If you happen to be following me via Twitter, then you already know that today’s loop was at the mercy of God… err radio programmers. See, I decided to play a game of sorts. I declared that I’d base my loop off of whatever song was playing on the radio when I started my car. It’s sort of like playing Russian Roulette… without the guns and bullets.
It could have been ugly. Knowing my wife drove the car last, the dial could have been left anywhere. I expected the worst. Some Creed. Perhaps some Carrie Underwood. You just never know. I guess that’s the excitement.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like this song. Actually, I own the album. Produced by The Neptunes and Timabland, it’s a surprisingly funky and soulful debut record for someone who used to look like this.
For this loop, I decided to slow things down just a bit and leave a little more space. The tuning and production is very similar, with lots of high pitched, ringy snare drum and a dash of heavily compressed room sound mixed in.
Download the Logic session here. (82MB)
Get the .wav file here.
Today’s loop is dedicated to Richard Starkey aka Ringo Star. Ringo was the drummer in an underground pop band from the 60’s called The Beatles. I highly recommend going to your local vinyl shop and digging for some of their albums.
Why am I dedicating this to Ringo? Because Ringo came up with the ingenious idea of placing towels on top of his drums when recording in the studio. This technique resulted in the signature “Ringo sound” which was prevalent in their later albums; flat, punchy and ultra compressed. It is also my guess that Ringo used these towels to dry himself when playing drums on the beach. Talk about resourceful.
I took Ringo’s towel technique and ran with it on this one. Using close mic’ing on all of the drums, I cranked up the compressor and panned the toms hard left and right. Finally, I pulled out the bit-crusher and smashed things up a bit. The final result: This sounds absolutely nothing like Ringo but more like something Pharrell would produce after spilling Moët all over the console. Yet again, another reason to have towels in the studio.
Download the Logic files here. (10MB)