Description : Updated 6 May 2017 - I took a bit of advice from OViea91 in order to enhance the reverb field of the vocals, and I also worked to tame some harsh high end in order to allow the low frequencies and dynamics to shine through more. I think it is an improvement. Downloads allowed now! 21 April 2017 - Here is my latest song, which begin from two directions at once. The lyrics began as a sort sentence written on a calendar photograph, and the music began as my entry to the FL studio "Sytrus Only" competition. I finished the vocals completely freestyle, using my DIY 100 proof microphone. All of the sound design is still the original entry, and thus uses only the Sytrus plugin on FL studio. The arrangement barely changed from the original instrumental (to accommodate the vocals), but the mixing and mastering was updated slightly (since the competition did not allow any effects at all). Being observant can be a real bitch sometimes when you're out there in the world, though sometimes an idea like this can be the flip side of the coin. The song also started me thinking about the literal difference between "Earth" and "World." One seems specific, and one general... though I think that the generalisation can add to the longevity of the relevance of an idea such as this. Thank you for listening!

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  1. joecramer
    joecramer on Sat 29th Jul 2017 - 6 years ago

    Great stuff Spiv.
    Really fine mixing work here. Sounds are well chosen and clear. Vocals sounds also really good. Nice melodies and sure excellent art.
    I enjoyed the listen and had a kind of a reverb in mind after listen - to good :)

    stay tuned

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I'm happy to hear that this continued through your mind after listening (at least that is how I read your comment)!

    I still struggle with liking Sytrus as a synthesizer. While it is very capable, the sounds still seem very "plastic" to me, and the interface is not the most friendly. It did however work in this context, and I probably won't redo it as a hardware based work.

    It was a fun contest, and I learned some things while doing it. Though the song is way better as a vocal track.

    Thank you for listening my friend!

  2. adamms
    adamms on Thu 27th Jul 2017 - 6 years ago

    cool and very different, great track.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I appreciate it man! I'm glad I could dig this out of the grave of limiting myself to Sytrus for instruments... made it cooler. It's also what made it different from my normal work. Thanks for taking a listen! It's always good to hear from you! Have a good day!

  3. crucethus
    crucethus on Sun 4th Jun 2017 - 6 years ago

    Hey Spiv, another artistic winner. as always love the voice and the suggestions you followed seem to separate the sounds much better. I can even hear a remix of this one in my mind. The melody lingers long after I stopped listening so that another good sign (The old Grey whistle test). A most pleasant experience you have brought forth this evening kind sir.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend! It is always a pleasure to receive a listen and comment from you! I feel that we do not always agree on things publicly, and I appreciate the fact that neither of us actively carries that into our appreciation of art.

    I though about the idea behind this song for a good while, possibly too long, until the compulsion to record it became unbearable.... until nearly everything I experienced was in harmony with this idea. Have I done this to us? I can't say, but I don't think that I have that kind of power or control.

    This is the sort of song which desperately begs for a remix, or remake. I resisted the urge, all the way through, to avoid destroying the initial instrumental inspiration from the contest. This probably was detrimental to the final concept. The sounds bite, and it could be way more potent.

    I've been trying to work on songs and project more "one at a time" lately, and one result seems to be that I hear the musical work repeatedly in my head. It creeps into my sleep and my reverie. It disrupts my listening to other items.

    I'm very pleased that you enjoyed that song, and I thank you for leaving your words here!

  4. Manfromstars
    Manfromstars on Thu 11th May 2017 - 6 years ago

    Interesting track, first time i do not like it, maybe some litle hate, bud after some time i imagine some underground dance scene. :)
    And then in some way i like it, mainly that vocal, it is crazy.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    An interesting comment for sure! I don't know if the song is truly meant to be "liked," but is more an exercise in acceptance. I was to the point where leaving the house, or even looking outside, could create this "not yet" impression in me. Writing the song allowed me to pay attention to this, and possibly externalise it, so that it would no longer be a detriment. I'm happy that you liked the vocal part at least, since that is far more important the the silly virtual music. Thanks for taking a listen and leaving your words!

  5. dachopdocta
    dachopdocta on Sat 6th May 2017 - 6 years ago

    Hey what's up Spivkurl. Wow, I never heard of a competition that didn't allow effects. That's crazy. I'm guessing that they are trying to push people's creativity.

    This is really cool. I've done all sorts of music but never an Industrial track. I give you credit, my friend gave me FL a long time ago but I could never get into it. The program is amazing though. The demo songs that come with it are mind blowing.

    The mix and EQing sound good. I like how the tension builds describing perfectly what you're trying to express. Nice work on the vocals as well. Thanks again for the comment you left on my page.

    Peace bro.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Yeah that competition was a pretty big challenge, for several reasons. Having to use only the effects within the sytrus plugin was definitely one barrier. There are regularly hosted competitions going on at the image line forum lately... the winner of the previous comp designs the new one, and they are all focused on some native FL aspect. It's pretty interesting to watch.

    Industrial is something which I can't avoid, for at least the last 25 years. Much of my favorite listening is industrial or related. Hoping to be able to visit a concert later in the year, of KMFDM and Ohgr, neither of whom I have seen live.

    Fl has changed quite a lot in the past two years, and it has turned a lot of people of from it. I welcome most of the changes, but it still needs more work on audio handling, plugin delay compensation, MIDI capabilities, etc...

    I'm happy that you enjoyed the song and the mix. I appreciate you taking a listen.

  6. Allochtune
    Allochtune on Sat 6th May 2017 - 6 years ago

    Great job Spivkurl! Original as always. I personally like sytrus a lot. I have just discovered the potential of the plugin. For me, with the right settings, it has a raw feel. Especially when you play around with the LFO possibilities and with the ring modulation. I would even go as far as to say that it can have some kind of modular synthesis feel. Keep on jamming! :)

    (PS: In my next song I am using exactly this way, so you can hear what I mean, maybe)


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thank you Tom for taking a listen to this one! I too have just discovered the potential of the plugin, even though I've been using it for around a decade. I still kind of hate the sound of it, and as far as a synth of this sort, I far prefer the interface, capabilities and sound of FM8. When I'm going for a raw feel, I have so many hardware options that a synth like sytrus doesn't even cross my mind. It is modular in a small way, with the array of envelopes, modulation, and LFO stuff... which is definitely the best part. Being able to analyse any waveform for the operators is cool too. I will check out your song if it's up already. Thanks again!

  7. BLEEP
    BLEEP on Fri 5th May 2017 - 6 years ago

    Totally in the spirit of Front242! remeber the warbeat genre from the eighties, at the beginning of the electronic music in germany!
    i'm really impressed by the quality and the capacity in creating such harmonies!
    the using voice becomes an instrument with this kind of flow. It contributes in the rythm with perfection! as i said, i'm really impressed!

    Brilliant track
    Congrates for this art piece


    Reply by Spivkurl

    I have only rarely listen to front242, yet I take it as a big compliment! It is simply not my favorite era of industrial sort of music. I do know of warbeat genre, sort of identify it with hardcore. I always listened to hardcore which was at higher tempos than this, like around 150-200 BPM, yet I still think this is borderline hardcore... ha ha.

    I hope that you can take a moment to hear the new mix, as I think it is much improved. The high frequencies on most tracks were a bit harsh after mastering, so I went and improved the mix and then mastered again.

    I'm happy that you enjoyed the vocal work, as it took a lot of real life experience to lay it down like this. Thank you for listening and leaving your words!

  8. dumarecht
    dumarecht on Thu 27th Apr 2017 - 6 years ago

    The has a drunk russian punk vibe to it, strange at start but very entertaining.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    That is a seriously entertaining comment to read! It's funny, since a large part of the influence was Russian style malt beverage and amanita muscaria mushrooms directly from Russia. You must have a good ear! I hope you take a moment to check out the updated mix, since I think it's quite a bit better. Thanks for listening and leaving your words. It is appreciated!

  9. onlyhits
    onlyhits on Tue 25th Apr 2017 - 6 years ago

    Really cool, interesting track again! I absolutely love the arpeggio around 23 seconds, and the sound design is great all around. Really unique track, cool vocals, not much to critique :)

    Reply by Spivkurl

    I've found, yet again, that Sytrus just does not satisfy me in an audio fashion. I can't hear even this without thinking "plastic." It's how I've always described the synth, and I was starting to feel different, as in patriotic, but it's not lasting, also like patriotism. I will improve the song pretty soon. Thank you for listening, and I apologise for posting something I couldn't be sure of.

  10. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Mon 24th Apr 2017 - 6 years ago

    Your creativity is always what grabs my attention Spiv...we could all use a touch of that imagination of yours...hardly my go to genre but just have to admire what you accomplish...besides its a fun song...a big well done to you...Ed

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Ed, thank you for taking a listen... I know that it is always out of your comfort area! Your mention of creativity pleases me to no end, since I feel like this is one of the few redeeming qualities of humans throughout history. It feels good to be even a small part of that! The instrumental of this was a very large challenge, since I have despise the synth plugin Sytrus for over a decade. I'm fairly proud, since all of the sounds were created from scratch on this one synth. Admittedly, FL Studio is most at home with it's own plugins being used, but it was still a stretch of my imagination. The words on the other hand came easily compared to most of my music, and it's one of those rare times when I was not reading what I was singing. One of those things which I could not say to most people without attracting negative attention! Thank you Ed for being my constant musical companion, Lo, These long years!

  11. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Sun 23rd Apr 2017 - 6 years ago

    Long awaited new track my friend....creativity shines again to the fullest...very hypnotic stuff indeed and yet again great vocal wizardry! Also like the ending. Excellent usual! Faved!


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Orlando, thank you for always coming through with great comments! You are a highly valued comrade, and I appreciate it! I feel like this one will need some more work before I release my album, but who knows? Doing a bit of guitar and bass repair the last couple of days, since I needed a break from the massive circuit bending project... it helps. Looking forward to visiting your profile! Thanks!

  12. silverman
    silverman on Sun 23rd Apr 2017 - 6 years ago

    You are creatively unique which is so refreshing and as always very listenable. Remember Devo? You sound nothing like them but definitely mine a similar creative vein.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thanks for stopping by to hear this. I realise I may have fallen short of my goals, aside from the personal goal of expressing my reactions to experiences of the time. I still enjoy the song, but may need to continue work on it.

    I would call myself a fan of Devo, especially these days, although I tend to enjoy Mothersbaugh more most of the time. My devo stuff is pretty much all on tape, which is cool since I am in love with magnetic media lately! Listening to the song you linked to, definitely one of their cool pop songs!

    Much appreciated!

  13. VicaMOOR
    VicaMOOR on Sat 22nd Apr 2017 - 6 years ago

    What's up, Spivkurl!
    Long time. Nice track. Has that retro video game feel. The buzzy bass gives a very hypnotic towards the middle to add. I'd only suggest the the vocals could use a bit more effect to distinct it from the track. More reverb can give it a distant feel, and by EQing the low end out can give it the radio effect to complement the buzzy bass. Adding echoes in the "yea yea" part will make it sound even more hypnotic, imo. But, other than that, nice work. I still see you're doing your thang!

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey buddy! The video game element is mostly due to the plastic toy feel of Sytrus in general... I've pretty much hated the synth since it came out, but this contest made me respect it a bit more. I designed all the sounds from scratch from the "default" sine wave starting point. I wanted the vocals to be very present in this. The suggestions you give are appreciated, but have also all been used. I always cut the lows on my vocals, and everything else for that matter. There is reverb on the vocals throughout, as well as a reverse delay echo in certain sections. I don't intend to stop doing my thing, even when those stupid medications rear their ugly head. I took a few minutes of hanging out at a park bench with some homeless addicts and used it as inspiration to shape the vocal performance and freeform lyrics... seemed to work okay. Thanks much for listening and being the first to comment!

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