Sunday, March 15, 2009

Winter sun setting

Violet Crown Heights, Austin, Texas, evening in early March, year of our Lord 2009.

The slide show is in at just over four minutes. I am a little disappointed with the sound quality on Vimeo. Lots of glitches. I also uploaded the longer version of the song, at just over six minutes, onto Soundcloud.

I wanted to do an ambient piece. But I didn't really know where to go. This sunset was so amazing I just tried to capture it with our little digital camera. Each picture got fuzzier, but, in the end, I think it adds to the ambient mood. It's practically impressionistic by the end. So I found my inspiration: make a slideshow, and then make an ambient track to accompany it.

I wanted to see if I could make something meditative using a simple video editor like iMovie along with an ambient track I composed. I am not entirely happy with the attack on the noise level in the tone I synthesized for the track. But, my hope was to get a kind of "wind rustling through branches sound." And it comes close.

I used the ES-1 softsynth plug-in that comes with Logic Express. Triangle wave with noise as the sub-oscillator. A little bit of drive, a touch of resonance. Simple envelope, routed to FM the cut-off. Gate release envelope on the amp. Lots of reverb, lots of delay set at 1/2 note sync. Master track with an EQ and a compressor. Only one midi track to mix down. I think I like this ambient music thing!

The monome application is Stretta's tintinnabulome. Truly an amazing app. I am proud to be associated with it!

I could have changed many things. But the main point is that I am not being a perfectionist. The meditation is done, and shared. Please let me know what you think. Thanks for following, and thanks for the encouragement. Peace


  1. Now I can see why they call our neighborhood Violet Crown. And I love the soundtrack accompanying. Nice ambient, dude.

  2. that's a beauty! The trees seem like veins reaching for their source. I like the break-down towards the end.

    Homey, more soon. Peace.


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