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I’ve been pondering the direction I wanted to take random beats vol. 5 since the last update.  After careful consideration, I have selected the following for 5_10.

Much more straightforward(not to mention mellow) than the last several posts, this one combines few elements to make something I find quite pleasant.

Old Tracks: Afraid of What You’ll Say

Looking back, “Afraid of What You’ll Say” is another favorite of mine that is easily overlooked.  This track is pretty representative of a period where I was really growing into the dark trip-hop that I think is most representative of my style as a whole.

The lead melody was originally concocted with lyrics in mind; however, they’ve never left the confines of my brain.  About half were since forgotten anyway.

Karl D – Afraid of What You’ll Say

Old Tracks: Love Theme

Today’s journey into the archives is one that I had forgotten how much I liked.  “Love Theme” is certainly one of the more melodic songs I’ve ever composed.

“Love Theme”, like several songs I’ve produced, was inspired by what I imagine I might have written for a film score.

Karl D – Love Theme

12/26/09 – Whoops, forgot the download link. -KD


We’ve got some seriously spooky dubstep on tap today, and its melodic wobbly bassline is in the spotlight.  The lack of variation in the wobble means this isn’t the most complex or “intelligent” dubstep track, but I made the choice to keep it simple.   Other sounds put in just for the sake of excitement would have threatened the chilled-out nature of this track.

Karl D – Evening(Karl’s Sunset mix)

The next remix candidate for the upcoming EP(which will be titled Electronic Monk) is Evening, another one of my favorites from “Existential Funk”.

This EP is quickly evolving into a series of experiments on the tempo of the remixed tracks.  The Modify Your Mind EP changed the remixed songs dramatically, but without much change to their tempo.  The first song remixed for this new EP, “The Exchange”, gained around 50 BPM in it’s remix.

“Evening” is a fascinating track to me in it’s original form because on different days, it sounds different to me.  Some days, it sounds fast and vibrant, others, slow and paced.  “Evening” loses 15 BPM in this mix(down to 110 from 125).  This remix is decidedly slow and chilled out, and generates a much different listening experience.  Although the original “Evening” is meant to be enjoyed much later in the evening, the “Sunset Mix” is meant, as the title suggests, to be enjoyed closer to dusk, cold drink in hand.

Karl D – Evening(Karl’s Sunset mix)


The lead melody in here is one I created originally for a much faster tempo.  I put down the basics of the track and since I didn’t really know how I wanted it to develop, I let it sit for awhile.

After a few days of inactivity with this particular beat, I found myself thinking about the melody at a much slower pace.  I slowed it down significantly and changed the tune from what would have likely been kind of a incoherent turnoff to a pretty effective, creepy sounding downtempo track.


There’s a word that describes art that is meant to be painful or disturbing.  I can’t remember the word, but an example of this would be the film “Funny Games“.  Although brutally violent, most of the violence in the movie happens off screen, which the director intended to be the “trick” – not showing any violence while disturbing the viewer because of the amount of it.

Similarly, I intended for this tune to be a little more difficult of a listen.  The tension manufactured by the dissonant chords is meant to be somewhat uncomfortable. The piano is one of the only consonant sounds in the mix.

Although I hope none of the music on this site evokes any kind of response similar to watching “Funny Games”, I hope you can appreciate this track”s significance in it’s own “ugliness”.


Today’s offering consists of some chilled-out dubstep that I find has a mysterious quality. The deep bells that start near the beginning was one of the last elements I put in here, but I think the effect really nails down the rhythm and melody, and supplements the bass in the low end department.

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