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Mission Control

By onezero on January 17, 2016 10:57 pm

This week's piece was an exercise in changing plans and goals in response to what I was writing.  Initially the plan was to do something tight and primarily synthetic.  I heard a little rhythm in my mind and put it down at 120bpm (and later 130), where it seemed to work best at 5/4.  I added a bunch of parts in 5/4, but the piece didn't feel like 5/4--I kept counting it at 4/4, so figured I should adjust the bpm to make it 4/4, and 104bpm felt right.

Drums are Impulse with 808 samples, Impulse with K3M samples. There's a channel of Impulse with hand claps, and two channels of Impulse percussion (cowbells, clave, shaker, etc.).  I chose Impulse for these because I could get rhythms down quickly, and just stayed with it.  Initially I had a bass part in Operator and two Analog instruments, but ended up scratching all of those parts after tracking bass (80s Epiphone P-J on P into the A/D) and guitar (home-built Res-O-Glas into L/R-cascaded EHX LPB2ube).  I tried putting the Res-O through the Vox Wah, but for this piece, liked the non-wah sound better, so the wah stayed off.

Bass parts worked well, particularly the hammer-on/pull-off ostinato I used throughout.  I wasn't as sure about the guitar parts, but some worked well enough to keep.  Against both guitar and bass, though, the original Operator bass wasn't needed, and the Analog voices didn't add to the piece anymore, so they went, also.  A couple holes needed something, so I added an Electric instrument for Rhodes-iness, and Operator on the Funky Organ preset. 

By this point, I'd abandoned the goal of having something synthetic and tight, though the drum line was still pretty tight.  Instead, the piece seemed to want to be a bit more groovy/atmospheric, which I emphasized a bit with some delays and reverbs in return channels: simple delay (on the 3 and 5, just a touch on the guitars), filtered delay (3, 2, and 5, used on percussion), and two reverbs (medium-sized room and filtered echo, which I pushed up on the guitars in the coda).  Speaking of the coda, after uploading it, it seemed too long, so this version shaves 42 seconds off the end.  Maybe if I'd played a solo over the fadeout or something, it could have been longer, but it wasn't changing enough.

I had other titles in mind, but the piece as it ended up feeling different. The kids suggested various things to do with space travel, which was interesting, since the theme of the week has been "space."  The tightness of the drums suggested "control," so I went with this.  Not bad for week 2.

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January 18, 2016 12:22 am

Ha! when that off-time drumbeat came in at the end I started searching through my open browser tabs to find where it was coming from... then it sync'd and I realized I'd been punk'd!

January 18, 2016 12:24 am
CrazyBob wrote:

Ha! when that off-time drumbeat came in at the end I started searching through my open browser tabs to find where it was coming from... then it sync'd and I realized I'd been punk'd!


Ah, the rogue-5 K3M drum part!  I wanted to keep it in there somewhere...but didn't think it'd trick people.  Sorry 'bout that, Bob!

January 18, 2016 4:29 am

Definitely feel a space funk vibe on this, very fun, great job

January 18, 2016 6:19 am

Love how that bass glues everything together. Into the fav basket you go!

January 18, 2016 7:05 pm

Love this, I could listen to it on loop all day! More please!

January 18, 2016 8:27 pm

Listen to this song with a girl and drinking a beer and then kiss her and some sex! Lol!

I love te guitars and bass! heart

January 18, 2016 9:31 pm

Happy and funky! If a film gets made based on the Grand Theft Auto games this would be on the soundtrack.

Good production too.

January 19, 2016 3:22 pm
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Definitely feel a space funk vibe on this, very fun, great job

iLKke wrote:

Love how that bass glues everything together. Into the fav basket you go!

donnyjankowski wrote:

Love this, I could listen to it on loop all day! More please!

Thank you all!  I do have more in this vein from this past year, if you're interested:
Muscle (week 48)

Party of One (week 34)

Mind if I (week 29)




Naikymusic wrote:

Listen to this song with a girl and drinking a beer and then kiss her and some sex! Lol!

I love te guitars and bass! <3

High praise!  Thank you! (Did you try this method?)

GrainBastard wrote:

Happy and funky! If a film gets made based on the Grand Theft Auto games this would be on the soundtrack.

Good production too.

Thanks! I could see myself doing a funk film soundtrack or two...

January 19, 2016 4:16 pm

Funky as all hell! Love this. I can picture it as the soundtrack to a "moderate action" or "cruising before mission" section of a space sim. Like an updated version of Wing Commander or something. As an aside, you are inspiring me to (re-)learn guitar.

January 19, 2016 7:36 pm
onezero wrote:
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Definitely feel a space funk vibe on this, very fun, great job

iLKke wrote:

Love how that bass glues everything together. Into the fav basket you go!

donnyjankowski wrote:

Love this, I could listen to it on loop all day! More please!

Thank you all!  I do have more in this vein from this past year, if you're interested:
Muscle (week 48)

Party of One (week 34)

Mind if I (week 29)




Naikymusic wrote:

Listen to this song with a girl and drinking a beer and then kiss her and some sex! Lol!

I love te guitars and bass! <3

High praise!  Thank you! (Did you try this method?)

I hope soon man! hahaha smile

GrainBastard wrote:

Happy and funky! If a film gets made based on the Grand Theft Auto games this would be on the soundtrack.

Good production too.

Thanks! I could see myself doing a funk film soundtrack or two...


January 19, 2016 7:38 pm
Naikymusic wrote:
onezero wrote:
Jason Nijjer wrote:

Definitely feel a space funk vibe on this, very fun, great job

iLKke wrote:

Love how that bass glues everything together. Into the fav basket you go!

donnyjankowski wrote:

Love this, I could listen to it on loop all day! More please!

Thank you all!  I do have more in this vein from this past year, if you're interested:
Muscle (week 48)

Party of One (week 34)

Mind if I (week 29)




Naikymusic wrote:

Listen to this song with a girl and drinking a beer and then kiss her and some sex! Lol!

I love te guitars and bass! <3

High praise!  Thank you! (Did you try this method?)

I hope soon man! hahaha smile

I hope do it soon, sorry I'm drunk! LOL

GrainBastard wrote:

Happy and funky! If a film gets made based on the Grand Theft Auto games this would be on the soundtrack.

Good production too.

Thanks! I could see myself doing a funk film soundtrack or two...


January 20, 2016 12:53 pm
iLKke wrote:

Love how that bass glues everything together. Into the fav basket you go!

Totally agree. I think the bass is the key... It definetely has some kind of "mission control funk" vibe... And love that cowbell in the middle !!!

January 20, 2016 11:21 pm

To be frank, this is fucking awesome, love the melody and the whole feel of the piece. It's definitely funky but also feels quite cinematic you could see if sitting easily in a film score.

January 21, 2016 4:23 pm

Yes, the song makes me want to jam with you.
Love the goovy bassline.

January 22, 2016 9:10 am

-Ace, this is mission control, how are we doing on project Funk 'Em up?
-Mission Control this is Ace, smooth and cool, over!

January 22, 2016 9:11 am

also +1 for double handclaps, the best kind of handclaps

January 22, 2016 3:20 pm

Bro, this is some downtown-people, people watching, montage music.

I would make fuck to this.

January 22, 2016 3:53 pm

v dreamy groove, nice

January 22, 2016 10:48 pm

cool stuff

January 24, 2016 9:22 am

Stellar track. Diggin' that groove.

January 24, 2016 8:48 pm

Excellent bass line, makes it feel like the track could go on forever and never get boring. Well done!

January 24, 2016 9:51 pm

sorry for the late reply, but this is pretty good. Like that mellow funkiness heart

January 27, 2016 11:47 pm

Cool playing yo.

January 28, 2016 11:38 am

I could hear it forever, it never gets boring. Great Work!

January 31, 2016 11:15 pm

Yeah, loving that bass groove. Hypnotic.

February 2, 2016 3:50 am
laguna wrote:
iLKke wrote:

Love how that bass glues everything together. Into the fav basket you go!

Totally agree. I think the bass is the key... It definetely has some kind of "mission control funk" vibe... And love that cowbell in the middle !!!

Q-Rosh wrote:

Yes, the song makes me want to jam with you.
Love the goovy bassline.

XC3N wrote:

-Ace, this is mission control, how are we doing on project Funk 'Em up?
-Mission Control this is Ace, smooth and cool, over!

XC3N wrote:

also +1 for double handclaps, the best kind of handclaps

Simon Koehn wrote:

v dreamy groove, nice

paul raygun wrote:

cool stuff

Nimble Cipher wrote:

Stellar track. Diggin' that groove.

Plantrain wrote:

Excellent bass line, makes it feel like the track could go on forever and never get boring. Well done!

phesago wrote:

sorry for the late reply, but this is pretty good. Like that mellow funkiness <3

Mercurymonkey wrote:

Cool playing yo.

m2K7 wrote:

I could hear it forever, it never gets boring. Great Work!

NWSPR wrote:

Yeah, loving that bass groove. Hypnotic.

Robroy wrote:

To be frank, this is fucking awesome, love the melody and the whole feel of the piece. It's definitely funky but also feels quite cinematic you could see if sitting easily in a film score.

Pieces of Eight wrote:

Bro, this is some downtown-people, people watching, montage music.

I would make fuck to this.

Whoa--serious praise here.  Thank you all! And thanks for listening!

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