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Four Pieces For Sonic Solitude

by Tonal Assembly

On Our Way 25:48


Recently I discovered on my old music computer some unreleased tracks that I composed and recorded in 2012. The tracks were recorded with Cubase 6.5 using both hardware synths (Access Virus C, Roland SH-32, Yamaha CS6X) and software plugins.

Three of these tracks were inspired by the journey of the Voyager 1 spacecraft, leaving our solar system and now travelling in interstellar space. (NASA states that the instruments from Voyager 1 suggested that the craft entered interstellar space on August 25, 2012. The first parts of the tracks were composed around that time.) Together these three tracks form an epic journey in three movements through space and time. They are a mix of sequencer-driven music and ambient influences (I use the Valhalla DSP "Room" reverb plugin a lot in these tracks, which has a very Blade Runner feel to it).

The fourth track started out as a track for personal meditation, but it slowly grew into another journey that gradually builds up in more than 25 minutes. The track has a similar atmosphere as the previous three Voyager-tracks. Not only do I use hardware synths, but I also recorded the sound of stones for a more organic atmosphere.

When I heard these tracks again, I was very much impressed by the freshness, creativity and overall sound quality. These tracks were simply too good to leave them unreleased.

So I have now remixed and mastered these tracks using a huge arsenal of top notch plugins to get the musical quality up to today's standards. The tracks on "Four Pieces For Sonic Solitude" now sound warmer, fresher, and cleaner than they have ever sounded before. No new parts were added, all the songs are exactly as I left them in 2012, but I remixed and mastered the tracks so that they're up to today's musical standards.

"Four Pieces For Sonic Solitude" contains four tracks of uplifting space music. The four tracks contain more than 50 minutes of brand new music that is yet 10 years old.

Please note that back then I did not have the equipment that I have today, so that there are occasionally some very minor pops and clicks in the recordings that I was not able to get rid of without affecting the overall sound.

P.s. Please be aware that Bandcamp's streaming quality is much lower than the sound quality of the downloaded files when purchasing the album.

Review on Empulsiv (German): www.empulsiv.de/cdreviews/805-tonal-assembly-four-pieces-for-sonic-solitude


released January 28, 2022

Composed, performed, mixed, and mastered by Tonal Assembly/Taede A. Smedes.

Recorded, mixed and mastered in 32bits floating point / 44.1 kHz. Files are 24bit/44.1 kHz.

Recorded in the Fall of 2012, released on Bandcamp on 28 January, 2022.

Artwork (background) by Ajay Kumar Singh via Pixabay.


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Dutch producer of melodious electronic music in the style of Jarre and Vangelis. Based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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