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"Blaster Master" - Finished Caustic 3 Track

Here is the last finished track of the Caustic demo set I created this past year.

Created using Windows/Mobile Caustic 3.0.0 and Reason.

Instrument Tracks:
Rhodes, Organ, Ehru
microKORG (2nd section lead) - Protomotorix
Roland TB-303
Roland TR-909
SubSynth
Acoustic Guitar

Mastered (analog) by - David Klug

David Klug Studios - https://www.facebook.com/davidklugstudio

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Nice track but a bit too long

Nice tracksmiley but a bit too long for my taste...

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This is video game material

This is video game material for sure..... Curious though, did you pay to have your song mastered? Or was it a collab effort

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Yeah, my song lengths are

Yeah, my song lengths are typically long and indulgent :p

I paid a guy I met online (who is now my friend)  through another electronic artist.  By my ears, he was able to get louder and clearer masters with his analog gear than I could do with iZotope.  I wanted to give this project my best effort so I went with him.

I put up free download links to the final wav files for the project if you want to check them out too.  I intend to do a small post mortem write up about the process of taking my Caustic phone tunes into a full DAW and then attempting to produce a finished album.  I learned a lot going down this road and I think others might find some of these things interesting.

This song is the last song on the album.

 

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Nice changeup at 2:00. I love

Nice changeup at 2:00. I love your epic journeys, I take your tracks as having a couple forks in the road, thus their length.

I really connect to something in your stuff Matt, nice work. It's probably the minor bends and very subtle bends on leads up to major chords and back to minor. I love that stuff.

Mike

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Hey Mike!

Hey Mike!

Well I was a child of the late seventies and I seem to keep being drawn back to sounds that make me imagine some of that old sci fi stuff like Flash Gordon or Logan's Run.  This track was written to be sort of like 3 movements, The Fight/Reflection/Journey Home ...something like that.  I had been listening to a lot of soft rock from the late seventies too and I am sure your ear picked up on the chord progressions being similar to that of a famous 10cc song :)  Love that major/minor feel as well.

I think you understand me better than most which is why I am really glad you are developing for this project.

And I specifically love comments that talk about music theory.

Cheers Mike.

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Yeah, hmm kinda living the

Yeah, hmm kinda living the off grid life style this time around. I know I was plugged into the system in the 90's with Land Surveying but had kids and wound up knocking on Rej's door 2 years ago. As much as I want to joke about myself being a machine with programing and such, I am so far from it.

I was a very deep and moody younger self, full of angst and desire for the world to look up at the stars and see how blind we are to our own bullshit.

But I am going to get that out by hopefully empowering other musicians with tools I make.

So yeah, your music says the same thing to me as looking up into the great unkown of the milky way, its a journey everywhere. I still think Mekanism is one of your best, for me that will be a classic Kwid and hard to beat. cheeky

Mike

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You kids and your attention

You kids and your attention spans...

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I hear ya Mike.  I am pretty

I hear ya Mike.  I am pretty sure we have some strong life parallels.  

I have been hitting the theory a bit lately trying to encorporate more syncopation into some new stuff I am working on.  Going through Ted Lee's book right now with the Caustic drum machine as a drum set alternative.  The new options for programming the drum machine is really nice for putting into practice the stuff I am reading about (while laying in bed of course).

And speaking of the Milky Way, check this out. I was driving my son to school when I heard about this.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/earth-like-habitable-planets-kepler-space-video_n_4214758.html

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Nice, yeah hehe that kinda

Nice, yeah hehe that kinda thinking got me in trouble when I was younger... Joking aside, it's funny how that article minimizes the "habitable chance" around us, seemingly to spare the feeble human readers mind that there are billions of stars in the know universe which would up that "habitable" number a bit.

Humans are so stuck in the whole light is the only dimension of travel thing. Haha Light is like us looking back at the "Ancients" that used wooden wheels and thought that was getting around fast when we are now breaking the pull of gravity with rockets. Nothing is different with real space travel.

Thanks, that was a nice reminder of why I try and stay away from civilization. wink

Mike

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Ahhhh music theory..... it's

Ahhhh music theory..... it's great when you get to make your own.....   I tell ya though, there are ways to "master" your tracks using the Caustic App itself for free.... I'll be doing a video series about things like that in the near future.... but even if you take it off-grid and take your Wav Exported Song to another tool, you can quickly and easily get a good clean tone from your track.    

FWIW, everything you hear that I make using Caustic, is 100% done entirely within the app, no outside tools used to perfect or "master" any of my tracks.

But all of that aside, your track sounds real good....

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Nice Caustic journey, Matt,

Nice Caustic journey, Matt, good to hear this long evolving track.

@ Mike

Thanks, that was a nice reminder of why I try and stay away from civilization. 

Guess why I live on this island wink (but looking at the stars every night)

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love this track...its a

love this track...its a little long...but very listenable...and beautiful mixture of sounds...your friend did a nice job of mastering.

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If you have listened to Matt

If you have listened to Matt's stuff in the past, you know this is the exact type of music he makes, there are as he said generally 3-4 parts in his tracks.

Pink Floyd did the same thing as well as Led Zeppelin. just naming some rock type stuff, heh even GnR and Metallica.

But I listen to music more in 50-60 minute mixes so maybe I am just used to listening to transforming lanscapes while I work. smiley

Mike

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Jblann - "I'll be doing a

Jblann - "I'll be doing a video series about things like that (mastering) in the near future" 

I am looking forward to watching this series.  Thanks for the heads up J.

And thanks again for the support Mike.  Nice to have someone around that I connect with.

Kind of off topic but I would like to share a gem that I recently found on youtube that really hit the spot.  I would define this group as prog electronica with new wave influences and you can almost hear Pink Floyd emerging from them at times.  Love the change in the entire mood of the track in the middle.  I have pondered doing a cover version of this song and attempting to take that middle section to another level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjoplhrjWO4

M

 

 

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I particularly like the

I particularly like the second movement of your song starting at around 2:30. Maybe it reminds me of something from the 70s (as you mentioned above) but I couldn't say what song or group exactly.