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The Hour of the Rat

By Kedbreak136 on June 14, 2020 4:09 am

Another piece that ended up in a very different place where it started from. I wanted to do a film noir kind of vibe, inspired by the movie Le Samourai. Check out this movie if you have not seen it, it's just great. And the soundscape is pure bliss, with all the subtle recording of the sound of steps on concrete (i know it sounds weird but hey).
Then for some reason some Guzheng sample made its way into the track and it decided to make space for more of its friends and kick out the jazz bass and brass samples. And then of course synth happened, when I was looking somewhere else. Bruce lee does a cameo too.

Sometimes you just have to accept where a track wants to go and just help it on the way.

By the way, the hour of the rat is between 11pm and 1am, the best time for me for that kind of vibe.

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June 15, 2020 12:17 am

Love it when those drums come in for the first time. I wasn't sure how you would fit the synth in there at first but it comes in really smooth and natural. This is really catchy, awesome work.

June 15, 2020 5:20 pm

Holy damn, 1:30! Love the entry of the bass. Solid vibes, great pacing. Awesome!

June 15, 2020 5:43 pm

And definitely gonna watch Le Samouraï this week, thanks for the recommendation big_smile

June 15, 2020 6:47 pm

So good! As a real drummer, I really want to improve at electronic beats like this. I have the ideas just not sure on how to execute. Any advice would be really appreciated! Dont think...Make Beats. smile

June 16, 2020 12:13 am
hent03 wrote:

Love it when those drums come in for the first time. I wasn't sure how you would fit the synth in there at first but it comes in really smooth and natural. This is really catchy, awesome work.

Thank you! The guzheng sample magician did all the work. smile


codydjango wrote:

Holy damn, 1:30! Love the entry of the bass. Solid vibes, great pacing. Awesome!
And definitely gonna watch Le Samouraï this week, thanks for the recommendation big_smile

Thank you for listening! I hope you enjoy the movie!


Saucey-dough wrote:

So good! As a real drummer, I really want to improve at electronic beats like this. I have the ideas just not sure on how to execute. Any advice would be really appreciated! Dont think...Make Beats. smile

Absolutely, "Don't think... Make beats!".

For drumming, I really don't consider myself an expert on the subject. In most pieces I rely heavily on sampled loops rather than programmed drums. This is partly because i'm just not good at programming drums but also I love the feel of really played drums. So yeah it's cheating but hey if it sounds good i'm fine with it.

Music Radar provides a wealth of samples with cool loops. A lot of jazz drums on this track, brushed snares, etc are from the Jazz club sample set.
MusicRadar samples

The other option which I used on this track is to take a sample and slice it. I used the amen break here, sliced it, mapped it against notes and it allows playing the drums live, recording it and combining what i am looking for with the pure awesomeness and energy of the original sample. Especially if you're a drummer, using the sample slicing, mapping it to pads and playing live on that may give you awesome results.

Again, I'm not a specialist and there a lot of people better at that on Weekly Beats, but that's my 2 cents. smile This could be an awesome topic for the forum. I'm curious as well on other people's tips and tricks.

June 16, 2020 3:51 am

Awesome man, this is cool as hell.  Love the far east/western combo.  The hard panning of the 2 lead parts around 3:00 minutes is wild.

June 17, 2020 4:11 pm
Saucey-dough wrote:

So good! As a real drummer, I really want to improve at electronic beats like this. I have the ideas just not sure on how to execute. Any advice would be really appreciated! Dont think...Make Beats. smile

Absolutely, "Don't think... Make beats!".

For drumming, I really don't consider myself an expert on the subject. In most pieces I rely heavily on sampled loops rather than programmed drums. This is partly because i'm just not good at programming drums but also I love the feel of really played drums. So yeah it's cheating but hey if it sounds good i'm fine with it.

Music Radar provides a wealth of samples with cool loops. A lot of jazz drums on this track, brushed snares, etc are from the Jazz club sample set.
MusicRadar samples

The other option which I used on this track is to take a sample and slice it. I used the amen break here, sliced it, mapped it against notes and it allows playing the drums live, recording it and combining what i am looking for with the pure awesomeness and energy of the original sample. Especially if you're a drummer, using the sample slicing, mapping it to pads and playing live on that may give you awesome results.

Again, I'm not a specialist and there a lot of people better at that on Weekly Beats, but that's my 2 cents. smile This could be an awesome topic for the forum. I'm curious as well on other people's tips and tricks.

Wow super cool. Thank you for your input. I am aware of how to slice and assign so thats at least a step in the right direction. I had not heard of MusicRadar so thank you. I will definitely check that out! Great insight. I love sharing music on this site, but I more so want to continue to learn. Thanks for your honest 2 cents!

June 18, 2020 5:23 pm

This wass a great trip. I absolutely understand what you said:"Sometimes you just have to accept where a track wants to go and just help it on the way." That`s how we do it.

June 19, 2020 4:15 pm

Lots of surprises in this track! Drums are killer and its got a great energy.  Feels like an Asian spaghetti western where Akira Kurosawa faces off with Sergio Leone and Fatboy Slim somehow gets in the mix.  Footsteps definitely add to the drama and noire appeal.  Nice work!

June 21, 2020 11:15 pm
Q-Rosh wrote:

This wass a great trip. I absolutely understand what you said:"Sometimes you just have to accept where a track wants to go and just help it on the way." That`s how we do it.

Thank you!


NWSPR wrote:

Lots of surprises in this track! Drums are killer and its got a great energy.  Feels like an Asian spaghetti western where Akira Kurosawa faces off with Sergio Leone and Fatboy Slim somehow gets in the mix.  Footsteps definitely add to the drama and noire appeal.  Nice work!

Thank you! I'm trying to put all musical cultures into a mixer and see what the result tastes like.

July 1, 2020 8:24 pm

based on the title and the intro, I thought it was gonna be a play of Reservoir Dogs, but hey, we are surprised every time.

All your productions are unique!

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