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There’s something enchanting about what electronic producer Four Tet does in the below video – rather, what dontwatchthat.tv forces him to do. You can tell the guy’s got mixed feelings about having to compose an entire track in only ten minutes, and furthermore, only with samples from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It’s the kind of process that forces one to rely on creative intuition, nothing else- and you can see that side of the producer shine through as he places Thriller on the record player. He spins it, and lands on arbitrary moments, and then assesses- he considers each instant as a possible instrument for the tune he’s about to make, and then he proceeds based on how he feels about it.

It makes me think about music in a different way. We get so used to hearing entire tracks, and we music lovers sometimes convince ourselves that hearing a song in any other way besides start to finish is sacrilege. But you see Four Tet cobbling together random moments from the record, and you see how much fun it can be to hear snippets from really engaging records. Each time he lifts the needle and picks a new spot it sounds like a new artist, and so when he fuses all these ingredients to make his own song it feels so unlike Thriller, and yet so familiar to that record my parents used to play around the house.

Watch this video if you want to see how Four Tet works when writing music. He comes up with drums, then layers melodic samples on top- but what’s more important than the technical process is the way he nods to the music when it’s played back for him. He loses himself in it- and even though he confesses via Tweet later that he knows he could’ve done a better job on this, he’s still proud of it. The song is a byproduct of a house producer who was pushed to his limits, and there’s something about it that’s so much fun to witness.





Omaha
01.16.14
so cool

ShitsofRain
01.16.14
great guy

klap
01.16.14
hey kieran ever heard of a comb i said god damn

fish.
01.16.14
pitchfork readers are awful

Trebor.
01.16.14
I remember that video where El-P made sick beats out of random records it was awesome. This was cool too

klap
01.16.14
fish where are the p4k readers???

StallionMang
01.16.14
I saw this, really cool. Four Tet is such a pro

oltnabrick
01.16.14
Four Tet [i]does[/i] Michael Jackson

fish.
01.16.14
"fish where are the p4k readers???"

https://www.facebook.com/pitchforkmedia/posts/10101093219146862?stream_ref=10

Jellingman
01.16.14
Awesome!

Slut
01.16.14
this was really neat

klap
01.16.14
so not on this website? i don't understand your comment

fish.
01.17.14
the reactions to this story on the pitchfork post

Wadlez
01.17.14
Wasn't a fan of his latest album. Eager for his next doh

AliW1993
01.17.14
Love the intro Jacob.

Video's really cool, though I agree it's obvious he's not entirely sold on the whole idea.

Winesburgohio
01.17.14
best thing i've seen in 4ever

and he may not be sold but i love it how he palpably loses himself in his creation idk

MO
01.17.14
nice

klap
01.17.14
lol i think you mean "internet readers"

Omaha
01.17.14
Thanks Ali! I actually spent very little time writing this- maybe ten minutes at the most- which made writing well both easier and harder.

Deviant.
01.17.14
"hey kieran ever heard of a comb i said god damn"

He doesn't sleep, let alone worry about personal grooming

YourDarkAffected
02.27.14
hey, this is awesome.

Gyromania
02.27.14
sweet post. the finished product is actually pretty great

Omaha
02.27.14
matt harrison arriving tardy as always (the shame!) =]

thanks Gyro, I like the idea of artists being comfortable enough w/ their craft to be able to make something notable with a fairly limited amount of time

YourDarkAffected
02.27.14
haha I like being consistent. Not like certain drummers I know...

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