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Imaginary Conversation Between Two French Robots About Giorgio Moroder

Posted on: 2014-10-18

1: How much do we love Giorgio Moroder?

2: Sooo much! His work in the 70s basically invented electronic dance music.

1: Well, he came in and gave us this great spoken word bit about his early days in music and how he invented the four-on-the-floor click.

2: That's great. It's such a slice of history. But who knew he sounded like Werner Herzog?

1: Huh, you're right.

2: So, what are we going to do with this spoken bit?

1: Well, I've got this chord thing that I've put into a vintage-style arpeggiator, for that 70s Moroder feeling.

2: Good, good. But I think it needs something more!

1: Hmm. How about some disco guitar? That worked so well on "Get Lucky".

2: Getting there - but he's talking about breaking the old rules and creating something new. Right now we just have some loops under a vocal track. This needs something else...

1: A small jazz ensemble?

2: that goes with the music history theme. I think we're getting somewhere.

1: Strings?

2: Strings aren't really new.

1: Hey why not instead of just a keyboard pad we actually bring in some real strings?

2: Oooh - and how about we have a break in the middle of everything - stop the rest of the music completely while they play their own version of your chord progression?

1: Hey I think you've got something there. But now we've split the track in half - the first half had the history lesson, so what do we do with the second half to keep it interesting?

2: Hey why don't we bring in legendary drummer Omar Hakim and have him kick a hundred kinds of ass?

1: That's an excellent idea. Let's add some synth lines matched with his playing so it sounds like he's cybernetically enhanced.

2: Mmm - cybernetically enhanced! We love that! But since it's now building to something, let's go all-out.

1: Like what?

2: Wailing electric guitar. Who's with me?

1: I am! But after it peaks, I think we need one final flourish.

2: And that would be...?

1: Let's go back to the Click - the heart of this whole thing - and wind it down so you can tell it's just an electronic tone. Wraps it all up nicely, non?

[They nod their shiny helmets. Fist bump.]

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