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download: https://midnightsocean.bandcamp.com/track/magnetism

Remembering the days of home grown ambient techno made on analog sequencers. Used to cruise around town in my POS car at night listening to stuff like this. Usually tracks that either myself or friends had made the previous night. Most trips would include a stop at the box store. The one where a good beard would usually keep one from getting carded. There was the ice man but we had the beard man. Some times I REALLY miss the honest simplicity of old analog techno like this. As well as days when just having a car and buying booze was a thrill.

I might polish or expand this track later if I have time. Then again, maybe I wont. I doubt something like this would ever get to the charts on this site. There'd have to be a major paradigm shift for people to appreciate techno like they did when it was still new. When just the sound of those early synths bathing in a good plate verb was enough to make you excited night time was coming. "if it doesn't rip my ears off in an incinerating cloud of pop vocals and dubgrind, I'm not interested" well, fair enough. Have fun when you're older though.

This track made with modules Instruo tonas, 0-coast, Strymon Magneto & Clouds (yes I know those are digital modules) as well as some old junk. No computer involved except for the recording tool (obviously) and a touch of post. Really wish I still had my Fatso. I think I clipped the pre when I recorded this. blah. oh well, part of the charm I guess? lol. not like back in the day we had much good equipment either. by the time I was working with top notch stuff, I wasn't making techno and was mostly working engineering on other people's art anyway. Guess that's just the way it goes.

After so many years of in the box digital, it's a bit of a shock listening to the off board sequencer. I swear the time wiggles slowly somehow, even though all the midi was synced. Anyone else hear this? O.o; maybe I forgot to set something or something. Or maybe I'm the only one hearing this and it's just a hazy memory of "better" days. heh. I vaguely remember a little sway in the time signatures even on good productions back in the day. The charm of 30 year old analog equipment I guess. Well I'll take that any day over ear rape.

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Apr 18, 2018
1:51 AM EDT
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5 MB
2 min 51 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.