Flow (ElectroProg - Seismic Zoning)

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944 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Post Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:34 am

Good stuff. Stands the test of time (like any good music/sounds.)
gadgets an gizmos...make noise

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9361 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Flow (ElectroProg - Seismic Zoning)

Post Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:10 pm

htcnext2 wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:47 am
Had another listen to your track. I really like that one. You used ersdrums vst for drums..I recognised the sound of this plugin, not bad for free stuff.. and cubix - an evergreen also. Nice work!
Thanks for the repeated listening, htcnext. Glad you're still enjoying it :)

I only discovered Cubix 10 years ago, and I'm reasonably confident that I'll be using it again in the next 10. I've just moved my entire setup over to a Windows 10 machine, and it all seems to work.

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2175 posts since 28 Aug, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Flow (ElectroProg - Seismic Zoning)

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:26 pm

Great to hear this track again Tim. Sounds very clear and is definitely loud in a modern context. Lovely structures and flow. Nice and perky! :)
Music with progressive intent.

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9361 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Flow (ElectroProg - Seismic Zoning)

Post Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:54 pm

ChameleonMusic wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:46 am
Really good listen Tim - enjoyed it the whole way through a couple of times.

Slow build / ebb and flow is very well judged.

Texture / combination of sounds in there is absolutely superb.

Love the soundstage as well - so many people (including me sometimes) forget about 'front to back' but that aspect works very well here.

I always tend to listen to KVR in my studio (breaks whilst I'm working) so I have a terrible habit of playing along with all the tracks I hear! The one thing that didn't gel 100% with my ear was the melodic content at times. It's good / very good, but I felt that little tiny tweaks here and there could have improved some motifs even further...

Melodies - very individual taste of course and I often listen to JMJ and attempt to change some of his tunes and he's done alright! :)
Thanks very much for listening, Mark, and for the thoughtful comments :)

I wrote this one back in 2010, when I was a young whippersnapper. Now My legs are grey. My ears are gnarled, and I have to rely on memory for some of the details.

All of the synths on here were Freeware/Magware apart from Kicklab XXL.

Regarding the soundstage, I'm not sure which version you listened to, but the original, unmixed version (not featured here) had little of that, only using reverb/delay built into the synths.

The first track featured here was mixed by me in 2012 using some IK/EnergyXT reverbs and EnergyXT delays too, iirc. I tend to mix things up a little in the reverb department, (especially with my more ambient stuff), so I'm not attempting to create a real space here, just an imagined approximation of one.

All other versions featured in this thread were based on the 2013 mix made by Crimson Sun Audio.
I know that the reverbs were changed out during this mix, and the soundstage was almost certainly improved.

As far as the melodic content goes, I had been putting tracks together for about 18 months when I made this one (about 40 tracks up to this time), and had got to the point where I could complete a track like this in a day (this one took 10 hours), so I probably spent less time on the melody than I do these days (although I'm not sure that this aspect of my writing has improved subsequently). I think if I were to rewrite this today, I would make some changes to the timing of the notes in those melodies (although I shall probably deny making this statement later). :)

JMJ. The boy's got potential.

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