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THX-15 - ElectroProg (Seismic Dirge)

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seismic1
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6863 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK

Postby seismic1; Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:01 pm THX-15 - ElectroProg (Seismic Dirge)

In October 2010, I installed SampleTank Free and immediately recorded this. It took 9 hours to record, and the August 2013 edit/remix/master took me 10 further hours, of trimming, editing, FX, levelling, panning, EQ and mastering.

I would call this a moody dirge.

mp3/192kbps/5:40/7.8MB

or, under gathering SoundClouds:-

http://soundcloud.com/whatsisname/thx-15

Recorded in EnergyXT2.5.4/Remixed in EnergyXT2.7beta

SampleTank Free/SampleTank 2.5
EnergyXT Drum Sampler
MicroTrance
ConcreteFX Ensembler
NI Pro-53
Valhalla Shimmer
IK CSR
EnergyXT Reverb
FerricTDS
T-Racks Linear Phase EQ
T-Racks Opto Compressor
T-Racks Vintage Equalizer
T-Racks Brickwall Limiter

DR - 10
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Mister Natural
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1348 posts since 28 Oct, 2007, from michigan

Postby Mister Natural; Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:47 pm

I would call it beautiful Seismic
an expert only on what it feels like to be me
& you are who you google

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seismic1
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Postby seismic1; Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:07 pm

Mister Natural wrote:I would call it beautiful Seismic


Thanks very much for listening and for the kind comment, Mister Natural. It is much appreciated. Glad you liked it :)
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Frantz
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Postby Frantz; Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:15 pm

We are well into the "Concert Rust" / "Reconstruct" era. Unfortunately, I am unable to decode the meaning behind this track title other than pondering what happens when you divide George Lucas' first movie by 75. :?:

A bit of a detour for you but I enjoyed this a lot. The beginning conjured up visions of suspense films with measured piano, dramatic pauses, and wide open spaces. I had no idea where it was going. I was delighted when the lady started singing. It was like sunlight bursting through the clouds. (Was she provided courtesy of SampleTank or did you track down Mike Oldfield's "Incantations" vocalist?) From that high point, the track cruises towards the finish line.

There were some potential mix level issues. The most significant was at 4:21 when that riff came in sounding very loud and distorted. There were also points, like 2:55, when the piano is covered up by other instruments. I think volume automation could solve this if you want to do some extra work.

Soundwise, I wasn't crazy about the drum kit, especially the electro-toms, which sounded like an 80s hip hop record.

But overall good stuff Señor Sísmica!
Last edited by Frantz on Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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sazb30
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1014 posts since 11 Sep, 2008, from UK

Postby sazb30; Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:23 am

different, interesting and original! Seemed to take quite a meandering route but I was loving it by the end... good work Seismic :-)
astrochimp
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723 posts since 30 Apr, 2008

Postby astrochimp; Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:55 pm

my new favorite track from you! :)

is this really the piano sound from the free sampletank player?
thedeadsoul
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203 posts since 22 Oct, 2009, from Bandung, Indonesia

Postby thedeadsoul; Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:54 pm

Great work, Tim, soundtrack material..! Somehow the first part of the song reminds me of the early "Doom" game series. Love the vocal sound, where did you get it?

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seismic1
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6863 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK

Postby seismic1; Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:51 pm

Frantz wrote:We are well into the "Concert Rust" / "Reconstruct" era. Unfortunately, I am unable to decode the meaning behind this track title other than pondering what happens when you divide George Lucas' first movie by 75. :?:


I can see that you're just going to love the next one :lol: Actually, this was just a punctuated anagram, if there can be such a thing. Any SciFi connection is merely subliminal.

Frantz wrote:A bit of a detour for you but I enjoyed this a lot. The beginning conjured up visions of suspense films with measured piano, dramatic pauses, and wide open spaces. I had no idea where it was going. I was delighted when the lady started singing. It was like sunlight bursting through the clouds. (Was she provided courtesy of SampleTank or did you track down Mike Oldfield's "Incantations" vocalist?) From that high point, the track cruises towards the finish line.


No. It wasn't Maddy, but it's funny that you mention Oldfield. My favourite album from MO is Ommadawn, and that unison vocal duet from Clodagh Simonds and Bridget St. John on Side One had a ghostly quality that still sends shivers down my spine all these years later, and was probably a subconscious contributor to the thinking behind the vocal part here. To answer your question, the vocal is from SampleTank Free, but I had to pick the notes carefully to achieve the cleanest sound and, when I had it, I smeared it with Shimmer to smooth out the rougher edges.

Frantz wrote:There were some potential mix level issues. The most significant was at 4:21 when that riff came in sounding very loud and distorted. There were also points, like 2:55, when the piano is covered up by other instruments. I think volume automation could solve this if you want to do some extra work.


That riff is quite loud, but much quieter than my 2010 original recording. Maybe I will cut the level a little. I chose the sound to deliberately contrast with ths "cotton-wool" qualities of the vocal/trance gate and add some abrasive character. I agree that the relative volume of the piano is too low in places. I'll probably tweak this at the weekend.

Frantz wrote:Soundwise, I wasn't crazy about the drum kit, especially the electro-toms, which sounded like an 80s hip hop record.


.... If you ride with me on a Friday anything goes.....

Frantz wrote:But overall good stuff Señor Sísmica!


Thanks very much for listening and commenting, Frantz. Glad you liked it :)
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Frantz
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2788 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York

Postby Frantz; Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:42 pm

seismic1 wrote:Actually, this was just a punctuated anagram, if there can be such a thing.


THX-15 = 51XTH = Sixth.

OK, sixth what? Is it a musical interval.
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seismic1
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Postby seismic1; Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:20 pm

sazb30 wrote:different, interesting and original! Seemed to take quite a meandering route but I was loving it by the end... good work Seismic :-)


meandering.......that's about right. Probably the story of my life :wink:

Thanks very much for listening and commenting, Sarah. Glad you liked it :)
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bzur
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607 posts since 21 Aug, 2010, from Cagliari - (Sardinia)

Postby bzur; Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:00 pm

Good stuff, it has a solid structure, well produced.

I don't feel the "meandering" sensation, it's more something that's increasing in power, without exploding. Keep on the good work ;)
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seismic1
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Postby seismic1; Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:28 pm

astrochimp wrote:my new favorite track from you! :)

is this really the piano sound from the free sampletank player?


Thanks very much for the listen and the kind comment, Clemens. Glad you liked it :)

Yes. That piano came from SampleTank Free, along with the Female vox and the Taurus.
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Frantz
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Postby Frantz; Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:43 pm

seismic1 wrote:It wasn't Maddy, but it's funny that you mention Oldfield. My favourite album from MO is Ommadawn, and that unison vocal duet from Clodagh Simonds and Bridget St. John on Side One had a ghostly quality that still sends shivers down my spine all these years later, and was probably a subconscious contributor to the thinking behind the vocal part here.


You seem to be referencing Oldfield a lot lately so that's why I thought of it. Ommadawn is also my favorite of his. Everything on it flows seamlessly (except for that horse song).


seismic1 wrote:To answer your question, the vocal is from SampleTank Free, but I had to pick the notes carefully to achieve the cleanest sound and, when I had it, I smeared it with Shimmer to smooth out the rougher edges.


It worked like a charm. In the future, I wouldn't mind hearing SampleTank lady singing backed by a mellotron choir. :idea:
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Moe Shinola
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Postby Moe Shinola; Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:37 pm

Love this, man. You're such a good composer and producer, my hat's off.
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Allomerus
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Postby Allomerus; Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:30 am

Excellent Tim. Love all of it but in particular the choir section!
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