beat of the week no.016. Intrastellar
This was another beat that was based on a melody that came to me while I was walking. It was kind of a bitch to make in Ableton Live because it is 3 measures of 4 and then one measure of five (and there is no sense of “17-ness” so I didn’t give it an odd time signature). I added one more note to the measure of 5 and then made it in 6/4, which I guess is kind of interesting.
The title is mainly a dumb play on words, but comes from Isao Tomita, who is probably best known for his version of Debussy’s Arabesque no.1, as it was used for the theme song for Star Gazers which I saw on public television as a kid. My dad was also into Tomita and I remember his version of Holst’s The Planets as well. I bring this up because I was kind of trying to imitate his ethereal synth voices. However, I also think it is kind of ingrained into my approach to additive synthesizers (ie Moog-like ones). The same way I’m usually trying to imitate Sega Genesis sound effects when I play with an FM synthesizer (the Genesis sound chip was made by Yamaha, it was similar to the one at the heart of the DX7, a very iconic FM synth).
This beat was made with Ableton Live and guitar processing in Native Instruments’ awesome, but unfortunately named program Guitar Rig.