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

Posted 08 Apr 2015 — by karl
Category Music

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.


Karl D – Imagine

Posted 11 Mar 2015 — by karl
Category Music

“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.


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Karl D – Cubism(Foundation Outtake)

Posted 22 Jan 2015 — by karl
Category Music

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.

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Recap: Karl D’s Favorite Tracks/Mixes of 2014

Posted 23 Dec 2014 — by karl
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Another year is over, and it’s time again to celebrate my favorite tunes of the year.  This is the 5th annual Recap, following the 4 years past:

I didn’t think I would do a Top 5 list this year, but I always like taking the time to think about the music that has excited me over the last year.

Like all of the previous posts, I’m using this space to highlight some of my own influences – which have come in the form of individual tracks as well as mixes from standout DJs on podcasts and promotional mixes around the web that I’ve listened to through the year.

Please enjoy this selection of mixes and tracks from these hardworking artists, and if possible, support them any way you can.  These lists are in no particular order.

Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Kiesza – Hideaway – I think the best house songs of the last 10 years or so are not the ones with the big breakdowns and the excessive flair of “EDM”, but those that break it down to the basics.  “Hideaway” works because of it’s laid back yet complex production value combined with Kiesza’s raw talent.   I was introduced to the tune with the fantastical video – recorded in one single camera shot.
  2. Sohn – Artifice – Sohn is an artist that popped up this year, seemingly out of nowhere, but left a strong impression on me.  He’s an artist who is gifted with both singing ability and technical production skills, which “Artifice” showcased well.  This song lacks classification only because it’s unlike anything I’ve heard in the last several years.
  3. Disclosure – LatchTechnically a “leftover” from 2012, this didn’t get major airplay (and subsequently chart) in the States until this year.  When I first heard about Disclosure I wasn’t sure if I understood the hype, until I heard this track.
  4. Triceracorn – Porcalain(Recue mix) – Another one that came out near the end of last year, I didn’t catch it until early 2014.  I learned about this from another introduction to Recue, but this track was most certainly his standout work.  I’m still waiting for the “formal” release on this one.
  5. Above and Beyond – A Thing Called Love (Acoustic, Live from Porchester Hall) – Above and Beyond’s acoustic shows and subsequent live release were such a surprise move, but a unique pleasure.  To have all of the fancy production stripped away and rely on the singers, the musicians, and the music, really shows how well A&B’s music stands on it’s own (as they discussed in the DVD).  I liked all of these acoustic renditions, but I liked “A Thing Called Love” the best.

Top 5 Mixes:

  1. ME003 – Richie Kaboogie X mynameisjOhn –  The “Mix Exchange” is a new series, but one I’m quickly becoming fond of.  2 DJs square off for each episode, and each one interviews the other in an article which accompanies the mix.  There’s a stark contrast between these two artists, with Richie Kaboogie sligning some dark techno and mynameisjOhn delivering a diverse hip hop mix with different styles.  I look forward to more Mix Exchanges from Rudimentary Records.
  2. Krafty Kuts – Golden Era of Hip Hop Part 1Although more known now for his breaks work, Krafty Kuts is an excellent hip-hop DJ and turntablist.  The track selection really did showcase the “Golden Era”, and Krafty Kuts’ skills give the listener a great deal to get excited about.
  3. Electronic Explorations 325 – MonoakRecorded live from two MPC‘s, and “there is no compression, external FX or mastering. ”  An impressive set, based on these constraints.  It’s nice to find an artist that still finds a way to be innovative.
  4. Lady Waks – In Da Mix 270 – Lady Waks is my new favorite DJ!  Since the first one of her mixes I heard, I could tell she’s giving the breaks world a big wakeup call.
  5. Technikal – History of Hard Trance – Some of my favorite tunes of all time are showcased in this mix.  Truly, a classic set of euphoric hardtrance.


Old Tracks: Pump It/Pump It 2014

Posted 08 Dec 2014 — by karl
Category Music

“Pump It” was my first experiment with music production. According to my records, it was put together in 2001.

For the FOUNDATION mix, I put together a remix with a more modern feel. Lately I’ve been very inclined to update some of my own older material in this way: pick out the parts I liked when I put them together, and make the technical end a little sharper with the tricks I’ve picked up over the last decade or so.

At the time the first iteration came out, I was influenced by a lot of hard house, in particular Klubbheads, but wanted to put my own spin on it. The new version has some reference to the original, but has a much less frantic pace and a big room feel.

Karl D – Pump It(right click and choose Save As to download)

Karl D – Pump It 2014(right click and choose Save As to download)

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Posted 25 Aug 2014 — by karl
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“They might call it house because it’s not a serious production, or has to be planned…it’s just how you feel.  And when you want to say something, you just say it.”

-Unknown sample, House Connection Vol. 2, Bad Boy Bill and Richard “Humpty” Vission

House music never won an award for being complex.  In fact, the simple, escapist nature of house is not lost on me.

It’s for this reason that I feel a strong connection to house.  House has a way of making life’s problems seem insignificant; and in all it’s simplicity, there is so much opportunity and freedom.

This mix is a dose of straight-up house.  The tracks were overwhelmingly created specifically for this mix, which is one reason this has taken so long since the last mix.  With that said, the vision I’ve presented here is one that’s been brewing for some time.  There’s a variety of new remixes of old tracks, as well as some new material, like the other mixes in this series.

This is simple, feel good music, which doesn’t warrant any explanation greater than that.  From here, we can build so much.  Here, there is safety.  This is FOUNDATION. 

  1. (0:00)    2_01 (From random beats, vol. 2)
  2. (1:02)     Karl D – Pump It 2014
  3. (4:07)     Karl D – Feel The Rhythm
  4. (6:58)     Karl D – Foundation Loop 01
  5. (8:15)      Karl D – Foundation Loop 02
  6. (10:02)    Karl D – Awareness(House Mix)
  7. (12:54)     Karl D – Foundation Loop 03
  8. (15:45)     Karl D – Good Vibration
  9. (18:03)    Karl D – True North
  10. (21:28)     Jeff Beal – House Of Cards(Karl D House Mix)

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

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Posted 13 Mar 2014 — by karl
Category Music

From the delightful NSA-O-MATIC:

Recently released NSA documents revealed the existence of TUNINGBAZZARE, a full-take collection point that deanonymizes one tenth of all internet traffic. General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, assured the public that the program is only used to combat terrorism.

This is generative fiction, and a joke.  However, as the website indicates, “Truth is scarier than fiction.”

Snowden changed the world with the leak of previously private NSA data.  Whether or not you agree with his tactics, it’s apparent we’re living under the shadow of the NSA.  Our data is being commoditized with or without the help of the online services we use.  Like in WarGames, the only way to win is not to play – an increasingly impossible feat given our reliance on technology.

This mix follows the “split-format” first introduced in SHOCKED.
In the first half, you will find a diverse array of modern dubstep produced with the “leftfield” approach that I like to take.  In the 2nd half, the mix will switch to a more experimental, but mid-tempo format.  All of the tunes were either compiled or produced exclusively for this mix to capture the paranoid atmosphere of the U.S. as a whole of the last several months, but in particular the Snowden affair.

This is SPYGAMES. 

1st Movement: Dubstep

  1. (0:00)     5_04(from random beats, vol. 5)
  2. (02:10)    1_14(remix)(from random beats, vol. 1)
  3. (05:01)     Karl D – Infiltrator
  4. (07:32)     5_06(from random beats, vol. 5)
  5. (09:49)    Karl D – Space Station Dub
  6. (13:56)     Karl D – Drone Pilot

2nd Movement: Future Funk and Experimental Beats

  1.  (15:56)    Karl D – The Path
  2. (20:21)     4_10(from random beats, vol. 4)
  3. (22:03)     Karl D – SCAR
  4. (23:13)     Karl D – Trapbeats
  5. (25:15)     Karl D – Open Late
  6. (27:00)     Karl D – Awareness


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Giveaway: Existential Funk: 5th Anniversary Special Edition

Posted 04 Feb 2014 — by admin
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Missed your shot at the groupees bundle?  You’re in luck, because I’ve just re-(re)launched the album at Bandcamp.

The album is a great value at only $3.

With that in mind, I’ve got a few freebies for some early birds.  Enjoy the album, and please share this post with your friends.

Click on the image to grab a key below, and enter it for a free copy here:

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