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Sad Sergey – Ghost Train

Mix

An ambient IDM piece inviting the listener to drift away into a vast soundscape. The fragile balance of this scarce production, along with the space becoming an instrument in its own right, were among the challenges. Special care was put into not only making the elements coexist harmoniously, but also making the presence of the artist behind the machines felt. Electronic to the end, this is a truly handcrafted voyage.

Uschi No Michi – Blue Lights

Mix

An allegorical piece drawing parallels between a young woman's pursuit of a romantic partner and the predatory insect's hunt for prey. Sound design being in the centre of this work, the electronic critters each have a purpose. The coming-and-going swarms, the sparkling glitches and the overpowering low end hums are not mere embellishments, but storytelling devices on the same plane as the vocals, and had to be treated as such.

Psy'Aviah – Lessons from the Past

Mix

This funky mid-tempo song is centred around its groovy beat and Mari Kattman’s vocals. As such, it was a pretty straightforward mix job — keep the low end powerful, the drums and the bass groovy, the vocals clear and present, and ornament all of that with the layers of synths. There is a in-depth article about the making of the song at the band's website.

Dragonfly Lingo – The Vortex

Production and mix

Part of a concept album built around film samples, this track is revolving around a scene from the second instalment in the Hellraiser series. The music is a balancing act between the charm and the horror. The mix followed suit, giving the downtempo opening a mellow feel with a punch, to contrast it from the aggressive middle eight, while maintaining coherence throughout the piece. The bass and the brooding ambience are the main engulfing elements here, while the melody is to spark above the dark soundscape.

Razorwire Halo – Destroy Me (Minimum Destruction)

Remix

The original song is a heavy industrial rock piece; I wanted to take it into an opposite direction with this remix. To further amplify the distance from the original and strand irretrievably into the minimal downtempo realm, the sound is minimal and pure, almost surgical. The vocal treatment relies heavily on Ableton Live's granular synthesis and vocoder effects.

Virgo Intacta – Yellow

Mix

A bouncy uptempo EBM track where “intense” is the keyword. The biggest challenge was working the multitude of layers, balancing between the four-to-the-floor drive and giving enough detailed action to the headphone listener.

acoustic

Nicolas Pechtich – The Dream I Had Last Night (Randy Newman)

Recording and mix

This acoustical alternative take on Randy Newman's song was recorded for a film school diploma. The scarce acoustic-guitar-and-voice arrangement was featured prominently during the closing credits and had to fit the full-size movie theatre. The mix is made to be as spread-out as possible to go with the anamorphic widescreen presentation.

A. Blackbrow & A. Nekrasov – Star Rain (Evgeniy Shtephan)

Recording and mix

Acoustic guitar duo's contemporary piece performance recorded on a 2" tape. The stereo image is to give the sense of the vast space rather than faithfully represent the musicians' disposition during the recording. The music and the arrangement both convey the idea of the the star rain perfectly, but the subtle high-pass delay adds a little touch that completes the treble tones of the picture.

Alexander Nekrasov – Sakura (Yuquijiro Yocoh)

Recording and mix

This guitar arrangement of a traditional Japanese piece was recorded on a Studer A800 2" tape deck in a dry room. In the mix, I tried to move the setting to an oriental garden.

Terem Quartet with Svetlana Kryuchkova – For Andrei Platonov

Recording and mix

Yet another 2" tape analogue recording. The worldwide renown folk/jazz crossover ensemble Terem Quartet recorded this song with the famous Russian film and theatre actress Svetlana Kryuchkova. The vocal performance delivers the sense and the energy of the song above all. Following the dramaturgy, the emotion was put above realism in the mix, with the instruments out of balance and certain elements overpowering the mix in the moments when an extra drive is required.

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