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Color Theory

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    In Space, No One Can Hear You Cry
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In Space, No One Can Hear You Cry has an interesting origin story.
I was searching for synthwave playlists and Synthwave from Space came up first, with 64K followers! Out of hundreds of songs, I’d never written anything space or sci-fi themed.
Immediately the title came to mind — a play on the Alien tagline, landing somewhere between Blade Runner and Morrissey.
Over the following days, the chorus melody and prechorus lyrics popped into my head. As I was trying to come up with more “serious” ideas, the song quickly reached critical mass.
The Blade Runner influence is obvious, from the iconic bassline to the synth solo. I knew that Vangelis relied heavily on the Yamaha CS-80, and while I could reproduce a lot of those sounds, I wasn’t comfortable enough with the synth’s architecture to ensure that I wouldn’t paint outside of the lines.
So I did what any synth purist would do — I bought an emulation. Not directly, actually. I bought a 49-key Arturia controller that comes bundled with a huge library of vintage synth emulations. Which was actually cheaper than just buying the software! $183 out the door.
The vast majority of my synth tracks are CS-80, but I snuck a little DX7 in there as well.
I grew up on The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths, so I was already hardwired to channel Morrissey. I’m obviously not as clever, but the humor and social alienation are clearly on display. As I say in the lyrics, “Nobody passes my empathy test."
Thanks for listening! -Brian.

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