[Music] Malcontent

This track really hearkens back to music I was writing a decade or so ago. In fact, some of the sounds are from that era, including the “boomwhackers” (which give the “tag” at the end). I’m really glad to have rediscovered these. They’re essentially lengths of PVC pipe which the sampler whacked against her/his head and recorded. I love how they can cut through the mix without being overbearing.

It’s been a while since I managed to write some music, what with moving house and two small children and the allure of games, but hopefully this track is just the first of many this year. 😉

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[Music] Sky on fire

Once again, it’s been a long interval between tracks. But here’s one at last! It’s quite fun to write in this style, with a half-time feel — the feel popularised by dubstep. I’m a particular fan when used in conjunction with rapid arps, as it bumps up the contrast. 🙂

Production: It’s about 90% NI Massive, with a little bit of Polyplex, Battery, and Kontakt thrown in.

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[Music] Insoluble

It feels good to be writing music again; it’s been a while! It’s also fun to write a trance piece again.

I’ve tried a new compressor in this track; the Reaktor ensemble “Flat Blaster”. I’m pretty pleased with the results — it’s not too “sausagey”, but still nice and tight.

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Insoluble by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!

[Music] Plateau

A great track to put on repeat while you’re working — it’s got enough interest to keep from getting boring, whilst being sufficiently repetitive to help you focus.

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Plateau by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!

[Music] Fall for you

Another new track — and in 6/8! I love this time signature; it’s really well-suited to this genre and offers a little bit of interest in a world of 4/4, whilst still being “normal”.

With this track, I think I’m starting to properly find my feet with Reaper. My workflow is coming together, and I’ve nutted out how to organise plugins and tracks for automation better. There’s still a way to go, but I’m now well into “just make music” territory.

This is the first track on which I’ve used a multi-band compressor; I think I’ve found an OK balance between average volume and nice tight transients. If you have any tips, let me know!

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Fall for you by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!