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The Software Instrument Song

For the Software Instrument song, called “The 30 Percent Factor” (30percent3.mp3), I began with the acoustic guitar part. It came to me while I was noodling around on my keyboard, so I recorded it on the spot. I repeated it four times before coming up with more parts.

I used the Jazz Kit for the drums, and I played the part on my keyboard. It’s a slightly unusual drumbeat, but it seemed to flow naturally from the guitar part and it came quickly. I didn’t need to record many takes of it before it felt right. I added an Overdrive effect to thicken the sound a little and get rid of some of the high end.

The organ was next. So far the song had a fairly fast pulse, with two instruments playing eighth and sixteenth notes. I wanted to contrast that with some longer, slower notes, and organ seemed like the perfect instrument. I held a couple two-note chords with a staccato figure at the end to tie it into the rest of the song and provide some punctuation.


  

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