This is one of many Image.Nation x Heavyside Function collaborations, with plenty more to come in the future. When we work together in the studio, our biggest struggle is deciding what NOT to do, as we get flooded with great ideas(at least we think so!), and have to determine which ones we want to execute.
For Reticular Formation, I wanted to create an intro that was more dance-y, almost the rhythm of a 4x4 deep house beat, but with more of a complex kick/snare pattern, which leads into a breakdown of a slow hip-hop -type beat with deep subs that suspend the beat atop those substantial low frequencies. We had most of the track written in Ableton, then Charlie took it upon himself to convert the synth melodies we had written, and recorded them with analog modular synths, (which is where you get that HeavysideFunction analog sound from) and from there we oscillated our lives away till we got the sound we were looking for ;)
We played around with a number of different vocal samples, but ultimately landed on the Biggie vocals from his track 'N**ggas Bleed'. The line of "You just remain as calm as possible, make the deal go through" resonates with me as a general ethos for being conscious of how you feel in any situation, and being focused on getting the outcome that you're striving for, essentially "making the deal go through". This is also why we named the track Reticular formation. A Biology reference to the organization of the nerve pathways in the brain stem that connect the cerebellum, cerebrum, and the spinal cord, ultimately where consciousness is created.
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