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Night Train


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richard13

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I was noodling around on the keyboard one day, trying out sounds and built-in arp patterns, and recorded a couple of minutes of something. I duplicated it and changed the instrumentation. I duplicated it again and once more changed the instrument. Essentially, I duplicated the same midi file 5 times, although some were modified later. I then layered them and staggered their start times. One was assigned to the Orchestral Percussion Kit, four are played by different synths, analog and digital, and one is doubled by the same synth but each track is lowered in pitch, one by 24 semitones and the other by 36. They also have different automation and different effects.

Two FMpunchyBass synth tracks start first and play for about 8 seconds when they're joined by two more (STbreathingMW and glassyPad) for another 8 sec, when they are joined by the percussion and a 5th synth, Crystal. These all play for about 45 seconds when another synth (DigitalStepperVoxyPad) begins playing the melody and is later joined by a seventh, analog, synth. The piece ends with the train rumbling off into the night. I played a lot with the effects settings to reinforce the train image, once it occurred to me.

I also played with the tempo in this to simulate the experience of a faint train rumble approaching from a distance, getting louder as it gets closer, then maximum volume and velocity as it whips by, and then gets more quiet as it speeds away. It starts out at 99bpm, rises to 110 in the middle and then back down to 99. As with the volume changes, the tempo changes were symbolic rather than realistic.

The image is of a train at night ;-) and the dynamic energy of it, along with the wonderful colours, made it a natural fit. It was taken by David Sambells (Komatoes) on Flickr, at Teignmouth, in the UK.

I hope you enjoy it.
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Uploaded: Feb 04, 2011 - 03:38:01 PM
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2011 - 03:38:01 PM Last Played: Mar 11, 2017 - 06:16:13 AM
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Calchas said 2243 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Amazing the stuff
that grows out of mere "noodling," eh?

Nice post Richard!

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Calchas said 2243 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Haw!
Firsties!
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mrattue said 2243 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Nocturnal Rail
Great mixture of sounds and is certainly reminiscent of a night journey on a train. i thought the build up of sound became ever so slightly too energetic after the magical beginning, perhaps? I sort of picture people more or less asleep, the fluid, rhythmic motion of the train through a slumbering landscape, and everything wreathed in hushed, ghostly colours.

Really nice instrumental. Enjoyed it.

Cheers

Marc
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richard13 said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)

Sorry Marc, I forgot about the sleeping people. I was entranced by the power and rumbling energy I heard in the music. Glad you enjoyed anyway.
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Daugrin said 2243 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Hey Richard...
There is some dissonance in there man, what's up with dat?

Daug
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richard13 said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)

Dissonance? Where? Actually, I'd be surprised if there weren't any, given several layers of the same track (which was the point of the exercise, which I forgot to mention above), and besides, I think if you were standing beside the tracks as the train roared past, you'd probably encounter a little dissonance of one kind or another ;-)
Anyway, if there is dissonance, that means you like it, right?
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Daugrin said 2240 days ago (February 7th, 2011)
Dissonance...
Yea, I do like some dissonance, the idea is to let it happen, which you did here, I was just trying to give you some kudos.

Daug
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magnatone said 2243 days ago (February 4th, 2011)
Night Train
COOL!! loving your effects and general cool creativity rich - that's quite a ding dang noodle!
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michaeljayklein said 2243 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Quite an experience!
Richard, this was very well done--greatly enjoyed listening to your creativity at work on this....applause!
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davajonah said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Noodling
Yes, it's great what you can come up with by doing just that! This is a fine piece of music; great build up and loads of tension. Nice one!
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alackbass said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Night Train
Interesting approach and and very pleasing results.
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richard13 said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)

Thanks Andrew. The original experiment was to see if I could layer a bunch of tracks, without it becoming too muddy, and to see if anything serendipitous showed up. I'm glad you were pleased with the result. I was too ;-)
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Jarvoid said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Soon sas I see "Train" in a title
I am sold...and this definitely did not disappoint....as a yoof I travelled up from Isle of Wight to Glasgow on Night Trains a few times ....I wish the experience had been as spectacular as this one ....

Cheers

Jarvo
richard13 said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)

You still are a "yoof". Spectacular? Thanks.
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Char said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
This is
pretty exciting. I remember the clacking sound when I rode a train, once. It was annoying. Your music is far from annoying; it was really interesting and melodic. Thanks.
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richard13 said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)

Thanks Char.

That's the other thing I forgot to mention, melody. This is another of my recent posts which were started (I think without exception) as melodic explorations (see noodling, above), following much prompting from Paul F. Page. They're not all particularly melodic but that was their impetus. For such a strange beginning (multi layers) this one turned out pretty well.

Thanks, again.
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apb said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Very rich ..

was interested to read: I use the same techniaue alot (is there another? lol) when noodling with synths/midi patterns, sounds. Gives alot of texture .. and this is a great example. The tempo adjusting was also a clever device to experiment with (as is panning).
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tokai said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Hey Rich
Liking the image. A good build up of sonicness with cool tempo changes. That deep rumbling underneath all this is one of my favorite parts, i would have like to have heard that by itself for a while.
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papag said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
en-trained
I got locked into the pulse of this piece and rode it all the way...cool stuff.

thanks for the dl :)
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VicDiesel said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Too much glass
Nice track, but too much in the high frequencies for my taste.
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jdholliday said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Hey
Richard, pretty cool stuff here, very Tangerine Dream hypnotic meditative piece, I like it a lot!
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RAVENS said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Very Cool
What an awesome piece, very trippy yet smooth. Seems like a lot of work went into this, and it certainly paid off! Great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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ste said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
noodles
great sounds. successfully sounds like an acid train
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regulus said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
There are some
good stretches in here that have the cadence of train wheels passing over the unions of the rails. Which can very for the speed of the train. Have you been riding the rails lately?

Interesting description of the composition. Will have to try that sometime. I appreciate the post of this.



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billykirsch said 2242 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Interesting
I didn't feel the tempo change when listening. Very smooth and natural. Synth sounds are ultra clear; I like the 'Depeche Mode' tone of the lead on the left channel starting @ 0:50.
The left channel is a little bit too hot @2:11, almost nothing.
Cool track man.
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Chimalus said 2226 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Great Concept, but Conflicted
The "approaching/passing/fading" approach works very well. Congrats on creating a moment. I'd just tweak a few things. The twinkly chimes are overwhelming and painful. I had to turn the volume down to save my hearing and couldn't enjoy the delicious bass anymore (the bass really is remarkable). The wood block is a little out of place. It doesn't exactly evoke "train" for me.
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Loob said 2225 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
I like noodles
This is a good meal of them.... Celestial... Cool. I like it.
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