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    Default Canon For A Dying Sun (For Strings and Well-Tempered Synthesizer) - WIP thread

    Working on a rather large scale piece right now combining the Soundtrack Machine (see THIS THREAD) as well as live guitars, synths, and bass.

    This is the first layer of the first section; as I add more layers I will post updates here.



    The chord progression, after the intro, is pretty involved. It's 64 measures long.
    The chord progression is:
    Dm/A/Gm/Bb/F/C#dim/Am/C
    C#dim/A/D/G/Bm/F#m/Dm/A
    Gm/Dm/Emb5/F/Gm/A/Bb/Dm
    Emb5/C#dim/Gm/A/C#dim/E/Dm/A

    The melody is written as a canon: A synth line (panned left) plays over two chords and then is repeated by a second synth (panned right) while the first line plays a new line over the changing chord progression. This leads to some interesting harmonies and rhythmic variations as the sections overlap.

    The intro is a Yamaha TX7 into a BOSS RV-500. The strings were recorded on the MC-500 and played on a Roland JV-1080. The melodic synths are sequenced by an XOR Electronics NerdSeq tracker style sequencer; the two canon voices are two oscillators of a Studio Electronics Quadnic vco/Intellijel Quadra envelope generator/Intellijel Quad VCA; they run through a strymon AA.1 and RV-500 (delay and reverb). They then feed back into the modular through a WORNG Sound Stage filter/mixer along with Tiptop Audio BD808 and SD808 drum modules. The drums are being triggered by a vpme Euclidean Circles trigger sequencer. The bass is a Moog Mother-32.
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    Default Re: Canon For A Dying Sun (For Strings and Well-Tempered Synthesizer) - WIP thread

    Well, that was fun! I like the blade runner-y vibe at the start. Then we get into a kinda busier Metroid thing. When do the guitars get added?
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    Default Re: Canon For A Dying Sun (For Strings and Well-Tempered Synthesizer) - WIP thread

    Thanks! Guitars are the next step. Gonna rewrite the intro as well, it needs more space.
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    Default Re: Canon For A Dying Sun (For Strings and Well-Tempered Synthesizer) - WIP thread

    Upon further experimentation it's become clear to me that the piece, overall, has too many moving parts at once -- there's no room to simply add additional layers and nowhere to go if I start out with chords on full whack from the first moment. So I am trying a new approach:

    I Breaking the piece into five separate movements/sections
    II Stripping back the complexity of each voice so that there is room for more instrumentation
    III Allowing the piece to grow in terms of complexity to create movement and drama, and then pulling it back to create dynamics and degrees of light and shade
    IV Incorporating MIDI control and a drum machine instead of Euclidean patterns for the drum parts

    I am almost done with the first movement based on the new approach and it's working great! A simplified string part (just two string lines atop a pedal tone) allows for the poly synth to add additional textures and there's room left over for drums, guitars, modular synth voices, and vocals.

    New clip coming soon...
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