In this piece I wanted to intentionally explore the use of happier notes. I find it incredibly easy to produce brooding music, and I wanted to move to what some call a "higher emotional level" in the sounds I am sculpting. I have recently been watching a lot of Guy Michelmore videos on how to do composition. I was noticing the emotional feel of some of his pieces was higher than others.
In this piece I set about using instruments that would create this higher feel. I have a technique for finding good ear hooks, and I think it worked again here. C Pentatonic scale was used for many aspects.
I was manipulating the Akai MPC Live II during filming to show a little bit of the inner workings of this piece. The manipulation amounts to a live performance that did add some extra notes and glissando that might not be in the mixed down version of this piece.
There is another version of this music box that has some additional incredible "percussive splashes" worked in. I will be doing another release to further explore the mixing aspects of positioning the splashes in audio imaging space, inspired by David Gibson's "The Art of Mixing".
You can visit the youtube page directly: https://youtu.be/-_JeKEvAoAo
Release date: June 1, 2022
Instruments: Akai MPC Live II
Shared to several FB MPC groups.