Parityflux - Sacellum On Cables

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Only the single sample that was supplied for the challenge was used. I used Alchemy to chop up the sample into pieces I thought were interesting or that might make good instruments to play. Some elements were stretched with Paulstretch and some were also noise-reduced within Alchemy. I brought everything into Studio One to lay out samples and also create virtual instruments. I used Izotope Iris on many of the tracks. It is an extremely versatile sample shaping VST with flexible sample looping and envelope controls. The button press beep formed the basis for several "instruments" including the low bell tone, organs, bass, and lead glide synth. 6 or 7 samples were formed into a drum kit. I was careful not to introduce any synthetic tones or waveforms with Iris VST. All the samples were used in a raw way and modified by looping, envelope adjustment and filtering. The digeridoo-sounding tone in the beginning and end was made using an autofilter on one of the samples.

The first organ synth I created sounded so much like a chapel organ that it informed the entire piece of music including the title. The idea of the enclosed space of the elevator as a personal sacred space was inspiring to work with. The piece starts and ends in a contemplative way and there is an interesting ride in the middle that includes...elevator music.

-John

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from Elevator Music, released November 10, 2018

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