Fragile Gods - "Doppelganger"

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KVRAF
5694 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:22 pm

I've fiddled around with this track long enough that I've run out of things to fiddle with. I have no choice but to unleash it on you, the cognoscenti of the Cafe.

https://soundcloud.com/fragilegods/doppelganger

Fragile Gods "Doppelganger"

Virtual Studio Technology (VSTs): Monark, Icarus, BFD3, M-Tron Pro, Arturia SEM, Diva

The lyrics are on Soundcloud. Any feedback is appreciated.

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KVRAF
2641 posts since 24 Oct, 2000 from A Swede Living in Budapest

Post Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:37 pm

Fragile Gods? Very cool name :tu:

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KVRian
1228 posts since 17 Aug, 2012 from Old Zealand

Post Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:57 am

The sound of the mighty SEM really compliments your style. It was also a nice touch with the distorsion/saturation on the vocals.

When it comes to song writing and arrangement I'd wish I was your doppelganger :hihi:

Cheers :tu:
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KVRAF
7679 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:50 am

unmistakably FG 8) ..... to be continued.......
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]
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KVRian
884 posts since 3 Jan, 2016

Post Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:47 pm

I thought of the Devine electronic dance videos of the 80's. Devine was a doppelganger unto him/her self. Or could this be David Bowie's evil twin. !!!!!

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KVRAF
2672 posts since 28 Aug, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:47 am

This is very cool. Love the beat/bass. It sounds like something quirky yet a bit sinister.
Vocal effects are great. Fastlanephil hit on it with the Bowie's evil twin comparison.
The Arturia SEM is a great sounding synth. I got the iPad version and it's sounds so good.
Well done!
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KVRAF
7679 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Post Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:24 pm

infectious vibe. been humming it all day :P
solid track, in its composition and production. liked the EPIANO sound.
another fine FG track. "who is the hunter, who is the pray...DG stay away"
good stuff. :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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KVRAF

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5694 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:49 pm

DrGonzo wrote:Fragile Gods? Very cool name :tu:
Thank you. I also like your moniker Plug Hugger. It's not easy finding a name that hasn't already been used on the interwebs. :)

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KVRAF

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5694 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:09 pm

sbj wrote:The sound of the mighty SEM really compliments your style. It was also a nice touch with the distorsion/saturation on the vocals.

When it comes to song writing and arrangement I'd wish I was your doppelganger :hihi:
Thanks for your encouraging feedback. :)

Note the SEM was a minor player on this track only doing some rhythmic beeping from 3:10-3:33. All leads were Icarus. Monark was used for bass. The pads were a mixture of Icarus, M-Tron Pro, and Diva.

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KVRian
1228 posts since 17 Aug, 2012 from Old Zealand

Post Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:38 am

Frantz wrote:Note the SEM was a minor player on this track only doing some rhythmic beeping from 3:10-3:33. All leads were Icarus. Monark was used for bass.
My bad :clown:

Sooo...What I meant was that the SEM like (at least to my ears) main synth really compliments your style.

Cheers
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KVRAF

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5694 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:47 am

sbj wrote: Sooo...What I meant was that the SEM like (at least to my ears) main synth really compliments your style.
I think you are taking about this synth which kicks at 0:28. I confirmed it's a custom Icarus patch. Here it is in isolation. You can't hear it well in the mix.

https://soundcloud.com/fragilegods/dopp ... th/s-3Sa6R

Thanks for noticing. I should probably reuse it in the future. :)

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KVRAF
5418 posts since 17 Aug, 2004 from Berlin, Germany

Post Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:09 am

Good track as expected and a nice mix with a "warm" sound.
Has some 80th vibe or something I would see in this area. Maybe a bit inspired by Camouflage or some similar artists.

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KVRAF

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5694 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:07 pm

fastlanephil wrote:I thought of the Devine electronic dance videos of the 80's. Devine was a doppelganger unto him/her self. Or could this be David Bowie's evil twin. !!!!!
David Bowie's evil twin -- that's a good one!

I will try to forget about the Divine comparison. Yikes! :-o

Thanks for commenting. :)

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KVRAF
1785 posts since 9 Apr, 2011

Post Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:52 am

Great sound design, as usual. The arpeggio in the background (that comes out at the end) adds some nice lift and atmosphere. The vocoder intro really catches your attention. The vocal distortion is pretty brutal. My critique would be that some of the instruments sound like they're not really in the same space or in any space, especially with the mix of acoustic drums in an otherwise synthetic arrangement. Maybe a subtle reverb buss for a few of the tracks would blend them together a bit more.

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KVRAF
10277 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Post Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:03 pm

I love the intro, The arp combined with that filtered vocoder intro is great. I've played this a few times during the last week. I remember that I wasn't crazy about the bassline when I first heard it, but I was listening at quite a low volume, and there were all sorts of distractions. Tonight I have the house to myself and am taking advantage of the fact, and the bassline sounds much more solid. That kick/snare combo is a great fit for the music. The backing pads add the "eerie" factor in the right amounts, and the vocoded and straight vocals work for me. The track was well-paced and, I think, just the correct length. A polished piece of music.

Good work :)

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