Tags : | Hip Hop | 5.67 MB
Description : Here's something from an idea I have been playing around with for quite sometime. I have always loved traditional Chinese music which stems from my interest in martial arts and watching classic martial arts movies. My wife is also Asian so I'm subjected to derivatives of this type of music a lot. Anyhow, I recently went through some issues that had a dramatic effect on my music making capabilities so I took some time away from it and ended up doing some different things and came up with this. Now I figured a traditional Chinese folk song would probably go over like a lead balloon here so I decided to do a little experimenting. It's just a fun, short piece that I hope some of you might like. I want to give credit to Looperman axzoul for his loop that I manipulated for the drum beat. https://www.looperman.com/loops/detail/101200/very-cool-trap-drums-3-by-axzoul-free-110bpm-trap-drum-loop After much trepidation (and a lot more work) here is my extended version of the original track. As mentioned this extended piece goes deeper into traditional music with a vocal recording of my wife and a friend singing karaoke that I re-mixed and added a base line, drums, wind chimes, flute and banjo using samples for bass and drums, Indiginus and Sakura vst's for chimes, flute and banjo. Hope you guys are ready for this one !

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  1. AlexanderMadeMusic
    AlexanderMadeMusic on Tue 25th Jul 2017 - 1 month ago
    Kinda cool to here the oriental style tune on the lead guitar! :) this is dope man! thank you
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thanks man, its really cool to see comments like this and certainly helps fuel my desire to continue to experiment. Much appreciated !!!
  2. hemant37
    hemant37 on Mon 24th Jul 2017 - 1 month ago
    love the sounds. Vocals are great. Panning on hihats at 0:34 was spot on
    Reply by Neomorpheus Great to hear it heman and thanks for taking the time to comment! You know I had to adjust the vocal a bit to fit the music and the wife wasn't exactly thrilled with it because it made her voice sound deeper than it is. But she was cool with it. She will be happy to see your comment. Pretty cool you noticed the panning too.
  3. mildperil
    mildperil on Sun 23rd Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Loving the extended version, sounds very authentic to my ears.

    Well played!
    Reply by Neomorpheus I was a bit reluctant to do this, fearing that it wouldn't be well received. I'm really surprised that everyone seems to like it and also encouraged to do some more sometime. It re-enforces the fact that there is so much diversity here and a lot of appreciation for all types of music. Thanks man.
  4. silverman
    silverman on Sat 22nd Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Refreshing wonderful mysterious and very well created and produced.
    I thoroughly enjoyed that.
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thanks a lot Silverman. I really appreciate the comment and certainly happy you enjoyed the listen.
  5. theHumps
    theHumps on Mon 17th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Hell yeah! Appreciating all sorts of music and then incorporating those interests into your own musical creations is one way musicians grow. Look at George Harrison learned about India"s culture then to play the sitar and incorporating it into the Beatles music. Cool idea, lead balloons are sometimes the ones that people like the most. I like the lesser known deeper cuts in most albums I own. So to me, anything different around here is welcomed.

    Short pieces of music can be moving to the listener and fun and challenging to the artist. Some cool ripping guitars in there helping to set the mood.

    Neat track!

    Reply by Neomorpheus Humps, I really appreciate your review bro and certainly agree with all points made. The Beatles are a primo example of musical innovation and experimentation. One of the things that really grabbed me when I first visited Looperman was the guys breaking new ground or doing the unorthodox stuff. Most of those members are no longer active but I have tried to follow suit with some of my tracks and of course there are quite a few here whose music and talents are representative of this and whose music is undoubtedly in a league of its own. One such Loopermaniac who exemplifies this super uniqueness for me is the guy right below. Mr. Nomad.
  6. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Mon 17th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    It's a regreet!

    Good to hear the details of how you got that cool guitar sound. You really should use it in some other tracks. And, of course, extend this one by at least a couple of minutes.

    "Eventide Pitch Factor stop box and an expression pedal for the sharp note bends. The guitar tracks received further tweeks and modifications in the DAW with regard to speed and pitch."

    Yeah, that sounds about right. I thought there had to be something particular going on with the pitch to get these rather unguitarlike sounds. More like zither at certain points. Yet still some guitar character is retained.

    0:45 yes now I hear the slide. Definitely not just a finger doing that.

    "Honestly it's always difficult for me to return to a track after I have wrapped it up and moved on"

    You should change that. I don't see how you can be happy with this being so brief. Maybe if you'd made a good few tracks using these sounds but I don't think you have. This is really just a little taster of what you can do with these sounds.

    Keep going!
    Reply by Neomorpheus I hear you bro, you and the others have convinced me to put a little more work in on this one. Since everyone so far seems to like this, I may use this opportunity to cover a song for my wife and present an even more in depth example of this genre with a bit of modern spin. It may even have vocals, So stay tuned.

    Oh and I need to make a correction on a typo in my original reply to you. The Eventide Pitch Factor is a "stomp" box.

    Thanks for the continual support man.
  7. mildperil
    mildperil on Sun 16th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Very nice concept, really enjoyed it, and genuinely wish it was a bit longer. Would quite happily listen to a lot more, and curious to see what else you will come up with in the future.

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Reply by Neomorpheus I really appreciate your comment and since I'm getting so much interest here I have decided to work on this further. I feel that maybe everyone would really enjoy taking this a bit deeper into the traditional music realm so I have an idea to work up a song that my wife sings with some Karaoki accompaniment. At this point its just an idea.
  8. monsterage
    monsterage on Sun 16th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Chinese music is probably one of the most beautiful music and chilling there is! i love their culture, so I'm definitely loving this mix between traditional and hip hop.

    great stuff as always Neo!
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thanks bro and I certainly agree. I have a pretty deep interest in Asian culture and their music has always captivated me.
  9. Shatner
    Shatner on Sat 15th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Awesome track Neomorpheus! I love the atmosphere you have created here. The overall mix sounds pretty good too. This one's a Fav and its downloaded. Truly nice work.
    Reply by Neomorpheus Hey thanks Shat. I was sweating a bit on what real hip hoppers would make of this. Getting the positive from GoTyBeaTs and especially you, definitely makes me happy. Very much appreciated man.
  10. danke
    danke on Thu 13th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    hello Neo

    long time, no see, no hear...

    what a great surprise from you but if we think deeply it's not a big surprise...your jammy tune is there and your unique attitude too...that solistic instrument that lead through the song is outstanding...for me is far far away from hip hop fortunatelly :-)

    great trailer or music from Ozone Network...stg like that...fantastic...

    handshake, Danke
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thank you danke, it has been a while. My time for music has been somewhat limited lately, working through some things but I hope to be able to continue being a contributing part of this fine community. Always appreciate hearing from you.
  11. Xmachine
    Xmachine on Tue 11th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Hey Neo what a pleasant change super chilled sound in an oriental way i hope you do an extended version this was very well done best regards Robbie.
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thanks Robbie, I will see what I can do about the extended version. I may try working up a couple of new sections and adding some vocals. Know of any Shaolin Monk Kung Fu rappers?
  12. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Mon 10th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Yo, NeoMorphin' Shaolin Street Bro.

    Well this sure is something different and cool. The only problem is that it's too damn short.

    What the hell is that lead instrument at 0:07? Surely not guitar, is it? Could well be. If so, how are you getting that cool tone? Very nice playing and then the beat introduction is cool.

    0:35 run is very nice and tasteful. 0:45 lovely subtle bend and sustained note.

    1:03 (there's an audio pop there to be removed) has a cool new instrument. What is it? Nice, fluttering sounds. Perhaps guitar with very slow attack on it?

    Great stuff. Extend this or I'll be annoyed!

    Static Traditional Chinese MusicMad
    Reply by Neomorpheus Yo Statrad-chimusmad,

    I'm really surprised that everyone seems to like this. I was expecting more critical response from the Hip Hop point of view. But I'm not complaining. Yes, lead instrument throughout is all guitar. Everything played on the strat with healthy amounts of effects processing (reverb, phase, chorus and delay). The zither and flute sounds were made using an Eventide Pitch Factor stop box and an expression pedal for the sharp note bends. The guitar tracks received further tweeks and modifications in the DAW with regard to speed and pitch. Used a lot of high eq to accentuate the twang and pluck nature of the notes in the earlier leads. There's also a background ambient drone used at the beginning and most prominently there in the ending 10 - 12 seconds of the track. The rhythm beneath the lead in the middle section are swelled notes with octave effects. Also have two subtle ascending and descending slide guitar tracks (:45 and 1:00) made with the ol ceramic finger slide and some heavy reverb and delay. The outro lead which sounds like a combination of flute and violin was accomplished pretty much the same way as the first lead except no use of the expression pedal so the notes are softer with heavier eq.

    Thanks for the review bro, I will see what I can do about the length. Honestly it's always difficult for me to return to a track after I have wrapped it up and moved on but this was fun for me so I'll see what I can do, but I will address that pop you speak of which is most likely a lack of fade on that ending lead.
  13. crucethus
    crucethus on Mon 10th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    Well written and presented to us. That guitar at then end, a whisper of what could have been ehh? nice tease.
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thx Cru. A few different combinations of effects and settings as well as adjusting time signatures to speed things up in spots. May decide to go back through it and stretch it out for a bit longer.
  14. GoTyBeaTs
    GoTyBeaTs on Mon 10th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    This sound Sweet...! :)
    Reply by Neomorpheus Sweet, and without all the calories !
    That's a word not often associated with my music, give a listen to some of my metal or rock tracks and you'll understand what I mean, (ha ha).
    Thanks so much for the listen and comment.
  15. Axzoul
    Axzoul on Mon 10th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    I am a fan of Asian music and I love what you have make with my loop. Thank you for having credited me, keep going you have huge talents !
    Reply by Neomorpheus Hey bro, glad you approve of my use of your loop and thanks a lot, not only for making it but also taking time to comment on the track. This is really an experiment for me, and not having much knowledge or experience with Hip Hop I figured it would be easier and probably provide better results by using a drum loop or sample that was appropriately designed. I have loads of Hip Hop drum samples but having been involved in a recent Forum discussion here regarding loops I decided I wanted to use something from Looperman. Its funny because I scrolled through several pages of Hip Hop drum loops without even listening to anything and then I happened upon your entries and saw the words "very cool" in the title and thought very cool by Axzoul has got to be worth a listen. The first choice turned out to be exactly what I was looking for !
  16. mindhiest
    mindhiest on Mon 10th Jul 2017 - 2 months ago
    very beautiful. love this sound. music could be under several genres. love it.
    Reply by Neomorpheus Thanks mindheist. Beautiful is a good description of traditional Chinese music. Glad you like the track.

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