Two drum sounds from the same album.
Same production => same kind of sound.


Two drum sounds from the same album.
Same production => same kind of sound.

Very different sound from previous album.

   
Drum sound obtained from an apparently exotic technique.
1) Sounds OK even though technique is exotic
2) Sounds very differently from previous examples.





All drum sounds are very different from each other.
Drums are not an instrument. They're {an instrument + production techniques}.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   


Example 1: vocals are heavily EQed. EQ is heard as such.
Example 2: vocals are subtly EQed. EQ is not necessarily heard as such.
   
   
   
   
   
   

The vocals sound.... like someone singing.
Actually there are two voices at the same time.
This is "double-tracking", a very common technique.
   
   
   















Examples 1, 3, 5.... : original extract.
Examples 2, 4, 6.... : transcribed into MIDI then played back with basic wavetable.

Original and "unproduced" transcriptions are not the same piece.

These examples can't be considered without production.

Does it make sense to separate "sound" from "music"? Not for these examples.

   
Sliding filters are present on the pad and arpeggio tracks.


Extract 1: sliding filter on bass.
Extract 2: sliding filter on keyboard and bass.
Extract 3: fast sliding filter on the main keyboard.
   
   



File 1: many people hear the softer note as lower (in terms of pitch) than the louder note.
File 2: the loudness of the bass is time-dependent due to side-chain compression from the kick. Many people hear the pitch evolving as well, though the pitch doesn't evolve.
Files 3 and 4: the same, in context.

   
   
   
The studio version.
The live version is derived from the studio version, not the other way around.