It seems as if the music bug has bitten again and my desire to create is back with a vengeance. I know I’ve put out a few pieces over the past couple months, so there’s certainly been a creative spark going, but now it’s kicking into overdrive.
I’m not sure what triggered it, though I’ve been reacquainting myself with Helmet’s “Meantime” album a lot lately. The interplay between the drums and the rhythms is second to none and some of the grooves are really slick.
In my younger years, I’d base a project off of trying to sound like a heavier version of Helmet. However, I seem to have lost my taste for super-heavy music. I prefer clean and bright tones these days, but I still enjoy sonically dense music.
So what’s the solution? It seems to be synths. Though I’ve always had an interest in them, I’m finding myself very drawn towards the warmth and complexity of analog tones lately. Therefore, I’m conceptualizing a project that focuses on big analog synth sounds and tight drum rhythms.
I’ve been ready to invest in an analog synth for a while and I know which one I want, but I’m a frugal sort and that’s a fair chunk of change to put down. For now, I have everything I need in Reason, but I’d like to get some live playing back into the mix.
As far as influential synth-focused bands are concerned, I’ve enjoyed Zombi’s work for quite some time, and almost all of the video game music I’ve enjoyed over the years is electronic, so those are definitely influences.
If I could combine Zombi’s synths and video game music with Helmet’s drumming (plus a little DJ Shadow influence) and put my own spin on it, I think I could have something that I’d really be proud of and enjoy.
Now, I just need to come up with a new project name…