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Years

By miraclemiles on June 7, 2020 8:18 pm

Wow. What powerful, meaningful and intense weeks. Much respect and solidarity to all those who are fighting for justice, who have been and will continue fighting for years. I went to protest today. It was inspiring, and sad, and happy and everything. It was peacful too. Work to be done, so much on some many levels. But I'll be optimistic that we'll progress. Keep on going strong. And creators - keep creating good art. That is something powerful.

This came out of a couple emotional and fun sessions this week. Creating sounds because that's what I do when I don't know what else to do and it makes me feel better. Needed to bang on things. In addition to Djembe, broke out a talking drum my dad just gave me. It's gotten a little limp in its old age. Have to squeeze it real hard to get the juicy tones. Not unlike my dad in its own ways. Did some mouth sounds through the kaoss pad. Started with a bassline from the Volca Kick. Then synths - some monostation, max for cats, and prophet, rhodes samples. It was getting darker and more chaotic, and that was fun, but not the end of the story. Took a break, came back and played some funkier keys. There will be some chaos, a lot of anger, and eventually a little dancing, and looking forward.

Here's a picture of today:

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June 8, 2020 12:10 am

It feels good. Great job capturing the djembe sound, it adds a nice organic vibe. And yes indeed Kaoss Pad sounds, like these glitches around 2:00. Nice combination there. I like the vibe of this track.

June 8, 2020 2:26 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

It feels good. Great job capturing the djembe sound, it adds a nice organic vibe. And yes indeed Kaoss Pad sounds, like these glitches around 2:00. Nice combination there. I like the vibe of this track.

Awesome, thanks! Glad you thought the djembe works in there, I have fun adding that. Yeah, those glitches were either kaoss pad or circuit monostation or both ... they both can get very made. Glad you liked the vibe, not sure if it would be too bugnuts crazy or not.

June 8, 2020 3:22 am

I'm digging this. Nice mix. I particularly like the pads and the kinda Grandmaster Flash sounding synth in the beginning big_smile

I am also feeling the chaos and the need to bang on things. Catharsis is good.

June 8, 2020 6:45 pm

That's awesome you participated in the protests.  They're important and something feels different this time.  I think some sort of change is actually going to happen as a result of this.  The song is sweet.  Really powerful percussive sounds that mix in well with the other awesome textures.

June 9, 2020 7:45 am

It was enlightening to read your inroduction. Yes, we have to move and look forward for a brighter future.
The music fits perfectly. The fat boy slim like vocals amplify this. Did notice the kinda Grandmaster Flash sounding synths too. The djembe is a good support to the hole compostion. very well done.

June 11, 2020 2:52 am

Really dig the funky vibes in this track. Has me thinking of playful old school hip hop.

June 13, 2020 6:05 pm

Those drums and percussion are punchy and strong as all get out!! Good protest vibe while maintaining a strong and positive feel.  Mid section interlude gets pretty funky and chaotic.  Great glitchy electronic sounds with solid funky keyboard grooves. Bangin!!

June 19, 2020 5:15 pm

The djembe and talking drum sound awesome.  This is really funky but also gave me imagery of everyone protesting marching with a bit of a funk in their steps.  Your vocals reminded me a bit of some of the jazzier/funky interludes the Beastie Boys used to do.  Nice work!

July 24, 2020 9:44 pm
license wrote:

I'm digging this. Nice mix. I particularly like the pads and the kinda Grandmaster Flash sounding synth in the beginning big_smile

I am also feeling the chaos and the need to bang on things. Catharsis is good.

Yass! Banging on things does wonders. Glad you liked mix, I think it was a lot of luck it came out Ok really, freq's in the right places. Good shout on the grandmaster flash synths, hadn't thought that, but I can here it. I think I just used first few synths I had handy in Live, and tapped about on the Push as usual. Thanks!

CosmicCairns wrote:

That's awesome you participated in the protests.  They're important and something feels different this time.  I think some sort of change is actually going to happen as a result of this.  The song is sweet.  Really powerful percussive sounds that mix in well with the other awesome textures.

Yeah, I think change will continue to happen as result of this. What an effort to bring about change, and so much more needed, the fight continues! Thanks!

Q-Rosh wrote:

It was enlightening to read your inroduction. Yes, we have to move and look forward for a brighter future.
The music fits perfectly. The fat boy slim like vocals amplify this. Did notice the kinda Grandmaster Flash sounding synths too. The djembe is a good support to the hole compostion. very well done.

Thank you! Yes yes, lets keep up the good fight! Love fat boy slim reference.

hent03 wrote:

Really dig the funky vibes in this track. Has me thinking of playful old school hip hop.

Right on, thanks! Yeah I love some old school hip hop for sure, and getting playful vibe going, thanks for listening!

NWSPR wrote:

Those drums and percussion are punchy and strong as all get out!! Good protest vibe while maintaining a strong and positive feel.  Mid section interlude gets pretty funky and chaotic.  Great glitchy electronic sounds with solid funky keyboard grooves. Bangin!!

Sweet, thanks so much! That's exactly the vibe, I wanted like powerful protest marching feel, but to me there's always an urge to breakout and dance at protests too, a real mix of anger and celebration almost. That mid section captured the first anger and chaos I was thinking when I first started the track. 

Tone Matrix wrote:

The djembe and talking drum sound awesome.  This is really funky but also gave me imagery of everyone protesting marching with a bit of a funk in their steps.  Your vocals reminded me a bit of some of the jazzier/funky interludes the Beastie Boys used to do.  Nice work!

Hey, thanks so much, appreciate Beastie Boys reference! Exactly right about getting a little funk in the step at the protests!

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