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Re: Your Music
« Reply #680 on: May 21, 2021, 10:51:01 AM »
Hello gang - I'm posting another recent remake of an ancient teen Ant song. I probably posted the original way back, but I've lost track! This is called "Valerie's Waiting" and it shows me at my most Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel, written in 1986. Yow! As with the other teen tracks I've been remaking, I tried to replicate the original as closely as I could.

The main synths throughout the first half of the song are Prophet 5. The bass is Moog Grandmother and the strings are a combo of VC-340 and PolySix. I started work on this song during one of several uncomfortable "B-word" discussions on the Forum, and was sheepish to even go near the VC-340, especially as part of the conv was about string machines etc. I'd actually assumed the PolySix would get the job done, as that's what I used on my 4-track recording, but in this case, it didn't quite cut through on its own. I also tried using the GForce VSM and Korg Prologue. The latter can do a decent PolySix approximation and  can also come really close to the VC-340 string sound. In the end, though...

Meanwhile, the piano was one of the Pianoteq upright models. At first I figured I'd go with a grand piano, cos why not, but the upright suited the old-school spirit. I wrote and recorded this tune on a small Chickering studio piano and Pianoteq had that "dad's living room" vibe. There's a touch of M-Tron Pro at the end, and a few guitar tracks. Drums were from Logic's live-in Drummer.

A note - I know I'm one of the few here on the Forum who posts pop songs with vocals. I've found myself doing more and more for-hire vocal work lately and wanted to put it out there that I'm available for such. PM if interested. (And mods - if this isn't appropriate, feel free to edit or delete.)

Hope you enjoy the tune, and thanks!

https://archive.org/details/valeries-waiting-mix-3

Re: Your Music
« Reply #681 on: May 26, 2021, 09:46:49 AM »
Nature sounds on Hydrasynth?  I was able o get some frogs and crickets going ;)
Some interesting keys too. 

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DSI Equipment: Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver desktop, Prophet 8,  Pro-2, OB6, P-12
 

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Re: Your Music
« Reply #682 on: May 26, 2021, 09:54:12 AM »
That was impressive, Soundquest.  And really nice music.  You just have to get those frogs to say "jig-a-rum" a little more distinctly.  I realize it's difficult to get frogs to speak clearly.  ;D
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Re: Your Music
« Reply #683 on: May 27, 2021, 09:30:40 AM »
Hah, thanks Sacred Synthesis.  Yeah, making bull frog with good diction is not easy :D.   Funny story here, is that I wrapped that song up yesterday, as I still needed to make the frog as the final touch.   By chance,  the night before my wife and I went down to the local lake in town and I heard a bull frog calling- which I don't usually hear there.  I told her to hush up for a moment as I wanted to hear the detail of his voice- because I was making a frog the next day on the synth.  Yeah, she thinks I'm nuts. ;)
 
For that frog I used a pulse for the main voice sound, then a ramp shape lfos , one for volume, one for filter.   Also sharing the second lfo as a source I routed it  to osc 2 level.  Osc 2 was one of the digital wave forms on the Hydrasynth that seemed to just add a little realism to the buzzing/guteral, sound they get at the top of the volume ramp.   I recently sold the Nord Lead 4 - where I had so many of my insects and birds stored.  The rest live in the P12.
DSI Equipment: Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver desktop, Prophet 8,  Pro-2, OB6, P-12
 

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Re: Your Music
« Reply #684 on: May 27, 2021, 10:17:12 AM »
You told your wife to hush up so you could hear a bullfrog?  Did you type that from your hospital bed? 
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Re: Your Music
« Reply #685 on: May 28, 2021, 07:42:28 AM »
You told your wife to hush up so you could hear a bullfrog?  Did you type that from your hospital bed?

 ;D
DSI Equipment: Poly Evolver Keyboard, Evolver desktop, Prophet 8,  Pro-2, OB6, P-12
 

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Re: Your Music
« Reply #686 on: May 28, 2021, 04:48:17 PM »
Here's my tribute to the Canadian cult flick "Bells" aka "Murder By Phone" aka "The Calling." It's pretty much a Scanners knock off but without any of the supernatural aspects to it.

The score was done by none other than John Barry! It's a complete departure from his big band scores for the James Bond franchise or his moody compositions from films like Midnight Cowboy. This one is entirely electronic. I used my trusty Prophet 6 here with the main riff having the Pulse Width of the oscillators modulated by a sample and hold LFO which creates a strange rhythmic pulsing sound, the song melts into a cacophony of BBD delay echos as it plays. There is also another overdub with a triangle LFO modulating the filter cutoff and speeding up as the intensity progresses until it reaches audio range modulation territory.

No idea what was used on the original but it's likely a Prophet-5 or ARP 2600 was used (ironically these were also used for Howard Shore's score for Scanners) but perhaps it might have been a giant Moog Modular for all we know.

One thing we do know for sure is if you ever come across a payphone and it starts ringing, answering it might be the last thing you do!!!!

Everett Dudgeon 2021
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCHvRDJ0bRM

Re: Your Music
« Reply #687 on: June 04, 2021, 09:31:18 PM »
I was talking to my friend Allison about the new Homegrown Horrors boxset release from Vinegar Syndrome and was explaining that a lot of the films are similar to The Strangeness: A group of young friends just making a monster movie for no money on weekends.

I went back and revisited The Strangeness and read up on the production through Stephen Thrower's incredible book Nightmare USA. What an inspiration it was and what a kick ass Carpenter-esq synth score as well.

Instruments are as follows.

Prophet-6 doing pretty much everything from the warbling pads to the Theremin-like lead.

Fender Stratocaster being run through the Roger Linn Adrenelinn Effects Box on a clean Fender amp setting through some sinister delay simulating the echoing of the cave.

The Tempest is driving everything with a steady Linn Drum beat with an analog bass line pumping through the piece.

Enjoy folks!

Everett Dudgeon 2021
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGv7319ViVY

Re: Your Music
« Reply #688 on: Yesterday at 10:47:02 AM »
This week I wanted to do a tribute to a score that doesn't get much attention and that's Rick Ulfik's Synclavier driven score for the 80s flick Street Trash.

This isn't a cover of his score but it's certainly heavily inspired by the "Viper Theme" he did. Everything is done using the Prophet X in real time with zero overdubs and relying on the onboard Prophet VS waves to recreate that unapologetically digital sound.

Hope you enjoy!

Everett Dudgeon 2021
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