Aether Level 2
This is the second installment of my experimental music project called Aether.
Since it's experimental, I'm learning as I go, and my strategy is to learn from my mistakes, I make no warranties express or implied that this music
On the other hand, it is
well worth the price ($0.00, no tax), making it an excellent musical value.
As with Aether Level 1
, I used a single "synthesizer pad" (basically an ambience routine) created by Zero
that came with Kontakt 2
The pad I used for this song is called “Glass Loop”.
Where Level 1 was based on the patterns inherent to the pad, in this case I was inspired by the glassy tones to cap the foundation lines with a
wandering melody. I'm not sure where the melody came from, but I wanted it to sound vague and wander somewhat, like in a dream.
The foundation is built of a series of three rotating octave holds that give it an odd sort of lumbering stasis of movement (or something like that).
To give a sense of falling asleep or drifting off, I opted to start the tempo out rather normally, but did a linear retardando that lasts the course
of the song and goes from 80BPM to 12BPM. At the end, I let the resonant feedback that threatens to overwhelm the melody take over during the
Oh, and I reverbed the hell out of it, using several passes from a Lexicon Pantheon plug-in with different large hall settings.
There are some intriguing artifacts that emerged in the production process that sound to me like a woman's voice, but I put no such sounds into the
song. All I used was the glass loop and a lot of effects. Also, as a consequence of so much fiddling (I multiband-compressed and eq'd out a lot of
the fundamentals), there are some digital “glitches”, and compressing the higher frequencies to MP3 also has its liabilities.
Still, it pretty much sounds like it did on my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
The first song in the series can be found here:
BTS.music: Majic: Aether Level 1