How This Piece Came About
The instrumental “That Speaks To Us” came about from me redesigning samples from three songs; I asked someone what their favorite songs were at the moment, and in particular telling them to choose the three favorites with the production in mind. When She told me the three songs she chose; I then listened to them closely for a couple of days and pulled some samples from the songs. Figuring out what key and tempo I would produce this piece in and what samples I would use along with my own instruments and sounds.
The Samples, The Sound
I wanted most of the samples to sound different to give the instrumental its own sonic character. I tuned and then tweaked the samples just a tad to make them unique to this piece. Besides the one sample that will be instantly recognizable, the rest would take some thinking. But it’s ok I’ll add the sample credits and further production notes at the end of this post, but listen to the piece first before, to see if you recognize some the sounds without me telling you.
At first I had a little trouble figuring out not only how to mix together the various samples but also mixing those sounds with my own sounds. Though once you get in the groove and do what it feels right, it all comes together beautifully.
Once I laid out the foundation and song structure, I looked to add fills to spice it up and add sonic variety.
An Enriching experience
I was in love with this instrumental when the full composition was done going into the first few days of mixing. It had a warm chilling vibe that evolves and progresses as the song goes on.
I learned that sometimes it doesn’t take that long for a piece to feel complete, I bounced back from a lot different ideas, but you have to go with your gut and not force any changes that doesn’t serve the message and feel of the song, and I’m happy for the experience producing this beat and what I learned from it.
Take a listen to the “That Speaks To Us” (beat) instrumental:
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“Dreams Money Can Buy” came out a while ago and is one of my favorite songs by Drake (with production by 40) its lyrics and sonic quality are inspiring and uplifting. Though it wasn’t chosen out of three songs, there was a sound in the song that I knew would fit perfectly with the instrumental. “Girl with the Tattoo” which was sampled by one of the chosen songs also wasn’t of the three but it was a lot cleaner getting the sample from the original song (Miguel’s vocal work on this piece are out of this world by the way) rather than from PartyNextDoor’s song, though I loved what he did with the sample. The third song was “Persian Rugs” along with “Break From Toronto” By PartyNextdoor; while not sampled, was though looked to for reference and inspiration to makes sure the instrumental had the sound of those songs and of course also of “Cameras”.
I’m looking for new music to model to challenge my producing abilities, so if you feel strongly enough about any sound you would like to see produced, comment below; look forward to hearing your musical taste!
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