As an amateur musician for years/decades, I used to play guitar and bass in mostly punk grunge bands in Japan. I have started being serious at last with recording music since joining Weekly Beats in 2020 and am trying to continue with this good habit. :)
All work done in FL studio, and most of the samples I use come from Splice.
I am changing a bit my workflow to reignite inspiration. I decided to start finding some riff on guitar and build from there. I kinda like the result, and I like that it was a fresh approach for me.
By the way, unfortunately, no - large sauropods could not whip their tail at supersonic speed, even though some paper of 1997 claimed they could. This is fortunate, as the aforementioned tail would have snapped. Have no doubt though that a good tail whip could still hurt unreasonably well.
I was pretty good this week at finding good excuses not to work on a track. I spent a grand 44 minutes on this one, and it does feel like it. Ok, especially for the upcoming Weekly Beats 2024, I need to get back to start a track early in the week, put more love and inspiration in it rather than a quickly produced simple track.
A baroque vibe for this track inspired by Castlevania. I ran out of time and could not really clean up this track. The structure and the mixes are pretty raw. It's missing some frequencies here and there, some transitions are abrupt. But hey, time's up for me this week.
Ok back on my feet and with my DAW. I worked on this track this Saturday mainly. It would fare better with a few more hours of work. I think it's like 70% done of where I'd like a track to be, but i kinda already enjoy it more than a lot of tracks i have done over the past few months.
This is only a recording of ambient sound. Last week, my father passed away. I recorded quickly the Silence track of last week, before going to take my plane to bury him.
One week later, the aftermath. Time to go back home. I am sitting a last time in the calm aftermath recording the sound of that final night, as life seems to continue, even though the silence now sounds a bit different. Time to go home.
I started the track on Saturday morning. I wanted to first try out making a set of percussions using FPC, and setting a wide panning of the different instruments. The percussions ended up being a set of traditional sounds, so it felt appropriate to dig into my Native Instruments library for a set of traditional instruments. I went for the middle eastern package, and used the Oud (a guitar like instrument) and the Zurna (a type of flute). I have a great love for the complex harmonies and rhythms of middle eastern music! This started reminding me of the band Secret Chiefs 3, so I went in and dug some electronic samples and arps to get into that. Some additional vocal samples, shake it, 30 minutes in the oven, and here you go.
Tons of drums and beats, some koto and strings breaks, a high synth lead. "The best meals are prepared in old pots" is a French expression - i pulled all my old pots and cooked something quick but that kinda works. Slightly cheesy towards the end, but still fine.
I got to walk around a lot in Shibuya this week in the early mornings. This part of town is under construction. To be fair, it has been under construction for at least the past 15 years. There were sounds of soldering, of hammers, etc and that inspired the theme for this track.
I imagined the future where robots and drones build space elevators out of exotic materials, what will they think about when they take a break and watch the moon?