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    New to synths, this is my progress so far...

    Just under a year ago I decided to pick up a new hobby (during the pandemic) and I purchased a second hand synth - a Moog Mother 32. I had never really played an instrument before but I have really enjoyed exploring my creative side with these amazing machines (I bought another recently - the Moog Subharmonicon). I thought it was time to post some of the things I've been working on.

    These are experimental electronic soundscapes, very much influenced by German electronic music from the 70s and sci-fi/horror movie soundtracks. I'm open to feedback but try not to judge too harshly. I thought this might be a good environment to post this. Anyway, I'll continue to post new pieces from time to time.... It's a learning process. As Frank Zappa said... "music is the best"



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    No harshness here, I think it's lovely stuff
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
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    Thank you very much Battema

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    My pleasure! I am actually listening to Rapoon's "The Fires of the Borderlands" this morning so this was an excellent companion piece

    Which plugins are you using, if you don't mind my asking?
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
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    Also, Ephemeral Sun: it's a thing and we like making things that might be your thing: http://www.ephemeralsun.com

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    In the words of Bill and Ted "most excellent!
    Wonderful soundscape, allowing the listener to visualize the stormclouds on Saturn.
    For never having played an instrument before, you have a natural talent to find textures and ambience in the creation of a soundscape.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I also have nothing negative to say. In fact it's better than some professional pieces I've heard, because you kept things minimal instead of feeling the need to add track after track.
    Keep up the good work, will look forward to hearing more from you. You've got talent, keep sharing.
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    Please let us know when your first album is available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    My pleasure! I am actually listening to Rapoon's "The Fires of the Borderlands" this morning so this was an excellent companion piece

    Which plugins are you using, if you don't mind my asking?
    Ahh well thanks again, that's great.
    I'm mainly using a lot of Valhalla Supermassive and have just recently begun to use Valhalla Freq Echo. I can't recall the rest now but they would just be generic Logic plugins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    In the words of Bill and Ted "most excellent!
    Wonderful soundscape, allowing the listener to visualize the stormclouds on Saturn.
    For never having played an instrument before, you have a natural talent to find textures and ambience in the creation of a soundscape.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I also have nothing negative to say. In fact it's better than some professional pieces I've heard, because you kept things minimal instead of feeling the need to add track after track.
    Keep up the good work, will look forward to hearing more from you. You've got talent, keep sharing.
    Thank you so much Top Cat! That's very high praise and very much appreciated. Sometimes you never really know what others are going to think of something you create and a few of my friends didn't really get it. So it's nice to know someone did! haha
    I'm already looking towards my next release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burley Wright View Post
    Please let us know when your first album is available.

    Thanks Burley! Will do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus74 View Post
    Ahh well thanks again, that's great.
    I'm mainly using a lot of Valhalla Supermassive and have just recently begun to use Valhalla Freq Echo. I can't recall the rest now but they would just be generic Logic plugins.
    Very cool...big fan of the Valhalla products. I use Shimmer extensively, but also have Freq Echo, Supermassive and Vintage Verb (possibly another one that's slipping my mind at the moment). Excellent bang for the buck.
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
    https://battema.bandcamp.com/

    Also, Ephemeral Sun: it's a thing and we like making things that might be your thing: http://www.ephemeralsun.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    Very cool...big fan of the Valhalla products. I use Shimmer extensively, but also have Freq Echo, Supermassive and Vintage Verb (possibly another one that's slipping my mind at the moment). Excellent bang for the buck.
    Agreed! Their products are excellent!

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    "Solar Flare" is very cool. Great sounds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by battema View Post
    I am actually listening to Rapoon's "The Fires of the Borderlands"
    Ah, a Harpoon fan! Groovy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    "Solar Flare" is very cool. Great sounds!
    Thanks so much mate!

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    Great stuff, Cygnus! Nicely restrained, but I really noticed the sounds of thunder and rain before even realizing that the title had "Stormclouds" in it. Congrats on the Mother 32 and Subharmonicon. Those are fantastic units, I really dig that Moog semi-modular environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Great stuff, Cygnus! Nicely restrained, but I really noticed the sounds of thunder and rain before even realizing that the title had "Stormclouds" in it. Congrats on the Mother 32 and Subharmonicon. Those are fantastic units, I really dig that Moog semi-modular environment.
    Thanks Mr T, appreciate the kind words. Yes there are so many possibilities with these wonderful machines. It's really allowed me to open up creatively in a way I haven't before. I guess 40 odd years of listening to music has helped

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    Sounds decent!
    What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it brings forth a sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus74 View Post
    Just under a year ago I decided to pick up a new hobby (during the pandemic) and I purchased a second hand synth - a Moog Mother 32. I had never really played an instrument before but I have really enjoyed exploring my creative side with these amazing machines (I bought another recently - the Moog Subharmonicon). I thought it was time to post some of the things I've been working on.

    These are experimental electronic soundscapes, very much influenced by German electronic music from the 70s and sci-fi/horror movie soundtracks. I'm open to feedback but try not to judge too harshly. I thought this might be a good environment to post this. Anyway, I'll continue to post new pieces from time to time.... It's a learning process. As Frank Zappa said... "music is the best"



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    Let me add my voice to the chorus:

    Very well done, Cygnus! I am very impressed, especially because this world is so new to you.



    Keep it up!!! Keep posting, please!!

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    Very good, Cygnus, very atmospheric reminding me of Klaus Schultze.

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    Another added voice - excellent! Even though inspired by the 70s, it sounds quite fresh to my ears!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Sounds decent!
    Cheers man!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    Let me add my voice to the chorus:

    Very well done, Cygnus! I am very impressed, especially because this world is so new to you.

    Keep it up!!! Keep posting, please!!

    Thank you very much! I'm really composing by feel. Great fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    Very good, Cygnus, very atmospheric reminding me of Klaus Schultze.

    Thanks hippypants! I take that as a huge compliment!


    Quote Originally Posted by hFx View Post
    Another added voice - excellent! Even though inspired by the 70s, it sounds quite fresh to my ears!

    Thank you hFx - very complimentary. I really appreciate everyone being so nice!

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