yea t swift is good.
Yess! Some of their music can sound pretty explosive. Super Zodiac is one of my favorites from them. I knew they came out with some new stuff recently but Lucid Dreamer is one of the ones I managed to listen to in passing. This was a nice reminder lol.
Someone on Twitter mentioned that they liked the funky basslines in SEGA Rally (composed by Jun Senoue) and I pointed out that it was likely influenced by Graham Central Station. As I mentioned earlier a lot of City Pop and Japanese game composers were influenced by American Funk & Blues music.
But one thing I didn’t put together was Graham Central Station’s influence on the composer for Sonic 2, composed by a member of the jpop band Dreams Come True. This was pointed out very recently by Thundercat (obviously a guy who knows his basslines).
So recently I’ve been listening to Graham Central Station to listen for what he was talking about.
But first here is a track with a familiar bassline if you’ve played SEGA Rally:
Obviously Jun puts his own spin on it and I’m not saying it’s a rip off or even referential, it’s just that you could hear some inspiration. I’m not a funk expert but I’ve heard Larry Graham be called the inventor of slap bass and so technically it would be undisputable that he was influential, I guess!
But that bridge bassline does remind me of Hilltop Zone in Sonic 2, which I’ve never noticed before. But I was thinking it was a bit of a reach to tie the two because it’s just a common thing in funk.
But then I heard “Release Yourself” and saw what Thundercat was talking about:
I would say that definitely influenced the special stage music in Sonic 2.
One thing I learned many years ago about writing funk lines is that the “funk is in the silence” meaning that it’s about the rhythm and percussive elements created in the gaps between notes but after listening to GCS I got to say that Larry Graham is pretty relentless on the bass and it still sounds pretty funky.
Working across multiple workstations lately so I’ve got my best bookshelf speakers pumping music all week, these are some of my go-tos atm: