So you know how I have this feature on the site where I write a short piece every week? Something that isn’t super time consuming on my end, but keeps my chops up while I work on larger projects? I’ve really been enjoying it, except for the fact that I’m supposed to be practicing writing more quickly and concisely, and not getting bogged down in perfecting every last detail (something I would do if I were working on a commissioned project). As a result, while I’m happy with most of the weekly Microjam posts so far, they’ve been a bit more complex than they need to be. I guess these have ended up being a little more Jam and a little less Micro, if you know what I’m saying. Derp, derp, derp.

 

Whoops

So to that effect, this week I went for something a lot simpler. This piece only has four main tracks (drums, bass, synth, and electric piano, with a few audio effects thrown in) and is, hopefully, a lot more streamlined than some of my previous entries. I started out with a simple motive in the synth part, added a snappy bass line, and wrote up a few simple beats on one of Logic’s more synthesized-sounding Ultrabeat sets. Then, rather than writing out a fixed part before hand, I basically performed the electric piano line in real time as an improvisatory solo, to give this a more freeform feel, and to prevent myself from spending too long on it.

I even wanted to streamline the title, so rather than sit around for even a minute or two trying to decide what I wanted to name this piece, I decided to simply title it after the first random thought that popped into my head. Which turned out to be a mistake:

Whoops

I honestly can’t explain it. He just sort of showed up in my head all of the sudden. Kinda like the Stay Puft marshmallow man at the end of Ghostbusters, except instead of laying waste to New York City, he jumps up on stage and ruins the greatest moment of your life.

"Yo, I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Gozer was one of the greatest paranormal god-like entities of all time!"

Anyway, here’s the piece. Let me know what you think!

Kanye West’s Fantabulous Shutter Shade Factory

-Ryan