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Sitting in the empty house

uploaded: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 @ 1:55 AM last modified: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 @ 1:13 AM  (del)
bySiobhan Dakay
FeaturingApoxode, Rob Walker, Ciggiburns
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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

Assignment Apoxode = Trillions of Samples from a just north of two year old library containing so much creativity. Puh.
So first step was listening…and shame on me I found mixes where I have been remixed that I have not recognized before. So the challenge was not to like anything to keep the assignment secret.
Second step was to reduce the candidates to remix to those of pure origin of Apoxode. Just to keep me in the comfort zone and not to create the need of an endless list of references. ;-)
Third step was to find something that triggers an idea.
The break through came after hearing the harp loop from Electric Candy. Thankfully Apoxode marked it with E-minor.
So I looped it five minutes and used a snipped of it for my Presonus SampleOne engine and built a melody on top of the harp loop.
Next step was the beat. I took two of the Apoxode Beat Packages eq’ed and slowed them down to 105BPM.
After listening to tons of Apoxode music I knew - vinyl and noises are a must. So I took some of the Chillpop Kit five and added another drum loop from that pack.
Accidently found the vibraphone - c - and retuned it here and there and added some effects.
At some point I needed some coffein so I used the sample from Apoxode and included the Coffee pod without deeper connection to the track.
There was also this wonderful Sine Bass sound in the Electric candy 1 pack. I used it to create the bass line.
(And yes, the bass run is citing Henry Mancini - but I created that line later during the project development).
At this point I was removing nearly all of the Harp elements and gave it a first listen on the monitors.
The bass nearly vanished so I added the same line with an upright bass but kept the deep sine as it adds a nice deep body to the acoustic bass.
For the harp sampled melody added a muted horn until than it sounded all to mechanical
With the horn and the bass I all the sudden heard Henry Manchini in the track and replaced the complete bass line.
Et voila - there we go. In the mean time the lenght of the track grew over north of 5 minutes. I was uncertain what to remove and where to breath some more life into the track.

Found the Lyrics from Rob Walker and Ciggiburns fitting into what Einstein has said and could not decide which one to take for the upload. So both are attached here.

The result: Two different mixes
Attached is the one with CiggiBurns as well.

I enjoyed the time to mix while being forced to stay at home.

Man…Apoxode, what a vault you have created here.

"Sitting in the empty house"
by Siobhan Dakay

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Editorial pick

Jazzy trip-hop that tiptoes into the mysterious future… Siobhan Dakay’s utilized a plethora of samples from Apoxode’s extensive library and created a mystifying arrangement with all of the intrigue of a classic old-school detective movie soundtrack. Rob Walker’s poetry tells the story and Siobhan even included a second mix featuring Ciggiburns’ vocals.

Kara Square

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