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The Little Whale Learns to Dance

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Day 10: When the tiniest runt of the whale pod discovers a love of dance, the rest watch in awe.

Not VGM this time. I decided to build this one off of mostly repetitive patterns, but I also kept it in an odd meter (5/8 alternating 2+3, 3+2). The instrumentation consists of mostly pitched metals, glass, and piano/harp. I decided to get a flute in there because I wanted something with some actual sustain on it. Same idea for the pads. I sort of sped through the mixing phase, so I'm guessing I'll come back to that at some point to clear it up a bit.

A little explanation on the theme here: I made a number of simple instruments out of [public domain] samples that I got when preparing an audio installation for my undergraduate program. I created these instruments to help produce randomly-generated animal noises from a selection of files I had collected. Without getting into it any further, I pulled up the whale sound instrument again and played in a high register - this gave me a tiny little "squeak". It was adorable. It sounded like some sort of tiny whale, so I thought that would be a good direction to go. You can hear the little sound at the beginning and end of the piece.

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This is awesome!

Really love the atmosphere and sound design, damn.

5/5, gg.

Deemo-R responds:

Thanks man! I don't often mess around with weird instrument combos so I'm glad it came out nicely. It was fun to do, for sure! Appreciate the feedback!

Credits & Info


4.71 / 5.00

Aug 25, 2020
7:31 AM EDT
File Info
2.6 MB
2 min 16 sec
  • Kontakt
  • Omnisphere 2
  • Cubase Pro 9

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