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am_Unition  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 398th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

I have spent quite a bit of time studying music lately.

DOMi & JD Beck - Track One

Was very pleased to see a rich Hubski history of "Vulfpeck". Joe Dart is currently my favorite bassist:

Vulfpeck - Beastly

I'm gonna drop you into the middle this mixtape, but the whole of it is generally fantastic:

Skylar Spence - "ALIVE 2020"

^^^ Also been studying production techniques. Big things coming :).

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

yeah, Joe Dart is rad, but have you checked out Aron the Bassist????

am_Unition  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well damn, now I have! I love his "concentration face". I worry that one reason I don't videotape myself is because I'm afraid of what my own face does.

BLOB_CASTLE  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah this kid is wild! His instagram is so vast, and he creates amazing beats on the fly. I'm excited to see what he does when he's older.

Dude, you gotta embrace the bass face!!

Check out Micheal Leagues's at 6:14 of this video:

OftenBen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Despite living in Ann Arbor I have still somehow never managed to see Vulfpeck live. Great sadness.

goobster  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Vulfpeck is insane. My veins bleed Vulfpeck.

And, as a bass player, I love me some Joe Dart for SURE! The funk is strong with this one...

rezzeJ  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Coincidently, I got cottoned on to DOMi & JD Beck not long before your comment. Great stuff. They have an album coming out soon, which I'm very looking forward to.

Any specific production techniques you've been looking into?

am_Unition  ·  12 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maybe the main thing I've been working on is getting better about using Ableton's native tools to fill in roles that I've used plug-ins for in the past. If you're clever (or watch YouTube tutorials), you can build a de-esser from just a handful of native modules, make a fat synth from scratch, or get that rich af guitar tone, it goes on and on. I've also been trying to spice up my mixing approach while simultaneously reducing processing latency, which is the underlying motivation for using native modules, too.

Also been re-examining the process I use to write chord progressions. Still trying to find that sweet spot of "technical but accessible". I just keep writing new stuff without ever finishing a song. Apparently I'm more interested in honing my ability to initiate and explore songwriting directions than making finished products, for now.

It's all that, but I'm working on improving technical playing skills, too. On every instrument. :|

rezzeJ  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nice. Yeah, it's easy to get gushy over the latest synth and forget that the native plugins can do a lot for you. I really need to explore The Grid in Bitwig once I've got my current project over and done with. And like you, it saves on a lot of processing power too.

I have had a few people comment on my chord progressions. My approach has always been a very exploratory one. Sit at the keyboard, find a chord I like, then experiment. What happens if I change bass note? Can I keep the left hand the same and change the right hand? What if I just move all the notes up by one? What if I replace this chord with one from a parallel key?

Eventually, the mind's ear senses a shadow of a chord progression in the vague fog of creativity. From there, it's just about finishing the puzzle.

Looking forward to hearing what comes out of your learning!