Albums

Fractal / Cubism

Fractal / Cubism

On the edge of chaos.

Karl D

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As the name “Fractal” implies; a complex, multipartite piece which weaves in a few different directions. Cerebral, minimal acid techno.

“Cubism” is a techy track which starts with subtle space and peaks with a big acidic bassline. Minimal, yet big on the buildup.

Liquid

Liquid

Be water, my friend.

Karl D
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“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.

Abyss

Abyss

The downward spiral.

Karl D
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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.

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life.refactored

life.refactored

A total album remix of life.remixed.

Karl D

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 today I am ready to release this “special edition” of life.remixed: life.refactored.

Into the Void

Into the Void

Going forward means leaving something else behind.

Karl D
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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 Gateless Gate

The Gateless Gate

A higher plane of trance.

Karl D
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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”.

Metaphysics

Metaphysics

Alternative West Coast hip-hop from the electronic perspective.

Karl D
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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.

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pseudorandom

pseudorandom

Beats by the pound.

Karl D

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.

Foundation

Foundation

Solid house for an unstable world.

Karl D
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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.