Pulse Sketch 1


Author Comments

Exploring minimalist composition. Two channels, two voices, two simple wave forms. I've allowed some automation in the waveform envelopes, some delay and verb. Heavily inspired by Steve Reich, John Adams and Disasterpeace.

Created using Ableton, Massive and pulse waves at 50% width.


Great! I'm a sucker for minimalism. There were some nice unexpected twists in here as well. I gave it 5 stars because I think it works well as a composition, but I could have personally used a little more variation in the loops themselves so you wouldn't have to rely so much on completely changing the loops for each section. Reich's textures are constantly undulating due to audible processes and after awhile your ear becomes highly sensitive to the slightest shift in texture (which is happening all over the place). I really liked way the duple vs triple feels interlocked in different ways. I think by adding or subtracting a note to either of those loops and/or changing a melody note here or there could work out well, and you could get more hypnotic mileage out of your already sonically rich material.

The mix was perfect. I have no feedback there.

All in all, enjoyable! I look forward to your next release.

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gruber99 responds:

Hey thanks!

Yes, adding or subtracting a note here and there would definitely help the monotony a bit. I was determined to keep the note-for-note vibe haha. Do you know Phrygian Gates by John Adams? One of my favourite pieces of all time, and inspired this piece quite a bit I think.

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Jul 10, 2015
8:33 PM EDT
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5.7 MB
4 min 10 sec

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