Download: Soundscape to “Delirium’s Dream”
(Note: To skip right to the free download, scroll down to the first track, “Wandering Souls” and click the downward arrow to the right of the waveform.)
AND now, time for what will be a recurring feature on this blog, which I call “Posting Actual Sound and/or Music that I’ve Made (Because That Is What This Blog Is Supposed To Be About) and Write a Bit About It.” (The feature needs a catchier name than that. Any suggestions?) I’ll be featuring tracks that you can’t find anywhere else, so consider yourself lucky while I’ll consider myself priveledged to have the attention of your ears. Thus, the golden circle of creation and consumption is completed.
This track is a sound bed I created many moons ago for The Scarehouse, before they were all successful and stuff. I cannot remember how it was used in the haunt, but it was part of a collection of soundscapes that I made and were deemed cool and creepy enough to add atmosphere to the haunted merriment.
Later on, this track was used as a backdrop for the album track “Delirium’s Dream.” I initially had some beats and a few ideas, but it was not quite enough for a complete track. It needed something to tie it together, and make it sound more creepy. I recalled this track, which was sitting around unused, and dropped it in behind the beats and viola, a Delirium Dog classic was born.
I find that listening to the naked sound effect track is a lot more creepy than listening to the song. I dare ya to wait for a time when you’re along at night, put on your headphones, and just try to get through the whole thing without pulling the headphones off and asking out loud if anyone is there.
Here is the naked sound bed, titled “Wandering Souls”:
And here is “Delirium’s Dream” in which I brazenly plagiarized myself in order to crank out a new industrial trance track. It’s the longest track on the album, which I think owes a lot to the original track above.
Wandering Souls was created using a lovely piece of software called MetaSynth, which I was obsessed with a few years ago. (I haven’t upgraded to the latest version, but it’s on my list! My old version doesn’t even run on new Macs, so I am currently without it. Aww.) Delirium’s Dream was composed in Logic Pro.
One thing you’ll notice is that the naked track has more of a dynamic range. For the dance track, the volume was compressed so that the lows were boosted and the whole thing could stand up in the mix. You can tell this just by comparing the two waveforms above. Wandering Souls has more peaks and valleys while Delirium’s Dream is more uniformly loud. Most music tracks you hear (other than classical) make heavy use of compression to raise the overall loudness and improve the odds that the listener will hear and notice the music in loud environments (bars, clubs, your car…). The Wandering Souls track has little or no compression, and I think it is a lot scarier as a result. It’s as if some of the voices are further away and then others reach right out and touch you. Love that.