Daft Punk - “Around the World”
What is this bass sound?
Daft Punk don't share a lot of details about their process, so it's not entirely clear what instrument plays the bassline on this track. The style is consistent with the way a funk bassist might play a bass guitar, but this can also be done with a synthesizer.
How is this bassline put together?
This bassline has an interesting shape: a sort of "ascending stairs" pattern that repeats three times before "climbing" back down the notes of the scale. The use of three repeating variations followed by a new idea is a common composition technique.
Experiment with your own basslines that use some of the defining characteristics of the original: intricate rhythms, passing tones, and ideas that repeat three times.
Even though there aren't really any chords played here, the notes in this bassline suggest some possible accompanying chords (in a similar way to the "Mary Had A Little Lamb" example).
Listen to this "implied" chord progression along with the bassline.
Did you notice...?
This particular chord progression (1-3-5-4) might sound familiar. It's also used in another Daft Punk track: "Get Lucky" (but in a different key).