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Ambient Improv

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I haven't put up anything in a while here, so I figured I might as well put this little piece up. Originally recorded January 2016.

This is me simply improvising on the Roland JP-8000 with a couple of ambient patches I put together. Nothing much to it, just me and the keys. Enjoy.

I should be getting some actual tracks up this year, as I'm getting back in the swing of producing regularly.


This is some pretty good stuff, Mich. I dig it. I think it fits it's bill too. The whole thing seems very free form - I'm not used to that. I can usually pick out the time signature, no problem. But here, everything is so fuzzy, my mind is telling me it doesn't matter...just lay back, and breathe....ahhhh....

Mich responds:

Cheers, glad you like it. :) There was indeed no metronome or anything so I didn't keep time, just kind pushed away at the keys and twiddled some knobs along the way.

Thanks for the review!

holy shit- you have a JP-8000? I'm seriously incredibly jealous........

Mich responds:

Yeah, always wanted one, and managed to save up for it and found a good deal on eBay. :)

A good synth doesn't need a song to support it. You can just sit on a keyboard pressing one note over and over again without feeling dirty if you just like the tone. That said, the Roland looks like fun. I had to force myself to say that because I know it's a good synth. But for some Reason, years of looking at propellerhead synth stacks has this "I don't see anything special" side effect. Like calm down Quarl. It's a Roland, it's not like you know how to make a better analog bitch. Concede defeat.

Mem bank, arps, LFOs, effect knobs, sequencer... but I can't tell, is that a mod wheel or pitch shift? I would need at least four mod wheels and twenty pad controllers to justify making a purchase. I think I have to take a point off the score because I'm basically reviewing your synth and I found one little nuance to be upset about. Otherwise I'd have given you a 5/5.

Mich responds:

Hah. To be perfectly frank, the JP-8000 isn't a super amazing synth. For one thing, it's not even analog, it's "virtual analog" which is a fancy term to say "we made a digital synth with an interface to make it seem like an analog like you know and love". I've drooled over this one for years because of its trance legacy though, so when the right ebay deal + budget showed up I had to go for it. It's still pretty versatile, but it's not analog. I got my hands on a Korg Trinity for free, and while it's also a digital synth, it doesn't try to pretend to be analog; it's in all respects more powerful than the JP-8K, it's just a tad less straightforward to use (menu-diving, 90s touch screen, etc).

Anyway, I don't think Roland is particularly an innovator in the synth world at this point.

Waddayknow I ended up rambling about synths as well. Thanks for the review and such. <3

That's some fat, breathy ambiance you got there :) Classic vibes, very 80's.
Besides, the JP-8000 is a quite versatile instrument. I like the improv here, you might be onto something nice. The quieter parts remind me of Steve Roach, especially in Dreamtime Return, which is always a good thing. Keep up the ambient vibes!

Mich responds:

Thanks muchly!

I agree about the JP-8000; it's mostly known for its late 90s/early 00s trance supersaws, but it certainly has a bunch more under the hood than that. Thank you for the compliments. I'll have to have a listen to Roach's stuff some time; I see the name mentioned a lot but don't really know his music.

More ambient to come this year!

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Jan 18, 2017
6:00 AM EST
File Info
11.9 MB
5 min 11 sec
4.58 / 5.00

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