MATRIXSYNTH: The Space Dialogue - a Fun Homage

Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Space Dialogue - a Fun Homage

video by ProckGnosis

"Skip beer-and-babble intro to 3:49​ for the start of the piece and 8:08​ for some comments about the sounds and ideas that went into it. This was meant to be sort of an homage and cheezy collage of synth soundtracks and pieces that I've really enjoyed over the years.

This piece was mostly a side project that gave me something to do from my laptop during corona lockdown and other fun over the last couple of years. It was done mostly with Reason softsynths, with a big assist from the Dreadbox Typhon.

The idea for something like this had been floating around in my head for a while. I originally wrote and recorded the dialogue back in mid 2019, and I've been slowly shaping it, tweaking it, mixing it, and slightly altering it for almost 18 months. The biggest challenge for me putting this together was mixing the various elements and balancing the levels. Though 90% of the melody and arrangement was put together in the first 5 or 6 months, early versions were a bit muddy and crowded, before I started trying for a "less is more" approach. I removed redundant clips/melodies, filtered out the low end where needed, EQ’ed mids more than I usually do, and tried not to drive the mastering compressor so much. I’m fairly happy with the final mix, though there’s still room for improvement. It was fun and a pretty good learning experience.

Thanks to some of the "green screen" community out there for offering up a few special effects. Now I need to go back and find out who to give credit to after I post this.

And of note, I think this is the first ProckGnosis theme I've done based mostly on guitar!"

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