In this piece, Accessible Passage, I would like to illustrate something every Producer will encounter sooner or later.
As in most Electronica music, the content is busy, throughout the piece. When I originally created this song, I used the version Accessible Passage 14. The version I have had posted for the past year is, Accessible Passage 13.
Accessible Passage 13
The difference? There is a very staccato percussion part, which I really liked. It kind of sounds like vibes but much more synthetic than the actual instrument. You can hear it in Accessible Passage 14. After tossing it back and forth for a while, I decided to go with AP 13, because I felt maybe the piece needed to breathe a little.
Accessible Passage 14
Every time I listen to it however, I still miss those tinkly, percussive, tines so in Accessible Passage 15, I added it back into the mix but not until about halfway through the song and in alternating sequences.
Accessible Passage 15
One of the best things I like about Percussion is you really appreciate it, when it isn’t there! For me, it adds so much more to the Rhythm. It is about time AND it is about melody. Which in this piece, I never could have written it without the percussion, even if I didn’t include it in the final mix…
Every track in the song, except perhaps the main melodic track and a couple of the FX tracks, is a sub-division of a different track, with respect to time. And that is what I like about percussion. If I am playing Keyboards, I can play between the cracks, so to speak….
I guess what I am trying to illustrate is less is more, more or less…
The interesting thing about this song is I pretty much wrote it at a Subway restaurant. The thing I like about the Gadget is, I can create tracks without having to do a full production or without a keyboard or drum pads. Sure, those are great also, but I find using the Gadget drives me in a different direction and I find I can still be creative outside of the Studio. I am thinking of taking some of my Electronica creations and doing an Acoustic version…now that the idea is implanted in my head!!! We’ll see… I don’t like forcing things…
Anyway, back to the Subway… While I was there, a Locksmith was changing the lock on the front door… I don’t know why, nor did I deem it important enough to ask, but the thing is when you start a new project in Gadget, it randomly gives it a name. I suppose it has limits but it is kind of neat in that often I am done with a piece before I even think about what to call it… Of course. if you don’t like the name it chooses, you can always change it.
In this case, it chose Accessible Passage, so it seemed fitting I keep it…