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Raining Down Ether

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Sometimes I’ll write a song and be completely surprised by the outcome. This one was like that.

Synth lead – Pittsburgh Modular (modulated by itself and microbrute), run through Malekko E616 Dark analog delay
Pad – soft synth
Beats – Arturia Spark LE
Reverb – Valhalla Room Reverb

Written in 7/4, and paced at dance music tempo (130 bpm), my original intent was to write what I envisioned as “seven on the floor” as a play on typical electronic “four on the floor” beats (bass drum on 1-2-3-4). However, once I got started it took on a life of its own and became something else entirely.

I had written some lyrics that just happened to have many lines with 7 syllables per line, but then I proceeded to twist the rhythm in such a way that that didn’t really matter.

Lyrics:

Ticking gently in your ears
Awaiting transmission shortly

Skin shines through
Flailing all around you
Asking for a longer stead
Rejected by your own head

Closer feelings closing in
Can’t escape the pain within
Handling your rejects
Without any sense of pretext

Foreign bodies entering
And leaving fire in a ring
Time is over, ring expires
Fleeting melody inquires

A full spectrum
Shades of void
Rays of darkness
Piercing through the light

Raining down ether
Light-headed and disjointed
Measuring your causal link
May have pushed you to the brink

Ratty steel wool ablaze
Sparks, your face, a maze
Not conducive to repose
Slip into your Sunday clothes

Gods of nuisance overlaid
Payback will be back paid
Tones of brilliant azure
Nothing further can endure

A Hand In The Fire

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

My fifth song, An instrumental song, for FAWM 2015.

For this song, I spent a lot of time crafting the synth sounds, much more than with my other FAWM songs to date. I used the microbrute and modular together, essentially using them as two separate oscillators. The microbrute’s sound went through its filter (in high pass mode) AND the pittsburgh modular filter. The pittsburgh modular oscillator only went through the pittsburgh modular lowpass filter.

The sequenced synth is the pittsburgh modular using the lowpass gate in the ping setting, something I haven’t messed around with as much as I’d like.

Main synth part: modular+microbrute hybrid
Sequenced synth: modular
Bass: minibrute
Beats: Arturia Spark LE
Effects: Malekko analog delay, Valhalla Room Reverb, Valhalla Ubermod

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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