The new music software I ordered arrived, and I’m excited to level up. I started this beat by fooling around with a synth version of an 808 (a popular drum machine- try playing with something similar here). Then I added some fake cello, which, after having some of the parameters (things like vibrato) change over the course of the phrase, didn’t sound too bad. I ended up nixing the cello in favor of other more electronic sounds, but I eventually went back and put it back in as an intro. “Welcome to this downlifting little ditty.” I’m pleased that this is closer than usual to being a whole song, though if I come back and work on this some more, I would want to make the part that it builds up to around 35 seconds come out grander.
I’ve been thinking a lot about synth sounds. Here are some questions on my mind: What is it that makes some synthetic sounds be terrible to hear? Is it that they are too simple, or is it more to do with what gets played on them? Are synth sounds forever limited by the fact that they are imitations? There’s a vegetarian restaurant near me which serves very impressive fake sweet and sour pork, and though some disagree, I think it is worthy of having its own place in many-dimensional foodspace. Is some of this stuff starting to sound good to me because I’m finding better sounds, because I’m doing better things with the sounds, or because my brain is being warped into liking tofu/synth? It’s probably all three, but hopefully not too much of the last one. Just to check, mom, can you get down with this beat? What about this?