6 Bass Sequencing Tricks From Daft Punk
Daft Punk Bass Tutorial on MIDI Sequencing. One of the best ways to learn about producing music is to
see the actual notes used to make other people’s songs. This process allows you to discover the thousands of
tiny adjustments needed to produce a strong bassline, intricate drum track, or a moving piano solo. This
tutorial will show you the notation for one of the funkiest basslines in modern house music: Daft Punk’s
Around The World. For this lesson you will need:
A music composition program capable of MIDI sequencing. (e.g. Ableton Live, Propellerhead Reason,
Daft Punk’s Around The World
Around The World was released in 1997 on Daft Punk’s debut album, Homework. It was a major success
throughout the world and it is credited by many for bringing funk back to the dance music scene. This
song has a simple, yet distinct, bassline that provides a great example of french house music style.
Click here to listen to a MP3 sample of Around The World.
Like most house music, Around The World uses repetition - lots of repetition. The bassline is composed from
only three main patterns. This makes Around The World an excellent choice for an instrument notation
Setting Up Your Music Software
The purpose of this tutorial is to analyze common notation techniques used in funky basslines. So if you want
to follow along using your own music composition program, click here to download a MIDI file of Around
The World’s bassline. Be sure to set your software’s tempo to 121.32 BPM.
Bass Pattern 1: So Simple It Hurts
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At the beginning of the song, the first bass pattern is introduced. The notation shown in the image above
reveals that this pattern is very simple. Almost every bass note plays on top of the kick or hihat. In house
music, placing your bass notes on top of the kick or hihat produces a driving feel. Notice how the melody
flows down the scale. This gives the bassline continuity. This is probably the least funky pattern in the song.
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