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Old 23rd February 2020
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Aphex Twin Drums

Might have already been asked, but all I could find on here were questions about EQUIPMENT used to create Aphex or Squarepusher type drums. My question is, what is the best way to internalize these types of incredibly complicated rhythms with continuous variation and a lack of obvious repetition? I'm talking specifically about the Drukqs album. It's something I'd like to emulate (not shamelessly but for learning). I'm sure there's a chance that Aphex created scripts to generate his rhythms, but I haven't heard of him doing so and instinct tells me that everything is intentional and the result of hours of hard work and raw intelligence and creativity. I'm pretty new to this type of music so I didn't have the benefit of growing up and absorbing it through osmosis. Are there any patterns these types of artists follow in terms of structure or is the structure just continuous free variation?
Old 25th February 2020
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Might have already been asked, but all I could find on here were questions about EQUIPMENT used to create Aphex or Squarepusher type drums. My question is, what is the best way to internalize these types of incredibly complicated rhythms with continuous variation and a lack of obvious repetition? I'm talking specifically about the Drukqs album. It's something I'd like to emulate (not shamelessly but for learning). I'm sure there's a chance that Aphex created scripts to generate his rhythms, but I haven't heard of him doing so and instinct tells me that everything is intentional and the result of hours of hard work and raw intelligence and creativity. I'm pretty new to this type of music so I didn't have the benefit of growing up and absorbing it through osmosis. Are there any patterns these types of artists follow in terms of structure or is the structure just continuous free variation?
A Tracker and an active imagination for rhythms=Drukqs
Old 4th March 2020
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Have you tried scripting beats in Renoise?
Old 27th April 2020
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ReCycle.
Old 4th July 2020
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Try slicing up a drum loop in a sampler and then triggering it with one, or two instances of an arpegiator.

Or perhaps use a euclidean sequencer to trigger drum hits, These techniques will get you close to Aphex Twin ish sounding..
Old 17th July 2020
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If you seek to internalize, you will have to study.
Try finding a super audio cd or very high bit rate version of the album, and downscale playing speed to a quarter or so.
If you have listened to a song a couple of times, try to identify the 8 to 10 different rhythm sounds that are used in the drum section.
Then, start writing them down, in the right ieder its the right length of pauses in between.
In doing so, you will notice that in fact there is recognizable repetition. At times, the drum section indeed are very loosely connected to the rhythm, but only when the rhythm has been put in your mood beforehand.
It takes a lot of time, but to understand what is happening, you need devotion to break it down to bits and pieces. Good luck!
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