Once again, two goals I set myself this week:
1) Use Ableton Analog to make drum sounds
2) Make a track where "the 1" is slippery
The kick drum is the same as I used a few weeks ago (808 kick + LD kick), the snare, hi-hat, cymbal, floor tom and clave are all sounds I built from scratch. I started the piece with the clave hitting the off-beats, then added in a bassline that sounds like it starts on the "and" of 4.
It turns out I did too good a job hiding the actual "one," and even after the clave and the bass fade out, it's still about 50/50 that the beat switches back in my head when I listen.
The second third of the piece I used the same bassline, only this time starting on the "a" of 4 (from the common way of counting beats, one-e-and-a, two-e-and-a, etc., that gives the piece its name). I expected having everything start on a sixteenth beat would make it even more off-kilter... instead as soon as the kick drum comes in there's only the briefest of conflicts before everything settles into a nice syncopated groove-- a much quicker shift than having the bass and drums off by an eighth beat.
The final third of the piece I kept everything stable on the quarter beat, but used the kick drum and backbeat to try to shift the perception of which of the beats was the "one," from 4 to 3 to 2 and finally back home to the 1. There may be too many other things happening at this point for that to be noticeable, though...
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