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Want the best of both worlds? Here's a synthesis technique that will give you some creative possibilities. Further down in the blog, you'll find the mp3 audio tutorial, so you can hear it for yourself!
In the last Ambient Synth Blog, we looked at the simple technique of stacking synths together. In that technique, the idea is to create more an ensemble effect of several instrument types, working together. On the other side, in what I call hybrid layering, the goal is to stack several synthesizers together to give the impression that you are hearing one unified instrument.
Essentially, you take two very similar sounds from different synthesizers and blend them together to create a more complex version. This could be any synths you wish, digital, analog, sampled, you name it.
I call the technique Hybrid layering, because a very pleasing effect can happen when you combine digital and analog synths together. Over the years, I've found that I seem to get the best of both worlds from the resulting layer. Digital synthesizers, like samples and FM, synthesis traditionally can have very detailed sound and a certain degree of realism, especially in the attack portions of an instrument, but, on the negative side, they can also sound cold, static, and thin. On the other synth world, analog synthesis usually sounds bigger, fuller, and bolder, while traditionally lacking in that acoustic detail. Through hybrid layering, we blend an analog (or virtual analog) source with a traditional digital (FM, wavetable, sampler) source, In times that I have experimented with hybrid layering, the positive aspects of both techniques seem to shine through, creating a much richer instrument sound, and they seem to smear out some of…Continue
Galactic Travels Playlist #920 for November 20, 2014.
On this show, I continued the month-long focus on Ron Boots. The Featured CD at Midnight was "See Beyond Times, Look Beyond Words" on Groove Unlimited Records. I also played new music by Chuck van Zyl as well as by Nattefrost.
Thought Radio Playlist for November 22, 2014.
In Phase 1, I continued the special on Sequences electronic music magazine and played new music Chuck van Zyl, Nattefrost, and Csillagkod. In Phase 3, the Artist of the Month is Discipline. I played music from "To Shatter All Accord" on Strung Out Records.
Week 8 brings us to someone who is no stranger to rM. I've seen him online here more than once. He has releases on various netlabels including Aural Films, Webbed Hand Records, weareallghosts, as well as a selection of self-release titles. This weeks "masterpiece" is stamped by Aural Films.
Total Time: aprox. 41min
THOUGHT RADIO ON WMUH
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Thought Radio, the Saturday edition of The AM/FM Show, is on at 6 am EST/GMT-5. In Phase One, I will continue the special on Sequences Electronic Music Magazine's sampler CDs. I'll also play new music by Chuck van Zyl as well as by Nattefrost. In Phase 3, the Artist of the Month is Discipline.
The show features electronic, ambient, and spacemusic at the beginning, an eclectic mix of genres in the middle, and winds up with Progressive Rock.
Tune in at 91.7 FM or on the internet at http://muhlenberg.edu/wmuh/stream.html
I run a small netlabel called Cold Fiction Music, and we have put out a label sampler of the stuff released in 2014 and a track from an upcoming release. The styles range from Ambient to Progressive House, to Chillout/IDM and Dub Techno. Featuring 12 tracks that showcase the wide range of music we release, it is a nice way to show what this label is all about.
After a two-year break, it was time to get back on the live wagon, to make sure the wheels were still securely attached. So I jumped at the library's invitation.
I had planned to play all composed pieces, but it finally dawned (at the last rehearsal) that this was involving too many guitars (four, including the 12-string and the acoustic), so I cut back to the usual two and revamped the program, allowing for a couple of improvised flings.
So I ended up with three pieces from The Separate Ones, two from the next solo album, one from the album after that, and the two improvs. I used just the two guitars, apart from the synth line in Radha's Tears.
The minimum success threshold for a live show of mine is pretty basic: no power outages, no blue screens of death, no screaming feedback, and no crazy blue notes. So... on this day we're all good.
Actually, it was one of the better shows. The live take on Sirens of Maya is so pleasing that it may replace the finished studio recording on the next album.
So, we got music to share!
You can hear a medley of highlights, on Soundcloud (the SC player is also on my profile page).
Submerge/Emerge (part of which closes this highlight clip) is free with all Memory Palace digital pre-orders. A download link will be emailed. This ends on Release Day (Dec. 8), though the download link will be good until all pre-purchasers have confirmed receipt.
I was so pumped at how Emerge turned out - thanks to its improved structural re-arrangement at the last rehearsal - that I recorded the studio version last night. Six guitar parts, and no looping - all the repeating parts were…Continue
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