Serge Modular - Ambient/Drone release

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Serge Modular - Ambient/Drone release

Post by laserpalace » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:09 am

Figured this would be the most relevant place to share this work since it's 98% Serge (mods please move if you feel otherwise, thanks).

The release was composed with a three panel Serge system, Ciat-Lonbarde Cocoquantus, Digitone, Zoom H4n (field recordings) and Overstayer Modular Channel for processing. Each track is a single take with blend of subtle manual modulation and modulation help from the Cocoquantus. I used a Swamp panel for most of the sequencing. The goal was to zoom into more complex patches, slow them down and explore some of the more minimal/textural moments within them.

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Post by Voltage_Controller » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:15 am

This is a really great ambient work. Thanks for sharing! What is your serge setup? How did you incorporate the coco?
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Post by laserpalace » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:26 am

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Thank you very much, I really appreciate it.

My Serge is currently a COA Vintage Voltron 6 (great for multi-voiced drones!), vintage panel (2x PVCO, VarQ, Ring, ASR, 2x DTG, 2x VCA, and Extended), and a Swamp for sequencing duties. The vintage panel has some real magic inside of it.

As far as integrating the Coco, I like to think of it sort of like a tape machine looping bits of the Serge (or other instrumentation). I do a lot of manual mixing between the Coco's two tracks and what's being processed. It's also the thread between each track, everything goes through it even just for subtle bits of texture. I have some of the skips and flips being modulated by the quantussy as well, mostly with the chaos all the way up and manually introducing it so it behaves erratically, almost like tape would.
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Re: Serge Modular - Ambient/Drone release

Post by lasesentaysiete » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:33 am

laserpalace wrote:textural moments
Yes! Palpable!

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Post by REcDeso12oi » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:00 pm

Love it, thanks for sharing! Did you get some of the grit and overdrive from the Overstayer Modular Channel? I've been gassing after that unit for a while..

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Post by hermbot » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:08 pm

This is great! Been listening to it while I’m at work. I’ll pick it up tonight when I get home. Nicely done.

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Post by tytytytyty » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:16 pm

There are some really beautiful textural moments here. The whole album is highly recommended!

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Post by laserpalace » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:00 pm

Thank you everyone for digging into it, I really appreciate it.

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Did you get some of the grit and overdrive from the Overstayer Modular Channel
I definitely relied on the MC for emphasizing some of the texture. The saturator is incredible, very flexible when mixing alongside the EQ. It can be very precise or extreme depending on your settings. I also utilized a bit of gain from the preamps initially which adds a lot up front. I don't think you can go wrong with the Modular Channel. It adds a new dimension to just about anything I run through it.

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Post by syncretism » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:07 pm

This is lovely.

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Post by sensanalog » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:15 pm

Such a rad album by one of my favorite artists and people :sb:

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Post by timgraubaek » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:40 am

Really enjoying this! :tu:

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Post by hermbot » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:51 am

There's a transition that happens at about 7:28 in IV and the section it moves into is terrific.

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Post by laserpalace » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:41 pm

:hail: seriously thank you all for the amazing feedback.

I've done a lot of ambient work in the past but never really focused it into a release. Something about focusing on the Serge has really helped me take that initiative.

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Post by the bad producer » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:06 pm

I've been listening to this a lot, and it is really superb indeed.

I wasn't going to ask, but I can't help it! Did you use the Clouds + Rings modules with the Serge?

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Post by laserpalace » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:19 pm

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:tu: for this release very minimally, I believe on V, VII and VIII.

I really enjoy using them subtly, often processing clouds through rings. VII uses a six voice drone mainly from the DUSG's/PVCO's ran through this chain. Rings provided the light chorus like sound.

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Post by the bad producer » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:32 pm

Thanks for the reply! I never had them long enough here to really get a grip on integrating them with the Serge in my own music, so it's interesting to hear - at any rate whether you used them or not it's really great work! :guinness:

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Post by kingspill » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:00 pm

I love this, thanks for sharing!

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Post by MindMachine » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:46 pm

hermbot wrote:There's a transition that happens at about 7:28 in IV and the section it moves into is terrific.
Yes to this. Just a seamless segway that you almost expect because you've been set-up to imagine a perfect Segway to a related stream.

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Post by fonik » Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:57 am

I bought and downloaded your lates release on bandcamp, and I enjoy it very much.
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Post by endai » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:35 am

love it

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Post by arnoux » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:42 am

Wonderful job.

I have a question if I may, I'm always hunting the "clicky" sounds I hear i.e. in I and especially in the beginning of II, it's a sort of obsession for me but I'm never able to do it properly. Would you mind to share how you made it?

Thanks in advance and looking forward for Vol. 2!

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Post by laserpalace » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:02 am

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Thanks for listening.

Those sounds are generated from the cocoquantus, it's sort of the nature of that machine IMO. I'm pretty certain I'm modulating the skips with the S/H of one of the quantussy voices. I tend to have the speed and chaos turned all the way up, then slowly turn the chaos down so you get these glitched sort of pops and clicks. It's especially helpful when you have a fixed sample looped vs continuous sampling.

Hopefully that helps! Also the VCFQ's in high frequency range help with those. I'm a huge fan of those early Pole albums which set me on a journey toward finding those micro sounds.

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Post by arnoux » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:58 am

laserpalace thanks a lot for your reply, keep on with the great job!

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Post by J3RK » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:00 am

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Post by Portabella » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:45 pm

Brilliant stuff! This seriously gives me the chills :rastanana:

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