My final track is based on the song Kids in The Dark by All Time Low. I am extremely inspired by pop-punk and stylistically it’s where the genre of my music tends to naturally fall. Artists who I’m inspired by include All Time Low, Green Day, Panic! At The Disco and Set It Off. A lot of these artists have and continue to use samples in their songs and build their own songs around them. This is what I have made an attempt to do in my final track.
I tried to create a different style of a remix to break out of my comfort zone. I did this by using samples of different parts throughout the song and transposing these, as well as using them to create splice instruments in order to play different rhythms and change the song to make a new one, as well as including instruments around this such as synths and bass jabs to try and build this song more.
Having only been using Ableton for a short period of time I
believe I have done what I can to the best of my skill set. This is completely
new to me as I have only use logic pro previously and it has taken a little
while for me to get my head around using Ableton. At the start of this course I
hated using it and I’m proud how far I have come in the last few months using
this. I have already broken down a lot of mental barriers and listening to what
I have created overall I’m proud of this.
I do believe there are some improvements that could be made in terms of sounds and using different techniques to expand my track further and learning how to create around other sounds rather than relying on just one singular track and sound to create a song. I believe once I had this ability I would be able to create more in-depth songs and this is a personal goal I want to strive towards with my future of creating tracks. Once I can do this I would like to look into creating more complicated and interesting tracks.
The songs I have chosen as inspiration for my final track in Ableton are all under the genre of pop-punk, this is the style of music I identify with the most and where all of my influences and inspirations are from. I have included many techniques that I like in these songs and I have listed the reasons for each of these below.
Green Day – ¿Viva la
Gloria? (Little Girl) – The reason I am taking inspiration from this song
is the piano at the beginning of the song which changes tempo at 0:23 seconds
in when the vocals also join it before changing again at 0:49 seconds to a kick
drum which also makes the whole band come in.
Patent Pending – Hey Mario
– I really like the use of 8 bit music in the back of this song, this theme
continues through the whole song even being heard in the background of the song
whilst all of the instruments are playing as well as having individual segments
that are very prominent and work very well with the theme such as replacing the
words “shit” and “bitch” with a levelling up coin sound
and again a very clever use for this is during 1:55 – 2:01 where the singer
says “she’s not the one worth dying for” where some 8 bit death music makes an appearance
Bowling for Soup –
1985 – There are two effects in this song that I like and one is relatively
subtle where the other is more obvious. The first effect I like is on the line
of “whatever happened to, sitcoms, game
shows, on the radio” at 1:47-1:53 on the term of radio they applied an
effect to make the vocals sound as if they are coming through a radio as the
instruments cut out. The second effect I like is during the break of the line where
the singer is asking to make the time stop at 2:35-2:38 where all instruments
drop and the only sound can be heard is a ticking clock until he says “and bring back” where all of the instruments
join at the same time again.
All Time Low – Stella
– There is a line used multiple times in this song which is “I’ve had you so many times, let’s face it”
which is sung normally until the line after the
bridge at 2:54 where they take the line and pan each for of “Let’s face it” from the left ear back
to the right before returning back to the centre on the word it.
All Time Low – A Party Song (The Walk of Shame)
– The theme for this song is about having a one-night
stand and during the second verse Alex uses the line of “nothing more than a casual fuck” at 1:17 but for the word fuck
they use almost like a reversed record scratch that slightly blurs the word and
I like the effect on this as it is only used once in the song and for a very
brief time. I also enjoy the effect at 2:09-2:18 where they have the effect of
people chanting which is very similar to the style used in “Gives You Hell” by
The All American Rejects.
Set It Off – The Haunting – From the name this song is implicated to have
eerie vibes about ghosts, from the very beginning there is the sound of a music
box in theme to the music with repeated whispered lyrics in the back on certain
lines. When the instruments finally kick in this kicks out, however at 0:55
there’s a brief interlude between the chorus and the verse where the whispering
can be heard again along with multiple conversations and then once again at the
end of the song the music box can be heard again closing the song at 2:39.
Set It Off – Why Worry – I like the implication of the stomping and
clapping at the beginning of this song which leads in to the drum track. My
favourite use of techniques in this song is after the line “Take a breath” where the singer stops and takes a breath in to the
microphone as the instruments drop out.
Good Charlotte – Lifestyles of the Rich &
Famous – The theme of this song is
about breaking in to rich people’s houses and taking their money if they think
their lives are so tough. There are again a couple of techniques and effects I
like in this song. The first occurs at 0:47 where they take the lyric “fall” and apply an effect to make this
sound like it’s falling as the singer runs the note down different scales. The
second takes place in the bridge at 2:14-2:25 where the sound of police sirens are
present in the background and the use of the “fall” lyric style is used again before the drums kick back in
which to me sounds very similar to a gun cocking and firing, this relates to
the music video where the band have been arrested and are waiting to find out
their verdict in court.
Panic! At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me with A Good
Time – The introduction to this
song is sampled from the song Rock
Lobster by the B-52’s and Is
used in multiple times throughout the song. Fall Out Boy also did something very similar where they sampled The Munsters theme in their song Uma Thurman.
Paramore – Hard Times – The introduction music to this song reminds me
of the Crash Bandicoot music which is again used at multiple times throughout
the song. I’m not sure if this was intentional but it has had multiple
comparisons to the game and Paramore themselves have tweeted about it.
I have done some research for the synth sounds I am looking for and found some of the artists I listen to regularly such as Panic! At The Disco and All Time Low. I have also added artists I listen to less such as Taylor Swift and The Who as they also have unique synth sounds that give a different style and genre to them.