Dark Echoes – Video

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Last weekend I was just playing around, improvising on some electronics.  I decided to make a quick recording.  The big thing is that I was using two different echoes set at different times to create a rhythm.  This created the backbone of the ditty.  I then improvised over it.  Not great, and very rough, but I like it… (hope to do a better recording later, but…)

(If you don’t see the video below, please click here)

I plan on doing a better version later, but wanted to put this up, pretty much because I don’t think I’ll have many posts this week (too busy) and wanted something…

 

Technical details, if interested:
Drone = 2 dotcom Q106 through a Q150 filter. Bass = Bank of Mos-Labs 901s through a Mos-labs 904-A filter (clone of Moog synthesizer from the 1960s), envelope from Moog Voyager shaping the filter, dotcom envelope and vca. Lead =(Korg) Arp Odyssey. Lead in middle section = same as bass (mos-labs). Strings = Berhinger VC340. echoes = MXR Echoplex (digital) tape delay and Moog minifooger analog delay.

I hope you enjoyed

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Oh, and here with a similar mood, but much more fully worked out,including a bit of time taken to create an animation:

(If you don’t see the video below, please click here)

 

21 thoughts on “Dark Echoes – Video

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Robbie. I didn’t see that movie, but the idea I used is not uncommon, so I’m not surprised if they used something similar. I originally did that second one as a homage to some of my favorite electronic musicians from the 1970s.

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  2. willowdot21

    I really like the unpolished one Trent it puts me in mind of a ghostly castle in parts and and other times it put me in mind of an Arabic bazar. I also like the second one, very spacy, the animation is brilliant 💜💜💜

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Willow! The first is very rough, but I like it. The second, of course, was a lot of time and effort and is one of my favorite things I’ve done :)

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  3. Sandra Conner

    Wow, the second one was really spectacular. I have a friend who would absolutely love it. Unfortunately, he’s having computer problems right now, but when he’s back online, I’m sending him the link to this.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! That is one of my favorites of music I’ve done. A big part of it is that I took a lot of time to record instead of just throwing it down like I did the first one – weeks compared to a half of an hour…

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      1. Sandra Conner

        I understand. It’s the same with writing poetry or art. Sometimes I can make myself take the time to create something truly special. But then there are many times when I just need to put something out there on paper and let it stand as is — not fuss with it or even give it a polish — just let it be what it is in the rough. :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Exactly, but another big thing here is that my music computer is ancient (Windows XP!) and crashes quite often these days – with the short recording I did over the weekend, it crashed about 6 times in under an hour… It gets too frustrating to do more than a thumbnail sketch these days…

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