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Joe Cat - Arctic Air Lifts the Ottoman

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1027 posts since 19 May, 2011, from North Carolina

Postby JoeCat; Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:35 pm Joe Cat - Arctic Air Lifts the Ottoman

Turks conquer the North...

Playing with Aalto, some Puremagnetic Mellotron samples, and old Emu drum samples - this is what dropped out. Was supposed to be a little experimental/downtempo "sketch" with some vintage-sounding gear, but of course ended up (like most of my tracks) sounding like "theme" music. Whatever it is, it's my first post here. At least it's a short one! :D



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Postby synthgeek; Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:10 pm

I did indeed enjoy it. Quirky.
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Postby seismic1; Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:15 pm

Nice tune. Nice atmosphere. I'm a bit of a sucker for 'tron sounds. I grew up listening to '70s Genesis/Crimson/Tangerine Dream, so I enjoyed this one. The other instruments were cool too :)
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1027 posts since 19 May, 2011, from North Carolina

Postby JoeCat; Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:55 am

TY for the comments.
Tracks like this don't have much of an audience outside us producer geeks, so it's always nice to get a little feedback. :)
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Postby PaleBlueDot; Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:24 pm

Nice track. Very fun! Liked that bass alot :)
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Postby JJBiener; Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:32 pm

JoeCat, Very nice bit of work there. I like how you were able to take a diverse set of sounds and make them fit together into a cohesive whole. Over and above the sounds, the composition itself stands on its own quite well. To paraphrase Oliver, please, sir, can you post some more?
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Postby lionscub68; Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:54 pm

Awesome! I know the tempo was around 120? 125? But it sure felt faster than that. I wonder if there is a name for this phenomenon? Well done.
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Postby JoeCat; Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:47 am

Thanks again for the kinds words :-D I'm working on one more quick "Aalto+Mellotron+Old Drum Machine" thing.

Tempo is 130 - That "rush/drag" where the percussive elements are rhythmically faster than the melody, etc., is actually influenced by drum&bass - specifically, the newer sort of semi-ambient (I think some guys are calling it "autonomic") - that music's at 170 but technically half-time at 85, with the percussive elements rushing it. Google some tunes called Guidance and Reflection by Synkro & Indigo for a great example. I'm hoping to eventually start some "serious" work at that tempo.
(BTW - where are your new dailies?)

@PaleBlueDot - there's a awesome percussive element in that Guidance track that sounds suspiciously like the Tonescape Small Mechanics samples - can't believe I recognized those samples in your track "Among Stars" (great use of them, btw).

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