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Light Through the Veins - Jon Hopkins
Old 22nd October 2013
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Light Through the Veins - Jon Hopkins

As many of you probably already now, this song was featured on the song "Life in Technicolor" off of the album Viva La Vida by Coldplay. I was listening to the original song, and I was really confused and curious as to how Jon made the mesmerizing jungle-gym-spiderweb of sounds in the background (not the main melody D#->E->G#->B->A ... etc) but the rest of the 8-bitty sounds.

My two theories are:

1) He sampled synths playing different notes, and then bit-crunched them and programmed the different samples with a sampler such as an MPC or the like. After he routed the different outputs of said sampler to an analogue mixer and arranged the sounds in the stereo field to his liking.

2) He overdubbed individual parts using a {modular??} synthesizer, implementing CV gate, then bit crushing after. **I actually asked him about this on twitter, but he said "I have literally no idea about any of that stuff () ", so I assume that this is not the case **

Jon Hopkins - Light Through The Veins (Full 9 Minute HQ Version) - YouTube

Any thoughts / contributions are welcomed.

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