[THE 5 MINUTE BEAT CHALLENGE] Ep. 01 – 5ifty$ix K Makes a Footwork/Juke Beat
‘Nuff said, really. It’s a challenge for the ages! For centuries, man has tried to make a footwork beat in about five minutes, and science has finally made it possible.
Decided to do a tutorial today. In the video you will notice I keep saying, ‘he,’ when I mean, ‘they,’ and, for this, I apologize. Flosstradamus is a duo, and they got me hooked on trap music… I also want to point out that this is an homage to them. I’m not trying to rip ’em off, but I intend to help electronic producers get over the learn curve for making trap music easier, and to understand what it is their favorite artists are doing. With this particular tune, the 808 is DEFINITELY the main rhythmic instrument. Hope ya enjoy, and happy mixin’ !
Well, Dewey DB, of Glitch Hop Forum fame, decided to run a competition. The Glitch Hop Forum Competition. It was a major success, and everyone loved it. Well, about one year passed, and Dewey decided to do another competition, and this time, the theme would be, ‘Field Recording.’ The problem, however, was that many folks seemed to not understand what that meant. Many of the more basic rules were misinterpreted, for whatever reason, and Dewey didn’t know what to do.
He decided to ask Yuri to step in and help out. Well, Yuri happily obliged, and gave Dewey this video..
Yuri invents his own sort of remix style, of which he calls ‘chewed & screwed,’ and he ‘performs’ it on an Opiuo track – “Monkey Crunk.”
Let Yuri know if you have any video suggestions for him! From saving glitch hop competitions to holding several world records for fastest beat (in virtually every genre category imaginable) the titan known as Yuri is always down for a video.
Received a couple questions about my first electro swing tutorial, so I thought I’d make another video, to try to clarify some things a little bit, as I want to encourage people to ask questions :)
Getting that swingin’ beat can be difficult at first, but with practice, it’s very do-able.
The trick is just to have the second half of a beat pushed as far to the end of the beat as possible, and not necessarily quantizing it to any half or quarter notes.. I’m talking about sequencing, when I say that. If you have a beat that plays, and then repeats, imagine that the second half of the beat is almost ready to jump into the second looping of that beat.
Here’s an example to show you what the hell I’m talking about..
So, you see in the first row, in the image above (with each Strangeflow-with-goofy-cap ICON representing a drum sample – in this case, let’s say its just a kick drum) – do you see how there’s a StrangeFlow head (kick) on the 1, 3, 5 & 7? That’s the basic 4/4 beat. It’s what’s expected from a techno beat, electro, house, etc… And yes, there should also be snares or claps or hats, but for right now, for the basics, I’m just talking bass kicks…
The second row is much more swung out, meaning…what? Look at the StrangeFlow heads, this time. He’s still on the 1 and the 5, and still has a stupid cap on, but instead of being on the 3, he’s sorta… closer to the 4, right? And then, closer to the 8, eh? He’s not perfectly quantized. He’s just a little bit swung out…
I really encourage you to try it for yourself. Just get any kick drums. Anything. Whatever 808 or 909 kick drums you have. Or, sample something. Just for a test. Try it out until you feel you’ve got a swing.
For a second test, you could make the note (the StrangeFlow head on the 3 and the 7) into snares, and then let the heads on 1 and 5 remain as bass kicks.
Go ahead and try it out, see what you get. The thing is, it’s weird at first, but after awhile, with a bit of patience, you can get it. The closer the second drum kick is to the end of the 4 (or, the end of the 8) the more ‘swung’ out it is.
Here’s another electro swing tutorial I did, to further clarify what I’ve just talked about, and also to incorporate it into a remix of a Paul Whiteman tune!
This video clears up a question about what kick drums to use for electro swing remixes, and also shows StrangeFlow manually swanging the beats out hard, and mapping it to a big band swing tune!
Also, one last thing to point out is that the there will be a second Authentic Electro Swing Samples pack coming out soon! There have been a lot of packages coming along, here at Bassadelic, and we our excited for the next couple of months!
Stay tuned! And, I hope you enjoy the video and learn a little more about swangin’ out those beats! Once you really get how to do it, you’ll see how much fucking fun it really is! :) :)
This is a skeletal / rough-draft version to help you understand how TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke and Lunice) sequenced their hit tune, ‘Bugg’n.’
I want to point out – the synth-sound IS a little different than in the original tune. Also, this is NOT the full tune, it’s my projection of the intro of the song, sequenced / traced into Ableton Live and Acid Pro. It will, however, give you a good idea of how the bass, melody, and beat were sequenced.
Yes, good ol’ fashioned beat-tracing! You can figure out a lot about a song by tracing it. This is not my first video, but definitely my first traced-beat tut, and many more could be on their way, if it turns out that folks like these videos…
So, hopefully some of y’all enjoy this!
I hope this video was helpful, I made this beat tut for the electronic musician who is determined to learn how to make a juke beat but doesn’t know how to start.
Also, like I pointed out in the video, there are TONS of incredible Chicago juke tracks out there, and I was recommend inundating yourself with them as much as possible if you’re thinking about making any kind of juke music.
Also, check out the footwerk (or footwork) (or footwurk) videos here on youtube. I promise, some of them will blow your mind. Thanks, and happy mixing!