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!

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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





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.





Mixes, mixes, who’s got the button?

13 05 2010

I’ve had the greatest time being able to share some of my more exciting sets on percussionlab and soundcloud, two very well put together music platforms.

Recently I submitted one of these sets to a promoter for an interesting arts & music event coming up in Jackson, Michigan in July. It is my understanding that I will be playing ambient musics with fog as a backdrop. I am really excited for this opportunity and wanted to share the set with you all. So, without further ado,  ((( Ambient in April ))) and some others from earlier.    Indie Dance/NuDisco   –   Amps in Universally Hectic Areas

and the always destructive

android commandroid mx.

Stream, download and Enjoi.





OUR COMMUNITY OF THE DEVOTED & OBSESSED

4 04 2010

Sometimes when I’m scouring the interwebs for nu musics or searching for yet another space to put up my mixes for folks to download, or just listen to to get it out in the wide world , I come across some shiny sites that need attention and love.  Some are slick little upstarts needing just the right attention from  folks like us. Others have plenty of funding and public support, but have mediocre music.  I’m going to take this post and roll with the ideas I’ve been thrown at lately and share them with you all.

First is Soundcloud. A slick little german site focusing on a community of Dj’s and producers all over the  world with all levels of skill. The best part about them is their ability to follow what working right now and rolling with it. For instance, you can create a free account, upload tracks of your music or mixes and connect it to your facebook profile to let folks know you also make awesome music along with your rad movie & music taste.

Next is PERCUSSION LAB. Started in Brooklyn by a collective of DJ’s and their production teams, these guys know what this scene has to offer and give you a taste of each and every genre out there. I have an account with both of these sites and enjoy them on a regular basis on various levels. I hope you all enjoy this post and the nu musics from my March charts.