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Vertical Noise by smashmethod Vertical Noise by smashmethod
Album download and additional information now on Fictionalhead.com

This is another "dual submission" -- both the artwork for the cd, and the music on the cd. This music is older, and if you must give it a genre, it'd be "techno." Though most of the songs are heavy on piano melodies and string build-ups, so you're urged to check the sample out, that's what it's made for, to see if it's something you like. It's by no means "thump thump thump" style trance-y techno. It was made by my friend John & I, while the art & design to the cd I made myself. We renamed and changed tracks so often a lot of music got lost in the shuffle, but I still have 2 full cd's worth, this being 1 of them.

The cd artwork is supposed to reflect kind of a carnival-ride style totem pole of speakers, with other speakers all over the place. The "under the cd" tray make look a tad sparse, but it's a combined effect with the cd laying over it. You lift the speakers off the mounting, kind of, when you remove the cd.
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DaMaRuzZ Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006
Do you still have the album, all files are missing if I click on them.
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Its not online anymore.
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leesaf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
I like the use of piano along with the techno in Euphoria. It is a very fresh approach to techno that you do not see on the market a whole lot. It found it very listenable, and I am not even that into techno. Great work!
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks. You may want to look into some of my more recent albums, they're all pretty piano-based.
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leesaf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
do you have the links for those?
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Console Collective, Vol. 2 is here: [link]

And there are a couple other albums on my site, here: [link]
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leesaf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
i listened to bounty hunter and i really liked that one too. the vocals in the background add a lot to it i think.

would you mind if i linked to your download page on my blog? i would want to direct others to it because i think it is pretty good, but i wouldnt do that without your permision.
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Go for it. Though the links page may dissapear sometime soon, I don't leave the albums up forever. Just until the majority gets what they need.
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leesaf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005
I don't know if you care, but here is the link to where I was promoting your stuff on my new blog.

[link]
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the link.
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slackjaw10 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
Definitely one of your best, second only to The Sunshine Crutch in my opinion (in terms of design, anyway; I haven't listened to much of the music). The only thing I'm not crazy about here is the design on the disc itself. I find it to be too much of a contrast to the cluttered look of the rest of the parts, but I'm not necessarily saying that's a bad thing; it's really more of a personal preference on my part.
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks.

"Sunflower" Crutch.
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Tsiriel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
Amazing music! These are all great songs, and I especially like Clockwork and Departure.

:+fav:
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, departure is a personal fav as well.
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:icontabard:
tabard Featured By Owner May 11, 2005  Hobbyist
Love the section of Departure with the snares!
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OAKside24 Featured By Owner May 3, 2005   Digital Artist
Thanks, great music. DL'd.
Goes nicely with some Klipschs.
Spkr art is nicely done also. GJ!
:deviation:
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basixx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
aaaah i found it again!! :D the first time i only downloaded arrival. and then i closed mozilla... :( i lost the link....

but now i can dl allll songs!! haha! :D

i love your music! really really cool. :)

:+fav:'s for sure..

best regards
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Mythix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005   Interface Designer
sorry for spammin your post here , but after listining to the rest of your cd....this is just the type of music ive been looking for after a few months of not getting any new cds....keep up the amazing work smash, art and music both!
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Mythix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005   Interface Designer
love your stuff man! been listining to Arrival (your mix) for quite a few times in a row so far...must...download...the rest!
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firebat063 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2005
If anything, this sounds more as IDM. Allthough I'm not a big fan of the genre, I must say, the piano tunes are a wonderful thing to hear. The percussion sounds a little to strong for such a weak melody (piano), but it serves a great combination none the less.
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GarethLWalt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
got all of the music... i love it man.. love it
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joeyhause Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005
Love the music!
Love the artwork!

Another superb job.
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:iconxa:
xa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005   Photographer
i love the piano in 'fade' :)
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jucyjesy82 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
hey im really liking this album. its worth downloading them one at a time i think. i also love that you put the album art with it. i didnt even know you did music too. lol youre a guy of many talents that just keeps surprising me. i hope to hear more. :)
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Venom-V8 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
This is a blatant wallpaper...u should make it into one...
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bohemiabsinthe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2004
I'm actually designing a CD layout for a local rock/emo band... can you give me the lowdown/tips, or even a template layout for the proper measurements for a jewel case? Last time I did this I fucked up the measurements pretty bad... not to mention it was more than a few years ago...
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Unimatsuriku Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004
Where to start!? I love this album, definitly my favorite so far. It's just my type of music - fully instrumental. I love the mix's they sound so clear, you've realy managed to syncronize everything well. My favorite tracks have to be Departure, Prototype Beta, and Eupohria. But essepecialy Prototype Beta (which has just come on), it's got a great style and sound to it and the trippy harmony is so good!

Congratulations on a bitchin' album ;)
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Bones6 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004
Finishing up the downloads now. Great work again Smash.
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OxyBomb Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004
some kick ass music again. got some of my favorite remixes. always thought your neogenises mix was better.
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simgfx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2004
great concept for ur case designs, really good man. The music is awesome too :) (this is coming from a rock fan :) )
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e-scope00 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
This is totally impressive.....


I might need to ask you about the modeling for these. I'm starting up on 3d studio max right now, and i need to make cd covers for my high school yearbook page. I was wondering if you can offer any help, like, raw models that i can use. It would mean THE WORLD to me if i can get the help. I'll do my best to not be obnoxious, heheh.

Otherwise, this is worth the +fav.
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rmpaul Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
Very impressive dude ... it's one great release after another... I really dig Motion (the beat rocks) and Euphoria... and Departure and Prototype Beta (esepcially the lead synth sound in that one) and Senator George. :)
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black-adder2 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
amazing work
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TheJman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2004
awsome, dont suppose you could send me a link to the music?
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AlviNem Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
hahaha, thats hot bro
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:iconalvinem:
AlviNem Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
hahaha, thats hot bro
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YuukanRyuu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
Really good work there. It's very original and looks very cool :)
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:iconrootprocess:
rootprocess Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004   Digital Artist
i've probably listened to the album countless times since i got it early sept. favorite tracks are euphoria and neogenesis
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
The first and last tracks :)
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:iconrootprocess:
rootprocess Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004   Digital Artist
pretty much
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trilioth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004
i love the music
keep at it
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spacingham Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004
sooo, is the disc label available?
this looks nice, can't wait to hear what this sounds like.
i will however have to WAIT as i am on dial-up :(
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BrokeNFaitHExE Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2004
awesome
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InvaderJello Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004
I downloaded all the tracks and I've got to say they are absolutely awesome. I burnt myself a copy of the cd and I'll be walking home from school with that in my cd player everyday this year O_o, brilliant work.
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
That's the kind of feedback I love to hear.
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undefinedone Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
I love "Senator George"...that overbeaten bass drum sound and rhythm is awesome. :D
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Everybody keeps saying "I like all but senator george" -- I'm glad someone finally owned up to liking it. I'm actually quite fond of it myself.
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undefinedone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004
How could someone like Cold Storage and not Senator George? :P Long live the orchestral bass drum! :D

They're all cool, but some stand out more than others. Arrival/Departure are nice. Welcome Home is just creepy. :O_o:
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neosynthetic Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
This cover and the tracks own me. I want more :(
ASAP!! :D
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smashmethod Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
More albums coming soon.
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