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  1. I am FAR from an expert on mixing and mastering... in fact it's one of the things I struggle with the most... But I can comment from my experience anyway... and some of this might be SUPER obvious that you're already doing (in which case... it's probably just a matter of practice... I tell myself that anyway 😛 😞 The most obvious one is putting some EQ on the whole thing, boosting the sub bass, cutting some of those muddy frequencies etc. Multiband compression has been a real game changer for me. In FL Studio there's a thing called Maximus, it's main function is that you can compress the Low, Mid and High frequencies separately instead of everything being compressed as one big block (but it has that built in too if you need it). I'm pretty sure all DAWs and audio software will have something like that, so try looking up multiband compression for Renoise or whatever you do your final mix/master in (I use Adobe Audition a little bit too and I know if has multiband compression but I haven't really tried it much). Do A-B testing! Listen to someone who you want your mix to sound like. So if you want it to sound like Aphex, blast a bit of Aphex every 5-10 minutes while you're mixing, to re-orient your ears/brain. Even just like... 30 seconds will be enough, you will IMMEDIATELY hear how different your mix is if it's not right. https://www.bandlab.com/ has this free mastering tool thing. You get 4 options for what "flavour" of mastering you want and they're never perfect but hey... it's free... I've learnt so much in the last few years from Youtubers, only one of them I watch uses FL Studio, a lot of the concepts can be transferred to different platforms... it helps to actually see and hear what others are doing rather than just reading about it. Oh yeah and also, Overmorrow was probably my favourite so far, so pretty!
  2. ...ok I gotta confess... I did not listen to this in headphones before and yeah... I agree with rek... the use of panning is EXTREME... Thing, is, I know that sort of thing can be really cheesy but I normally really like it, I'm a big fan of old Orbital albums and they moved sounds hard left to right all the time on Snivilisation and In Sides... I dunno if you dig that sorta stuff but it might be a good reference point on how to do it well (IMO). I have my own personal rules on the matter: The song should basically work in mono just about as well as in stereo. So do all that crazy panning at the end when you've basically finished the song. It should be there to help add some atmosphere more than be a main feature. I feel like the bass drum, snare & bass synth should never just sit hard left or right. Unless it's just to highlight a short moment for a second or two, like a little "cut-away" effect. You can often get away with nudging things just a touch left or right, like 10-15% just to get that wider sound stage. Try to balance things out: if the hi-hats are 15% left, put one of the higher melodic sounds 15% right. Like I say... these are just personal rules for me... but might be helpful as suggestions.
  3. These are all good. There's a sort of hazy, "drunk" kind of mood to these which is not usually my preference. But I can say objectively that these are well made. I like that you mix up the ideas quite often, it makes them fun and engaging tunes. Sound design and mix and stuff is generally pretty good but I think maybe the bass drums and snares (or in the case of Fluxus Deluxus, the clap) could be brought up a bit more in the mix. I am interested in Renoise for cutting up breaks. I started learning the demo of the VST "mini" version, so I can still use FL Studio as my main DAW but use Renoise for breaks... it basically works EXACTLY the way I want... and then there's all the stuff about adding effects on individual notes in a sequence... that seems really cool to me.
  4. This is beautiful! Really strong sense of melody and the thing I like the most about it is the overall flow and progression of the piece as a whole. It feels like it tells a story, which is something I highly value in music. It just helps to make it feel really polished. The sound design is really great too, very clean and shimmery with just a hint of organic, warm fuzziness to keep things interesting. Nothing really obvious comes to mind in terms of what to improve or work on... is there any part of your music that you're worried about? Listening to "Now Faster" on soundcloud too, I'm really impressed!
  5. Clearly some algorithm somewhere worked on me cos I started playing Homogenic and Vespertine a lot in the last coupla weeks and then suddenly this came up... That video is rad. The song... Sounds like 3 completely unrelated tracks playing on top of each other. I think it would require multiple listens for it to click. And I have like... 3 or 4 albums to catch up to before this comes out as well...
  6. Here's new one from me, basically a "pop" song with vocodered vocals... an ode to old videogame instruction manuals:
  7. LP5 was my first Autechre album so naturally holds a very special place in my heart. I totally agree that the album as a whole works so damn well, the track listing has such great tension and release... Feels like a really dark story with glimmers of hope. Rae is the first warm hopeful moment, and then it turns in that second half... It's so tragic! Still one of my favorite albums of all time. I think it's their album that has the strongest sense if narrative.
  8. I still have stems from an MC Spatula track that a bunch of us remixed. And one of my fondest internet memories was of Fred McGriff's head coming off and then slowly growing back over time.
  9. Yeah I think 2001 or 2002 for me too... Something like that but not 100% sure...
  10. The vibe I'm getting from the new stuff is kinda like.... the b-sides of Middle of Nowhere... stuff like Doctor Lookout, Beached, An Fhomhair. That stuff was goofy but not quite as much as The Altogether, which I still think was just a bit too much. Spicy is RIDICULOUS sure, but what about the news clips on Smiley? That nasally "This is acid man!"... not to mention the cheesy breakbeats and the subtle-as-a-sledgehammer video... I'm not entirely sure why you lot () think Smiley is the best thing they've done in years and then find Spicy such a surprise... I feel like they're kinda similar in terms of cheesy goofiness. Are they BAD? I dunno... I find it hard to pinpoint what objectively bad music really means... I kinda liked the new album tracks in that mix... all this stuff might grow on me...
  11. As far as I understood, Sean did say that elyc6 0nset was his (and that is was done in one day!). Does that qualify as a "beast"? I feel like it should...
  12. Close Encounters is one of my favourites from the album. There was a point where I got sick of it but then some ambient remix of it rekindled my love of it, and the whole album for that matter. Also sometimes cheesiness can can flip inside out and become fresh again right? To my (admittedly very limited knowledge) there's not a lot of stuff like Close Encounters or Majestic being made these days so if someone put that out now, it would probably be seen as quite refreshing in a sort of retro throwback sort of way. I think I love both of these albums about the same but for different reasons... the mood of them is just polar opposites (obviously intentionally).
  13. Listening to the new one now and at least this one is significantly different to the original, I can barely tell the difference between the "new" Dark Train and the original. Mind you I still wouldn't buy this but it's neat!
  14. Looking forward to the Floex remix! And it's fun hearing Orbitals own reimaginings of their old tracks (even though they're pretty cheesy).
  15. Oh yeah I had a listen to Lunar on Spotify and it was quite lovely 😁
  16. Yeah listened to Kick ii and III today and I liked them quite a bit, much more than kick I (which seemed very underwhelming by itself but as part of a larger piece I think it might work better).
  17. To be honest, I was more surprised by how small in scope Kick i was, given how huge all her other albums were...
  18. I listen to very little new music... but what I have enjoyed that came out this year: Sungazer - Perihelion Danny L Harle - Harlecore Low - HEY WHAT Clown Core - 1234 Sedibus/The Orb - The Heavens OSS/The Orb - Enter the Kettle
  19. Their old "system" more or less started with Oversteps and Move of Ten right? Sign and Plus feel a lot like those two to me. Lush melodies/sparse beats. So potentially, they approached the first experiments with the new "system" the same way they did with the previous one. Which means the next release might be what they consider to be the "new system's Exai". That's my prediction. Which still doesn't give us any idea what it might sound like, but I'm gonna guess that creatively, they're in a similar position where they were with Exai... (i.e. getting comfortable with some new tools and putting together something quite ambitious with those tools).
  20. Has anyone been listening to The Orb/Alex Patterson's collaborations on his "Orbscure" label? This came out today I believe... kinda reminds me of the remixes of Orbus Terrarum/Pomme Fritz era Orb... dark and dubby... Also earlier in the year he released another album called The Heavens by Sebidus which is also really nice, and also feels like a call back to earlier times (a bit like U.F.Orb).
  21. This is really neat! The guitar sounds are really beautiful, nice floaty mood. I like the combination of live and electronic drums too, although I feel like in terms of mixing they don't quite gel together as well as they could. Definitely gonna check out the rest of your stuff on Spotify.
  22. So if anyone was following this... unfortunately, at this point, this won't be on Spotify etc (let's just say due to... technical difficulties) but it'll still be on Bandcamp and Youtube as well. I'll just update my signature so as not to bump my own thread everytime there's an update on this.
  23. Thank you! This one is set at 250bpm in FLstudio but depending on how you interpret the beat I suppose it could be argued there are bits at 500 or even 1000 😅
  24. *ahem* Hellow WATMM... I am very happy to finally announce my album, Super Golyhedronland, will be released on November 22! 13 tracks of frenetic, videogame-inspired electronic madness, which I am very proud of 😁 It'll be on Spotify and all the big streaming services, but also if you got some cash to spare, why not pre-order the digital release today on Bandcamp? I've included a whole bunch of sweet sweet digital art goodies, check it out:
  25. Been a while... been working away at artwork for my album, Super Golyhedronland, which will release on November 22! Here's another track from it, a bit of chiptune/hardcore-techno wackiness:
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