Hello everyone! I’m happy to be writing a new blog post for the first time in a while. I was busy making this track and some others for a new album I call “Cruelty Free”
This track started out with the drum beat. Some of you might recognize the OP-1 synthesizer, from Teenage Engineering. I’ve used the stock drum sound called “Maple” (If I remember right).
Well, funny story: There was a blackout a while back where I live. I don’t have a cell phone and during blackouts, there is absolutely nothing to do. So, I pulled out my OP-1 (Because it runs on batteries) and worked out this drum beat out of pure boredom. The next day I thought wow, that’s not bad! So I recorded that, onto my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
The Bass line is what Bob Ross would call a “Happy accident” in that it was not what I intended but just sorta happened. It’s played with a Keyboard controller through some Bass guitar VST on my computer. I had an idea in mind, but it just wasn’t working. Then I started moving the MIDI notes around with my mouse, pretty randomly I must say, played it back and thought, wow, I don’t know what I did, but I’m saving this, and won’t touch it ever again. Everything else came after that.
“Inspired” Not a copy, not a remake, just a driving love for the crunchy bass used in Acid trance songs like Josh Wink’s 1995 hit “Higher State of Consciousness” just slower and more “Hip Hop-ee”
I read somewhere , someone called it “Acid Funk” which is exactly what is going on in my Youtube video. It is a slower pace, has a Hip Hop beat but the Crunchy, repeating bass sound is there. It is made using a Volca Bass and sending that through the BOSS loop station (RC-202) adding for some funky wah wah distortion effect. In this performance, I’m trying to replicate the “drops” heard over and over in the dance hits that I love so much. (You’ll be able to hear one at 0:30 and a slightly less impressive one at 1:25)
Be sure to stay until 2:51 where you can hear me go crazy “staccato” style with the Boss Looper’s Repeat effect. That Part really brings this song over the top IMAO.
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!
I made this track available for download (for a measly 1$ on Bandcamp or 4.95$ for the whole album on itunes) or streaming (Free on Spotify). I called it “The Storm”.
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!
I made this! I’m not very good in evaluating what genre this or that song is. I just know what sounds good to me or not. When I submit a track to journalists (Music blog editors) through Submithub I have to carefully choose the blogs according to the genre that they prefer. That has been a problem for me ever since I started. So, I’m asking for your help on this one. Does this one fit any category you’re familiar with? Let me know in the comment section.