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Pent Up

By onezero on February 7, 2016 11:56 pm

A tricky track.  The first thing I'd tried was a slow bass thing, but early in the week, a little bass riff came to mind, and I started off on a funky percussion-heavy thing.  I tracked a few bass parts and kept adding percussion and drum parts...until I realized that I was sensing the downbeat in an entirely different place.  So I shuffled a lot of the MIDI tracks, retracked bass, and tracked guitar Saturday night.

Parts: one track of sample hits of a kit hit with brushes, one track of 808 (bass, snare, closed hat), a drum rack full of cowbells, woodblocks, tambourine, and agogo bells, and one track of handclaps.  One track of real bass (Epiphone 80s P-J), two tracks of Res-O-Glas guitar (one Vox wah, one Reuss RF-01 fuzz + Vox wah), one track of Ableton's Electric instrument, Operator on Funky Organ preset, and Simpler with grand piano.  Two sends: one convolution reverb with a large room impulse, and one with a large chamber, and one Filter delay send. Everything went through the Full Chain Master effects rack.  All the MIDI channels got some humanizer delay (set to the equivalent of about a 64th note or less, which seems to be the maximum limit for musicality), auto-pan, and another auto-pan to give a few volume variations. 

In the tracking, this one didn't seem all that good--there didn't seem to be enough material, especially in the lead guitar, so I edited it visually, without listening.  Then, when I played it through, it was better than I'd thought...but I just had to make the guitar clips make sense, and a few hours spent editing took me up to the deadline.

Title is kind of a dumb pun on the fact that it's week 5.

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February 8, 2016 3:32 pm

Floats and grooves really well. Definitely 70s, and yes, somewhat soundtracky (as in, not happening too much), but it has a rich texture and enough variation to stand on its onw, IMO.

February 8, 2016 3:37 pm
colorful grey wrote:

Floats and grooves really well. Definitely 70s, and yes, somewhat soundtracky (as in, not happening too much), but it has a rich texture and enough variation to stand on its onw, IMO.

Thanks! Yeah, after the deadline I thought of some stronger themes in the guitars, so I might revisit this one.  It kind of needs a center.

February 8, 2016 4:45 pm

Nice off-beat. Appreciate the subdued funk guitar.

Still waiting for Isaac Hayes vocals.

February 8, 2016 7:19 pm

Really nice groove you have going on there. Sounds so organic, as if Bootsy C. and George Clinton were over for tea and cookies! Enjoying this a lot!

February 9, 2016 9:54 am

Pentatonic up? Sick funk feel with all the percussion. Was waiting to hear a bass solo at some point though... haha

February 9, 2016 3:55 pm

Cool funky seventies' soundtrack vibe. Well done!

February 10, 2016 12:09 am

Digging the bass funk on this one as well as the wah sound in the background.  Fun track.

February 10, 2016 4:04 pm

This funky groove is both funky and groovy.

February 10, 2016 6:04 pm

Magic wah-wah Voodoo. Great Bassman you are.

February 10, 2016 6:12 pm

February 10, 2016 11:48 pm

Feeling this "strutting down the street being a badass" kind of groove. Love the bass. Yeah at first didn't think there were as many tracks as you mentioned in the description, but started to pick up on some of it with closer listen. As usual, fun to read your descriptions too. Nice!

February 11, 2016 1:00 am

I'm sure you have a secret VST that broadcast your audio signal through some timewarp wormhole straight to 70's Berkeley and then back to Ableton smile

Epic moments in this cosmic funk

February 11, 2016 7:18 pm

This definitely has a suhweet funk feel to it. Like I should be watching Taxi Driver as he rides thru the gritty NYC streets smile  Nice work!

February 12, 2016 2:27 pm
Ipaghost wrote:

Perfect gif - great track

February 12, 2016 3:03 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Nice off-beat. Appreciate the subdued funk guitar.

Still waiting for Isaac Hayes vocals.

Thanks, Jim!  Y'know, I really should do a vocal now that I have a ribbon mic. I couldn't quite pull off an Isaac Hayes--the result would end up a bit weird and disturbing. But maybe that's the goal.

dj someguy wrote:

Really nice groove you have going on there. Sounds so organic, as if Bootsy C. and George Clinton were over for tea and cookies! Enjoying this a lot!

Damn! Thank you!

Lyons wrote:

Pentatonic up? Sick funk feel with all the percussion. Was waiting to hear a bass solo at some point though... haha

Thanks!  Bass solo?  Well...I'm more of a slow player.  Maybe a Charlie Haden solo, more so than Bootsy.

Plantrain wrote:

Cool funky seventies' soundtrack vibe. Well done!

CosmicCairns wrote:

Digging the bass funk on this one as well as the wah sound in the background.  Fun track.

Devieus wrote:

This funky groove is both funky and groovy.

Q-Rosh wrote:

Magic wah-wah Voodoo. Great Bassman you are.

Thank you all!  Glad you're all digging it!

Ipaghost wrote:

I want to believe. 

miraclemiles wrote:

Feeling this "strutting down the street being a badass" kind of groove. Love the bass. Yeah at first didn't think there were as many tracks as you mentioned in the description, but started to pick up on some of it with closer listen. As usual, fun to read your descriptions too. Nice!

Thank you!  I do think I want to bring up the percussion a bit more.  It depends on the speaker response curve.

laguna wrote:

I'm sure you have a secret VST that broadcast your audio signal through some timewarp wormhole straight to 70's Berkeley and then back to Ableton smile

Epic moments in this cosmic funk

Ssssshhhh!  I'm not quite ready to release the VST that does this--it has some unintended side effects on the space-time continuum.  Thank you, Laguna!

Tone Matrix wrote:

This definitely has a suhweet funk feel to it. Like I should be watching Taxi Driver as he rides thru the gritty NYC streets smile  Nice work!

GrainBastard wrote:
Ipaghost wrote:

Perfect gif - great track

Thank you! 

February 12, 2016 6:15 pm

Can you dig it? I certainly can.

February 13, 2016 2:11 pm

This is cool as! Good work!

February 14, 2016 3:46 pm

Awesome again, love the funk in the bass and beats. Strong

October 15, 2016 6:06 pm

October 15, 2016 6:08 pm

Super fantastic 70´s piece
Thank you!

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