:: Thursday, June 17, 2004
BIG DUMB GUY WITH A PIANO
so, now that I've got them fuzzy percussion elements sorted for the track "It Has A Shadow".. it's onto the other elements of this song.. coz, as they say.. it's always best to start each track with a complete breakbeat breakfast..
now, for this particular track.. I've had numerous outside influences (coz lets face it, there ain't an original idea LEFT on this planet and all that's left is one big kleptomania snatch n grab.. just take wotcha need and hope nobody sues..)
inspired by such things as the movie "THE RING" (I wanted to make a song that sounds like this movie LOOKS, all unsettling and creepy with that ever encroaching fear of untimely death).. the PRODIGY b-side "THE TRICK" (on the Breathe Single) coz it has this killa SPEAKER FUZZIN' BREAKBEAT melancholy vibe.. BJORK's "HUMAN NATURE" (just for the general rolling feel of it) and, wot is simply known as the BIG DUMB PIANO BIT..
now, we've ALL heard the BIG DUMB PIANO BIT.. from FAITH NO MORE, SMASHING PUMPKINS, NINE INCH NAILS, MOBY (the worst offender).. right upto the newest piano chimps - EVANESCENCE and LINKIN PARK..
and it's so simple to do.. just crank up the reverb on ya piano (real or sampled) right up to B-grade horror movie levels and dingle out a few LOUD chimp notes.. and BAM! instant melancholy.. and it makes you feel so FUCKING righteous too.. "FEEEL MY INHUMAN PAIN N SUFFERING.. AUAUAUAUUAUAH!! *DING* *DING* *DING* AUAUAUAUAUUAUAH!!" such a powerful weapon of emotional clout.. really, they shouldn't give us clueless chimps access to such a BIG instrument.. not without a license or somethin'..
coz.. out've ALL the instruments in electronica / rock.. the piano is the easiest one to abuse and also the hardest one to really master (big props of respect go to WOKKA on this one, he's the local expert here.. go see his solo gigs.. he'll make ya wanna kill yourself.. he's THAT GOOD!)
so.. here I am.. NO TRAINING / CAN'T READ MUSIC to save my life.. happily dinging away on this fake piano like an IDIOT SAVANT (minus the savant..) and I just KNOW that the REAL MUSICIANS are gonna larf at me if they hear this clunky melody I'm hammering out.. but fuck'em.. I don't care.. THIS IS THE DEEPEST SHIT EVER!! THIS WILL MAKE YOU FEEEEL PAIN.. WRENCH OUT YER SPLEEEEN UNWORTHY MORTALS.. HA!!
now, the problem is.. (besides not making it sound like a cheap knock-off of the riff from NIN's "CLOSER") is sure, I got meself the most ILL of all ILLBIENT piano tinkling melancholy (I've really outdone meself this time).. but, how do I make it NOT cliche? not just tacked on? HOW do I really make it meaningful?
that.. is my next step..
:: Spoz 5:37 PM |