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Song Origins: “Pony”

Timbaland

Lesson time 05:02 min

Using Ginuwine’s “Pony” as an example, Tim demonstrates how choosing unique sounds can make your music production stand out from the competition.

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The bleh, that was-- I don't think they have them anymore, but that was like a rack mount. And I remember it was, I already forgot the name, it was an O-Fat, oh yeah, something fat, right? You scroll through them, and it was a sound like, wah. And I had this truncated, and I'd just say, bah, bah bah, bah. That bah was so interesting when I was turning, trying to find a bass, and I hit that fra kind of sound. I was like, oh that's dope. Mm, ooh, pwah, pwah, pwah. It was just a sound, and it sounds so cool. And when we did that, I remember Static coming in the room. He would like, ooh, what's that, Tim? Because he had a country like he is from Louisville. He was like, ooh, what's that, Tim? That's fly. He's like, then you know, me and him, when I did a groove, he bounced the same way I bounced. Meaning when I say he bounced the same way I bounce, the way I bob my head, he'd bob the same way. So it's like whatever rhythm, he was going to catch. You know, we had to be on the same page. And he wrote that for Genuine. Genuine came down, to just do that. Like oh man, Genuine got his deal at Sony. 10, 8, 9 years later. That was the first song he put out. But that song's like, nine years old before it hit them. That's what I try, I try to do timeless things that just don't sound like what's going on today at that time, and play it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Still sounds new. Put the car sound. Ooh. Then I had this vocal right here of a girl. They're saying ah, and I just went down on this, hit it. Did you hear the piano over laughing? It's about finding the space. Hear that? For the they got whee, Cuba, that was the Cuba, when the video game QBert, when it jumped, bree, I took that sound, and put the car err, it crashes. And I had, I believe at the time, this guy named Craig play some chords over the top of what I had, just the bass of the bass line. And he had, and I had that whoo, this little simple sound. He just put that little part, and that was it. He put this to make the chorus stand up. But if it had none of those sounds, the song was so powerful, just that bonk. That's just extra ear candy, just that bonk, and the beat. We already did. That's the song, it's right there. And the pony, ride my pony. Just that line. You can stop it, Chris. Just about the word, the Static, instead of saying a vulgar thing, he made it, made you think. If you're horny, let's do it, let's ride it, my pony. He just made, we tried to find cleverness in things, and try to make it like, how would you say it? Would it be fly, would it be this? The Static was always that fly guy at that time. And he said a lot of fly things. And we just did a lot in that. But when I had the bass line, he already had the melody, because he just boom, [SINGS MELODY] he already had it. And when he we wrote the whole song, I just started adding ear candy around it. But the whole basis of that song was about that bonk, that was really about it. And once I found that sound...


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Comments

A fellow student

how does it find the correct key when he finds a sound he wants to work on? I mean let's say i found a sound I like and i want to start from scratch from that sound. i can't hit any keys i want on the keyboard, it won't sound good. I have to stay on the same key right? so let's say i want my beat to be on E major. I can only hit E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, and D♯ on the keyboard.but it looks like timb just does what sounds right to him and i can't understand how he does it

A fellow student

I guess I am being critical here but I think the origins could have been replaced with more informative information. Pulling a sound off a Planet Phatt and processing it is great, but talking about how to process the sounds would have been better?

Joshua H.

Virginia producers always throw in those crazy sounds that you would never expect! Something in that 757 water.

Olatide O.

This song always fascinated me. It sounds so authentic and other worldly. If it took 9 years for the song to be released, that means it was made in the 80s. This song does not sound 80s at all. I'm glad he explained how this song was made.

Jamal Jman N.

Actually it was the planet phatt that he got it from it came off of preset bank 1 bass sound called Sawzy 7. in the preset form it doesn't sound like that. its two sounds combined. i know because when pony came out i had one and i kept saying that sounds familiar. everyone was saying vocoder but it wasn't. you had to go into utilities and edit sound and turn down the bass sound which left that vox sound and bam you had the pony sound.

Jilliano T.

Cant download the PDF. Error is AccessDeniedRequest has expired36002019-02-27T07:47:05Z2019-02-27T08:45:47ZB8DC267E88298417/nYdNw9WZyXO81Hg8Ew2MrWwx62VdZSFmTT/K/09o1mKKyDOCefVGl/+FoZd8kWbdzZjIJnHKco=