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By CrazyBob on February 7, 2016 7:55 pm

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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February 8, 2016 1:32 am

Cool textures and I appreciate your explanation of your rhythmic ideas.

February 8, 2016 5:41 am

Nice description.  It was hard to keep track of (in a good way) - I'll have to try that myself smile

February 8, 2016 4:40 pm

Awesome work, Bob.  Good to see someone else trying to synthesize percussion in Analog, and these drum voices sound really great.  I also like the slipperiness of the one here--the kick comes in a just-a-bit-unexpected way in the last bit.  So cool.

February 9, 2016 12:03 am

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