One of my favorite influences is an electronic recording artist Brian Transeau or BT. He is known as the “Godfather of Trance” in the EDM (Electric Dance Music) genre. One of the main reasons I like BT is because he assumes his audience is intelligent and have long attention spans. BT’s songs have recently been 8 – 12 minutes long but can be 46 minutes long, and it is only after he has produced these original versions, that he creates a 3-4 minute radio edit.
BT made his first significant contribution to the world of music production in 2003 with his song “Simply Being Loved” which had 6,178 edits to the lead vocal track all done by hand in Peak Bias – placing the song in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Here he is in the original music video:
And this is just the vocal track which BT was gracious enough to release about a year ago…
This song has 1,024th notes in it, but ultimately is still rooted in duples and triplets. My wife and I actually met BT at a theater in MD for the release of his next album, This Binary Universe, which was shown with video and in 5.1 surround sound. One thing the wiki page doesn’t explain, but BT explained to us, is that this album breaks the mold of subdividing by 2s or 3s in that it uses logarithmic curve to move from say a 512th note duple, slowing down to a triplet 8th note figure. So not only are we shifting from two different note values, but the interpolation between them is not linear, it’s a nice smooth logarithmic (or exponential) curve. Musically you might think about how a washboard is played or hear how a turbine spins up. Listen to Every Other Way.
I’m actually producing a song with this kind of technique right now, using logarithmic and exponential curves to move between different kind of subdivisions, and I hope to release it in the near future. I’m doing this not as an end in itself or just because I think it’s an interesting production technique, but because I really think it serves the song. Can’t wait to share that!