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.

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 🙂 And that’s what should drive us all when making music.

Enjoy the summer
Enjoy the nature
Enjoy… Solstize !