12/28/2017 0 Comments
Hey Everybody! How’s it going? Hope you all are awesomely well! I’ve got more BRAND SPANKING NEW MUSIC FOR YOU ALL TODAY! This latest original instrumental composition inspired by another UBER POPULAR Netflix series, “Stranger Things”. This composition all began with the “Light Cycle” synth lead in GarageBand. I pitched the “Light Cycle” lead down almost as low as I possibly could. I think it was only raised 2 or 3 octaves from the very bottom. I played the “Light Cycle” part in a 64th note pattern and with this entire composition I wanted something really dark, ominous, and scary sounding, kind of like you’re walking through the woods or taking a short cut late, late, REALLY LATE at night! I wanted to play the “Light Cycle” quickly, but I wanted it to have a sort of punch and kick to it also. That part of the song starts out pretty simple and straightforward, but then changes on ya! Which wasn’t initially what I was going for, but I’m glad it turned out that way.
The “Neon Koto” synth classic patch was next, and it was here where I decided to just do variations on a few scales in order to get the desired feel and effect that I was striving for. So, with the “Neon Koto” patch, I played an eighth note scale, a couple times in succession, up and down, and to my wonderment, it added to the ambience that I began to build with the “Light Cycle” patch on the first layer. In other words, YAY, I WAS HAPPY!
From there, I laid down an eighth note scale with the “Soft Analog” patch going down the scale in succession, and really I added that pattern and patch just to accent the “Neon Koto” and “Light Cycle” patches above it, respectively, and I think it worked! All three synthesizers and their patterns just seem to fit and work together REALLY, REALLY WELL! It just builds on the construction, feel, tempo, and the word of the day... AMBIENCE of the whole track! I love how all of the synthesizers just meld and weave through one another extremely well! Once the synth patches and patterns were in place and laid down, I moved onto the backbone of any and every musical composition, THE DRUMS!
I started the drum kit like I normally do, with a SUPER SOLID KICK DRUM! The kick drum I used in this composition, is one that I am quite fond of in GarageBand, you could say, it’s my absolute favourite kick drum, I know I’ve said that on more than one occasion, and that kick drum is... the kick drum from the “Modern 909” kit! The pattern on the kick drum patch went like this... quarter notes on the first 3 beats, rest, followed by doubling up the kick with eighth notes on the last beat of every bar. It turned out sounding better than I thought it would! What do ya know?! How ‘bout that!
Next, I laid down the “Hacienda” clap where it was just quarter on the 2nd and 4th beats of every bar, except for the second and fourth beats of the last bar of the measure, which is every 8 bars.
Onto the shaker from the “Modern 808” kit, which is a bunch of 8th notes and 16th note triplets, to add some flare and some shuffle! I do love my shuffle beats and patterns, they never get old... at least to me!
Next I tapped the cowbell also from the “Modern 808” kit, in a quarter note, eighth note, and sixteenth note shuffle style and pattern, which is just used accent the shaker in the previous layer of the composition.
The last element to this drum kit and composition altogether is this sort of wood block clap sound effect from the “Minimalist” kit within “GarageBand”. I played as some quarter notes, a couple rests, and the remainder of it was a bunch of 8th and 16th notes.
The synth patterns, parts, and layers are all probably, without question, some of my most favourite that I have EVER written, performed, produced, or done! To me, they sound ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I like the drums, as I do in every one of my compositions, but I truly believe that the synthesizers are what make this new instrumental beat composition inspired by another one of Netflix’s most popular series’, “Stranger Things”. So, that’s the story about how this whole new piece came together, I hope you all enjoy this latest composition from me, yours truly, Leigh Dickey, Beats and Speaks, and www.leightdickey.com! If you like what you see and hear, then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL to keep up with my latest releases and goings on! Thanks Everybody! Talk to you all again soon!
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Hi there! My name is Leigh Dickey. I am an Entertainer, Host, Speaker, Voice Over Artist, and Producer who has been delighting audiences since 1995. I have extensive experience in both the radio and television industries, as well. Welcome to my blog. Here you will find personal stories from my life, my career, and pretty much anything that comes across my mind. Thanks for stopping by.