beat of the week no.008, The Right Kind of Tweed
The main impetus behind this beat was just to do an odd time signature that was basically truncating a 4/4 beat. This was what came out. I started with the guitar and built the drums/bass/keyboard parts around that. The drums are doing a thing where I take two different drum sets and split them left and right (in this case they aren’t hard panned). The bass part is my impression of The Whisper Song.
The name of the song is from an interview with Frank Zappa (sadly it was really close to his death), where he talked about meeting Nicholas Sloniminsky and how he was exactly what Zappa expected, part of it being that he had “The right kind of tweed…rumpled…worn for a thousand years.” Once I added the non palm-muted guitar it sounded like an old dude from the 19th Century rollin’ deep on his bicycle with the big wheel in the front, hence the tweed/old composer dude connection.
This beat was made with synths internal to Ableton Live except for the guitar, which was done with Guitar Rig.