Hey, look, a second blog post. This is the furthest I’ve gone with keeping a blog updated. Sweet. I think I’m going to keep this every-other-day schedule for writing.
As days go on and thoughts keep coming, new features of the blog come to fruition. Among the regular posts, a story will soon be published here for fun. We plan for the podcast to feature a section where the story is narrated, too. It’ll be pretty sweet.
Anyway, enough of the blog, I talked all about it in the first post. Yesterday I decided to open up FL Studio and mess around with making beats.
I did not realize just how much fun that would be.
I started off by finding a nice breakbeat from some online record I forget the name of, sampled it, and threw it down as a base. Drum lines made by actual people are the best, in my opinion. The little imperfections and personal touches each drummer has adds liveliness and soul to the beat. This particular break had a nice jumpy jazziness to it. I had downloaded a piano song called Stardust from some time in the early-mid 1900’s that I decided to sample. I listened through it, found a bar that I really like, and synced it up to the drums. The result was nice. It didn’t fit perfectly up with the drums, but it was off in a a way that added to the jazz feel of it, and the two samples sounded pretty nice together. I added an intro, some rain and static, and I had the the base of the beat done. It felt pretty good.
Making beats with samples is one of the funnest things you can do with music in my opinion. The learning curve is very small for doing it with programs like FL Studio, but the skill ceiling is so high. Any dude can throw together a drum beat, made by themselves or sampled, with a bar they really like from some song. It’s easy, it can sound nice, and it feels very rewarding. As you keep practicing it you find little things you can do with your beats, and you start to develop your own style. You find and use different plugins and techniques to edit your samples and next thing you know, the samples are hardly the base of your music. You have an entire unique style and it’s great. Lofi hiphop producers like joji and bsd.u illustrate this well. Their music is far more than just a couple samples smacked together and uploaded.
If anyone here likes music and hasn’t experimented with digital producing, I highly recommend it to you. Buy or get a trial of a program like FL or Ableton, look up some tutorials, and get lost in it. It’s great.