I happened to find this great article by Sébastien Rannou about how he analyzed and dissected the work Aerodynamic by Daft Punk and recreated it in Sonic Pi. Article here: https://aimxhaisse.com/aerodynamic-solo-en.html, youtube performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cydH_JAgSfg.
I’m guessing these have already been posted here but I have a question for the music experts
He explains that the “funk” part is basically sampled from a Sister Sledge song, and shows how to sample it in Sonic Pi.
He then shows how to create the solo sawa effect (what he calls the solo), which sounds great, and I’m copying that part of the code here:
use_bpm 123 live_loop :solo do use_synth :zawa use_synth_defaults attack: 0.05, sustain: 0.15, release: 0.125 phases = [ [:D4, :Fs3, :B3, :Fs3], [:D4, :Gs3, :B3, :Gs3], [:G4, :B3, :E4, :B3], [:E4, :A3, :Cs4, :A3], [:D4, :Fs4, :B3, :Fs4], [:D4, :Gs4, :B3, :Gs4], [:G4, :B3, :E4, :B3], [:E4, :A3, :Cs4, :A3], ] phases.each do |notes| 4.times do notes.each do |n| play n sleep 0.25 end end end end
When I play this, it sounds very familiar to me… not just because I’ve heard the Daft Punk song, but it reminds me of something I’ve heard before from classical music. Is this sample from Bach?
You can hear it at about the 59 second mark in the youtube video.