When that reversed cymbal first came in i was expecting it to bust out a big stomping beat!
Excellent work mate. Really enjoyed it.
LOL the only thing that busts out is a bunch of synstrings and swarm of reso-crickets! anyway we all know how aggressive they can be!
To create this song i used these sounds:
Music 3000: amby, breath bell, janglings, piano c5, resocricket, rev cym, synchime, synstringc4, tubular, wave crash.
Extra samples: one ocean sample, a crappy seagulls sample, a sample of some seabird from an album by FSOL.
Behind the scenes of Spiaggia Lunare:
I created this song on music3000 in a couple of hours, which is really unusual to me. It was 5th april 2005, so you can figure out where the name comes from. At that time a good friend of mine, a talented photographer, was launching his first website. He asked me to come to his place to create some musical background for the homepage. He wasn’t satisfied by my work and I was really pissed off. Before leaving, I made him listen to some of my most recent songs. He really enjoyed this one. He came up with the idea to create a special widescreen page dedicated to the best photos with musical background. We reviewed the photos until we found one which matched perfectly the atmosphere of the song. The photo, of course, was called ‘spiaggia lunare’ (which in Italian means ‘lunar beach’).
After a few days he suddenly phoned me: ”I’m gonna launch the website this evening, you have to complete the song and record it by then”. I told him: “I need some extra wave sound and a sample of seagulls. It’s extremely important”. He sent me the sounds in the late afternoon so I had no more than 2 hours to complete the song. The seagull sample was a real pain in the ass, because it was 15 seconds long and I wanted to apply it to a song which is 1min20sec long, so I had to split the sample and then modify the various pieces to make them sound different from each other. I also added a tiny sample of a seabird from FSOL’s ‘dead cities’ album (BTW I love that record); I modified it to make it sound somehow melancholic. I call it ‘the sad seagull’, you can hear it at 00.16”. finally, I added a better reverb to the awful one of music3000. however, I made it, just in time. Ironically, I don’t know if the website it’s still there, I’ve never checked it out recently.
My opinions: I think this is a solid ambient tune, but I don’t think that the production is that great. If I could have done it with mtvmg2 rather than the crappy music3000 it would have been much, much better. The lack of time and the poor quality of the seagull sample make me think that the production is far from being flawless. I can do better than that. I’m going to put off a remake of this song someday. Not in the close future, though