FM Synthesis Work!

Here is what I cooked up for the FM Synthesis work. https://drive.google.com/a/nmitstudent.vic.edu.au/file/d/0B7gcBZoOq69-b2FZUW82dkU5M0k/view?usp=sharing

Enjoy!

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Dabblin’ ’round in Ableton 2.0

Since I last posted about what I’ve been messing around in Ableton with, I have added a piano track. I’m still getting it to fit (I think it goes out of time occasionally) and I am still looking to fully flesh this out into a song.

I will also upgrade to Ableton Suite due to it offering more instruments, effects, etc which can only mean more options for this and other tracks.

Tinkling Them Keys

As I progress further into the world of music production, I’m always willing to hop onto a piano and play a few notes and see if anything connects. Below are two videos of me experimenting with what, I think sounds pretty cool. As I further mould this tune, I can later incorporate it into a song.

 

 

 

 

 

Dabblin’ ’round in Ableton

So, I recently downloaded Ableton and I’ve been messing around seeing what works and what doesn’t. Essentially, experimenting.  This is also, my first dabble in music production. This will, as  I work on it, become a beat which I will then write lyrics over.

I used four clips to make this, Hip hop Congos 100bpm, Two Step Garage 125bpm, DMX Bust It – 115 – Groove 1 and Suicide Bass. With both the DMX and Bass, I EQ’d them so that they didn’t clash with each other.

I’m also really drawn to the combo of the Two Step and the Congos, they go together really well.

Anyway, give it a listen and tell me your thoughts. Peace!

“You think my rap shit a gimmick / I ain’t seen parole in a minute”

This is one of the smoothest beats in Hip Hop, with smooth verses to follow. The prouducers, G Rock and Medi have done a great job of using subtle percussives and what I believe to be heavily effected piano or another type of orchestral instrument (It’s probably a synth) to make a silky smooth yet still heavy beat. Also the verses from 50 Cent and Jadakiss add to the lingering fear. Also the repeated “I can hear your heartbeat” heighten the sense of danger being just around the corner.

Also, there is no reverb on any of the vocals in this track, presenting the listening with a delivery that juxtapositions the usually violent delivery of a gangsta rap song. However, having no reverb heightens the mood of living in the ghetto or of being a gangster; that there is a disconnect between what you’re doing how you’re viewed by the world and the monotonous and ever detrimental cycle of a life of crime. The use of reverb, even a little bit, would change to song’s tone. This point links this new one.  The production elements and the subtlety of the percussives give the song the vibe that all the energy has been sucked out; placed in a vacuum. I feel that this allows you to be more engaged with the song and the alignment of your attention. The instruments used to make up the beat are also muted (Dull, toned down) which add the vacuum of the song. I think, overall, the beat is a drum machine, and a syth. In its entirety.

Give the track a listen for yourself and tell me your thoughts. Also, see my other post about 50 Cent here: “A thug’s what I want, a thug’s what I need”

Irregular Heartbeat is track seven off 50 Cent’s 2014 album, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win 

You can stream or buy the album below via the following links:Animal Ambition Cover.jpg

Animal Ambition at JB Hi-Fi

Animal Ambition on iTunes

Animal Ambition on Vinyl

Inspiration for a cool sample

One of my favourite Aussie rappers is Urthboy.  He’s upbeat and positive, he’s also pretty aware of currents issues, as exampled in his song “Nambucca Boy” dedicated to Phil Hughes and his family.

 

smokeys-haunt

The inspiration for a cool sample comes from his 2012 album “Smokey’s Haunt” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey%27s_Haunt) track 10 “Glimpses” feat. Jane Tyrell and Jimblah.

Throughout the song there is a really good vocal sample in the background that plays during the chorus and outro. I’ve read the liner notes and it doesn’t mention where the sample is from or who did it, however, the producers are Elgusto and Countbounce. I immediately started to really enjoy the sample and how it added to the mood of the song and also the effects applied to it.

Smokey’s Haunt at JB Hi-Fi

Smokey’s Haunt on iTunes