Listening to New Music

.A while ago someone sent me an acapella of an old Destiny’s Child track. As I listened to it, just for fun, I picked up my acoustic guitar and figured out some nice chords to accompany the vocals.

In order to hear it back without concentrating on playing the guitar, I put the vocal track into my sequencer and recorded the guitar chords against it just to see what it would sound like.

While I was listening back, I thought, “hmm, what kind of drum groove would work with that?” So I inserted a drum sampler VST instrument and tweaked up a kind of old-school funk groove and built a complete drum track for the arrangement.


This is the end result:

I had never heard the original Destiny’s Child track, so this version was built up entirely from scratch using just the vocal track as a guide.

What’s interesting to me is how it differs from the original. It was only after I had completely finished the arrangement that I looked up the original version, which I would characterise as modern R’n’B with a tribal drum vibe.

btw, If you find the fact that I’d remix a Destiny’s Child track difficult to get your head around, just file under “things musicians do to keep their musical sanity when spending weeks in the studio making twisted electronic noises.

Listening to new music can be a very great experience. It will help you to feel think and maybe act differently and this can be because the type of music we listen to  shapes us in some ways.



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