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Karl D – That’s What Tomorrow’s For

I am both relieved and saddened to close out my latest project, life.remixed, with this song. Relieved that I have finally finished, after about 9 months of working on it(since the day I announced the project), and saddened that it has come to a point where it makes sense to bring it to a close.

“That’s What Tomorrow’s For” is a fitting end to this project.  Stylistically, it is representative of the entire release – modern, minimal, and diverse.  This track also recalls elements of Red Time, like its heavy use of electric piano and a feel that can be described as somewhat distant.

I hope you’ve enjoyed life.remixed – you can now download the whole release in a ZIP file in the Downloads section, along with all the other releases.  This includes all 10 of the songs, as well as the cover art for the album.

life.remixed will probably be my last LP release – but to say I’m done making music could not be further from the truth.  I’m already hard at work at the next project, which I hope to have ready for you soon.

Karl D – That’s What Tomorrow’s For

Karl D – Reconstitution

I think you’ll find this has a very different sound than the last offering.

“Reconstitution” straddles the line between dub and trance(Dub-trance?  Is that even a word?).  Earlier on, there was more focus on the trance elements, like the synth line(which has a rhythm I would consider very important to this track).  The dub influences didn’t come until the later stages of making the track.  I’m happier for it; the dub piano(with just a hint of glitch), along with the echoey drums and the big bassline, really help this track stand out.

 

Karl D – Reconstitution

Karl D – Mumble and Slouch

There’s been a few songs I’ve released lately without being part of an album.  Since a few of them were piling up, I decided to compile them together as an EP.

This EP will be called “Mumble and Slouch”.  Today, I present the title track to you.

Obviously, there’s not much going on here.  The whole idea was for this track to be a little less “in your face”, but there was some room for some interesting elements.

This EP will collect “Dum Spiro Spero“, “Foresight“, “Aeon“, this track, and one yet to be produced.  As soon as it is complete, it will find a home in the Free Downloads section, among the rest of the material available on this site.

Karl D – Penitence

Last one for Artifice, and it’s an epic one.

“Penitence” clocks in around 7 and a half minutes long, just about the longest I ever remember doing.  Of course, length by itself can never make the song.  Similar to both “3rd Level Down” and “The Exchange“, this track is deeply saturated in trip-hop essentials. There’s a point about midway where the tempo drops from the steady 95 bpm throughout the song down to a crawl.  I really thought this was a good way to isolate some of the elements and explore the emptiness of the sounds(in this case, a good thing, I think).  Certainly a pensive track which fits the title as well as the overall theme of the album.  I hope you can find as much meaning in the album as a whole as I’ve injected into it.  That said, the compilation is now available for your downloading pleasure in the Downloads section.

Karl D – Penitence

NIN – Lights in the Sky(Karl D Ambient Dub)

“Finally”, you shout at the computer, “Some new content on randombeats.com!”

I’ve been working on this for quite some time now, probably since the last piece of music that was posted here.   I wanted to start doing more remixes of other artists’ work, and with NIN having some of the most accessible source material around, I decided to start there.

I wanted to start with “Lights in the Sky” because it was my favorite track from The Slip. “Lights in the Sky” is an incredibly challenging piece of music to work with, firstly because of the slow 55 BPM tempo, and because of the dull chords throughout the track.  I’ve heard one or two other really neat mixes of this song, but my mix adds(rather than subtracts) to the track in very subtle ways. I added some bass effects throughout the track, with some extra-deep bass during the chorus.  Trent’s vocals also have a slight glitch effect applied to them, which gives the song a much more synthetic feel to it.

NIN – Lights in the Sky(Karl D mix)

Update: This remix is now also live on the NIN official remix site here: http://remix.nin.com/play/mix?id=19799

I am working on another NIN remix, but I won’t say what or when it’s coming!  Be on the lookout!

Review: Small Mammal – Self Titled CD

The following is a repost of a comment from Myspace from me to my new friend Matt Terrell, aka Small Mammal.  Matt is an independent electronic music producer based in Asheville, NC, and he and I recently conducted a CD exchange.   I thouroughly liked his CD and wanted to pass on the good word about it.

Read on for my review of Small Mammal’s self titled CD, which is a great value at $5.  Matt is distributing this title himself and can be reached via his myspace page.  You can also download a promo 2-track pack from the CD here.

Matt,

Got your CD in the mail yesterday.  I’ve had the chance to listen to it twice since then.

The CD is very intricate, from the moment you pick it up.  I loved the cover – I’m very in to the idea of CDs as a “tactile” format.  I like picking up a CD and looking at it, and the packaging certainly has an effect on me.  Unfortunately this idea is lost on a lot of people, since the days of going to the record store for a few hours is gone, having been replaced by iTunes.

The intricacy continued once I got it in my CD player.  I can tell that every sound on the disc is the result of a deliberate, programmed action.  The live guitar and drums sound great especially after you get them into your sampler for modification.  Nice glitchy chops and edits.  The quality of the samples and instruments was very consistent and pleasing.

My favorites on the disc were tracks 1, 2,and 3.  (10 is a close runner-up).  I can’t say I’m familiar with all of your influences(like Boards of Canada), but my musical heritage does include some Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Dntel(as well as Postal Service).  I can definitely appreciate the IDM(if that’s a word you’re comfortable with) influence in the first few tracks’ glitch-hop style.  The rest of the disc is simply fascinating and I can definitely hear the echoes of Phillip Glass’ complex chord composition, Corea-esque electric piano, and the great use of space found in Dark Side-era Pink Floyd throughout.

The disc definitely has made it in to my “rainy day classics” file, along with Massive Attack’s “Mezzanine” and Aphex’ “Druqs”.  Thanks Matt for conducting this experiment in the barter system with me.  I hope you enjoy your new CD.

Good luck,
Karl

P.S.  Matt contacted me directly on the “Contact” page here on randombeats.com, which began our exchange.  If there are any other independent musicians out there that want to engage in a similar CD exchange, I’d be glad to hear from you.  All it will cost you is postage.

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I felt like the Ambient posts were becoming lonely(as of today, it has almost the least number of posts), so I decided to branch out a little.  I’ve heard lots of great ambient music lately, and I felt inspired.

My history with ambient music comes from 3 primary sources:  Vangelis’ Blade Runner score, the “Hearts of Space” radio series, and most recently and perhaps most importantly, Michael Woods.  During the trance explosion of the early part of this decade, Michael Woods had the courage to slow things down a bit and give the listener something different.  I’ve always respected his consistency in his remixes.  Haven’t heard anything ambient related from him in a while….

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What can be said about this track?  There’s not much to it.

Today, I present a very minimal, space-music inspired ambient-dub piece. Headphones are pretty much required for this exercise.

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