Weeklybeats is a 52 week long music project in which artists compose and publicly release 1 song a week for the entire year.
Starting December 29th 2019 GMT each participant will have one week to upload one finished composition. Any style of music or selection of instruments are welcomed and encouraged. Sign up or Login to get started or check our FAQ for any help or questions you may have.

WeeklyBeats.com / Music / Kedbreak136's music / Vive la Revolution

Vive la Revolution

By Kedbreak136 on November 1, 2020 12:16 pm

Another challenging week - very little inspiration and I was left on Saturday night banging my head on my desk for ideas. Then I took my good old bass and decided to change the strings - I had gotten some Rotosound strings recently and wanted to try them out. Oh that felt good! They don't only sound good they also feel great! That gave birth to the main riff of the track, with a slight vibe of rage against the machine. Hence the revolution theme, that kinda goes hand in hand.

I considered going for the whammy digitech for the solo but in the end used sax samples, at least that's not a copy of rage and it kinda gives a different vibe to that section.

I struggled a lot with the mix and still do not like it. I wanted it to feel raw and powerful, like you'd get when you're rehearsing in a studio, with the amps so loud you can feel the music deep down in your stomach. I think it's not there and ends up sounding more confused and clumsy than anything. I find the mix of live instruments much more challenging than the synths I usually play with. There's some more learnings required there.

Anyway, here you go, another weekly track!

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works (BY-NC-ND)

  • Play
  • Download
November 2, 2020 12:19 am

Hot damn, the production on this thing is excellent. The whole tune just sounds great, you should be proud of yourself smile

November 2, 2020 12:47 am

I really like this riff, and the drums really help give it a strong sense of drive, too. You came out of a challenging week with something really great. Nice work!

November 2, 2020 1:56 am

The energy on this is fantastic.  The drums sound awesome and the sax is a nice touch that gives it a unique flavor for sure.  Man, I haven't changed the strings on my bass in forever.  It probably wouldn't be a bad idea.

November 2, 2020 3:55 am

Awesome man, this one is very beastly.  Definitely some beef bass sound you're getting with those strings.  Also, I thought that muted trumpet was you screaming in a weird way for a second when it started. 

November 2, 2020 7:32 pm

Solid drums, guitars and bass here. Rage against the machine vibe is spot on. I like the sax with "klanky" bass.

The reverb-fx automated for just the snare drum fill at 57 secs is a great touch. Very nice!

November 2, 2020 8:25 pm

Excellent riffs! Surprising trumpet!

November 2, 2020 8:26 pm

Bass sounds good! I wonder if you might get a little more out of it with a high-pass on it--boost the instrument level a bit, accentuating those roundwound strings, but getting it out of the way of the kick.

November 3, 2020 11:07 am

Savage. There's so much going on and the trumpet's just classing the place up.

November 3, 2020 1:57 pm

This is an awesome rocker of a track! Drums and bass are super inspired. Rad trumpet riffs! Is it time to get out the pitch forks?

November 3, 2020 8:40 pm

It always helps to concentrate on a single instrument and a individual goal, when feeling uninspired. I think changing the bass strings was a pretty helpful plan, et voila: you created a massive powerful rage against track and by the way gave your bass new air to breathe. well done.  I love the drumbreak before the sax comes in.

November 5, 2020 3:06 am

Listened before reading the description and first thing I thought of was Rage, definitely nailed that vibe, awesome energy on this one, great use of the crowd noise in the intro and the Sax samples

November 5, 2020 12:54 pm

For having a rough week, you make something really cool. I know what you mean by finding live instruments to be a little more of a challenge than synthesized sounds. There are so many variables that can change the sound that I find myself automating each section of the arrangement with slight differences, depending on the instruments present and how they change between sections.

November 5, 2020 10:17 pm

Oh yeah, this got me going. Killer guitar. The sax really sounds like trumpet, and it's awesome, kinda unexpexted which is great. Your use of samples in your songs to set an atmosphere always works so well. Good one!

November 7, 2020 6:42 pm

Wow! That's some excellent instrumentation here. Nice work smile

November 8, 2020 10:03 am
ViridianLoom wrote:

Hot damn, the production on this thing is excellent. The whole tune just sounds great, you should be proud of yourself smile

Thank you, I appreciate that! It's a bit messy to my taste, especially as the main bass riff is drowned under the rest but that can be improved. smile

hent03 wrote:

I really like this riff, and the drums really help give it a strong sense of drive, too. You came out of a challenging week with something really great. Nice work!

Yes, that was a difficult one to get out but I'm happy it felt good to play, at least. And maybe that's the most important.

CosmicCairns wrote:

The energy on this is fantastic.  The drums sound awesome and the sax is a nice touch that gives it a unique flavor for sure.  Man, I haven't changed the strings on my bass in forever.  It probably wouldn't be a bad idea.

Yeah, that was a shocker - try to get these Rotosound strings, this just takes the bass to a new level.


Chrisfoo wrote:

Awesome man, this one is very beastly.  Definitely some beef bass sound you're getting with those strings.  Also, I thought that muted trumpet was you screaming in a weird way for a second when it started.

I do sound like that when I accidentally bump my bare feet into hard surface, walls and legos.

djippy wrote:

Solid drums, guitars and bass here. Rage against the machine vibe is spot on. I like the sax with "klanky" bass.

The reverb-fx automated for just the snare drum fill at 57 secs is a great touch. Very nice!

Thank you! The drums is a very nice sample from splice, it came with the reverb-fx as part of it. Great sample pack!


onezero wrote:

Excellent riffs! Surprising trumpet!

onezero wrote:

Bass sounds good! I wonder if you might get a little more out of it with a high-pass on it--boost the instrument level a bit, accentuating those roundwound strings, but getting it out of the way of the kick.

Thank you for the hint! I used your advice on the track I just did for Week 45, I think it worked well. Thanks again, I appreciate it.

Devieus wrote:

Savage. There's so much going on and the trumpet's just classing the place up.

Right? Trumpet and brass in rock or heavy music are just underestimated.

NWSPR wrote:

This is an awesome rocker of a track! Drums and bass are super inspired. Rad trumpet riffs! Is it time to get out the pitch forks?

It's always time to get out the pitch forks! Thank you!

Q-Rosh wrote:

It always helps to concentrate on a single instrument and a individual goal, when feeling uninspired. I think changing the bass strings was a pretty helpful plan, et voila: you created a massive powerful rage against track and by the way gave your bass new air to breathe. well done.  I love the drumbreak before the sax comes in.

Yes that was indeed helpful to re-center and change from a "i'm programming music" to "let me see where this bass is taking us to".

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Listened before reading the description and first thing I thought of was Rage, definitely nailed that vibe, awesome energy on this one, great use of the crowd noise in the intro and the Sax samples

Ah cool, that's a great compliment! I'm happy the vibe was conveyed! smile

Anon_Buster wrote:

For having a rough week, you make something really cool. I know what you mean by finding live instruments to be a little more of a challenge than synthesized sounds. There are so many variables that can change the sound that I find myself automating each section of the arrangement with slight differences, depending on the instruments present and how they change between sections.

Thank you! It is indeed more challenging, but I also like the organic side, it's really not perfect and has so much life in all its noise and mistakes.

miraclemiles wrote:

Oh yeah, this got me going. Killer guitar. The sax really sounds like trumpet, and it's awesome, kinda unexpexted which is great. Your use of samples in your songs to set an atmosphere always works so well. Good one!

That might have been a trumpet actually. I'll have to double check the combination of samples I used for that section. smile Thank you!

Mission Crossing wrote:

Wow! That's some excellent instrumentation here. Nice work smile

Thanks a lot!

November 18, 2020 4:42 pm

Def hearing the RATM vibes.  I'm not sure if it's the bassline or some of the guitar but it's so nice and crunchy on the left side I thought it was a deep voiced guy saying "nahhhh".  The drums are perfect for this jam and the trumpet was a nice unique touch.  This is a gem for a rough week!

You need to login to leave a comment.
Login Sign-up