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Poisonous Streets

By ViridianLoom on August 16, 2020 11:49 pm

So, I need some advice and guidance on this one. I really love the genre of Trip Hop (Massive Attack, Zero 7, Hooverphonic) but I don't have any first hand knowledge on how to go about creating music that fits that style. I think this is a fairly decent attempt but its clear to me that it's kind of obvious I'm experimenting. The first element I tried to capture is that swinging drum feel a lot of trip hop songs got and I used vinyl kit samples to kind of match the tone of the drums. Bass is predominately what drives a lot of Trip Hop so I focused on laying down a decent groove and then using guitar to gently and quietly supplement it. I figured I'd one point I'd blend in a metal riff but I tried to focus on mixing it with a deeper, thick low end and not so much harsh high end. Etc. Etc.

So yeah, let me know what y'all think of the tune and also bestow upon me some of your knowledge too wink There's quite a few people here who make chillhop which is basically the cousin to trip hop I think.

Oh, and lyrics:


These vivid lines
Poison coursed through
The code we've signed
Siphon it out 
Of the veins we've tried
Let go, hold on
Breathe a sigh
The ending in sight


Corrupting ties
Inside and Out
Essence drained
Mired in shame
Daunting life
To live is to die
Courting lies
Leaving behind

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

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August 17, 2020 2:17 am

The tight drum, with short kicks and snare, the crackling of vinyl help with the trip hop vibe. The part after the heavy guitars, around 3:00 was bringing a very trip hop vibe. Cool experiment.

August 17, 2020 2:25 am

Murky and mesmerizing. This definitely captures a low-key kind of energy well. (Also, Zero 7 for the win!)

August 17, 2020 4:47 am

August 17, 2020 6:45 am

I don't know much about trip-hop, I just know it's experimental, so I guess you're not wrong on any of it.

I like the jam though.

August 17, 2020 1:01 pm

Your track is a killer. The laid-back beat is just right, it fits into the hiphop genre together with the keys. The guitars make excursions from metal to postrock to jazzy tones. Very pleasant and beautiful. The mix sounds fantastic and adding vocals to the track, makes it something special. The reprise in the end from 5:25 sounds very triphoppy. Well done.

August 17, 2020 2:49 pm

I was very "surprised" when vocals did come in. Super smooth. Big guitars is a twist, not sure it was necessary on this, but it is your song not mine smile . The huge kick drum moves you thru the tune. The big round bass sound is very nice. I don't know that much about trip hop either, I listened to massive attack Mezzanine in the 90's, and from what I remember it was super aggressive sounding. Your tune is very "soft/smooth" which is very cool too.

Good job.

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