Own track : Through the fields

When the sunny summer days are here,
The air hot, the nature alive,
enjoy an evening walk through the wheat, barley and corn fields as the sun slowly goes down towards the horizon. Enjoy those simple but magic moments where nature offers you and your friends the perfect scenery for some happy moments in life

Enjoy those moments of simple and happy life, far from the bling bling spirit often associated with housey music, follow me through the fields !

Technical data :
Song length : 3:44
Key : Bmin (camelot wheel coding : 10A)
BPM : 123
Extended version lasts for 7:32

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg M1 legacy, Dexed, Lounge lizard EP-4

“Palau beach” played back and deconstructed in the DAW (Sonar X3)

Playback of my latest track “Palau beach” in my DAW (Sonar X3), followed by a break down showing the various tracks individually, allowing you to see how Palau Beach has been constructed

Synths used :
Ichiro Toda Synth1
Lennar digital Sylenth1
Cakewalk Dimension pro
Korg M1 Legacy
Dexed by Digital Suburban
Musiclab Realstrat

DAW : Sonar X3
Mastering : Izotope ozone 3

Own track : Palau beach

It’s a place, far far away.
Beyond the limits of our world, or atleast not far from it.

The air is warm, the sand is hot, the sea is beautiul

Dark clouds gather in the sky, above the palm trees, anouncing an intense tropical thunderstorm. The first lightnings strike the air. The first thunder can be heard.

In the real world, this would mean the party is over. But in the dreamworld where no real danger exists, it’s just the moment the real fun begins.

Let there be light, let there be electricity, let there be joy, let there be… just life at its best !

Enjoy Palau beach !

The Palau islands lie between the Philippines archipelago and Micronesia, just above of Indonesia, in the very hot waters of the equatorial Pacific ocean. That place always felt to me like the very end of the world, and thus the place of all the possibilities…thus the name of the track.

Technical data :
Song length : 3:32
Key : Gmaj (camelot wheel coding : 9B)
BPM : 124
Extended version lasts for 6:14

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Real strat, Korg M1 Legacy

Cover art based on CC-by images by Paul Stocker and John Fowler

“Monsoon heat” in the DAW (Sonar X3)

Playback of the track “Monsoon heat” in my DAW (Sonar X3), following the construction of the project and sometimes soloing certain elements so that you can hear how some particular sounds are made.

After the playback of the song itself, there is a quick demo of most sounds used in that production, using the following softsynths : Synth1, Sylenth1, Session drummer, Rapture, Korg M1 legacy, Truepianos and Dexed.

Unlike many producers of this kind of music (green house / deep house music), I’m not using Ableton nor Fruity loops but Sonar X3. Enjoy anyway that demo that shows that music making is not DAW dependant

Own track : Dragonfly ride

It’s summer.

The heat rises. The sun shines.

Flying like X-wings through a jungle of reed and sedges growing by the shores of their home ponds, the almighty dragonflies, the ultimate air force, designed 400 million years ago and still competitive, patrols the skies of their wonderful green and wet paradise. Join their extraordinary ride by enjoying that piece of music that embodies their short but intense life.

Technical data :
Song length : 4:11
Key : F#min (camelot wheel coding : 11A)
BPM : 127
Extended version lasts for 7:43

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1, Real strat

Dragonfly picture shot at the Petite Camargue Alsacienne, where the green house style is born.

What is Green house music ?

Abstract :
– Green house music is more about feelings than classification actually.

The other day I was interviewed by David Snape and among his questions he asked me what the genre of music I do – Green house music – exactly is as he never heard of that particular genre.

Green house is a subgenre of house music I decided to define myself, to describe my own musical production. As nowadays’s music scene asks for genuine artists, I had to find really who I am, in order to produce music that focuses on what reflects the most my inner myself.

So I had to search for who I really am before. And my involvement in other forms of art – photography actually – got me the answer. After being nicknamed “Mr Green” for my green dominant pictures of leaves and other lush vegetal elements, I guess I found who I am : definitely a daydreamer looking for lush green warm environments. Thus my music had to reflect this.

Own cycas palm tree shot... guess why my fellow photographers call me "Mr Green !"

Own cycas palm tree shot… guess why my fellow photographers call me “Mr Green !”

Therefore, green house is green house because it is, unlike other house music styles, not inspired by urban environments, but rather by my favorite environment, that’s dominated by the green colors : green lush (rain) forests in hot climates (or in summer for more temperate climates), with lotsa leaves and lianas everywhere. A sunshine is not required (altough it’s welcome), but some tropical heat definitely is.

OK, so what comes in mind when you think about that environment ? Beaches. OK beaches are yellow through dark brown. Nothing green here. The sea… yep, this one is blue altough in some tropical paradises it can turn turquoise and even… green (see the andaman sea for example).

But that environment wouldn’t be what it is without it’s lush vegetation which is definitely… green !

Layers of leaves in a tropical green house... again, a great example of why I'm called "Mr Green" in the photography world

Layers of leaves in a tropical green house… again, a great example of why I’m called “Mr Green” in the photography world

So Green house is some house music inspired by the tropical nature. Yep, this could be a basic definition. But Green house is more than that. Green house is not only a style inspired by that lush nature, but also by the feelings it provides me : delight and bliss.

So we’re getting closer. Green house is the music about the delight and bliss the lush tropical nature provides me.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the tropics or even if you visited a tropical greenhouse (another reason to call that style that way ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but when you’re there, the intense heat and moisture rather invites you to indulge yourself than to get excited. That’s why deep house is, unlike other house music styles like big room, not based on excitment and power, it’s rather a laidback style, that can be used both for dancing but also as background music.

While green house features a steady rhythm, this aspect is definitely not the one on which Green house music focuses the most on. Melody and atmosphere are equally, if not more important in that style, which also makes it very different from other styles of dance music.

Any idea why I'm nicknamed "Mr Green" ? ;-)

Any idea why I’m nicknamed “Mr Green” ? ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the map of the music world, I guess Green house must be somewhere between ambient / new age (for it’s lush pads, its serene atmosphere and its spiritual involvement), deep house (well for… it’s deep house aspect), pop (for it’s melodic aspect) and trance music (for what it is too). So take those different styles, mix them, shake them, add a little bit of myself, and probably you’ll land with some green house music.

Lyrically, green house music is often very minimal. If not completely instrumental, its “lyrics” are mostly made of oh oh, mm, oye alike onomatopoeias or small slogan alike sentances. The reason behind this is simple to understand : Humanity has so little known times of bliss and delight that it doesn’t yet have the right words to express those feelings. Maybe in such cases the music itself just says everything.

Tracks by other artists that could definitely have been described as green house music are pieces like Ferry Corsten’s A day without rain, 16 bit Lolitas‘s Premium emo or Croquet club‘s Only you can tell. The 1st one is trance music, the two later ones are deep house, but all are green house to my ears ๐Ÿ™‚

Ferry Crosten’s A day without rain.

If there’s a place in the world that could define Green house more than another, I guess it must be tropical north Queensland, Australia. OK, I know, that’s just on the other side of the world for me, but maybe that’s also why it defines my music so well : isn’t the other side of the world what every daydreamer wishes ?

The daintree rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, or atleast the vision I have of it embodies probably the best the ideal of green house. It’s green, it’s lush, it invites to indulgement, and it’s both calm and so full of life.

The daintree rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

Some rhythm, some melody, electronic instruments with a few wooden percussion, passion for nature, daydreaming, feelings of bliss and delight… all this defines green house music.
As you can see, it’s far from a scientific definition, and thus its boundaries may be blurry and definitely designed to remain as such.

Green house music is more about feelings than classification actually. That’s why it’s so difficult to define… but so easy to recognize.

But probably the best way to discover green house music is to listen to some, and to feel its heart and soul…

Note : All pictures, except those in the videos and one of my artworks are taken from my green photography series that gave me the “mr green” nickname in the photography world.

Own track : Sunset lounge (short radio edit)

Relax…
It’s summer…
You’re lying in a lounge in front of the pool or the sea.
There are palm trees planted all over the place, and the white sandy beach isn’t far.
The gentle marine breeze blows some delicate fresh air in the tropical heat.
You’ve got your favorite cocktail just on the table next to you.
The one you love is just here, right next to you.
Everything’s fine.
You feel like in paradise. You are in paradise…

You’re in the sunset lounge…

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 3:26
Key : Amin (camelot wheel coding : 8A)
BPM : 127
Extended version lasts for 6:21

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1, Dexed

Cover art photography CC-by Greg Knapp

Own track : Summer storms (short radio edit)

After a long hot summer, suddenly the air fills up with moisture, turning our temperate climate into a quasi tropical one. The atmosphere gets thick, dark clouds gather in the sky, before unleashing their power in a flash of rain, lightnings and thunderstorms.

Its the atmosphere of that very short moment that this song tries to capture and to convey in the form of a progressive green house track.

The cover art is BTW a personnal shot of a summer storm that hit our town on june 6th, 2015.

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 2:43
Key : Emaj (camelot wheel coding : 12B)
BPM : 126
Extended version lasts for 7:08

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1

Own track : Monsoon heat

All arount the globe, in the tropical latitudes, the long and hot dry season ends up in a flash of lightning and thunder, announcing the return of the wet season.

That particular moment, when everything gets lush and green again thanks to the warm monsoon rain, is what I tried to catch in that typical green house track called Monsoon heat.

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 4:03
Key : Amin (camelot wheel coding : 8A)
BPM : 126
Extended version lasts for 7:25

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1

Hello, world !

Of the zillions blogs and other more or less social media, there had to be another.

Mine.
The blog of the Solstize project.

Solstize

Coming out of the depth of the deep south of northeastern France, right on the German border, Solstize came to life with one and only goal : make summer, a very short season up here, last for ever, atleast in your ears, through the magic of green house, my music style.

Why green house ? Of course because of the greenhouse effect, that regulates – or not ! – the climate of our planet, but also because I love that color that is the symbol of a healthy, lush nature, and thus became the symbol of those who care for mother nature.

So much for the green… for the house part, just listen to the 4 on the floor bassdrum that kicks in in almost every track.

As you can imagine, my music is inspired by the luxuriant tropical (or elsewhere summertimes) nature. While EDM’s roots are urban, it’s now time for that music to get an interpretation more closely tied with the beauties mother nature offers us at it’s best, in summer !

But this blog is not only about shameless self promotion. It’s also there to discuss everything around Green / deep / tropical house, other genres of electronic music, music in general, but also music marketing in the social media age and everything that is somewhat linked to those topics.

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It’s also a blog dedicated to discoveries, a place where I’ll share with you the gems I’ll find online, via the dedicated page and various articles about artists and tracks I really like.

In other words, it’s a blog about passion ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s what should drive us all when making music.

Enjoy the summer
Enjoy the nature
Enjoy… Solstize !