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elkanah77
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49 posts since 3 Jul, 2016, from Norway

Postby elkanah77; Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:00 am A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

My channeling of Pet Shop Boys and added regrets of not finding success in the music insdustry the way I once saw it...
Made with hardware synths, samplers and drum machines from the 80s. Roland S-10, Juno 6, Korg DW-8000 and more.

https://soundcloud.com/espenkraft/espen ... 8-too-late
romboh
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Postby romboh; Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:04 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Wow man, what an amazing track. Love the chord progressions and the sounds. You nailed it!
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Aloysius
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Postby Aloysius; Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:15 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Mix seems to bit off. Some sounds choked with compression. Vocals a bit dark but still intelligible.

It seems like a great tune with a story. Bittersweet.

There were a couple of unusual chord changes where I was thinking, man, this guy must know his music theory. Clever stuff.

Overall, I liked it very much.
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EatMe
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125 posts since 9 Aug, 2013, from The Hague, The Netherlands

Postby EatMe; Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:08 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Beautiful music. Nailed the Pet Shop Boys sound composition-wise and with the lyrics. This track is mixed and mastered much louder in my experience than the original music of the Pet Shop Boys, where the tension of the music was not as full and bassy as with the layers of music in this track. I like music with a lot of beefy basses and present low mid, there's nothing wrong with it in my opinion, although a lot of commercially presented music has so much bass turned down that the snare drums sometimes become the most beefy thing in the whole track, maybe favoured by a lot of listeners when music doesn't have much present tension at all. The composition of this track is excellent, well modulated and progressing and changing from one to the other part. Very enjoyable music. Thanks for sharing.
slartibartfast
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Postby slartibartfast; Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:31 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

romboh wrote:Wow man, what an amazing track. Love the chord progressions and the sounds. You nailed it!

+1
Not 25 years too late. Fantastic emulation of a great band. Thanks for this. Made my evening.
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elkanah77
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49 posts since 3 Jul, 2016, from Norway

Postby elkanah77; Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:03 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

romboh wrote:Wow man, what an amazing track. Love the chord progressions and the sounds. You nailed it!


Awesome feedback man. Thanks a lot!! :)
elkanah77
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49 posts since 3 Jul, 2016, from Norway

Postby elkanah77; Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:05 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Aloysius wrote:Mix seems to bit off. Some sounds choked with compression. Vocals a bit dark but still intelligible.

It seems like a great tune with a story. Bittersweet.

There were a couple of unusual chord changes where I was thinking, man, this guy must know his music theory. Clever stuff.

Overall, I liked it very much.


Thanks! There's actually little compression going on, but Soundcloud isn't very forgiving with some type of tracks. I think this suffers more than some. Glad you noticed some of the key changes :)
elkanah77
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49 posts since 3 Jul, 2016, from Norway

Postby elkanah77; Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:08 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

EatMe wrote:Beautiful music. Nailed the Pet Shop Boys sound composition-wise and with the lyrics. This track is mixed and mastered much louder in my experience than the original music of the Pet Shop Boys, where the tension of the music was not as full and bassy as with the layers of music in this track. I like music with a lot of beefy basses and present low mid, there's nothing wrong with it in my opinion, although a lot of commercially presented music has so much bass turned down that the snare drums sometimes become the most beefy thing in the whole track, maybe favoured by a lot of listeners when music doesn't have much present tension at all. The composition of this track is excellent, well modulated and progressing and changing from one to the other part. Very enjoyable music. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks a lot for detailed feedback!
It IS mixed and mastered with more loudness and bass than the true 80s sound, but I've tried to keep the loudness to a level where it down't sound TOO compressed and strident.

Key modulation is very important to me, so I'm excited you picked up on that.
elkanah77
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49 posts since 3 Jul, 2016, from Norway

Postby elkanah77; Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:09 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

slartibartfast wrote:
romboh wrote:Wow man, what an amazing track. Love the chord progressions and the sounds. You nailed it!

+1
Not 25 years too late. Fantastic emulation of a great band. Thanks for this. Made my evening.


Sweet! Gracias! :)
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Vortifex
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Postby Vortifex; Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:18 pm Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Nice song. Vocals reminded me of Neil Tennant and Röyksopp. Would have preferred it without autotune though. I felt the snare was too dry and maybe just not the right sample for the song. Music is spot on though, well done. Really enjoyed listening to that.
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Aloysius
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Postby Aloysius; Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:22 pm Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Forgot to mention that I like the name as well. It's a memorable title.
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Bojo Software
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Postby Bojo Software; Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:30 pm Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Wow. What a great pop song. :)
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Postby xalama qo; Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:35 pm Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Great stuff! I think the autotune gives it a kind of melancholic nostalgic robot kinda vibe...quite appropriate for 80s nostalgia :) Very nicely done.
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layzer
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Postby layzer; Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:09 pm Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

good :tu:
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77 - ENSONIQ VFX]
HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2/1U RACK WINXP / MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]
himalaya
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Postby himalaya; Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:43 am Re: A bittersweet tribute to the Pet Shop Boys - Synth-pop made with 80s hardware

Really enjoyed this!
I grew up with the music of Pet Shop Boys so can share in your nostalgia with pleasure!

Loved the production. All sounds are spot on. However, like somebody said the snare seems a bit mismatched with the rest of the song. Just a bit. Maybe it's too loud? Too obviously 'club' if you know what I mean.

That lead at the end was delicious. Really good sound and melody.

Liked the humour in the lyrics as well: "Searching for the sounds of 88, but finding I was 22 years too late". :hihi:

Looking forward to more!
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