Radiowaves at Night

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JO512
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209 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Post Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:04 am

This is my first time sharing a track I made online.

Sometimes, while driving alone late at night on lonely roads, I like to turn on the radio and listen to the barely understandable voices drifting in and out amid squeals and static. There is something compelling in the idea that I am picking up these signals that are floating out there in the night air. It is as though I am tapping into hints of collective dreams and mental chatter. Often, one of the stations I find is Coast to Coast AM, where it is typical to hear some starry-eyed soul breathlessly reporting a UFO sighting. There is a wistful, melancholy, dreamy feeling about all of this. Lonely humanity wishes for contact. Is there anyone out there?

This track is loosely inspired by such late night drives. It includes a recording of just such a barely audible UFO report. As it turns out, what this person was seeing in the sky was a recently launched string of Elon Musk's Starlink satellites. Sadly, and as usual, it wasn't evidence that we are not alone. Still, it was humanity casting a few stars of our own into the firmament, expressing our yearning to connect, even as such technologies paradoxically further divide and isolate us.

https://soundcloud.com/user-260326741/r ... wHwAR5trDT

I would appreciate hearing what you think!

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layzer
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7195 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:20 pm

at the 2:00 mark it got very screechy and hard to listen to. i had to turn my volume down.
try to pay attention to resonating frequencies that sound harsh and unpleasant, esp in a chill downtempo track.
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JO512
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209 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Post Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:33 am

layzer wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:20 pm
at the 2:00 mark it got very screechy

Thanks for the feedback, layzer. I'm surprised to hear that reaction, as I happen to like those cutting sounds up top. I wonder if it is a matter of taste and past listening tendencies. I grew up listening to metal with a lot of aggressive, high-gain, cutting guitar sounds, often what I guess could be described as "screechy". I even like high distortion guitar tones DI, without a cabinet to tame the high frequencies. That kind of thing doesn't offend my ears. I wonder if most others would object to the sharper sounds in this track as you do. It also does get louder there. The track starts out fairly quiet, which might cause you to set your volume too high. I wonder if I should just flatten it out and make sausage as is done with most modern tracks.

Also, people with significant hearing damage, which often includes music producers, often find certain kinds of sounds unpleasant. They seem to distort in the ear. There is one particular note that drives my ears crazy even with a sweet acoustic piano.
Last edited by JO512 on Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:26 am, edited 1 time in total.

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thomekk
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2647 posts since 3 May, 2003 from Germany

Post Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:05 pm

Hey JO512

I really enjoyed the track! And for me - what was mentioned here - the higher peak appears to me as an intentional part (which is repeating laters, some main theme), so this is absolutely working. The whole composition is great (especially when one get's to know what you wrote in the introduction text) and yeah, it's noisy, but pleasant, too. Maybe a tad too long (but just nitpicking).

Good work :tu:
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JO512
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209 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Post Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:38 am

thomekk wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:05 pm
Good work :tu:
Thanks, thomekk!

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JO512
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209 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Post Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:35 am

I revised the track a bit, taming that harsh, higher part, making the volume a little more consistent between A and B parts, and also shortening the track. Maybe it works a bit better now.

https://soundcloud.com/user-260326741/r ... RxMGvfN4K5

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Vertlain
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61 posts since 14 Jul, 2018 from Gdansk, Poland

Post Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:04 pm

Nice composition, noisy in right kind of way... but thank you for reducing those piercing frequencies a bit.
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JO512
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209 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:11 am

Vertlain wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:04 pm
Thank you, Vertlain!

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layzer
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7195 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:46 pm

taming the shrill volume peaks did help. still not my choice for a lead sound but i can certainly appreciate the cool downtempo drums. :tu:
Last edited by layzer on Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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HW MODULES [OBi M1000 - ROLAND MKS-50 - ROLAND JV880 - KURZ 1000PX]
SW [CHARLATAN - OBXD - OXE - ELEKTRO - MICROTERA - M1 - SURGE - RMiV]
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layzer
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7195 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:52 pm

Vertlain wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:04 pm
thank you for reducing those piercing frequencies a bit.
ikr? i knew it couldnt be just me. :idea:
much improved :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]

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JO512
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209 posts since 9 Nov, 2018 from Colorado

Post Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:29 pm

layzer wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:46 pm
Thanks, layzer!

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