Marine Voyager - a long voyage
The creation of this track made me good to answer many questions. Working on that, I got the picture where I’m gonna move in my future works. Rare music is fully impregnated with a single idea ... But «Marine Voyager» is precisely of that kind of thing. This track is about a water-craft. It completely immerses you in the atmosphere of a long voyage. It reveals a rich and realistic world, where nothing is by accident: a rasp of an old vessel’s deck, the sounds of anchor chains, the wind, the waves, the seagulls and sailor talks on the radio ... It could be a long story about everything, but it does not convey all the feelings that you experience while listening. I'd been preparing for this sound for a long time. In the process, I managed to collect hundreds of thematic sounds, each of them revealed the sea theme. As I’ve mentioned before, there is nothing accidental. Each sound embodies the character, the strength and the spirit of the ocean element. Listening to the sounds, you can imagine how a huge ponderous ship is calmly and confidently cleaving the serene.
The idea of this track is so deep that to reveal it, I barely had more than nine minutes. This is the minimum time in which you can be “plunged” into a different reality and turned back. The dynamics of the track is constantly changing, just as the ocean behaves: now the sound is tight and confident, now it calms down and becomes quiet and soft... All the sounds in the track, like a living organism, react to each other, echoing in sentiments, they are like waves that pick up and displace each other.
The moods in the track are played up with all sorts of combinations of rhythmic patterns. I used about twenty different drums there. All the drum patterns in this composition are incredibly simple as the nature itself. They do not sound as though invented by people. Listening to them, you’ve got a feeling that you've heard them somewhere, like the heart beat... But for all its simplicity, the track is always changing and does not repeat through whole its length. It seems like the sound is alive. With all the abundance of tools, the mix is comfortable to listen to. Though not everyone can recognize the whole symphony of sounds, because all of them are perceived as “one”.
Talking about the genre of this composition, it's hard to define a clear format. “Marine Voyager” inherited a plain and simple rhythm from Minimal Techno, a soft and organic sound - from Tech-House, atmospheric sounds of nature - from Ambient ... I am sure that suchlike universal ideas cannot be implemented within one separate genre.
This sound is of a high dynamic range, its beauty can be especially appreciated on a HI-FI system. There're a lot of sounds with short attacks and releases. Some parts of the composition are so full of sounds that you may not notice them at a first listen, a person is not enough attentive to catch all the details at once. "Marine Voyager" is really worth listening to for many times.
To create this mix, I needed a mixer console for 50 channels. The track is so saturated, that it is hard to add something else there. It took me 4 months to assemble the track. It’s more than 400 hours of work. I really cared to make the mix sound great on the big club sound.
The “Steamboat Whistle” occupied an important place in the composition. His timbre is a combination of the real hooters and the synthesis. Generally there are a lots of synthesis: the sound of wind, sea waves, the effect of "Radio" and others. It made them sound richer and seem more realistic. Well, if you wish to go on a voyage - this is what you need!
For DJs I’ve mixed a DJ FX mix. I love this work! It will sound great with almost any kinds of music. I moved out all the drums, cut off all empty spaces and from 9 minutes it left about 5 minutes with all the beautiful effects and vocals. To make it easy for DJs to mix it, I left some silent drum beats at the beginning and at the end. And actually, it is an independent and full-fledged compositions for the lovers of lounge and ambient styles. “Marine Voyager” DJ FX mix is free to download with the original mix on Junodownload.