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All We Have is Today

By miraclemiles on December 2, 2018 11:39 pm

I started this one earlier in the week going for a kind of trip-hop, Massive Attack inspired feel. Then I got distracted by a shiny object and changed directions. The shiny object was an Mbira I've had for years and have always wanted to make a track with. Also known as thumb piano. Maybe other names. Of African origin. I recorded some improvised noodling about and figured I'd put it into my trip hop track. After tapping around some more on drum tracks, this new more global sounding drum beat came about. In the past I would usually keep it all in one track, but maybe I'm growing, or changing because this morning I decided would be best as two tracks, so I'll save the chill synth thing for another week. Proceed to slice the Mbira recordings and tapped some more tracks on the Push, including pitched down one for bass. Added some overdrive for crunch. I think the Pedal effect or some saturation could have been better crunchiness, but oh well. I don't think the Mbira is in key. Closest thing I could guess, with help from the Push's scales modes and converting audio to Midi, was C Locrian scale. Added some vocoderizationalizing from the Mininova for some honey on this biscuit. Pretty sure the title is something I was singing.

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December 3, 2018 1:26 am

Organically Afrobeat. Shiny objects can be quite productive.

December 4, 2018 12:58 am

I like the usage of the Mbira.  It instantly gives it an exotic feel.  The drums fit perfectly also.

December 4, 2018 8:04 am

A more common name would be the kalimba. I like the crunch you added to it.

December 4, 2018 10:55 pm

All comes together well.  The Mbira sounds really cool with a bit of crunch on it.  All sounds in tune as well.  Maybe as it is so percussive that all the tones go together.

December 7, 2018 10:25 pm
Jim Wood wrote:

Organically Afrobeat. Shiny objects can be quite productive.

Yes they can! Almost forgot, I listened to some Fela at the gym before working on this ... influenced.

CosmicCairns wrote:

I like the usage of the Mbira.  It instantly gives it an exotic feel.  The drums fit perfectly also.

Thanks! Will have to bring the mbira out again for sure.


Devieus wrote:

A more common name would be the kalimba. I like the crunch you added to it.

Yes! Glad you mentioned that name, was trying to think of it when posted this, too lazy to look it up. Glad you shared, and liked the crunch. thanks.

NWSPR wrote:

All comes together well.  The Mbira sounds really cool with a bit of crunch on it.  All sounds in tune as well.  Maybe as it is so percussive that all the tones go together.

Crunch makes this tunes easier to munch. Yeah, agree - percussive sounds can blend together out of key well. Thanks!

December 9, 2018 4:17 pm

Love the percussive combo of instruments and the added saturation that makes everything shine smile

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