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1 year of “Eclipse”, my first album

On December 11, 2020, “Eclipse”, my first solo album, was released on digital platforms. I thank everyone  who has listened to it, and I invite you to listen to it again on the occasion of this anniversary:

https://alvaromedina.cl/eclipse/index_en.html

Also, to celebrate the occasion, I have made the album available for free download. To do it, just enter your email in the following link:

https://alvaromedina.cl/eclipse/download/

Thanks again for your support!

Alvaro Medina Garcia

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“La Travesia” (The Journey”) in digital platforms

“La Travesia” (“The Journey”), a theme I made some years ago, arrived to Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Youtube and etc. It’s an epic-orchestral theme that I basically composed and arranged in my head when riding my bike to the last office job I had. Maybe you heard it when I published it in Soundcloud, maybe not; anyway, I invite you to listen it in Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and other platforms, and share it with your friends, if you liked it.

Spotify

Youtube

Apple Music

Deezer

The art from the cover is from digital artist @jplenio,  who creates very evocative and moving illustrations, and shares them free, as this one. Be sure to check him!

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Blog & News Ideas and Improvisations

Bass Station II Synth Impro #3 (aug-2019)

Perhaps one of the most “experimental” tracks I have done. Again, a track with the Bass Station II synth, which capabilities never ceases to amaze me.

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Blog & News Ideas and Improvisations

Impro – Delay Feedback (apr-2020)

You don’t know how much fun I had playing with this. Feedback and modulation of the delay effect, resulting in a crescendo coupling and pitch variation, producing something like a bad record player.

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Blog & News Ideas and Improvisations

Impro Drums (18-may-2020)

An experiment starting from an almost random (“hand-drawn”) pattern of midi notes to the “CASSETTE 606” plugin, a free virtual electronic drum set, processed with tape and delay emulators.

 

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Bass Station II Impro #2 (may 2020)

This improvisation is an experiment with the Bass Station 2 synth’s arpeggiator and filter. A 3-note ostinato, over an electronic drum pattern. The ostinato is mutating by the different positions of the filter, distortion, portamento, etc., of the synthesizer.

 

 

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Bass Station II Synth Impro – 2/oct/2020

From this week on I will start to publish some synths improvisations that I made, mostly during the quarantine of this year, and some from previous years. I start with this impro on the Bass Station 2 synthesizer that I made at the beginning of this month.

These improvisations are experiments, part exploration of ideas, part exploration of the different instruments and effects and their limits. They do not necessarily have a “theme”, a beginning or an end, although broadly they do express a musical idea, or several, that are mutating at the moment. These experiments are, therefore, a “snapshot” of a moment, without rehearsing or editing.

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Exosfera – Music to focus, work and calm the mind

Since October of last year, due to the events lived in Chile, I had a hard time working on new music. Anxiety got the better of me. Time was short to work, stay informed and go out and protest. Something that helped me a lot to calm my anxiety was listening to ambient, atmospheric music. However, after a while the problem was finding new music. So I decided to make my own music, to relax and focus.

“Exosfera” (“Exosphere”) is the first and so far only theme in this process. Functionally, it is designed to relax, concentrate, meditate. The name comes after creating the video that accompanies the track, and represents what the music evokes me. The exosphere is the last layer of the atmosphere of a celestial body, where gases are thinner.

[UPDATE: “Exosfera” is now part of my first album “Eclipse“. You can listen to it here.]

Stock video: Engin Akyurt – https://www.pexels.com/@enginakyurt

 

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Improvisations at Isla Negra

A few weeks ago with my partner we made a brief “retreat” to Isla Negra, a town on the central coast of Chile known for its relationship with the poet Pablo Neruda. Besides from disconnecting a little from the routine, one of my purposes was to take advantage of discovering the synthesizer I had recently acquired, the Bass Station 2 from Novation. My first analog synth, which because lack of time I had not been able to explore. These two tracks are the result of those explorations, one per night. (The improvisation of the third and last night took an unexpected course and I kept it as an idea for a future topic).

I invite you to listen to these improvisations, inspired by the sea and the sand of Isla Negra. While listening, you can look at the photos of the place, which we took during those days.

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Music for the documentary “Volver a las Raices”

Some months ago I had the privilege to create the music for the documentary “¿Hacia donde vamos? Alimentación saludable en un mundo globalizado” (“Where do we go? Healthy eating in a globalized world”) by Volver a las Raíces. This wonderful documentary tells about myths and truths on healthy eating, “superfoods”, and invites to rescue traditional meals from our local territories.

 

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