Minimalism: Electronic Bi_ch

When you talk about minimal music, you are surely talking about a genre but, more that anything else, you are also talking about a series of techniques to be applied to any kind of track you want to produce. These techniques are really simple to understand and they are the key to turn your production into minimalism. Here they are:

  • Drone (long notes);
  • Ostinato (loops or short repeated melodies);
  • Augmentation (playing a melody at a slower speed);
  • Diminuition (playing a melody at a faster speed);
  • Note subtraction (take one note away at a time from your melody);
  • Note addition (add one note at a time to your melody);
  • Metamorphosis (change one note per repeat);
  • Static harmony (change one note per loop to reach a new chord);
  • Rhythmic displacement (change the accent of each next note as it repeats);
  • Phasing (creating longer loops of the same melody by extending the last note and repeat it until they sync again).

This piece of music is a clear example of all of these, and with also its only four instrument tracks it can be definitely defined as a minimal work.

All the synthesis is done thanks to Ableton Operator tool and the main theme was created taking as a reference Baba O’Riley by The Who.

For a better experience use anything but laptop or smartphone speakers (it is just a rough mix).

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Minimalism: Electronic Bi_ch

The Knock OUT (Friends in music)

In 2009 a group of great friends decided it was the right time to rock and roll: The Knock OUT came to life.

Dam Bitz (guitar and vocals)

Alessandro Segati (guitar and vocals)

Tommaso Bagna (drums and vocals)

Marcello Ricci (guitar and vocals)

After four years of small gigs, contests and lots of covers, Davide Scapin joined the group as “the definitive bass player” and, finally, it was the moment to work on some original material.

460909_432445586770640_1349890961_o.jpgOne entire day was spent inside a professional studio recording in Milano and four songs were live recorded:

  • Heroes and Insomnia (original tracks written by Dam);
  • Volpino (original Italian track written by Alessandro);
  • The Cat Came Back (remake of the great song by Harry S. Miller).

Unfortunately, after this event, the four friends understood they were not anymore on the same wavelength and they decided to disband with a nostalgic smile and a tear. For this reason, nothing has never been done with those four songs yet, but, as Chuck used to say, “You Never Can Tell”: they are still great friends and, someday, they could have that chance to spread their music again.

Said that, here it is what came out from that recording:

I wrote both lyrics and music for Insomnia and Heroes and I am the acoustic guitar player and the leading vocalist. I helped writing Volpino and I am the electric guitar player singing backing vocals too (for The Cat Came Back I did the same).

It is a simple young work produced in a professional environment. Maybe it could have been better, but it really explains who we were at that time: a band of friends willing to have fun together.

The Knock OUT (Friends in music)