Ethan Hein

Music, technology, evolution, pop ephemera.

Posts tagged funk

Mar 30

Vocals, in order of appearance, by Rebecca Feynberg, Rachel Wardell and Shashank Aswath; tabla by Shashank; beats and production by me. Sample comes from “Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man” by Dyke and the Blazers. I want to give a special shoutout to Ableton Live’s amazing Beat Repeat plugin, which really deserves co-composer credit on this track.

Mar 16

Tabla Breakbeat Science

My new studio band has an album in the works. Hear tracks as they develop.

We made our DJ debut over the weekend at the Rubin Museum, where our brand-new track “Rock Steady” was dropped by DJ Ripley.


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Mar 4

Beats, textures, production and baritone guitar by me; tabla and finger cymbals by Shashank Aswath; button accordion by Rachel Wardell; mandolin by Chris Jacoby; Animoog by Roger Bender. The backing track began life as a Disquiet Junto project:

Nov 13
Analyzing the musical structure of “Sledgehammer” by Peter GabrielWe’re asking participants in Play With Your Musicto create musical structure graphs of their…View Post

Analyzing the musical structure of “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel

We’re asking participants in Play With Your Musicto create musical structure graphs of their…

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Sep 21

This track takes a different approach from the rest of the Tabla Breakbeat Studies project. Rather than playing over a beat, Shashank played normal classical tabla over a raga from his drone box. I went in afterwards and added the break (“God Made Me Funky” by the Head Hunters) along with the synths and effects. This is also less edited than the other tracks we’ve done; aside from the obvious moments of digital fakery, you’re hearing it more or less as Shashank actually played it.

Aug 22

Taking advantage of a long train ride to see if I can bang out a track using nothing but Garageband on my iPhone. You be the judge.

Jul 15

Second in a series of tracks, tabla improvisation by Shashank Aswath over classic breakbeats, edited and processed by me.

Hear more of Shashank:

See the grad school paper that inspired this project:

Jul 13

A few months ago, I did a study for my Psychology of Music class at NYU where I had people clap along to various classic breakbeats. The most interesting results came from my buddy Shashank Aswath, a classically trained tabla player. Shashank had close to zero familiarity with western popular music generally and hip-hop in particular, so his clapping patterns were idiosyncratic to say the least. We agreed that it would be interesting to hear him play tabla over the beats and see what came out. Here are the edited high points of Shashank’s jam over “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” by Bob James.

Hear Shashank in his natural musical habitat:

Read the paper that started this whole thing:…n-one-and-three/

Jun 19

Continuing the series of edited improvisations by @christopherjacoby and myself. Mandolin by Chris, guitar and editing by me, samples by James Brown.

May 28

Mashing up three versions of “Watermelon Man” — two by Herbie Hancock, one by Mongo Santamaria.

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