Philter
02/24/2014
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Opening track from the Planets and Atmospheres album. I thought I'd go with a traditional opener for this and that meant; crowds, cameras, startled wildlife, and a rocket taking off propelling our brave astronauts towards the cosmos.

Threw in a few chase planes as well :)

 

Philter
02/24/2014
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Although a well charred planet I thought I'd add a bit of fire to proceedings.

 

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02/24/2014
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A very hot surface hence the bubbling effect I maintained throughout the piece.

 

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02/24/2014
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For some reason, I thought this planet needed a grandiose theme to it. So there we have it; big chords and phat synth lines. I also added a rather cheesy drum machine about half way through to change things around a bit.

 

 

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02/24/2014
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We had the lovely swirly winds and heavenly choir thing going on but it still needed something, so strings were added.

Mars

02:58
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02/24/2014
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Well, you know how it goes if you've seen any sci-fi movies from the 50s and 60s, there has to be menace :)  I opted here for an ominous approach to the planet. What will happen? Well, I decided to bring in lots of brass and some heavy rock drums, then the chaos subsides and all is well again.

Philter
02/24/2014
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As we've seen with the latest rovers, not much happens on Mars. Probably why I made the piece so stark. Though do look out for the few dissonant bars of jazz I added around half way through, bit of a shock key :)

 

Philter
02/24/2014
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This and it's sister track (Jupiter Atmosphere) are my particular favourites. They just complemented each other so well. For this particular track, I found a drum loop I liked and some amazing pad sounds for the synths. These inspired the bass line.

 

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02/24/2014
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That opening synth cutting through from the previous track like some kind of plasma cutter you see in many sci-fi shows, culminating in a reverse cymbal effect, then the drums proper. Spent a bit of time getting that right. Hope you notice :)

 

Philter
02/24/2014
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This one came together pretty quickly. I then thought the piece needed a few things; you've likely seen the rings of Saturn rotating with all that cosmic debris in the rings? I decided I would try and emulate that rotating debris. If you listen to the piece wearing headphones, you'll actually experience the debris moving from right to left throughout. It was around this time also that I thought about what astronauts pick up on radio receivers, I opted for various radio stations broadcasting from Earth over many years and their drifting through space. Well, if aliens thousands of light years away can hear us, makes sense our astronauts would too.

 

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02/24/2014
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Well, some of that debris has to go somewhere so I postulated it may well smash into Saturn's surface. I read the other day that it actually rains diamonds on Saturn so there's another excuse to go :)

 

 

Philter
02/24/2014
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Ah, why so sad? No idea really, it's likely a bit cold there though. Maybe that contributed to the emotion of the piece......

Philter
02/24/2014
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Obbligato cello added for this track. Goes well with the swelling pad sounds and the background breeze.

Philter
02/24/2014
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Another cold planet. I opted for stark again here then added a drum machine later on to liven the track up. Seemed to work OK.

 

 

Philter
02/24/2014
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I tried to portray the atmosphere of Neptune as best I could and added ominous stabs here and there to break things up a bit. Then I had the idea of adding drums, then a choir and a mellotron in a kind of dialogue situation but always heading back to the stark reality of this world.

Philter
02/24/2014
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The glimpse of the spacecraft, entering the Earth's atmosphere, the joy of being home finally.

 

Philter
02/25/2014
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Ah, poor Pluto. First it didn't exist, then it did, and now it's not classed as a planet. Oh well, it's the bonus track on Planets and Atmospheres.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Originally released as a charity single for donations to the New Orleans floods a few years back. Didn't raise millions but every little helps. I hope it did some good down there.

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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Driving opener for the Dome of Clement album. Opted for heavy metal drums for this one to complement that insistent bass sound.

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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Eponymous track. Wrote this a few years before the album was even a germ of an idea. Bit Jean Michel Jarre inspired.

 

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02/27/2014
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Again, written many years earlier but met with many edits before I was happy with it.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Where I got the idea for a mole to be some kind of super hero is anybody's guess. I did a kind of Silence of the Lambs voice for this one, just for a laugh.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Stuck for a title for this track but one of the samples used was called Dub, the rest is history :)

Philter
02/27/2014
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Absolutely nothing to do with drugs, the first 3 chords are A minor (Am) F and E. Hope that clears it up for you.

 

Harm

01:52
Philter
02/27/2014
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This doesn't follow any harmonic rules at all, and the voice of the lady just adds menace to the material.

Philter
02/27/2014
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I had an Eastern feel to this piece right from the start. I added bazaar samples and a call to prayer sample later to try and recreate the feel of these places.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Some interesting evolving pads in this piece, with a few samples added here and there ;)

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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An absolutely vicious piece. Almost a "Jaws" like intro followed by those massive drums. Sleep well :)

Philter
02/27/2014
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Of all the tracks I've written, this is my favourite. That beautiful organ intro, the Fender Rhodes, and the background strings all woven together with a latino beat.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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All played live to a drum track. There are late notes, wrong notes and the odd pop and click here and there but it all added to the occasion. Based on the film, The Omega Man which starred Charlton Heston and Anthony Zerbe. A post apocalyptic film with some apocalyptic playing but we got through somehow.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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The opening bass synth riff? That's the pilot. Anything that comes out of the left or right speaker is someone (or something) overtaking.

 

 

Tang

03:49
Philter
02/27/2014
Philter

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Very much influenced by Tangerine Dream with the initial riff, the rest of the piece revolves around that and uses eq techniques to add dialogue and interest to the thematic material.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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Oh, how many of us would like a simple life? Sit back and relax for a few minutes.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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It's the future. Though I used some old music techniques for this one, quite a bit of dialogue between the many parts, and a futuristic spaceship flying off into the distance to close.

Philter
02/27/2014
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...and so begins Minimal Cheese. Synths and strings and driving bass then right at the end the strings close the piece ever so quietly.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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Not quite sure how I came to the decision for the drum patterns in this but it livens up proceedings and seemed to work within the context of the piece.

 

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02/27/2014
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One of the biggest issues I have with these pieces is what to call them. It was OK on Planets and Atmospheres as the tracks had a predetermined name. For this particular track, I settled on Settled :)

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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I liked the malfunctioning robot sound at the beginning of this and built the piece around it. No idea why I added a recorded message voice but it seemed to work OK.

Philter
02/27/2014
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The opening riff was originally written on a guitar but later played on a synthesiser for this piece. For some reason this intermezzo was not enough for me and I ended up writing a further five pieces. The finale features an old style technique called chain 7ths. Though Intermezzi uses brass only occasionally, it is in this finale where it takes centre stage and brings the piece to a triumphal close.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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Lots of pad sounds for this one. Added the drums about half way through to give more variety.

 

 

Philter
02/27/2014
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A bass loop indeed it is. Just a matter of adding things around it; mad things, odd things and normal things.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Right back to a 1970s style cop show. In this particular episode a man has lost the plot entirely and is running around shooting at things. He opens fire again when the police arrive but thankfully, our heroes deal with the menace and the world returns to normal once more.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Get down and boogie.

Dark

04:15
Philter
02/27/2014
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Dark and ominous. I found myself using a lot of percussion on this one. Every time I thought I was done, I added some more, then decided enough is enough :)

Philter
02/27/2014
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This is one of my favourite tracks. I put the chord sequence together quite quickly but soon realised I needed another voice on this, I opted for an ethereal type voice soaring above the notes. I think the piece is just beautiful. I hope you enjoy it too.

The tempo of the piece is around 80bpm, which is about the average beat of the human heart. Sit back and relax, Let the world disappear for a few minutes.

Philter
02/27/2014
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Again, a Jean Michel Jarre influence and, again, me struggling for a title, it was to be called Jarrehead but it got abridged.

Philter
02/27/2014
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I just thought the intro synth sounded a bit sleazy so that's the title sorted out :)

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02/27/2014
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The finale. I don't normally bother with dance music but this piece just had to be. There's a Lego break dance video out there somewhere for this particular piece. It used to be on Youtube but I couldn't find it. Maybe it's on Vimeo or some place.........

 

 

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Harm

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Tang

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