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“Music for the People” – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
“Okei San” – Natsumi Abe
“Wonderwall” – The Mike Flowers Pops
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – Danny Welton
[Fitter Happier tease]
“Koibitomo inainoni” – S. Ichii & Y. Nakazawa
“Forever and Ever Amen” – Randy Travis
“Heaven (Candlelight Mix)” – DJ Sammy
“Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)” – Roxette
“In Time” – Robbie Robb
“Hawaiian Melody Mix” – Morning Musume
Hey. It’s April Fools Day and I like my humor dry. So instead of using this platform to Rick Roll you, I’d like to present you with a picture of Mitt Romney, accompanied by this aural array of equally cornball stuff. If you have guests tonight, I highly suggest this mix for your background accompaniment.
You might even feel better about your life if you can make it the whole way through once.
…or you may kill yourself, of course.
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I’m not entirely sure why I put these things together. I LOVE the original American Panda track, “Panda Travels to the Center of the Arctic Circle.” As for Flo Rida’s dance classic, “Low,” well I just can’t believe that song is over four minutes long. Ridiculous.
But hey! The Panda song is actually longer, albeit less grating for sure. I sped it up as a result, matching it to the vocal speed, rather than the vocal speed to it. That kinda wrecks the magical feel that “Arctic Circle” essentially has, replacing it with whatever this is.
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This is not a dance remix. It’s ambient and soft. Reverb and bells. I put this together specifically for a show at the now defunct Patrick Sullivan’s in Knoxville, TN. It was right around the time when Part 3 was released and I was experimenting with some sort of live performance / DJ set hybrid. Holly Denman live painted on the stage. The Andy Show and The Weekends also performed.
Anyway. I was going for something that, if played loudly to a room full of people, might give the effect of being in a bubble or a tunnel or something. Something drifty. I don’t know how well it went over at the show, but I think it stands alone just fine.
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“Face Your Doom” – Daniel Johnston & His Hyperjinx Tricycle
“Stealing Home” – Shivaree
“Beauty” – Linda Thompson
“Nude” – Radiohead
“Cat Faces” – Ugly Cassanova
“Black Wave” – The Shins
“Go or Go Ahead” – Rufus Wainwright
“I Was a Landscape in Your Dream (Grizzly Bear Remix)” – Of Montreal
“Caramel” – Blur
“Safari Love” – The Beatles vs. The Pixies vs. Aretha Franklin vs. Loo & Placido
“I Lose” – Daniel Johnston
Holiday time again. The weather in Knoxville right now is pretty damned nice. Later tonight, though, on the eve of Christmas, we’re supposed to get some snowy snow. That sounds alright to me. As for you, you might want to wait until then to listen to this mix.
I know the title is bleak, but I wanted to throw something up for these winter holidays. This is good, quietish, atmospheric mix that seems to sound good on cold nights. Plus holidays are kind of bleak anymore anyway, aren’t they? Everybody bitching about which is the best one while trying to sell you shit you don’t need so that you can give it to someone else who also doesn’t need it and they can, in turn, give you something else you don’t need. Everyone keeping it up because it’s traditional or something.
But hey! I’m no Scrooge. Not entirely. The sad desolation of winter is strangely pacifying if one can immerse fully in the death and coldness going on around him or her. Those things make you appreciate the living much more. So plastic aside, it is good that there is something that changes our routine as the holidays tend to do.
For all that somberness, and warmth inside of the cold, there is this mix.
I am so incredibly glad to be making videos again. It has literally been years.
So this one is for an instrumental remix I did for a song by The Mattoid. If you don’t know the Mattoid, you are doing yourself an immense disservice and should check out his Myspace page as soon as you watch this video. Also, if you’d like to check out the original, be my guest. It’s on his Eternifinity EP.
The structure may also be familiar to some from my days with Flashmob, as we used this beat for the song, Dirtnap.
Anyway. The dog and cat are mine. The dog being Remy…the cat being Quinn. More videos to come, I do hope.
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Here are some outtakes and experiments from my sessions recording Part 3. Notice the art that accompanies this entry also. These are the original conceptual sketches for the album art. These sketches, as well as the end result are the handiwork of Japanese artiste, Saitarou. Click her name and check out her stuff. She’s incredibly unique and gifted in what she does.
As to the music, here is a guide:
“Yoko Intro” A lot of stars aligned to get me to Japan. My friend, Sean Deitrick, had just moved to Nagoya and had an extra room for me to stay in. Also in Nagoya, they were kicking off the opening of a new airport built on a landfill island. Because of this, I was able to get a round trip ticket for four hundred and forty-four dollars. Lastly, through the magic of social networking, I had befriended Homako. (She is a design wiz, by the way, so you should check out her stuff.) I knew her better as Yoko back then, when she lived in Nagano. Part 1 was a mix CD that I sent her in the mail when we first met. (She sent me candy and a CD by The Books.) Part 2 was another mix CD, which I hand delivered to her when I arrived at the Zenkouji Exit in Nagano. Part 3, of course, was the all original recording I did of all the songs I wrote when I was over there. Long story short, “Yoko Intro” was the first (and only original) track on Part 1.
“Tuesday, September 9th” I was in Japan in April. In May I went to Pennsylvania because my aunt was dying. I brought my MC-909, a hand held tape recorder, and a bag of cassettes with me and began programming work for “Jim on the Plane.” I also worked on three other tracks on that trip. One of them was this one. The news broadcast samples were recorded from the radio on the morning of September 11th. I call it “Tuesday, September 9th” because that first reporter states that Tuesday, September 9th, will go down in infamy. Either he messed up, or the conspiracies run deeper than we thought.
“Deadway” This beat formed out of the “Train to Nagano” beat quite accidentally. I was experimenting with different echo effects on the beat and then suddenly there was this thumping, crazy mess. When Dirtnap Dave and I were putting together the earliest beginnings of our hip hop ensemble, Flashmob, I presented this track (with others) for possible use in the project. Understandably, he poo-pooed it. His roomate at the time, Kactus, says it sounds like sweaty gay club music. I kind of hear it.
“Mimi and Chippu” This was another one that I presented for Flashmob, but we did not use. It’s the skeleton from “Chippu and Mimi” but with an assortment of additional sounds, obviously. I completely did away with the old arrangement and melodies, in fact.
“Chippu and Mimi (Alternate Version)” This essentially is “Chippu and Mimi” but with different beat arrangements. It almost made the final cut, but I decided on a last minute reworking after deciding that it sounded too disco-simple. The final version is much less half-assed. This one simply is what it is.
“Heaven” I used to be really proud of this piano piece. Unfortunately, I could never really find a home for it, outside of my own heart. We played it live with Obadiah a few times, but no one in the band really gave a shit about it except me. I held on to it as long as I could, but never wrote it down. Now it is completely gone from my memory banks and will probably never be played anywhere ever again. Sad. This is the only non-Obadiah recorded version of it. Though they are not present on this version, it did have lyrics. They were: “Heaven is in surround sound and the atmosphere is comprised of nitrous oxide.”
“Only Ghosts” I created this on my 909 during the sessions in Pennsylvania. (See above.) If you listen carefully, you can hear a sample from “Mr. Krinkle” by Primus in there. I had no real intention for it in the beginning, but this beat has since been used for a small handful of stuff. In regards to Part 3, I had first used it in “Bamse.” Since then, it has also been applied to my remix of “Disconap” by Senryu. The beat was also used by hip hop trio, Per Capita.
“Yoko’s Song” Before there was a Part 3 (or a Part 1 or 2 for that matter), there was “Yoko’s Song.” Homako and I had begun chatting in February. After hearing some of my music, she suggested that I make a song with a heartbeat in it. Then, on St. Valentines Day, I did just that. The result is this. I completed the whole thing in a day. Written, mixed, mastered and delivered on February 14th. It’s probably the schmaltziest thing I have ever written.
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“Inklings” was the first song from the new Senryu album to REALLY hit me. It did the first time I heard it and the effects lasted a good deal beyond that time.
Its BPM is just a little bit faster than that of some bonus beats from Beck’s “Where It’s At” session. So I slowed down Beck and stuck the two together. After a little bit of tweaking, editing and remastering, the result is a “clubbier” version of “Inklings.”
I think there is something psychic intertwining these two pieces of music intrinsically. The imposition of one over the other is nearly dead on as the course of each song changes. Perhaps it’s merely a fanciful, random intermingling of sounds in time with each other, but I think there is something more veiled and godlike at play.