Tags : | Chill Out | 8.36 MB

Description : This unusual but peaceful tune was recorded exclusively using Roland Juno Di. Comments are welcome, as always. Thank you for listening.

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  1. Oceanically
    Oceanically on Tue 12th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    This sounds very mysterious.. like a film noir. The synth that kicks in at 1:11 is beautiful! *-*

  2. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Fri 8th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    I see I`m late catching up with this one Alex...(I`m late for a lot of things lately)...really appreciate the expression and subtlety you get into those Rhodes notes (I think that is difficult to do on an electric piano)...awesome flute lines here...very intricate...There is someting magical about letting the instruments create their own rhythm without the assistance of drums/percussion...it seems to help the music just flow more naturally (I haven`t yet accomplished that)..and without the drums you seem to get a lot more of the dynamic range of everything else...very thoughtfully composed (I admire your patience)..and skillfully played....I must fav this one as it is just so unique, and there is something special about the pictures it brings to ones mind...great track.....Ed

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    Thank you a lot Ed! Firstly I much appreciate your kind words on the production itself: Yes! There is some electic Rhodes in here (from Roland synth) that I used to support the harmonic progression and to fill up the space at some places throughout this track.
    I must say that I started only with drums this time ... When I recorded the solo using some nice flute-like lead I realized that this drum loop I was using takes too much place in the mix so finally I decided to remove it completely. That allowed me to add some more of pads and atmospheres and build much subtle/ambient-like composition...
    As for the electric Rhodes I do not have any original one of course but I am very familiar with the mechanics of the real acoustic piano and action of church organ (I practiced also harpsichord for some time). The Roland Juno Di has very light action which in my opinion gives the possibility to play easier but from the other hand that's still just an emulation of the classic electric piano (which is basically an electro - acoustic instrument)... Still it sounds quite cool and keeping that original classic sound in mind I can record easier and faster now, not need to struggle with midi latency signal delay and adjusting midi notes anymore!
    Maybe I will get the real Rhodes some day as well as I will probably continue progressively my current making-music in the future!

    Thank you again for the time and giving me some great feedback! I really appreciate that.

    Best to you, Alex

  3. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Thu 7th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    Greetings.

    More of your calm, peaceful jazz fusion chillout stuff, this time with no drums, as you've done before a few times.

    0:12-0:14 lovely vocal type of sound. Definitely worth repeating that so you do.

    That sound really helps add a floating feel to the whole thing.

    0:39 I like the sound of those low notes. That instrument has a great timbre. I actually prefer those notes and playing to the main, busy lead.

    1:50 shimmering sounds that fade in from time to time are a good type of atmospheric noise.

    4:20 crazy high lead sound but not too piercing or weird.

    I'd prefer this kind of thing actually without most of the lead work and with a good fat beat. But then that's more the kind of music I'm into rather than spacious ambient.

    I still appreciate it for what it is.

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    Hi.

    You really forced me to go and check again all the different parts of this piece, it was a bit challenging this time as I normally do not really think in terms of the sections measured in seconds or bars when listening to my own music.

    Firstly the 'jazz' label is way too much, but thanks! I did piano stuff earlier that introduced some amount of much better jazz feel but still I can't say I am really a proper jazz musician. In my view jazz is a kind of very advanced territory, both technically and musically. I am aware of the classic jazz sound and jazz styles but the actual transforming it into a fluently spoken language will require lot of work. Anyway you're definitely right: that's my preffered territory (beside the clasiccal stuff)!

    All sounds are from the Roland synth.
    0:12 - 0:14 - yes, I tried many presets and found some of them really cool, just like this nice vocal pad. All this was played from keyboard - I simply started with reggae drums on this one. Then recorded pads and backgrounds, finally the synth solo but still with drums so I could keep the time and a proper structure.

    The synth has very powerful editor for creating the sound entirely from scratch but I will probably need more time to become more familiar with the process and all this stuff... It was quite fast-made track!

    So I placed this floating pad here and there over the timline (I guess it might be very similar to what you do on your tracks at some point) and harmonized it with the low electric piano quasi bassline in descending fourths - a kind of an ostinato line. So I picked up one of epiano sound which was available (it's played 2 octave lower). It is a real foundation of the track. Synth solo presents just a kind of an abstract ornament thing here as I do not use any fixed and fully organized formula for improvisation (beside keeping time along the drums and following some scales, mostly very chaotically). Pads are only a nice background - it's all played in A minor.

    So the low notes are just a E-piano sound from Roland synth (I could provide the sounds like this for you so you can freely use them if you want btw).

    Yes, the 1:50 thing is just an another interesting pad I found when experimenting inside the synth sound bank.

    4:20 it is a kind of a glide effect I guess (that's a monophonic type of lead).

    Thank you so much for some great comments and pointing details!

  4. JoeFunktastic
    JoeFunktastic on Wed 6th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    I know I need to judge the contest. The fact is I am dead in the water right now. All the same I am working on that. The Rhodes, yours are the best I heard. The synths are truly breathtaking and you continue show your masterful skills as treat to all. Nice presentation on this one, lots of sensory depth and feeling in this one. Well done, no professionally done well. Truly Joe

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    Hey Joe!

    Firstly I do not claim I am a very professional keyb player at all!

    Real-time performing needs a lot of experience (and work!) - composing in a real time will need even more time even haha.

    Honestly I am working on restoring the historical monuments at the moment here in poland, not really as a professional musician...

    So basically nothing professional here yet... But still I would discribe myself as an aspiring jazz keyb player. Lot to learn!

    Thank you so much!

    Alex

  5. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Wed 6th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    I feel like I'm drifting off weightlessly into space all these space tunes today :D Abstract and very peaceful, very cool :p

  6. BradoSanz
    BradoSanz on Wed 6th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    Wow, I'm impressed with this. I love the intro, and the panning "salt-shaker" thingies are so cool :P Sounds almost mystical :p That lead synth sounds almost like an electric guitar haha. It is definitely an abstract piece, and even though it's not what I listen to everyday, I still am attracted to its unique beauty. Can't say why haha.

    ER

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    Thank you Epic!

    Firstly all sounds are from my new Roland synth, some of the presets are really cool with all the panning and cool-sounding candy on it. The lead is actually a flute-like synth lead, not really a guitar lead but I manipulated a lot of pitch bending so it may give some interesting guitar-like sound at some places indeed.

    Yes, probably this is not not something you can hear on the radio haha. Happy you liked my creation for what it is!

    Thank you again for nice words and all the best, Alex

  7. DMindProductions
    DMindProductions on Tue 5th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    Really groovy! I like it!

  8. mykahc
    mykahc on Tue 5th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    I very thoroughly enjoyed this. Very calm and relaxing.Very good job.

  9. crucethus
    crucethus on Mon 4th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    super cool my friend. Loved the solo's. Perfect playing of the keys. The subtle jazz chords allow you to go crazy on the keys. It's nice to show off now & then how well you play the keys to all the others who just mix loops. Very Mystical journey and a lesson in soloing using scales. I like the underwater feeling at the end. great job Alex!
    Steve

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    Thank you a lot Steve! I truly appreciate the nice words.
    I want to be able to play keys in a more organized way some day - lot of work ahead! The new synth is very easy to play but there's also still so much of new regions to explore for me regading to synths and electronic synthesis in general. The 'underwater feel' at the end was achieved by manipulating the cutoff/resonance filtering on the main synth lead.

    Thank you for some great inspiration on synths!
    Alex

  10. Darklighter
    Darklighter on Mon 4th May 2015 - 5 years ago

    nice work

    kinda seems like the instruments are having conversation!

    definitely feeling the improvisation put into this one and that's why I like it

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    thank you for nice comment.

    I started with drums only but after recording the main synth line I decided to remove them. Without any sophisticated processing the track was already completed at that point. Therefore it was quite fast production in a sense.

    Thanks again.

  11. soundhound
    soundhound on Sun 3rd May 2015 - 5 years ago

    This is more Abstract then Fusion, like a painting where dabs of pain
    are thrown all over the canvas, creating a colour scheme of different
    patterns...
    Music is the same, you are playing a lot of scales over top of a watery
    sound scape, not unlike throwing notes all over the harmonic Canvas
    it has it's merits, in the harmonic scheme of things...
    But over all it's intent "Abstract" is just that, mostly outside the main stream only because they tend play the same scales over and over again this is when, most change the Song or the Radio Station... :)

    But I do like the Mix...

    Peace...TG.

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    thank you a lot soundhound for some nice words.

    Yes, this fusion label is quite confusing here. Basically the 'fusion' term would be much proper whith more stylistic elements of rock or funk, also jazz. So I changed it for chillout in here.

    Thanks for the interesting scale comment - basically it is A minor pentatonic but coloured with elements of aeolian and phrygian. There's also a blues scale and some of the passages were simply played outside. I can't say that I am playing any real melodies here - I would rather label these as 'ornaments' haha. Yes, many of them are abstract-sounding. Roland Juno Di has very light keys, it is even too easy to play. So it seemed quite natural to play like this but still I will need to work more on proper pitch bending technique.

    Just an experimental track of mine but really glad you liked it. Thanks again for your nice comment!

    Best, Alex

  12. flonut7
    flonut7 on Sun 3rd May 2015 - 5 years ago

    For a piece entirely recorded on a single instrumeT it has some great depth. I can't say it's your best work but certainly upholds your reputation for some of the finest ambient trap on loopy. Strong work.

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    Thanks!

    Yes, this new hardware synth sounds quite different (and much better) from the plugins I was using earlier.

    I played all layers from the keyboard (with very minimal processing added) mostly using synth prestets. It offeres also a great sound editor and probably almost endless possibilities for creative sound design but I will need more time to explore this feature seriously.

    Happy you liked this one - thanks a lot for some good words.

    Best to you,

    Alex.

  13. centralsdev
    centralsdev on Sat 2nd May 2015 - 5 years ago

    i did listen to this form start to end and i only liked it from 2,59 there is become best, but that ofcoase how each one like it. i did feel broed from start to that part, and not specel happened. untill there :)

    promenade2239
    Reply by promenade2239

    hey,

    thank you for listening to the complete creation.

    This is a synth jam track meaning that I played the solo line in a real time... I do not expect anyone to like it in it's entirety as it is basically a quite chaotic improvisation.

    I appreciate your comment therefore even more and the fact that you liked it from 2:59. All sounds are from Roland Juno Di - I used only the presets this time as it is a new hardware for me.

    It has an excellent sound editor so I can design the sound entirely from scratch.

    To get the idea I suggest you to experiment with Synth1 http://www.geocities.jp/daichi1969/softsynth/
    explore some great Synth1 tutorials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-0P8XBo6_Y

    Best,

    A.

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