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Old 18-04-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hypnotizing Ambience

I don't know about you, but I tend to slip into a trance easily. This makes it really hard to produce chilled out ambient tracks because within just 10 or 20 minutes into it, the dreamland beckons and I find myself waking up to one of my synths playing the sound/pattern I've been working on repeatedly. I can't keep my damn eyes open! lol Does anybody else get hypnotized by music production like this? :banalama:

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Old 18-04-2012, 05:19 PM   #2
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

I am a sucker for this kind of music.... coffee is your friend, check this track for that vibe ok it's very old and from cassette recordings of a cult band but for me it has this effect : )


When I used to produce music myself I cannot say I fell asleep.

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Old 18-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

I've also been a victim of my own music. Often becoming unfocused and start to get lost in the music.

Coffee does help and you definitely need to have some kind of caffeinated drinks near by during a studio session. Any kind of stimulate to help you stay focused and busy

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Old 19-04-2012, 12:44 AM   #4
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

I must be weird...I almost always have a coffee or energy drink nearby or ready when I need it, but sometimes even if I just drank the whole thing....the eyelids get heavy and I never quite actually fall asleep, I just realize that I've been uber zoned out into this one thing - to the point where its like waking up, or coming out of trance. Maybe I've been drinking too much coffee lately, but its just no cuttin it! Also I work graveyard so im awake at strange hours...it makes for good music but not wakefulness!

Hmmm maybe thats the point....perhaps I should prolong the trance, keep working even if I keep nodding off and use the "in between" to fuel my music.....

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Old 19-04-2012, 01:01 AM   #5
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

All the time but that's the sort of effect I'm trying to achieve so if a track doesn't do that to some degree then it's a dud, (for my intents and purposes anyway).







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Old 19-04-2012, 09:30 AM   #6
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

Aphex Twin was famed for working under sleep deprivation, maybe there is something in it but also it is is not so healthy I guess. Maybe you need to try and adjust the time you work to a period where you are a bit more alert, like 2-3 hours before going to work at night ?

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Old 19-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #7
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

Sleep deprivation and alcohol are known to increase the ease that creativity flows. But its only for the strong hearted

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Old 19-04-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

Starvation also works, as does thirst. In fact, anything that makes you feel awful works. In case you do not believe me, there were large art-booms after WW1 and WW2. Most artists have made their best pieces after personal trauma, or issues in their personal life.

In short: The more your life sucks the better you are as an artist. Go-go self-sabotage.

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Old 20-04-2012, 12:56 PM   #9
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

I wish I could do sleep deprivation more. I get "my wife's in bed alone" guilt.

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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

Amphetamines - Kind of a focused, partly psychotic way of sleep deprivation. Although you'll notice, that when you listen to your work from a Speed Session the next time sober that it won't sound as totally magic as it used to You'll come up with useful stuff nonetheless.

I've produced most of my Psytrance tunes that way...

And I've done an 18 Track Post-Industrial album while beeing in deep depression.

Many outstanding records were made this ways.

Such methods might be creativity triggering, but today I prefer to be sober and just happy the way I usually am.
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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

Emo trauma and mild alcohol buzz are a recipe for me being prolific. Basically I'm my own worst enemy. Being prone to depression, I am prolific in waves. When I am doing "well" I'm fairly uninspired.

Considering calling my next EP "silver lining/viscous cycle" for this reason.

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Old 04-02-2015, 01:58 PM   #12
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Oh wow Keef Baker. This is an old thread. Keef's a mate IRL. (:

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Re: Hypnotizing Ambience

Artists are typically night people.

The trance that you speak off is quite common and is mostly the result of unplanned working. getting into that trance can make bad music sound good.

Trying working with a goal in mind and time box your work.

'Im going to spend 5 minutes working on a sound design and no longer'
'I will spend 5 minutes arraging the tune without listening to it'
'I will spend 10 minutes making melody passages'

all music can be split into little tasks. The little tasks can be split further.

  • naming the track
  • designing the track
    • how long
    • what key
    • style
  • arranging the track
  • mixing the track
    • group tracks
    • colour code tracks
    • name tracks
    • mix the drums
    • mix the bass into the drums
    • mix the hihats
    • mix the hihats into the snare
    • mix the melodies
    • mix melodies into percusions
  • promoting the track
  • selling the track

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