To the Bottom of It

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To the Bottom of It is track 18 of the 27 tracks on the Carbon Harbor soundtrack.

This track, while not the first, was one of the earliest tracks that helped to launch the Carbon Harbor project. It was one of the first tracks I did after I started using Ableton LIVE and Reason 2.5. There's nothing like new toys and tools to get your creative juices flowing, especially when you know absolutely nothing about how they work — something sometimes referred to in Zen Buddhism as Beginner's Mind— so that you have not yet fallen into any of the traps of routine.

My first focus in the tune was figuring out how to work one of the sequencer units in Reason. I was using Reason and Live, together, taking advantage of the Rewire capability, setting up all the synths and samplers in Reason to play directly into tracks within Live. Along the way there was a lucky accident in Live which I was able to duplicate.

So, eventually, I came up with this track and I really liked it. It made me think of someone finally reaching some point of resolve and deciding to get on with something. It was about then that it occurred to me that this track and an earlier one I had done were making me think of a character. Not anyone specific, quite yet, but a character who was beginning to emerge as some sort of a cop or sheriff. I had no idea who it was or what resolve they had reached , where they had been before that or how and why they reached it, but that's when I started thinking of the music as some sort of score or soundtrack for a screenplay that needed to be written.

I can't remember for certain, but I think I went ahead and titled the track soon after I had completed the first recording of it. Not having any idea of where it was all leading at the time, it turned out to be a more apropos title than I could have imagined it would be, at that time.

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