In January 1994, Underworld released ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’, their third studio album and a pivotal moment in the band’s evolution. It was the first full-length release to feature new member Darren Emerson and was a solid statement of how the group’s sound had transformed into a house/techno oriented direction.

Previously more aligned with synthpop during the tail end of the 80s, the new era of Underworld, ‘MK2’ as they called it, now opened up an exciting world of ‘no rules’ collaboration, songwriting and production.

The opening track ‘Dark & Long’ was the third to be released as a single in June of 1994, but far from mainstream pop at the time, it failed to make any noticeable chart impact, appearing for one week only at number 57 in the UK singles chart.

In 1996 the track reached a much wider audience, thanks to a remixed version appearing alongside the band’s anthemic ‘Born Slippy NUXX’ as part of the soundtrack of iconic 1996 film Trainspotting. (The last time we featured an Underworld track in this series was indeed Born Slippy, back in January 2018!)

We have a trio of sounds for you this time, as we show you how to recreate the bass, arpeggio and pad sounds from ‘Dark & Long’ using DRC.

Click here to download the Ableton project file

No longer in the dark,
Team Imaginando

latest news

How to make the arpeggio, bass and pad sounds from Daft Punk 'Son Of Flynn' in DRC...

Published on 20 Sep 2019

In the world of electronic music, Daft Punk need no introduction. Effortlessly cool, they’ve built a unique brand that’s as recognisable by sight as it is by sound, with technology forming the backbone of their image. Robots are cool, flashing LED lights are cool, and with Daft Punk you get both; iconic helmets and hi-tech futuristic outfits have been a fashion fixture since the emergence of the robot personas the Parisian pair adopted.On September 9th 1999, three months before the world was scheduled to end due to the infamous ‘millennium bug’, a sampler they were using randomly crashed and exploded, (reportedly because the date was 9/9/99) literally sparking the creation of the robots. The idea was a perfect fit for the DJ duo to maintain their anonymity, having previously sported a farago of face masks during their early live gigs together.With a style inspired and influenced by science fiction films, Daft Punk were an obvious choice for the director of 2010’s ‘Tron Legacy’ Joseph Kosinski when deciding who would score the film’s soundtrack. When asked about his decision prior to the film’s release at San Diego Comic Con 2009, he replied with a rhetorical ‘How could you not at least go to those guys?’.Thankfully Daft Punk said yes of course, and we have a fantastic, atmospheric, synth orchestral fusion soundtrack as a result. We take a look at the beautiful ‘Son Of Flynn’ in this week’s video as we recreate the track’s arpeggio, bass and pad sounds using DRC, with a little help from DLYM and K7D too.Click here to download the Ableton project fileProviding techno logic around the world,Team Imaginando...

How to make the arpeggio, bass and pad sounds from Daft Punk 'Son Of Flynn' in DRC...

Published on 20 Sep 2019

In the world of electronic music, Daft Punk need no introduction. Effortlessly cool, they’ve built a unique brand that’s as recognisable by sight as it is by sound, with technology forming the backbone of their image. Robots are cool, flashing LED lights are cool, and with Daft Punk you get both; iconic helmets and hi-tech futuristic outfits have been a fashion fixture since the emergence of the robot personas the Parisian pair adopted.On September 9th 1999, three months before the world was scheduled to end due to the infamous ‘millennium bug’, a sampler they were using randomly crashed and exploded, (reportedly because the date was 9/9/99) literally sparking the creation of the robots. The idea was a perfect fit for the DJ duo to maintain their anonymity, having previously sported a farago of face masks during their early live gigs together.With a style inspired and influenced by science fiction films, Daft Punk were an obvious choice for the director of 2010’s ‘Tron Legacy’ Joseph Kosinski when deciding who would score the film’s soundtrack. When asked about his decision prior to the film’s release at San Diego Comic Con 2009, he replied with a rhetorical ‘How could you not at least go to those guys?’.Thankfully Daft Punk said yes of course, and we have a fantastic, atmospheric, synth orchestral fusion soundtrack as a result. We take a look at the beautiful ‘Son Of Flynn’ in this week’s video as we recreate the track’s arpeggio, bass and pad sounds using DRC, with a little help from DLYM and K7D too.Click here to download the Ableton project fileProviding techno logic around the world,Team Imaginando...