Archive for the 'music' Category

Last Spring to Fall

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This is a track I created some months ago. I have spent a very long time experimenting with the mix, equalization, effects and the like. I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but it sounds much better than it did at first.

The pizzicato double bass part was the trickiest one: depending on the speakers/headphones I used to listen to the track, it was either non-existent or mucking up everything else. I’ve doubled it up with an electric bass, to bring in some more mid-range frequencies, but it’s still pretty faint on Macbook speakers. Thankfully strings were much easier to mix, but they only come in fashionably late ;)

As usual, let me know what you think, either by commenting here or on Soundcloud.

White keys and a black umbrella

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

This time my experiments went towards a more intimate direction, no doubt thanks to the little playing around I had with my new M-Audio MIDI keyboard.

This is a very simple piano track, revolving around a couple of ideas and chord progressions. I like to think of its simplicity as an asset: sometimes the best tunes are the simplest ones ;)

The rain is a sound effect coming from here.

Minus5 remix

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Tapping into the advices of a couple of knowledgeable friends, I’ve remixed my last track to make it sound a little less tinny and cold and empty. I’m fairly happy with the improvements: there’s definitely more of a beefy sound to it now. I also played a bit with panning, which is something best noticed when listening with earphones.

All in all, there’s still miles to go before I’m fully satisfied with these tracks, but I’m learning a lot by creating them.

Minus5

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

I worked on this track for a very long time. It all started with an older experiment: it was a track with two rhythmic and melodic ideas in it, but after a while I realized they did not fit well together. So I nicked one of the ideas from the old track and built a new track around it.

When composing this one, I wanted to experiment with time signature changes: as it turns out, the main challenge was not to imagine different time signatures, but to make the transition from one to the other as smooth as possible.

Most of the time I spent on this track was on post processing and mixing. I think it’s better than the previous tracks in this respect, but it still lacks something. The difference between listening with earplugs and with my MacBook speakers is especially unnerving, with the latter sounding exceedingly empty and tinny.

All in all, I liked how this track turned out. Now to get better at production ;)

This track is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Waking Dreamers

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Here it is, my second musical creation. It has begun as a nocturnal playing around with some chords and ended up a complete piece in less than one day.

As one can surmise from the title, this is a dreamy piece, built around piano arpeggios and some synths.
I’m still on a quest to find good sounds and effects. I’ve been experimenting a bit, but it’ll take some time before I can consider to be out of cheesy-midi-musicland ;)

Relax, click play, close your eyes and let me know what you think of it :)

As usual, I’m releasing it under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Cruisin’ altitude

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Lately I’ve been willing to experiment with music, so I installed Music Studio on my iPad and started trying out things. At first it was mostly random stuff, but with time I managed to craft something that sounds consistent, so here it is.

As I said, it is a first experiment: I’m sure it could be improved dramatically, should someone who knows what he’s doing work on it. Nonetheless, I wanted to get it out into the wild, to get some feedbacks and to avoid forgetting it in some musty digital drawer ;)

For the most part I’ve worked on this track while flying around on planes or waiting in airports, hence the title.

The track was composed with Music Studio and post-processed with GarageBand (which sports slightly less cheesy soundbanks).
I’m releasing it under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.