On The Beat (Part 35)
One of the difficulties of writing rhythm tracks in isolation - ie. without the bass instrument(s) which will ultimately accompany them - is that there's often a tendency to fill all the 'holes'. Whilst working well on their own, patterns tend to sound overblown when placed in the context of a mix.
Though apparently quite busy, this month's example leaves plenty of space for other instruments to flesh out the rhythm - provided the bass and snare drum voices are chosen sympathetically. By this I mean selecting contrasting sounds - dry & light and ambient & heavy - for each pair of instruments.
Outside of this, things remain pretty flexible and your further experimentation will - as ever - bring its own rewards.
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Feature by Nigel Lord