Currently, I'm focusing on the basics of kick, snare & hi-hat for making drum grooves. This track began as a test of that practice. Thirty-two bars of one groove tapped out on the keyboard, a second and then a third - Verse, Chorus, Bridge, right? Right. Then you can chop them into 8 or 16 bar segments and in that way it's not the same 2 or 4 bars of drums.
I'm recording the drum MIDI with quantization engaged on the input and sometimes, because of my own bad timing and the latency of my computer, this causes slight hiccups. I've found that to be a helpful vector for adding variety to a pattern.
I was very focused in making the second pattern very different from the first, and then going back to something very tame and simple for the bridge.
Then it was time to turn on one of the pre-loaded VSTs and start pounding something out, without doing any knob twiddling - which is another challenge for me this year. It just happened to be that very beefy synth that opens the track and it demanded that simple line. Everything else was a response to that riff. Everything.
When it came time for the Chorus/B section, I needed a complete one-eighty. The first thing that came was the gentle-sounding main rising and falling figure. Then, in response to the beat the pulsing syncopated synth.
And so it goes.
Adding riffs and then adding a few bits of spice - which is also a hard habit for me to learn. So, this one turned out to be a lot of fun and since I have no idea about how to shoehorn lyrics onto this, it comes out as an instrumental.
No Lyrics - Instrumental