The Roland Jupiter-8 was/is a thing of beauty, both to look at and to listen to, and for the first half of the 80s it was the synth of choice for anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one. (So popular in fact that there was a long waiting list of people more than happy to hand over the eye-watering asking price of nearly £4,000 in 1981) A must-have for musicians at the time, it was one of the sounds which helped defined the 80s and was used on loads of classic hits, including today’s tutorial track, ‘Radio Ga Ga’ by Queen.

With its catchy, sing-along chorus, it would be hard to find anyone born in this millenium who isn’t familiar with the gorgeous electronic sound of this massive 1984 hit. It stole the show at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert, with the stadium of 70,000 people all clapping along in unison, just like the music video.

The song was written by the band’s drummer Roger Taylor, and was originally called ‘Radio ca-ca’, inspired by his son, a small child at the time, pointing to a radio and proclaiming ‘Radio ca-ca!’ to vocalise his opinion on how bad he thought the music was. As such, the song was written by Taylor to express his frustration and sadness at the decline/importance of radio during the rise of MTV and the music video.

It’s another triple tutorial which includes the sounds of the bass, pad and keys, all reconstructed using DRC. Make sure you watch till the end to find out how we take care of the guitar part too!

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How to make the bass, organ and steel drum sounds from Flume & Chet Faker 'Drop The Game' in DRC...

Published on 13 Jun 2019

The secret behind every great double act is the way in which the two component parts work together, with successful compatibility achieved from either similarity or difference. Scottish duo The Proclaimers for example, have the biological advantage when it comes to similarity as they are twin brothers, so it’s no surprise their voices are homogeneously harmonious.There are far more examples of the second kind of partnerships though, where the contrast of the pair’s opposing attributes/flavours/tropes delivers a satisfying result. With our narrative established, let’s now look at how it applies to Austrailian collaborators Flume and Chet Faker, and their track ‘Drop The Game’.Harley Streten (Flume) and Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) first worked together in 2012 on ‘Left Alone’, a track from Flume’s self-titled debut album, before teaming up again in 2013 for the EP ‘Lockjaw’, which included ‘Drop The Game’. It’s easy to be swept away by Chet Faker’s soulful wandering vocals, just like the artist his pun-pleasing stage name pays homage to; jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. However, keeping things in line is Flume’s tight production, with punchy beats rhythmically slicing the mix into beat sized ear-fulls.Stripped back sections where your mind can float off into a daydream, are followed by a soberingly swift return back to earth, when the gravity of the percussive elements kicks back in. The catchy melody is punctuated with little rests, repetition keeps things moving but with a reluctant dragging of the heels.It’s another triple threat tutorial as we show you how to make the bass, organ and steel drum sounds for yourself with DRC.Click here to download the Ableton project fileWe’re dropping knowledge,Team Imaginando...