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Scale, larger than life sound design, and spider-man

Sunflower uses repetitive melodies, a larger-than-life mixing style, and lush 80's synths to bring you into the Spider-Verse.

Post Malone
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Louis Bell, Carter Lang

Key Takeaways

🔄 Arrangement

  • Short four-bar pre-chorus brings the listener seamlessly from the verse into the chorus. This same structure is used in Justin Bieber's Ghost.
  • The intro of the song is 10 measures, which deviates from the typical four-bar grid people follow.

🎹 Chords

  • The progression is VERY simple on this song: They use the same four chords the entire song (1M - 4M - 2m7 - 4M).
  • They break up the redundancy by changing up the instruments that are playing, dropping drums out at different points, etc.

🎶 Melody

  • Verse one (Swae Lee) and verse two (Post Malone) use different melodies, but they use one technique consistently throughout the song: Re-using the same melody for different lyrics. Verse one breaks down into three sub-melodies: (1) The first four lines of verse one use one melody, (2), the next four lines all use a slightly modified melody, and (3) the last four lines use the same melody as the second four lines.
  • Chorus 1 was sung by Swae, chorus 2 is sung by Post. Same melody with a different singer is an interesting variation that keeps listener interested.

🔊 Sound Design

  • This song uses a lush synth soundscape to create an 80's nostalgic paradise, in my humble opinion.
  • The sounds feel massive. The scale of the production makes you feel like every single sound is huge (even though they aren't all very loud sounds).
  • They add a few new subtle synth sounds here as textures. Ear candy in the right place can draw listeners in.

🎛 Mixing

  • Extreme compression on the main snare, it's very quiet in the mix but the sound design makes it stand out nevertheless
  • Reverb on vocals makes the production feel like it takes place in a massive space (like the meta-verse). They use a short decay time and delay the reverb about 40-80 milliseconds to separate it out from the main vocals. Sometimes bigger reverb doesn't mean a longer decay, you can achieve a big sound without muddying up your mix.
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