Chemeleon - Echo

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chemeleon
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43 posts since 16 Jan, 2013

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:05 am

Here's a new song by me. It's one of my better ones. I'd really appreciate listens, likes, feedback, opinions, etc, I'd like to know if it's a grower and if it leaves a good first impression. Chemeleon

https://soundcloud.com/chemeleon/echo-preview
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KVRAF
5584 posts since 9 Mar, 2003 from The Druid Hills

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:36 pm

i'm intrigued ...
seems very fizzy ; i'd experiment with rolling off quite a bit of the top end ...
speaking for myself , that causes early ear fatigue , and makes for a hard listen ...

it needs some break up , dynamically ...
there are spaces between the notes that need to be exploited ...
the vocal needs some protection from everything else you're doing ...

shows promise ...
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layzer
KVRAF
5761 posts since 11 Jun, 2006

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:28 pm

sounded like a bunch of random, heavy brickwalled, distorted noises.
stopped listening after a few seconds. sorry. :shrug:
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chemeleon
KVRist
43 posts since 16 Jan, 2013

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:17 am

Thanks for the feedback. I think I've solved some of the dynamics / distortion problems, let me know if it's any easier on the ears (knowing soundcloud, you may need to clear your cache to hear the new version).

Edit: My bad, it's here:

https://soundcloud.com/chemeleon/echo-a/s-k7gcB
Check out my music :
https://soundcloud.com/chemeleon
Some fractal artwork here :
http://yolkmissingbranchbot.deviantart.com

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chemeleon
KVRist
43 posts since 16 Jan, 2013

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:30 am

My mastering technique is pretty much "push everything to the max, run it through a maximizer". I need help achieving the same result but with less distortion. I like the 'virtual sidechaining' effect you get with a maximizer and finely tuned eqs.

As for rolling off on the top end, what specific track is causing you fatigue? Hi-hats, harp, etc? I find it hard to tell after the 200th listen haha.
Check out my music :
https://soundcloud.com/chemeleon
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seismic1
KVRAF
9069 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:44 pm

I listened to both of these last night, and preferred the original mix then, but I was very tired. Tonight, I think I prefer the new mix. It sounds a little better in terms of overall dynamics. I think that some of the sibilant effects on the vocals, particularly from 1:30-1:40 (and maybe in a couple of other places) may be a little abrasive.

I loved the track. It's a very unusual combination of seemingly disparate elements which work together very well to form an engaging piece of music.

Good work :)

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chemeleon
KVRist
43 posts since 16 Jan, 2013

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:18 pm

Always nice when somebody appreciates your work, thank you!

I redid the track again, it's here if you're interested. Hard to get right because the exotic arpeggiator I'm using doesn't respond to reset commands, so there are a lot of sync issues, but does make for a unique recording each time at least.
https://soundcloud.com/chemeleon/echo-b/s-f0NoQ
Check out my music :
https://soundcloud.com/chemeleon
Some fractal artwork here :
http://yolkmissingbranchbot.deviantart.com

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Living Room
KVRer
24 posts since 18 Jan, 2018 from Chennai, India

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:46 am

Very energetic:-)

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seismic1
KVRAF
9069 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Chemeleon - Echo

Post Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:24 am

The latest mix "Echo B", seems to have more DR than the previous version "Echo A". I don't think the arp behaviour made much difference to the outcome of the final track, there's quite a lot of polyrhthmic interest anyway, so it all seems to be a good fit. The vocals are a little smoother on the new version too.

Good work :)

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