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How I Did It

Stayin' Dynamite
by Admiral Bob
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Sat, Mar 9, 2019 @ 5:49 AM

Samples are used in:

 

Tools I Used

Garageband, Gibson Les Paul, Yamaha Piano, Akai LPD8 drum pad controller.

Samples I Used

Greg Baumont's funky guitar loop, spinningmerkaba's Staying Positive.

Original Samples

A rhodes part, a drum part, a lead guitar part, and a brief clean guitar part, meant to be in continuity with the "Greg guitarist" part, but less frenetic.

Process

So I tried to weave Jason's part in with Greg's but they're at different tempos. So I sped Greg's part up to 107 BPM, and used Jason's part in small clips (it is close to 107, but not quite) and quantized the heck out of them.

I spread out the parts so there were always things changing up, and I played a drum part to line up with the ever changing dynamics. I took Greg off the last few bars, and had the rhythm carried by the more frenetic drum playing that is at the tail end.

I added the Rhodes, moving up and down an octave depending on whether Greg was in or out.

Finally, I added two guitar solos to make it a bit more organic. I didn't turn the whole song into guitars showing off, because that would be boring, but used a mid break and the end.

During the mid break I wanted Greg's guitar back in, but not quite so frenetically, to keep it live feeling. So I played a guitar with a similar tone, but with more space in the part, and put it in halfway through the first guitar solo.

Other Notes

Making something sound natural can be a lot of work!