Description : A friend of mine just disappeared one day. But that was no surprise. He belonged to no one, and no one tried to keep him. If he's *gone*, I imagine he went down in a battle against the gods.

Here's to you, mister. Wherever you are.

Oh, yeah...the song. It's all Sylenth1, Piano One, and EzDrummer. That's it. Nothing else.

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  1. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 3rd Nov 2020 - 2 months ago

    A very dark tune indeed. Like a Gothic Wellness check with hints of darkwave and a Tool like Percussion feel. When I listen to music It can trigger me to think of colors (a very mild form of synesthesia). In this case shades of grey and some deep blues. The melody line at the end triggered a tiny bright red feel, and the piano chops at the end were very ominous. This is truly a Valve driver tune. Good work.

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Synesthesia. That sounds interesting. I kind of wish I had it.
    It must make things much more interesting.

    I think that's the first time I've heard that my music has hints of Tool in it. I take that as a compliment.

    Thank you, sir, for stopping by! Be safe up there, mister.

    Take care.
    Aaron

  2. cyberflares
    cyberflares on Sun 25th Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    Hi i dont have the experience to comment on what sounds brilliant at certain points in your song but what i can say is i really enjoyed this track from start to finish some of you guys on here are just mental at what you produce. I can only strive to learn from some of you lot but in my own little way in my own little world.
    Great track and again thanks for pointing me towards that great insight to twin peaks that was very special. :)

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Experience or not, your opinion is always valid. Never be afraid to express it.

    Learning from people on this site is how it's done, my friend. 90% of my progression in music production is all from what I've learned from people on this site. Whether it was comments and critiques on my own work, or tips and tricks I've picked up from reading comments on others' tracks. This site is a wealth of information as long as you're willing to find it, and learn from it. So, to that I say keep it up. You're on the right track.

    As far as pointing you in the direction of Angelo Badalamenti, you're welcome. His eerie compositions and chord progression has been an influence in some of my work. The man really knows how to paint with sound. Which is something I like to do as well.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my work.

    Take care.
    V.

  3. Neomorpheus
    Neomorpheus on Fri 23rd Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    Aaron,

    Speaking of disappearing, I've been out of commission for a while here lately myself. Too much work and not enough time for play. I hope to get back to some music here real soon though. Anyhow on to the matter at hand. I thoroughly dig this...what could be considered a bit of a throwback ValveDriver track. I was all in right from the start.

    As you mentioned it certainly has a lot of the original mix flavoring with the multi layer synths, its deep and heavy foreboding presence and bad ass sinister vibes.

    There's plenty of notable elements here but I particularly like the pitch shifting notes in the mid section. Really accentuates the energy/tension and pegs the ol' eerie meter ! Also the Piano One is in my opinion a very sensible and appropriate addition to your arsenal. Piano (and violin) have been staple instruments for some of the most memorable and historically classic soundtracks of the "ominous" variety ever made. It also sounds very cool in there which is the best reason I can think of to hopefully persuade you to leave it.

    With Halloween almost here I'm in the midst of preparing my annual scare soundtrack to provide the right ambience for the neighbor kiddos who are willing to dare enter the fright zone and knock on my door for treats. This baby will be making the play list for sure bro.

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    I can dig that whole more work than play thing. This whole preparing to move is a time consuming summbitch.

    With the exception of the drums and the piano, the synth patches that I used in this track are 5 of my oldest patches that I made from scratch. They are the first 5 that I used in the second track I posted here back in 2012. The feel of this one is more sinister than the original track. Which is what I was going for. It's not really a remix, or a reboot, just another track with the same synths.
    I liked how they have a groovy drive to them, but can still be dark. Unlike the original "The Anderson Council". Which is a more groovy, chilled out ride.

    I'll leave the piano in this one. I just need to go back and adjust some of the velocities on the higher notes. They're too close and sound too programmed. Not as organic and natural as I like to shoot for. I remembered the Toms, but forgot the piano. Oops.

    As far as horror playlists go, feel free. You should also check out my track 2077 AD. It's a droning, dark ambient piece that I made entirely for myself for those nights where insomnia is stronger than the melatonin. So, it's plenty long so I have time to actually fall asleep before it's over.

    I hope all is well deep down Texas way. Stay safe down there, mister.

    Take care, brother.
    Aaron.

  4. phantomproduction
    phantomproduction on Wed 21st Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    hey Aaron what a good job and a great tribute! the "ez drummer" does the job well! your friend can be happy with the job you have done!
    Michel

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thanks. Hopefully, he will get to hear it someday.

    Take care.
    Aaron.

  5. CinCoCent
    CinCoCent on Wed 21st Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    This is so mega twisted! I love it! Definitely need an acid trip and listen to this lol!

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Hey man, How's it goin? Thanks for listening and commenting.

    If you do that, let me know how it was!

    Take Care.
    V.

  6. CinCoCent
    CinCoCent on Wed 21st Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    Oh yea very nice synth intro

  7. ONIRONIN
    ONIRONIN on Wed 21st Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    I really like this song; it kind of reminds me of "Nine Inch Nails"...great track!!

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thanks. I appreciate it.

    Take care
    V.

  8. prodcde
    prodcde on Mon 19th Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    Not my genre but so cool you made this to honor your friend. Hope he’s chilling wherever he is

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thanks for listening, even though it's not your preferred genre. I appreciate that.

    I'm sure ol' boy is chilling somewhere. He's never been one to stay in one place. He's like an Alley Cat. He comes and goes as he pleases and he only wants attention on his own terms. But, we all love him anyhow.

    Thanks again.

    Take care.
    V.

  9. danke
    danke on Mon 19th Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    Wow Aaron!!!

    This is a pearl...doomish but pearl too...the description is a bit sad but to tell you the truth more and more people live alone on earth ... neither their dogs nor their cats, well even their families ... maybe alienation is one of our biggest enemies besides computers and smartphones ... or maybe that's why ... this music is very painful cause somehow i feel like you won't have any more contact with your friend ...
    serious synthesizer song ... in the beginning the Depeche Mode popped in but in the end it became more of a song from a doom metal band, from where the guitarist went for a beer ... :-)
    putting aside the joke, it became a very cathartic, difficult, thought-provoking song ...just like ValveDriver on his best...hope all is well in the second wavee of pandemic Aaron...take care...

    Danke

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Danke! Hey Brother!

    It's been awhile since you've commented on one of my tracks. I was super happy to see that you had. Thank you!

    All is well here. After being here for 30 years, we're about to move back to our home state to start a whole new chapter of our lives. One that displays far more potential than staying here. We're looking forward to it.

    This song really is about alienation, or at least facing life alone, by your own rules that don't conform to what society says it has to be. Which, really, explains why it's like the old Valvedriver style. That was always my message. "Do it your way, screw what they tell you, it's your life" That's exactly how my friend lives, and I respect that greatly.

    Danke, you take care my brother. I hope all is well with you as well during this odd time we live in.

    Sincerely, take care.
    Aaron.

  10. terryjmhitsong
    terryjmhitsong on Sat 17th Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    amazing track bro......really feels like a missing person track like you said....from start to finish....when he returns god willing you will have this masterpiece to show him....peace

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thanks, man. I'm glad you liked this one. There was something about the main synth when I was making it that just reminded me of him. Probably the tense journey feel like Wayne mentioned, and how he was always on the move. Even when he was just sitting there.

    Take care, brother.
    Aaron.

  11. theHumps
    theHumps on Sat 17th Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    One of my fraternity brothers disappeared one day back in the 80's. It was after he had left school and was married with kids. We searched the woods in his town for him and no trace of him was ever found to this day. Strange how that shit happens.

    The song has a lot of tension and texture with the main synths that you used. I like the bell ring of the ride cymbal and the almost subdued drums, they sit well in the mix to my ears. The track gives me that sense of a journey and not an easy one by the sounds of it. Nice job!

    Wayne

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Hey, Wayne.

    It is strange. Even in people that are known to take off for awhile without saying anything. It's that one time when they just don't come back and you're left always wondering.

    As far as the song, A tense journey is exactly what I had in mind. I just kind of imagined his life and his personality and what he may have been facing. I imagine that what he sees in this world is nothing but another obstacle to overcome. As loving as he is, his instinctual drive for independence is beyond that of any human I've ever met.

    There are a few things that still need some tweaking in here. I'm not 100% on the piano part. But, it'll do for now. Once I can get back to it, I will.

    Thanks for stopping by, mister. It's always appreciated.

    Take care.
    Aaron

  12. BaoBou
    BaoBou on Sat 17th Oct 2020 - 3 months ago

    Stunning song, really good. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, that sucks, hugs.
    As for what hut says, yes, half the time I find I'm logged out when I want to comment. Don't be too suspicious!

    ValveDriver
    Reply by ValveDriver

    Thank you. I appreciate the kindness.

    take care.
    V.

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