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This is a great example of one of those pieces that I’m not quite sure what to do with. When I wrote the initial sketch, I envisioned a series of tracks celebrating technology and our electronic world. The primary ostinato brought to mind all of those great 70s and 80s tv shows and school films that were trying to sound like the future. It also reminded me a bit of Vangelis’ Soil Festivities, one of my favorites.



Next came the giant phase sweepy string lead line which just screams Jean Michele Jarré to me. A dash of motion via Omnisphere and my sketch was done, and there it sat for many months.

I dusted it off today, added a kick drum and lead line, some simple fades, a dash of reverb, and the debut of the Valhalla DSP Shimmer plug. That put a little extra mojo on the CS-80 and provided those brilliant crystalline highs that are just underneath your conscious listening attention threshold.

This isn’t really meant to be a standalone piece, but part of a collection. We’ll see what pops up next in that regard. I do like that it’s a mix of modern digital and 70s analog. A bit of détente in the seemingly never-ending “this versus that” tribal battles that are apparently part of being human.


  • MOTU Digital Performer 8
  • Kurzweil K2600XS (Primary ostinato, strings)
  • Access Virus TI (70s string lead)
  • Spectrasonics Omnisphere (Pulsing synth bass)
  • Roland TR-808 (Kick drum)
  • Yamaha CS-80 (Lead synth)
  • Valhalla DSP Shimmer and Vintage Verb

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