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CDM (Chromatic Dance Music)

By Snyderman on January 21, 2018 11:21 pm

NOTE: Skip all of this if you don't care about discussion about process.

In general I'd say this sort of slow, heavily syncopated chromaticism is probably the closest I have to a signature style.

So, this track is a combination of lots and lots of spare parts dating back to about 2010. That "melody" is inspired by the lead to Tim Follin's level 1 theme from Bionic Commando C64, along with bits and pieces borrowed from DKC games and tracks like Ducktales NES African Mines.

The drum beat came from some experimentation I did in the really fun but slightly unusual Pixitracker with its sequencer style track construction. Pixitracker was made by the same guy who made SunVox (Nightradio).

I actually spent slightly more time massaging the EQ settings and volume levels compared to the last few weeks, but it's definitely a long way off from where I want it to be.

I also feel like I had something of a breakthrough in terms of bass programming, even if the instrument itself is a bit out of whack EQ wise. The bassline skeleton (which is there right at the beginning) was in my session for the last few months but I was having a hard time getting it to sound more interesting until I watched a handful of those "How to make your basslines more interesting" videos. I think I succeeded for the most part.

I also felt like I did a decent job with the song form in keeping it interesting, which is A-B-C-A'. I'm also getting a lot closer to writing actual real melodies instead of repeating figures that pretend they're the melody. I did some experimentation with some odd chord / key changes, such as the somewhat prepared modulation from C minor to C# minor at the very end.

For instrumentation, I used (all in Logic Pro X):
Percussion: Ultrabeat - Analog Techno Kit
Bass: EFM1 run through a bass modeling amp (Logic's built in FM synth)
Melody 1 (A section) and counter melody (B section): EFM1 - Bell Swarm (as a base) until I got something interesting
Melody 2: RetroSynth - Cheerful Melody (as a base)
Pad: Alchemy - Liquid Morph (as a base)

I hope you enjoy it!

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

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January 22, 2018 3:20 am

I love these gooey synth patches. Teaming the zappy bd up with the bass worked wonders. The melody is good, except the middle has a breakdown that seems to meander a little before settling into the next part. My favorite part is right before that, and the call/response with the flute-like patch earlier works great too.

January 23, 2018 7:47 pm

crunchy af beats and I totally dig it. OOOOh especially with that nice clear synth hngggg

January 24, 2018 7:16 am

Very fun track. I especially do like the bassline, so I'd say you were definitely successful in that regard for sure. Also, thank you for sharing your process. It was interesting to read and helped serve my enjoyment of the track for sure.

January 28, 2018 10:46 pm

this is fun

February 6, 2018 9:54 pm

That was super enjoyable!! I like the quirky / somewhat-carribbean-feeling melody lines you've got going on in there. smile super fun!! also the key change at the end was nice!

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