Back in the Saddle

Well, I’m happy to say that the move to the new house is complete. Of course, it took place over the hottest, most humid, weekend of the year, but all in all, it’s been a smooth transition. I just powered up the studio and I’m hard at work on mixing and editing loops for the much talked about, eagerly awaited release of Gruss Loops Vol IV. Look for a sneak peak tonight. In the meantime, I have some hedges to trim and some walls to paint. Rockin’ the suburbs….

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The Money Beat – Revisited

Last night I received an email from someone named Todd, with the subject, “The Money Beat”. At first I wasn’t sure what to think. Is someone with poor typing skills requesting a groove based on “Last Train to Clarksville”? Is someone holding my cats hostage again and demanding loops as ransom? Curious and slightly unnerved, I clicked into the email and read the following:

Just wanted to let you know that I used the above named loop in a new track of mine, “Manifolds V,” which you can listen to at http://www.soundclick.com/thesculptedoculus. I took out the snare on 2 and applied extensive filtering and FX. A track this meandering couldn’t possible have worked without your beat as a solid rhythmic foundation. Many thanks!

Awh yes. Several months ago, I posted a loop called, “The Money Beat”. How quickly I forget my stupid blog titles. Anyway, Todd took this particular straight ahead loop, imported it into Ableton Live 8 and crafted his own unique track around it.

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Here’s a clip of my original loop:

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Here’s Todd’s track, “Manifolds V“, utilizing the loop:

[audio:Manifolds5.mp3]

This is one of those tracks that is best listened to with headphones…. and with the lights low. Maximum, yet tasteful stereo imaging. Todd does an excellent job of taking an ominous four bar vamp and expanding upon it with layers of electronic pulses, glitched-out drums and fuzzed out crescendos until it finally peaks around the 4:30 mark.

So, who else is sitting on tracks that incorporate my loops? I love hearing the final results, especially when I can hardly recognize my original track. Email me your links… just don’t freak me out with the subject line.

Poop Loops

Loop #73

Things are pretty crazy at Gruss Headquarters right now. Not only am I busy preparing for Volume II of the loop packs, I have a few other musical projects which I’m in the middle of. And on top of that, my wife just reminded me it’s my turn to clean the cat box. As much as I’d rather be writing on this blog, making fun of certain fusion drummers and telling stories about random celebrity encounters, I have other work to do. And some poop to scoop.

We're working on it.
We're working on it.

On that note, I leave you with this beat. It’s an outtake from some odd time grooves in Volume II. Four bars phrase in 7/8 with a bit of a drum and bass turnaround on the last measure.

Preview Here:

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Download the Logic session here. (96MB)

Get the .wav file here.

Get the .rx2 file here.

Get the .aiff file here.

94 BPM