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Across The Sky

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A song in 6/8. When I started working on this, I was feeling a little burned out and uninspired but I got caught up in working on a modular synth patch, which I recorded in an unusual way (one track with analog delay, the other with a phaser). I also had the microbrute hooked up to the modular and had them modulating each other, plus I used the oscillator on the microbrute but ran it through the modular so I had 2 oscillators. I also recorded the microbrute’s sound on a separate channel for additional depth.

I like the double-tracked vocals in this.

The lyrics I wrote in advance. I’ve found that’s a way I enjoy working — writing a pile of lyrics all at once and having them ready so that when I’m making a song I can choose from lyrics I’ve already written. I always need to do some editing, but if I have to stop mid-song to write lyrics it really breaks the flow of what I’m doing.

Synth lead: modular+microbrute recorded on 3 separate tracks with analog delay and phaser on 2.
Bass: minibrute
Beats: Arturia Spark LE
Reverb: ValhallaRoom

Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep
Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep

The last one inside
Is the last one alive
Many ways to oblige
A tall crushing tide

She heard a fleeting voice
Across the sky
Flowing to another
Magma line

She stood in disbelief
Of what she was hearing
A crowless dynamite
Atmospheric explosion

Listen to your apathy
Running through the room
Listen to the gravity
Endure the molten plume

She stood in disbelief
Of what she was hearing
A crowless dynamite
Atmospheric explosion

The sky closed and burned
A vast and glowing ember
Crushing the spirit of all
Living matter

She is responsible
But she can’t stop
If she can’t identify
She cuts right through it

The sky closed and burned
A vast and glowing ember
Crushing the spirit of all
Living matter

She went on her way
In silent drones
An eerie vacant world
Through rote motions

Cleaning solution
But the blood spilled
Is our own
Cut down by
Our frightened hands

She went on her way
In silent drones
An eerie vacant world
Through rote motions

Until the tides swept her away
Out from under
The tides swept her away
Further under

Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep
Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep

The sky closed and burned
A vast and glowing ember
Crushing the spirit of all
Living matter

Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep
Undertow into the dark
Drowning in the deep

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