Electronic Music Final Project

DownloadA while back, I had posted a project I did for my Electronic Music course. With the close of Fall semester, I have my final project completed. (FINALLY.)

This particular song is a full-length track, mixed, mastered (as best as I know how) that involves actual vocals recorded.

It’s worth knowing a few details first:

The song was composed and written by Melissa. I took her original chord progression and elaborated from it. The reason it’s called the “Epic Fail Mix” is because every time I would play her what I had made so far, she would just shake her head. Not that it’s bad, per se, just that it’s very different from her original folksy acoustic version.

Give it a listen — it’s about 5 minutes long; get ready for a bit of music whiplash about 3 minutes in. :) Details about the production are below the jump. Continue reading

Short Song – Class project


For my MUS-K 361 course (Intro to MIDI / Electronic Music), my instructor gives us assignments for each unit where we have to create a short 30 sec – 2 min song and demo it in class.

reason rack

Cartouche (Precursor)

One thing I really like about these assignments, and this may seem counter-intuitive, is that we are restricted to only using the instrument covered in that unit. In this specific assignment, where we discussed synthesis (using the Subtractor in Reason), the assignment restricted us to using 3 – 6 Subtractors only — no effects processors, no drum machines, not even equalizers.
A game designer, Mark Rosewater,  that works for Wizards of the Coast once wrote an article about game development (specifically for Magic: the Gathering) where he debunked various myths about design. One point he made that has always stuck with me is “Restriction breeds creativity.” Continue reading

DJ Guidance – Promo MixTape (B)


Just uploaded Side B of the DJ Guidance mix tape. (Don’t forget about Side A!)I think next I may do a really old tape by the Dever (Divine Manifestation). Some really good dark trance / tech. My friend introduced me to some cool indie rock including Rainer Maria, Mates of State, Of Montreal, and others. Good stuff. When I finish getting the City of Richmond’s website up and running, I plan on doing an overhaul of this one. (v2.5!)

Live Sets in MP3 Format!

Ok, here’s the skinny: I realized a few months ago that I have something to the tune of OVER 1 or 2 GB of space here on dreamhost.com. And I am using a paltry 70-80 MB of it. I decided I really needed to start using some of my space! Coincidentally, I also just purchased a 24-bit soundcard for the prime purpose of taking old mixtapes from HS (primarily underground techno and trance) and digitizing them for my iPod. The end result? I will be slowly putting up mp3′d versions of live techno and trance sets from the late 1990s. Check out the progress!