For the Yellow Barnstormers

12 03 2011

Joseph got new music toys (Native Instruments). And played with them.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F11856772 Saturday by MarkedFeatures





New Track

26 02 2011

Still using my standby DAW Reaper, I’ve been exploring some of the sound packages available from Native Instruments. I’ve also been trying with each new track to develop some sense of composition, transitions between themes, introduction and recapitulation and things like that. Fun sounds are cool, but turning fun sounds into a story, with arc, development and texture… that’s something I’d like to develop the ability to do more.

Meanwhile, philosophizing aside, here’s the new track, called New Waves (more available at SoundCloud).

New Waves





Wah Ah – I made this.

17 10 2010

Here is my latest track. In this one, I start with some simpler more ethereal sounds, wobbly organ in Bminor chord structure and then get into my first breakcore style snare beat towards the end. This is so much fun. If I had to choose an inspiration or the kind of track I have in the back of my mind, it’d probably be Szamar Mada by Venetian Snares. I love the mix of beautiful cello and crazy beats in that.

I called it Wah Ah because one of the sounds I was playing with sounded like Wah Ah. That’s it.

I hope you like it!





James Blake – CMYK

28 09 2010

James Blake, who self-describes as producing “Melodramatic Popular Song / Dub / Grime” on his MySpace page, has recently caught my imagination. It’s straight forward. And it’s good. It is spectacularly edited, I love the timing.

Downloadable: James Blake – CMYK

Read more: http://www.myspace.com/jamesblakeproduction#ixzz10pTEFvqm

Reviews: http://thetapeisnotsticky.com/2010/09/futurebass-music-101/

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14229-cmyk-ep/





Dynomite – Jean Tonique

27 09 2010

This is French filterhouse at its best. It is just a total blast. Notice how it feels filtered and far away at different points, before coming back with a bang. Jon has told me that’s basically a filtering effect. I heard about this track at toomanysebastians.net/ and liked it right away. He commented on the sweet little piano lick, which I totally agree with. Have fun!





Dance to the jams, from yours truly

5 09 2010

I’ve been getting really into mixing my own tracks, and decided to try to make something in the vein of Duck Sauce’s Barbara Streisand. This is the result. It’s heavy on synths, quirky percussive sounds, has a classic sample from MC5 and a clip from Orbital. It hope it gets your blood flowing. Made on Reaper.

http://soundcloud.com/markedfeatures/kickin





Dtrenz: music maker, Ann Arbor resident, electro-gadget connoisseur

21 06 2010

Recently, I’ve been playing with a keyboard synthesizer, MIDI, the music software Reaper, downloading instruments and effects (VSTs, VSTi’s, AUs) and trying out making my own stuff. A lot of why I’m even able to do it is that my neighbor was awesome enough to show me the ropes and get me started. He has some sweet toys and has made some of his own music, so I thought I’d post about it. He has a Soundcloud page where you can listen to and download a bunch of his music:

http://soundcloud.com/dtrenz

My favorite track is called dark dawn. I don’t know how to classify it exactly. I think Jon thought it was kind of like instrumental hip-hop. I really like how he assembles the sounds, making it rich, complex, but not overdone. Plus, I need to ask him how he got that crackly effect that starts the track. It is sweet!

I posted “dark dawn” in the box, or you can download/listen to it on his soundcloud site.