With composer commentary:
Just the music:
The idea for this piece is background music for ethereal storytelling.
It’s a little chill, and it is able to carry interest through large vocal pauses like this….
Ok here’s the layers it is constructed in. The Bass drum/bass is a sine wave, played in a few different notes. Way over in the top we have the high hat which has got quite a bit of reverb on it to give it that crazy ethereal thing.
This: is white noise, effected with a cabinet rotor – like a Leslie rotor – and panned here and there.
There is a woodblock in there (Krin). It gives it a very earthy thing, which is the sort of human part of it which contrasts to the melody which is going on in a crazy super-electronic synth stack.
The synth stack is also enjoying some side-chain compression – we’ll be hearing more of that later.
The final element is electric piano.
And there you can hear the side-chain compression going on in the stacked synth. It is hard to hear the side-chain compression when the woodblock is also playing because the woodblock is the thing that triggers the volume reduction on the main synth.