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The Art of Silence

June 19, 2017 2 Comments

The Art of Silence


"It’s the silence between the notes that makes the music."- Tim Ferris


This is not an article about meditation. This is an article about the most powerful weapon in all of music: silence.

WTF!?

But... music is about sound! There's no music in silence.

I beg to differ. You see, about 15 years ago, I met my best friend, wingman and production partner, BK. BK is an electric bass virtuoso.

During our first sessions, I played the part of the producer and him of the session musician. I would bring him beats or skeletons and he would replay my simplistic, boring bass lines.

Even though he replayed every note to spec, something magical would happen to the track. Every. Single. Time. The tracks would go from stale to groovy. From half-dead to alive. From amateur to pro.

On one fateful day, BK finally cast the pearls before the swine (that would be me in the example).

JT:"Even with the exact same notes, live bass really breathes this magical life into our tracks".

BK:"You know what I'm doing right?".

JT:"Nooooooope (usually I've got a smart-ass answer for everything, but at that point in my music career, I was just mesmerized by this newfound gem).

BK:"I change the silence patterns in your bass lines. I make them less linear."

Well, I'll be damned. You mean to tell me all this time I was trying to find the coolest sequences of notes when all I could've done was just to find more interesting ways to fit SILENCE in between them? My whole world fell apart (well, kinda).

The moral of the story: sometimes, in music, the most enjoyable moment in a song is the absence of sound.


2 Responses

JT
JT

July 20, 2017

Haha, glad you liked it!! I must say it always resonated so strongly with myself too :) And no: thank YOU for sharing your journey with all of us broducers ;)

Bush Beatz
Bush Beatz

July 06, 2017

I really like the articles that you put out!! And the “Cast the pearls before the Swine” line was incredible!!! I grew up on the bible, so that connected! I have most of your Kontakt libraries and really need to get your book. Thanks for sharing with us Bro!!

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