Ebullience (Original Mix)

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This is a track I started back in june 2014, and picked back up early this year. I spent a rather long time on it overall.

You can buy an even longer (11 minute) version of this on BandCamp: https://stack-trace.bandcamp.com/track/ebullience-extended-mix

It features some hardware synthesizers I sequenced in FL, recorded, and then used in the project. These synthesizers are the Roland JP-8000 (for the main melody lines), Korg Trinity for the pad, and my entirely DIY modular synthesizer for part of the bassline.

I won't bore you with further details, but suffice to say I consider this my best music work to date.


5\5 isn't doing this justice


Ahhh this is so nice and refreshing.
Very nice job on this one!

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Mich responds:

Glad you like it, thanks! :-)

I like the energy and rhythm at the beginning. The acid synths are a little generic, but the filtering automations are cool and give the piece a fresh vibe. The kick at :30 is a little overpowering, though, and the piece develops pretty slowly. The hi-hats also get a little lost in the mix. I’d suggest cutting off some of the higher-pitched frequencies in the synths and also compressing the hats to give them a little boost. I like the climax at 1:40, but I think it took you quite a while to get there. The part at 2:35 was also a great point of structural relief, although I’m not always a huge fan of when climactic build-ups lead to breakdown sections. For most of the piece, you have a nice full texture, which is great to hear. As I mentioned earlier, I think the pacing of the piece could stand to be faster. I’m always skeptical of tracks that are this long, and I think you risk losing some of the listener’s engagement by having long periods of high-energy trance (i.e., 3:20 - 5:50). You craft the shape of this piece really well, though - the dissipation of energy later in the piece is really well done. Reminds me of Deadmau5’s long, slow outros. Solid work, man!


Mich responds:

I was pretty proud of that acid synth given it's coming from a modular analog synthesizer I've put together myself. :P Guess I could've been a bit less reserved with putting the patch for it together though. In the buildup to the chorus at 4:00, I did play a bit with making it go into crazy resonance, if you listen for it you might pick it out then. All in all it might be a little bit buried in the mix there.

Coming up with an adequate kick is something I still struggle with a bit, so I guess I agree on that point.

As for the slow development; personally I listen to a lot of trance, and I like listening to the full length unmixed versions, which are about this length, some to over 9 minutes. I like the slow progression of it. This particular song was initially over 11 minutes long (see link in description), so I've already cut down on it a great deal I think. :P

All in all, the main purpose of long intros and outros is for mix-ability.

Anyway, thanks much for the review!

Not much to say. I love that oldschool trance vibe.

Mich responds:

Glad you enjoy it! :)

oh god the 2009 trance vibe is present <3<3<3 lovelovelove this :D

Mich responds:

The late 00s (well, most of the 00s actually) were a good time for Trance in my opinion, so I take that as high praise, thank you. :-) Glad you enjoy!

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4.71 / 5.00

May 17, 2017
1:30 PM EDT
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17.6 MB
7 min 41 sec

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