The kalimba is a sort of very old tech instrument in terms of music making. It’s just metal prongs stuck to a resonant wooden box. It feels like a an old tech instrument. Hector would be very admirable of or admiring of. It’s a musical Abacus. Yeah, exactly.
For the show, I had to write quite a wide range of music, there was a theme tune then there were a lot of transition sounds that are peppered throughout the show. Here’s one where you can hear that ratchet sound that I mentioned earlier. And then this one sounds a bit more chiptuney. Here you have quite a dirty digital bass mixed with a ratchet as well. And another one – this is very quick and cheerful.
So what we’re hearing now is a piece from the series called ‘What’s That?’ And I should probably say I can neither confirm nor deny that I wrote this song as sort of it’s meant to be aping ‘What’s This’ from A Nightmare Before Christmas by Danny Elfman.
There’s an episode in the show where the half-hologram half-robot assistant Phil is given emotions. The chord progression is very simple, it’s just ascending in a major scale. And then you have some bras and I think is one of the only instances where I actually busted on one microphone and recorded a guitar part. A little bit outside of the very tech-heavy sound palette of the rest of the pieces.
BAG OF DICKS
* Danny Elfman – What’s This
* Ryan Elder – Rick And Morty Theme
* Arcade Game Over Scream Studio freesound.org/people/ScreamStudio/sounds/412168/ CC0
* Medium sized crowd (around 100 people) chatting in a small hall.wav arpeggio1980 freesound.org/people/arpeggio1980/sounds/523395/ CC0
* atmosphere.wav 13F_Panska_Tlolkova_Matilda freesound.org/people/13F_Panska_Tlolkova_Matilda/sounds/378322/ CC0
* Applause 2.aif lchapman1980 freesound.org/people/lchapman1980/sounds/439895/ CC0
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