This week I spent completely on composing & producing new music! In this post I’ll share some of that with you, and teach you about a few aspects of each song. I’ll also talk about some of my favourite tracks of the week.
I released a single on my main soundcloud yesterday (not something that I do very often). I generally try and release a track one every one-to-two months, just to insure that my listeners wont get too restless for a new song. In my new song “Falling”, I focused on harmonization. One thing that I didn’t include in this song that I usually include is percussion. Generally I try to include some type of drum line to carry the rhythm of the track, but this time I tried to carry the rhythm with purely harmonic instruments. I did this by establishing the time-signature with a synth that lets the listener subconsciously understand how the track is moving along and how they should be “grooving” to it.
Other tracks that I made were generally more “beat” driven tracks (Rocket, Rainbow Ice Shorty, Kiwi 8, 1Wavey). I produced two for some of my friends who rap/sing, which is a totally different kind of production from what I usually do. When producing for rappers or vocalists, its all about arrangement. The beat cant be TOO interesting otherwise it’ll distract the listener from the vocalist. This was a concept that I originally struggled with, but I’ve gotten better at building a beat around the voice of a vocalist rather than creating a beat for the vocals to sit on top of.
The last kind of beat that I made was a sampled beat (taking a piece of someone else’s composition and building upon it). I generally dont sample in my beats because I like to compose and produce all of my own music myself; It feels better inside, and also you never have any legal problems when you dont sample. Kanye west is an example of an artist who samples a lot in his songs, for example when he samples old soul records in his more “boom-bap” hip hop tracks. This track that I made sampled vocals from an old video game from the 90’s, “Kingdom Hearts”. I liked the vocals a lot, so I chopped them up and build a track & beat around it. I don’t think I’ll ever do anything with this track, but I liked the way it turned out so I thought I’d share it with anyone who follows my blog posts!
Tracks that I liked this week:
Olli – The Big Picture – A nice textural track by my friend Olli. All the sounds in this track were recorded by him in his room! His creativity never ceases to amaze me.
Blvc Svnd – Diva – My brother Nas did a nice crunchy flip of Diva by Beyonce and I think its once of the best things I’ve heard in a while.
Mr Carmack – Going Crazy (Oshi Redo) – The percussion on this track is breathtaking. The original is one of my favourite Mr Carmack tracks ever, and Oshi did a great job redoing the percussion ontop of it.
Krs – Don’t Need U – Everything Kris does is beautiful, since producing for Roy Woods on “Gwan Big Up Urself”, his dancehall sound has been improving exponentially. I always look forward to a new remix or original by him.
Acounta – Ancient Alone – A long time ago this producer remixed one of my songs, and I just listened to a recent original of theirs! Its very digital sounding, and I love the minor harmonization on the synths & the tonal percussion. I’ve been listening to this quite a bit.