Bandcamp Release: The Man Who Sold the Moon

Melodic electronica influenced by artists such as Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream.

 

Bespoke edits of all these tracks are also available for media projects and public broadcast. Please use the contact form below or email me using:

mark@chameleonmusic.co.uk

 

If you would like to contact me about music / sound design for a project:

 

Last Dance of the Cyborg Assassin

Public broadcast license available – contact me directly for a bespoke service with various edits available on request.

Short and simple piece of ‘old school’ melodic electronica.

Almost all of the sounds, (apart from drums and percussion), were created here:

www.cl-projects-sound-design.com/blue-orb…ogy.html

Timbre for the main melody uses three layers from:

hideawaystudio.wordpress.com/2013/01/12…r-kontakt/

If you would like to contact me about music / sound design for a project:

 

The Man Who Sold the Moon

 

Public broadcast license available – contact me directly for a bespoke service with various edits available on request.

The latest in my long line of science fiction influenced compositions!

With the exception of drums and percussion, this one was composed using sounds from CL Projects BLUE ORB TRILOGY for Kontakt 5.

More info here:
www.cl-projects-sound-design.com/blue-orb…ogy.html

Always interested in providing music and sound design for projects around the Birmingham area and across the world – use the form below or simply email me: mark@chameleonmusic.co.uk

Sacred Spaces: Album Release

Cities and Memory have just released a new album on Bandcamp:

Includes high-quality FREE download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

My contribution is track 5: Spirit of the Prayer Wheel– based around a field recording of a prayer wheel from Kathmandu.

The album compiles some of the highlights from the Cities and Memory Sacred Spaces project – you can hear the full project, and the field recordings from which these pieces have been created, at:

www.citiesandmemory.com/sacredspaces.

If you would like to contact me about music / sound design for a project:

 

Sacred Spaces: Do Campanologists Dream of Electric Bells?

Part of the Cities and Memory SACRED SPACES project:

citiesandmemory.com/sacredspaces/

Created using Reaktor 5 and Kontakt 5; hosted in Sonar X1.

My Final Composition:

All parts in this one, (except the electric piano solo), were created directly from fragments of the original field recording. Various snippets of the Canadian recording, (not just the bells, but other incidental noises as well) were loaded up into five granular samplers for extensive editing.

The electric piano solo was performed using the Scarbee Mark 1 virtual instrument.

The Original Field Recording:

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Spirit of the Prayer Wheel

The accompanying field recording of a prayer wheel was the starting point for this piece:

All part of the Sacred Spaces project:
http://citiesandmemory.com/sacredspaces/

Prayer wheels are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. My piece is meant to portray the release of that positive energy within the wheel.

Created using Kontakt and Reaktor; hosted in Sonar X1.

I’ve combined experimental sound design with more traditional composition techniques for this one. I’ve also attempted something totally new for me – 100% ‘live’ real-time mixing of various parameters via two MIDI controllers linked into separate Reaktor modules.

The opening section (up to the sudden change at 2:08) is almost entirely created from fragments of the original field recording – all edited ‘live’ in two Reaktor modules. I produced just 2 new strands for this section:
1) A live recording of a singing bowl that I’ve owned for years and never actually used in a full piece until now!
2) A synthesised / sampled male vocal mantra / drone – time stretched and re-pitched in Melodyne.

The central section explodes into life with various extra strands – 8 orchestral lines, tuned percussion, piano, synthesised / sampled female vocals time stretched and re-pitched in Melodyne. The kick drum and non-pitched percussion loops were all created from fragments of the original field recording.

The final section returns to the opening ambience, but with the addition of an extra live singing bowl line – this time a rhythmic pattern tapped out on its edge with soft beaters.

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The Best Sound Design Tools of 2016?

This time last year, Cities and Memory presented their round up of the best sound design tools of 2015, as suggested by contributing artists.

Here, they update the piece for 2016 by asking several of their most frequent contributors which tools they’ve been using to work with sound this year.

In each case, you can hear the tools in action in some of their Cities and Memory pieces.

Read the article here:

http://citiesandmemory.com/2016/12/best-sound-design-tools-2016/