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City Sleep

by Tobias von Hofsten

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City Sleep 04:00


For this project I was given the assignment to create a 'deep sleep' track for the newly started label teenage engineering records. The inspiration for my track 'City Sleep' was New York City, and especially all its night time sounds. I imagined myself doing a field recording on top of a Manhattan skyscraper (which I eventually did!), and then wanted to add that to the track. In the end I decided to just go with the pure analog sounds of the pocket operator modular 400 and a beta version of the modular 170, mixed with the digital OP-1 and OP-Z, all processed through external effects, still keeping it simple. Everything was recorded in real-time in Ableton Live, with minimal post processing.

The release features a 4 minute version, published on Spotify, as well as the full 8:15 minute live take, exclusively available here on Bandcamp. Hope you will like the track and hope that you can experience your own city sleep. Enjoy!


Recorded by Tobias von Hofsten @ teenage engineering 2019.
Mastered by Johannes Ahlberg @ Saintpid Mastering 2019.
Original Spotify release @ teenage engineering records 2019.

Equipment used:

teenage engineering OP-1
teenage engineering OP-Z
teenage engineering pocket operator modular 400
teenage engineering pocket operator modular 170

PLAYdifferently MODEL 1

Outboard effects:
Eventide Space
Jomox Moonwind
Pioneer RMX-1000
TC Electronic Finalizer 96K


Ableton Live 10

Genelec 8341A

Apple Mac Mini

FabFilter Pro-R
FabFilter Pro-Q 2
Klevgr Brusfri
Izotope RX 5 De-click


released December 19, 2019


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