Rusted Sky Dub

by madeofants

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This is ultimately my homage to 90s dub techno, using my own absurd process which I will describe.

I had some critical issues with my studio computer so I decided to work with only things and equipment I had laying around. This led to me recording the two slabs of audio that would eventually be the final product.

The first slab was a sample I hobbled together in my SP202 and then ran through a decaying delay line on a weird bass multi effects pedal I had laying around. I recorded this to four track and allowed it to decay for a while creating a lot of neat artifacts and rhythmic distortions.

The second slab was a little more complex, it started out as a bass hit I lifted from an old house tape I found in an alley, which I supplemented with my PSP (using PSPSEQ as a drum machine). After recording these to four track I setup a send that was again the bass multi effect pedal (I forget the exact effects I used and while I seriously doubt it's important feel free to ask and I'll dig it up).

Around this time I got my computer situation fixed and promptly recorded both of these into Reaper, which if you don't know is a really rad and super affordable DAW. At this point I decided I could only use a handful of VSTs I knew really well and the sounds I had already recorded.

The rest of the process was simply cutting and placing audio chunks then EQ and compression. For the curious this is the ninth draft, using 3 versions of the original bass slab (3 different frequency bands), 3 versions of the melody slab (left, right and center panning). All this is accompanied by various LFOs and envelopes and stuff that I normally don't mess with but I really wanted to do a proper multitrack hence working within different restrictions.

That's about it really, as per usual thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy.

Also made the album art, thought it was pretty cool.


released August 23, 2013



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madeofants Chicago, Illinois

I like to make ambient/droney music using Jeskola Buzz, Tapes, Loops, found sound and a Tascam 4 Track. Theres a bunch of other stuff but those are my staple. I'm a big fan of artists that focus on texture and sound design such as The Field, Fennesz, Belong and Stars Of The Lid, which is fairly obvious I suppose. Anyhow thanks for listening. ... more

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