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Are you making that common mistake that leads to lame groove?

Today we are talking about groove, not 1960s and 70s groove man! But the feel of coherency and continuation in a piece of music.

The Quantisation Experiment

So let's take for example a good drummer and a bad drummer and record them playing the same beat.

And so the time has come for the  fifth and final instalment of the Music Production Tricks or Treats series.
This episode I wrap up the 13 tips with two final secrets.

12. Darkness

By simply placing your artist (or yourself for that matter) in a completely dark room whilst recording you can add a sense of creepiness. The artist often delivers the performance whatever it may be in a more hesitant or nervous manner.

If you really want to freak them out then get a friend, bandmate or studio assistant to hide behind the drum kit and breath heavily. Just make sure this kind of silliness will not traumatise your artist too much before you embark on it.


13. Down-Tuning

Tuning down single strings or the whole instrument is particularly popular in metal and many other forms of music to give a heavier sound. However some may not know that this technique has been around for a lot longer than metal.

19th Century French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns instructed violinists to tune their E-strings down by a semitone for his iconic piece Danse Macabre.

It's interesting that violins are tuned in intervals of fifths, and this brings us neatly back to the very first tip, the tritone! Yes if you down tune a violin string by a semitone and play is double stopped with the lower string you get a six semitone interval -- which is a tritone!

So the Devil's music works in mysterious ways it's true to say. Hopefully you'll be able to take some of these tips and implement them in your own spooky music all year round.

Have a Ghoulish Halloween

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