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WRLD Orbit

Orbit
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WRLD Orbit

Introduction

Danil Veldhuizen
4Vd
15-12--2014

Niek, better known as WRLD is Dutch 17-year-old boy currently living


in Zevenaar, The Netherlands. WRLD is a music producer who is
partnered with the popular music label Monstercat. He has not
revealed much about his personal life; however, his music is very much loved still. In this
review we will be looking at (or rather listening to) one of his more popular songs: Orbit.
The song features Richard Caddock, the information that can be found on his Facebook
page is what follows: Richard Caddock is a 20 year old music producer and self produced
artist. He is featured in multiple other Monstercat songs as well. The songs genre is
Future Bass.
Future Bass is a broad genre of music that evolved out of a post-dubstep movement in
the UK and multiple other evolutions in electronica production. This has happened over
the last 5 or so years in the after the music type Garage was first discovered. Garage has
a different feel than Dub-Step and yet utilizes similar production. Since its discovery
many European artists have been creating various new types of Future Bass Music ever
since1. The word dubstep can scream fear into some peoples minds. However, dubstep
does not automatically mean Skrillex. It is therefor important to always be open-minded
when listening to a piece of music for the first time yourself. Additionally, it is always
advisable to wear headphones, which really point out the hidden details every song
possesses.

Description
The first thing you will hear when you play the song is a piano playing a reasonably
simple variety of notes and chords, follow by finger snapping on the same beat. Then a
second piano playing more complex notes is added to the mix along with maracas and
some other synthesiser-produced ambient sounds. At this point, in the background you
can hear a wind like sound which build up tension towards the main chorus. We then hear
a quick drumroll and the chorus starts. The chorus is a mix of this pitched synthesiserproduced sounds that resemble the piano sounds in the beginning, mid or low frequency
synthesiser-produced chords, simple percussion, and lastly a base drum. The chorus
repeats once before the first verse starts. Richard Caddocks vocals are added
accompanied by the same kind of synthesiser-produced sounds as before, but now much
more calm. In the background we also hear the base and clapping hands on the same
rhythm. After every sentence a very high-pitched multi-tone sound is play. After two
sentences percussion is added while to vocals go up slightly in volume. After another two
sentence a transitional sound can be heard and all instruments are replaced by a piano,
and violin like sounds. This part might be considered a bridge. After a sentence or two,
maracas and clap sounds are added again. The vocals point to a transition and the same
wind-like sound can be heard, followed by the drumroll; the chorus starts again. After the
second chorus the verse repeats, this time with different lyrics. The last chorus is quite
different from the other ones in the sense that the high-pitched synthesiser-produced
sounds are even higher and louder, and much more complex. They almost sound like an

WRLD Orbit
electric guitar playing a solo. After this alternative chorus ends we are left with high notes
that are the same as those in the normal chorus but without the heavy synthesiser. In the
background we hear wooded drums being played together with ambient sounds. This
outro repeats, only this time with a heavy synthesiser base added. All these instruments
end and what we are left with are ambient sounds, the sounds of birds in a forest.

Analysis
The song has a clear intro, multiple verses and a very apparent chorus. This piece of
music really differentiates itself from other piece by its variety. There is an obvious
contrast between the verses and chorus but even the verses arent all the same. The
song is relatively long which is why there is so much room for variation. This is achieved
by using a variety of instruments and sounds while still ensuring the piece is a song and
not just some random sounds put together. The song starts of very calmly with the piano
in the intro. The tension is built up to the point where the chorus first starts. The tension
keeps on building up until the last main chorus, where it is resolved. The very highpitched multi-tone sound that is played after every sentence in the verse can be seen as
a hook trying to catch your attention. The form of the music might be something along
the lines of: ACB-CBA-CBA-ACB or simply put ABBA. The harmony between the
instruments in the chorus but also in the verses and other parts of the song makes it very
pleasant to listen to.

Interpretation
After I found out about this song it quickly replaced Rezonates Canvas as my favourite
song at this moment. I have found out that I really like piano music combined with a
synthesiser. According to iTunes I have played this song 60 times already, and it still
doesnt bore me. I listen to this song while I do my homework, but also whenever I am
just relaxing or reading an article. I also really like WRLDs style of adding ambient sounds
to his music, to make it feel that much more alive.

The artist
I stumbled upon this song after I download the new Monstercat album. Mostercat is a
music label that combines songs made by young independent artists and releases them
in albums. On WRLDs SoundCloud page 2 you can find al of his songs, some of my other
favourites include Triumph and You & Me. All of his songs include classical instruments
as well as a fair share of synthesiser. Niek has just turned 17 and he has already
produced some brilliant songs with the use of just a computer.

Conclusion
Overall I really like the song and the artist and I highly recommend you try it for yourself.
The fact that the artist is someone from the Netherlands just like me makes it more
interesting, and can be a source of inspiration. I highly recommend you try out his other
music, even if youre not into electronic music. Lastly, there is a very good cover of this
song by Jonah Wei-Haas en Ryan Tedder, playing the piano and Tenor Sax respectively 3.
Thanks for reading!

WRLD Orbit

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Links
1 https://www.facebook.com/notes/jason-burruss/what-is-future-bassmusic/658452047539403 (15-12-14)
2 https://soundcloud.com/thewrld
3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skXwGRiqR9I