Eye – Intermission music


Here is some intermission music for you, as I transition from the covers I’ve been releasing so far this year to originals.

This is sort of a cover of the song Eye by the Smashing Pumpkins https://songwhip.com/the-smashing-pumpkins/eye2001 – but not really because I had not heard the original version of the song when I started making this instrumental. What I had heard was a midi version of the song played on a 1990s PC soundcard. Years later I used ADLPlug https://github.com/jpcima/ADLplug an emulator to reproduce the sound and you can hear that version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ2GaGDHnnU – listening to it takes me back to the days of trying to coax music out of these office machines and being entranced by the results like this. I even made an album of covers using this technique and still thrill at the sound of Dire Straits, Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Iron Maiden rendered using these puny sounds. I wondered if I could make the chip sound more impressive, to give it the chance to shine in todays hi-tech world, and so this cover was born. I took the bits of the original midi track that sounded cool and ran with them, trying to make the edges harder and the tops sparklier. I did use a specialist drum synth for some of the percussion and a ton of effects but everything else you can hear is that cute little FM chip singing it’s heart out. I hope you enjoy it.

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