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at the onset of midnight


Author Comments

Today's prompt was "supplication," as in the act of begging, e.g. in prayer.

I wanted to capture the sadness and hesitation in such a prayer, along with the hope that might run beneath it. So I improvised this, single take on the keys. Maybe I've been influenced by too much Schumann and Chopin for my own good.

I decided to take a break from my usual trusty Flex Steinway piano that I use. Instead, I went with the grand piano sound in alpha VSCO 2, a piano sound I have used woefully little. I don't know if I'll quite change it in the long term unless the need for saving space arises; to me, a piano is a piano is a piano -- and this is coming from someone who was classically trained on the instrument. I've played all sorts of pianos in my time, from the unmistakable Steinway grand to various simple cheap upright pianos over the years. A supplicatory prayer played on either of those would carry the same weight.

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How do you do it? Be it positive or negative, minor or major, there is so much atmosphere in your work that I could literally feel the emotions poured through this song.

Troisnyx responds:

I feel it's to do with these few things: emotional honesty, decent mixing (which entails EQ, multiband compression and a decent amount of air in addition to something on the master), and determination.

The first one has been hard for me to achieve for a long time, but I feel I'm finally getting there.

Credits & Info


4.55 / 5.00

Mar 3, 2021
4:00 PM EST
File Info
3.6 MB
3 min 39 sec
  • VSCO 2
  • FL Studio 20

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.