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Karl D – Liquid

The “Dubstep” tag isn’t quite proper, although it’s the closest according to my (self imposed) need to put everything in a little box.

“Future Garage” might be more accurate, but more important than the label are the influences; these include Burial and Jon Hopkins, a couple of artists whose work I really enjoy.  This music is hard to describe because it’s much different than any electronic music that’s been produced in the last 20 years.

As the title implies, this is a floaty piece, but with a good pace.  This went through a couple of revisions, but the end result is one I’m happy with.

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

Karl D – Imagine

“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

-Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black

This track joins a special club – that which includes compositions which slowed my computer to a crawl when inventing them, or crashed the computer entirely.  This speaks both to the complexity of the song, as well as my intention to persist when making them.  There are hundreds more that didn’t make the cut, usually because of the failure of the latter (my intention to continue on).

Computer heartbreaks aside, this song is pretty special.  Along with “Rasta Breakfast“, it’s one of the only songs I’ve ever done with a horn section, although a synthetic one.  Seasoned listeners on this site should notice a fairly drastic difference between this and much of my other work.  However, it draws from an often dormant, but long-nurtured love I have for hip-hop.

Karl D – Imagine(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)

Karl D – Reactor

Starts pretty simply, but gains momentum.

I like how it turned out – much “housier” than anticipated.  Sort of like slow Dutch house.

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

Karl D – Solid Ground

OK, trying to get back on track here…It’s been a while but I’ve got at least a couple things to share with you in the short term.

Today’s selection might be a bit unfriendly, depending on your perspective.  life.remixed is taking a rather minimal turn overall.

The beat was constructed using only one instrument(the bass drum).  Then, the sample was reversed, chopped, and repeated until it actually had a pretty diverse sound. That, mixed with some moody atmospherics makes a dissonant concoction with a very ominous presence.

This track reminds me of a similar “beautifully ugly” random beat(4_09).

Karl D – Solid Ground

 

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 – Foresight

This track was stagnant for quite some time before I took some advice from a Doctor who told me that “Slow is Better”. (Sorry if this looks like a plug.  I really do like that commercial!  Step off! 🙂 )

What started as a hardcore-sounding trance tune lost about 40 BPM to become a much more glitchy trip hop jam.

I’m feeling very comfortable with the 110-BPM tempo right now.  Another favorite of mine is the remix of Evening, which has a similar tempo.

Karl D – Foresight

Karl D – Sinister

What do you call it when low-bit and dubstep collide?  Dub-bit?  Bit-step?

This track will be part of an upcoming EP, entitled Artifice, that will also include “3rd Level Down“.  Expect a few more tracks to be released before the full album will be included in the Free Downloads section.

Karl D – Sinister

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