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Karl D – Dum Spiro Spero

The title is Latin, and might as well be called “The one that has a name I can’t remember”.

This production is raw, dirty, and admittedly busy.  At first I wanted this to sound cleaner as a whole, but I think it sounds good with a little dirt on it.  The contrast between the general grit of the track with the clean, ethereal synth providing the chords was very interesting to me.  That kind of contrast has been fundamental to several key productions of mine over the years, so this track in a way felt like a “return to my roots”.

Karl D – Dum Spiro Spero

Karl D – Momentary(Dark Breaks mix)

This mix of “Momentary” is the next track to be included in the soon-to-be available “Electronic Monk” EP. Like the last two remixes, a drastic change in tempo changes the feeling of the track.

The track has the same overall structure of the D&B original, but changes were made to the bass, drums, and FX which all contribute to the change in flow of the track. The vocal sample that is included in this mix was originally meant to be in the original, but I felt the minimalist approach to the original mix worked best. It definitely pumps up the excitement in this mix!


Karl D – Momentary(Dark Breaks mix)

4_07

This post includes one of a few songs that I considered compiling as part of a concept EP with “Toxin“.  After careful consideration, I decided to make them random beats instead.

Here we have the prestigious return of the “Shitty Strings“, along with some underwater-sounding sound FX and synthesizers.  I really like the technical melody, flow, and patient pace of this track.

4_02

This quickly came to me one day, and it came out pretty much as I expected.  The cut up drum loops and the big bass that comes in about halfway is what this track is all about.

3_11

This track has been “cooking” for a while now.  The melody came to me spontaneously while on a trip a while ago.  Luckily I had my laptop so I was able to sequence the basics of this track right away.  Since then, the buzzy electric noises have been added, along with the old school 808 drums, and the trancey pad near the end(which has become my favorite part).

This track turned out great, and it’s a strong end to the 3rd volume of the random beats series.

As usual, now that the volume is complete, all of the tracks are available as a ZIP file of MP3s in the Downloads section.  While you’re there, you can check out some of the other free downloads!

3_09

If you’re paying very close attention to recent posts, you may notice that the string sound in the background of this random beat are the same as the one in 3_06.  This sound comes from a patch that I created/modified for the “Crystal” soft synth that I have affectionately referred to as “Shitty Strings”.  I like the glitchy, rotten sound that this pad produces – it’s created lots of atmosphere in these two tracks so far.  Because of this, I expect to use this a lot more in future breaks/trip-hop productions.

Old Tracks: Embracing the Darkness

Today, I dig into the archives to bring you a song that is very different in contrast to the body of work presented thus far.  I expect, that because of this, it might be more appealing and maybe more mainstream to those familiar with nu-breaks artists like Hyper and Evil Nine.

This was a focused and uncharacteristically angry song. Like most songs, this comes with a story:

I remember writing this shortly after the US invaded Iraq in 2003.  I remember seeing Bush on TV repeating that God was on our side and that He told him that invading Iraq was the right thing to do.  I don’t want to get into politics too much on this site, but I remember thinking that if that’s what America considered sound moral judgment and embracing what was considered “the light”, then I would rather embrace the darkness.

3_04

Chopped up pads are what give this random beat it’s character.  I wasn’t convinced with the melody at first(I originally meant it for a more trance-oriented tune), but I think the free form of the beats and general instrumentation brought it together.  A straight ahead, highly structured trance song would not have been as effective.

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