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Offerings to the God of Speed

By Kedbreak136 on December 27, 2020 11:19 am

A few weeks ago, I was in this little grill restaurant lost in the middle of nowhere, with a volcano looming at the horizon and dense forests surrounding everything. Apart from myself, the other patrons were mostly bikers. As I went to the John, I noticed a very peculiar altar in the aforementioned John. Engine blocks, cylinders, set as an offering, and on top of that a little plaque that read "Offerings to the God of Speed". What a wonderful track title.

Hence this track. Another weird one that did not start at all like this. It started as a poppy song, kinda inspired by Let It Be. But then it morphed, changed and, as riffs got discarded and replaced by other riffs, this turned into this weird hypnotic song, propulsed by a bass sound a la Lemmy. Offerings to the God of Speed, how appropriate. It was quite a laborious effort but I kinda pulled something decent I think in the end.

So that was the last track of Weekly Beats 2020. Thanks to my friend @hent03 for introducing me to this wonderful community! This was such a precious time especially in this weird year of 2020. I was reminded so much of this wonderful book called Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

Quoting:
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The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”.

Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

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This is so true and weekly beats, with its cadence and inspiration and support from the community really helped to get into the discipline of creating, is the perfet framework to accept that not everything will be perfect but continuing to work on the craft. I started playing quite a few decades ago and amassed a few songs but never had the confidence (or was too lazy) to record things properly. Now, with Weekly Beats, I got the opportunity to really go deep and accept no excuse. There is still a lot of things to learn and improve, I'll continue in 2021 and will be back in 2022!

The community and its creations were really inspiring. So many hugely talented musicians, everyone with their different voices, styles and aspirations. This is what's beautiful about music. It's like cooking really and Weekly beats is like a huge banquet with cuisines from all over the world, ranging from the avant-garde cuisine to the simple and delicious barbecue, exotic tacos, raw fish, octopus, thai curry, etc. Everyone can express their own dreams and mysteries, can practice their own voice.

I'll be missing the community! Fortunately, there are so many tracks I did not get to listen to in 2020, so maybe i'll spend 2021 listening to 2020 tracks I missed. smile

I hope to see you all again in 2022!

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December 28, 2020 7:33 am

Oh cool, feels raw. Needs some rocking vocals, maybe a over the top synth lead

December 28, 2020 9:17 am

Your bass lines have been one of my favorite things about WB 2020. I love the way this one just commands the track early, but then plays nice with the melody you bring in afterwards. The transition at 1:15 is really, really fantastic, and that little interlude might be my favorite part of the track. Looking forward to see what you do in 2022!

December 28, 2020 2:11 pm

This track has the right power. Great bass, great bikes passing. Now, that we came to the end of 2020, I want to thank you for your diversified music, great inspiration and creativity. Stay healthy and enjoy live in 2021.

December 28, 2020 2:52 pm

La bass fait très "Motorhead". J'avoue que c'est très cool comme titre de pièce. Congrats pour les tracks de cette année!

December 28, 2020 3:48 pm

Great ending track.  The fuzzed out bass rules and hard groove get stuck in your head.  I hear some shades of Motörhead and Ministry but much more futuristic.  The stereo samples are awesome and add a lot of action.  Not sure if you are a biker but the your story makes me think of a series of motorcycle documentaries entitled Faster, Faster & Faster, Fastest.  If you're a fan, check it out at fastermovies.com.  Nice jamming with you this year.  Stay safe, and creative. Best wishes to you for the new year!

December 28, 2020 7:03 pm

That title really is great and the bass and bike samples do justice to it.  The community aspect of WeeklyBeats really is wonderful, especially how supportive everyone is of each other.  The diversity of sounds and styles is really impressive and it's nice to be exposed to things that are outside my normal listening habits.  I really do feel like there's stuff to be learned and inspiration to be taken everywhere you look.  Good luck going forward! 

December 28, 2020 7:59 pm

Yes great title and I like the story behind it, also thanks for sharing the excerpt from the book, lots of truth in that, I always tell my kids just have to keep trying and practicing.  Great energy on this track and mix of different sounds.  I don’t ride a motorbike but can picture listening to this while ripping down some mountain bike trails, I’m glad you joined the community and have enjoyed listening to your music.

December 30, 2020 2:56 am
gesceap wrote:

Oh cool, feels raw. Needs some rocking vocals, maybe a over the top synth lead

Yeah I was thinking about the raw vocals too, a la Lemmy. smile

hent03 wrote:

Your bass lines have been one of my favorite things about WB 2020. I love the way this one just commands the track early, but then plays nice with the melody you bring in afterwards. The transition at 1:15 is really, really fantastic, and that little interlude might be my favorite part of the track. Looking forward to see what you do in 2022!

Thank you very much for your comment! heart Regarding transitions, I was watching this video on youtube about adding or removing elements of a track by pairs during transitions, as well as thinking in terms of changing the dimension of the song (in this case for instance adding hard panned guitar and keyboard). It kinda worked!

Q-Rosh wrote:

This track has the right power. Great bass, great bikes passing. Now, that we came to the end of 2020, I want to thank you for your diversified music, great inspiration and creativity. Stay healthy and enjoy live in 2021.

Thank you for your comments and all the great music you shared!

djippy wrote:

La bass fait très "Motorhead". J'avoue que c'est très cool comme titre de pièce. Congrats pour les tracks de cette année!

Oui en effet et je me suis rendu compte que c'etait 5 ans jour pour jour apres l'anniversaire de la mort de Lemmy. Ca va etre un offering inconscient a Lemmy!

NWSPR wrote:

Great ending track.  The fuzzed out bass rules and hard groove get stuck in your head.  I hear some shades of Motörhead and Ministry but much more futuristic.  The stereo samples are awesome and add a lot of action.  Not sure if you are a biker but the your story makes me think of a series of motorcycle documentaries entitled Faster, Faster & Faster, Fastest.  If you're a fan, check it out at fastermovies.com.  Nice jamming with you this year.  Stay safe, and creative. Best wishes to you for the new year!

I actually am not a biker because my wife opposes the risk/benefit ration but I do love bikes and will check the documentary! Thank you for all the music this year!

CosmicCairns wrote:

That title really is great and the bass and bike samples do justice to it.  The community aspect of WeeklyBeats really is wonderful, especially how supportive everyone is of each other.  The diversity of sounds and styles is really impressive and it's nice to be exposed to things that are outside my normal listening habits.  I really do feel like there's stuff to be learned and inspiration to be taken everywhere you look.  Good luck going forward!

I totally agree - the diversity and the range we see in this community is really an inspiration! smile

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Yes great title and I like the story behind it, also thanks for sharing the excerpt from the book, lots of truth in that, I always tell my kids just have to keep trying and practicing.  Great energy on this track and mix of different sounds.  I don’t ride a motorbike but can picture listening to this while ripping down some mountain bike trails, I’m glad you joined the community and have enjoyed listening to your music.

Thank you for the very nice comments! I hope to hear more of your music in 2022!

December 30, 2020 9:56 pm

You've had some of the coolest cinematic/scenic tracks this year man! Hope to hear more soon!

December 30, 2020 11:49 pm

Another great journey here, your titles and and these them adventures you take listeners on are always a delight. Yeah that bassline carries this but my fave parts are the melodies tasty. I love it when you start with some other idea in mind and end up going whole new direction, so fun. Had no idea there were biker bars in Japan. Cool. A lot of those around me here in the pacific NW USA. Really cool quote you shared. I've heard versions of that before. So true! Yeah the community here, and the weekly creation aspect is so great. I started in 2016, and it's been amazing how the act of creating every week, a deadline, and the community results in not just a great quantity but also a huge increase in quality too. See you here in 2022, I'll be around on various platforms like Soundcloud and YouTube in 2021, sharing music. Links in my bio here. Hope to hear more from you too! Have a good one!

December 31, 2020 9:28 pm

You knocked this one out of the park, I'm sure the gods are pleased; not just the god of speed, like those adjacent as well.

After 52 songs, there's bound to be something good popping up.

Keep on riding!

January 1, 2021 4:41 pm

Yet another awesome kickass bassline from you this week.  The lil pitch bends are especially fun.  The bike fx add to that feeling of speed.  Oooh the Brass was a nice addition.  Drum fills are solid too.  This is an awesome track from start to finish.  It's def been one crazy year.  Glad you were here and I hope you have a happy new year!

January 12, 2021 3:38 pm

Excellent track, I really love the energy. Your story about the diner in the woods was great, in fact your whole description was lovely. Thanks for the quote about ceramics, I will be saving that for sure! Thanks for your comments this year, they always made me really happy to read. I hope you have a great year off, see you in 2022!

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