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Making of “Continuum”
The single “Continuum” is the last tune I composed, in this case I decided to don’t wait for an upcoming album since the idea I had was fresh and different from the other songs I wrote in the past. This tune features piano, strings, brass, synth, woodwinds, percussions, choir and electric guitar. The main use of the effects are related to the ambient music with its wide and deep reverb fx. The repetitive piano part helps the listener to fall into a sort of meditative state of mind. I used different main themes on purpose trying to don’t distract the listener steering him toward the end of the song. Even the middle bridge variation lacks of any strong percussive elements, the rhythm part is emphasized by a pulsing reverb, in my opinion this is a nice technique to make feel the rhythm in a different way without being invasive, especially when the song purpose is to help the listener to concentrate.
My rock music background helped me to figure out how to put some electric guitar into the song. It’s not uncommon to listen to electric guitars in orchestral tunes or in progressive rock music but when you realize you are going to compose an Ambient song then you must be aware that using rock elements might ruin the current song mood if you don’t use it in the right way. For “Continuum” I wanted to get a raw and super warm guitar tone, and for this purpose I recorded the guitar part using my Laney LC30 Tube Amplifier and the Shure SM57 microphone.
The pedalboard I used is pretty simple. The compressor pedal helped me to add some attack and sustain to the notes, after the compressor I inserted a Tube Screamer Overdrive pedal adding some extra distortion. As you can hear, the guitar part is not dry, the signal goes to the orchestral reverb Bus FX giving an unique Ambient touch to the guitar lead part.
I hope you will find this short description interesting and inspiring.