I was cleaning up some projects and was really impressed with some of the musicianship that went into simple bass sketches I started. As a raw amateur, from time to time I come up with a unique bass part, but I simply don’t have the talent to play the songs the way I hear them in my head. Yeah, I’m satisfied and I’m having a great time playing them, but it would be cool to hear some of my raw ideas interpreted and played by some of the really good bass player from Kompoz (you know who you are!)
As I was listening, I wondered what it would be like for one of the really great bass players to play my parts and add their color and creativity.
I had a fun idea .......
.......to get as many people collaborating on a song as possible. We all collaborate at different points for the song; but instead of having dozens of people play on the finished product, each instrument and vocal part would be played by a person selected by the group.
Here is how it might work.
Start a group called The Ultimate Kollaboration.
Through conversation, we all discuss and decide the style, BPM and key of the song.
Next, a song writing project owner volunteers to manage the project through the first stage.
A group of arrangers decides the structure of the song and develops a basic lay-out.
The project is transferred to a bass player who is willing to manage the project through the bass development.
Using a temp drum loop, a group of bass players contribute samples of parts they have ideas for (Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, Bridge, transitions, etc.) Players can audition as many parts as they like.
The bass players and the temporary project owner splice together what they believe is a great draft of the entire bass part.
Keep in mind; it is only a sketch at this time. Tone and color don’t matter, it is the basic bass melody that comes from each section until the final product is played at the end of the process (after all the parts are developed.)
The project is then transferred to a person willing to manage it for the drummer group.
The same process occurs. The result is a draft drum track spliced together based on the voting of the drummers.
The same thing happens for guitars, keys, lyrics, and finally vocals (and any other instrument group that wants to play along.)
Once each instrumental and vocal part is spliced together, the entire group then votes for the players for each part. The individual players selected by each group then record the song, essentially as studio musicians, but adding their own color and style to the collaboration (not changing the selected melodies, but adding flair and style based on their own feel.)
The result could be a brilliant song with dozens of collaborators then played and colored by some of the best musicians available to us.
If anyone is interested, chime in with additional ideas, or just a “hell yeah”!!