Description : For those of you who remember Valvedriver's earlier electronic work, then you should dig this one. It's all in my old pre-metal style. All electro, all synths, all VSTs. I used Sylenth1, Massive, and Serum for all synth leads, basslines and accents. All sounds created from scratch just for this track. (Except for the Toy Piano). I suggest headphones for this. Enjoy, and take care. V.

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  1. vacacegamusic
    vacacegamusic on Tue 21st Jul 2020 - 2 years ago

    Deliciously dark and seductive... you know how to work those synths! Sometimes its just what you need to return to your roots to find a new path to creativity... awesome!

    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment. Especially with supportive and encouraging words.

    Thank you again.
    Take care

  2. bringerofDOOM
    bringerofDOOM on Fri 10th Jul 2020 - 2 years ago

    Awesome work, quick question, Are you drawing the automation for the frequency cutoffs it FL Studio or using actual knobs while recording?

    I'm trying to expand my soundscapes and you seem to have no problem doing so. Keep up the great work.

    Reply by ValveDriver

    First, let me say that I love these kinds of comments. People asking questions for the sake of their improvement. Thank you for that!

    Now, as far as automating the frequencies, there are a few ways I do it. Very rarely with hardware knobs. Right now I don't have a space set up for any hardware, so...that's not really an option.
    Most of the automation I can program right in the VST using envelope filters.
    in some cases, like the intro to this track, I used the Fruity parametric EQ2 preset "20hz + 18khz cut" and then assigned an automation track to the 18khz from low to high.
    Check out some of my other work for more examples of automation. If you have any more questions about how I do things, please, feel free to ask. I'm always willing to share.

    Take care.

  3. Neomorpheus
    Neomorpheus on Mon 6th Jul 2020 - 2 years ago


    Man this was a much welcomed surprise for me this morning. Mondays, especially after a long weekend, are usually a bitch here at work and today was no exception. We had a nasty storm here over the weekend and voltage spikes and power outages added to the drama getting my production lines running this morning. So after after much chaos and confusion I made it back to my office and settled down at my desk with a cup of coffee. Upon noticing the Looperman email from ValveDriver, I knew things were about to take a turn...for the badassery.

    I keep a pair of ear buds here at work and even though they aren't all that great I had to sample the track straight away. It definitely put a smile on my face hearing those familiar synth tones reminiscent of "No Salvation", the epically wicked world debut and my initiation into the world of the"ValveDriver" ! This track, much like No Salvation, has a great industrialized vibe to it. It easily creates images of machination strewn across a dark and remote landscape. Is is some Other-Worldly realm, an alternative reality or maybe the dark side of our consciousness? The lyrics suggest maybe a dream state or sub-conscious connection.

    I really enjoy music that allows me to use my imagination and adds that other dimension to the listening experience. The droning nature of the synths, subtle dubstep wobbles and groaning saw bass all combine for a great brooding groove as this progresses. I really like the mid section here, almost an interlude that depressurizes or backs off the intensity as you bring in the vocal. Very cool structuring. As mentioned, this track is a complete return to the nucleus for you and even though your later tracks are certainly more mainstream metal, these electronic variables are still way cool and still deliver the gut punch that turned us all on to the ol' ValveDriver in the first place.

    So, yeah, of course I dig it bro. And thanks for putting a little (Blackhole) Sunshine into an otherwise typical crap shoot of a Monday morning.

    Reply by ValveDriver

    Mondays...ammaright? HA! Dude, that's never a fun way to start the week. But the storms over the weekend sound like a good time. Seriously. I miss those. When I lived in the midwest, I used to sit on my front step and watch the big storms as they passed through.
    As much as I love the Northwest, they just don't have shit for storms out here.

    I always kept a pair of shit earbuds at work too. Technically we weren't supposed to use them in the equipment, but when you're sitting in the cab of an old Peterbilt, doing 10 mph, driving in what is essentially a big circle, spraying water on a road where the dirt is the same consistency as talcum need some fuckin' Cannibal Corpse or Nile to maintain sanity.

    As far as this track goes, I like the direction it went, but I'm afraid I could have done so much better. But, with the life changes over the last 5 years, it's left me feeling a little lackluster in the creative department. That and I just haven't had the time to really sit and fully submerge into a piece. I'm hoping that with this next chapter of life that I'm about to begin that I will have the opportunity to really dive back into it. This track was mainly for the purposes of pushing through and getting one done that can at least pass as finished.

    "...has a great industrialized vibe to it. It easily creates images of machination strewn across a dark and remote landscape."
    After working in a steel mill for nearly 2 decades, the sounds and rhythms kind of ingrained themselves into my existence, and it kind of comes through, I guess. The next track that I'm working on is full on machine. I'm using the same VST's but I'm making patches that sound like machinery. Along with those, I'm using and manipulating recordings of actual industrial sounds.

    In fact, I think I'll go work on that now. See if I can break this...rusty cage....of a creative block.

    Take care, Eric. We'll chat more soon.


  4. crucethus
    crucethus on Fri 3rd Jul 2020 - 2 years ago

    Whenever I hit a creative wall, I go make something weird an unexpected with no intention or direction to the tune. And sometimes that's the best trigger for creativity. This is dark and powerful. I like this one. The synths with the vocoded sounds almost create a chant-like effect which is cool. Very good, Welcome back.

    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thank you, Steven. This was exactly that. A creative trigger. Granted, I followed old Valvedriver formula, but, none the less, it got the ball rollin.
    I appreciate the compliment. Your opinion has always mattered a great deal to me.

    With respect, take care.

  5. Stereonomicon
    Stereonomicon on Fri 3rd Jul 2020 - 2 years ago

    Really remarkable is the care you have had of the sound in this song. Everything is extraordinarily clean and crisp but at the same time full-bodied and round. The arrangement is very interesting, this piece is written from the usual listening and creates a strong impact accent. Overall it's exactly the kind of music I love to listen to. In some parts, while offering absolute originality, it recalls the sonic atmospheres of the Cybertracks vein of the 90s.
    A cordial greeting

    Reply by ValveDriver

    Hello. Welcome to the world of Valvedriver. A dark and mysterious place heavily influenced by classic rock, heavy metal, dubstep, d-n-b, horror films, the dark underbelly of religion, and the ugly truth behind humanity, and of course, those cybertracks of the 90s.

    Thank you, with great appreciation, for taking time to listen and time to leave the kind words,

    Take care.

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