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After a short break, the random beats series is back!

Granted, this is not the longest random beat in this volume, but I think the livelihood of this very old-school sounding jungle roller makes up for its few faults.   I really like the fills that come in during the second half of the track.

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A sample for the trumpet sound here was not at my immediate disposal.  I knew how it needed to sound, but my small jazz collection prohibits the availability of such samples.  Thus, I had to synthesize it.  I object to the use of synthesized brass in most cases, but the DSK Brass plug in gave it some life.  I thought it complemented the growly bass quite nice here.

If you’re an independent electronic musician, I strongly reccomend the DSK collection linked above.  I use many of the VST plugins, and there are some very strong synths available.  I believe many are sample based.

Karl D – The Exchange(Drum and Bass mix)

I felt so passionately about the last remix EP I did for Existential Funk“, I decided I’d continue.  There is plenty more material to remix, and lots more material that needed a platform to be released on(i.e. Toxin).

The EP will be released similarly to “Modify Your Mind”, by releasing the individual songs one by one in the main blog.  Once the EP is complete, all the songs will be available in a ZIP file in the download section.

The first remix that will be included in this EP is one of my favorite tracks from “Existential Funk”(Stream here):  “The Exchange”.  “Exchange” was literally the last track I completed, and it was done within a day.  Like some of the other remixed tracks from the last EP, this track is taking on a vivid metamorphosis.  The ambient trip-hop drama is transformed into a dubby, introspective drum and bass track in this remix.

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I liked the solemn, deep quality of the main instrument in here(The deep bassoon-like sound in the background).  This track quickly goes from downtempo chiller to drum and bass thriller.  With the drum and bass part, I wanted it to have a more “techy” quality than the rest of the track.  The computer bleeps near the end and the creepy pad really give that half of the track some great contrast.

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Make sure you turn those subs up for this one, otherwise you’ll miss the deep bassline!  This has an early DEIBC-like quality to it.  Hopefully you’ll agree after you enjoy this tough drum and bass.

Old Tracks: Why I Hate Dante

Through my adolescence I became fascinated with the works of Dante Aligheri.  I read the Inferno a couple times in high school out of my own interest, and I continued to read it in my college years.   I have read multiple translations and have become somewhat of an Inferno scholar by doing so.

Spending as much time as I did reading the book, it became a natural source of inspiration for me.  Unfortunately, this inspiration came about in the form of terrible recurring nightmares about Hell, damnation, and the Devil.  A day came in about 2001, when I was just getting into music production, that I was able to focus all of this emotion into a song that I called “Why I Hate Dante”.  I finished the song in an afternoon, and I don’t remember doing much of it.  Looking back, creating the song was somewhat of a mystical experience for me.

This song remains to be some of my best work.  It has a strong trip-hop groove that evolves throughout the song until it finally reaches critical mass and turns into a thrilling drill and bass monster.  This is one of my longer works but I guarantee the tension justifies the entire length of the track.

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This techy drum and bass track started, I think, with the rave stabs you hear through most of the song.  I felt the dub delay on them at about 0:53 really explored the space of the track in an interesting way, and the track built itself out from there.

All that space made things a little empty without something extra to push this along.  The “call and response” basslines in the second part add some much needed lightheartedness to the track, accentuating the rave influence and contrasting the general darkness of the production.

Old Tracks: Turbulence

Today, I’m resurrecting an old track from the archives that’s been a secret favorite of mine.  “Turbulence” is somewhat different from the majority of sounds I produce – I think it fits in with contemporary American drum and bass a little better than some other work(i.e. “Things You’ll Need to Know“).

When I made it, I wanted the focus of “Turbulence” to be the keyboards in the background.  The bassline that rolls through the whole track holds the whole track together, and the keyboards add tension until the big grinding synth comes in in the middle.

The name “Turbulence” came from the helicopter and airplane sound FX laced throughout the track, which add an incredible amount of atmosphere.  Generally I don’t use a lot of sound effects in production, but in this case, I knew they belonged from the beginning.  I think it was one of the first elements I put in.

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