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Old 2021-01-25, 14:52
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The SGK thread

This thread is to discuss Roy's best work.
Tell us Roy: share us your creations you are most proud of and we can discuss them and look back.
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Old 2021-01-25, 17:04
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HAHA ! WHAT a surprise !!

Whatever made you spark this idea Neko?? hehe, either way, great initiative. Love the idea.

I am going to pick 3 of my works:



A Lo-Fi Song
This is the obvious one since its my most recent release. Has definitely a different feel to everything else done before as well as being a lot "me".

Dawn At The Magnetic Fields
What I consider to be perhaps the best track I've put together, everything about it pleases me so much and it was just such an effortless flow to make it -- everything made sense instantly.

Vespertine Children
It's a doodle, meaning, it's not perfect nor even meant to be perfect and yet it captures perfectly the feel that I was trying to convey (no matter how contradictory that may sound).



Take your time.
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Old 2021-01-25, 23:42
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HAHA ! WHAT a surprise !!

Whatever made you spark this idea Neko?? hehe, either way, great initiative. Love the idea.

I am going to pick 3 of my works:



A Lo-Fi Song
This is the obvious one since its my most recent release. Has definitely a different feel to everything else done before as well as being a lot "me".

Dawn At The Magnetic Fields
What I consider to be perhaps the best track I've put together, everything about it pleases me so much and it was just such an effortless flow to make it -- everything made sense instantly.

Vespertine Children
It's a doodle, meaning, it's not perfect nor even meant to be perfect and yet it captures perfectly the feel that I was trying to convey (no matter how contradictory that may sound).



Take your time.
I like the strings in magnetic, is that sampled? or programmed?
I like that track a lot! only minor may be the drums, who feel a bit thin (but on bad speakers now so will check again tomorrow)
The atmosphere in this one
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Old 2021-01-26, 11:36
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I like the strings in magnetic, is that sampled? or programmed?
I like that track a lot!
The atmosphere in this one
Programmed!
Thanks!

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only minor may be the drums, who feel a bit thin (but on bad speakers now so will check again tomorrow)
Please do! Just listened again now, and, I think its about right not to conflict with the melodies going on at the front.
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Old 2021-01-26, 13:04
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I suppose this thread wouldn't be complete without presenting also the song I composed for my band. I wrote the lyrics, melody for bass & guitar lines, as well as directing how I wanted the drums and then the band added up their own flavour to it when recording, including the vocals (I'm on backvocals). Mixing & mastering by me as well, and of course I play the guitars:

Something cool is about to happen

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By your side
Refreshed inside
You are soft
As a petal in bloom

Can you feel it too?
This rush of blood
As if it flows
Between me and you

Something cool is about to happen
Step-by-step, feeling it out

Could it ever get better?
The begginning is as good as the end...

Sink or swim
There's one way to go
This motion heat
Thrills my soul

Simple gifts
I prize the most
Time spent with you
Is well spent time

Something cool is about to happen
Step-by-step, feeling it out

Each second is ticking faster
I must ascend the concept of time...

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Old 2021-01-26, 14:44
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a lo-fi song is cool. The background synth washes sound awesome
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Old 2021-01-27, 02:51
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Yes, this is a great concept!

I listened to all the tracks your shared here in my studio SpaceGuitarist, and enjoyed them all. My favourite was actually 'A Lo-Fi Song'. It was really well mixed, beautifully warm sounding (with great bass management), had a lovely lounge-like atmosphere (without being boring)...and anyway, I'm a big fan of that French band Air and similar low-key, smokey music full of soul (if it has enough unexpected elements or enough detail to also keep it interesting on the ears), so this track fit my tastes well. I would have had one of the guitar parts less dry or more saturated, but that's a taste thing and it's good as it is anyway. The track really "glowed" - sometimes I weirdly feel colours with music, and your track felt like a rich, layered maroon-red.

I've heard 'Dawn At The Magnetic Fields' already as I bought your 'Copper Wires' album, but it was great to listen to this again. It indeed flows in an effortless way and has a real kinetic optimism to it. A feel of constant upwards motion and strong energy, but with a kind of subtlety and enjoyable "softness". I like the combination of sequencer-driven aspects and organic aspects. The mix has real clarity and, again, warmth. It was rhythmically exciting too.

'Vespertine Children' is a beautiful little ditty. It reminds me of special moments in the sun where the light is perfect and the birds are community, and your guitar tone is sweet too. I had just got back into Mile Oldfield not too long ago too, so this fits in with that re-discovery (although your music has its own unique sun-scorched feel and his albums have more of a quintessentially "English" quality, however that works! At least the first four albums ((I have all of his albums!)))...Please feel free to share more ditties like this!

The one with your band sounds good too, although I don't know much about this kind of more classic rock'n'roll / punk period, so my view probably isn't so relevant here.

I will share more thoughts as they come!

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Old 2021-01-27, 03:54
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Old 2021-01-27, 12:27
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Vespertine children is GREAT! I think this may be the best one so far.
Your guitar skills are where you are strongest. Here you shine man.

Overall so far I feel the drum programming is a bit more basic and to me could have some more interesting samples.

But the guitar and the other sounds are top notch
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Old 2021-02-03, 06:46
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Yes, this is a great concept!

I listened to all the tracks your shared here in my studio SpaceGuitarist, and enjoyed them all. My favourite was actually 'A Lo-Fi Song'. It was really well mixed, beautifully warm sounding (with great bass management), had a lovely lounge-like atmosphere (without being boring)...and anyway, I'm a big fan of that French band Air and similar low-key, smokey music full of soul (if it has enough unexpected elements or enough detail to also keep it interesting on the ears), so this track fit my tastes well. I would have had one of the guitar parts less dry or more saturated, but that's a taste thing and it's good as it is anyway. The track really "glowed" - sometimes I weirdly feel colours with music, and your track felt like a rich, layered maroon-red.

I've heard 'Dawn At The Magnetic Fields' already as I bought your 'Copper Wires' album, but it was great to listen to this again. It indeed flows in an effortless way and has a real kinetic optimism to it. A feel of constant upwards motion and strong energy, but with a kind of subtlety and enjoyable "softness". I like the combination of sequencer-driven aspects and organic aspects. The mix has real clarity and, again, warmth. It was rhythmically exciting too.

'Vespertine Children' is a beautiful little ditty. It reminds me of special moments in the sun where the light is perfect and the birds are community, and your guitar tone is sweet too. I had just got back into Mile Oldfield not too long ago too, so this fits in with that re-discovery (although your music has its own unique sun-scorched feel and his albums have more of a quintessentially "English" quality, however that works! At least the first four albums ((I have all of his albums!)))...Please feel free to share more ditties like this!
Thanks for everything that was said. It really means a lot!
I think many of your perceptions are spot-on.
I would really like to know more about that "glow" that you've mentioned and the connection between sounds and colors.

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The one with your band sounds good too, although I don't know much about this kind of more classic rock'n'roll / punk period, so my view probably isn't so relevant here.

I will share more thoughts as they come!
Your views are relevant in any scenario! I don't think one needs to know much about any given musical scene to comment on it. Unless you're a professional critic!
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Old 2021-02-03, 07:14
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Vespertine children is GREAT! I think this may be the best one so far.
Your guitar skills are where you are strongest. Here you shine man.

Overall so far I feel the drum programming is a bit more basic and to me could have some more interesting samples.

But the guitar and the other sounds are top notch
Thanks, Jesse.
Yes, the guitar (and other real instruments) are actually my highlight/my most special form of expressing myself. More music in that direction will come when I have a proper location to record it.

I come from a real, acoustic drumkit playing background. I own a drumkit and playing it will always feels more rewarding to me in how I wish to express myself. I have admiration for drummers such as Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Phil Collins (Genesis). I think their work is so intricate and have such 'flow'. Listen to the drums in Follow You Follow Me for instance. I think this kind of drumming can only be achieved with a real, acoustic drum set... or perhaps some complex drum sample library with lots of automation? I dunno, maybe, but stil very unlikely to capture all those soft fluid dynamics and human feel.

So I don't really know what you mean because for me anything that is programmed, by its nature, lacks all the subtlety of the "real" thing (and I don't mean to say programmed drums aren't a real instrument, they have their place in their own right too). Mic'ing a real drumkit is often impractical and requires a sound-proof studio, something I don't have at the moment (but am building it!). So I use it for that effect, you know, while I try to make it as realistic as I can based on the acoustic counterpart, it is also simultaneously something "meant" to sound automatic and automated because it is programmed and there's no reason to make that any less 'explicit'. So it's an inbetween between the two worlds I'd say.


Would you have any examples of what are for you good programmed drums? Not just sample libraries or loops, but note-by-note work applied in a track? Do you have any track of yours to show me what you mean? it'd be appreciated.
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Old 2021-02-06, 14:47
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a lo-fi song is cool. The background synth washes sound awesome
Thanks, I actually spent way more time tweaking them than most of the other stuff!!! It was hard to reach that effect the way I wanted.
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