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Messages - Rikimbo

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Tracking / The freesound sample database
« on: July 19, 2006, 00:20:21 »
Freesound is fantastic.  I've been getting samples and sounds from there for a while now.  I guess I had never thought of linking it here.  Good idea, Garian!  :D

As Garian said, Freesound is full of random sounds; some are sampled instruments, some are vocals, or very long recorded nature/ambience loops, sine waves, strange sound effects, and so forth.  There's so much fun stuff on there.  I definitely recommend it as well.

The Lobby / What other forums do you post in?
« on: July 17, 2006, 17:55:11 » -- Yes, I still play Starcraft.  I'm a bit behind in my ways. :)

The Lobby / POLL: What's your speciality?
« on: July 15, 2006, 07:07:09 »
Oh man, I thought I was up there in arrogance, but clearly Ceekayed has humbled me.  I guess I'll just concentrate on my ambient, atmospheric, chillout and synth stuff instead, and leave 'arrogancy' to the crimson king.  ;)

Tracking / The Compost Compo is Over - Results!
« on: July 13, 2006, 17:39:09 »
Congratulations to Ceekayed and Hyochan!  I'm not surprised you two won -- you guys rock!

And I think it's a fantastic idea to post compos up here, and get the ModArchive community in on them.  I hope to see some more of this!  And perhaps I'll join one sometime in the not-so-distant future.  :)

Tracking / How do YOU track a tune ? (Walkthru?)
« on: July 12, 2006, 19:19:24 »
Personally, every time I set out to write a track, thinking "I'm going to write a track that sounds like <blah>!"... it never ends up soundling like <blah>.  How I start a tune these days is just play around with samples, putting things down and trashing them again, until I hit something that sounds even remotely cool.  Then I add a little to it, if I think it sounds a little bland on it's own.  At this point I set up my panning as well, so that essentially, this first pattern I put down, I never have to touch it again.

After that's done, the most tedious part is done, which is actually starting the tune.  Now it's just easy riding, intuition.  After a few more patterns, I go back and do two things.  I write a proper 'intro' set of patterns for the tune, and I go back and tweak the tempo.  The reason I think the tempo tweaking is important, is because when I start a tune, my mind might be thinking at a different speed than the actual tempo of the song is.  It's hard to explain, but what you're hearing in your mind isn't the same as the tempo it's actually playing at... sort of.  So I fix the tempo until I think it's how I intended it to sound.

And then I just keep going and exploring until I run out of ideas, at which point I find a decent way to finish the tune.  Last thing I do is fix volumes, dynamics, fix yet more panning, add more effects, fix transitions, and so on.  The last little details that have to be fixed.

That's the way I track, anyhow.  At least that's the best I can summerize it.  I don't expect anyone to agree with the way I do things, but hey, you asked.

Regarding what you said about structure.  What I used to do alot is try to fill everything with a proper string section, bass drones, the whole kit and kaboodle.  But eventually I found that it was just too much and it didn't help towards the sound... in fact, it bugged me after a while, and clashed with my ear.  So now I figure that less is more, and I'm a strong advocate for minimalism.  So my advice on that point is don't overdo it, and never second guess your intuition.

Don't worry about professionalism.  Trying to achieve a 'professional' sound is putting yourself in a box, limiting your creativity.  Don't.

This post is too long.  My apologies.


The Lobby / Introduce yourself - Rikimbo
« on: July 03, 2006, 18:11:54 »
icerain:  How old is older than dirt?  :P

Eagle:  Never overwrite old reviews.

And well, since this is my first post in this topic, I may as well introduce myself formally.  Regulars here should know me already, but here goes!

I'm Rikimbo (AKA Eric Himbeault), 19 year old tracker from Canada.  I'm fluent in both of my country's official languages, French and English.  I found The Mod Archive sometime in 2003, after discovering the module music format through my obsessive search for the great music in the old (barely known) DOS game Inner Worlds.  I immediately fell in love with this place, and since 2004 have been a zealous contributer for this website.

After reviewing for a while, I started tracking myself sometime in summer 2004.  It took me about a dozen tracks before I fell in love with the ambient/atmospheric/chillout genre, and have been mainly exploring this style of music (which, sadly, does not appeal to many people).

Some non-tracker personal information about me:  I'm a second year university student, persuing studies in honours physics (high five to Louigi Verona!)  and I'm loving it so far.  Aside from being active in the tracking scene, where I am one of the younger memebers, I am also active in the Starcraft modding community, where I am amongst the older members.  

And... I like long walks in the park, candle-lit dinners... nah, I'm just kidding!   :lol:

That's pretty much all you would ever need to know about me.

...For the moment.

Hi.  :)

The Lobby / A low-priority question
« on: June 28, 2006, 22:41:37 »
:flute: Oompa loompa dippidy doozer,  
you do not ask,
about the the first user... :flute:


Just kidding.   :D

The Lobby / Eagle's back!
« on: June 26, 2006, 20:25:24 »
Ah, that explains your prolonged absence.  I thought you were dead, or kidnapped, or some other badness.  Welcome back, anyway.  :)

The Lobby / Dj-Distance
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:35:26 »
It could have very well been a coincidence you know;  If this artist gets influence from the same music as you do, that chord progression may have been as intuitive to him as it was to you, so it may be as much yours as it is his.  This in combination with either thinking alike, being in the same state of mind, and so forth, may have caused this striking similarity in the music.

Of course, maybe he ripped it from you, who knows. ^^

Look what I made! / Unreal Scene!
« on: May 13, 2006, 20:50:51 »
Okay, again I didn't read most of this thread, so I'm just going to add a few comments, since I happen to have listenned to this now.

Fantastic! :D

I can definitely hear the hours of work that went into this, and the careful planning out of the whole thing.  Superb atmosphere and great leads.  Excellent variation.  Transitions are perfect.  Very good work.  I'm definitely impressed.

Sorry for this being kind of brief, but I literally have a couple hundred more songs that I have to listen to right now.

Keep up this awesome work!


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