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Offline laoghaire

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Empty spaces
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:25:26 AM »
One musical device I love from U2 is the use of gaps from an instrument where the rejoining of it in the mix pushes the song to another level.

One example is Mysterious Ways. Adam sits out the verses but it's really the breakdown/bridge that I love. I can't actually swear Adam is not in there at all, he might be playing some of the notes, but if so they are just brief punctuations and higher up. When Bono sings"you were held how by this LOVE while" and the bass groove kicks back in, it's insane. Edge is making so much noise that you think the band is complete, but then the key bass groove starts playing and it's another level.

A smaller example is TUF, where Adam sits out a beat or two here and there. It's his absence that makes his presence louder.

Another example is NLOTH on the chorus, that grinding NOISE from Edge quiets down. You get through the chorus and Larry starts murdering Yamahas, and that EDGE NOISE IS BACK YESSSSSS.

Have you noticed any examples of empty spaces that gets the music to another level?



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Re: Empty spaces
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 06:04:56 PM »
The bass break towards the end of With or Without You. When the bass comes back in with Edge’s beautifully understated last guitar part it completely makes it utterly gorgeous.

That there is no bass in the first verse of The Showman gives the song a haunting quality.

The drum break towards the end of Love is Bigger after Killiney Bay. Makes it super powerful when it comes back in.

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Re: Empty spaces
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 11:56:50 AM »
Hey, I'm going to check all those out and listen for those because I had not really noticed them. Thanks!