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Spiral Torso Op (remaster)

Quirq UK on September 25, 2013 17:25

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    I wasn't happy with the previous "mastering" job I did on the track (I actually made it sound worse!), so following some study I made another attempt, which is rather better.

    During the remastering it became obvious that the piece really needs to be remixed, which I might do at some point. In the meantime, the remaster has ameliorated the worst problems with the mix to some extent and the overall sound is far better balanced and more pleasing.

    Instrumental symphonic progressive rock, perhaps vaguely reminiscent of Goblin or other horror soundtrack music. Mostly in 10/8 and 11/8.

    I wrote this piece to get to know my new ARP Pro Soloist synth and do a demo of it. The Pro Soloist is a preset (non-programmable) monophonic synth with aftertouch from the 1970s, probably most famously used by Tony Banks of Genesis.

    It was interesting trying to wrestle some more "normal synth" sounds out of it and building layers up to achieve different timbres. Consequently, the recording session grew to be insanely huge with all the multi-tracking required.

    There are also drums, hand percussion, electric 6- and 12-string guitars and acoustic 12-string. All other sounds come from the Pro Soloist. It's also the first time I've recorded my electric 12-string, which I think has come out nicely.

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