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The Mystery of Synthetic Sound

Some people can make an album in 24/48 hours, they can make a sound in
5 seconds,
know exactly what they want and how to get to it. This amazes me but
it’s just not how I can work.
I have learnt how to conjure sounds, about the waves, filters,
envelopes, this helps, but for me it is all different, I don’t how it
is for the rest of you out there.
Since I’ve got this overwhelming feeling that I must make a lot of new
evil electro soon, I’m starting the alchemy that is sound design again.
The “feeling” part is the but that drives it again.
I have a feeling to make some more in my bones, it’s important but I
don’t know why.
But I’ve learned to my cost about ignoring those feelings, since
they’re always Ghost led.

Even though I do write a scenario, a story with characters for many
tunes, my musical ideas are always a complete blank.
I have no ideas in my head, nothing, no sounds, no concept, zero. This
is scary.
It makes you feel like on your next tune you can’t do it anymore.

So to sounds, I have to search for the sounds, then my feelings (The
Ghost, will put down his Necronomicon and say ” Yeah, THAT’S the one,
bin the rest”) will tell me what to use. The sounds dictate what gets
conjured, they lead the way, not me.
Maybe it’s just me, but anytime I “forget” or “ignore” the feeling and
just produce, the magic vanishes…
So I don’t know about you, but for me this is wizardry, alchemy,
occultism rolled into one.

All powered by the volcanic uncontrolled energy of the evil blue
skinned one himself. That’s the music maker and dark maker who lives in
my head, The Ghost That Walks….

Matrix Sequencer And Reason re-education

The tools I‘ve had for so long but barely used for electro and the electronic side of music,
Are now going to be the mainstay of production for a while. The use of the Cv and gate inputs and outputs are something I’m really going to explore, something that only
Analogue gear has anymore, so it can do things the real world can’t.
Going to attempt not to use my old sounds and make all brand new , a hard task considering I have some
very good sounds from the last 13 or so years. Still wish my Roland and Novation were here, but they’re packed up tight waiting
for my return. Very good sounds from the Roland, strong, strong filters, yet an under rated piece of kit.

Still want to try and get some valve kit to run it all through, to take  away the digital edge.
But the mammoth task begins of programming sounds begins, which always took me a long time.
So much searching, searching for that sound that speaks to you. Very hard to just make those by design.
So hours, days weeks of hard graft ahead. But I won’t settle for weak soundscapes, as there is competition to destroy and
Points to prove to many people across the world.

You’ll hear the demos as they come fast and loose….

Till next time…

Paul Bishop
The Ghost That Walks