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As my downward spiral into hardcore and hard dance grew, I became weary of the conventional sounds of dance music. The kick, the snare, the high-hats, the crash—all of them sounded monotonous and noisy, interruptions to the precise pitches of the harmony. I exempt distorted kick drums from this criticms because they at least have a clear tone, which can be pitch-bent and has been pitch-bent to the glory of countless hardstyle/core classics.

So I thought to myself "away with it all," and I set out to create an electronic dance track with zero percussion and only melodies. That's right, no kick drums used. Not a single one. Absolutely no kickdrums at all...

At the same time, I had listened to some extratone and realized how soothing the consecutive line of kickdrums can sound, especially if held still for a long time. I wanted to replicate that in some way... and here we are. A culmination of nostalgia, percussion-less beats and unconventional uses of the kick drum.

Genre: experimental dance/extratone

Tempo: 128

Software: Logic and 3rd-party freeware VSTs

Sounds: all from synthesisers or from copyright-free instrumental VSTs.

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Logo: https://www.deviantart.com/offi-dtrguo-cial/art/Detectivos-Insignia-2016-592813269

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What can I say about this one other than one word: Beautiful. While it's not a sad song, the second I started listening to it, tears started to well up in my eyes for some unknown reason. You are going places.

Hey, nice trak, but if u add a beat it would have been better.

An EDM track with no (conventional) percussion? That's an interesting idea, and I'm surprised that you executed it so well here. My only criticism is that the synths that you used for the melody could be more "full", for the lack of a better term. You could try to add more bandwidth, stereo space, or harmonics to accomplish this; I would highly recommend listening to some ambient music to hear a good example of how to do this. Also, you should add some background sounds to the parts where you can only hear the extratone drums; these parts sound kind of boring without anything else going on. Other than these two things, this song is very good! I especially like how you made the extratone drums very soothing, which is otherwise unusual for that type of drum arrangement. I also like how you added some sidechaining to the synths during the "drops"; they add a nice driving pulse in the absence of actual drums! Keep up the great work!

No Kicks, But Nice Track Anyway, But Use Kicks Next Time :)

Credits & Info

4.23 / 5.00

Feb 12, 2020
3:00 AM EST
File Info
16.8 MB
7 min 20 sec

Licensing Terms

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