"RIDDIM" has taken its place as my new most ambitious track, being written after "DEVIATION" I took everything I learnt from the sound design and writing in it and threw it up a peg or two.
The track starts with an orchestral intro, something I rarely use, as I'm poor and good quality orchestral samplers are an expensive thing to come by, I spent time layering and layering to get the instruments sounding as nice, full and big as I could.
The intro also carries a lot of inspiration from my recent "Dreamstate/Ethereality" EPs, lots of distorted, broken sounds, screaming and over-driven brass sounds, which are actually not brass sounds at all, I found I could get a sound I preferred my making brass like synths instead. Lots of atmosphere and things happening in the background, making something that could've potentially been clean and beautiful into something evil and dark.
The workload in this track was intense, I spent full days just sat at my laptop chipping away bit by bit thinking I would never get to a finishing point. My laptop got to the point of insta-crashing whenever I asked it to do anything above minimal CPU use, so the finishing touches and mix-down were really tough to do and took a lot of patience.
I really like the groove in this track, the way the basses flow in and out of the beat and occasionally latch onto strong points in the pulse and sometimes veering off to set up anticipation for the next strong note. The whole groove and soundscape feels really primal and animalistic, something I was striving for from when this project was a few gritty bass ideas in an 8-bar loop.
The bass sounds in this are really unique for me, there's around twenty six different basses that I tried to tie together neatly to sound almost like one bass patch. The basses sound really gritty and scratchy in a way I've not come across before so I was really happy I could pull that sound together.
I'm proud of the risers and background effects too, as I spent ages making each layer from scratch and again pulling it all together to make it sound like one as best I could.
I worked so hard on this track and I really hope you enjoy
Listen to the EP on bandcamp and enjoy a free/pay what you like download if you fancy it, here: