MATRIXSYNTH: Reflections in Space // OP-1 Ambient Techno

Monday, April 26, 2021

Reflections in Space // OP-1 Ambient Techno


video by Eon Edge

"Rediscovering my OP-1.

After listening to Rykard's Arrive The Radio Bacon on repeat for a few days, I fell in love with gritty, unswept, bitcrushed digital sounds. And what better instrument than the OP-1 for this kind of sounds?

I took my OP-1 out from its case where it has been lying for months, and rediscovered how fun it is to make music on this machine. Yes, the synth engines are quirky and lo-fi, and the tape workflow it's not the fastest for writing a full song, but it's so fun to play with! Every time I switch it on, I get lost in hours of sound design, and inevitably come up with a few interesting loops.

So here's a track born from a simple arpeggiated sequence, I don't even remember which synth engine I used for this sound, but if I could take it on a date, I would. It sounds so interesting!

I consider this track as a training exercise to get familiar again with production techniques within the OP-1 itself, programming drums, building sections, adding transitions, etc. The long-term objective is to master the instrument and write a few songs, but mostly to remind myself how fun and rewarding it is to make music.

Hope you like it!

All sounds from the OP-1, mixed and mastered in Logic Pro.
Additional footage: archive.org/NASA."

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