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1 hour ago, sweepstakes said:

see on see is fucking fantastic. That one is timeless without a doubt

if you dig see on see, i highly recommend revisiting kylon.  they both have the cascading layers and a mid-track key change, but imo krylon is the track i discover more in with repeat listens.  it almost sounds like 3 tracks at once if you focus on the twinkly high end, plucky mid strings, and cavernous bass, and they are constantly shifting and intersecting in weird ways.  amazing headphone track.

35 minutes ago, fizzkinz said:

but one thing that has been a constant is that Treale is the absolute gem in this album, and the one track that always brings me back to the album

i remember first at hating the super buzzy fm synth stuff, along with y7 which sounds like it uses the same instrument. i dig them more now, but both are really strange tracks that i have to be in a particular mood to listen to

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yeah I’m not sure I agree with this idea that the music suffers bc the technology wasn’t quite there. it’s possible that within the greater arch of the development of their current (post exai) system

os veix3.

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Revisiting Move of Ten right now and I realize I've been underrating it for a long time. Might even prefer some parts of this to Oversteps. I think it will turn out to be one of those things where one might have the songs I like the most but the other is a better flowing listen from start to finish.

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Nice to see Oversteps come up again. I've been listening to it this past couple of weeks and really enjoying it again, kind of in a whole new way post-SIGN. 

I could easily get into an NTS-style longform version of r ess. :music:

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1 minute ago, toaoaoad said:

Nice to see Oversteps come up again. I've been listening to it this past couple of weeks and really enjoying it again, kind of in a whole new way post-SIGN. 

I could easily get into an NTS-style longform version of r ess. :music:

Yeah r ess really is just the perfect intro. Takes me the fuck away.

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18 hours ago, splesh said:

Might even prefer some parts of this to Oversteps.

yeah i can definitely say i revisited mot more often. oversteps is certainly a more complete experience (as it should be as an album i guess), but mot is just more varied and digestible, i don't have to be fully in its "mode" to dig it, while oversteps is more for certain moments. also nth meistereder.b.

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46 minutes ago, brian trageskin said:

this is what you hear during your journey to the afterlife

yeah to me it sounds more like the waiting room musak once you arrived. deffo has a fluffy, "cloudy" sound.

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This is on my top 3 for sure and as you mentioned, I appreciate this track so much just see how the silence breaks into that pattern, the kick and snare are incredible would like to know how they eq'zed it. known(1) seems a bizarre lush sitar trip, they're reversing some sound there or what about the melodic Treale with that hip hop rythm, st. epreo didn't click me first but liked more recently it's kinda opressive. This album was released before some disastrous events happened last decade, even the album itself remember that flag. Back in the days I was roaming near a peaceful beach or forest listening to this masterpiece.

nice one rob & sean

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Amber's been my singular favourite since it was released, Oversteps is second, and Sign takes third.

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Oversteps is stil the weakest AE album for me. 

I can not feel it, No flow like Sign, Chiastic, Untilted, Confield.. Just some high pitched melodies going on and off. 
If they could have include at least the Machinedrum for beats or mad drum structures like in Exai it would be way more intresting!! 

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1 hour ago, jaderpansen said:

yeah to me it sounds more like the waiting room musak once you arrived. deffo has a fluffy, "cloudy" sound.

yeah i had no idea how to express exactly what i had in mind in a concise way because of my poor english skills. what i meant is, when you die, your soul goes to a transition place where you wander around in a dreamlike state, and it's all very mysterious and lonely. and you can feel something big's about to happen. the place looks more or less like this: 

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you enter a house that generates new rooms ad infinitum and explore countless of them. in the meantime your soul slowly transforms into something else, without you noticing. you may enter heaven once the transformation is complete. and basically os veix3 plays in the background the whole time. btw this transition phase has no duration since you're outside of time and space, so there's this sense of timelessness and eternity

 

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On 3/30/2021 at 11:24 PM, kichiguy said:

Yeah r ess really is just the perfect intro. Takes me the fuck away.

this one is really underrated I think, it is such a great opener. I love how huge the atmosphere is, those grand sweeping tones slathered in reverb. and the beat has that funky but understated shuffle, it sounds kind of like it's trying to find its footing as it steps into the storm.

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On 3/31/2021 at 9:29 AM, dcom said:

os veix3.

One of the best songs of their career, wish that more of the album were like it... nonetheless, Oversteps is probably one of their more cohesive albums.

On 4/1/2021 at 10:51 PM, Boxus said:

this one is really underrated I think, it is such a great opener. I love how huge the atmosphere is, those grand sweeping tones slathered in reverb. and the beat has that funky but understated shuffle, it sounds kind of like it's trying to find its footing as it steps into the storm.

Absolutely love it, there was a period where I would listen to Oversteps almost to the exclusion of anything else around the time it came out and I would sometimes, completely sober, hallucinate the opening to r ess when there was nothing playing

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Os veix3 is a beautiful track but I'm wondering what sets it so far above the rest for people? I find it blends in nicely with the album but doesn't particularly stand out. It's kind of restful and grounding.

The one that grabbed me the most in the beginning was qplay. Those hazy tones at the beginning brought me back to 90s IDM (Kubba by mu-Ziq comes to mind, maybe something SAW2-ish about it as well)... and then that beat :w00t: 

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23 minutes ago, toaoaoad said:

Os veix3 is a beautiful track but I'm wondering what sets it so far above the rest for people?

To me, the sound selection is perfect, crunchy but not overpoweringly so as there's enough room for everything to breathe; it feels like it's been actually composed and not just algorithmically cranked out. The melody is an understated background tinkling - then, at 2:50 the it's given a sharper, resonant focus and the track becomes simply sublime. It's like the secondary (solo) melody in Black  Dog's Cost II (at 2:50) or the mood shift via melody in Yunx's Cyclomethicone (at 4:05).

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there's a few tracks on oversteps that I can only listen at low volume, because those high-pitched, upfront-in-the-mix synths are really physically hurting my ears. this and the melody being a bit annoying to me

(especially the  - known(1) / O=0 / d-sho qub -  run )   actually I often skip those when I listen to the album.

it's weird because this never happens to me with any other of their tracks (exept maybe chilchil, from chiastic)

even  "F7" from SIGN, wich have very upfront / high pitched / high rms level synths, feels ok to me  at high volume, comparing to those few oversteps tracks that I really can't bear.  ....

....maybe I just don't really like the melody from those tracks,and nothing more, and that's why my brain feels like it's too loud or something.

but overall I find most of oversteps synths too much crisp and cranked up in the high-mid to high frequency spectrum ( say, across the 1,6khz - 6khz area)

(oh, and yeah , a +1 for "os veix3"   wich is also my fav on the album.)

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57 minutes ago, neurone said:

there's a few tracks on oversteps that I can only listen at low volume, because those high-pitched, upfront-in-the-mix synths are really physically hurting my ears. this and the melody being a bit annoying to me

(especially the  - known(1) / O=0 / d-sho qub -  run )   actually I often skip those when I listen to the album.

it's weird because this never happens to me with any other of their tracks (exept maybe chilchil, from chiastic)

even  "F7" from SIGN, wich have very upfront / high pitched / high rms level synths, feels ok to me  at high volume, comparing to those few oversteps tracks that I really can't bear.  ....

....maybe I just don't really like the melody from those tracks,and nothing more, and that's why my brain feels like it's too loud or something.

but overall I find most of oversteps synths too much crisp and cranked up in the high-mid to high frequency spectrum ( say, across the 1,6khz - 6khz area)

(oh, and yeah , a +1 for "os veix3"   wich is also my fav on the album.)

feel sorry for you, truly. not in a bad way, but like, damn, you're missing out.

also: krYlon is maybe my favorite on the album, and that's saying a lot on such a top tier album.

 

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Yah, Os veix3 has always been a stand out track to me, even back when I didn't care much for the album.

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Creative usage of compression on the pad is very interesting imo

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13 minutes ago, toaoaoad said:

 

 

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well it's certainly somewhere up there (after rcazt, drane2, 444 and first half of sublimit tho).

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