In a world where popular music bleeds from one artist to the next and variation in sound can be hard to decipher, it can be a mighty challenge to find something original and experimental.
In retaliation to the ubiquity of this Good Action Rock has established his own way of creating music, a technique that involves outdated music software from the ‘90s and random sequencing of musical notes allocated to randomly generated time signatures, overlaid with vocals. The result, something new and unique.
“I record from a guitar and bass guitar,” says Good Action Rock. “Then I cut and paste the guitar notes into pieces. So, I have the guitar notes zero to 12. I have used a number generator, in line with the notes.”
“I just experimented, I just created something. I used time signatures by putting them in a sequence of patterns, kind of like a morse code style. So, they have a big dot and a small dot. I used time signatures like 4/64, 4/16 that fuse with some notes and from there I create the difficult type of music I am making at the moment.”
“It’s all then uploaded into a very old software, which is called Cubase VST. It was created in the late ‘90s and used in the early 2000s.”
The random nature of the musical output allows the scope for any form of outcome and is at the core of the experimental nature of what Good Action Rock creates. Overlaid atop the instrumental element to the music are lyrical stories that range in their length from four to eight minutes serving as the measurement of a songs breadth.
“I usually brainstorm ideas and try to conjure up a story,” says Good Action Rock. “I use the verse as a story then I’ll use the song title in the chorus and the summary in the chorus to describe what the song is all about.
“The length of my tracks are very dependent on how long the story is, or how long the guitar riffs are. I don’t really count the time; I just try to make the songs as short as possible.”
Although his current process has manifested into a full length mixtape available to listen to on his website, Good Action Rock is set on expanding his practice in the near future to involve additional layers as well as other means of extracting sound.
“I am trying to incorporate guitar solos to see how that sounds,” says Good Action Rock. “I have some ideas in my head at the moment, but I just want to get this one started and if it is successful going forward then I might consider experimenting a lot further by putting in guitar solos and synthesisers as well as other instruments in there.”
Before incorporating more elements to his practice the next step for Good Action Rock is to lock in gigs and get signed to a record label or booking agent.
“It’s experimental music, I try to sound different from other bands. The music I am making is me trying to stand out. At the moment I’m trying to get some management and I’m trying to get some gigs started.”
Yet despite the pursuit of spreading his music further than the spectrum it already reaches what stays true to Good Action Rock and his practice is the commitment to authenticity and his experimental approach.
“I have created my own sound and way of making music. I am someone who is doing something new. I will see how far I can push this music that I have created.”
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This article was made in partnership with Good Action Rock.