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Posted 01 April 2017 - 05:58 PM

April’s Composition Challenge is now underway!

Here’s the image for your inspiration, chosen by last month's winner, SH73

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 06:36 PM

I think my track's gonna be "War" inspired. :ph34r:

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 07:21 PM

Oh, someone wants an apocalyptic track do they? I'm on it :D
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 08:00 PM

You'd better keep writing folks. I'm already working on it...might be hard to beat....whistle..whistle..
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:10 PM

Mine will most likely be giant golden sprouting broccoli inspired.
I knew those mushrooms didn't taste right.... :)
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:39 PM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 01 April 2017 - 09:10 PM, said:

...giant golden sprouting broccoli inspired...

Go for it..! :D
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 04:17 PM

gonna try and make it 2 months on the trot, but does mean ill need to do it by this weekend..... interesting, maybe ill try and make it electronic

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:43 PM

OK, here it is ("At last..!" I hear you muttering. My apologies for the delay; I've had some distractions this week...)...

I Heard It On The Radio (So It Must Be True...) ...

Enjoy.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:40 PM

A taster to an unfinished song..or is it? Soundcloud accused me that I used someone`s song lol.
I started a dispute so see how that goes.

Edited by SH73, 05 April 2017 - 08:02 PM.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 08:03 PM

View PostDad3353, on 05 April 2017 - 05:43 PM, said:

OK, here it is ("At last..!" I hear you muttering. My apologies for the delay; I've had some distractions this week...)...

I Heard It On The Radio (So It Must Be True...) ...

Enjoy.

Lol brilliant.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:19 PM

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:11 AM

View PostDad3353, on 05 April 2017 - 05:43 PM, said:

OK, here it is ("At last..!" I hear you muttering. My apologies for the delay; I've had some distractions this week...)...

I Heard It On The Radio (So It Must Be True...) ...

Enjoy.

Excellent sir,
It has blown my idea out of the water..( I had Bert with his 'swinging safari' !!)
So... :scratch_one-s_head:

Edited by fingers211, 06 April 2017 - 07:33 AM.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:23 AM

Cheers, lad; much appreciated.

View Postfingers211, on 06 April 2017 - 07:11 AM, said:

...I had Bert with his 'swinging safari' !!...

Phew..! A lucky escape there then, eh..? Posted Image
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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:11 PM

View Postfingers211, on 06 April 2017 - 07:11 AM, said:

Excellent sir,
It has blown my idea out of the water..( I had Bert with his 'swinging safari' !!)
So... :scratch_one-s_head:

I deliberately don't listen to any entries until mine is done , or at least fleshed out and ready for tweaking. I am sure that if anyone had gone the same route as I was thinking, I would get a mental block and my inspiration would freeze :rolleyes:
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays, blue moons Preston Guilds


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 05:05 PM

Just dusted off the old cobwebs :) Had 2 days off work and rustled up my first home recording in over 12 years, maybe more. It's the first on Cubase, which is way better than my old hard disk recorders! Where did all that time go?

I loved that picture for this month, really resonated with me, so had it in mind when choosing sounds and vibes:

https://soundcloud.c...space-invade-us

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Edited by Chiliwailer, 08 April 2017 - 08:04 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 06:34 PM

View Postlurksalot, on 06 April 2017 - 08:11 PM, said:

I deliberately don't listen to any entries until mine is done , or at least fleshed out and ready for tweaking. I am sure that if anyone had gone the same route as I was thinking, I would get a mental block and my inspiration would freeze :rolleyes:

I recall heeding that advice from your good self a while back, and I am now indeed stumped !! In my defence, how often does anyone think along the same lines as Dad !!

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 06:45 PM

View Postfingers211, on 09 April 2017 - 06:34 PM, said:

...In my defence, how often does anyone think along the same lines as Dad !!...

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 08:18 AM

hi folks, sorry for missing last month. had no end of hassles with BT after moving house and its only just gotten sorted.

either way, i have an entry here. i am chuffed with it personally as it seems to me a far cry from my earlier efforts with regards to structure and mixing. i went down a fairly poetic route route with it.

https://soundcloud.c...work-is-a-man-2

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 07:28 PM

Here's mine. https://soundcloud.c...am-become-death

I wanted something that built up dramatically but didn't go on and on building up so I went fairly mournful at the end, focusing a bit on the aftermath of the bombs. Learnt a fair bit about midi cc controls and was very chuffed when I managed to get my Maschine Jam set up to control up to 8 midi cc sliders at once! Expression, dynamics and vibrato all at my fingertips whilst I play away in Albion One now! I've even got a fair few sliders left for luscious verb and what not.
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Posted 12 April 2017 - 05:11 AM

View PostMornats, on 11 April 2017 - 07:28 PM, said:

Here's mine. https://soundcloud.c...am-become-death

I wanted something that built up dramatically but didn't go on and on building up so I went fairly mournful at the end, focusing a bit on the aftermath of the bombs. Learnt a fair bit about midi cc controls and was very chuffed when I managed to get my Maschine Jam set up to control up to 8 midi cc sliders at once! Expression, dynamics and vibrato all at my fingertips whilst I play away in Albion One now! I've even got a fair few sliders left for luscious verb and what not.

Another one from your top drawer, luscious textures and arranging :)

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 05:13 AM

Uh oh, want the Albion One now....

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 05:30 PM

View PostChiliwailer, on 12 April 2017 - 05:11 AM, said:

Another one from your top drawer, luscious textures and arranging :)

Thanks Chili :) Those synth textures came from Massive Darkscore V for Massive and Photosynthesis Volume 1 by Audio Imperia.

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Uh oh, want the Albion One now....

It's good. Very, very good. It's quite an outlay but it all sounds great together and is easy to work with. How much RAM do you have in your computer though? My piece above had around 24 tracks plus a reverb track and takes 9.5GB of RAM and there's not a lot on there!

The solo violin was Kirk Hunter Solo Strings by the way. A really nice sounding library but you need to try and match the reverb to Albion One's. I find that Native Instruments' RC 48 on a medium hall preset gets you close. The legatos in KH Solo Strings aren't great IMO. I tried a lovely sounding cello legato but it loops incredibly badly and you can hear a very sharp loud attack note halfway through the loop. It looped after around 3 seconds too so it was unusable in this. The violin I went with (the Stradivarius patch) was better but I can hear where it loops. Fairly subtle as I timed the dynamics to dip around the loop point but honestly, I shouldn't have to work around this sort of thing. I'm eyeing up Spitfire Solo Strings as a result now.
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Posted 12 April 2017 - 06:15 PM

View PostMornats, on 12 April 2017 - 05:30 PM, said:



Thanks Chili :) Those synth textures came from Massive Darkscore V for Massive and Photosynthesis Volume 1 by Audio Imperia.



It's good. Very, very good. It's quite an outlay but it all sounds great together and is easy to work with. How much RAM do you have in your computer though? My piece above had around 24 tracks plus a reverb track and takes 9.5GB of RAM and there's not a lot on there!

The solo violin was Kirk Hunter Solo Strings by the way. A really nice sounding library but you need to try and match the reverb to Albion One's. I find that Native Instruments' RC 48 on a medium hall preset gets you close. The legatos in KH Solo Strings aren't great IMO. I tried a lovely sounding cello legato but it loops incredibly badly and you can hear a very sharp loud attack note halfway through the loop. It looped after around 3 seconds too so it was unusable in this. The violin I went with (the Stradivarius patch) was better but I can hear where it loops. Fairly subtle as I timed the dynamics to dip around the loop point but honestly, I shouldn't have to work around this sort of thing. I'm eyeing up Spitfire Solo Strings as a result now.

Boy, you sound deep into this, good on you :)

Thanks to a recent bass purchase I have cash flow issues, due to an old laptop I have RAM and weak processor issues, due to using Cubase Elements I have currently have drum issues as Groove Agent doesn't have a beat designer type tool, and due to general life I have very limited time to play around making tunes. Therefore, whilst this week off work has been great to tinker and learn I'll be stuffed when I go back.

First thing though will be to sort out a beat designer tool. After that, I reckon I can save for a better laptop and then Albion if all is going well. To me 399 is not really a lot for an instrument/ tool like that.

Cheers for the run down, maybe in a year or two I'll be digging up this thread again to see what you used!

Edited by Chiliwailer, 13 April 2017 - 05:11 AM.


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 06:32 PM

Here we go. I tried to capture the fear I felt as a child watching those 'Duck and Cover' type adverts of what to do if there is a nuclear bomb falling within earshot. Scared the s*** out of me and ruined an otherwise idyllic childhood.

https://soundcloud.c...almer-1/threads
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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:04 PM

Happy Easter

https://soundcloud.c...rse-evolution-1


After some criticism, I revised the song and re recorded the bass. This time a jazz bass via di pedal. I remastered the song to the best of my capabilities and hearing (getting worst) so here we go, the version I want to enter the competition with:

https://soundcloud.c...n-master-bcjazz

Edited by SH73, 20 April 2017 - 01:31 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:02 PM

I started off with 1 line - "Death From Above", and a slightly Phrygian bassline. Then the guitarist from my newly formed band came round, we had a fiddle and somehow it became our eponymous debut song. As we don't have a singer, and our drummer was on his hols, all those bits are down to me (I have to do everything, me!). So I spose it counts as an entry to the compocompo as that was the initial inspiration!
And can I just apologise to those who think there's rude words in it, there isn't though it's a touch suggestive if you can hear it. It's just my diction is poor! And I'll apologise to everyone else because of the racket...


Track remixed - look into the future for link!

Edited by Leonard Smalls, 16 April 2017 - 05:10 PM.

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:21 PM

Lapsed forum member here. First time composition challenge entrant.

https://soundcloud.c...riggs/innocents

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:42 PM

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I started off with 1 line - "Death From Above", and a slightly Phrygian bassline. Then the guitarist from my newly formed band came round, we had a fiddle and somehow it became our eponymous debut song. As we don't have a singer, and our drummer was on his hols, all those bits are down to me (I have to do everything, me!). So I spose it counts as an entry to the compocompo as that was the initial inspiration!
And can I just apologise to those who think there's rude words in it, there isn't though it's a touch suggestive if you can hear it. It's just my diction is poor! And I'll apologise to everyone else because of the racket...
http://soundcloud.co.../16-choke-start
Great stuff as usual Leonard, got more than a little Primus vibe to that.
The mix sounds a little wonky though, the guitar and drums aren't quite integrated with the vocals, or something. Just rambling, a bottle of Cloudy Bay to the good... hic!
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 07:21 AM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 14 April 2017 - 09:42 PM, said:


Great stuff as usual Leonard, got more than a little Primus vibe to that.
Cheers!
And you're right... The mix sounds much wonkier on small speakers than it did on my monitors - and it's worst at the beginning.
I think I was too keen to get it out! Still, our drummer's back from hols so maybe I'll re-record using him rather than my own programmes and fiddle with the balance at the same time. Though that's likely to be after the deadline.
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Posted 15 April 2017 - 11:12 AM

Tried to get a dirty grungey sound, trying to capture war and panic. Tried to get a live desperate feel by recording through amps and in one take where possible. As always thanks for listening.

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