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Road Merchant

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First piece of 2022! I'm trying my best to get stuff done for Jamuary and be happy with the end result lol. Took about a day and a half to complete.

Pretty happy with how this guy turned out. Been studying a bit more theory so I tried to apply some concepts to this piece. One of my big goals this year is to make less repetitive pieces and have more complex ideas. I think I pulled off some neat stuff in this piece

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Love that melodic syncopation, hella groovy latin grooves. Those g├╝iro wood blocks and string slides, swoon. Very mysterious little jam. That stand up bass holds that off beat melody perfectly. I think the shaker could use a little more dynamic sensitivity but it's not noticeable until about 00:33. The shaker notes all come in at the same velocity but a live performer would be all over the place, getting tired and whatnot, so sometimes shakers will benefit from volume automation. You only have to draw one or two peaks then copy/paste the automation a bunch of times. The MIDI can also carry velocity data if you'd rather get dynamics that way. Volume is often times the only thing percussion has in regards to sounding "emotive."

You ever see the cowbell SNL skit? Put Will Ferral on those shakers. I have a fever and the only prescription is more dynamics, baby <3

LoveBelow responds:

Thank you for the kind words! I'll definitely be working on dynamics in my music. It's actually one of the things that I want to focus on this year.

Credits & Info


4.77 / 5.00

Jan 2, 2022
11:49 PM EST
File Info
3.4 MB
1 min 29 sec
  • Addictive Keys
  • Omnisphere 2
  • Live 11
Misc. Kit
  • Spitfire Solo Strings
  • Symphony Series

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.