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Intro to OP

By RawTicks on January 6, 2018 8:18 pm

Hello!

It's my second time attempting WeeklyBeats. I completed 26 tracks in the first 26 weeks of 2014... Skipped the 2016 edition, but now I'm back.

During 2014, I was making tracks very slowly, in Ableton, spending many times more than 15 hours per week to compose, mix and master a song. I learned a lot, but at some point it started to feel like a chore. Spending 15 hours per week won't be possible this year (kids!), so I decided to change my approach : I'll try to compose faster and try to be less obsessed with small details and have more fun making my tracks. I'll try to improve in composing; making better progressions and transitions, and do some parts live, all of which I struggle with.

As a result, my first composition is a bit rough on the edge and was done in about 3 hours (very fast for me), all on the great Teenage Engineering OP-1 synth/sampler. I have this unit since several years, but never got to complete songs on it, so that's a first for me. Still learning to use the tape to edit a song (for those familiar with the device). I'll probably do a bunch more tracks on it, and eventually sample some other gear, etc.

Hope you enjoy. All comments welcome.
And to all : good luck in achieving your own goals!

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

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January 8, 2018 7:31 am

I like the overall groove. I had the same problem in 2016 with spending too much time on my beats and also hope to work more quickly this year. Sounds like it's working out for you so far smile

January 8, 2018 8:50 pm

Having done the first 3 weekly beats almost exclusively on the OP-1 I can attest to it being the perfect tool for the job. For me, that well has run dry for now, but as soon as I can afford another two i'll be back on the case...aaagh. Not gonna happen smile

January 9, 2018 1:49 am

Welcome back!  This has a def cool groove with the bassline and percs.  Gotta love that OP1! smile

January 11, 2018 4:11 pm

Totally enjoyable--great beat, nice melodic touches and variation.  Welcome back! 

January 15, 2018 10:45 am

haha man t'es rendu fucking dark wink I hope you'll bring back Studio P (les pentagrammes toute le shit) big_smile
y u make dis Non Derivative? now I can't rap over it sad

January 15, 2018 1:15 pm
XC3N wrote:

haha man t'es rendu fucking dark wink I hope you'll bring back Studio P (les pentagrammes toute le shit) big_smile
y u make dis Non Derivative? now I can't rap over it sad

Haha, avec Studio P on est dû pour faire un album "retrouvailles" (même si on a jamais fait d'album). On verra si j'ai le temps de préparer une couple de tracks durant l'année... Pour la licence, je n'ai pas trop lu... j'ai pris celle par défaut! smile

January 16, 2018 7:31 pm

Love it! It's a little funky and a little sneaky. Great mood

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