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I'm looking for a song whose backing track is used frequently as the mood-setting music for "quiet storm" format late-night radio. It consists largely of a long series of quarter notes, about 120 bpm, probably with synthesized strings. The notes start out on the tonic and then jump up a fifth after the first measure. The entire piece gives off a strong impression of a clock ticking, probably because of the two-per-second quarter notes.

There is an actual song that goes with this track --I've heard it a couple times, but haven't been able to understand any lyrics. The vocals are more atmospheric than anything else.

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Bebs' comment inspired me to do a search for "quiet storm background music." Apparently I'm not the only person who has searched long and hard for this song --I found it here on another forum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux3u31SAeEM

It is English avant-garde synthpop group Art of Noise doing a song called "Moments in Love." Apparently they were innovators with then cutting-edge sampling technology, and were known for creating atmospheric musical collages, which definitely describes this song.

In addition to being frequently used to establish the "quiet storm" sexy R&B mood, it was sampled for Mya's debut single "It's All About Me."

  • I'm listening right now and it's astonishing, beautiful... I can't describe better the sensation. Thank you :) – Mauricio Arias Olave Mar 7 '17 at 15:53

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