Tags : | Chill Out | 7.64 MB

Description : 80BPM deep grooving cellout. A somewhat minimal track dominated by my layered, delayed electric cello playing. Also: two synth basses, some mystical synth pads and mostly just one programmed acoustic drumkit. No drum loops. No guitar. Not a great track but a pleasant chillout trip to a distant land. Interesting, lucid feedback appreciated.

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  1. Evisma
    Evisma on Sat 28th Oct 2017 - 2 years ago

    Yos, Heys and Sups, you Grandmotherfucker.

    Nice long sustained, relaxing bowing in the beginning, seeming to begin a story. Drums come in and add some structure, good length on the bowed section before.

    We go into a happier place for the first real section. Butterflies and meadows.

    Next section is a bit darker and reflective. 2:50 driving snare hits are nice there.

    3:28 pluckery is a nice addition. Jaunty little line. This would make for a good track for fishing on the boat. I'll start making YouTube fishing vids and you can supply the music. Mine doesn't go along with fishing well.

    Percussion kinda picks up there at the end, but mostly stays the same on the way out. All rather calming and relaxing.

    Been enjoying the online dating chronicles you've been keeping me informed of. Taco-Fanny is your next track title, I know it.

    Evan, rolling windows down for the cool night air is curious.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Yo, grandfatherfucker.

    Sorry for the rather late reply. Then again, you've taken far longer.

    Yes - nice, long, bowed intro. Very relaxing and satisfying to play.

    "Butterflies and meadows."

    Excellent, very accurate description! You're expressing in words what I was feeling. Some of the high cello parts do sound a bit like buzzing or some other creature flying about. Very bright, playful and warm stuff.

    "Next section is a bit darker and reflective"

    Yes, dark and mystical. Quite a change!

    "2:50 driving snare hits are nice"

    They are but they're quite electronic so I wouldn't expect you to like them.

    "3:28 pluckery is a nice addition."

    Two lines of plectrum-played cello. Not sure how many people ever do that but playing with fingers or bow would not have sounded the same. Very different, actually.

    "I'll start making YouTube fishing vids and you can supply the music."

    It's a plan but will it ever happen?

    "All rather calming and relaxing."

    Yeah, nothing badass but it's just not that sort of track. I really like it and find it quite addictive ie I want to hear what's coming next every time I listen to it.

    Static Transmad (I'm your passenger)

  2. mrwolf14
    mrwolf14 on Thu 19th Oct 2017 - 2 years ago

    Hi MrNomad,
    I was looking for something interesting to hear, then I thought, let's have a look at MrNomad's archive... there must be something there.
    And I found this nice little gem: lot of words already spent on this, so I'll keep it short.
    I like your work on the cello: you are a talented guy and you make a creative use of all the instruments you play. You deserve some real respect.
    The song is nice: good, but not the best one. I wouldn't dare to say that it is "boring" (no way) but it somehow lacks some "peaks".
    I would even consider shortening the "middle part" and make your guitar enter the scene a bit earlier.
    But of course, nothing will be changed: this song can stay in its current form, it will still be enjoyed and you will use your time for the next one.
    As usual: outstanding work.
    Ciao, Domenico

    PS: being Italian my mother language, I did not find the title word so "strange"... maybe I am missing something.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hello again.

    Yes, it's worth going through the Nomad archive if you're looking for something interesting to hear, especially as you haven't been on the site much in the last year.

    "You deserve some real respect."

    I get a bit but I can always do with more - especially in real life (rather than just online). We're all the same!

    "The song is nice: good, but not the best one."

    I agree. Pleasant and interesting but not amazing. A bit more minimal, for a change. The peaks are probably 1:14-2:25. That lead cello part is quite exciting, I find.

    "make your guitar enter the scene a bit earlier."

    No guitar here. You probably think it's guitar at 3:26 because I'm playing the cello with a guitar pick - something I very rarely do as it's a bit awkward to do. But it does give a different sound. Much more like guitar.

    "I would even consider shortening the "middle part""

    I like that section. It's quite mystical and trippy.

    The title is a word I made up. A cross between 'translucent' and 'lucid'.

    Here are two tracks you will prefer from the Nomad archive. First is a long, mystical blues track with lots of guitar. And bass. Deep chill and groovy blues:

    The Mythical Gates

    https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/177482

    And here's a psychedelic cello grunge track that will surprise you as there's no guitar. Anything that sounds like guitar is cello:

    Skyscaper

    https://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/183448

    Thanks again for the thoughts. They're always useful.

  3. silverman
    silverman on Sun 1st Oct 2017 - 2 years ago

    I think some very distant low volumed panned specifically to certain points and distances .... I seem to have left out .... cinematic/orchestral drums.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Yeah, some cinematic drums could work very nicely. Perhaps just try adding some orchestral cymbals or something and build from there.

    I might give it a go or just stick with what I've got - something somewhat minimal, for a change.

  4. silverman
    silverman on Sun 1st Oct 2017 - 2 years ago

    This has a very nice minimalist feel to it.
    Yes feel not sound.
    I'm in pain and very tired just now and I'm feeling this more than hearing it.
    The meds probably help with this effect.
    Minimalist it may well feel but it sounds quite complicated.
    I love your cello sound.
    Every track you offer up is now a cello track as you fall in love ever deeper with it's sound and possibilities.
    Probably why your guitar skills appear to be deteriorating.
    It simply can't compare just now with the new love in your life.
    I'm sure you'll rekindle it.
    This is a beautiful track.
    I think some very distant low volumed panned specifically to certain points and distances would have given it a little more .... something.
    Not depth because it has plenty of that but ... my vocabulary is lacking at this point so something will have to do.
    Very nice track very well put together long may your relationship with the cello last.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Yo, ill Silverman (Sillverman).

    Sorry to hear about your pain and I hope the medication is helping.

    Yes, this is fairly minimalist. Partly because I struggled to add other instruments to it so just let it flow with this sparser sound. It could probably still do with something else being added - another instrument and perhaps more percussion. It's mostly just one drumkit, which is very rare for me.

    "it sounds quite complicated."

    Yes, as per most of my tracks. Probably something to do with the layering. My instrumental music needs to be somewhat complicated to be interesting. I don't exactly make obvious genre stuff and none of it is pop music or just straight dance music.

    "Every track you offer up is now a cello track"

    Yes, mostly though I have done a few without cello in the last year - electro metal, mystical blues and so on.

    "Probably why your guitar skills appear to be deteriorating."

    I seem to have run out of ideas on the instrument, which is why I rarely even pick it up these days. And thus my fluidity of playing has deserted me. I hope the skills will return though I'll have to actually start playing the damn thing again for that to happen. They won't come back just by thinking about them and hoping I might be able to recapture my past moderate glories.

    "This is a beautiful track."

    Thanks very much. I try to add as much as I can to everything I do. Even if it's heavy - then I go for a certain type of dark beauty.

    "long may your relationship with the cello last"

    I have no idea about that. I think I should probably start another new instrument. But will I then abandon the cello? I hope not but cannot say.

    Thanks for the lucid thoughts. Your vocabulary was just fine.

  5. midisparks
    midisparks on Sun 1st Oct 2017 - 2 years ago

    I am curious about your approach to harmony in your compositions. I was able to fit a pentatonic scale to much of the opening section. Then I was fitting a major 7th chord in for several seconds. I am impressed with your incorporation of cello! Regards - Dan

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Haha - so am I! I don't really know what the hell I'm doing when it comes to harmony. I just about know the key I'm playing in and that's it.

    I'm not sure where the major 7th chord comes in for "several seconds". Oh, actually I think I do. It's a long chord sequence and I think there's one chord I change to (towards the end) that's a bit of a surprise but very satisfying to my ears. That's probably the major 7th chord.

    "I am impressed with your incorporation of cello!"

    It's the main played instrument in my tracks these days. Hopefully they all sound a bit or a lot different.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

  6. djnixx
    djnixx on Sun 1st Oct 2017 - 2 years ago

    Love this

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks.

    I like it but I don't love it.

  7. Neomorpheus
    Neomorpheus on Mon 18th Sep 2017 - 2 years ago

    Alright finally a cool track and a nice thought provoking title. Even though its a bit hard to see its quite the enjoyable listen. I like the intro. I'm big on intro's especially for instrumentals. I love the low notes of the cello, they're so fat and brooding. Combined with the delay effect here, really draws the listener in. You should do this more often, intros that is. The track begins and I'm immediately pulled into the depth of the bowed chords and underlying synth. Wow, that's cool ! Then comes the lead cello and I really notice the swell on the notes. This is done with delay? You must be using a volume pedal as well. Irrespective, that's beautiful stuff man. The bridge around 2:30 is a perfect interlude, nice heavenly pads. The last section features some impressive lead fills with some fancy articulation, long bowed notes, staccatos and octave exchanges. This is a bitchin' track bro. I know its quite a jump from what were normally used to hearing from you but it really showcases just what a beautiful instrument your wielding and how far you have come in your quest to master it. If I have any critique at all where this track is concerned I would say you definitely need to do some editing.

    Remove the "not a great track" comment from your description !

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Sorry for the very slow reply - it's most unlike me but I haven't been using the site for a couple of weeks.

    Yes, interesting title - just a word I made up by combining 'translucent' and 'lucid'. I started with Translucent Planet but felt I could do better, even though I like the idea.

    Yes, drumless intro is decent though I wish it could be bigger, fatter and more powerful.

    "Then comes the lead cello and I really notice the swell on the notes. This is done with delay? You must be using a volume pedal as well."

    You and a couple of others on here have been confusing me with asking about volume pedals and stuff. I've never used one and all your're hearing is bowing - no special technique but it does make the note rise in interesting ways.

    That lead cello is pretty cool and jaunty and there are a few layers, with different bits meshing together at different points.

    "The bridge around 2:30 is a perfect interlude, nice heavenly pads."

    A darker, more mystical change. The track is no longer jaunty but more brooding and trippy now.

    "The last section features some impressive lead fills with some fancy articulation, long bowed notes, staccatos and octave exchanges."

    I think you mean 3:50-4:26. There are lots of bowed harmonics in there.

    I like new, darker riff at 4:26.

    "This is a bitchin' track bro."

    Is it? No badassery and more on the groovy, chilled side of things.

    "you definitely need to do some editing."

    You mean the track should be shorter? Oh, I thought it was a fair old medium length one, with no section dragging too much.

    "how far you have come in your quest to master it."

    I have a hell of a long way to go and I'm not sure I'm currently improving much. Maybe I will never get much better. I may be at my peak right now.

    "Remove the "not a great track" comment from your description !"

    I think I'll keep it as I still feel the same. It's certainly not bad or even just average but it's not great as in really, really good.

    Thanks for the feedback. It was quite lucid and only a little trans (cendental/gender).

    Lucid Nomad

  8. neuromancer56
    neuromancer56 on Sun 17th Sep 2017 - 2 years ago

    I was stuggling for words a bit. By melodic vs. random I mean this. If you listen to 1:20-1:40 there is a nice groove that gets your head bobbing, and the melody is sweet... it feels very pleasurable to me to listen to almost because I can sense the flow of the melodic wave and I just flow with it... If I listen to a later part I'll pick one at random (4:11-4:30) my head isn't bobbing, and I just can't sense the flow of where the melodic wave is going, in fact it sounds more random and disturbing to me, like I can't get on that wave and ride it. Listen to my track Concrete Meadow and you will get it. The melody is smooooooth and gets your head bobbing. It feels good, just like your stuff at 1:20-1:40. I don't know jack about music theory. I just know what feels good to me. So that's what I mean by smooth melodic vs. more random. There is no fancy meaning to random. Is it that at the beginning you are doing more traditional melodies and later on you are delving into 12 tonal theory? I don't know.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Excellent answer. You're not struggling for words this time.

    "1:20-1:40 there is a nice groove that gets your head bobbing, and the melody is sweet"

    I understand. It's pleasurable and grabs you without you thinking about it whereas the riffs towards the end don't have the same effect. I actually like them but, yes, it can be really hard to maintainthe same level of enjoyment every time you make a change. Some riffs just aren't as good as others. Or aren't as good in the context of the particular track in which they feature. The end riffs are a bit darker.

    "I don't know jack about music theory"

    Neither do I. I also don't know what 12 tonal theory is.

    "Is it that at the beginning you are doing more traditional melodies"

    Yeah, probably that. More major, positive and brighter and then things go a bit darker and more mystical.

    Thanks very much for clarifying. That is some lucid feedback!

  9. CamTheClear
    CamTheClear on Fri 15th Sep 2017 - 2 years ago

    I love the blend of synth pad and acoustic drums. Ambitious

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks. I am musically very ambitious and almost always try to make something unusual that I haven't really heard anyone else make before.

    The synth pads play quite a background, atmospheric role, with the cello as the main instrument a lot of the time. Rather minimal drums for me. Not very interesting or busy but still effective.

    Thanks again.

  10. Indieground
    Indieground on Fri 15th Sep 2017 - 2 years ago

    I'll try to stay lucid but ! I really dig your track mate !
    May but the drum part can bring another groove may be it's a bit too binary but well it can works this way too !

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Haha - very lucid!

    Good to hear you dig it. I dig you digging it.

    Yeah, the drums are quite similar throughout and rather minimal and restrained for me. I've done a lot of very busy drum tracks in the past so I guess I've recently been exploring a bit more drum minimalism. You're not wrong.

    I suppose I was trying to let the track breathe and be more chilled out. I've also heard far more boring and monotonous drum tracks than this one

  11. neuromancer56
    neuromancer56 on Fri 15th Sep 2017 - 2 years ago

    I love the sound of the delayed electric cello. But I do prefer the more melodic beginning especially around 1:20-1:40 as opposed to the ending which seems more random to me. The cello is pretty much carrying the entire track, and I wonder if it would be good to mix in other strong instruments that could have a conversation with the cello.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hi. Great to hear you liked the cello. I think it's a pretty cool sound. My cello teacher has a live performing career using just an electric cello and one loopstation and one multi effects pedal. No vocals, no backing tracks. You'd be surprised how versatile the instrument is.

    "the more melodic beginning especially around 1:20-1:40"

    Yes, that's where a new, jaunty lead cello part arrives. A few layers there as it builds. Same cello chord backing.

    "the ending which seems more random to me"

    I have no idea what you mean when you say "random". Is that some new, modern usage of the word or are you using it in its usual sense? It's all kind of the same drum groove and similar, minimal instrumentation throughout so the ending is just a new riff/chord progression. Random would be if it morphed into banjo metal or choral country.

    "I wonder if it would be good to mix in other strong instruments"

    You're not wrong but I decided to keep this track rather minimal, for a change. I have loads of tracks where various instruments are having conversations with each other, so to speak. It's a shame my guitar playing is so average these days as, in the recent past, I would have picked it up and knocked out some good stuff on it.

    Thanks for the suggestions and don't forget to let me know about my "random" question.

  12. ValveDriver
    ValveDriver on Thu 14th Sep 2017 - 2 years ago

    Mr. S. let's dive right in, shall we?

    I see you've found Jesus' delay pedal. Khan may disapprove, but me and J.C. Dig it.

    The intro is nice and long. It gives us, the listeners, plenty of time to settle in and get comfy before the drums, bass and pads kick in.

    Excellent use of layering. It sounds like multiple players, but, come on, we know better, right?

    Speaking of drums. I like the minimal approach so far. (I'm still in the first play through.) My own personal tastes suggest a few more light fills, or rolls. But, it's still good.

    2:25 - dreamy pads, backed by strings. Very nice texture there. Minimalist approach again. Nice.

    Definitely an aptly titled song. While I did find it to be very relaxing, and very pleasant, it didn't, send me on that permanent vacation I was promised. So I will be asking for a refund. But I would definitely recommend this ride to others. I don't think you've "lost it." I just think your tastes are changing, my friend. The direction you took with this one is good. Ride it out. See where it takes you.

    I really don't have any critiques for this one, as it sounds great the way it is. I will have another listen when I'm not on break at the mill. When I can sit down and really a focus. If anything stands out, I'll come back and let ya know. Otherwise, NTB!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Yo, Mr V.

    Let us dive right in; deep and occasionally coming up for air.

    I do indeed have Jesus' original delay pedal. I cleaned the sand, blood and thorns off and it works perfectly. All hail the ancient art of delay!

    Intro is longish and calming. It's just two run-throughs of my chord sequence, which is quite long. It continues for about 2.5 mins, sitting behing the jaunty lead cello layers.

    "It sounds like multiple players"

    Well, multiple layers, not players. The only way that is likely to happen is if some Nomad cloning happens. Then I can play with myself all day.

    Yeah, the drums are rather minimal for me. Mostly just one kit and only occasional or subtle fills.

    "few more light fills, or rolls." Normally I have a lot more. Minimal Nomad, for a change.

    "2:25 - dreamy pads, backed by strings."

    Yes, that's a far out, mystical pad sound. The cello has gone and there aren't any strings behind the main pad. Just another pad.

    "it didn't, send me on that permanent vacation I was promised."

    Sorry about that. But if it had, wouldn't that sort of be death? That's a permanent vacation, as far as we know. Unless you believe in reincarnation. I guess going to hell is a permanent shit vacation. But the devil does have all the good tunes so that's at least some consolation.

    "I don't think you've "lost it." "

    I've definitely lost something, especially my guitar playing ability. Such a shame as I used to be quite decent. I'm reluctant these days to even pick it up. It's weird feeling like a guy who'd quite like to be a good guitarist. As if I'm a total beginner.

    Thanks for the V-shaped thoughts. They were fairly lucid and only a little trans.

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