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





Me and Moderat

21 11 2010

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here on the blog, but I’ve got an IDM treat for you today (followed by a new track by me, inspired by them). Moderat is the collaborative project of Apparat and Modeselektor, two German artists based out of Berlin. The self-titled album Moderat, by Moderat, is pretty sensational. You definitely have to give it a chance to develop, particularly so you can hear the synth of Rusty Nails. It’s so cool. My favorites include:

Rusty Nails

A New Error

And now for my track, called ModerAAAATTTT:

http://soundcloud.com/markedfeatures/moderaaaatttt





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!





Minutes, Seconds; Another in-house creation

24 09 2010

Here is another track I’ve put together, a little chiller than the prior. I have figured out how to manipulate every effect with its own envelope track in Reaper, and so consequently have been playing with all kinds of swooshes and the like. But most of them don’t sound very good, so I remove them. Regardless, this is the outcome of trying to build a piece around a percussion beat of down-up-up-down-up-up-down-up and repeat. I like that beat. I hope you enjoy.

The pic above is a screenshot of my DAW (digital audio workstation) called Reaper, for this track.

Minutes, Seconds

http://soundcloud.com/markedfeatures/minutes-seconds





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





Movements of Happiness

1 08 2010

Jon has posted a few of his sets from percussionlab on the blog earlier (https://muzikigan.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/mixes-mixes-whos-got-the-button/). I thought I’d try my hand at playing and recording a dj set. It comes in at just under an hour, with a mix of dancy stuff, electro-indie and other related joyous musical nuggets.

http://www.percussionlab.com/sets/marked_features/dj22

Take On Me (The Twelves Remix) A-Ha
Say Aha Santogold
My Delirium (Walter Sobcek Remix) Ladyhawke
Shake This Mystery Machine
Skulltaste Mux Mool
Twerk That Driver A-Trak
I Can See It In Your Face Pretty Lights
Seven (Martyn’s Seventh Mix) Fever Ray
She’s Electric (Short Circuit Remix) NightWaves
We Are Your Friends (Something Wrong Bass Remix) Justice
Happy House The Juan MacLean
Venus Rising Pacific!
Desperate Measures Millionyoung
Twilight (Jeff Samuel Remix) Lusine




Kwoon – I lived on the Moon

13 07 2010

My friend Jason introduced me to this song. He’s really into the post-rock genre, and it definitely has that flavor. It’s a slow, growing, ethereal song. And it’s really good. And the band is French. And the video is absolutely amazing. I’m going to look into them more. Enjoy.