Gethsemane (electronic music piece)

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Gethsemane (electronic music piece)

Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:02 pm

Well, considering that it is Easter Sunday, I thought I'd post an electronic piece I did for my electronic music class a few years ago. It's the first electronic piece I'd ever done, so it's not fabulous. It's appropriate for the season, though, so I figured I may as!

It is entitled "Gethsemane" based on the general theme I was trying to convey, that of a single voice of truth being silenced by a multitude (i.e. the last days of Christ).

http://s41.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2ZQIY1ZMDX36102RL522KFM8LO

The quality of the audio has deteriorated quite a bit through various copies and reformattings, so there's some really obnoxious interference. Just do your best to ignore it :wink:

Oh! This one's an mp3 as well, so there shouldn't be any format problems like I've been known to cause in the past :P
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Postby Despondence » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:05 pm

Throw a huge reverb on that and it would sound just like Vangelis's "Beaubourg!" (which is a classic, although I personally don't quite get it). I didn't hear any quality problems, sounded fine over here. Did you use real synths or software for that piece? Just curious....I dabble in electronic music a bit.. :)
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Postby Saturn » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:12 pm

Do you mind if I uplaod this onto the putfile site Credo?

Yousendit will expire in a week and I want to share this with everyone else - it's great :D
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Postby Michael Emmanuel » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:14 pm

Sounds great on my end too. Yes, I would be interested to know how you created your piece. I use some electronic sounds but am not very experienced with my own equipment!!

Thanks for sharing it. It's way out there for me, but I am open to new experiences.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:14 pm

Despondence wrote:Throw a huge reverb on that and it would sound just like Vangelis's "Beaubourg!" (which is a classic, although I personally don't quite get it). I didn't hear any quality problems, sounded fine over here. Did you use real synths or software for that piece? Just curious....I dabble in electronic music a bit.. :)


The program I used to create the sounds was an old version of MetaSynth, a pretty spiffy program where you upload images (or draw them yourself) and get an audio output from them. You can edit the pictures, specify frequencies, etc. And you'll like this, Despondence. . . it's only available for Mac :wink:

The other software was Cakewalk Home Studio, which I used to cut, paste, organize, alter, etc. all the sound clips from MetaSynth. It's a really great program (very user-friendly) that you can use for all kinds of audio editing. I liked it so much that I after finishing this class, I bought it for myself :)
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Postby Saturn » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:15 pm

Let the techno-geekery begin :lol:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:18 pm

Saturn wrote:Do you mind if I uplaod this onto the putfile site Credo?

Sure, go ahead :) I might link it to my LiveJournal, if you don't mind, just so some of my other friends can hear it. . . maybe I can gain a few Keats converts along the way :wink:

Thanks to everyone for your comments :D I've always wondered at the sound quality of these electronic pieces. . . they seem to sound different for everyone, depending on playback method and speaker quality! Maybe I just have crappy speakers :roll:

It's meant to be listened to on headphones, though. . . one of my favorite things to do with Home Studio is to create panning effects and isolate certain sounds into the left/right channels :wink:

Wow, I've used a lot of smileys!
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Postby Saturn » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:21 pm

    :D 8) Smilies are great in stereo 8) :D
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:22 pm

Saturn wrote:Let the techno-geekery begin :lol:

Oh, I'm not even close to being a techno-geek. . . though I can't say I wouldn't like to be :P When contemplating my grad school options, I actually considered studying electronic music and perhaps pursue a career in sound and sound editing for film/television. But, aside from deciding that I didn't have a strong enough background to reasonably consider that I would be accepted anywhere, I figured I could serve the world better in the classical realm.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:22 pm

Saturn wrote:
    :D 8) Smilies are great in stereo 8) :D

:lol: :wink: Ha ha! Indeed they are! :wink: :lol:
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Postby Despondence » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:47 pm

Credo Buffa wrote:The program I used to create the sounds was an old version of MetaSynth, a pretty spiffy program where you upload images (or draw them yourself) and get an audio output from them. You can edit the pictures, specify frequencies, etc. And you'll like this, Despondence. . . it's only available for Mac :wink:

Cool, I've never used MetaSynth though, is that additive synthesis? I have one called Cameleon5000 which does a similar thing where you can "draw" sounds, but I've never actually used that feature yet...I'm a bit old-fashioned like that :)

Credo Buffa wrote:The other software was Cakewalk Home Studio, which I used to cut, paste, organize, alter, etc. all the sound clips from MetaSynth. It's a really great program (very user-friendly) that you can use for all kinds of audio editing. I liked it so much that I after finishing this class, I bought it for myself :)

Haven't used Cakewalk either, but I know what you're talking about, it's a pretty widely used platform. I started out with Reason, and gradually moved on to Logic, but Logic is so blimey I sometimes get lost in technicalities and get no music done at all!
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:06 pm

Despondence wrote:Cool, I've never used MetaSynth though, is that additive synthesis?

Uh. . . I think so. This was over three years ago that I used it, and I don't remember much about the particulars of it.

Despondence wrote:Haven't used Cakewalk either, but I know what you're talking about, it's a pretty widely used platform. I started out with Reason, and gradually moved on to Logic, but Logic is so blimey I sometimes get lost in technicalities and get no music done at all!

I had a friend that was really big into Reason. I almost got the software from him, actually, but never did :? He used it a lot for creating techno-backgrounds and such.

Perhaps it's better that I stuck to the simpler stuff, though. He's way better at this kind of thing than I am :wink:

Actually. . . if you go to iTunes and search for "Muziko Nova", you'll get an album called "Music from the Hill 2005". You can hear a bit of a sample of his piece "Transmogrifications" that rocks the world in about a million different ways. He used Reason a lot to create that one, I think; it's a combination of live trumpet and electronic recording.

If you're really brave, I have a piece on that CD too. . . "Atmosphere". I'm a bit distressed (OK, way distressed) that it's up on iTunes, considering that it's a pretty horrendous recording, but no use in hiding it :roll:
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