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Description : Probably the greatest banj-metal-hiphop-jazz joint ever. With lead saxophone, house bass, rock and metal guitars, Eastern banjo, jazz and hip hop drums and a tasty dose of drum and bass thrown squarely in your face. You can headbang or throw some body-poppin hippity-hoppity shapes to this mofo, for real. A lot of genres covered in 7 minutes so hopefully the time will fly by. And, yes, there really is acoustic banjo as a lead instrument on top of some crunching and crashing metal guitar and drums. Long live Banj Metal!

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  1. ettotrink
    ettotrink on Wed 5th Dec 2018 - 1 year ago

    the sax line reminds me of something already heard, the song changes constantly, is enriched with instruments, changes rhythm, sometimes drum & bass, after back to hip hop... Not only hip hop, this is fusion, electronic, rock and much more. One of my favourites!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks for the comment.

    This is certainly, as you said elsewhere, an explosion of flavours.

    This is right up there as one of my greatest ever tracks. It's relatively short for me, especially considering the many changes.

    I actually have a slightly better version (same length and structure) that I'll upload sometime. Just a bit better mixed and mastered, I like to think.

    Thanks again.

  2. Klandestyne
    Klandestyne on Sat 22nd Aug 2015 - 4 years ago

    ez mr static
    finally got around to listening to ur recommendations
    serious tunage here . really like the drum switches very kool love the guitar lines and the constant upping on the intensity in the track totally unique sounding
    dig the insertion of the banjo drums are wikkid they sound live n really have that organic flow to them
    instant fave it goes qualitee audio product !!!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hey, thanks for checking this out.

    Most people I recommend tracks don't bother.

    This one's a bit of a special one for me and I wish I could make one like it every month. It's got a crazy amount of variety in it but it seems to flow nicely and not be too long. Lots of audacious genre switches too.

    "the constant upping on the intensity in the track"

    Yes, I do that a lot though I've got other tracks that go crazier, heavier and more extreme.

    The banjo's a weird, brief touch. Shame I've lost my microphone because I haven't been able to record that instrument for about 10 months.

    "drums are wikkid they sound live"

    Yes, live sounding because I have good drums software (Superior Drummer). It has well recorded acoustic kits and also loads of good real drummers' performances in MIDI file format, which are then extensively edited and layered by me as I try to come up with a distinctive drum sound for each track I make.

    Thanks for listening.

  3. wordybum
    wordybum on Mon 13th Apr 2015 - 4 years ago

    this track is awesome. it's so out of the ordinary, catchy & very well produced. great job. i'm definitely a fan of your work, i'll be skimming through your tracks over the next few days.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks.

    I don't do a lot of hip hop but I'd like to do more.

    You can probably guess from all the other genres I merge into here that I'm better at those than hip hop. Rock, funk, blues and deep groove stuff is more my natural home. But I've always loved hip hop for its mid-tempo beats as that's the kind of tempo I work best with. Once I've got that cool sort of groove down, I find I can happily switch to double tempo, as in this track, and I'm not lost.

    Dobule speed something that has a good groove seems to work well for me whereas if you start me off with something fast, I can be a bit overwhelmed.

    This track definitely is out of the ordinary. Let's just say that the banj-metal-hiphop-jazz genre is not likely to catch on anytime soon.

    My favourite section here probably is the final return to the hip hop at the end. Feels like the track's coming home and it's quite sparse, which seems to work well in contrast to the much busier sections.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    More hip hop related tracks coming in the next few months.

    Until then, you might get on with one I made called The Shit. That's got some hip hop in it, especially in the second half.

  4. WoundedBuffaloBeats
    WoundedBuffaloBeats on Sat 27th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    This is f*cking cool! The bass line is wicked and very hypnotic, and I love the way the almost dry sounding sax makes it appearance.

    i felt like the track was losing me for a minute in the middle but then it just became even cooler when the electric guitar and ethnicy sounding instrument kicked in.

    You've got some serious mixing skills, so much going on but never sounds cluttered. Love the way the track cheekily swaggers to an end the same way it started aswell. Well done mate

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Greetings again.

    This started off with me working on a jazz track (which has since been completed) and then that main bassline came out and I tried sticking the simple hip hop hits to it and it worked nicely.

    So then I decided to go with hip hop as the foundation but, as always, 10,000 other possibilities presented themselves. And I’ve included at least 9,000 of them.

    Yes, the dry sax is indeed without reverb (just recorded on an SM57 in my room) though I add bits of delay at different points in order to make it do more as I got only a limited amount of playing from my friend (only person ever to play an instrument on one of my tracks) so had to find ways to reuse the bits that worked. See the second metal section (the fast one) to hear that main sax part return with lots of delay and distortion.

    “i felt like the track was losing me for a minute in the middle”

    I think that’s where it takes a real left turn and moves into jazzy ambient chill d’n’b with some added weirdness from the guitar. Then it builds into some sparse mid tempo, hands-inthe-air metal that I love. Still kept the hip hop kit in that section, then added the acoustic metal kits on top.

    “ethnicy sounding instrument kicked in.”

    Hey, that’s my banjo! When I got it as a Xmas present a couple of years ago, I knew I had to make some banj metal as that’s just a funny combination of words and an unlikely concept. So, I did it in this track though the banj playing came out as a sort of Eastern thing, meaning it perhaps sounds less like a banjo than might be expected.

    “Love the way the track cheekily swaggers to an end the same way it started aswell”

    Yes. For all the craziness that’s come before, the simple hip hop ending might be my favourite section. It feels so good to return to the hip hop home there. Lots of delicate work in those last 20 or so seconds to squeeze a bit more out of the bass and drums. If I bring a section back, I feel compelled to do more with it rather than it just be a straight repeat of what’s come before.

    “so much going on but never sounds cluttered.”

    Thanks very much as I have to work hard at that. All part of the continual sculpting and tweaking of anything and everything in the track. My stuff is extremely processed but hopefully retains some raw vibe. Don’t want things to be too clean and polished.

    Thanks again for your thoughts.

  5. soundhound
    soundhound on Wed 7th May 2014 - 5 years ago

    I can tell people like typing out here.... :-)

    Cool Track Man...Moves good...
    2 or 3 ways you could've done this guess
    you know that already...

    Peace...TG.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hi. It tends to be me doing most of the typing on my tracks in my replies. I usually give long answers and answer any questions in quite a bit of detail.

    But a few people have also given some good detail for this one.

    "2 or 3 ways you could've done this guess"

    More like 2 or 3 thousand! It's an endless challenge when you're dealing with so much material and so many parts and genres. Shall I have lots more d'n'b? Shall I start off with metal then go into hip hop? Shall I leave the jazz until the end? And many more related questions...

    What people will probably never really know is that I make multiple tracks on the same timeline so I move parts inbetween them so I'm often composing a few tracks at the same time, which gets really complicated. So many decisions to make and you never know if you made the best one!

    I suppose that's partly why I keep making more and more music. Got to try to 'perfect' my style and come up with the best thing I've ever done. And then do it again!

    Thanks for the interest.

  6. AnomalyJ
    AnomalyJ on Wed 7th May 2014 - 5 years ago

    LOL..well let me be clear ...StaticNomad..I listened to this track..it was the twisted, twist and turns of this track that got me.. I honestly thought of Sean too and that's a compliment, sorry I'm an old lady...but seriously I really like the soundscape you created. It's like a deep and thoughtful journey of sound. I think my fav part is the slight mix of dnb in there, really cool as I always hear that as a heartbeat, you have an awesome twisted ear. Good job.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hey. No problem. I was just confused, with good reason. Wondered if you'd got the wrong nomad. He makes good stuff too and we've been in contact over the years and have a definite mutual appreciation.

    Yes, lots of twists and turns here. The d'n'b is quite weird too but a bit of a fun and there's some twisted guitar that goes with the d'n'b.

    The d'n'b was just about auditioning funk MIDI drum files at double time. You do that and it basically becomes d'n'b. And then, for other double time stuff, I go into fast metal beats later on.

    Glad to hear you liked it. This is one of my more popular ones on the site. I have a lot of other tracks with loads and loads of twists and turns but, unsurprisingly, nothing else like it.

    If you would like to hear the jazz track that used to be joined with this one, check it out here:

    Low Key Love

    http://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/152913

    They're both made on the same timeline so share some instruments, the same tempo etc etc. No d'n'b in that one as it's a massive psychedelic jazz journey. No fast stuff but a whole load of different grooves and it gets much heavier towards the end.

    Thanks again for the interest.

  7. AnomalyJ
    AnomalyJ on Wed 7th May 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hey Sean!!! I can't say how long it's been since I've been taken on one of your magical musical fun wagons but it's been way to long for sure and my ticket is over due for being punched captain.

    As this track played and the melodic scenery unfolded it was as if those memory neuron began to fire I started to remember your unique artist strokes, those deeply contemplative tracks, with all of their twists and turns and elements of sound and life.

    You definitely have to listen to this more than once to get a full scope of the beauty and vision of it all. It is a fine effort indeed. Thanks for the journey.

    AJ

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hello Anomaly Jonez.

    Sorry but you've got the wrong Nomad! I'm not Sean - that's Nomad23.

    I do indeed make some magical musical fun wagons but they sound quite different from his.

    I see that you are listed as having played this track but, as you gave no detail in your words, I can't really tell if your review was meant for it or perhaps for one of Nomad23's tracks. Maybe you posted you review on the wrong track.

    If you really did enjoy the beauty and twists and turns of this unusual journey then thanks for listening.

  8. LivingInSilence
    LivingInSilence on Thu 1st May 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hey just me again.

    It's funny you said you're glad you didn't release stuff earlier. Because I once put up a demo EP on YouTube and Soundcloud not long after I started getting more involved in music. At the time I thought the EP was cool but I took it down a few days ago coz looking back on it, it was truly terrible and I can't believe I ever thought those monstrosities were worthy of being in public space. I wish I had never even posted them in the first place, haha.

    Also, I too use a fixed-tempo sequencer which makes it very difficult to play around with tempo, and I too would like to add a little more tempo variation to my tracks. I think being able to vary tempos would work well for you though, especially if you're making songs like this, where the music is constantly shifting in and out of different genres.

    Anyway, I'd like to listen to more of your music but you have quite a lot on here. Are there any of your tracks in particular that you would either want me to listen to or avoid at all costs?

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Sorry for the late, late reply. Wanted to make it good.

    Fixed tempo:

    What I need is almost certainly Ableton Live. With Cubase (also running Reason simultaneously) I have the big problem of not having the audio as elastic audio where the sequencer can just change the tempo and everything remains in time. Ableton is the one if it really does function as I've been told but I can't really be bothered to switch though I should progress beyond this fixed tempo problem sometime. Could make my stuff sound just like a live band with all their tempo nuances.

    My compositional method is based around needing to move any part anywhere in a piece. So, I can't have a 12 BPM tempo change, record guitar at that tempo and then realise I'd rather hear that part earlier in a track section which is playing 20 BPM slower. I basically just play instruments over a good looped section and then make more and more sections out of what I get. And that's why it's fixed tempo.

    If I were going to have all these tempo changes, I'd have to plan them all out beforehand ie fully compose the structure and arrangement in advance. And that's not how I work (because I don't have that sort of organised imagination). I jam and see what I get and then do interesting things with those parts and add more and so on.

    I know what you mean about putting terrible stuff online. I've never put anything awful up though I have put many things up that I've since hugely improved.

    Probably only a couple of my tracks on Looperman to avoid (because I can make them much better and haven't worked on them in years).

    No particular ones I need you to listen to though 28 Levels Above Top Secret is a pretty stunning journey through 9 squillion sounds and riffs.

    And A Month Of Mondays has received very little attention.

    Otherwise, check out whatever you like. I still think most of them don't sound much like anyone else. And I mean anyone at all, not just people uploading to this site. Not the best music ever made (whatever that is) but a unique body of work, I'd say. In my hugely biased opinion...

    Thanks again for the interest.

  9. LivingInSilence
    LivingInSilence on Tue 29th Apr 2014 - 5 years ago

    Wow, it's no wonder you won that comp man, you've got some serious skill.
    I loved every second of this track, it just constantly evolved itself to cover so many different genres whilst still maintaining a certain feel and style.
    I really don't know what else to say, it's amazing.

    If you ever released a physical album (or maybe you already have? I don't know) I would most definitely buy it.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hi. Thanks for the praise and interest in my music. Quite a few people on the site have asked about downloading my stuff or buying it or when I'm going to release an album and so on.

    No, I 've never released anything but am working hard(ish) on changing that and have been assembling some 8-10 albums for the past couple of years. A couple are nearly ready to go except for proper mastering and artwork. Then I'll probably just release them for free on a site such as Bandcamp.

    I just keep putting it off as I fiddle with mixes as I'm improving all the time and have made great leaps in the last couple of years after getting a much faster PC and great drum software (Superior Drummer). And I've got much better at using EQ and mixing in general. I'm glad I didn't release anything a few years ago as I've improved all of it.

    "it just constantly evolved itself to cover so many different genres whilst still maintaining a certain feel and style"

    You make a good point. There are a number of things I do to achieve this. First, all my tracks are fixed sequencer tempo. I could spend a while talking about the drawbacks and that I would like to have more tempo variations but would probably need a sequencer such as Ableton Live to make that happen. Anyway, it can also be a real benefit as it means that any audio material can be shifted to anywhere else and will remain in time.

    Despite the fixed tempo, I do a lot of either double or half time drum stuff in my tracks. So, hip hop gets double timed into d'n'b or swing jazz or whatever.

    I work very closely with every instrument and make changes and try to spin as much as I can out of each part. I change one or two elements in the track while keeping others the same as this helps ease one section into the next. The main bassline in this starts off being presented as hip hop, with jazzy acoustic drumming adding the jazz feel and then d'n'b drums (double time funk drumming) playing over that same hip hop bassline (which is now played on a classic house bass synth sound).

    The second (fast) metal section features the same sax playing as before but put through different delays to make it more frenetic to fit the uptempo heavy vibe. I just keep recycling elements throughout the track as I try out applying different effects to them.

    Not sure if that explanation helped or made much sense but these things take a lot of words to describe. And there's a 3,000 character limit so I can't do it all here and now.

    Thanks again for the interest.

  10. RealProblemShuckers
    RealProblemShuckers on Wed 23rd Apr 2014 - 5 years ago

    Really like this track! Will keep in mind how many genres you've included in this track when I decide the top 4 tracks in the 'Unique Song' competition!!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Cool. It's easy to name a few genres that are present here (as I have) but there may be some other incidental ones that are a bit more difficult to exactly pin down ie some sort of electro funk.

    Anyway, I'd say this is truly unique. I'll be very interested to ever hear another track that incorporates this sort of collection of sounds and mood swings.

    Thanks for taking my advice and checking it out. You really have to when you see the term 'banj metal'.

    I Googled that term and this is one thing I found:

    http://www.nocleansinging.com/2010/09/21/banjo-metal/

  11. Diskonnect
    Diskonnect on Tue 15th Apr 2014 - 5 years ago

    This is so cool! Such a groovy intro and I love that sax too! This is literally one of the best songs I've ever heard on this site, hats off to you! All the different genres are blended superbly :)

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks. It was fun to do and quite a crazy journey through all those genres. But I've tried to mostly ease into each one so that the considerable changes aren't too harsh or abrupt. I could have packed them all into just a few minutes but I like to hear a decent amount of each one and return to previous themes and hear them presented in different ways. So, 7.5 minutes seems about the right length though I could have gone on far longer.

    You get that sax coming in again in the second heavy (and fast) section but this time it's got different delay on it so is a lot more frenetic, which suits the uptempo metal behind it.

    I move into any genre I feel like at any time in a track so tend to make different tracks within the same project ie on the same timeline. If you would like to hear the track that used to be joined with this one, check it out here:

    Low Key Love

    http://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/152913

    It's a big exploration of different types of jazz but there's also rock and hip hop and more in there. It shares many of the same instruments with those in Way Beyond Wrong and is the same tempo. But no d'n'b - sorry!

    Thanks again for taking up my suggestion and checking this out. I have loads more mad trips on the site. 28 levels Above Top Secret, Zero Per Cent Proof and Shapesmith are some other crazy journeys that are much longer.

  12. PeteTebar
    PeteTebar on Wed 9th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    Not only do you manage to cover an array of genres, but you have stamped it with your own SN signature. I must say that you are a skilled craftsman, always full of surprises, never know what's coming around the corner with your music.

    Great build up from 4:01 to 4:20, then tension is beautifully released. Drums are impeccable. I usually set up an fx buss for reverb, only to send bit of room to my drum track, just enough to add air. But in this case, everything on the drums were magnificent.

    Love the delay on the sax, a reminisce of King Crimson '21 Century Schizoid Man'. Banjo still sounds fresh to me, by that I mean I don't hear much of it from many artists, but it is one of the reason I got to know your music. It is certainly engraved in your style so please continue adding more to your music.

    Overall, this is an excellent delivery from you once again SN...thank you for sharing your time, thoughts, and creation with us.

    -Pete-

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Long time no hear, Pete.

    To be honest, if I haven't stamped the genres that I merge with my own signature, I've failed and really haven't done something as different and personal as I like to do.

    That's why I don't work in any particular genre. That, for me, would be just sounding the same as other bands and producers so my work would not stand out and would have to be really good to get me excited.

    So, I prefer to mix things up in ways that I wonder if people have ever made before. I have certainly never heard another track anything like this. I can't think who might make it.

    By the way, probably my favourite insanely eclectic album of all time is Beck's Odelay. Nothing else like it ever recorded and his combinations of genres whilst still actually holding together memorable and unique songs, is quite incredible.

    "never know what's coming around the corner with your music."

    Hopefully, when you get used to my tracks, you get the idea that anything could happen. You can be fairly sure there'll be some heaviness and some chillout and a whole lot more inbetween.

    4:01-4:28 is the banj metal! Damn that was fun and bizarre to make. Just four elements there: hip hop kit, metal drums, metal guitar and banjo. The bass is also the guitar as I simply added an octave effect to the guitar part rather than bother with a new bassline. Keeps it 100% tight.

    I rarely play banjo but did record a lot with it in the last couple of years. Must pick it up again soon.

    "Love the delay on the sax"

    I had to do that as my sax contributor didn't play much and I needed variation so had to make that happen with effects. I'd still rather have more sax (plus fills) on the track but that's not going to happen.

    Check the sax return in the fast metal section plus the new delay effects on it to make it totally crazy starting on 5:57.

    Here's my one and only favourite banjo player (also plays a bunch of instruments beautifully) who totally inspired me to play it. Then I got one as a Xmas present so didn't even have to bother choosing one!

    I was hanging out with him before his London gig a month ago. Exceptional musician that I think you'll come to love if you check out enough of his stuff (see his mohan veena playing).

    HARRY MANX Voodoo child cognac 2003 hendrix banjo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRzwxLXzMQQ

  13. StrikingDaggers
    StrikingDaggers on Wed 9th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    Another great track Static Nomad! The way you changed it up throughout the track was crazy. It was like riding a roller coaster. I really enjoyed the saxophone and the banjo but the bass was my favorite. It's a Fav. Nice work.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Word up, Shatner. Yeah, the changes in this are pretty mad when you sit back at the end and think about how much has been thrown at you.

    But I try to make them logical and make sense and ease into each one. So, I use repetition of one element as I change another so changes aren't too abrupt or harsh.

    To be honest, and I'm not just saying this because you're a hip hop dude, my favourite part of the track is probably the last 20 or so seconds as it returns back to some minimalist hip hop. Just some of the little fills and variations really do it for me and that section is like a big comedown after the roller coaster, d'n'b, metal etc journey.

    Like returning back to the hip hop home! That's a place I know you like to visit...

    I like the bass and especially when it changes to the classic house bass synth sound on 2:06.

    Good to hear from you.

  14. Evisma
    Evisma on Wed 9th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    You didn't make many friends with this one. MWRatridge showed that he's an ass. Hilarious.

    Lots of changes. It takes an over-sized cranium to produce this sweet milkery.

    Man, the banjo always throws me in the heavy parts, like a hill-billy in a tornado.

    I do like it, even if the bass is repetitive or whatever, didn't really notice. Guess Ratridge just needed to bitch. Heard his back-log? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Evan

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Sorry for the late reply. I was just putting off dredging up the depressing Ratridge incident. I wondered if anyone might notice that and comment on it. Glad you found it hilarious - I didn't. What happened is that, last year, I gave my one and only 'thumbs-down' review on this site to a track of his, which was his guitar and vocal additions to an interesting electronic version of Sweet Home Alabama. I didn't insult his playing - just mostly said the addition of the guitar and vocals just made it another of thousands of covers of that famous song.

    So, he proceeded to check out my music, leaving a bunch of straight insults/ intelligent constructive criticism on three or four of my tracks, including this gem of a track review:

    "After your extremely demeaning comment you left on my track, I expected you to be some kind of musical prodigy. WTF?"

    Since having to deal with his childish, spiteful insults (including speculation about the size of my head) I've decided to essentially never again give a 'bad' track review on here. If I don't like something, I don't comment, even though I might even have some useful suggestions. I just can't be bothered to deal with unpleasant losers who can't take even mild criticism.

    However, I have since commented on some other Ratridge tracks but only said good things and made, for instance, no mention of not liking his vocals. I have indeed heard his backlog but it didn't make me zzzzzzzzzzzzz. My way of dealing with childish people is not to come down to their level (doesn't always work). I've had to deal with someone much more unpleasant on this site though he seems to have given up on insulting me.

    It's ironic that Ratridge chose to leave his deep and insightful 'too repetitive' analysis on a track with so very many changes.

    "an over-sized cranium"

    Maybe. I'm just an odd guy who thinks a lot, especially about music, and is bored by so much conventional stuff so have to work out how to combine things that I like in ways I've never heard before. I have huge musical limitations so cannot combine anywhere near as many sounds and styles as I would like. I do what I can, which is still a fair bit.

    "a hill-billy in a tornado"

    That could work nicely for a music video to this track. Maybe the metal band are out in the open and kicking up a tornado with their playing. And the tornado drops a hillbilly with a banjo into their midst and then whisks him away after his 30 seconds are up. I like it but then it is partly my idea so no surprise there.

  15. BEATZMODE
    BEATZMODE on Wed 9th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    love the jazz vibe to this really great piece of work

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Yeah, I think the jazz comes from the acoustic drums and the keyboard that starts on 0:47. That keyboard also features in the d'n'b section and there are some interesting connections between jazz, hip hop and d'n'b.

    Metal is taking things out a lot further, in terms of genres with things in common, so the keyboard doesn't feature in those sections.

    6:32 there is jazz metal as the metal guitar keeps going for a bit and the jazz drums return.

    If you'd like to check out another jazz epic of mine (much more jazz than this), try Low Key Love

    http://www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/152913

    as it's also from the same project as this track so shares some of the same sounds and instruments etc and is the same tempo.

  16. lyricalprecision
    lyricalprecision on Tue 8th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    nvm, just found the answer on your profile, keep up the stellar work my friend, ill be looking forward to hearing more!!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    I haven't updated that in a couple of years and don't really care about it though maybe I should say a bit more, just in case anyone's interested (like you).

    Thanks for the interest - the much better and more up to date answer is below.

    I've used the same main, cheap electric guitar since 1996 and also use two electro-acoustic resonator guitars for all my slide guitar playing - something I do a lot (but not in this track).

    " ill be looking forward to hearing more!!"

    I'm always uploading new stuff and am preparing a new mega epic psychedelic rock dance track for possible upload today or tomorrow.

    In the meantime, there's a hell of a lot of other very detailed and lengthy stuff for you to check out.

  17. lyricalprecision
    lyricalprecision on Tue 8th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    I'm really digging this fusion of elements from different genres. What program(s) do you use?

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Hello. Most of my tracks are a fusion of quite a few genres, as you'll see if you check out pretty much any one of the many I have on this site.

    I started off in Cubase in 1999 and then, in about 2001 got Reason, which I absolutely love. Since then I've run the two of them together, essentially as one sequencer, with most of my recorded audio (guitar, bass, banjo, vocals when I can get them) in Cubase and 90% of the synths coming from Reason. Reason is also used for drum loops and hits.

    I have the excellent Superior Drummer for my quality acoustic drum kits, which runs in Cubase. And I have most of the EZ Drummer expansion packs so lots of different acoustic kits. I think I use about 3 of them in this track plus the hip hop hits that are in Reason.

    My much older stuff contains Korg Z1 synth parts but I haven't recorded any new parts from that synth in many years but still have it and use it as my main controller keyboard.

    Then I have a just a few other plugins in Cubase such as Effectrix by Sugar Bytes and I also like dbBlue's Glitch effects unit and use that quite a bit on banjo and guitars.

    Oh, and I have quite a few sampled audio instruments that I use in Reason eg things like tambura, sitar, bano etc.

    There's a bit more to say but that's really most of it so a fairly comprehensive answer.

  18. AviatOfficial
    AviatOfficial on Tue 8th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    This is one of the most annoying things on Looperman that we can't edit our comments and can't add second reply to someone...
    Looperman should really improve like MIXPOSURE.Thanks StaticNomad for that site.

    Apart from that,I replayed this awesome track for 20 times(was hooked to it) and really noticed those effects you mentioned and started applying those in Ableton.

    That octave effect is sooo damn unique.I was goddamn surprised!!.Thanks for replying and mentioning those.Gonna try them out.

    And can you please check this track and give me some hints about adding Guitar or vocals or even a new synths in here--
    www.looperman.com/tracks/detail/154524

    Its like no track is complete here until you give your genius feedback.YOU HAVE AWESOME VISION FOR MUSIC...!!

    DAMN GOOD...!!!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Totally agree about lack of editing and second replies.

    Extremely frustrating and means I have to carefully compose my reply (sometimes in my head when I'm walking about the house doing other stuff) so that I don't forget to answer a question (though I get very few of those) or mention my own point.

    That's why I do such long replies but then I also do long reviews. And long tracks so that's just how I am: I have lots to play and lots to say.

    I don't really like Mixposure as it's too complicated and awkward to use and you only get 5 tracks with a free account and there are no featured tracks (used not to be here but I think it's great and allows me to follow people and see their progress and not miss their new uploads).

    "That octave effect is sooo damn unique"

    Not sure what you mean. It's really just adding bass to any audio signal. A cool guitar riff may not need a separate bassline - perhaps just needs to have the low end added to it. That's why I sometimes use it. Gets messy if you add it to chord-based guitar playing but I don't play many chord-based riffs.

    "I replayed this awesome track for 20 times(was hooked to it)"

    When I upload my tracks, I usually listen to them quite a bit (out of the studio so different perspective) and I also get a bit hooked. Sometimes I just have to listen to the whole thing, even when it's a really long one. I often find each section joins onto the next in such a way that I don't want to press stop (which is exactly my intention).

    "Its like no track is complete here until you give your genius feedback."

    Glad you appreciate my comments. There have been just one or two people on this site who have not (one twice left insults on this track, see below, the other has been much more unpleasant) but it's best not to worry about them. Perhaps I'm slightly wasting my time giving extensive feedback when most people give very little. But there are a few people who do the same for me and make suggestions and get me thinking about things in a slightly different way.

    "YOU HAVE AWESOME VISION FOR MUSIC."

    Maybe but I'm really just a music obsessive so have lots to say about it. And, as I love music, make it every day and think about it much more, I don't find it hard to quite quickly say lots of things about a piece of music.

    I will comment on the track you suggested as I like it and it has an interesting waveform!

  19. AviatOfficial
    AviatOfficial on Tue 8th Apr 2014 - 6 years ago

    Fabulous Work...!!!

    Every track of yours is unique and worth every second.I just love your style of making Music.
    I mean you really love to play with it and experiment with it.

    Track is perfect.Rising Tempo,Rock Elements,Jazzy,Hip-Hop and much more...!!

    The Intro is good.Vibe on the track is really good.Track has some serious and cinematic feel to it.

    Bass-line is epic.Saxophone is awesome.Plucked instruments are good.Beats are awesomely programmed.Really loved the breaks and rises in it.

    Audio Effects are perfect.
    Energetic feel.Awesome Fusion!!

    Can you do Indian Fusion in your next tracks....??!!
    Like using Sitar,Sarod,Harmonium,Flute,Dholak,Tabla,Percussion etc

    I would love to listen it

    Proud Fan of yours...!!!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    You definitely get the kind of thing I'm into. Thanks for quite a few words about it.

    "you really love to play with it and experiment with it"

    That truly is all I do - in an admittedly self indulgent sort of way. It's just my belief that any good genre can be mixed with another. But I don't really think of them as genres. I just try out sounds I like that happen to fall in different genres and try to combine them in ways I have never heard before. I think I achieve that though that doesn't necessarily make it amazing music (but definitely interesting).

    "Saxophone is awesome"

    This is the only proper track I've ever made featuring another musician. Shame that he's not at all interested in the track, though that's something I can't really explain.

    "Audio Effects are perfect."

    While there are all sorts of effects, check out the guitar in the d'n'b section 2:28 to 3:04. It's very cut up and I very, very carefully automated different delays on the guitar which wasn't very good and I made loads of mistakes so had to piece together all the best bits. It's come out sounding pretty dark and weird so quite unusual.

    An effect no one would ever notice is that, 3:36 to 4:27, the only bassline is the metal guitar riff. I just add an octave effect to the guitar part rather than adding another bassline. So, it's 100% tight. Not sure how many people do that but it can be cool.

    Ye, I guess I add some Indian fusion. I don't acrually have a clue how to play Indian or Middle Eastern music but I manage to get some of those elements in quite often though I never do full Indian tracks (because I don't know how).

    So, my Eastern sections often occur just briefly in my tracks. Would take too long to give you all the time references so will just recommend my following tracks that contain Eastern elements (either instruments or scales/playing or both):

    Circular Motion (tambura), Lord Of Misrule, Right Place Wrong Century, An Early Morning Appointment With God, Shapesmith, Immemorialis (sitar), Zero Per Cent Proof (tabla), Fly Yes Land No (tabla), Things That Should Always Be, The Fatness(sitar), Thousand Ball Blues (harmonium), Three Miles Late, A Month Of Mondays (sitar).

    I love Indian music and would like to get more of its great instruments into my stuff. But I have big limitations such as only playing a few instruments - mostly guitar, bass and banjo though I sometimes use a sitar sound on my Variax electric guitar eg on the track Immemorialis.

    Thanks again for your thoughts.

  20. harderthantherest
    harderthantherest on Fri 16th Aug 2013 - 6 years ago

    some jazzy hip hop going on here. that sax is a kick ass. it kinda your in a jazz cafe with a real hip hop star. good job on the bango too.keep it coming.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks. I think I recommended you check this track out so I guess you're glad you did. Another interesting take of mine on hip hop is Right Place Wrong Century - more interesting use of the banjo but no sax and no metal and no drum 'n' bass (but a whole load of other stuff).

    I intend to do more banj-metal but it's got to be just right as I don't want it to sound ridiculous or like a bluegrass player has turned up at the wrong band session (ie a metal one).

  21. MWRatridge
    MWRatridge on Fri 9th Aug 2013 - 6 years ago

    If I had an ego like yours I wouldn't be able to get my head through my front door.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    That's not a comment on this track so please either stick to that or don't comment at all. And certainly don't just leave straight insults as they're no use at all.

  22. MWRatridge
    MWRatridge on Thu 8th Aug 2013 - 6 years ago

    Extremely repetitive.

    Zzzzz.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Yes, extremely repetitive...apart from the constant changes. I'm not sure if you actually listened past the first couple of minutes (which do indeed have the same bassline running throughout).

    For anyone who does, they will find that in 7-odd minutes the track moves through hip hop, jazz, drum 'n' bass, metal and even banjo metal. And that's banjo playing an Eastern sort of melody merged with metal guitar and hip hop drums. And there are other electronic elements and lead saxophone.

    This is all a huge amount of variety and extremely unrepetitive. That bassline that I said goes on for a couple of minutes then continues into the d'n'b section. However, it changes to a house bass sound, which gives it such a different feel that it almost seems like an entirely new part. So I'd say that's being creative with repetition (which is sometimes necessary, especially when you want something to sit so that other parts can have a solid anchor to work off).

    See also one previous reviewer's comment that this was one of the most creative things he'd heard on this site ("I think this is one of the most creative tracks musically I have ever encountered on this site"). No problem if you didn't like it but I think just dismissing it as repetitive is way off the mark and certainly no form of constructive criticism.

  23. mrwolf14
    mrwolf14 on Tue 30th Jul 2013 - 6 years ago

    Hi StaticNomad,
    My personal rule is to never start a discussion in the track's comments section, but rules are to be broken, aren't they? (and I am Italian, so I am more than entitled to break rules)

    Regarding the "left behind" bass: the sound of the bass works well for the rest of the song, but in this spot I would have liked more a touch of growl in the bass sound, to accompany better the drums.
    Of course, this is just my thought and I am not sure at all that the song would benefit from this.

    Let's come to the comment on the links: I should probably not have said "we would appreciate", please consider this as a "pluralia majestatis" form. I speak only for myself: I am not, nor feel myself by any means entitled to speak for the "community". I am an individual and I express my own opinions.

    That said, the explanation is very simple: I tend not to follow links to external sites when I am here on looperman.
    This is another of my personal rules, but as we already learned, I may break this rule every now and then... so maybe sooner or later I will follow one of your links.

    One last word.
    Even if I think it was clear enough in my previous comment, please let me state this once more: the song is very good.

    Wish you all the best!
    Ciao, Domenico

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    OK. I don't make music to make music to post on Looperman. I make music for other reasons and have tracks on a few different sites. So I will post an external link if I think it's relevant. People can follow it or not, as they choose. As I said, most of the stuff I make is far too long to fit on Looperman.

    Yes, it was clear before that you thought the song was very good. Good luck to you too...

  24. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 30th Jul 2013 - 6 years ago

    What I think I like so much with this track is besides the driving bassline, is the sax treatments with the tape echo effect, reminds me so much of Eno's work with Roxy Music. And then the freaky guitars. If I were producing this I would suggest maybe a few subtle white noise effects in the background to balance out the midrange a bit. This is by no ways a criticism. I think this is one of the most creative tracks musically I have ever encountered on this site. Honestly I loved the bass through the 3 minute mark. The 7:19 just flew bye, love at the very end the chorus effect and modulation on the bass. Very thoughtfully planned out track. 10 out of 10!
    Steve

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Glad you liked it so much. I'm a bit addicted to it too and its weird how the time does fly by. Probably because there's so much going on but there's still quite a bit of space in there for things to breathe. I have to be very disciplined to not put too many elements into my work and am getting better all the time at reducing track length. This one is like a pop single for me as I regularly do 12 min+ and even go up to about 19 mins. Yes, the sax is cool. I partly applied the FX because I didn't have enough varied playing from someone who couldn't be bothered to come back to add anymore. So, I had to use FX to make the notes I did have move about more. I still think the intro sax sections are a little long and repetitive, though I do vary the drums to keep it interesting (making it quite jazzy). The very end 20 or so seconds may actually be my favourite section (along with the first hip hop metal section on 3:36). It's just pure hip hop and I spent ages trying to work out how I could do small things with a few elements to work those rather simple bass and drums. You may be interested to know that the second bass part (lead bass, comes in on 13 seconds and at various other points) is my bass playing chopped up as a REX file and laid out across the keyboard keys. Then I replay the notes from the keys in a way that I wouldn't have done on the bass guitar itself. I should really do this more often, haven't done it in ages. It's such a fun technique (though takes a while to cut up that REX file).

  25. mrwolf14
    mrwolf14 on Mon 29th Jul 2013 - 6 years ago

    Great song. The different genres are mixed together very smoothly (maybe the "house bass" feels a bit left behind in the section which starts around 3:00)
    The sax is very basic but very tastefully mixed with the other instruments. Good.
    The guitar riffs are well played: sharp as a razor. And used with taste. Good.
    The banjo merges very well with the rest. A surprise? I don't know but for sure it works well.
    Overall a very good song.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Domenico

    PS: only one comment, please do not advertise so much your music outside of Looperman.com
    Upload your tracks to looperman as well before link them!
    Nothing serious, but we would appreciate.

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    OK. Glad you liked it. Not sure what you mean about the house bass being "left behind". It's just the same bassline as before in the d'n'b section but using a classic house bass patch. Maybe you mean it's not quite loud enough so perhaps I need to turn it up. Yes, basic sax but made more interesting with carefully applied effects. I wanted more sax in there but sax player isn't interested in doing any more so I had to make do with what I had.

    As regards not mentioning other sites I have tracks on, why can't I do that? I mention them occasionally when relevant because I can't have all my stuff on Looperman because the limit is 10MB per track and many of my tracks are at least 15 minutes long and I don't want to compress them below 128K MP3. What is the problem with me linking to music elsewhere? If you're going to tell someone not to do something, it's best to say why.

  26. the47
    the47 on Mon 29th Jul 2013 - 6 years ago

    great guitar work, sounds all very well mixed together. nice fusion. good drum work.
    is the banjo and the sax recorded by you? sounds very real. great job!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Glad you liked the realness. The sax is pretty much the first instrument appearance by another musician on one of my tracks in the 13 or so years I've been making recorded music (I wish there were more). It's just a guy I know doing an evening session into a Shure SM57 mic so very basic. The banjo is played by me and just recorded into that same mic, then just a bit of delay added to it. Various FX at certain points to make the sax do more (eg a retrigger effect to make it sound like he's playing more notes than he is as well as the obvious delay at certain key points). Guitar is pretty sparse for me on this track as I usually play a hell of a lot more and have different intertwining guitar layers. Good fun merging all the various genres and moods but I think I've made them fit and there's nothing too weird or drastic. I cannot think of any banj-metal I've ever heard, can you? When I got the banjo a couple of years ago I decided I must do banj-metal, just because it's a funny word. I also decided I must do drum 'n' banj, for the same silly reason,and I've also done that (track not yet online). My best quality stuff is not on this site but, of what there is, I'd recommend next going for Knee Deep In The Cosmic Overwhelm or Circular Motion. Happy listening and let me know you make of them as feedback really helps me improve and feel a bit better about what I do.

  27. OneVizun
    OneVizun on Mon 29th Jul 2013 - 6 years ago

    I love it when people just fuse everything together and makes it sound so great. Kind of like what i do sometimes. This has a bit of everything in it and is very versatile. I could hear like and old jazzy hook on it with conscious lyrics here and there. Very eclectic. Nice one

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Thanks, man (or woman) - you totally get it. I just love so many styles and find it so easy to move from one to another (just change the groove, add distortion, whatever) that I can't help doing it. I spend so long trying out all manner of stuff and 'genres', if you like, that the track could go in with just the same notes that I then end up having to use them all (and then vary the notes). What takes ages is making it flow and not being too long (most of mine are above 12 mins, quite a few 17, one even 19). Yes, could definitely have lyrics and pretty much be a straight hip hop track. But as I have no vocalists, I just had to take it everywhere else I could think of with my instruments. Here's a related heavy track. No hip hop but there is jazz and a lot of heavy, rocking slide guitar playing and metal drumming. It's not as eclectic between genres but still goes in a lot of different directions. You can leave comments on the track itself. Debt Black Hole http://www2.mixposure.com/Static_Nomad/song_focus_24417.php

  28. MStokes
    MStokes on Mon 29th Jul 2013 - 6 years ago

    i endorse yr description - this one morphing mofo or several = kicking ass!

    StaticNomad
    Reply by StaticNomad

    Glad you like this motherlover as I had fun making it. It does indeed morph into various shapes. Would have liked more sax but the sax player is apparently not at all interested so don't think I can get him back. Had to use careful editing and FX to stretch the playing I had as far as I could. Would have been good in the main metal section, perhaps to go with the banjo.

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