I’m working on a short EP release called Rock the Bells, featuring a few tracks containing a common theme – you guessed it, bells. The EP isn’t done yet, but I’m happy to offer the first track from this release, as it seems slightly Halloween appropriate to do so.
Melodically speaking, this draws a bit of (somewhat conscious) influence from the “Halloween” theme music, although it dosen’t sample it directly. I’m so pleased with the way this turned out, and it definitely has a spooky, dark vibe perfect for a Halloween party!
Edit 04/06/17: Visit Bandcamp with the link below to download “Nightmare” and the entire Rock the Bells EP.
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.
This track was produced alongside the other exclusives created for FOUNDATION. It probably took the most time to produce, and it’s also the longest. The latter is one of the reasons I decided to scrap this track at least with regards to the mix; another reason is that it just didn’t fit in with the straightforward nature of the rest of the mix.
Describing “Cubism” positively rather than highlighting what it isn’t, this techy track starts with subtle space and peaks with a big acidic bassline. Minimal, yet big on the buildup.
If you think “Ghost” is a bit similar to“Logic Bomb”, it’s not an entirely unreasonable observation.
Essentially, “Ghost” and “Logic Bomb” were two stems grown from the same idea. Initially, they could have been the parts of the same track, but they each evolved into it’s own thing – “Logic Bomb” taking on a much more aggressive, thick sound, and “Ghost” exaggerating the more minimal and quiet elements I wanted to include.
Did you already catch the short-but-thrilling breakdown in the middle of this track when this debuted in Pattern Recognition?
If you listened to the mix, you may have identified “Logic Bomb” as something of a high point.
The track was intended as something of a peak time throwdown – I think it turned into something different along the way, and I’m glad for it. Stylistically, many of the instruments are heavy with grit, and the measured pace on the drum track help this stand out. I think this still has the “big room” feel I was looking for, without being too obvious or cliché .
Humans spend the bulk of their lives developing experiences, which in turn change our own perceptions. These perceptions later become “filters” – assumptions that you make subconsciously about the world around you. For centuries, this is how the human race has survived – it has shaped our ability as individuals to assess threats, as well as guide our overall evolution to become top-ranking members of the food chain. In the modern world, our intellect has become more advanced- but the basis of our psychology has not changed. At times, this keeps us from learning new things, and we see change as largely a threat. To truly reach our self-actualized potential, we need to be able to identify these filters before they become a problem.
The tracks presented in this mix are something of a departure from my own comfort zone – I’ve used an array of unconventional techniques to craft the sounds within this mix. By letting go of my own expectations, I was able to learn from the experience and craft something that even surprised me. The mix also helped spawn two new tracks, which I am debuting here(“Logic Bomb” and “Ghost“). Both tracks will be available for individual download in the coming weeks.
Which filters will you allow to shape your existence? Will you let go of your assumptions to develop new experiences? This is Pattern Recognition.
(0:00) Karl D – 3_03(From random beats, vol. 3) + Simian Mobile Disco – Nerve Salad
(3:28) Karl D – Trackdown + My Nu Leng – Waltaknocks