Studiotalk with Aril Brikha

Studiotalk with Aril Brikha
Deeparture In Time - Revisited” is now released in celebration of the 10 years anniversary of his 1999/2000 released Album on Transmat. This also kicks off his own label “Art Of Vengeance". Next to the remastered originals of Deeparture In Time, the release features10 previously unreleased tracks that were created between 1995 and 1999. All of them take us on a time travel to the 90ies, with a sound still prevalent in modern productions, as pure as can be. This one’s for the lovers of the early Detroit Techno with that unique Aril Brikha twist, and all those who’d like to discover it: One Chord To Rule Them All. So, Aril went down to his basement to authenticate his work for this classic album from back then with a couple of pictures (see below). Now please also enjoy his description of how he did it: Sweet lullaby: Its a track that started out with just a pad I had programmed in my dear Ensoniq SQ-80 where I controlled the filter, as usual, with the modulation wheel. I started the TR-808 and used a low tom as a kick drum , some congas, a simple hihat and ride pattern but then the mighty 808 kickdrum as the backbeat ”bassline”. This all happened late at night with some friends around at my place smoking away so I dont know if it was the passive smoking that got me in that vibe of the track but I ended up just arming the DAT after hours of just tweaking and recording it live in one take. Thats it, one TR-808 and a SQ-80 pad going thru the whole track with added filter modulation on the backbeat, very simple..hehe. Groove La Chord: Another quick on the fly worked out groove. This time I made the whole beat in my Roland R8 drummachine, just a quick groove which was the intro and then a chord stab I programmed in my Ensoniq SQ-80. Unlike other sources suggesting, this was actually not a preset in a Virus, it was 3 oscillators where one is detuned to -5 or -7 giving you a ”fat” chord when just playing a three finger chord. At this time I was programming ALL my sounds from scratch. Just waveforms with added modulation thru 4 envelopes, 3 LFO's. Took me years to learn the SQ-80 but once I got to know it I knew it inside out. With this track being a bit different from my other ones, which normally were a bit deeper, I didnt really know what to do. I was waiting for this girl to come by my place and once there I made her listen to it and she said she liked it even though I felt it was too ”simple”. I ended up arming the DAT once again and recorded it live, 2 takes, and the 1st one is the one that ended up being released. At this time it was very important to catch the inital energy/feel of the track and for me who still dont do arrangement, I really had to record it right there and then. Otherwise when listening to it the next day, it would have never ”felt” the same way because you were not in the same mood or state of mind as making it. Again, another track made on only one drummachine and my SQ-80. Ottil: This one was one of the tracks that I didnt manage to make with a 4/4 kick. The bassline is a Novation Basstation with a LFO going on the filter. As soon as I had the bassline playing I programmed the whole beat (again) in my R8 and it happened to be a bit more of a ”electro” beat rather than the usual 4/4. I cant really say what I plan to do when making a track or if I just do it in ”autopilot” mode. Often it was late at night and that allowed me to be in a certain mood and actually tired enough and thus ”stoned” in a natural way, so it was just a natural flow. So as usual, once i got a beat and a bassline, all I could normally do was to play some chords on top, in this case again a stringpad I programmed in my SQ-80 and then the same chords using a phased/flanged pad on my Korg 03/W. The solo parts was just improvised on top of the melody and you can here the 8 voices of the SQ-80 not being able to play both the pad and solo at the same time, haha. Again, it's all recorded live, tweaked, played, filtered, straight onto DAT. No arrangments being made or no edits after. Some call it oldschool.....I call it being lazy 🙂

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