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East Coast Mainline (ElectroProg - Seismic Locomotive)

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KVRAF
 
6106 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK
  

Postby seismic1; Mon May 06, 2013 11:28 am

13 hours to record in August 2010, the May 2013 edit/remix/master took 10 hours, a large percentage of which was spent tweaking the percussion. I hit -8dB pre-master on here.

mp3/192Kbps/9:01/12.7MB

or on SoundCloud at 320Kbps:-

http://soundcloud.com/whatsisname/east-coast-mainline

Recorded in EnergyXT2.5.3/Remixed in EnergyXT2.7beta

Microtrance
EnergyXT Drum Sampler
ZebraCM
Dragon II
Amphetamine
Cubix
Or2v
SxMJune
ODSay
IK CSR
FerricTDS
T-Racks Linear Phase EQ
T-Racks Opto Compressor
T-Racks Vintage Equalizer
T-Racks Brickwall Limiter

DR - 12

This is fairly relentless.
KVRian
 
715 posts since 30 Apr, 2008

Postby astrochimp; Mon May 06, 2013 11:53 am

i feel like there are like three or four different tracks hidden in this song, that could be explored on their own. together it's almost overwhelming, but i'm sure it's one of those tracks that will grow on me. :)
the mix is excellent, too, but i'm starting to repeat myself. ;)
KVRAF
 
7979 posts since 11 Dec, 2003, from Canada
 

Postby polyslax; Mon May 06, 2013 3:22 pm

Epic track Tim, something you can really sink your teeth into. Prog feeling at times, almost jazzy at others, even got a taste of Wendy Carlos' Clockwork Orange off the top. Lovely contrasts with the atmospheric vocal parts against the main groove. Love the enveloped feeling bass, puts me in mind of Gabriel. The burbling synth somehow puts me in mind of Big Audio Dynamite... I know that makes no sense? Really a nice surprise when you cut the beat loose at 7:23.

Great stuff! :tu:
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KVRAF
 
6106 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK
  

Postby seismic1; Mon May 06, 2013 5:44 pm

astrochimp wrote:i feel like there are like three or four different tracks hidden in this song, that could be explored on their own. together it's almost overwhelming, but i'm sure it's one of those tracks that will grow on me. :)
the mix is excellent, too, but i'm starting to repeat myself. ;)


I think that I put this together from 2 basic blocks. I had the arpeggiated bass/lead synth combo, and the pad intro section (which I used later for the breakdown before returning to the original arps). When putting them together I realised that I would have to change things around a little to accomodate the "vocal" chords and the end sequence, so I suppose there are 3 main sections present.

The next track is structured quite differently. A cyclic soundscape with riddim.

Thanks very much for listening and commenting, astrochimp. I hope the acclimatisation will be swift and painless :)
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2236 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York
  

Postby Frantz; Mon May 06, 2013 8:13 pm

All of the synth sounds were excellent especially the bass and vocal sounds. There were some great melodic bits here and there. The final section was very strong.

Given the bassline, I kept expecting four on the floor drums but that never happened. For my tastes, the piece stayed on medium boil for a little too long. I wanted it to get grooving but it kept chugging along at its own leisurely pace. I may have to wait for the 12" remix to really get into it. :)

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. The mix was perfect. All frequencies were under control. :tu:
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Postby macmurphy; Mon May 06, 2013 11:49 pm

truly epic stuff Tim. nice bubbly synths and a great mix. i might have preferred it if the beat came in a little sooner (or the hats later) but a mighty good tune nonetheless :)

neil.
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KVRAF
 
6106 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK
  

Postby seismic1; Tue May 07, 2013 4:12 pm

polyslax wrote:Epic track Tim, something you can really sink your teeth into. Prog feeling at times, almost jazzy at others, even got a taste of Wendy Carlos' Clockwork Orange off the top. Lovely contrasts with the atmospheric vocal parts against the main groove. Love the enveloped feeling bass, puts me in mind of Gabriel. The burbling synth somehow puts me in mind of Big Audio Dynamite... I know that makes no sense? Really a nice surprise when you cut the beat loose at 7:23.

Great stuff! :tu:


Thanks very much for the listen and the wonderful comments, Matt. Glad you enjoyed it :)

That Clockwork Orange thing hadn't occurred to me, but now you mention it, I'm starting to wonder. Many times I listen to tracks in the Cafe, I can make a comparison. Other times I think, that sounds like something I know, but I can't put my finger on it. I wonder how much of the music we hear can influence our compositions. Sometimes it's obvious, at other times, more subtle.

PG was one of my idols in the '70s-'90s. I really loved the Genesis stuff and the solo albums he made in the '80s. I think you also mentioned Big Audio Dynamite in connection with one of my earlier tracks.

I stretched out a little on this one (9 minutes). When I go into remix mode, I normally abbreviate things, but I only managed to shave off around 25 seconds here. I felt like I just had to let things run their course :wink:
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KVRAF
 
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Postby seismic1; Tue May 07, 2013 4:13 pm

Those SoundCloud Pro Unlimited accounts might have been an influence too :hihi:
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Postby D.H. Miltz; Wed May 08, 2013 3:36 am

I especially like the intro and the last part, but the trip from one to the other is enjoyable too. Thanks.
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KVRAF
 
6106 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK
  

Postby seismic1; Wed May 08, 2013 2:26 pm

Frantz wrote:All of the synth sounds were excellent especially the bass and vocal sounds. There were some great melodic bits here and there. The final section was very strong.

Given the bassline, I kept expecting four on the floor drums but that never happened. For my tastes, the piece stayed on medium boil for a little too long. I wanted it to get grooving but it kept chugging along at its own leisurely pace. I may have to wait for the 12" remix to really get into it. :)

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. The mix was perfect. All frequencies were under control. :tu:


Thanks very much for checking this out Frantz. Glad you enjoyed it :)

I spent most of the remix time playing with the percussion, knowing that I should really hold back on the full kit until towards the end. I kept trying different combinations and permutations, but kept coming back to the approximate layout that is on here. After all, this is essentially chillout for trainspotters.

Funny that you should mention the frequencies. I forgot to run this through spek until you mentioned it :phew:
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KVRAF
 
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Postby Frantz; Wed May 08, 2013 7:44 pm

seismic1 wrote:I kept trying different combinations and permutations, but kept coming back to the approximate layout that is on here.


Sometimes a track wants to be what it wants to be and it's better not to fight it.

seismic1 wrote:Funny that you should mention the frequencies. I forgot to run this through spek until you mentioned it :phew:


You're living dangerously but you got away with it. :)
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KVRAF
 
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Postby seismic1; Thu May 09, 2013 1:49 pm

macmurphy wrote:truly epic stuff Tim. nice bubbly synths and a great mix. i might have preferred it if the beat came in a little sooner (or the hats later) but a mighty good tune nonetheless :)

neil.


Thanks very much for listening and commenting, Neil. Glad you liked it :)

I did consider starting the hats later, but I thought the track needed that percussive backing to kick the locomotive into motion.
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Postby seismic1; Fri May 10, 2013 3:32 pm

D.H. Miltz wrote:I especially like the intro and the last part, but the trip from one to the other is enjoyable too. Thanks.


Thanks very much for listening and commenting DHM. Glad you enjoyed it :)
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Postby Allomerus; Fri May 10, 2013 8:37 pm

Great dramatic start. The first faster section is interesting. I like the beat on the hihat. Keeps the pace going but with great changes to keep it interesting. The use of the long pads sounds really good. This includes the choir. Drama builds well at about 5:00. End section finishes it off expertly, as usual!
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Postby seismic1; Sat May 11, 2013 2:06 am

Frantz wrote:Sometimes a track wants to be what it wants to be and it's better not to fight it.



After almost 60 tracks, I seem to rediscover this truth all too frequently :)
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