This dark cinematic electronica song was inspired by James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era” – www.jamesbarrat.com). I worked on this single and the video for it for over a month so please give it a full listen and if you enjoy the song consider a buy. It’s $0.99 on iTunes and Amazon and is $1 Bandcamp where you get to choose from many formats including high-res MP3, and FLAC.
Teaser Video for Song + Mentions by James Barrat
I shot a teaser video during one of the recording sessions for this song and shared this with the author who left a nice comment on youtube…
plus featured the video on his press page http://www.jamesbarrat.com/press/ – woot!
This is really a live version of the song recorded in two sessions – the first on June 4th, 2014, the second on July 19th, 2014. I first sequenced the underpinnings of the song then rehearsed controlling the arrangement on-the-fly and playing the lead lines as well as some sound manipulation in real-time. Once I felt good about my performance, I recorded the song directly to a digital recorder (Zoom H2n). I then picked my favorite takes from each session and combined them using Ableton Live and only used light mastering FX to sweeten the mix. I made the video above while recording the first session. You’ll notice what’s on the final version is in fact what you see in the above video recorded as a continuous take :^)
If you listen back a few times you’ll hear that it’s quite an unusual arrangement in that I really mix up how the motifs are repeated and combined. I vary the lead lines in each section as well.
All synth elements are from the Nord Lead 4 synthesizer which I played live and sequenced live via Octatrack. I make heavy use of step-level automation to manipulate parameters on the Nord Lead via MIDI CC messages. I also sequenced real-time automation plus manipulate the Nord on-the-fly. The Octatrack also acted as a mixer allowing me to record audio down to the digital recorder as a stereo pair.
Synthesist, Composer, Sound Designer, Producer