When thinking about Bjork’s music, the TR-909 might not immediately come to mind. That being said, one of the most original and imaginative uses of the drum machine can be found on her track ‘Hunter’. “The idea of it being a Boleric beat was hers,” said engineer Markus Dravs on the development on the track with Bjork and Mark Bell. “But we tried different versions and I think it was Mark in the end who came up with the idea of just doing it on a 909. Then we all had a go on the filtering and played around with the decay of each individual drum." It’s difficult to find another track that uses the 909 in such a way and ‘Hunter’ follows suite with Bjork’s individual style.
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