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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)

VIP Mixes for Prism and Apex Predator

A brief follow up to the last post: the Rock the Bells EP has been updated to include a pair of VIP mixes for a couple of my favorite cuts on the album, “Prism” and “Apex Predator”.

“Prism” gained some BPM to become a groovy slice of electro-house.

“Apex Predator” stayed mostly the same, although the bassline became a little meaner and the production loses the big hip-hop style to become more…terrifying.

I’ve never made a “deliberate” variation in production, and both of these were somewhat organic in that both could have been the “canonical” versions of each track, and a fairly equivalent amount of time was spent producing each version before deciding which way to go.  However, at this point I do think these versions are secondary to the originals, if only by a hair.

These tracks are included below for your listening pleasure, and can be downloaded individually or as part of the entire EP.

Karl D – Apex Predator

This one has been brewing for months.  In fact, there’s another version which may or may not be released (edit 05/25/17 – yeah, it was!), and I had a hard time deciding which one to go with.

After near endless tweaks and minor revisions, I’m ready to let this one loose.  This is a dense, assertive drum and bass track (or, “Drumstep” if you like), which is part of the Rock the Bells EPThere’s a theme emerging in this EP, with regards to not only the bells (as intended) but also the dark, heavy basslines.

Edit 04/06/17: Visit Bandcamp with the link below to download “Apex Predator” and the entire Rock the Bells EP.

Karl D – Mirror-World (Original and Remix)

“Mirror-world.  …Cars are reversed, left to right, inside; telephone handsets have a different weight, a different balance; the covers of paperbacks look like Australian money.”

-William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

“Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.”

-Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Mirror-world” originally debuted in the Mix Series compilation Pattern Recognition, both of which take their name from the William Gibson book Pattern Recognition referenced above.

Gibson has long been a favorite author of mine, and the book was a crucial point of inspiration for the track and compilation as a whole.  In the book, the protagonist Cayce frequently notes the “mirror-world” like contrast of London to her normal American surroundings.   This isn’t just literary “fluff”; the fact that she notices at all is a critical aspect of the character and a central point of the book.  Cayce is someone who obsesses over details and correlates subtle details from the world around her.

Today is the eve of my 34th birthday, and I’m reminded that getting old is sort of like meeting the mirror-world version of yourself.  So much is the same, but so much is different.

Speaking about the tracks, the remix is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is another one that takes on a vivid transformation.  From the original’s floaty techno abstraction, the remix goes to 170 BPM to become a drum and bass track with a bit more structure, and maintains some of the atmosphere but gains a harder edge.

This was an interesting remix to do, as much of the material was directly in-sourced from the original itself, but the samples were manipulated to become different components.

Karl D – Mirror-world

Karl D – Mirror-world(Remix)

Karl D – Rise

Been a while, eh?  Actually, I have a number of unfinished projects waiting for me to spend enough time on them to bring them to a close.

Today’s release was a quick distraction from the aforementioned projects.  This one-shot is an unusually positive(not to mention long) sound for me, but I’m certain it came together the way it was supposed to. Everything about this track is smooth. 

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

randombeats.com Mix Series 03: Night Terrors – The Sound of Minimal Drum and Bass

About once a month for the last year or so, I wake up in the night with what I understand to be night terrors.  These small episodes can best be described as “waking nightmares”.  More common in children, they actually started for me in adulthood. Although quite shocking at the moment, I tend to get more entertainment than terror from remembering that I did something ridiculous the night before(like searching the room for giant animals).

Night terrors can be terrifying, vivid and yet fleeting.  The tracks compiled for this mix all fit that description as well.  Some of the tracks(the untitled ones) are less fully-formed compositions, and more of a coagulation of electronic elements.  These will never be released singularly – they will only be available as part of this mix.

You will be terrified.  You will be thrilled.  When it’s over, you will have no idea what happened.  This is Night Terrors. 

  1. (0:00) (untitled)
  2. (1:30) (untitled)
  3. (4:10) (untitled)
  4. (6:00) Karl D – Aeon
  5. (10:00) Karl D – 3_07(From random beats, vol. 3)
  6. (12:00) (untitled)
  7. (14:25) Karl D – Turbulence
  8. (17:21) Karl D – Momentary(Dark Breaks Mix)
  9. (20:26) Karl D – Hiding in Plain Sight


Karl D Presents – Night Terrors(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)

Karl D – Hiding in Plain Sight

Not a moment too soon, some drum and bass for life.remixed.

Not much to say about this one, except it’s another one that almost didn’t get made.  The keyboard stabs came late and helped finish the job.

Karl D – Hiding in Plain Sight

Karl D – Aeon

Check out this just finished, spaced-out drum and bass track!

“Aeon” is in the same vein of “Things You’ll Need to Know”.  It drones on and on with a persistent synth in the background, while a complex drum loop is brought in early to give this song some “intelligent” depth. Overall, there’s some influence of minimal techno quite obviously(and very intentionally) present here.

Very little of my drum and bass work is appropriate for a dancefloor or has a definite climax, but I think the track rolls along nicely.

Karl D – Aeon

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