Funk Music is still very popular, after all these years. This song is a great tribute to this genre. While I composed it having in mind Funk Music and its variations, I created a blend with other styles and modern ideas. The cocktail of music notes resulting of this blend is refreshing and sweet, with natural landscapes coming in mind and beautiful sceneries.
Funk in Nature
Funk is an American music genre that originated in the late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. While Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground, if you want to create a unique blend with modern ideas you have to re-introduce melody someway, and the flute melody is a perfect way to do this, considering how this instrument has been considered a great player in the 70s.
Like much African-inspired music, Funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic “hits”.
In my track I used the well known Clavinet sound, one of the typical Funk instruments, used very much to give a strong rhythmic fingerprint to the recordings.
A Clavinet is an electrophonic keyboard instrument manufactured by the Hohner company. It is essentially an electronically amplified clavichord, analogous to an electric guitar. Its distinctive bright staccato sound has appeared particularly in Funk, Disco, Rock, and Reggae songs.
Talking about the “natural” part of the track, New Age, Nature Music, Easy Listening and Relaxation Music, all are good terms to explain how Funk in Nature develops and distinguish itself from the rest of the piece.
There are many images coming into mind while listening to the music, sweet natural landscapes, beautiful sceneries, green valleys, brilliant rivers and blue skies. You can close your eyes and see all of this, relaxing and enjoying the unique blend of melodies and rhythm.
I can add that there is also some “Celtic flavour” in the blend, making it even more unique.