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Posted 01 August 2017 - 01:25 PM

August’s Composition Challenge is now underway!

We had three winners last month: Dad3353, Mornats and lowdown (congrats guys!), with this month’s picture chosen by lowdown on a first come first served basis :)

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 01:26 PM

I reckon that picture is crying out for Mornats' DOOM array! ;)

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 01:49 PM

View PostSkol303, on 01 August 2017 - 01:26 PM, said:

I reckon that picture is crying out for Mornats' DOOM array! ;)

Don't encourage the so-and so..! :o

(... but he'll do 'Doom' just the same; just you wait and see... :lol: :P )
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 02:03 PM

I see a chap, going through the desert on a camel with no name,.... :ph34r:
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 02:13 PM

View Postfingers211, on 01 August 2017 - 02:03 PM, said:

I see a chap, going through the desert on a camel with no name,.... :ph34r:

That will be the Doom Marine. ;)
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 02:22 PM

A piece of music inspired by Toblerone. Got it :sun_bespectacled:
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:19 PM

View Postfingers211, on 01 August 2017 - 02:03 PM, said:

I see a chap, going through the desert on a camel with no name,.... :ph34r:

He's a Giza !
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays, blue moons Preston Guilds


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 06:47 PM

View Postlurksalot, on 01 August 2017 - 06:19 PM, said:

He's a Giza !

Looks like he's got a pharaoh way to go.
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:38 AM

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:34 AM

Definitely needs a bit of Doom then!
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:33 AM

:facepalm: :dash1:
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:01 PM

View PostMornats, on 02 August 2017 - 09:34 AM, said:

Definitely needs a bit of Doom then!
Especially if those are mountains of mordor :lol:
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays, blue moons Preston Guilds


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Posted 03 August 2017 - 05:50 PM

I'm in...

https://soundcloud.com/gxmix/pyramids

Found inspiration from it quite easily & tried to take it from a camel rider's perspective. :lol:

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 02:16 AM

Here's mine, too, equally inspired by the beast's progression ...

Inexorable (What goes up must come down...) ...

Something of a tone poem, really, or atmospheric piece, rather than EDM. I was looking to create a sense of both the immediate and yet the eternal; the ephemera and the timeless. A touch of human in an insentient landscape, an incongruous passage past the immobile monuments. There's a couple of 'jokes' in there, too, in both the form (a pyramid waveform...) and the repeated rising and falling of both the 'melody' and the key; some may recognise the Circle of Fifths being once again abused. Incidentally, the scale used is not authentic Egyptian, despite its familiarity; it's really the Hungarian scale, which better serves my purposes, being symmetrical (the twelve semi-tones are spaced 1-3-1-2-1-3-1...), as is a pyramid..!
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Thanks for listening, if you already have; if you're about to, enjoy. B)

Edited by Dad3353, 25 August 2017 - 02:32 AM.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:54 PM

I'm thinking SKA all the way. Hope I can pull it off.
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:57 PM

View Postxgsjx, on 03 August 2017 - 05:50 PM, said:

I'm in...

https://soundcloud.com/gxmix/pyramids

Found inspiration from it quite easily & tried to take it from a camel rider's perspective. :lol:
I started listening to this and I fell into a deep trance when I came to.... I was standing outside my local mosque. Powerful stuff.
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:04 PM

View PostDad3353, on 04 August 2017 - 02:16 AM, said:

Here's mine, too, equally inspired by the beast's progression ...

Inexorable (What goes up must come down...) ...

Something of a tone poem, really, or atmospheric piece, rather than EDM. I was looking to create a sense of both the immediate and yet the eternal; the ephemera and the timeless. A touch of human in an insentient landscape, an incongruous passage past the immobile monuments. There's a couple of 'jokes' in there, too, in both the form (a pyramid waveform...) and the repeated rising and falling of both the 'melody' and the key. Incidentally, the scale used is not authentic Egyptian, despite its familiarity; it's really the Hungarian scale, which better serves my purposes, being symmetrical (the twelve semi-tones are spaced 1-3-1-2-1-3-1...), as is a pyramid..!
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:25 PM

i cant see the picture?!

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:40 AM

View Postbassinvader36, on 04 August 2017 - 11:25 PM, said:

i cant see the picture?!

Listen to the compositions, then; they'll conjure the picture up for you..! ;)

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:46 AM

View Postthe boy, on 04 August 2017 - 11:04 PM, said:

Beautiful, for a moment I was Santiago whilst my Fatima awaited.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 07:28 AM

View Postthe boy, on 04 August 2017 - 10:57 PM, said:

I started listening to this and I fell into a deep trance when I came to.... I was standing outside my local mosque. Powerful stuff.
:D
I often seem to be able to write music that put's people to sleep. I don't know if that's a good thing or not! :lol:

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:41 AM

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:D
I often seem to be able to write music that put's people to sleep. I don't know if that's a good thing or not! :lol:

What, hello , did I miss something :)
When I said lower the frequency , I didn't mean only on christmas and birthdays, blue moons Preston Guilds


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:45 AM

View PostDad3353, on 04 August 2017 - 02:16 AM, said:

Here's mine, too, equally inspired by the beast's progression ...

Inexorable (What goes up must come down...) ...

Something of a tone poem, really, or atmospheric piece, rather than EDM. I was looking to create a sense of both the immediate and yet the eternal; the ephemera and the timeless. A touch of human in an insentient landscape, an incongruous passage past the immobile monuments. There's a couple of 'jokes' in there, too, in both the form (a pyramid waveform...) and the repeated rising and falling of both the 'melody' and the key. Incidentally, the scale used is not authentic Egyptian, despite its familiarity; it's really the Hungarian scale, which better serves my purposes, being symmetrical (the twelve semi-tones are spaced 1-3-1-2-1-3-1...), as is a pyramid..!
Kontakt 'World Percussion' for the darbukas (playing in 7/4 and 4/4 time...), a Ruby acoustic bass, Kontakt Pearl piano, a snatch of Desert Song and some home-generated samples of oud snippets, all sanded down with some slightly complex desert winds, made up of three instances of the Wind module by Xoxos (Sounds Of Nature...).
Thanks for listening, if you already have; if you're about to, enjoy. B)

It is always my policy not to listen to other entries till mine is done , I'll have to try not to read them now as well as I had exactly the same idea as that ,word for word :(










Yeah , right :lol:
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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:36 AM

View Postlurksalot, on 05 August 2017 - 08:41 AM, said:

What, hello , did I miss something :)
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Posted 05 August 2017 - 09:46 AM

View Postlurksalot, on 05 August 2017 - 08:45 AM, said:

It is always my policy not to listen to other entries till mine is done...

Another reason for getting stuff done early; I can now listen and enjoy all the entries, as they come in, and see who's been copying inspired by mine..! :lol:

Edited by Dad3353, 05 August 2017 - 09:47 AM.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:25 PM

I have mine almost done now. I just need to have a few more listens to check the mix on various speakers and I should be done.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:53 AM

If I can't get something in this month, I'll definitely get one in next time round. Had an unexpected hiatus but look forward to listening to the compositions of the last couple of months.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:28 PM

I went for what I think is quite an appropriate feel to match this month's pic. I approached it by thinking of a middle-eastern feel, which immediately made me think of The Fifth Element. I never got my Doom array into this one (aww shucks you all cry!) but I think the Epic Tech kit from Damage gave it a little bit of the feeling from the Diva Dance from the film. Feyron's Flute (a freebie instrument from here - http://vstbuzz.com/f.../feroyns-flute/) provides the melody. Synths are from Massive mostly and vocals from Ethera 2 and Ethera Soundscapes. The calabash and djembe percussion instruments come from West Africa from Komplete.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:26 PM

View PostMornats, on 12 August 2017 - 08:28 PM, said:

I went for what I think is quite an appropriate feel to match this month's pic.
I normally try and do 'appropriate' but I think I will be way wide of that mark this time , mine is taking shape but , well just ....but , even I think the lyrics are a bit cheesy on this one :lol:
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:19 PM

Wanna borrow my Doom array?
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