This is a music video for my latest instrumental song “Time Opera”. It offers a glimpse into how music is made, using a computer. Only the base beat is an actual instrument (The OP-1 synthesizer, from the Swedish company, Teenage Engineering) everything else is virtual.
Hello! I’m Roxton Fone. Before I started making music full time, I worked in tech. I remember how helpful it was to have a good instrumental playlist (Or a stack of CDs) on hand to listen to while coding or doing work that requires a lot of concentration. And so I used that experience to make this Science themed music album, I called: “Background Radiation”. Its clearly Electronic music, but NOT dance music. It’s rooted in Rock, Blues and Progressive-Rock music.
0:00 Cosmic Rays
4:21 String Theory
10:15 Red Shift
14:46 Background Radiation
19:50 James Clerk Maxwell
23:51 Sun Spots
You can find it on Spotify too:
All the songs in this playlist follow one simple rule: The song must start with drums, and drums only. I went a bit further in my selection though, rejecting songs that start with drum rolls, or snare intros and choosing the ones with at least one or two bars of the main beat.
I’m always looking for suggestions and ideas for this playlist, If you’d like new songs added, just leave a comment and I’ll have a listen.
For example, when I was watching Davis Guggenheim‘s documentary it might get loud I heard Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, Guitar) talking about one of his early influences as he put on a great track (IMO) by Link Wray, called “Rumble”:
Well, that was the first time I heard it, and I loved it immediately, so on it came into my regular rotation, like any other recent release.
Another example that happened years ago, was when I discovered the song “Born on The Bayou” from Creedence Clearwater Revival. I was watching Jean Claude Van Dam’s 1993 movie Hard Tagret when the song came on, during (If I remember correctly) a motorcycle chase scene. (Someone made a tribute video on Youtube)
To be honest, what immediately drew me to that song was the “Vibrato” (Or is is tremolo? I always mix those two up) effect on the guitar riff, but that’s a whole other post.
I became a die hard fan of CCR after I started researching their music a little bit more.
There are a lot of different ways to discover good music, no matter how old it is. You don’t have to (only) wait for your favorite band’s next album, or listen to the coolest radio station, or read the most current music blog. The world is full of (old) music you never heard of, look back sometimes, you’ll make new discoveries.
All you need is one small (Real) scratch sample. Use the OP-1 drum sampling engine and map the keyboard to different parts of the sample. Change volume, change the pitch (with the blue knob) and try to select slightly different parts of the scratch to make it sound more natural. Voilà.
I don’t like to toot my own horn (usually) but it turns out this video is easily the most popular Youtube video on my channel, so far. It features the looper made by Roland/Boss (RC 202) and the vastly popular analog synthesizers called “Volca” from Korg. The loops (1 and 2) were recorded before shooting the video. Both are riffs produced from the Volca BASS (Bottom right). The main beat (drum part) is one of the presets included in the RC 202. Adding a filter to loop 2 (starting at 1:26) and messing around with the repeat effect on the loop station (starting at 2:39) made the whole thing pop! IMAO
I’m not sure what “style” or “genre” this music is. It’s instrumental, obviously. The beat is kinda “hip hop – ish” and the loops are electronic (electronica?) of some kind. Leave a comment if you think you know the genre. I’d like to hear from you!
If you think this track might be right for your video / movie / short / documentary / commercial or if you have any other other plans, I want to hear from you! Drop me a line on any of any of my social platforms, I reply to nearly every comment!