Cover of album Representing my evolution... by Syntax
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SyntaxRepresenting my evolution...

  • ...as
  • an
  • artist
  • and
  • a
  • person.
Total playing time: 3:11:28

A compilation of tracks that best represent my evolution as an artist and person from back then until now.

Not all tracks here are good but that's not really the point I guess.

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1. Underground was my first "good" track on Audiotool, with it being featured back when featured tracks were still a thing. It was the first time the developers as well as the old AT legends took notice of me, and honestly even though it's clearly not a fantastic track now, back then I was thankful for the attention as it inspired me to keep going and do even better.

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2. I can't say I don't sometimes still hum to the tune of the Silver Moon chords when I'm relaxing. This was my first real test at arrangement and even though it was ultimately a failure, I feel like this was my most "song-like" track at the time.

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3. Cracked was a quick but unique track I made during the whole Moombah rush, injecting what I thought at the time was my own personal style into this strange melody and drum beat I managed to create. I wouldn't say this really impacted my evolution as an artist so much as it shows how I was always quick to jump onto genres to get noticed.

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4. Lol, originally I made this for someone's meme-y brickbreaker game and just never told anybody, but now looking back I think this definitely helped me with understanding general musical composition.

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5. What a ride this was, I must have spent weeks making Meteor Shower at the time, trying all these different ideas for a DnB track until I just decided to throw them altogether into one big mashup. The synth quality is terrible by today's standards but really, there isn't any part of me that hates this track.

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6. I was already known for long tracks at the time, but other than maybe one other user, there was no one else making tracks over 20 minutes long. This was perhaps the peak of my infatuation with longer tracks, though I do have a 59:59 :99 track somewhere in my drafts..

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7. Atmospherus; the track that I thought made me an Audiotool icon for how good it was. Fuck that's hilarious to think about now, imagine me thinking I'd be the next Astrum releasing something like this... but even now, I love this track despite its insane flaws and overbearing length. It was my strongest show of musical and technical AT knowledge and it really showed to the point that sometimes I just have to listen to it to remember how I evolved so far past it. This is the most influential track toward my artistic growth to date and I'll never forget the impact making this track had on me.

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8. There's something to be said about what one's style is and what they think it is. I remember vividly my idea of imitating Andre's music and when I went about doing it, I wanted to EXACTLY imitate his music, not just come close. Turns out I ended up making something completely unique that defined a style of music I'd be known for on the website from then until now.

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9. A track many would consider my best, even I myself have a hard time denying that Sequence I is a good track even by today's standards. It defined the style that most people attributed to me and to this day is the best "Sequence-style" track I have ever made.

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10. DnB always frustrated me, I could never make a good drum sequence to save my life, that was until Pure Ice when I was finally able to mix hat and kick and snare levels to just the right point where it felt like it flowed nicely. I still love this old track of mine, reminds me of the care I put into this track, of how proud of myself I was for finally overcoming the hurdle of bad percussion.

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11. Yeah this track was honestly just a meme, the name and way I created it reflect that. But overtime I think this ended up being one of my best aged tracks, the chords are warm and inviting, the noise is soft and easy to listen to, the delays are just right and the bass fills the rest of the space leaving you with something fulfilling and scratches the itch only good vibes can.

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12. I'd say this was my first attempt at cinematic scoring, but I never had any intention of anything like that when I made Soar, it was legitimately my way of making a track without a beat, something I had wanted to do for a long time since most other tracks ended in failure. I absolutely love this track even now, and maybe one day I'll remake it to fit the standards I have now.

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13. My highest rated track that I actually like. I remember having fun making this track and playing with the bass and main synth. It started as an experiment but became one of my best tracks to date and is still easy on the ears and good for listening to in my spare time.

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14. I've done a few real Trance tracks in my time, but none were quite as involved or as time consuming as High Pressure. Many weeks went into the synthwork and arrangement of this track, so much so that when I finally released it, I was so relieved that I didn't have to put so much focus on one track anymore. But it paid off as this is one of the tracks I think really defines my progression.

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15. Every once in a while I come back to this track thinking I can remake it how I want to but it always ends badly, I'm still not good enough to remake it but honestly... as poorly mixed as this is, I absolutely love it. Raw DnB with a chord progression that easily invokes emotions generally not heard in DnB of this style. And I think that's how I realized this was a defining track for me, it's an idea that wasn't quite mine that I ended up making mine through my own style and it is such a massive wave of nostalgia every time I listen to the Hurricane's Edge.

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16. Some of the more Psybient/Psytrance-inclined people might recognize this as sounding a bit like Reze by Asura. It's nowhere near that good but if you DID think that, then you're on the right track. I remember short Psytrance craze on Audiotool that kind of swept through and during it, Inavon and I got to talking where he shared Reze with me. Well, I ended up having that track on loop and I eventually fell asleep. I must have slept for at least 9 hours listening to this one Psybient track over and over and when I woke up, the sounds and intricacies of this one track were ingrained in me and I just HAD to make a track like it. Io. is my first and only entry into the world of Psytrance and to this day one of my best tracks ever made.

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17. Yeah I was on a long naming kick for a bit, but none of the other tracks with similar naming conventions reflect the amount of mixing I put into this one Trance track, painstaking hours of mixing went into this and it properly reflects the evolution of my mixing even now.

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18. Another track I chose as a representative for my mixing, snippets was honestly not supposed to be impactful or even something I thought I'd remember or listen to now but it's still an okay chillout track and for me, a satisfying conclusion to my Chillout kick.

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19. There is just so much I could say about this track and why it's so important to me. I get hit with a wave of nostalgia every time I listen to this and I love it so much that I wish it was the track everyone thought about when they thought of Syntax. Not only does this track represent everything I wanted to be as an artist, but as a person, no track reflects how much I wanted to be like it. Bright and cheerful, energetic and loose, easy-going and sometimes a bit strange. Especially back then when I had a heart of stone and didn't give anyone a break, this track was a release that was much needed and even now helps me loosen up and be less of the cold person I was before.

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20. Save for one, this is probably my best mixed track. I think I've gone back into this track at least 9 times just to keep mixing it, because I desperately wanted this remix to be my best track. The melodies and chords are beautiful, the bridge is wonderful and sometimes I have a hard time believing that I even made this, but I did and I'm proud of it.

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21. I think I made this in 3 days. Crazy quick for someone like me who barely understood anything about making dubstep. It just happened at the right time I guess, I remember that everything I made for this track ended up working on the first try and anything I added only made it better, and I'm still relatively happy with it now.

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22. I actually HATED this track when I released it. So much of it seemed wrong and I didn't get the feed back I wanted. Over time though, as my mentality changed so too did my opinion of this track. What I can really say about it though, it's my best DnB track by far and honestly I'm glad I decided to remix Xav's track in this style. Also a big thank you to AT for including this in their first ever mix for Youtube.

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23. This track is important to me fora lot of reasons. It's unique in the sense that it's not quite like anything else I've ever made but also it's a lot like other things I made at the same time. Synthwork and arrangement is definitely me but the emotions and energy it brings was a completely new feeling. And it brings just so much emotion out, as well as a special type of energy that just makes you want to work hard at whatever your hobby is, and keep going until you're satisfied. I made this with a friend in mind, and I love them so, so much. Their closeness is what made this track what it is, and it will be forever marked as the friendship between us. Perhaps it's weird for the title of this track to be Lemon-Flavoured Oranges after all of that, but between me and them, it's a secret.

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24. The very last track I made before Next was introduced, though I didn't publish it until after Next was made available to the public. A remnant of the pad war between me and Inavon, to which he would say he lost but I'd never let him off that easily. Unlike with Soar, I did have the intention of a cinematic score with this one, perhaps a bit more melody and wide than your typical score, I still think it brings a certain cinematic flair that just isn't seen in the rest of my music and I'll probably still be able to appreciate this track years from now.

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25. Phos;Nouveau is my best track by far in all elements; mixing, arrangement, synthwork, and feeling. There isn't much to say about it. This track is who I've become as an artist and what I've always wanted to be, even when I was making garbage 9 years ago. My only wish is that everyone loves this track as much as I do because to me, it perfectly describes who I am.

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