Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

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seismic1
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9670 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Post Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:59 pm

An arpeggiator walks into a bar. It was reverb night.

On SoundCloud:-

https://soundcloud.com/whatsisname/illuminate

This is slow and sombre, with a somewhat atmospheric quality.

Cast of characters:-

Recorded/Mixed in EnergyXT2.7
ACE
Arp 2600 V2
Aether
EQuivocate
Satin

Mastered in T-Racks 5
Linear Phase Equalizer
EQP-1A

DR - 12

Somewhere, a sun is rising

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Erisian
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1599 posts since 21 Mar, 2020

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:15 pm

I love that dark, brooding tension. It reminds me of some of the song intros on OMD's "Organization" album. Lovely piece. :tu:

hotmitts
KVRist
416 posts since 27 Nov, 2003 from UK, Polegate

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:51 am

nice
i like it

frank1985
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375 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from Wiltshire, Uk

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:47 pm

Amazing textural sound on that synth when it starts kicking up a gear. Your tracks always conjure up a great atmosphere

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StudioDave
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1076 posts since 23 Jun, 2007 from Findlay OH USA

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:22 am

Lovely work, awesome synth sounds. The crescendo is musically effective, ditto the changes in the bass near the end. Makes me think of how Ravel structured the end of his Bolero.

Anyway, I agree with hotmitts, I like it too.

Best,

dp

mystahr
KVRAF
7665 posts since 9 Nov, 2003 from Netherlands

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:57 am

seismic1 wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:59 pm
An arpeggiator walks into a bar. It was reverb night.
:clap:

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htcnext2
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437 posts since 3 Jul, 2017

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:39 am

A piece of constantly evolving ambience with a sinister touch. Film music quality all in all. Nicely done - good work!

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seismic1
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9670 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:16 pm

Erisian wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:15 pm
I love that dark, brooding tension. It reminds me of some of the song intros on OMD's "Organization" album. Lovely piece. :tu:
"Dark, brooding tension" seems to be the place where I live lately. I blame the folks at Ambient Online :D

Organisation - Now you're showing your age. The first OMD record I bought was "Electricity". I think it was in Virgin's Croydon store in '79. I seem to remember that it was part of a 2 for 1 offer.

Thanks very much for listening and commenting. Glad you liked it :)

experimental.crow
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6382 posts since 9 Mar, 2003 from the bridge of sighs

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:00 pm

deliberate and well crafted ...
the pads are ultra-lush , tenuously anchored by the minimal bass motif ...

:clap:
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seismic1
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9670 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:33 pm

hotmitts wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:51 am
nice
i like it
Thanks very much for checking this out, hotmitts. Glad you liked it :)

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seismic1
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9670 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:44 pm

frank1985 wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:47 pm
Amazing textural sound on that synth when it starts kicking up a gear. Your tracks always conjure up a great atmosphere
Thanks very much for taking the time to listen and for the lovely comments. Glad you liked it :)

The bass is ACE, as is the "string" synth throughout the track. Both of them are "factory" patches with no modification (as far as I can remember). The synth that comes in at approx. 5 minutes is a factory arpeggiated patch from ARP2600 V2, but after Aether has done its work, it's completely unrecognisable.
Last edited by seismic1 on Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.

frank1985
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375 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from Wiltshire, Uk

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:45 pm

seismic1 wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:44 pm
frank1985 wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:47 pm
Amazing textural sound on that synth when it starts kicking up a gear. Your tracks always conjure up a great atmosphere
Thanks very much for taking the time to listen and for the lovely comments. Glad you liked it :)

The bass is ACE, as is the "string" synth throughout the track. Both of them are "factory" patches with no midification (as far as I can remember). The synth that comes in at approx. 5 minutes is a factory arpeggiated patch from ARP2600 V2, but after Aether has done its work, it's completely unrecognisable.
Regarding the arp.. is that hardware or are you using the arturia version? I’ve been deliberating the Arturia collection for a while. Seems to offer a lot more control than my sample Kontakt libs. Aether sounds amazing - think it might replace my pcm90 8) I absolutely hate bouncing through hardware these days, especially for longer ambient tracks.

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Frantz
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5348 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:27 pm

seismic1 wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:59 pm
An arpeggiator walks into a bar. It was reverb night.
The barman says: "I'm sorry. We don't serve arpeggiators here."
The arpeggiator says: "No worries. I'm on a DRY setting."

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ariston
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3663 posts since 28 Jun, 2009 from Wherever I lay my hat

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:31 pm

Finally got around to it... Very immersive, mind movie music. I have a love-hate relationship with the ambient genre. On the one hand, I find it's often an excuse for people with next to zero craftsmanship to make something musical by holding down a chord and adding tons of reverb to it. On the other hand, people who know what they're doing can craft something truly memorable within the (admittedly broad) confines of the genre. This is definitely in the latter category - the development is beautiful, the way optimistic tones slowly blossom in the darkness.
Ahh, and Aether - the reverb that can turn Steinberg Neon into a CS 80. :wink:

Great job! :tu:

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jethrobull
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2045 posts since 5 Jun, 2011 from Preston, England, UK

Re: Illuminate (Ambient/Cinematic - Seismic Sunrise)

Post Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:04 am

Beautiful! Really enjoyed this. Nice work Tim :tu:
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