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Layer 8

by Syntheziax

Fine electronic grooves made in Luxembourg
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Approaching Venus
7:00 album only
2. It's Up to You
4:32 album only
3. Love Is an Illusion
5:05 album only
4. Lounge Is in the Air
6:48 album only
5. Who the Hell Is J
4:52 album only
6. Within Without
5:22 album only
7. In the Bush
6:08 album only
8. I Can See the Lights
6:30 album only
9. The Beauty and the Chaos
4:33 album only
10. No Heaven
5:18 album only
11. The Final Quest
4:39 album only
12. Too Much Sun
4:05 album only
13. Falling
6:53 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Syntheziax is a groovy instrumental electronic music project created by the two synth wizards Michel Bontemps and Daniel Mack in January 2015. Both musicians have a solid, full featured studio equipped with the latest virtual synthesizers, the Keng Paï Studios in the north of the country and the Second Cents Studios in the City. Daniel is the keyboard player virtuoso, mastermind, where quantization is not required, while Michel aka mibo is a fanatic button twister with a special love for reverbs and delays. A perfect mixture for a project where time is not unlimited as both are following some money earning hobbies during daytime. Remote sessions and cloud data exchange are important, as is the usual Wednesday night session finishing mostly early in the morning.

Daniel and mibo having worked on two other projects before, still waiting for accomplishment in the folders of the hard disks, the first thing to do in their mind was to set a dead-line: April 1 was thought to be somehow unrealistic but it was worth a try after two years of working on ghosts.

32 songs or better said - idea patterns - were selected on the hard discs, music enough for a two hours long program! Everything was very interesting, but it needed so many work more to make a song out of them. Three months for 70 minutes, 13 songs, that is about a six minute song per week in one six hour work session. So there was some weekend homework to be done, some evening homework too, always dialoguing, resulting in a mere 45000 lines of chat...

It was very fast clear that the MPC drums had to be the absolute master of the rhythm, with the unbeatable groove and sound, not reached by any of the multiple drum computers available.
The rest of the sound on the recording was created by using virtual, software Synthesizers, no cables, no timing issues, no noise (where not wanted). About 40 different Synthesizers were bought specially for this project and all of them are to be heard on the record!

Three months later, exactly on Wednesday, April 1 the last song was finished and everything had a GO for the mixing. The name of the album was also determined replacing the original work name. Layer 8 - a very symbolic name coming from the computer world where layer 8 is the human factor.

The main mixing session was performed from April 6 to April 14 at Keng Paï Studios, mostly 2 songs per day. After this mixing period the album had to rest a little time, allowing to take a step back and listen on various speaker systems, car speakers and mobile devices to optimize and correct the mix. An unknown number of mix down bounces made their way from north to south and microscopic fixes were applied to the tracks until one day before the mastering of the album.

The mastering, a very crucial step for the final album, was done on June 13 and 14 at the famous Translab Mastering Studios in Paris, where “Binj” Weber fixed every small frequency bump and optimized the levels for the biggest as well for the smallest speakers.

The result of this precise teamwork is simply amazing - 13 groovy, punchy songs with almost 72 minutes total running time! And Syntheziax can’t wait to get back to process of composing a second album, new challenges, maybe some changes on the horizon.



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