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Junior wrote:Yes, live onstage it's probably a very different feel. But when it comes to digital productions, you don't 'feel' any difference if it's a 'programmer' or a 'musician' producing the riddim
How on earth can you tell the difference between a digital drum pattern made by a 'real' musician and one made by a 'programmer'?!
loyaljester wrote:Interesting thread... In particular I have found it hard to distinguish if the bass on old digital riddims is played live throughout the tune or programmed/seqouenced/looped. Steelie & Cleavie, Music Works etc. riddims sounds steady like a sequencer for most parts but then comes a wicked little pitch glide, change in tempo or melody making you feel like this was something spontaneously played live by a musician. I can't tell but if you say it's live I take this to be the case.
KayaLion wrote:Check this interview with Steevie and Cleevie, some interesting points made about the feeling in digital music:
Junior wrote:it basically makes no sense in distinguishing between 'programmers' and 'musicians'
Junior wrote:unless you live in the 80's and you're still in shock that people a replacing bands with computer based technology.
Junior wrote:I think this thread is filled to the limit with false presumptions and distorted comparisons. Like Chocolate Soldier comparing Joe Blow from the street with Sly Dunbar. Well, obviously sly is a better programmer. The comparison is a joke, nobody would argue that anyone can program riddims as good as Sly. It's a false premise.
And some in the thread are having a completely different debate. Namely, the difference between analogue music and digital music, which is something that has no relation to the subject at hand. Chocolate Soldier argues that the experienced producers have some special elite say that elevates their argument to something we can all behold in awe. I disagree. And I think my original argument has been distorted. I've never said that there's no difference between an experienced musician and an amateur programmer. Af course, there is. Any third grade kid would know this to be true.
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