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North Atlantic


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Kicbal

 Genre: Electronic

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Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean (no kidding!), and growing up near the New England coast. To me this has a slightly ominous feel to it, but the overall groove prevents things from sinking down too deep. This song is the feeling of being a mere spec in an endless and and vast environment, but you still have the means to survive and even thrive.

This is also my 1st complete song that I've written with my (long time coming) home studio setup, so it's as much me getting my hands dirty and experimenting with stuff as anything else. No loops, all original programming and melodies. Hope you enjoy it. I should have some other material posted soon. Thanks
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Hits: 4304
Comments: 42
Fans: 17
Plays: 189
Downloads: 137
Votes: 4
Uploaded: May 07, 2008 - 09:16:41 AM
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010 - 08:12:23 PM Last Played: Jun 03, 2019 - 11:39:31 PM
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Hardware:
Oxygen 8 keyboard controller
Software:
Garageband and various soft synths and effects
Comments
drakonis said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Definitely NOT Pacific!
Does have a bit of the stormy splashy feel to it. This does NOT feel like ambient though, as it grabs my attention, and although the BPM is way up there and the drums are artificially fast, it is to well-written and not numbingly repetitive enough to be "trance" (oops, did that sound biased?) I dunno, just "cool electronica" I guess. Welcome to Macjams! Nice graphic, looks like an IFS image.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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Kicbal said 4127 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Thanks for being the first comment
You and Aerojet are on the same line of thinking, and I agree too. Hopefully I can be more accurate at defining what genre my stuff links to in the future. Why doesn't MacJams just have a simple 'Electronic' listing, or did I miss it? Thanks again for you comments and support.
-Kicbal
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tokai said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Very well
played, there is a lot of stuff going on. You done a great production of this, sounds amazing with cans on. You constantly have changing patterns, impressive stuff.
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Kicbal said 4126 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Big Thanks
You have some great, inventive music too. Love all the cool spoken word samples. Thanks for your comments
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gail60 said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
cool music
I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. You are very creative and I look forward to sharing more of your music. Thanks for sharing this with us. Very nice! Welcome to MacJams.
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Kicbal said 4126 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Props from a real pianist
Thanks for your comments, especially coming from a skilled piano player like yourself. The piano melody on this song is something I threw together with what little skill I have. My main instrument is the sax, so it's a challenge to come up with compelling chords and textures when most of my musical life has been spent creating one note at a time.
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AEROjet said 4127 days ago (May 7th, 2008)
Kicbal
First of all, welcome to Macjams. I'm always glad to see new electronic artists join the community. Congrats on your first post. You have a good sense of arrangement. You keep the piece interesting by frequently bringing in new musical ideas. Drakonis is correct however, this wouldn't necessarily be considered ambient music. Usually, ambient music falls below 90 bpm, which your piece easily exceeds. In general, I'm not really concerned with labels because the music speaks for itself, and yours has a fresh, unique style. The only criticism I have, and perhaps it's a personal bias, but the instruments you've used are unmistakably Garageband. That doesn't affect the quality of your song from a compositional standpoint, but I really think you would benefit from a program like logic express or reason because you'll have more tools to compose with. If you're not looking to move out of garageband just yet, investigate adding AUs (audio units) to use with garageband giving you more instrument options. Just do a google search on AU or VST for mac OS X and you'll find a few free plug-ins and instructions on how to install them.

-AEROJET

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Kicbal said 4127 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Thanks for the insights
Aerojet, much appreciated comments. I too agree with the incorrect genre listing. I don't think this song fits into any one genre except maybe a general electronic tune but I couldn't find that as an option. Also agree on the sounds, though some of them are new to me, they have probably been overused on this site particularly. I have found a few AU plugins. The gurgling synth sound is from the Crystal synth plugin. Anyway, I do plan on upgrading to Logic Express and possibly in the future will update this song with some different sounds. Cheers!
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DJbliss said 4126 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
Wow
Very nice!
Unmistakably GarageBand, but extremely well done to say the least!

When I hear it I don't have visions of the ocean or a storm, but to me it feels more like a theme to a level of an adventure/story line video game of sorts... Traveling across time or something like that. :)
Very nice, added to favorites!
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Kicbal said 4126 days ago (May 9th, 2008)
Game Music
Would probably fit in well with that old school game "Outrun".



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gregd said 4125 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
Kicbal
I can hear the North Atlantic in this piece, but you keep the music from getting too murky. I like it. Nice first post. My two cents: I thought that the distorted guitar/synth instrument was a bit harsh, but you moved in and out of instruments regularly which kept any one element from getting dull or irritating. In fact, you kept the tune lively and interesting---like others have said.

At some points in the song I felt like some instruments were almost on different planets as far as they fit together in the song. Were you using very different amounts of reverb or echo on some tracks compared to others? Sometimes, I've found that really separates the voices of a song when I'm mixing. Maybe it's me though.

There are buckets full of great (and free) Audio Units out there for Garage Band and Logic. Check out some of Michael2's tracks to get the skinny on their names. He's always turning me on to new programs out there.

There used to be an electronica category I think, but it's gone the way of the Dodo. I Hope you stick around though. I like your music.
-g
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Kicbal said 4124 days ago (May 10th, 2008)
Thanks
Yes I'm actually just stoked that I was able to complete a song that is reasonably listenable. I am looking forward to getting more adept at mixing and expanding my sounds and effects as time goes on. I do have a few AUs that I have found, but I'm also trying to temper how much I do with each song. I don't want to use a sound or effect just because I can. Anyway, got some other material in the hopper that I hope expands and improves on 'North Atlantic'
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craft said 4123 days ago (May 11th, 2008)
cool song
nice blend of sounds going on here... Well done

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Kicbal said 4122 days ago (May 12th, 2008)
Yer Welcome
Glad you liked it.
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said 4111 days ago (May 23rd, 2008)
Cool!
Very nice piece of work, great choice of sounds and well placed. Welcome to MJ my friend, I'm looking forward to hear more from your stuff... Cool work!

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
Kicbal said 4111 days ago (May 24th, 2008)
Likewise
Thanks for listening to my stuff, because it allowed me to make a great new discovery, which is your inspired and also "Very Cool" music. I hope to have some new material posted soon and am looking forward to hearing more from you too.

Take Care
-Kicbal
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J.A.Stewart said 3973 days ago (October 9th, 2008)
Good Feel
Not my usual musical cup of tea, but I can always appreciate a good sense of musicality and fine musicianship when I hear it.

This tune evokes the feel you were after and that's always something to be proud of. Nicely done... welcome to MacJams. ;)


--- Joe
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Kicbal said 3972 days ago (October 9th, 2008)
Thanks again
Appreciate the comments. Nice to know that the song has an effect on people even if it isn't what they usually gravitate towards.
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poodyglitz said 3938 days ago (November 12th, 2008)
Takes Me To Some Nice Places
But definitely not ominous. Very up. Electropop fits as a description. very clean and bright. Oh yeah, it's got the loudness factor as well. :-)

A great first effort.
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Kicbal said 3927 days ago (November 23rd, 2008)
10 thank yous
Thank You X 10. Always nice to have people stop by for a listen.
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awigze said 3922 days ago (November 28th, 2008)
transition
nice transition into the Rock sound.... are you going to throw on some of that saxamophone????
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Kicbal said 3922 days ago (November 28th, 2008)
transition
Not on this particualar tune. I have a new song that is almost done that has quite a bit of sax in it. Will post as soon as its presentable.
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mackellar said 3917 days ago (December 3rd, 2008)
Nice
production. I particularly like the sound and texture of your drums. I am feeling the mere spec bit, having experienced a few hurricanes myself. Welcome my friend.
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five_extra_arms said 3915 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Definitely NOT Gulf of Mexico
Nice composition. I really like your instrument choices, especially the beefy blasts from that one fat synth.

I use an Oxygen 8 as well.

Bob
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Kicbal said 3915 days ago (December 5th, 2008)
Appreciate
Thanks Mackeller and Five_Extra_Arms, appreciate both your comments and both of your excellent music posts.
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1rwhite1 said 3913 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Awesome!
Hey, man, this is great stuff! Congratulations on the new studio equipment. Looking forward to hearing more of your work. You have some nice changes going on here; there's not a boring moment in this piece. Keep up the good work and welcome to Macjams.
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Kicbal said 3913 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Thanks
for the props. Glad that the tune ket your interest.
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Kicbal said 3913 days ago (December 7th, 2008)
Revision
. . .kept your interest, duh.
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Bubowski said 3912 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Nice first post
I like this, it moves right a long, production quality is great. Music and groove are good. Like the guitar sounds...played on the keyboard? I'm not a fade-out guy, so I like to hear definitive endings, but other than that, very nice.

Graham

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Kicbal said 3912 days ago (December 8th, 2008)
Thanks
Yes the guitar sound is a tweaked synth with some distortion added. I have grand schemes that one day I'll have enough material for a whole album. Kinda figured that my first real solo attempt at a song would be a nice closer for the album. Figured that the fade out might be a nice way to end things. But since I'm such a prolific artist, it may take a while.
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awigze said 3910 days ago (December 10th, 2008)
dropped in again
dropped by to listen to this again. Hey, I saw the pic of the Cannonball you are holding on your profile page. That's the Stone Series BS Finish, isnt it? I ended up with the HS HotSpur.
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RadioChuck said 3909 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
right then
this track works for me .... genre busting indeed ... just MY cup of tea ... very cool.
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Kicbal said 3909 days ago (December 11th, 2008)
Thank You
Thanks for the listen.
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3906 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
cool
cool stuff dude, well done and sounded nice and clear.
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Kicbal said 3906 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
Hey Proto
Thanks a ton. Looking forward to your final result of THE TUNE.
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Diviner said 3901 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Very impressed
Well done this has been very well composed. Very good music and esp impressed that its all original with no loops. Cool track. Blown away actually because the production is really good and clean, must be those Atlantic Gales.
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Kicbal said 3901 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Thanks
Really impressed by your stuff too. Check back soon because I should FINALLY have a couple more songs that I am finishing up over the holidays. Thanks again for the positive comments.
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TracyVosh said 3900 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Great
This is great stuff Kicbal! Cool, interesting sounds throughout...can't wait to hear your new posts!
Kicbal said 3884 days ago (January 5th, 2009)
Thanks
Appreciate you stopping by to listen.
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DeathArrow said 3883 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
lalalla
hej if this is garageband i'm impressed !! this is well-done..i could never do this in garageband...maybe in logic but i'm too lazy to programm all the synth and maybe it's a bit too complicated...(i should read the manual for the synths again ^^)
so to come back to your song there are terrific sounds in it...but this is not my style i would never listen to this is my spare time don't take it personal...but i'm a very objective criticiser...so as others said an upgrade to logic (express or pro) would be fine because in garageband you have limited possibilieties..in logic you can do what you want to...this is a very original piece could imagine it in a dance club at night ... or in an undercover-agent-film ... haha keep the good songs coming...good to you have a studio !!! i would like one too... :'(
cheers, luke
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Kicbal said 3883 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
Thanks for the listen
Well, I should clarify, that the home studio is also the guest bedroom and office, but its in the basement away from the upstairs bedrooms, so I can play loud music late at night and not wake the kids.
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Char said 3814 days ago (March 17th, 2009)
You grabbed me from
the first note. This is just great. I really enjoyed everything you did here. It feels good to let someone know how much they entertained you. Loved it. Thanks.
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Kicbal said 3807 days ago (March 23rd, 2009)
As always
Thanks for listening. Love your kind comments.
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Day-Dreamer said 3806 days ago (March 24th, 2009)
Enjoyed
a cooll tune. off to listen to a few more of your's now I found you.
Thanks.
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Kicbal said 3806 days ago (March 24th, 2009)
Cool
Thanks for listening.
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shavingronaldscar said 3792 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
nice!
man, you gotta get past garage band and into logic, or cubase, or ableton or something. you're too good to restrict yourself like that!
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Kicbal said 3792 days ago (April 7th, 2009)
Ha
Thanks again. Gotta get a new house and studio setup again before I make the leap to some new software. Actually wanting to upgrade to Logic Express sometime soon.
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Symphony101 said 2958 days ago (July 20th, 2011)
Killer stuff !
Another great tune Chris, everything well in place !
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Kicbal said 2951 days ago (July 27th, 2011)
Hey Yves
Thanks for comments on my 1st MJ post. I think I still prefer the remix version that is also posted.
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