This post got a lot of sound design texts because I’ve been doing electronic music production lately. Music production started for me when I tried OpenMPT some time ago. OpenMPT didn’t really have a lot of features back then it was a difficult software to navigate and my tracks were hot garbage. The hobby was also very expensive as the gears, sample packs and plugins were all too much to take accumulatively. Eventually, I got bored and gave up and I realized it was distracting my career as a developer. Below is my understanding of the track. It goes more of technical details on the sounds I hope you’ll like it.
Below Surface – is a smooth vibey programming track as it has a constant jazzy groove. Sometimes when you encounter a brick wall with programming, for me that is very often, I tend to approach the problem with brute force of solutions. I get really impatient and forget that problem solving like coding is still a creative skill. This track would hopefully calm the nerves during intense coding sessions and set aside time for calm reflection and focus
Minimal Deep Pads – from the intro, you’ll hear this low-frequency minimal deep pad. A calming bassy synth that is a common sound on many chill tracks in this genre. Osc is a square wave with a low pass filter is around 180-310hz which already occupies the limited space for many instruments. To add thickness and depth unison and a bit of detuning
The vibe is set into motion as the pads are sidechained using a ghost kick. The track’s ambient is enhanced by adding hi-hats and percussion to add brightness to the intro. Then it introduces a synth lead that reminds me of slow jazz played late light on the local FM radio.
The deep pads then get replaced with some minimal house keys played in triplets. It’s very lush, warm, and low passed. I noticed that the percussions that started during the start of track have never stopped playing. It’s either the kick would but not the percussions.
During the peak of the track, donk bass is presented and I notice that it is very light on the subs and if I am not mistaken it is cut somewhere in the low mids 100-200 as that area is so tidy. The keys play on alternate with the pads, they don’t play the same range of notes. When the pads play the keys play the high notes and when the keys play the chords, the pad ducks them with sidechain.
That’s all for now. I really like this track and it is always playing in my background. I hope you try listening to it and like it as well