Well, after several months of coding, editing, cursing, rejoicing and testing, the big day has finally arrived. I’m pleased to announce the official launch of my new website, thelooploft.com!
This blog has been (and will remain) my “virtual workshop”, bringing readers along for the ride as I record and produce beats in my studio and share my thoughts and inspiration around the music. But this blog (built on wordpress) isn’t an ideal distribution center for large digital files. It’s been great for giving subscribers access to the wide mix of loops I create each month, but as far as packaging my growing library of loops into tight niches/genres and giving customers the option to select their own desired file types, wordpress just doesn’t have the flexibility. The new site was designed entirely around the online shopping experience, focusing on the product itself and the ability to quickly and easily download it directly to your computer.
The Loop Loft will not only act as an outlet for my drum loops, but will soon include releases from other instrumentalists as well. I’ll be working with top session musicians in NYC, LA, Nashville and London to bring you the funkiest, most soulful, un-programmed, unique and inspiring loops anywhere in the world. Yes, that’s quite a claim, but just watch. The loop world is about to change. And we won’t charge you $79 for the experience.
So, come on in and take a tour. The paint is still drying so be careful where you sit. And while you’re at it, follow The Loop Loft on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the release of The Yngwie Malmsteen Shred-Pack Vol 1.
I’ve decided to try a little experiment today. I’m going to lock myself in my studio, with nothing but Logic 9 and my Twitter feed running, taking loop requests and producing/posting them live, every hour. It all starts at 2pm EST. Just tweet your request to @ryangruss with #looprequest in the message. Name any style, tempo, genre, artist etc. Anything goes. Polka to punk. Yanni to Yngwie. Let’s do this.
So, I wanted to get back to the experiment that I started with Bob Reynolds a few weeks ago. For those of you just tuning in, Bob and I decided to collaborate together on my loops by bouncing some musical ideas off of each other and building grooves around them. Bob was the first to offer up a track and sent the following rough demo:
I opened up Bob’s demo in Logic and started experimenting by tracking different grooves. As you subscribers will recall, this is how I decided to approach the recording:
My initial reaction, I’m feeling this as 12/8. Not necessarily with a traditional funk beat… but something that blurs the lines of afro/jazz and pop music (this sounds like something Sting would really fuck up… but I promise I won’t). If Jeff Porcaro and Art Blakey had a baby, he’d (assuming they had a boy) be my first call for this session.
So with that in mind, I recorded the “main groove” for the track. Taking a “Rosanna” ghost note approach on the snare (along with a halftime backbeat) and one of Art Blakey’s afro/cuban bembe patterns in the right hand, I came up with the following:
The main groove for the A section
Maybe some cowbell for the bridge? No jokes allowed.
Perhaps some straight-up 4/4 on the coda?
Check out more notes, a rough mix along with Bob’s track and a list of our next steps after the jump…