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#1 Slaine mac Roth

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 03:01 PM

First of all, let me say that I don't consider myself to be a musician (I don't really have the talent), I'm more of a writer/composer.  In addition, over the last year or so, I've found myself listening to less mainstream rock music and moving more into the more experimental European music of the early 70s, in particular the Kosmiche Musik/Krautrock scene.

To this end, I started experimenting with a more electronic style than any previous music I had dabbled in and have come up with the following loose 'concept' collection based around the idea of communication.  The tracks on offer were all put together using the LMMS Digital Audio Workstation Application Program and mixed using Audacity.  Most of the vocal parts were created using various online Text to Speech applications (although any Brits may recognise an old Heineken advert that has slipped in as well as a couple of old American TV series).

While it may not be what is generally shared around here, I'm quite pleased with the results I've achieved and they do reflect the sort of music I'm tending to listen to at the moment.

So, without further ado, I offer up to you:

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1) Telecom
2) Telephone
3) Message (i - Signal Transmited; ii - Through the Ether; iii - Message Received)
4) Solid State
5) Wireless Transfer
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Posted 28 July 2018 - 03:21 PM

Now that is my type of music!!

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 03:32 PM

SMR, I absolutely love it ... I haven't listened to all of the songs yet, but the first one hit me instantly .. One of my all-time favorite electronic albums is Automat's self titled one from 1978, and I am getting a similar vibe

Don't consider yourself a musician ?!?!?!  .. well, I do, and your music is excellent

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for the comments.

View PostLucas, on 28 July 2018 - 03:32 PM, said:

SMR, I absolutely love it ... I haven't listened to all of the songs yet, but the first one hit me instantly .. One of my all-time favorite electronic albums is Automat's self titled one from 1978, and I am getting a similar vibe

I'm quite pleased to hear that.  I love the Automat album and it was, along with Neu's self titled debut, one of the main things I was listening to while putting the pieces together.

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Don't consider yourself a musician ?!?!?!  .. well, I do, and your music is excellent.

I don't consider myself a musician mainly because, on these tracks I'm posting, I don't actually play any instruments.  Everything is electronically generated and, in some cases, possibly impossible to play with only two hands.

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:51 PM

Wow this is amazing, for me listening to bands like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ashra, it reminds me of them a lot. You did an amazing job

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 01:01 PM

Not really my type of music, but it is very well done and sounds very professional.

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 05:54 PM

View PostSlaine mac Roth, on 28 July 2018 - 03:56 PM, said:

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Don't consider yourself a musician ?!?!?!  .. well, I do, and your music is excellent.

I don't consider myself a musician mainly because, on these tracks I'm posting, I don't actually play any instruments.  Everything is electronically generated and, in some cases, possibly impossible to play with only two hands.

mu·si·cian
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a person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented.


I think you have to be musically talented to put this type of music together and make it sound good. So I'd say you qualify as a musician. :)

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 06:40 PM

View Post1-0-0-1-0-0-1, on 29 July 2018 - 05:54 PM, said:

View PostSlaine mac Roth, on 28 July 2018 - 03:56 PM, said:

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Don't consider yourself a musician ?!?!?!  .. well, I do, and your music is excellent.

I don't consider myself a musician mainly because, on these tracks I'm posting, I don't actually play any instruments.  Everything is electronically generated and, in some cases, possibly impossible to play with only two hands.

mu·si·cian
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noun
a person who plays a musical instrument, especially as a profession, or is musically talented.


I think you have to be musically talented to put this type of music together and make it sound good. So I'd say you qualify as a musician. :)
Yeah, I was sorta thinking the same thing. I am not a musician and I seriously doubt that I could arrange something like that. For me to find a beat that went with the electronic sounds would just be luck and probably take forever, This stuff also shows a very good ear for production. I think that Slaine mac Roth would make for a pretty good record producer.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 05:39 AM

Nice job Slaine......really reminds me of Keaftwerk, Tangerine Dream etc

Excellent production and instrument separation.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 09:32 AM

View PostSlaine mac Roth, on 28 July 2018 - 03:56 PM, said:

Thanks for the comments.
I don't consider myself a musician mainly because, on these tracks I'm posting, I don't actually play any instruments.  Everything is electronically generated and, in some cases, possibly impossible to play with only two hands.

Fair enough. I suppose. Hopefully you proudly consider yourself a composer, arranger, and producer.

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 11:31 AM

I always considered myself to be a lyricist first, even though I do play bass and guitar, mainly because that was the role I slotted into the only time I've ever been part of a band.  That mainly came about because the lead guitarist's ego wouldn't allow anyone to provide both music and lyrics.  Now that I'm working by myself, I'm finding that I am able to stretch my wings a little and move more into composing and arranging the instrumentation.  In this instance, I think my lack of playing ability to be a bonus as I am working purely in the medium of the computer keyboard and, with some instruments, I do not have the practical experience to hold me back.

With regard to the production, I'm still taking my first tentative steps.  I only began using LMMS and Audacity about a tear ago and find myself working purely on instinct.  The fact that I have received very promising comments is quite a boost to my self confidence in this area and, hopefully, will encourage me push the envelope even further.

At present, I'm working on a concept piece based around the novel 'Horus Rising' by Dan Abnett which will comprise of three tracks, each subdivided into a number of shorter themes and segments.  At present, I'm about half-way through the second part but I have received some positive feedback from my son (who has also given me some ideas about the way the music should feel in places).

Hopefully, the project will bear fruit in the near future and I will post it to receive more constructive criticism.

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 05:12 AM

View PostSlaine mac Roth, on 30 July 2018 - 11:31 AM, said:

I always considered myself to be a lyricist first, even though I do play bass and guitar, mainly because that was the role I slotted into the only time I've ever been part of a band.  That mainly came about because the lead guitarist's ego wouldn't allow anyone to provide both music and lyrics.  Now that I'm working by myself, I'm finding that I am able to stretch my wings a little and move more into composing and arranging the instrumentation...

Hopefully, the project will bear fruit in the near future and I will post it to receive more constructive criticism.

I've had a similar experience over the past decade+, going from local bands to pure home recording.  It really comes down to personal workflow and how effectively I can accomplish getting the music in my head to translate into the computer.

What you're creating isn't exactly where my current musical interests are, but like others have said the production is appealing in its simplicity and I would also encourage you to keep at it.  The mix is raw, in a good way.  You'll only likely get better at all levels of execution as you go deeper down the rabbit hole.  How I approach things today is significantly different than how I did it only 8 or 9 years ago, both from the music creation/writing and the production side.  If you need any pointers or have questions feel free to ask me (publicly or privately).  There's also resources like homerecording.com (and others) that you can bounce ideas off or get guidance.

There really isn't much need to differentiate or label yourself, musician or not musician.  Whether or not you're formally schooled isn't going to get you any pity listens, the internet is just too crowded with amateurs that create okayish works that it really comes down to luck and innate ability to stand out from the din that's become the online music community.




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