“Dubstep” is maybe a misnomer here. “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.
Deep, moody dubstep. This is a dramatic piece which goes a lot of different directions, but ultimately is driven by the heavy bassline.
The electric piano was the last addition to the track, but has become the glue putting the whole thing together.
The remix adds some pace for a slightly different vibe.
I’ve been working on this for almost 2 years now, and today I am ready to release this “special edition” of life.remixed: life.refactored.
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.
Into the Void is presented as a concept EP 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.
The namesake of this EP 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”.
This album started with a simple concept: a series of tracks centered around common instrumentation. Bells were the centerpiece for all of these songs; they differ drastically, however, in style and tone.
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.
The “random beats” series (the namesake of this site) was a collection of Karl D productions which were intended to be a more stripped-down standard of music production than full length albums and single releases. This series spanned 61 tracks across 5 volumes, at 2 hours, 30 minutes of music. Although the domain name preceded the series, it provided the inspiration for the nameless tracks, focusing on the music itself.
pseudorandom is a curated collection of the series, focusing on 14 standout productions (according to yours truly). The release of this compilation offers these tracks in the highest quality ever available.
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.
2008 marked the year of Karl D’s debut commercial album, Existential Funk. The album is a diverse mix of minimal techno, drum and bass, trance, breakbeat, trip-hop, and house.