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“The Storm Before the Calm” **update + extended version** Made 100% in Logic on iPad

edited January 27 in Creations

Similar to my recent track I posted here, this is another track in the same vein. The main difference this time was this one was made in Logic on the iPad from blank screen to uploaded. Which is a first for me. Giving myself constraints works… I usually don’t have the courage (for want of a better word) to keep things so simple from a structural standpoint. I tend to try and have a more verse/chorus/bridge type format. Feels a bit like cheating :lol:

Update

And an extended version to prove those of you that thought it would be better longer wrong :lol:

Comments

  • Lovely. I love the textures and the simple but brooding melodies throughout. It's much more than a drone, because simple textural drones can get a bit boring, this track has melodic elements that make it much more interesting to listen to. I love the way the underlying constant harmony is used as a scaffold for all the other elements.

  • When I think “drone” this is not what comes to mind.

    I don’t think not having a set structure of intro/chorus etc, is cheating. In fact you can’t fall back to a safe spot, you need to keep the composition moving forward while being interesting.

    Which you did quite well in this track. Congratulations.

  • Well made, very moody and not boring.

  • Very nice! Definitely not a drone but, who cares it sounds really good. I started to think on Tangerine Dream which are as much accolade you can get in the genre (<-- insert name of ditto here, just electronic maybe).

  • edited January 22

    @richardyot @AMBello @jo92346 @Pxlhg

    Thank you! Good to know it’s not drone.

    I know what I’m trying to do in my head, I just don’t have a clue about genres — ‘electronic’ is a nice catch-all.

    I’ve changed the title of the post accordingly— don’t wanna disappoint the drone-heads! :-)

  • Not talking about instruments nor sounds choices, but there is the kind of underlying tension in this track that could be heard in a Tool song. Give a call to Maynard James Keenan, he might be willing to add some vocals on top 😉!

  • Nice track!. What are you using for the main synth?. Love how it sounds.
    JanKun, the Tool reference is definitely appropriate, well spotted.

  • edited January 23

    @JanKun said:
    Not talking about instruments nor sounds choices, but there is the kind of underlying tension in this track that could be heard in a Tool song. Give a call to Maynard James Keenan, he might be willing to add some vocals on top 😉!

    Thanks! I must go listen to some Tool. I’ve always been one degree of separation away from tool but kind of missed out on them…

    I wish I had the cojones to call MJK! :)

  • @tahiche said:
    Nice track!. What are you using for the main synth?. Love how it sounds.
    JanKun, the Tool reference is definitely appropriate, well spotted.

    Thanks.

    The main synth is Dagger and a home made patch.

    I underestimated the amount of bass Dagger generates… this mix fails my car test. The speakers are shaking the bloody doors off! :lol:

  • edited January 24

    @JanKun said: … there is the kind of underlying tension in this track that could be heard in a Tool song

    with regards to Tool, do you have a suggestion of an album to start with to rediscover them? Ive been aware of them for ages but managed to kind of miss getting into them properly at the time.

  • edited January 25

    @klownshed said:

    @JanKun said: … there is the kind of underlying tension in this track that could be heard in a Tool song

    with regards to Tool, do you have a suggestion of an album to start with to rediscover them? Ive been aware of them for ages but managed to kind of miss getting into them properly at the time.

    Though not a metal or progressive metal fan at all, I was really into Ænima upon its release in 1996 and I still believe it is their best, mainly because MJK lyrics on this album resonated with me.
    Lateralus and 10,000 days ,though some of the fans favourites, didn't really catch my attention because at that time, I moved to other styles of music.
    I enjoyed their latest album Fear Inoculum released in 2019 because at that time I was really into odd time signature and polyrhythms and this album is full of that. But definitely Ænima is IMO the best entry to their discography.

  • @JanKun said:

    @klownshed said:

    @JanKun said: … there is the kind of underlying tension in this track that could be heard in a Tool song

    with regards to Tool, do you have a suggestion of an album to start with to rediscover them? Ive been aware of them for ages but managed to kind of miss getting into them properly at the time.

    Though not a metal or progressive metal fan at all, I was really into Ænima upon its release in 1996 and I still believe it is their best, mainly because MJK lyrics on this album resonated with me.
    Lateralus and 10,000 days ,though some of the fans favourites, didn't really catch my attention because at that I moved to other styles of music.
    I enjoyed their latest album Fear Inoculum released in 2019 because at that time I was really into odd time signature and polyrhythms and this album is full of that. But definitely Ænima is IMO the best entry to their discography.

    Cool thanks. Will add Ænima to my library.

  • This song has nothing in common with the title. Darn you @klownshed, haha! Instead, it’s chillwaveish and meditative, one of those tracks that keeps you concentrated when you're coding, relaxes you, and keeps you focused on work. Fantastic! 🤩

  • @Luxthor said:
    This song has nothing in common with the title. Darn you @klownshed, haha! Instead, it’s chillwaveish and meditative, one of those tracks that keeps you concentrated when you're coding, relaxes you, and keeps you focused on work. Fantastic! 🤩

    Haha thanks :-)

    I’m still pretty surprised anybody actually likes these tracks. Perhaps I should have given myself these kind of constraints years ago!

  • edited January 26

    Great track ! It ended too soon.

  • @ecou said:
    Great track ! It ended too soon.

    I agree, it should be 30 minutes long. Slap it on some animation loops to depict a cozy coding room. Then upload to YouTube for the win! ;)

  • @ecou said:
    Great track ! It ended too soon.

    Thanks! You can always play it again :lol:

    @Luxthor said:

    I agree, it should be 30 minutes long. Slap it on some animation loops to depict a cozy coding room. Then upload to YouTube for the win! ;)

    If I knew how to do that, I probably would ;)

  • edited January 27

    @Luxthor @ecou Ok. You asked for it. Here’s an attempt at an extended version. It’s just like the first one. But far too long. :-)

  • Think you just posted the longer version as I was about to listen to the shorter version .
    Nice and moody. Not boring at all. The extended version I mean👌

  • @klownshed said:
    @Luxthor @ecou Ok. You asked for it. Here’s an attempt at an extended version. It’s just like the first one. But far too long. :-)

    You made me happy! Now, this is it. 🤩

    Here is the appropriate iconography for the Extended Mix:

  • @GeoTony said:
    Think you just posted the longer version as I was about to listen to the shorter version .
    Nice and moody. Not boring at all. The extended version I mean👌

    Cool thanks :-)

    @Luxthor said:

    @klownshed said:
    @Luxthor @ecou Ok. You asked for it. Here’s an attempt at an extended version. It’s just like the first one. But far too long. :-)

    You made me happy! Now, this is it. 🤩

    Glad I didn’t ruin it :-) I figured 4 minutes was enough!

    Here is the appropriate iconography for the Extended Mix:

    I love the daft punk Tron soundtrack!

  • @klownshed said:
    I love the daft punk Tron soundtrack!

    I didn’t know this, actually, I was afraid to post it because I know you don’t fancy animated gifs. But your music reminded me of the movie, it could be part of the same soundtrack, for sure.

  • @Luxthor said:

    @klownshed said:
    I love the daft punk Tron soundtrack!

    I didn’t know this, actually, I was afraid to post it because I know you don’t fancy animated gifs. But your music reminded me of the movie, it could be part of the same soundtrack, for sure.

    Thanks, high praise indeed :-D

    I don’t like animated gifs much, no, but that doesn’t mean nobody else should post them! :-)

    I’m not that grumpy! :lol:

    And yeah really love the Tron soundtrack. Apparently Joseph Trapanese had an awful lot more to do with the soundtrack than he was credited for… but in any case it’s a fantastic score.

  • edited June 23

  • @klownshed said:

    Awesome man
    You got that IAP ay?
    Great work

  • @klownshed said:

    Brooding and menacing, that chime combined with the edgy synth backing is so effective. Really nice vibe.

  • Good stuff. You got me curious about Dagger.

  • @klownshed awesome stuff, both sound and visual!

    @LinearLineman buy Dagger, you won’t be disappointed. It’s one of the best synths period.

  • @LinearLineman said:
    Good stuff. You got me curious about Dagger.

    Thanks :-)

    Dagger is really good. It is one of the best analogue style synths on iOS.

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