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Vocals, snare, bass [Baby Love]
#1
"...if you’ve got strong vocals, snare, and bass, the rest of the production can pretty much afford to be window-dressing…"

I've always felt that snare is the secret driver of all pop music. (With tambourine in close second place...)
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#2
(12-03-2021, 10:11 PM)carlier74 Wrote: "...if you’ve got strong vocals, snare, and bass, the rest of the production can pretty much afford to be window-dressing…"

I've always felt that snare is the secret driver of all pop music. (With tambourine in close second place...)

To an extent, but as they say "no-one goes around whistling the snare drum"... Smile I kind of like to think that with vocals, snare, and bass, you're pretty much guaranteed to have melody, rhythm, and harmony/counterpoint, which is why it's so efficient. To an extent, I'd also lump kick in with bass, as I think the bass line's rhythmic definition is also crucial in a lot of cases.

But the rest is often just filler... Big Grin
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(13-03-2021, 08:39 AM)Mike Senior Wrote:
(12-03-2021, 10:11 PM)carlier74 Wrote: "...if you’ve got strong vocals, snare, and bass, the rest of the production can pretty much afford to be window-dressing…"

I've always felt that snare is the secret driver of all pop music. (With tambourine in close second place...)

To an extent, but as they say "no-one goes around whistling the snare drum"... Smile I kind of like to think that with vocals, snare, and bass, you're pretty much guaranteed to have melody, rhythm, and harmony/counterpoint, which is why it's so efficient. To an extent, I'd also lump kick in with bass, as I think the bass line's rhythmic definition is also crucial in a lot of cases.

But the rest is often just filler... Big Grin
Jonathan Richman did it without bass!
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#4
I've heard it refers to the "supermarket mix", I think Tom Elmhirst said it. It's those elements that only make its through the poor tannoys and din of a supermarket.

Edit: I looked it up and it was Tom Elmhirst. He also has my new favorite quote about working alone:
"I need my space at the beginning because it’s going to be a mess at first -- you don’t watch someone in the bathroom, you just want them to come out with their hands dry."
and another thing: im not mad. please dont put in the newspaper that i got mad.
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