80s instrumental (PWL style)

Forth and Bailey on October 04, 2010 19:43

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Here's a fun track we did where I reworked a number of PWL style production elements into an existing track. If you're a fan of SAW then you'll recognize a few things here:

1) Those famous SAW toms
2) TR-727 percusion - featured on &rt; 99% of all SAW records ever made!
3) SAW 3 closed hats, 1 open pattern
4) Rick shaker-clap pattern
5) triplet high hat pattern in verse (princess)
6) DX-7 chord with 3 octave pitch bends & modulation (mel & kim - that's the way it is)
7) Matt Aitken style guitar riff (panned hard left)
8) DX-7 clav sound (metalic instrument doing octaves panned hard right) - i.e. Kylie
9) PPG sounds (bells & vox) - PPG was used in dead or alive and earlier tracks - has a raw quality

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  • Garth_Knight
    Garth_Knight at 1.29 on February 03, 2014 23:58

    lol i'm absolutely loving this man,

  • OllitheBoy
    OllitheBoy at 0.07 on January 16, 2013 02:58

    I'm sorry...but this is FUCKING good!!! Is it available? Message me if you're interested in a collab!

  • acidreflexxx
  • Sandy H
  • Forth and Bailey
    Forth and Bailey on March 31, 2011 07:40

    Btw, this track like many of our instrumentals are constructed with the idea of adding lead & backing vocals on top. But that takes money to rent a proper studio & engineer, a huge amount of time to comp and edit the vocal takes and finding a decent lead singer. Feel free to make up your own tune and sing along. If you come up with something good send me an email! :D

  • Forth and Bailey
    Forth and Bailey on March 29, 2011 08:14

    Btw, I should mention my friend who wrote this track is an official PWL Mixmaster. He worked at the vineyard from '89-'92 doing some of their specialty 12" mixes they used to press for DJs. He was working at a music store and heard through the grapevine about the opening. He landed the job by calling up SSL and getting them to send him the desk manuals ahead of his interview so he could show them he knew how to use their desks (they told him he beat out ~170 applicants for the position). He claims to have driven Kylie to Heathrow Airport once in one of the PWL BMW's - said she was nice.

    My only brush with PWL was going there to meet Phil France one afternoon at the Vineyard shortly before he left for Avex UK in about '94. I had to wait a while in reception. I remember Black Box calling and being given the run around by the receptionist. That and walls lined with gold discs with boxes on the floor with more gold discs. We'd done some fairly poor demos, but we had a studio and PF needed a studio for his songwriter "Boris" from Europe. Unfortunately, Boris had no car and our studio was in Reading not London, so things didn't work out. A few months later, a string of low charting euro hits came out of Avex for a year to two. Maybe if Boris had worked with us he'd have done better, who knows!

  • Dennis Alexis Hellström
  • Forth and Bailey
    Forth and Bailey on January 03, 2011 19:59

    I just remastered the track with corrective EQ and it sounds a lot better.... I mean..it always sounded like this ;-)

  • Forth and Bailey
    Forth and Bailey on December 14, 2010 09:25

    @Yisraelee Official: Shoot me an email (alex@forthandbailey.com) and I'll send it to you. The toms are samples - there's nothing quite like real PWL toms. The best I can tell, PWL toms are a hybrid mix of one of the fairlight toms (for the sharp attack component), and some kind of synth sound that gives the heavily modulated 'wow' sound (think 'Toy Boy' toms). They vary the levels of both components to give a different tom sound for each track. PWL used a number of other fairlight drum sounds btw. The snare on I should be so lucky is straight out of the fairlight IIx library. I didn't realise until a few years ago how much PWL used the fairlight because they didn't use the trademark sounds (unlike PSB, Art of Noise). Fairlight II on Dead or Alive Youthquake, Fairlight III on Rick (although NNGYU's pads are telltale if you listen - nothing else sounded like that in '87). Bananarama "Once in a lifetime" - one of my favorites. I used to dream of owning a Series III as a spotty teenager!

    Will definitely be checking out your tracks. I'm sure we chatted a few years back on Les Sharma's board. Cheers!

  • Yisraelee Official
    Yisraelee Official on December 08, 2010 02:47

    Wow like this! How did you get that effect on the toms?

    Can I download this track?

    I've produced a load of PWL tracks and mixes. Just uploading them now! Check them out.

  • Sven de Loops
    Sven de Loops at 2.35 on October 05, 2010 20:23

    Sounds sooo authentic!! love it!

  • SLL
  • Forth and Bailey
    Forth and Bailey at 0.44 on October 04, 2010 22:49

    3 octave pitch bends with modulation on the FM7 :) yummy!

  • Forth and Bailey
    Forth and Bailey at 1.15 on October 04, 2010 22:46

    Probably the best (and my favorite) use of the PWL toms in these next two breaks. It's actually the combination of the toms and the drums that really sells it.

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