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Brass Caps

By miraclemiles on June 26, 2016 7:36 pm

This one could be two different songs, and may be someday. Started this week from scratch and with Afrobeat in the head, in part because of comment on my last week's track from OneZero about synth sounds reminding him of 70's afro funk. I kept humming a Fela Kuti song I can't remember title of and then sat down late Friday night to finally play a beat to get started with and what came out wasn't exactly Afrobeat, or sounding like Fela at all ... but I had fun humming it.  The beat tickled my funky bone enough, so onward I went. Using sounds I had ready to go in Ableton, started adding all the parts that appear in the second half, and even changed the beat a little, and I liked what I was hearing there, it sounded buoyant and positive.  I didn't want to totally abandon the Afro beat though, so I came back to that mindset for the first half. I had some funky horns and vocals from the Rubber Tracks sample library (free and clear to use, and some fun stuff too: https://www.conversesamplelibrary.com/).
I chopped up some horns and tapped out parts for the very first part, then just dropped a couple loops in for other horns and vocals. I don't really want to straight up drop sample loops into my stuff too often (even if legal and clear to do so), but I had day and half, so whatever, it sounded good for this version.
Then a super talented musician friend named Chris Barr (guy who's plays with the group I remixed for two past weekly songs Red Dress and Workin), was coming over to jam a bit on Saturday on Acoustic guitar (all that was available) and we started jamming over this track, and his guitar comes in toward the end, very nice sounding. Here's one of his projects (http://westernfamily1.bandcamp.com/). I hope to expand something with that session in the future. We kind of quickly moved off of this and did something mellower that I hope to finish for a future week. Finished up with a few tweaks, snuck in some of my vocoded vocals that didn't really work, and did some more arranging and tweaking of it all and here it is. Title I guess is because there's brass (horns) in the first half, and second half reminded me of floating on a boat, so white caps on the water I suppose, and thought it sounded cool, wasn't thinking of teeth at all smile

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June 27, 2016 2:37 am

I'll look forward to the further info, but so far it feels like a bit of a continuation in the style of last week's track.  It's certainly funkified in an awesome way.  Maybe a bit less disorienting this time.  That's a really nice (maybe acoustic guitar?) sound that comes in about 3/4's of the way through.

June 27, 2016 4:22 am
CosmicCairns wrote:

I'll look forward to the further info, but so far it feels like a bit of a continuation in the style of last week's track.  It's certainly funkified in an awesome way.  Maybe a bit less disorienting this time.  That's a really nice (maybe acoustic guitar?) sound that comes in about 3/4's of the way through.

Thanks much. Further info just added, and I was in a typing mood I guess. Glad you found it funkified in a good way, I love the funky. And yeah, I think less disorienting too wink, not sure I always want to go far out all the time. Acoustic guitar indeed, I mention it in the description. The guitar player said something to me this week about my stuff being so weird he just can't figure out how I got there, but he still likes it enough to jam, so that's good!

June 28, 2016 4:01 am

Great track, very funky, I like the vocals and drums, and nothing wrong with dropping in some samples, nice addition with the guitar

June 30, 2016 4:55 pm

Love this, it's pretty fat.  Really like the Afrobeat section, the cut-up technique works really well!

July 1, 2016 10:55 am

Yes, great work, Jazzy Funky smile

July 6, 2016 4:53 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Great track, very funky, I like the vocals and drums, and nothing wrong with dropping in some samples, nice addition with the guitar

Thanks very much! Nice to hear some opinions on sample use.

mysterioso wrote:

Love this, it's pretty fat.  Really like the Afrobeat section, the cut-up technique works really well!

m2K7 wrote:

Yes, great work, Jazzy Funky smile

Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed.

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