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Skippa

By miraclemiles on April 12, 2020 8:37 pm

I feel like I channeled an old high school band I was in on this one ... with maybe a few new sounds and a better recording quality than we ever had. This is my gift to my past self, when I would jam with friends and be stuck on a hand drum because there was already a drummer, and no one could hear the hand drum over all the amps and drum kit. Revenge in mine! Not only can you hear the hand drum, a djembe here, the drum kit patterns are converted midi from the djembe parts I recorded. Time for the drummer to follow my awesome djembe riff!! The lowly hand drum player finally leads the way! I love that computers do what we tell them to.

I started this with a Tuesday afternoon beat in the head, grabbed the Djembe, recoded, converted to midi to get drum parts. Some bass - the Dirty Sub preset on Ableton Operator, and then Wavetable preset with some fuzz pedal. Figured, hey about some guitar. Found a Jazz guitar preset for Live's Tension synth, then a Jimi rack with amp, cabinet and resonators chain. Sounded guitarish enough to me, and the best part is it did what I tell it to (unlike that ego maniac in high school).

Actually wrote a couple lyrics along the way. Something about heart skipping a beat, then after watching Devs this week (loving that show), jotted down some notes about dimensions and ripples in the water. Of course when I did vox this morning I kinda just riffed and made stuff up, which I like doing more anyway. Finally letting the drummer sing too ... wow progress!

Cheers everyone, hope you all are holding up well!

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April 13, 2020 12:59 am

Ha! Revenge of the hand drummer. This is awesome trippy craziness! Love all the loops and percussion. I think I could listen to this on loop a dozen times.  Downloading!

April 13, 2020 1:19 am

Great back story and the best kind of revenge.  Suck it high school band drummer and guitar player.  Awesome track, too.

April 13, 2020 1:45 pm

this track has a lot of postpunk and anarchic quality. still the handdrums fit into the song very well.
this Skippastarter is awesome.

April 16, 2020 2:17 am

More hand drum!!! Loves some highschool garage band rock... You nailed the brief! smile

April 16, 2020 1:28 pm

Fun idea. You really made it sound like a rock band, the only real giveaways were those Roland timbale and clap samples.

April 16, 2020 7:33 pm

Love the description, I always enjoy your collaborations, but I can see your desire to take things into your own hands, literally! 

April 19, 2020 7:40 pm
NWSPR wrote:

Ha! Revenge of the hand drummer. This is awesome trippy craziness! Love all the loops and percussion. I think I could listen to this on loop a dozen times.  Downloading!

Revenge! Awesome, so glad you liked! Trippy craziness is my happy place.

CosmicCairns wrote:

Great back story and the best kind of revenge.  Suck it high school band drummer and guitar player.  Awesome track, too.

Ha! Yes, the best kind indeed. I bet some of those old friends may like this ... who knows. Thanks!

Q-Rosh wrote:

this track has a lot of postpunk and anarchic quality. still the handdrums fit into the song very well.
this Skippastarter is awesome.

Thanks so much, I was thinking the same thing about post-punk, cool you thought that too. Yeah, hand drums can find their place in lots of styles I've always thought,  but  they still get a bad stereotype as being just for hippy jams and drum circles sometimes.

Podling wrote:

More hand drum!!! Loves some highschool garage band rock... You nailed the brief! smile

Yes! There will be maur of the drumming with the hands!! Ah high school bands ... the good old days really. THanks for the fun comment and listen!

license wrote:

Fun idea. You really made it sound like a rock band, the only real giveaways were those Roland timbale and clap samples.

It was a rock band, but those timbale and claps were my little brother on a cheap keyboard in the corner. He gets to join the jam so he won't tell my parents about my dank stash he found. Thanks, my accidental mission was accomplished!

Jason Nijjer wrote:

Love the description, I always enjoy your collaborations, but I can see your desire to take things into your own hands, literally!

Ha, yep this was was really taken into hands for sure! Another collaboration next week. Thanks so much!

April 19, 2020 9:05 pm
miraclemiles wrote:

It was a rock band, but those timbale and claps were my little brother on a cheap keyboard in the corner. He gets to join the jam so he won't tell my parents about my dank stash he found. Thanks, my accidental mission was accomplished!


lol!

April 20, 2020 11:49 pm
license wrote:
miraclemiles wrote:

It was a rock band, but those timbale and claps were my little brother on a cheap keyboard in the corner. He gets to join the jam so he won't tell my parents about my dank stash he found. Thanks, my accidental mission was accomplished!


lol!

Its partly true! Not sure he ever asked to join a jam, but found some stashes for sure and made threats. Annoying little bugger. He later played sax in bands of his own and was quite the bonkers guy, I take partial credit for that. Now he won't touch music, huh.

May 17, 2020 7:33 pm

May 21, 2020 9:57 pm
kaedo sevaada wrote:

Oh yeah, they are awesome! Thanks for listen!

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