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Been busy, a few more tracks done this month

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As well as the September composition challenge I've managed to knock out another four tracks this month. My editing and mixing times are getting shorter as I'm getting more experienced (or perhaps less tolerant of dodgy mixes?).

Not sure if anyone's picked up on it but I use my own photos to illustrate my tracks. A few comments about each pic is included if you're interested.


First up is Darkglow. I wanted to do something with strings and voices as well as breaking out of my limited chord progression range. This is a 16 chord sequence in F#m. It's my new favourite chord/key now so there should fewer Dm tracks now :)


Pic: Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.


I fancied some sci-fi ambience for the next one. So out came some synths (Massive mostly). It gets a bit orchestral at the end. I'm getting some good use out of Juggernaut here. It's a library that I wasn't sure about after buying it but I can see the value in it now. This is also interesting as it's my first track where I played all of the percussion by hand using Darwin Percussion from Albion One. It's harder than I thought but more satisfying than using midi loops or phrases.


Pic: The Milky Way taken from Colco Canyon in Peru. Zero light pollution and an altitude of over 2 miles lets you grab some nice sky shots.


I bought Embertone's Joshua Bell Violin and wanted to try it out. It's simply the most beautiful VST I've ever used. I love it.


Pic: Pen yr Ole Wen from Llyn Idwal, Snodonia National Park.

[b]Cargo Bay[/b]

Grabbed a couple of sci-fi sound libraries from Sampletraxx in a sale and started on this one. Halfway through producing it I saw 8Dio's Shepard Tones library and added it in there. Can you tell I saw Dunkirk recently? :)


Pic: Another Milky Way shot from Colco Canyon in Peru. Taken from the same shoot as the previous one. It's tough to find lots of sci-fi shots in my photos!

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