Beat 120: My dear my dear my dear


This started out as a live jam with s-pult, just the two keyboards, the bass, and real drums that I didn’t record. To sequence the drums back in, I tried just playing the kick and snare live on the keyboard, sticking mostly to one beat but putting in some fills. Then I went back and fixed the timing up, and changed anything that didn’t sound good. I know there might be something silly/transparent about sequenced drum fills, but I still get very excited when I hear things Switch Up. I did the same for the bass, recording the whole thing through a few times till I had something I liked.

After that, I had a beat that kept changing for 3 minutes, but the changes weren’t necessarily important enough to warrant the song length. So I stuck in a slowed down rap from the Pharcyde song Passing Me By. This is a great way to trick myself into having more confidence- I like the rap so much that I just want to listen to the song over and over again.

In case you are curious, here is the original rap. The song gets referred to quite a bit by other emcees, but right now the only one I can think of is this.


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