Aim: Get familiar with vocabulary of music theory, explore generation conceptually and create a small tone.
Why: I am doing these experiments around lateral thinking. Once in a while, I pick up stuff very different from my domain and explore it in some capacity 💪
I am also proactively working on my personal productivity and I love meeting people, get in touch: https://www.divyendusingh.com/profile/coffee/ (remote friendly 😅)
Ableton — I know (just the name and ultra basic idea) about Ableton from my trip to Croatia when I heard my music enthusiastic co-workers talk about it. I sneakily persisted that information and looked it up later 🦊
The video talks about the software and various control on its UI.
At this moment, I am still very new to music theory and production, so, I plan to go ahead horizontally for a while. Learning the vocabulary of this domain, getting familiar with various tools and ways. Next I went to download ableton live trial version from here (Also, check the trial video): https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/. Also, subscribed to the newsletter 🦊
Then I moved on to understand more about MIDI via http://www.indiana.edu/~emusic/361/midi.htm
After skimming through the above, I was browsing Ableton.com and luckily I ran into the gold mine, exactly what I needed for this experiment: https://learningmusic.ableton.com/. I just took lesson about “beats”.
Here is the summary (very vague) of the lessons that I took:
Different types of sounds: kick, snare, open/closed hat, clap etc (acoustic/electrical)
Beat: “a pattern” played by drums
Tempo: Beats per minute (BPM)
Common patterns: Four on the floor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_on_the_floor_(music)), backbeat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_(music)#Backbeat)
Genre: Depends on a lot of factors, including tempo, typical tempo ranges for some common genres:-
- Dub: 60–90 bpm
- Hip-hop: 60–100 bpm
- House: 115–130 bpm
- Techno/trance: 120–140 bpm
- Dubstep: 135–145 bpm
- Drum and bass: 160–180 bpm
Bar (or measure): Group of four beats
We will rock you: That is how it is done.
P.S. Just playing around with the playground is also amazing: https://learningmusic.ableton.com/the-playground.html
After learning about the basics of “beats”, I moved on to this presentation that I ran into a while back and had persisted for this very moment: https://teropa.info/loop/#/title. Albeit, I did not know then that this moment would ever come.
Then I dived into ableton and created this tiny loop of beats (with 155 tempo). Nothing fancy, no changing beats as well for now.