Lets Analyze Throwback by Virtual Riot!

The track starts out with some chord stacks that sound like they were made inside of Xfer Serum.

Underneath you can here a reverb/filter delayed pitched chant.

An arpeggio comes in which also sounds like a Serum patch.

The Drums are more than likely samples, hard to tell which ones they are.

There is some female vocal chopping layered in as well.

This all builds up to the drop with a drum fill into some vibrato chord saws that sound like either Serum, or the JP6K a plugin modeled after the Roland Jupiter Synth.

The growls and Bass sound like a synthesized bass native to Native Instrument’s FM8.

The song then comes to a bridge consisting of the same elements then drops again in similar fashion.

 

 

 

 

Conception of Zion’s Theme

I created this piece with a fairly simple structure. I used a simple progression on the vocals supplied from the Olympus Vocal Library in Kontakt. Layered it with some industrial percussion from “The Forge” in Ableton Live. The actual drums are the drums of war library also coming from Kontakt. The strings and brass are from the Spitfire Kontakt library Albion One. The drop consists of a monophonic FM growl bass, string stabs, and chants.

 

There was no real idea in mind when I went to write this piece, like most of my music it just comes out and then I reflect on what was made.

Breakdown of the loop song.

So I was tasked with making a track with only the loops in garageband. It’s mainly a spliced up rearranged version of Evolving Atmosphere 5. The structure of the song is a simple ambient intro into a Jungle DNB that transitions to a Glitch DNB then into a pseudo Glitch Hop. As for the creation of music just using loops…..well. If done right you could probably get away with making a pretty nice track, but in the Music Industry, you don’t want to be known as the loop guy. Mainly because you wont get known at all. If someone can recreate the track you made in an hour if given the same samples then the production probably wasn’t that good to begin with.

Can you make music with just loops? Yes.

Should you make music with just loops? Who knows? I know I wouldn’t.

Analyzing song structure

Endless

This video I made shows the different sections in the structure of Fox Stevenson’s song Endless.

Endless has a semi complicated structure.

It starts with an intro that is essentially the same as the outro with more instruments layered in. 2 verses lead into the chorus that lead into the drop.

The drop is broken up into 2 similar, yet slightly different parts.

This brings us back to the chorus for a bit then into drop 2.

Drop 2 has 3 parts, Drop 2 A (a pitched up layered version of Drop 1 A), Drop 2 B a new section, and Drop 2 C a edited version of drop 2B.

This leads into Verse 3 then into a Change.

This heads into the bridge then back into 2 A, 2B, and 2c.

Then it ends with the outro.

Here is the break down of the song’s times

0:00 – Intro (7 1/2 Measures)

0:17 – Verse 1 (4 Measures)

0:26 – Verse 2 (4 Measures)

0:35 – PreChorus (1/2 a measure)

0:36- Chorus (7 1/2 Measures)

0:54 – PreDrop (3/4 Measures)

0:54 – Drop 1 A (8 Measures)

1:13 – Drop 1 B (7 1/2 Measures)

1:30 – Pre Chorus (1/2 a measure)

1:31 – Chorus (7 1/2 Measures)

1:49 – PreDrop 2 (1/2 a measure)

1:49 – Drop 2 A (8 Measures)

2:08 Drop 2 B (4 Measures)

2:17 Drop 2 C (3 1/2 Measures)

2:25 PreVerse  (1/2 Measures)

2:26 Verse 3 (8 Measures)

2:44 Change (16 Measures)

3:21 Bridge (8 Measures)

3:39 Drop 2 A (8 Measures)

3:57 Drop 2 B (4 Measures)

4:07 Drop 2 C (4 Measures)

4:16 Outro (8 Measures)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Good” Music vs “Bad” Music

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As a DJ and producer, I find myself coming across many tracks that I like and dislike. It is not completely up to me to judge a track as “good or bad” as it is just my opinion, however I do feel that when taken in context of ability, tracks can be lackluster when compared to previous feats. An example of this would be the winner of best dance record in 2016 “Where are Ü Now?” (Ft. Justin Bieber) by Jack Ü . Although not a bad track in it’s production, it is simply disappointing when you realize that Jack Ü is made up of Grammy winning producers Skrillex and Diplo. Compared to their previous quality of work, “Where are Ü Now?” comes off as a very simple, very common, very easy track to make, with a pop icon slapped onto it to make money. And it worked.

Compare this to another talented artist, the Australian dubstep/metal producer PhaseOne who released his single “UFO” also in 2016. This track combines traditional dubstep with heavy metal beats and unique sound design. Titled UFO, this track truly captures an alien invasion in audio form. UFO is a unique style, a unique song, and a one of a kind track.