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New track: “Las Calores de Febrero”

In the southern hemisphere there’s full winter and still very cold. That’s why I wanted to remember the “calores de febrero” (the heat of February), which is summer here; hot days where we’re drowning in sweat and the heat is roasting us, but also we can walk barefoot, and at night wear just a shirt and shorts, and the laundry dries quickly, and there are watermelons, and melons , and peaches… ah, I miss summer.

I had finished this track last February, but for some inscrutable reason hadn’t published it. As always, I invite you to listen to it, and if you like it, to share it.

Cover design: Patricio Pacheco

Also on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/dralvaroz/las-calores-de-febrero

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Some stuff I used to make in Blender..

20 years ago, I spent a lot of time playing in Blender, the 3D creation program. These is a small sample of what I made in those days.

Algun tipo de pájaro?

Some kind of bird? © 2002

 

Jugando con la especularidad © 2001

Playing with specularity © 2002

 

Templo del Agua

Temple of Water © 2002

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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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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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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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