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Karl D – Mirror-World (Original and Remix)

“Mirror-world.  …Cars are reversed, left to right, inside; telephone handsets have a different weight, a different balance; the covers of paperbacks look like Australian money.”

-William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

“Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.”

-Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Mirror-world” originally debuted in the Mix Series compilation Pattern Recognition, both of which take their name from the William Gibson book Pattern Recognition referenced above.

Gibson has long been a favorite author of mine, and the book was a crucial point of inspiration for the track and compilation as a whole.  In the book, the protagonist Cayce frequently notes the “mirror-world” like contrast of London to her normal American surroundings.   This isn’t just literary “fluff”; the fact that she notices at all is a critical aspect of the character and a central point of the book.  Cayce is someone who obsesses over details and correlates subtle details from the world around her.

Today is the eve of my 34th birthday, and I’m reminded that getting old is sort of like meeting the mirror-world version of yourself.  So much is the same, but so much is different.

Speaking about the tracks, the remix is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is another one that takes on a vivid transformation.  From the original’s floaty techno abstraction, the remix goes to 170 BPM to become a drum and bass track with a bit more structure, and maintains some of the atmosphere but gains a harder edge.

This was an interesting remix to do, as much of the material was directly in-sourced from the original itself, but the samples were manipulated to become different components.

Karl D – Mirror-world

Karl D – Mirror-world(Remix)

Karl D – Fractal

As the title implies; a complex, multipartite piece which weaves in a few different directions.  Cerebral, minimal acid techno.

The track has been brewing for a few months, but the title is inspired by a photo I recently took in Seattle.  What an interesting vegetable, and wonderful city!

 

 

 

 

 

Karl D – Fractal(Right click and choose Save As to download)

Karl D – Dawn of the Dread

Finally, something ready to publish.  Not for lack of trying, but too many pots on the stove, I guess.

Just in time for halloween, a “festive” bass-heavy breaks roller.

Karl D – Dawn of the Dread(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

Karl D – Liquid

The “Dubstep” tag isn’t quite proper, although it’s the closest according to my (self imposed) need to put everything in a little box.

“Future Garage” might be more accurate, but more important than the label are the influences; these include Burial and Jon Hopkins, a couple of artists whose work I really enjoy.  This music is hard to describe because it’s much different than any electronic music that’s been produced in the last 20 years.

As the title implies, this is a floaty piece, but with a good pace.  This went through a couple of revisions, but the end result is one I’m happy with.

Karl D – Liquid(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

Karl D – Good Vibration(Original & Hardstyle Mix)

A double release for today; if you’ve been keeping up with the site, you’ve heard half.

“Good Vibration” was an exclusive released originally as a part of FOUNDATION.  House aficionados(or maybe Marky Mark fans) will recognize the popular sample.

Lately, the bassline had been stuck in my head, although I heard it a different way than was originally rendered.  The hard dance angle is a good fit for this track, and a sharp contrast to the original.  The remix gains around 40 BPM over the original, as well as a rolling acid bassline and some ravey effects to pump up the excitement.

Funny thing is, I don’t even really care for the bulk of “Hardstyle” music, but sometimes sounds just fit a certain way.

“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.”
-Dizzy Gillespie

Karl D – Good Vibration(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

Karl D – Good Vibration(Hardstyle mix)(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

pseudorandom: a retrospective of the best of the random beats series, 2008​-​2010

To the new listener of this site, the random beats series can be particularly difficult to navigate.  With 61 tracks and at 2 hours, 30 minutes of music, there has not been a good entry point…

…Until now.  Today I’ve released a compilation of the best of the random beats series.

pseudorandom focuses on 14 standout productions (according to yours truly) of the series.  Although you can get all these tracks today in the Free Downloads section of this site, the release of this compilation offers these tracks in the highest quality ever available.

Best of all, the compilation is totally free.  Follow the link in the player below to download from Bandcamp, or listen here.

Enjoy.

Karl D – Imagine

“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

-Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black

This track joins a special club – that which includes compositions which slowed my computer to a crawl when inventing them, or crashed the computer entirely.  This speaks both to the complexity of the song, as well as my intention to persist when making them.  There are hundreds more that didn’t make the cut, usually because of the failure of the latter (my intention to continue on).

Computer heartbreaks aside, this song is pretty special.  Along with “Rasta Breakfast“, it’s one of the only songs I’ve ever done with a horn section, although a synthetic one.  Seasoned listeners on this site should notice a fairly drastic difference between this and much of my other work.  However, it draws from an often dormant, but long-nurtured love I have for hip-hop.

Karl D – Imagine(Right click and choose Save As to download)

Karl D – Cubism(Foundation Outtake)

This track was produced alongside the other exclusives created for FOUNDATION.  It probably took the most time to produce, and it’s also the longest.  The latter is one of the reasons I decided to scrap this track at least with regards to the mix; another reason is that it just didn’t fit in with the straightforward nature of the rest of the mix.

Describing “Cubism” positively rather than highlighting what it isn’t, this techy track starts with subtle space and peaks with a big acidic bassline.  Minimal, yet big on the buildup.

Karl D – Cubism(Right Click and choose Save As to download)

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