Old 03-17-2019, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default The Ear of Dr Yes - Beuchlaic Acid (down tempo)

I've nearly finished the drum programming on this, so I feel its time to put it out there for judgment and feedback...

https://soundcloud.com/ear/beuchlaic

I'm nearly out of ideas that spring to mind on this one. Does anyone think it is 'lacking' anything or does it sound full and 'finished'? Does anything stand out as wrong?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to listen!
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:45 PM   #2
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Good toonage!

No idea how to pronounce the name. I know bucolic. I know butyric acid. And, OK, I know acid (Owsley's air acid being a fav 50+ years back!).

One thing with the snare...

By the time the piece was over, I was sick of that snare. A little variation in the sound from time to time would help.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:17 PM   #3
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Thank you, much appreciated!

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One thing with the snare...

By the time the piece was over, I was sick of that snare. A little variation in the sound from time to time would help.
I completely agree! Thanks for pointing that out, I shall fix it with my next edit. Listening back just now, it does all sound a bit thin and annoying. I shall fix it!

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No idea how to pronounce the name. I know bucolic. I know butyric acid. And, OK, I know acid (Owsley's air acid being a fav 50+ years back!).
I'm pronouncing Beuchlaic like Nucleic. The track has a synth line produced by a Buchla VSTi, tho musically its not very Buchla-inspired as a piece.


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I have begun taming the snare!

New version up on soundcloud at the same link
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Just the reduction in brightness has helped loads!
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Just the reduction in brightness has helped loads!
Thanks! Still much to do.

I reduced the brightness, added some low end back in, upped the delay and reverb slightly, and I think what really helped, was using the wav stretching option (alt and grabbing the edge of the snare sample) and reducing the length of the snare in half.

That last point immediately gave me a nicer snare. Snappier and cleaner.
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aaaaaaand another new version up...

Some extra instrumentation added, and the mix is hopefully a little more 'buttery smooth'- a bit more lounge, less aggressive

https://soundcloud.com/ear/beuchlaic

This is version RC8! Getting closer to finished!

I'm still working on the drums and making musical tweaks along the way.
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Instantly made me think of the kind of soundtrack you'd hear on an early 80s Euro film that was being played at 3am on some long forgotten TV channel.

Take that as a compliment by the way, as I watched a lot of late night films as a teen.
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Instantly made me think of the kind of soundtrack you'd hear on an early 80s Euro film that was being played at 3am on some long forgotten TV channel.

Take that as a compliment by the way, as I watched a lot of late night films as a teen.
Thanks, I'm very happy with that indeed!

And so is the disco/wah wah guitar and vibraphone I'm currently adding
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New version with a few additions up. A little 'clean' guitar, some vibraphone, programmed strings instead of the sample, and singing.

The singing is a rudimentary take which needs harmonies.

Words and vocal melody courtesy of a Roger Wittaker track, a miserable dirge!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a38vqnqGcSk


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Really good to start with, but I love where this song is going!
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