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Losing the 'one' in tracks and knowing it


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When the electric piano chord comes in at 4:07 my mind automatically reverts that to '1' even though it's actually '3'. Then it doesn't sync with the bassline and I get a headache. Took my years to work out what was even going on.

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All right, despite me writing some sincere cosmic shit, I will average that post with a more down to da place level relevant post with a ditty I wrote for an xlt post in 2010 (or before), where I wanted to describe how I felt at the moment (thread relevant):

 

http://nothinggg.com/mu/space_ace_bit.mp3

 

--Incidentally, it was actually that ditty that made me realize firmly that the "one" can be shifted with intention; the overlapping themes juxtaposing and simultaneously creating forward motion through tension.

 

And holy shit, that D'arcangelo track brings back memories.

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one of my favourite things is hearing a breakdown on a track in a club and the bassline twists and turns and you think your still on the one, then bam big old kick rams down your face changing the bassline totally so much so that i think im cool and try do a dance move (probably cause i actually knew the 1 the whole time) and spill some of my precious beer

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I love/hate when this happens. And it always happens for me on some tracks.

 

These two Police tracks come to mind first. Fucking pseudo-reggae. Fucking Stewart Copeland.

 

 

http://youtu.be/TXcEO_iUoLE

oh shit, yeah I get it with this track, so much that it's frustrating to listen to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OZIUuJG_so

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Guest BasDirks

hmm this rarely happens to me -- i mean i understand what everyone is talking about but my music mind is one of incredibly strict rhythmic structures. try keeping the 1 with ipacial section!!

 

 

not hard =[

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haha.

in high school me and friend got into a bit of an ongoing disagreement over when the 'one' for the aphex twins On.

 

haha!

 

just when you thought everything had been settled...

 

a new disagreement...

 

this autumn...

 

ONE OR THREE: heat or night pt.2

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Guest Chesney

Great thread, I mentioned this in the Avalon 303 thread about not hearing the guys sequence at his 1, the seq starts at step 13 for me.

Really interesting thing and it happens quite a bit making sequences but I love it when it's intentional. I'll upload a sample of an old track I made which does this but I love it for it. Pity the track is shit though.

Bass seems on the one but when beat kicks bass is on the back.

http://picosong.com/SjXL

 

will listen to all the rest in this thread to see your examples.

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I have this tendency of losing the first beat on more and more electronic tracks I listen to lately and it's bugging me. I know I'm off and sometimes I can get back on the 'one' or I just give up. Anyone else have this problem? Here are some prominent examples that have haunted me for years:

 

Aphex 'Acrid Avid Jam Shred' - The one should be when the first closed hihat kicks in, but I'm always counting the first open hihat as the first beat of the bar. I can't shake it off and I feel I've always listened to this track incorrectly:

 

http://youtu.be/YwZ_9V37KxA

 

That happened to me when Richard mixed Acrid Avid Jam Shred in at ATP LA 2002. It was mixing in and I was totally off. It was really rad. I thought for a while it was some fucked up version of it, but then I finally got on to the 1. Still amazing! I have a recording of it and haven't been able to reproduce the effect for myself yet.

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there are some mint interviews with Coldcut about the rhythm blending on their infamous Journey By DJ mix, where the sheer graft of tempo selection n mixing was gone into on a truly specky level......funny as fuck too in that it illustrates just how close the opportunities for each mix going out of time were, the sheer terror n fun of it all,,, still 1 of the greatest mixes in the history of blending records constructed

 

the internet gives you the rest:

 

https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=-pHOU8n5Bc_H8ge1xoJA#safe=off&q=coldcut+journeys+by+dj+interview

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It happens a lot to me when I cant hear the bass in a track, poor speakers or being outside whatever.

 

But I wish it could last longer, because you actually hear a track in a completely different light. My brain automatically corrects once I can hear the "one". But for a few seconds you hear a track and it's completely different to how your brain imagines it. Kind of gives you an insight on how people can view tracks in a very different way.

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