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 EP. There’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.
Comparing the cover images for Existential Funk and life.remixed, there is an intentional common thread between the two. Observe on the images.
This is a very minimal design element, but an intentional hint in both cases, as is the connection.
On the cover of Existential Funk, there was a “story” in the picture which drew from inspirations around cybernetic neural enhancement. life.remixed expanded on that slightly, suggesting a technological link with life beyond the extent of humanity.
Lately I had a thought: “what if the process for drawing this for any future designs could be done by the computer”. So, I wrote a program to do so. The results speak for themselves:
What is interesting about this, is that designing a program to draw a picture, even one as simple as this, is a sort of “mathematical proof” for the nature/machine connection that I tried to imply in the earlier graphic designs. Done by hand previously, I quickly realized “Gee, I wish I wrote this 12 years ago”.
Every time the program is run, a different design emerges. A few of my favorites are collected on my DeviantArt page.
Source code for the program is available on my GitHub page.
Compared to the original and remix. Both are from, by my estimation, nearly 15 years ago, practically to the day.
The new version is decidedly trance, although presented at a mild 117 BPM. This gains some sophistication compared to the original, and loses the feverish pace of the 1st remix. However, there’s elements of both present in this new version. I didn’t plan for this to be a part of Rock the Bells but found an opportunity.
The inspiration of publishing another remix of this came quickly in the last several weeks. Presidential politics makes for a dim example of “leadership” in our society, and we really shouldn’t aspire to be quite so savage to one another. That’s not even addressing the character flaws of any individual politician.
The message I’m trying to reiterate with this release is one of positivity, that civilized society breaks down when we forget how to be civil. In short, “Be excellent to each other“.
Edit 04/06/17: Visit Bandcamp with the link below to download the “No Greater Love” 2016 remix and the entire Rock the Bells EP.
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.
Been a long summer without publishing anything, and I have a few things that I’ve just been sitting on. So, without further ado…
Today’s selection is a breaks track, with a heavy acid bassline holding the whole thing together.
Also included is a remix including vocals from Eddie Amador’s classic “Rise” – this brought a little extra character to what is, as is almost always the case in my productions, an instrumental. This was an early inclusion during production, and I think it fits well, but I made a concious decision not to center the track around this; this is therefore not really a remix of “Rise” itself but rather an addition.
As it happens, this mix has been brewing for quite a bit of that time – from conception, this mix has been several months in the making. I knew I wanted to do a hip hop mix eventually, but (admittedly) it’s not my format, which meant I had to take a lot of time to build up my library.
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.
Almost all of the tracks here are new exclusives – nearly every one was made specifically for this mix. Some may consider most of the tracks to be a bit leftfield, but it’s one I consider modern, with my own unique voice. Like all of the mixes I do, this is an opportunity to create and a “snapshot in time”.
At the collision of hip hop and techno, there is a new dimension of music. This is METAPHYSICS.
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.