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Melted (extended, live)

By orangedrink on May 31, 2020 10:51 pm

Another live performance on the Model:Cycles!  All the sounds are from the Model:Cycles, including the delay effects.


I wrote the A section in one sitting, and then came back a few days later and challenged myself to write a B section.  I think it's really tough to write a new section out of nowhere - painters talk about "painting yourself into a corner" when you've overdeveloped one part of a painting too much, making it difficult to match the rest of it.  The best practice is to evenly develop each section at a time (easier said than done).  So I'm proud of myself for doing it.


I've been practicing a lot of jazz drumming recently, and working on a half-time shuffle - and it's really making me think of rhythms where the hi-hat is the star.  I think that's a big piece of jazz as opposed to rock drums; the time keeping is the "beat".  So last week's track had that Shepard's tone hi-hat, and this week has one with built-in off accents.


I have been trying to keep my electronic pieces concise, but I just relaxed and had fun with this recording - no editing or truncating like with other pieces!  I've only had this synth a few months and it is already becoming one of my all-time favorite musical instruments.  The shuffle break down at the end required a lot of frantic knob twisting, and when I was able to bring it back, I cheered very loudly to myself!  I should have filmed it!


Still trying to stay positive despite some soul-crushing current events.  Sometimes I feel like I'm trying hard to make the world a better place, but it's not enough.  Sometimes I doubt myself and my work - does my artwork actually make a difference?  Are we just playing music while the Titanic is sinking?


But then I think, where would I be without music, and all forms of art?  Creative expression feels like such a gift, and it seems like such a waste to be here, alive on this Earth, with all of you, at the same time, and not share my gifts, especially because others have given so freely to me.  There is so much beauty in the world, and in this time of global suffering, I feel like it's my job to heal, comfort, encourage, and inspire with my work.


Is anyone going to listen one of my sick shuffle drum beats and decide to love life?  I mean, who knows, but it's more important to me that I made the work rather than if anyone likes it.  Have you ever seen beautiful scenery in nature?  It's made up of thousands of leaves and blades of grass and trees and flowers.  There is no one plant that solely makes the scene beautiful; but it wouldn't be the same without it.  So, I'm just trying to be the best tree I can be, facing the sun, soaking up the water, standing firm in the soil, bearing down in the wind, providing fruit and shade to those who need it.


It feels so crazy to work on music when there are "more serious" problems right now, but working on music is the best tool I have to fix these serious problems.  What would happen to us if we cut down all the trees?


Thanks for listening to my thoughts; I know this is the group that 100% understands who I am because you intimately know my work.  That's why I feel comfortable writing this here.  Thank you.  Thanks for your commitment to music, it's also our commitment to each other.  This is important.  This is how we let others know they're not alone; for now and generations to come.  This is how we heal the planet.


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June 2, 2020 8:07 pm

Really got pulled in immediately by the solo beat at the intro. This comp has so much room to let the parts breath and develop that it makes for a fun journey.  Gets some serious heft when the bass drops in and out in sections. Reading through your text, I can tell you that I take inspiration from your music as with many others here.  Already, your perspective on shuffle, hi hat and how it is used in jazz has me thinking what I can do to better improve my straight 4/4 rock beats.  For what it's worth, every week I learn from you and this community with the sole goal of improving my art and expanding my vistas. So, I think you're a pretty solid tree in the WB forrest. Definitely a mighty redwood smile

Also, taking time to just chill out and listen to your prior weeks tracks. Really loving the pure electronic compositions of late.

June 3, 2020 12:47 pm

Hello orange drink. Some answers... smile

Sometimes I feel like I'm trying hard to make the world a better place, but it's not enough. - If you do the best you can under the circonstances, it is actually more than enough, it is a lot more than most of us.

Sometimes I doubt myself and my work - does my artwork actually make a difference? - It depends on how we see it. It sure does for me. Does it for you? If it gives you more gain than hurt it is a pretty big difference to your life, and probably to the life of the people you live around...

Are we just playing music while the Titanic is sinking? - Maybe, if it feels good it is good.

Is anyone going to listen one of my sick shuffle drum beats and decide to love life?  I mean, who knows, but it's more important to me that I made the work rather than if anyone likes it.  - There are so many amazing drummers out there that maybe not many people will hear it at all... I love moving big air, I play drums mostly for myself and it is an amazing feeling being able to play with 3 of my friends once in a while. I am far to be good at it when I compare to people that dedicated their live to it, but it is a question of priorities, I have a full time job, a family, stuff... So if you like hitting drums, this is awesome. (I actually loved the song with your acoustic drums on it. smile

Have you ever seen beautiful scenery in nature? - All the time.

But then I think, where would I be without music, and all forms of art? - Same place, but less triggered emotions...

What would happen to us if we cut down all the trees? - We are getting there, we will see. It might be really really tough for my kids but I believe that many people will try to do the correct things at some point.

Super nice track by the way, very smooth. Love the tempo, the choice of sounds.

Have an excellent day! keep it up.

June 3, 2020 6:49 pm
NWSPR wrote:

you're a pretty solid tree in the WB forrest. Definitely a mighty redwood smile

sad crying tears of joy - thanks for the comments!  I get a little nervous "letting a beat rock" because I think sometimes my insecurity says "this isn't that good, so I shouldn't overstay the welcome"- but honestly the beat swing really spoke to me and I just wanted to hear it for a long time.  other times I make a shorter song and just listen on repeat, but this time I let it unfold (and, it takes time to get stuff switched over in a live setting, so it's hard to be super fast with arrangement changes!)

djippy wrote:

Hello orange drink. Some answers... smile

Thanks for listening and sharing your reflections!  Glad you liked the track too.  We gotta stick together heart

June 4, 2020 4:52 pm

Very interesting track.  I'm new here so I must admit I haven't listened to much of your music but damn this one is great, especially for being done live!  Really dig the percussion, and the bass, and the synths, and...well, all of it.

June 4, 2020 5:35 pm

this is an excellent lesson in placing the drums more efficiently, to give the music more air to breath. nice sounds that support this fantastic track. well done.

June 5, 2020 2:52 am

I always read everyones post with the music playing, first off this music is stellar, this is my kind of electronic music, I could listen to this over and over.  As I kept reading your post the music also just fit with your message so well, your description of beautiful scenery in nature is brilliant.  Keep doing what you do, the world will only be a better place if everyone could have your positivity and attitude.

June 5, 2020 2:15 pm

As a drummer, you had me a jazz drumming. Without a doubt, that hi hat riff jams. Jazz drumming hurts my brain. Its like math with sticks. Haha. I agree with Jason here above. The music was a nice backdrop while reading whats on your mind. Now more than ever, we need to express ourselves rather than bottle it up. Music is a great form of expression, but so is the written word. Well done.

June 5, 2020 2:58 pm

I agree, the music fits really well with your ideas. I love the production and instruments, I feel like the drums have a great acoustic feeling to them that blends really well with the synths and ties everything together.

June 5, 2020 4:26 pm

You heartfelt description got me in the feels cuz I totally relate to all the tree schtuff.  Music is my savior for sure especially during this crazy af year.  Every week is a mental/physical battle to get myself into Ableton and start something and then not doubt myself into oblivion.  The end result for the most part does end up being very cathartic.  Course then the week rolls around and we get more "news".  Your music thru the years has def helped me and is always a pleasure to listen to.  It's also been really cool to see your progression with the model:cycles.  Someday I'd like to own an elektron device (digitakt or cycles would be awesome).  I'm glad you're getting inspiration from it.  Hang in there, *tree-branch-high-five!*

June 7, 2020 6:47 pm

You stated what you're feeling really well in the description and I can totally relate.  Making music feels kind of frivolous during these times.  I had actually just assembled some of my old songs into a "new" album a couple weeks ago, but then I just ended up releasing it quietly without any fanfare because it felt kind of disrespectful and tone deaf to be promoting myself even in a small capacity right now.  But I also agree.  We are musicians.  Making music is what we do, and if we don't do it, it's kind of like cutting limbs off the metaphorical tree.  It's also always been kind of how I "deal" with stuff.  Are we making a difference in the world?  Who knows?  Probably not, but if our efforts can brighten someone's day even for just a moment, I figure we did something worthwhile.  Even if it's just one person and even it that one person is ourself.  I really liked the track, by the way also.  You're doing some awesome stuff with rhythms and the electronic textures were awesome and the fact that it's live kicks it up another notch.

June 7, 2020 9:39 pm

totally vibe with everything you are saying. i think music is a wonderful reminder of everything that is awesome about humanity, but also something we take for granted and so it takes a back seat when shit hits the fan. I try to remind myself of this when I don't feel in the mood to make music. I have no idea if anyone cares but I just try to put in the work regardless, because I feel like I need to, with the hope that my efforts will push or inspire others to do the same.

btw dig this track a lot -- love the chords and the swing feel is fantastic. hi-hat is def the most underrated piece of the drum kit!

June 10, 2020 7:59 am

Great track! I can feel where you are coming from as well, this has been me lately...

Here's to keepin' that cowbell extra dirty!

June 18, 2020 1:15 am
coreytrev0r wrote:

Very interesting track.  I'm new here so I must admit I haven't listened to much of your music but damn this one is great, especially for being done live!  Really dig the percussion, and the bass, and the synths, and...well, all of it.

Thanks!  Also welcome to the WB family smile  I do a lot of genres and also play live instruments.  Thanks for listening!

Q-Rosh wrote:

this is an excellent lesson in placing the drums more efficiently, to give the music more air to breath. nice sounds that support this fantastic track. well done.

Thanks, sometimes I'm scared to do less - but this felt "right" - I try to think of J Dilla a lot and how space is also a rhythmic element

Jason Nijjer wrote:

I always read everyones post with the music playing, first off this music is stellar, this is my kind of electronic music, I could listen to this over and over.  As I kept reading your post the music also just fit with your message so well, your description of beautiful scenery in nature is brilliant.  Keep doing what you do, the world will only be a better place if everyone could have your positivity and attitude.

Wow, that means a lot to me, thank you heart

Saucey-dough wrote:

As a drummer, you had me a jazz drumming. Without a doubt, that hi hat riff jams. Jazz drumming hurts my brain. Its like math with sticks. Haha. I agree with Jason here above. The music was a nice backdrop while reading whats on your mind. Now more than ever, we need to express ourselves rather than bottle it up. Music is a great form of expression, but so is the written word. Well done.

Thank you thank you - still working on my triplet swing!

hieme wrote:

I agree, the music fits really well with your ideas. I love the production and instruments, I feel like the drums have a great acoustic feeling to them that blends really well with the synths and ties everything together.

thank you - you all are SO SWEET

Tone Matrix wrote:

You heartfelt description got me in the feels cuz I totally relate to all the tree schtuff.  Music is my savior for sure especially during this crazy af year.  Every week is a mental/physical battle to get myself into Ableton and start something and then not doubt myself into oblivion.  The end result for the most part does end up being very cathartic.  Course then the week rolls around and we get more "news".  Your music thru the years has def helped me and is always a pleasure to listen to.  It's also been really cool to see your progression with the model:cycles.  Someday I'd like to own an elektron device (digitakt or cycles would be awesome).  I'm glad you're getting inspiration from it.  Hang in there, *tree-branch-high-five!*

*leaf fist bump* lol - thanks so much, I appreciate your support and your emotional understanding.  Happy to be musically in your life as you are in mine!

CosmicCairns wrote:

You stated what you're feeling really well in the description and I can totally relate.  Making music feels kind of frivolous during these times.  I had actually just assembled some of my old songs into a "new" album a couple weeks ago, but then I just ended up releasing it quietly without any fanfare because it felt kind of disrespectful and tone deaf to be promoting myself even in a small capacity right now.  But I also agree.  We are musicians.  Making music is what we do, and if we don't do it, it's kind of like cutting limbs off the metaphorical tree.  It's also always been kind of how I "deal" with stuff.  Are we making a difference in the world?  Who knows?  Probably not, but if our efforts can brighten someone's day even for just a moment, I figure we did something worthwhile.  Even if it's just one person and even it that one person is ourself.  I really liked the track, by the way also.  You're doing some awesome stuff with rhythms and the electronic textures were awesome and the fact that it's live kicks it up another notch.

Well said, I love the idea about even if it brightens your day - it's contributing positively into the world

zirafa wrote:

totally vibe with everything you are saying. i think music is a wonderful reminder of everything that is awesome about humanity, but also something we take for granted and so it takes a back seat when shit hits the fan. I try to remind myself of this when I don't feel in the mood to make music. I have no idea if anyone cares but I just try to put in the work regardless, because I feel like I need to, with the hope that my efforts will push or inspire others to do the same.

btw dig this track a lot -- love the chords and the swing feel is fantastic. hi-hat is def the most underrated piece of the drum kit!

Little droplets make a big wave and I guess we gotta be part of it all!  Thanks for sharing and reading (and always listening to me rant!)  Why is are the best things in life the first thing to be taken for granted?  JUST LIKE THE HI-HAT!

Ipaghost wrote:

Great track! I can feel where you are coming from as well, this has been me lately...

Here's to keepin' that cowbell extra dirty!

hang in there bud - ONLY WAY TO DO COWBELL IS D-D-D-D-D-DURTY

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