the ancient window

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i laugh at the chinese cowboy.

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sick track dude!! I'm really diggin the sinister sounding Asian vibes in this one...the first portion sounds like a espionage movie set in a second world Asian country...perfect for a Jason Bourne flick. For some reason, this track also has a slightly similar vibe to Miles Davis' album "Sketches of Spain"...perhaps it's in the scales you use, overall openness, or the overall cinematic quality of the track. I like the Chinese instruments (cool guzheng! is that blown instrument a Shehnai?) with the opening pentatonic melodies, and how it evolves into a more middle-eastern type of melodic sound. Great usage of ethnic instruments!! Really enjoying the world percussion too, some real authentic-sounding samples.

The guitar stabs where a nice touch, seems like they would benefit from spruce of chorus FX or something to make them mesh better with the mix, and the line could use some more development as it progresses, perhaps flesh out the chords at some point. Not sure how I feel about the gradual pitch resampling at 3:30...personally I probably would have just 'stopped' the track there giving the impression that it had ended, and then bring in the rolling bassline in full force...The reversed bits are nice trippy touch in the successive section, I like the mysterious atmosphere the track creates. Perhaps varying the percussion rhythm up a bit or incorporating a higher-register percussive sound that plays a faster rhythm would be an exciting finish to the track...anyways, great work!! Has a real tight, different, interesting and worldly sound!!

snoballandthmonyshot responds:

hey dude, hope you are good.
yeh, like the feel to this one. did this about 9 months ago, the human gestation period, which is just about the right time to revisit and add some tweaks and interest. I got to the point with this where i'd listened to it so much whilst making it that i lost perspective and couldn't do any more.
the blown instrument is a common or garden melodica. the percussion is ableton lives stock latin percussion pack.
your suggestions are all good ones. the whole thing needs shaking up though i feel.
thanks for taking the time, will check out what you've been up to recently

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2.79 / 5.00

Oct 10, 2014
6:33 PM EDT
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5.1 MB
5 min 37 sec

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