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Fragile Gods - "Decoded Dreams" (final mix)

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KVRAF
 
2213 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York
  

Postby Frantz; Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:16 pm

This is the first track I have posted here. It's a weird, minimal track with spoken vocals that I might classify as tech-noir. Any feedback is appreciated.

http://soundcloud.com/fragilegods/decodeddreams

Fragile Gods "Decoded Dreams" (320kbps / 8.2MB)

DAWs: Rax'n'Trax, Samplitude
Synths: TAL-U-NO-LX, Z3TA+ 2, Korg Mono/Poly, Audjoo Helix, Tattoo
Effects: Lexicon PCM 81, Valhalla (Room, UberMod, FreqEcho), The Glue, The Drop, and various Samplitude effects


Edited: New mix uploaded on Dec 2 which attempts to improve the vocals.
Last edited by Frantz on Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
KVRAF
 
7970 posts since 11 Dec, 2003, from Canada
 

Postby polyslax; Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:40 am

Interesting piece FrantzM... nice twisty backdrop for the dark voice. I probably would have effed up the voice a bit, but that's me. Enjoyed it! :)
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KVRAF
 
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Postby Lotuzia; Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:24 am

polyslax wrote:Interesting piece FrantzM... nice twisty backdrop for the dark voice. I probably would have effed up the voice a bit, but that's me. Enjoyed it! :)


+1

Seems it lacks a bit of bass too. Or maybe its the genre that requires that ?

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KVRAF
 
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Postby Frantz; Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:53 am

polyslax wrote:Interesting piece FrantzM... nice twisty backdrop for the dark voice. I probably would have effed up the voice a bit, but that's me. Enjoyed it! :)


Thanks for the feedback. I was trying to keep the vocals somewhat intelligible but could certainly process them more in a second mix.
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KVRAF
 
2213 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York
  

Postby Frantz; Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:01 am

Lotuzia wrote:Seems it lacks a bit of bass too. Or maybe its the genre that requires that ?


I wasn't thinking in terms of modern electronic music with everything super loud and booming bass. Nevertheless, I may have another go at this adding more bass.

I'm not sure if there is an exact genre for this. I seem to be operating in my own weird space. :)

Thanks.
KVRAF
 
2083 posts since 11 Feb, 2003

Postby mr.me; Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:58 am

I like it, very cool idea! Thinking maybe some glitchiness in spots on the vocals might work well too.


Cheers and bring us some more vocals! :hihi:
KVRist
 
404 posts since 8 May, 2012, from Shanghai

Postby Shangsean; Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:08 am

This is a very cool track. I don't think it needs more bass at all. The vocals sound great and really, it just stands out from other tracks.
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KVRAF
 
2213 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York
  

Postby Frantz; Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:55 am

mr.me wrote:I like it, very cool idea! Thinking maybe some glitchiness in spots on the vocals might work well too.


Thanks! Another vote for more processed vocals.

mr.me wrote:Cheers and bring us some more vocals! :hihi:


Be careful what you wish for. After you hear some more of my vocals, you may be requesting instrumentals. :D
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KVRAF
 
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Postby Frantz; Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:58 am

Shangsean wrote:This is a very cool track. I don't think it needs more bass at all. The vocals sound great and really, it just stands out from other tracks.


Thanks Sean! One vote for leaving the mix "as is."
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KVRAF
 
6067 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK
  

Postby seismic1; Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:18 pm

I like the arp synth that plays the main sequence on here. That repeating motif is slightly off-kilter and that adds to the creepy vibes that are generated by this track. I quite like the vocals as they are. If you do add some bass to this it doesn't need to be anything overpowering. Just enough to fill that space a little.

Good work :)
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KVRAF
 
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Postby Frantz; Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:48 pm

seismic1 wrote:I like the arp synth that plays the main sequence on here. That repeating motif is slightly off-kilter and that adds to the creepy vibes that are generated by this track.


I am glad you and polyslax noticed it. That synth is the TAL-U-NO-LX. It's an eighth note riff which is triggering a sixteenth note arp. The output is being sent to a delay patch on my hardware Lexicon PCM 81. The delay time on the PCM 81 is being modulated by an LFO. (The PCM 81 has the unusual ability to change delay times without audio glitches.) The filter on the TAL-U-NO-LX is also getting slowly swept by an LFO. These LFOs are out of sync with each other so it never sounds the same twice. I recorded a lot of versions of this part to find one that sounded good and wasn't too distracting.

seismic1 wrote:I quite like the vocals as they are. If you do add some bass to this it doesn't need to be anything overpowering. Just enough to fill that space a little.


It sounds like you are leaning towards the leave it as is camp. I appreciate the feedback.
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KVRAF
 
2213 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York
  

Postby Frantz; Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:20 am

Mr. Me has generously done this radical remix:

http://soundcloud.com/fragilegods/decod ... hing-scary

Fragile Gods / Mr. Me "Decoded Dreams (something scary mix)" (256kbps / 6.8MB)

He really went to town on this. Fun and surprising. Make sure your loved ones are in a safe place before playing it. :o

If anyone else wants to have a go at remixing this, PM me. I have all tracks as MP3s.
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KVRAF
 
6067 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK
  

Postby seismic1; Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:22 pm

What just happened? :shock:

Good work mr.me
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KVRAF
 
3115 posts since 13 Jul, 2003, from outer rim
 

Postby fateamenabletochange; Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:04 pm

the music sounds kind of 'happy' to me, the arpy bit bouncing around and the bell/vibes tones, but the voice is kind of ominous...decoded mist woman midnight floating ...sounds dreamlike.

and mr me :-o ...that bass drum sounds tympanic now....much madder, itchy and scratchy sounds.

interesting stuff :)
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KVRian
 
1345 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Postby layzer; Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:09 pm

kinda twilight zoney. good mix but am i the only one that feels the vocals could use some deessing? it kinda distracted the overall groove for me. :shrug:

the mr. me remix was a brain trip!
HW SYNTHS [KORG T2EX - AKAI AX80 - YAMAHA SY77]
HW MODULES [OB M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880]
SW [DIM PRO - RAPTURE - Z3TA+ - CRONOX3 - KLC - RMiV]
DAW [ENERGY XT2 v2.7/1U RACK WINTEL PC/MAUDIO 1010LT PCI]
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