VSTs which meant they had to be reloaded and everything mixed again >|

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June 13, 2009

Space Whales

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,Synth — steve @ 8:14 pm

Another ambient sort of piece with crying whales somewhere in space. In space, no-one can hear you scream, but you can sure hear the whales.

Synths by E-MU Proteus VX and Independence, basses from Independence, drums by JamStix…

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Not So Evil Piano

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth — steve @ 1:03 pm

A kind of ambient piece that was originally going to be based around an evil piano – however it didn’t come out so evil afterall…

Rhodes Piano and Bass from Independence, Synth from E-Mu Proteus VX, and Drums by JamStix…

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June 7, 2009

Suspensia

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,strings,vocals — steve @ 9:57 pm

So, after 4 months of study, I get to compose some music again. This is a draft run of “Suspensia” – a track aimed at a thriller type movie. This draft contains some work by Ed Lynch – effectively the middle section.

Piano, guitar and bass by Independence 1.5, drums by Jamstix 2.5, vocals by EMU/Creative soundfonts.

UPDATE [June 11]: Remixed using “epicVerb” on the piano from http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/

Sounds quite good for no cost – better than the Cubase 1.0 reverb!

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February 4, 2009

Mysterious Ways

Filed under: ambient,Composition,strings,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 11:55 pm

GOD moves in mysterious ways… Flute, strings and timpani from Independence 1.5 plus Creative/E-MU vocal “ooh” sound font…

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January 28, 2009

Abysm

Filed under: ambient,Composition,strings,vocals — steve @ 2:36 pm

Drawn deeper and deeper into the abyss only to find that it isn’t too bad there afterall… Strings, vibraphone and tubular bells from Garritan Personal Orchestra; vocal sound fonts are Dark Ooohs from Creative/E-MU sound font and the Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin soundfont; and. drums by Jamstix which kept on corrupting themselves – was lucky to grab the drums and edit them on the third attempt…

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January 16, 2009

River Rhythm

Filed under: ambient,Composition,vocals — steve @ 6:57 pm

A very short piece – the sounds of the river hitting the sides of fishing boats evokes a rhythm that causes those around to break into a chorus of joy. As quickly as it arises it subsides – no doubt people have work to do! Percussion from Independence 1.5; vocals, birds and water bubbles from Creative/E-MU sound fonts…

BTW: I really need some decent vocal VST instruments – these soundfonts are pretty average – mind you they are ten years old or so I suppose now…

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Rectification

Filed under: ambient,brass,Composition,drums & bass — steve @ 10:49 am

The little green men are inside your head, busily re-programming your brain to make everything appear serene. No matter how hard you fight it resistence is futlie – you will be rectified. “Vox Gothic” from Creative/E-MU soundfont; tubular bells from Garritan Personal Orchestra; [edited] drums from Jamstix; and, vibraphone, sax and bass from Independence 1.5…

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January 15, 2009

On an Eastern night looking West

Filed under: ambient,Composition,guitar,strings,vocals — steve @ 10:55 am

This was an attempt at an ambient piece of music, however it started to take on too much of a narrative feel which perhaps is not what ambient music should portray. I don’t write lyrics for my pieces – they are just instrumentals – however if I did write words for this piece it would go something along the lines of “Lovely, lovely little whale; In the name of science we sail; Hiding in the sea so deep; It’s your flesh we want to eat.” This is why I don’t write lyrics. Flute, cellos, guitar and vibraphone from Independence 1.5; “Ban-di” from DSK Music’s “Asian DreamZ” soundfont; all other sounds from Creative/E-MU sound fonts…

UPDATE 18-01-09: Here’s an updated version with more “ban-di” instrument and less steel string guitar – a little more ambient now I feel…

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