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#1 Skol303

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 08:56 AM

June’s Composition Challenge is now underway!

Here’s the image for your inspiration, chosen by last month's winner, WILD FROG SHOT

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:01 PM

Oh great pic!
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:03 PM

View PostMornats, on 01 June 2017 - 04:01 PM, said:

Oh great pic!

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I hear an Alberti bass coming on... :)
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 05:12 PM

Loving the picture, made a little start today :)

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:19 PM

View PostMornats, on 01 June 2017 - 04:01 PM, said:

Oh great pic!

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An interesting 'prepared piano'! Half the keys missing and strings damped with plaster.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:35 PM

View PostMornats, on 01 June 2017 - 04:01 PM, said:

Oh great pic!

Haha, I knew you'd like this pic the moment I saw it! I can hear you rifling through your Kontact library already :D Looking forward to hearing what you and everyone else comes up with this month.

I'm going to try and get something written myself. It's been a while since I've dabbled; but not due to laziness (I've worked on about 20+ remixes in the last 6 months or so!). We have a beat up old upright piano at home that is crying out for some attention - and this could be the ideal moment. I just need to figure out how to record the damned thing with just one mic. Previous attempts haven't been great... but heh.

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:58 PM

I have a few pianos...

Alicia's Keys
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Ivy Audio - Piano in 162
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The Gentleman
The Giant
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The Maverick
Addictive Keys Grand
A whole bunch in Sampletank

Plus any synth pianos. I don't have a real one though - lucky you! :D

And I got the half price upgrade from Replika to Replika XT which is amazeballs. And I've been playing with some dark grinding organic dirty sounding cinematic underscore synths.

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:02 PM

I love the picture.
Everything's relative.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 01:35 AM

To get the ball rolling...

Alberti's Last Waltz (Slightly Faded...) ...

Enjoy. B)

Edited by Dad3353, 02 June 2017 - 03:48 PM.

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:18 AM

View PostDad3353, on 02 June 2017 - 01:35 AM, said:

To get the ball rolling...

Alberti's Last Waltz ...

Enjoy. B)
No flies on you. Nice work too!

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 09:48 AM

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 08:50 PM

Had the last 2 afternoons off work so here's my little ditty for June...

https://soundcloud.c...ast-to-death-v1

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 04:23 PM

Why is that piano playing itself?

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:56 PM

I've been trying some things out and the most odd thing happened. I've got one quite tuneful track and two atonal ones in a different time signature. I was just reviewing what I'd got down so far, mixed up the atonal tracks, and it sounded like a descent into insanity, like a waking nightmare almost. I had to get up and walk around to shake it off. I really wasn't expecting that. May have to tone it down or sweeten it before I play it to anyone.
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:04 PM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 04 June 2017 - 06:56 PM, said:

May have to tone it down or sweeten it before I play it to anyone.

Nah, I don't tone anything down :) Go for it!
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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:44 PM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 04 June 2017 - 06:56 PM, said:

I've been trying some things out and the most odd thing happened. I've got one quite tuneful track and two atonal ones in a different time signature. I was just reviewing what I'd got down so far, mixed up the atonal tracks, and it sounded like a descent into insanity, like a waking nightmare almost. I had to get up and walk around to shake it off. I really wasn't expecting that. May have to tone it down or sweeten it before I play it to anyone.

...But that's exactly how I get my best results..! Render it 'as is' and let the public (well, us BCer's...) decide. Cap ou pas cap..? :lol: :P

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:49 PM

View PostMornats, on 04 June 2017 - 04:23 PM, said:

Why is that piano playing itself?

https://soundcloud.c...ats/broken-keys

Damn, that's haunting! Love what you did there :)

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 08:19 PM

Thanks :) I recently updated my Replika to Replika XT (delay plugin) and made judicious use of it especially on the drums and piano.

Also the piano playing comes from some EZKeys midi which is turning out to be a fantastic tool as well. I don't rate their piano sounds but for composing, transposing and getting some good piano licks it's unbeatable. I just drag the midi out into a better sounding piano - Alicia's Keys and The Giant in this instance.

Edited by Mornats, 04 June 2017 - 08:21 PM.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 11:38 PM

I'm still alive! And i have an idea too.

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:12 PM

i may have something this time. i have been struggling musically recently, just not getting my head into more than messing around. really not liking the new keyboard, a casio ctk-631. the sounds seem cheap and flimsy if that makes sense. its either really plinky or so muddy you cant tell what chord your on. also the sustain cuts out randomly which makes a lot of sections and runs sound odd. its certainly not a patch on the yamaha i was using before. on the upside i got a new guitar, a cort kx-5, which is fantastic.
i have a rough idea which i have started on but the keyboard is really letting the side down. i will have something in this time but wether it gets anywhere near the sound i want will take a while of messing with the eq.

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:27 PM

View Postchristofloffer, on 07 June 2017 - 09:12 PM, said:

...really not liking the new keyboard, a casio ctk-631. the sounds seem cheap and flimsy...

Can you not capture only the MIDI, and use VST's for the sound..? Treat the Casio as a master keyboard, and not use its internal sounds..? Just a thought. ;)
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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:33 PM

I'm in, this one was great fun but probably a bit daft even for me :lol:

I offer you .... https://soundcloud.c...alot/dustsheets

I hope you can get through it, its a bit long for me :blush:
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 June 2017 - 10:12 PM

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 10:25 PM

Cheers Dad, I reckoned you would get it B)
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays, blue moons Preston Guilds


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 12:43 PM

View Postbobbass4k, on 06 June 2017 - 11:38 PM, said:

I'm still alive! And i have an idea too.

Good to hear Bob! :D

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:47 PM

ok, i got one for this month. i think i got the keyboard to sound reasonable, although i can still hear moments of cut-off sustain but hopefully they get lost a bit with the touch of extra reverb. i really like the verse bass line, it was surprisingly fluid to play and just felt nice. i am liking messing around with ambient guitar techniques at the moment too as the string effects on the keyboard are laughable, and i think the guitar made for a nicer sound. it is a strange thing given that something so slow can be messed up by a slightly mistimed movement and i still find it hard to get a consistent sound. i think it came out ok given that i am only using a single effects processor and most of the guides use multiple delay and reverb pedals to get the sound.

https://soundcloud.c...-forgotten-king

as for the VST's and things, i honestly have no idea how to use them. i have watched a load of guides and tried a few times but they never seem to work. besides i like to do things in such a way that in theory i could pack up my gear as it stands and head out to play it live without it being far from the recordings. thats why i always play each track as a single take and start again if i mess up. i will catch up with the tech one day, but i still enjoy the neanderthal methods for now.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 10:24 PM

In early for a change!
I mixed the track and it doesn't seem as disturbing as it did on first listen. Was going to add more stuff, but decided a 12-string and screwdriver was enough. It's no meisterwerk, but it does evoke some kind of dour mood. Here you go:
https://soundcloud.c...nt-into-entropy
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Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:37 AM

I managed to turn my already very warm music room into a sauna recording the guitar for this.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 07:58 AM

View PostWILD FROG SHOT, on 20 June 2017 - 07:37 AM, said:

I managed to turn my already very warm music room into a sauna recording the guitar for this...

Echoes of 'Genesis play Pink Floyd' in there. Good Stuff; will do well. B)

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 11:25 AM

"I managed to turn my already very warm music room into a sauna recording the guitar for this."

Gotta love class-A valve amps, eh?

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