Single Tracks

Broken Machine

Download from battleofthebits.org

A garbled wall of happy ambience, made for the Battle of the Bits’ Ann Arbor 8 mix contest.  The samples for this mix were very lush and large.  The lesson I take from this round is that the lush samples can do a lot of work if you leave a lot of space in the mix for them, otherwise, they have to be filtered, thinned, and chopped down so that the big sounds don’t beat each other up.  Just as a composer should work with a variety of sounds and styles, a good mix should have a good range of sounds- small. medium, and large.

Congratulations to µB who won the contest by creating a very fun song from the same pallette of sounds.

Compo, Single Tracks, SounDevotion Competition

Found, At the Edge of the Forest

 

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English: Another Snow Flurry - Sandy Grove - L...

 

 

 

This came in second in SounDevotion competition, round 44!

 

A snow flurry invites a walk, but a devil lurks in the woods.

 

A semi-orchestral progressive background music kind of piece.

 

This time around I accidentally rediscovered something I read somewhere a long time ago- slight delay can help individual parts (especially unison parts) stand out in a mix where playing the parts dead-on exact may make them disappear into each other, even when panned apart.

 

Enjoy!