Out of The Blue (ac-ootb.it)
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Out of The Blue by Acumen (aka Milan Kolarovic) Email | acumen_kolumbus.fi Website | http://www.kolumbus.fi/acumen Snailmail | Milan Kolarovic Hollontie 59 35320 Hirsila Finland This song is my tribute to Michael Cretu (Enigma), and to his evergreen, inspiring music. || General thoughts || What can I say.. Hundreds of hours were wasted again into this latest effort of my quest for soul searching. Naturally it feels good to come up with a new, fresh song idea after being in "radio silence" for more or less 4 months after "One of a kind". This song literally came "Out of The Blue". It started way before the millennium changed, and took quite a while to get completed. The main inspiration for this song came from the long and patient wait for the new Enigma album, "The Screen Behind the Mirror". Unfortunately the album was a small disappointment for me, since it wasn`t as brilliant and unique as the magnificent 3rd Enigma album. The main thing I miss is the lack of intensity and passion that the previous Enigma album was full of. Infact I found it more closer to an ordinary mainstream pop album than to New Age. Anyway, "Out of The Blue" resembles the high hopes and expectations I had for the upcoming album. This was NOT in any way an attemp to mimic or to imitate Enigma`s music, I simply felt very "new ageish" at the time of composing, after all the century was about to change and also the ticking knowledge of the forthcoming Enigma album gave me a good sense of what I wanted to compose. || Samples & Instruments || I can`t help to compare my work to coding (coding process?) since this song has two sides, a bit like demos or graphic artwork. At the same time it seems very simple with all the note commands and few effects here and there, but yet at the same time over 90% of the work was been done "behind the curtains". It`s all based on the samples, strong and very carefully chosen and mixed samples. I wonder if I learned the significant meaning of a good sample set/mix from the great "guru of music", Warder. ;) Most of the instruments used are sampled from my Korg N364. Drumloops are mostly mixed from my Sample CD`s. Thanks to all the people who`s samples I`ve used as addition to my own. A song has to have atleast few of those 8bit "filthy" sounding samples, specially when the rest of the samples are so "clean". It gives the song a warm shape and balance so that the overall sound wouldn`t be too "clinic" and dry. The 16bit version had few more samples, plus almost all samples were 44,1khz/16bit. The filesize of the 16bit was 10 467kb (unpacked), so I`ve managed to reduce the size by 6 megabytes without any significant loss or reduction in the overall sound quality. || Concerns this time.. || For years now I`ve antisipated the world as we know it come to a bright end, so that all suffering on earth would stop and humankind would cease to excist. I always thought that there was a would be a sign to the start of the end, like a WorldWar 3, etc.. but have I missed the sign? It`s time to open your eyes aswell mine, see the picture as whole. 3rd WorldWar has in way already started in the form of drugs, narcotic substances. The war is going on in almost every country in the world as we speak.. I cannot understand people who search for experiences, who actually search life itself from drugs like heroine, cocaine, amfetamine, LSD, etc.. Why cannot we be satisfied with the life we get? .. More and more people get involved in drugs nowdays, and the experiments happen in younger and younger ages.. Are people nowdays more disappointed in their lifes, have we learned to use chemical substances against us, or do we search for extra excitement from drugs? .. Solution? .. I don`t have one that could be generalized, since every one of us must follow our own hearts, but I can tell you what are my own thoughts in a bit more wider view. We are born on this planet and at some moment we start wondering why we are here - what is the meaning of life. We want to know the answer so that we could justificate our own meaning. Some say "we only live once, so make the best out of it" or "live every day like it`s your last". Sounds a bit ironic, but aren`t drugs like the answer and the final conclusion for this kind of thinking? .. My goal in life is to earn the right to live it, not by seeking answers `or sensations from the world around me (drugs, etc..), but from the world inside me - with as many millions of stars and galaxies to explore as there are in the "visual world". My goal is to find the perfect harmony. Drugs only work as an easy way out, as providing an instant quick sensation(?) that bases on chemistry - NOT on Reality. Remember this! || 1999 Resume || A total of 5 songs and 4 remixes were completed in year 1999. Here`s a list of them: One of a Kind (2.10.1999/17.10.1999) Hugi #18 diskmagazine background music selection nro.1 16th in Heavenly Music Competition2 1st in Hawkmoon`s November compo 5th in Ultim8 December compo Satisfaction Overload: Extended version (13.9.1999) Satisfaction Overload (1.9.1999) Assembly`99 MP3 competition entry 8th in Hawkmoon`s October compo. Pitch-Black (10.8.1999) Assembly`99 Multichannel competition entry 10th in Ultim8 October compo 8th in Hawkmoon`s September compo Secret Hours (15.4.1999) 2nd in Ultim8 June compo 1st in Hawkmoon`s May compo Lore remix (10.4.1999) My Planet remix (16.3.1999) Digital Talebearer (21.2.1999) Analogic Talebearer (4.1.1999) 3rd in Hawkmoon`s August compo ___________________________________________________________________________ All comments and feedback, good or bad, are always more than welcome. Every email will be answered! Thanks for the past year everybody!! 13.3.2000 Milan Kolarovic (aka Acumen) ___________________________________________________________________________
Korg N364 Bell#1 (Left) Korg N364 Bell#1 (Right) Korg N364 Bell#2 (Left) Korg N364 Bell#2 (Right) Panflute Shakuhachi (Left) Shakuhachi (Right) Korg N364 BassString Korg N364 DeepBass Korg N364 DoubleString (1) | Pulse Bass (2) | Pulse Bass (3) | Pulse Bass (4) | Pulse Bass SFX | What is Love? SFX | Mad laughing Cymbal Heavy loop (Left) Heavy loop (Right) (1) | Comp (2) | Comp (3) | Comp (4) | Comp (1) | Distorted (2) | Distorted SFX | Whispers SFX | Blob SFX | Hymn SFX | Boooom SFX | Crystal rhodes SFX | Space signal SFX | Signals SFX | Flute SFX | Radio tuning SFX | Waves & Seagulls | Juno Bassglide | Angel Choir | BD+hihat | SD+hihat | Swing Beat #1 | Swing Beat #2 | Swing Beat #3 | Effect Hihat (1) | Roland XP-50 Filter (2) | Roland XP-50 Filter (3) | Roland XP-50 Filter Gregorian Chanting One more time BD Filthy SD Filthy It`s a cross between Alien and human (Captain Jean Luc Picard) _________________________ Out of The Blue Composed by Acumen "Out of The Blue" Copyright (c) 2000 Milan Kolarovic All rights reserved (Duration-) 5"03 (Channels-) 50/128 (Filename-) AC-OOTB.IT (Filesize-) 2520kb (Finished-) 25.2.2000 (Released-) 13.3.2000 (Version--) 8bit v1.0 ____ (Email) acumen_kolumbus.fi (Website) www.kolumbus.fi/acumen (Snailmail) Milan Kolarovic Hollontie 59 35320 Hirsila Finland ____ For more info, check the message area in IT2 (Press SHIFT+F9). Acumen (L) | Bell#1 Acumen (R) | Bell#1 Acumen (L) | Bell#2 Acumen (R) | Bell#2 | Panflute Acumen (L) | Shakuhachi Acumen (R) | Shakuhachi Acumen | BassString Acumen | DeepBass Acumen | DoubleString Acumen (1) | Pulse Bass Acumen (2) | Pulse Bass Acumen (3) | Pulse Bass Acumen (4) | Pulse Bass SFX | What is Love SFX | Mad Laughing Acumen | Cymbal Acumen (L) | Heavy loop Acumen (R) | Heavy loop Acumen (1) | Comp Acumen (2) | Comp Acumen (3) | Comp Acumen (4) | Comp Acumen (1) | Distorted Acumen (2) | Distorted SFX | Whispers SFX | Blob SFX | Hymn SFX | Boooom Acumen SFX | Rhodes Acumen SFX | Space signal Acumen SFX | Signals Acumen SFX | Flute SFX | Radio tuning Acumen SFX | Waves | Juno Bass | Angel Choir | BD+hihat | SD+hihat (1) | Beat (2) | Beat (3) | Beat | Hihat (sfx) Roland (1) | XP-50 Filter Roland (2) | XP-50 Filter Roland (3) | XP-50 Filter Enigma | Gregorian Acumen SFX | 1 more time | BD (Filthy) | SD (Filthy) (1) | Alien Speech (2) | Alien Speech (3) | Alien Speech _________________________ Out of The Blue (c) 2000 Acumen This song is my tribute to Michael Cretu and to his music (Enigma). ____ This time a lot of the samples are my own hand- writing, so they are all original. Feel free to use them as long as you remember to mention the sample source, thanks! Additional samples from: Andromeda of Kosmic, TB, iq of Kosmic, Tangerine, FTZ of Area51, Darkhalo, Chromex, Hunz, Dawnstar, Hideo, Radix, Tourach, Enigma: MCMXCAD (Enigma). My greetings to all those who`s samples I`ve used, and to the people who`ve remembered me with tons of emails, thoughts and comments along the years I`ve done music. Thanks! .. and keep those emails coming in future too!