Hi everyone, in perfect time for the Berlinale which starts this week we enter cinematic territory with a composition from Kryptonaut aka Jon Grove entitled The Fall of Atlantis. Created using our music making software Samplitude Music Studio/Producer it is an epic symphonic creation composed using choral and orchestral timbres. Starting slowly a with baroquesque guitar melody that transports the listener into a world of Gothic churches, Gregorian chants, knights and feuding kings. As the composition progresses choral textures are introduced subtlety at first but then they quickly climax were the mood floats between melancholic and sinister. It continues to involve with the blending of ethereal electronic pads which along with the choir ebbs and flows until the final crescendos were all that’s left is the ominous tolling of a bell. Have a listen to the track then check out our interview with the composer to gain some insight into his inspiration.
You used MAGIX Samplitude Music Studio/Producer to create your project. What drew you to the program and how does it help you in your work?
I was looking to get back into making electronic music after a fairly long gap, and I wanted to find some software that would allow me to mix audio, synths and effects, without costing too much! I downloaded trial DAWs from various publishers but Samplitude Music Studio seemed to be excellent value for money, was easy to use, and offered all the features I was looking for at the time.
How long have you been producing music and what drew you to it?
I fell in love with electronic music in the mid ’70s – Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, etc., and then later on sounds like Tubeway Army and Ultravox. I built myself a synth from a kit (the PE Minisonic, for those who are interested), but it was more suited to making noises than playing seriously as it was a bit unstable. In the mid ’90s I bought an Atari ST and a Tascam 4-track, which I used to record a few songs with a mix of live and sequenced tracks, but the arrival of a family meant putting those toys away! So although I’ve always had a guitar and keyboard lying around, I’ve only really got back into music-making relatively recently – and now the children are both making excellent music themselves, too, which is very gratifying!
How did you come up with the idea for this project?
This particular track, ‘The Fall of Atlantis’, is a contest entry on the KVRaudio forum with the theme ‘through-composed music’. I’ve always loved the Mellotron sound, and it seemed a good opportunity to use it, so I came up with the final chord progression first and then somehow worked my way back to the beginning of the song, trying not to fall into the trap of repeating stuff I’d already done. The requirement to be non-repetitive made me think quite hard about chord sequences, and how to find the right balance between variation and predictability.
What advise would you give other music makers who would like to go in the same direction?
I find the themed contests very stimulating, as they push me in directions I would not normally have considered. I think sometimes it’s easier to be creative when there are some constraints to work to – otherwise it’s too easy to just stick to a tried and tested formula. Getting out of your comfort zone can be surprisingly enjoyable!
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