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Just a little over 6 years ago, I released life.remixedSimilar to what I was able to do for Existential FunkI 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.remixedlife.refactored.

life.refactored started 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).

This mix is inspired by some of my favorite DJ mixes, like Richie Hawtin’s DE9 series and King Cannibal’s Way of the Ninja – like these examples, this mix is greater than the sum of its parts.

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.

Karl D – That’s What Tomorrow’s For

I am both relieved and saddened to close out my latest project, life.remixed, with this song. Relieved that I have finally finished, after about 9 months of working on it(since the day I announced the project), and saddened that it has come to a point where it makes sense to bring it to a close.

“That’s What Tomorrow’s For” is a fitting end to this project.  Stylistically, it is representative of the entire release – modern, minimal, and diverse.  This track also recalls elements of Red Time, like its heavy use of electric piano and a feel that can be described as somewhat distant.

I hope you’ve enjoyed life.remixed – you can now download the whole release in a ZIP file in the Downloads section, along with all the other releases.  This includes all 10 of the songs, as well as the cover art for the album.

life.remixed will probably be my last LP release – but to say I’m done making music could not be further from the truth.  I’m already hard at work at the next project, which I hope to have ready for you soon.

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 – So Many Different People

This track got shelved on several occasions.  At one point, it got deleted entirely before completion, because I didn’t think I could make it work.  After doing so, the melody kept coming back to me, so I found a way.

There were several directions I ultimately wanted to go, which led to the inclusion of the Kraftwerkian electro break near the middle.  At one point during production, this variation might have built the entire song, but a little variety gives this track a robust character.

Karl D – Climbing to the Top

A bit of hard dance should brighten up the momentum of life.remixed. 

Hard house and hard trance used to be my bread and butter.  Now, compared to the dark trip-hop/breaks/general electronic style that dominates my style overall, this kind of release is somewhat anomalous.
I hope you find this one as exciting as I do.  This hard dance track is by far, the most “modern” one I ever remember producing.

Karl D – Like, Haunted

The title is pronounced like Alicia Silverstone would in the movie Clueless.

Spacey breaks characterize this cinematic track.  Also, the “Shitty Strings” make a reappearance here, to great effect.  Two variations in the main melody maintain a feeling of dread throughout the song.

Karl D – Rasta Breakfast

Some may find the title a little silly, but the ideas behind it are plenty serious.  Allow me to explain:

Rastafarians, as part of their culture, adhere to a strict diet that includes no meat, and mostly fresh fruit and vegetables.  Having this kind of a diet in Rastafarian culture is referred to as “Ital“.  The primary goal of adhering to these kinds of dietary principles is to  increase the purity of the food they eat.

Although you won’t be seeing dreadlocks on my head anytime soon, the overall Jamaican influence of this track was inspired by my own dietary experiences lately.  The food I eat these days generally does not include processed food, high amounts of fat or sugar, and as few preservatives as possible.  Doing so has certainly benefited my well being overall.  I think that having learned about Rastafarian culture over the years has, to some degree, helped me understand why it is important to care about what you eat.

So, I’m returning the favor with some deep-dub reggae.

Karl D – SCAR


My goal was for “SCAR” to be somewhat of a hybrid of acid house, dub, and techno.  Like some of the previous entries, this track’s instrumentation is stripped down to the bare essentials.

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