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life.refactored

Just a little over 6 years ago, I released life.remixedSimilar to what I was able to do for Existential FunkI wanted to somehow update the release for it’s 5th anniversary.  I’ve been working on this for almost 2 years now, and I missed the release date by a year and a half, but today I am ready to release this “special edition” of life.remixedlife.refactored.

life.refactored started as a DJ mix of the entire life.remixed album.  However, it quickly came to my attention that the album was too diverse for a straight DJ mix, so it was necessary to “remix life.remixed”.  Rather than remixing the tracks on an individual basis, this is a remix of the entire album – the tracks are split up at an atomic level and mixed together to form something totally different.  In the making of this mix I constrained myself to only using samples from the original album, with small exception (a breakbeat and a cymbal).

This mix is inspired by some of my favorite DJ mixes, like Richie Hawtin’s DE9 series and King Cannibal’s Way of the Ninja – like these examples, this mix is greater than the sum of its parts.

Interestingly and only by coincidence, life.refactored is 10 tracks, just like the original.

The quintessential life.refactored experience is to listen to the continuous mix (linked below), and although it would be best to have some familiarity with the original life.remixed, it is not required.  You can also click through the link below to download the entire life.refactored album, including the individual tracks.

randombeats.com Mix Series 10: Into the Void

Anything or anyone who falls through the event horizon will soon reach the region of infinite density and the end of time.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

As a young child, I read a children’s book which covered a number of natural and scientific topics. There is a part which particularly interested me which talked about the death of our Sun, to occur in 5 billion years.  I would read this again and again until I was overcome with dread.  Looking back this is probably a bit ghastly of a topic for 5-year old readers.  As an adult, I have maintained a fascination with space, and find myself with a similar fixation on black holes.

The first part of this mix is an exciting and fast-paced breakbeat set with a lot of new material, my favorite being the remix of “Abyss“. In the second half, a dark, spacy drum and bass mix with a few old favorites and a couple new ones.  A new track “Titan” is being debuted here, and is one of the most dramatic of the entire mix (for that matter, recent memory).

This is presented as a concept mix in two parts, with a vision of travelling a great distance from Earth to a black hole.  Starting from the excitement of beginning a journey, this moves to feelings of dread and timelessness near the end.  This is Into the Void.  

Part I – Liftoff: Explosive Breaks to Begin the Journey

  1. 0:00   Karl D – Get Wrecked
  2. 0:56   Karl D – Tube Transit
  3. 02:36   Karl D – Solar Flare
  4. 05:30   Karl D – Award Winning
  5. 10:04   Karl D – Lorentz Factor
  6. 12:12   Karl D – Abyss (Remix)
  7. 15:17   Karl D – Evening
  8. 18:36   Karl D – Dodge This

Part II – Event Horizon: D&B as Dark as the Depths of Space

  1. 21:02   Karl D – Apex Predator
  2. 22:44   Karl D – Dirt
  3. 24:37   Karl D – R
  4. 26:41   1_13 (from random beats, vol 1)
  5. 28:00   Karl D – Things You’ll Need to Know
  6. 32:39   Karl D – Titan
  7. 35:31   Jules AI Outro

Karl D – Into the Void (right click and choose “Save As” to download)

randombeats.com Mix Series 09: Because They are Hard

…there is no money in this industry, but it’s still true…and it’s a music, like, which comes from your heart, from your soul.

-Lady Waks, US Tour Documentary

We choose to go to the moon.  We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

John F. Kennedy

In certain circles, “hard house” has been overshadowed by the more commercial “EDM”, but to me this is the difference of a craft-made beer vs. Pabst Blue Ribbon. One could argue each has their place, but something is missing for me with EDM (and PBR for that matter).

The quote from Lady Waks (she may have been talking breaks, but she’s spot on), as well as the one from Kennedy sum it up.  At this point, there’s no money in this, one has to really want to participate, both in creating and listening.  The hardness no longer refers to the just the music itself, it is a struggle to keep the community alive.  For an artist, the work has to be its own reward.

The mix is pretty diverse, spanning over 15 years of my own hard house production, mashed up in hard dance appropriate style with a few other tracks.  This has been in the works for a long time – perfection was the goal but doing the work is more important.

This is hard on purpose.  We do these things not because they are easy, but Because They are Hard.  

  1. (0:00) Karl D – Mashup intro
  2. (0:51) Karl D – Pure NRG (Remix)
    (1:52) Karl D – Rock the House
  3. (2:33) Karl D – 4_11 (Remix)
  4. (4:54) Karl D – Climbing to the Top vs. Brothers in Rhythm – Such a Good Feeling
  5. (7:34) Karl D – 3_01
  6. (10:08) Karl D – Unrefined Emotion (Remix)
  7. (13:32) Vengaboys – We Like to Party (Karl D Remix)
  8. (15:53) Karl D – At the Base of the Mountain (Remix) vs. Britney Spears – Til the World Ends
  9. (18:20) Heaven’s Cry – Til Tears Do us Part
  10. (21:07) Karl D – The Exchange (2018 Hard House Mix)

 

Karl D – Because They are Hard(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

 

randombeats.com Mix Series 08: The Gateless Gate – A Higher Plane of Trance

The Way does not belong to knowing or not knowing. To know is to have a concept; to not know is to be ignorant.

-Mumon, The Gateless Gate, Case 19

…there’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.

-Morpheus, The Matrix

The namesake of this mix is an interesting, challenging read.  Although brief, you could spend a long time trying to understand.  What I suppose I get out of it, in short, is non-judgement.
This is a hard endeavor for a human and an even harder one for an artist, in particular because an endeavor itself is a form of judgement.

Choosing one thing means rejecting another.  I do what I can, however, to “experience” rather than “decide”.

Some listening notes:  Psytrance was the main inspiration for this mix, although it goes into euro-trance territory in places.  It’s also worth noting that “Third Time” is the third version of an older favorite, and “Start to Finish” is an adaptation, rather than a remix or cover of, Bear McCreary’s excellent score from the Walking Dead episode of the same name (S6E8).

You need no permission from the gatekeeper – the only barrier is yourself.  This is The Gateless Gate.

  1. (0:00)     Karl D – Melt
  2. (05:22)   2_12(remix)(Original from random beats, vol 2.)
  3. (07:20)   Karl D – Third Time (Just Like the First Time, 2017 remix)
  4. (11:29)    Karl D – Neural Net
  5. (17:06)    Karl D – Start to Finish
  6. (21:30)    Karl D – Mind Wipe

Karl D – The Gateless Gate(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

randombeats.com Mix Series 07: FOUNDATION – Solid House for an Unstable World

“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)

randombeats.com Mix Series 06: SPYGAMES – Paranoid Dubstep and Future-Funk

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

 

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

randombeats.com Mix Series 05: SHOCKED – The Electro House and Breaks Connection

“That’s the thing about house,” a friend once said to me at a party, “It sure is reliable”.

I think he was right, and the same can be said about breakbeat. Fads come and go, but house and breaks are the pillars that hold up electronic music.

Simple ideas are typically the ones that don’t need changing. The way electronic music has survived over the years is by keeping to the basics.

The first movement of this mix represents a modern interpretation of electro – an exciting set of mid-tempo, aggressive house. You’ll notice a couple of remixes in this half especially that were created just for this mix(and will be released on this site for general download soon).
Halfway through, this mix switches gears, going into breaks territory. The tracks in this set all are quite modern from a production standpoint, but all owe a great deal to the original electro-breaks sound of the 1980s that gave birth to modern electronic music culture.

This is SHOCKED.

1st Movement:  Electro House

  1. (0:00)      Karl D – Dante’s Revenge
  2. (02:25)    Karl D – Logic Bomb
  3. (05:05)    Karl D – Reactor(Remix)
  4. (06:41)     Karl D – Shocking
  5. (10:57)     Robyn – Dancing on My Own

2nd Movement:  Electro Breaks

  1.  (15:34)     Karl D – 4_07(from random beats, vol. 4)
  2. (17:58)     Karl D – So Many Different People
  3. (20:23)     Karl D – 3_11(from random beats, vol. 3)
  4. (24:14)      Above and Beyond – Indonesia
  5. (26:38)     Karl D – Typhoon

 

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

randombeats.com Mix Series 04: Pattern Recognition – A Dark Techno Introspection

Humans spend the bulk of their lives developing experiences, which in turn change our own perceptions.  These perceptions later become “filters” – assumptions that you make subconsciously about the world around you.  For centuries, this is how the human race has survived – it has shaped our ability as individuals to assess threats, as well as guide our overall evolution to become top-ranking members of the food chain. In the modern world, our intellect has become more advanced- but the basis of our psychology has not changed.  At times, this keeps us from learning new things, and we see change as largely a threat.  To truly reach our self-actualized potential, we need to be able to identify these filters before they become a problem.

The tracks presented in this mix are something of a departure from my own comfort zone – I’ve used an array of unconventional techniques to craft the sounds within this mix.  By letting go of my own expectations, I was able to learn from the experience and craft something that even surprised me.  The mix also helped spawn two new tracks, which I am debuting here(“Logic Bomb” and “Ghost“).  Both tracks will be available for individual download in the coming weeks.

Which filters will you allow to shape your existence?  Will you let go of your assumptions to develop new experiences?  This is Pattern Recognition. 

  1. (0:00) Karl D – 3_03(From random beats, vol. 3) + Simian Mobile Disco – Nerve Salad
  2. (1:10) (untitled)
  3. (3:28) Karl D – Trackdown + My Nu Leng – Waltaknocks
  4. (07:03) Karl D – Hex
  5. (11:08) (untitled)
  6. (13:20) Karl D – Logic Bomb
  7. (15:38) Karl D – 4_06(From random beats, vol. 4)
  8. (17:40) Karl D – 1_10(From random beats, vol. 1)
  9. (18:57) Karl D – Ghost
  10. (22:33) Karl D – Mirror-world(Exclusive)

Karl D – Pattern Recognition(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)

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