MATRIXSYNTH: Praise to the Eternity of Jesus - Messiaen

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Praise to the Eternity of Jesus - Messiaen


Published on May 14, 2016 davidryle

"Olivier Messiaen's beautiful piece from 'Quartet for the End of Time'. It is the 5th segment of part 3 'Structures'. It is supposedly a similar composition as the 1930's version of Oraison for the Ondes Martenot played at the Paris World Fair of 1937.

Instrumentation here is the large format modular for the main voice with a light background portion using SampleTron choir. The chord part is a Dave Smith Prophet 8 and Waldorf MicroQ.

Heretical liberties were taken in places to add filtered noise, sequential note patterns and phasing to lend texture to the body of the work.

I abandoned an attempt at controlled vibrato in the appropriate places due to my dislike of the results. Probably due to the fact that I was using eight oscillators for the main voice.

The piece was a midi file played earlier, sent to the various synthesizers and then recorded in real-time at once to a stereo track in Cubase. The beginning reversed reverb part was pre-recorded from an instance of the into bars and set to play prior to the main recorded track.

Video editing in Final Cut Pro."

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