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    Default Synthwave WIP thread -- The Rise Of CY.R.U.S (80s, synthwave, darkwave)

    CY.R.U.S: CYbernetic Response Utility Species; this thread will be used for posting my WIP concept piece, The Rise of CY.R.U.S. a dystopian synthwave/darkwave project. This is the first song, Death Down Below; CY.R.U.S., ruler of New Earth, watches its soldiers storm the city streets from the safety of its throne room in the Black Tower. Any and all feedback is welcome!

    Forgot to mention that all of the synths are from the Roland JV-1080. Drums are a BOSS DR-550. Sequencing is via a BestStep Pro.
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    Default Re: Synthwave WIP thread -- The Rise Of CY.R.U.S (80s, synthwave, darkwave)

    cool
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    Second song demo is done, I like how this one turned out. Enjoy!

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    Recorded the individual tracks for Death Down Below today. Tracks are a blend of analogue and digital synths and electric guitar. All of the analog chords in the beginning are mono tracks built up. The bass is a stack of two monosynths, really like the way the bass turned out. Tracking the drums was a process that took quite a while: I had to record the MIDI from the BeatStep Pro into Logic and then split it by MIDI note; I then recorded each drum separately onto its own track (aside from the toms) so I can process them separately later. The drums are a BOSS DR-550. All of the electric guitar tracks were recorded using my MIJ '62 reissue with a DiMarzio HS-3 in the bridge; just amp sims for now, will reamp the guitars after the vocals are recorded. Any feedback is appreciated, thanks in advance for listening!
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    haha..my younger son's name is Cyrus (without the full-stops )

    I really don't know the first thing about synths or even synth music really..but I could listen to stuff like this ..sounds pretty epic

    Very Lifeson-ish solo there too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantasmagoria View Post
    haha..my younger son's name is Cyrus (without the full-stops )
    Ha, I guess that means he’s not a cyborg!

    I really don't know the first thing about synths or even synth music really..but I could listen to stuff like this ..sounds pretty epic

    Very Lifeson-ish solo there too!
    Thanks, I prefer a more cinematic approach (if you listen carefully you might here some string samples buried throughout). Electronic music is fascinating and goes way beyond the ‘producer’ making beats. This project is inspired by a genre called Synthwave or Outrun, which is in turn inspired by 80s television/movies/video game soundtracks. I love a sub-genre of the genre called Darkwave which is more cinematic, cyberpunk themed, and sometimes has elements of industrial and noise, depending on the artist.

    A few artists I can recommend in the genre are Scandroid, Mitch Murder, Waveshaper, Midnight Danger, and Weekend Fury.

    It’s all incredibly nerdy fun. This project has the classic ‘electro’ lineup of two people, one who sings. We both play keys live, though, so the music is 50% machines and 50% humans, unlike most synthwave which is 95% machines with very few live elements added.

    The solo was a real challenge, I kept slipping into something very shreddy but it didn’t really fit well so I kept working at it until I had something that I thought takes the tune someplace. The song is in the key of Am but that section modulates into E Phrygian. I start the solo in E minor and then it switches to B Phrygian which adds a nice tension before returning to E Phrygian and E minor for the last run.
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    Ha..I've heard the term Darkwave, but always thought it was some sort of goth music . I'll give some of those bands you mentioned a listen..

    It sort of reminds me of the "Moog" records my Dad would spin when I was a kid the 70's..

    Yeah, I thought the solo went really well with it
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    Well, there are Moog synths all over the song so that’s a good thing!
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    Default Re: Synthwave WIP thread -- The Rise Of CY.R.U.S (80s, synthwave, darkwave)

    Checking it now

    Digging it!!!

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    Thanks, Scott! We have been rehearsing these songs and they sound massive live. Looking forward to gigging this out during the spring/summer!
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