Hi there! I'm Chris and I've been producing ambient and downtempo music under the pseudonym "Ion Stream" for the past 3 years, releasing several professional albums and EP's. I also create ambient performance videos on YouTube under the same name. One such performance is in the sample section on the right hand side.
Based in Devon, I specialise in ambient/downtempo/electronic music production, using a plethora of virtual instruments, as well as some hardware synths (a growing collection). I'm particularly interested in working with video game and film projects.
I have composed, mixed and mastered my own music for several years. I'm happy to mix most genres and I am confident you will get good results at the end. Electronic and ambient music is where my mixing skills excel at given this is the genre I have the most experience with.
I can provide basic mastering services for you to give your track it's the final bit of polish ready for release. I have plenty of plugins at my disposal to get your song mastered at high production quality.
Please get in touch if you would like a soundtrack for your project. This is an area I'm very interested in being a part of. Please check out my sample music for an idea of the sort of music I have created in the past.
Feel free to check out "Ion Stream" on all the streaming platforms if you would like to get an idea of what music I have created in the past. But if you have any queries please contact me. I could provide you with a demo before purchasing tracks from me.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Worked with Chris on many projects, very professional with a wide knowledge an amazing attention to detail.
Would highly recommend!
Chris was amazing in helping me out with some sound design for my video game I've been creating as a personal project. He was super quick to respond and professional throughout! Would definitely recommend his services :)
Interview with Chris TD
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Currently no as I'm new to the platform. Although I'm sure you will find many great clients on a trustworthy platform such as Soundbetter.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How did you get those sounds?! To which I answer, magic ;)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recently I worked with an old friend of mine to take one of his tracks and take it into a different direction. I have known this friend all of my life, we are both musicians but never truly got to sit down and do something creative together. It's been a joy to give his track a new life and I look forward to working with him more in the future!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have recently just finished my latest EP "Cosmic Odyssey" that is due to be released on the 4th of September. It was created during lockdown and each track is dramatically different and reflects my mood changes throughout this turbulent time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Yes. But seriously, both have their advantages and disadvantages. I edge towards the digital side just because of the number of extra options you generally have for sound design in ambient music. But they both have their place!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will put 110% to deliver what you want, and spent as long as I need in the studio to get to that point.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love seeing all my work culminate in a final project, and having complete strangers comment on how amazing it sounds. I've even had some of my favourite artists comment on how good my tracks are and that gives me such a buzz to continue doing what I do, even in the most difficult times.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some producers think ambient music is "easy" but that's simply not the case. You need to tread the line of keeping the listener interested without taking drastic directions in tone and melodic content, whilst at the same time making sure your music isn't too repetative! And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: For me I'd like to know the ground rules pretty early on. If you have a specific vision in mind then I need to know from the get-go. If you have a specific sound you're looking for, then audio examples are a brilliant way of focusing into a particular genre that you'd like. If you're pretty flexible then that's less of an issue of course.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take a good listen to their samples and what they can provide for you. Some people may say that cheaper producers will reflect in the quality but that's certainly not the case. You want someone who is passionate about your own project and invested in it as much as you are.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Laptop with all the virtual instruments I'll ever need 2. Good set of cans 3. Solar panel (we all know the battery lives on laptops are awful!) 4. Audio interface! 5. A little midi keyboard because hell no am I using the laptop keyboard!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing the piano since the age of 4 and guitar since 12, and it has always just been a hobby for me. However, after making my own music for the past 3 years as "Ion Stream", I've wanted to realise my dream of making a quality video game/ film soundtrack. The emotional tie between such media and its soundtrack is so important to me, and I'd love for strangers to have a similar connection to my own music within someone's creation like that!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I sit right in the sci-fi genres but I also quite like mixing orchestral elements with synths. So if you were to peg me into a specific style/genre, I'd say orchestra/ambient.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've become a bit of a fanboy for an artist known as State Azure. He has some incredible music out on streaming services but also has some inspiring live YouTube performances which is what got me doing some of my own. If you haven't heard of him, I highly recommend you check him out :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep at it and listen to as much music (especially in your genre) as you can and train those ears. Referencing is super important mainly to get your levels right in comparison to other professional tracks out there, but at the same time, you want to make your track stand out and not sound like someone else's!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I create mostly ambient music for myself, however colaborations have mostly been in the pop/electronic genre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I hate these sorts of questions but you've got to sell yourself somehow I guess! I think I would say I have a knack for finding interesting sounds and gelling them together to create some otherworldly songs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Depth and space! A lot of my collaborations have been to elevate a song or to take it into a completely different direction, with a great sounded end result :)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My processes are different depending on what I'm doing. I have Ableton templates for remixing work, my own ambient performances on YouTube, and for my own records that will be eventually sent out to streaming services. Generally though if I am collaborating or working on a project for someone, I'll be locked in my studio until something amazing comes out the other end!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Most of my music producing is done with virtual instruments, which leaves a small footprint. Thankfully as my studio is quite small, the room I do have is dedicated to surfboards and synthesisers! Here is a list of my hardware: Novation 61SLMkIII Midi controller and sequencer Arturia Keystep ASM Hydrasynth Desktop Module DT 990 Pro Studio Headphones MOTU Ultralite AVB Interface Edifier R1280DB Studio Monitors Logitech PC speakers Software: Ableton Live 10 Suite Omnisphere Arturia Pigments Serum Arturia Prophet V3 Spitfire Albion V Spitfire Originals (Several libraries) iZotope Ozone 9 Advanced iZotope Iris 2 iZotope Tonal Balance Control 2 Trackspacer Waves H-Delay TDR Limiter 6 GE TDR Nova Valhalla Vintage Verb/Shimmer/Supermassive/Space Modulator/FreqEcho Addictive Keys
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a huge nerd at heart, and most sci-fi films and games I've played, to death. Because of that my biggest musical influences come from artists such as Vangelis, Jack Wall & Sam Hulick (Mass Effect), Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields, Tangerine Dream... to name a few!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At the moment it is mostly word of mouth through friends, whereby I will remix a song of theirs or collaborate with fellow musicians on new music, blending my ambient influences with their own.