This is somewhere between an EP and a “mix series” entry. This short EP is presented in mixed format; this is a collection of tech house composed exclusively on flights from PHX-PHL and PHX-MFR.
Although the tracks are shorter and less complex than my typical releases, producing this way this was an interesting constraint. I used the iOS app Groovebox to create these tracks, then stitched them together using Ableton back at home.
All of the tracks and the mix are presented without any fancy effects, this is as straight-up as it gets. This reminds me a lot of a lot of early stuff I did based on that simplicity, as well as Pattern Recognition but with a little more cohesion of the individual tracks.
This album is a Bandcamp exclusive and free download. Please visit Bandcamp through the player below to download this EP.
Just a little over 6 years ago, I released life.remixed. Similar to what I was able to do for Existential Funk, I 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.remixed: life.refactored.
life.refactoredstarted 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).
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.
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
0:00 Karl D – Get Wrecked
0:56 Karl D – Tube Transit
02:36 Karl D – Solar Flare
05:30 Karl D – Award Winning
10:04 Karl D – Lorentz Factor
12:12 Karl D – Abyss (Remix)
15:17 Karl D – Evening
18:36 Karl D – Dodge This
Part II – Event Horizon: D&B as Dark as the Depths of Space
21:02 Karl D – Apex Predator
22:44 Karl D – Dirt
24:37 Karl D – R
26:41 1_13 (from random beats, vol 1)
28:00 Karl D – Things You’ll Need to Know
32:39 Karl D – Titan
35:31 Jules AI Outro
Thanks for checking this mix out! You can now get the exclusive tracks from this mix anywhere you buy music, in the “Into the Void EP”. Bandcamp buyers can get a bonus track not available elsewhere.
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.
(0:00) Karl D – Mashup intro
(0:51) Karl D – Pure NRG (Remix)
(1:52) Karl D – Rock the House
(2:33) Karl D – 4_11 (Remix)
(4:54) Karl D – Climbing to the Top vs. Brothers in Rhythm – Such a Good Feeling
(7:34) Karl D – 3_01
(10:08) Karl D – Unrefined Emotion (Remix)
(13:32) Vengaboys – We Like to Party (Karl D Remix)
(15:53) Karl D – At the Base of the Mountain (Remix) vs. Britney Spears – Til the World Ends
(18:20) Heaven’s Cry – Til Tears Do us Part
(21:07) Karl D – The Exchange (2018 Hard House Mix)
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”.
You need no permission from the gatekeeper – the only barrier is yourself. This is The Gateless Gate.
(0:00) Karl D – Melt
(05:22) 2_12(remix)(Original from random beats, vol 2.)
(07:20) Karl D – Third Time (Just Like the First Time, 2017 remix)
(11:29) Karl D – Neural Net
(17:06) Karl D – Start to Finish
(21:30) Karl D – Mind Wipe
Thanks for checking this mix out! You can now get the exclusive tracks from this mix anywhere you buy music, in “The Gateless Gate EP”. Bandcamp buyers can get two bonus tracks not available elsewhere.
As it happens, this mix has been brewing for quite a bit of that time – from conception, this mix has been several months in the making. I knew I wanted to do a hip hop mix eventually, but (admittedly) it’s not my format, which meant I had to take a lot of time to build up my library.
My involvement with electronic music in general started with turntablism, so I’ve always recognized the influence that hip hop has had on electronic music. In an interesting (and unexpected, to me) turn, modern hip hop has evolved in the last several years to include more techno elements.
Almost all of the tracks here are new exclusives – nearly every one was made specifically for this mix. Some may consider most of the tracks to be a bit leftfield, but it’s one I consider modern, with my own unique voice. Like all of the mixes I do, this is an opportunity to create and a “snapshot in time”.
At the collision of hip hop and techno, there is a new dimension of music. This is METAPHYSICS.
“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.
(0:00) 2_01 (From random beats, vol. 2)
(1:02) Karl D – Pump It 2014
(4:07) Karl D – Feel The Rhythm
(6:58) Karl D – Foundation Loop 01
(8:15) Karl D – Foundation Loop 02
(10:02) Karl D – Awareness(House Mix)
(12:54) Karl D – Foundation Loop 03
(15:45) Karl D – Good Vibration
(18:03) Karl D – True North
Thanks for checking this mix out! You can now get the exclusive tracks from this mix anywhere you buy music, in the “FOUNDATION EP”.
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.