June 27, 2010 10:12 AM

A nearly-finished track. Looking for suggestions. I feel like I should add a field recording of some kind, but I'm not sure what kind. I'm feeling a little bit of speech.

I also thought starting off with the drums alone was cool at first, but with more listens, it's a little weird.

posted by azarbayejani (3 comments total)

The drum intro is quite cool, as it's an interesting pattern. My issues are more generic to this kind of music, in that it sounds like a bunch of loops sequenced together on a grid. Oh, yeah, there's a bass loop coming in now, and so on. I'm not au fait enough with the current sample libraries to know if you programmed the drums yourself or they're a commercial loop, but the fact that it leaves me wondering is, for me, a problem.

I don't mean to be negative -- it sounds completely fine as a chillout track -- but personally I increasingly have a problem with tracks that sound like a stack of loops that are being faded in and out. If the loops are original, I'd suggest doing more to suggest that they are indeed original -- for example, pulling that drum loop apart and playing with it.
posted by unSane at 5:23 PM on June 27, 2010

Wow you got me, that's exactly what it was. The stuff was all sequenced by myself, but yeah, I basically just kind of recorded this with a bunch of loops i cooked up and then put it all together. The "stack of loops" thing is a problem I generally have with writing music. I get a bunch of loops and then end up being too lazy (or complacent) to add any variation. Since this is a work in progress, I'll definitely take your suggestions into consideration.
posted by azarbayejani at 7:56 PM on June 27, 2010

Well, if you cooked that drum loop up yourself, you are VERY good! I loved it.
posted by unSane at 4:45 AM on June 28, 2010

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