I’ve always been a fan of mixes that set a mood – that tell a story in music. My favorite’s I’ve done are probably A Midsummer’s DayDream and the “Music To _____ To” series. If you’ve followed ToC for a while…you probably know what I’m talking about. Today while perusing my Feedly – I stumbled on an amazing article from DJ TechTools that shares the basics of telling a story through a DJ Mix.
It’s a concept that I’ve been doing for a while, but never really thought too deeply about. I’ve always thought about telling stories with words or film, but why not share it with music? A great quote from Pamela Rutledge in the article - “Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life…Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities, and define and teach social values.”
It goes along with what I’ve been reading in Robert McKee’s book “Story” (which I highly recommend) – “The archetypal story unearths a universally human experience, then wraps itself inside a unique, culture-specific expression.” The same can go for producing music too. You grab the attention of the listener in the beginning with a hook, making them want to hear more, and instead of just doing the mundane verse / chorus / verse / chorus – you take them on a journey into a new listening experience.
You can read the whole “Storytelling In A DJ Mix” here – which has a lot of good examples of great music storytelling including a set from Flying Lotus.
Lately – I’ve really been thinking about getting into this whole DJ craze. I’ve DJ’d a couple times before around town, and even though I’m new to the game – I’ve enjoyed it. So I’m gonna start making a few DJ mixes from time to time. This wouldn’t be a TheseOldColors mix…it will have the name Cornfield on it – people call me by my last name anyways…so I’ll just embrace it.
I’ve made a few in the past – but I’m proud of this one. It has a few swear words in the first song…but it’s such a good starting song that I just couldn’t leave it out. As for the name of the mix…I couldn’t think of something catchy…I really just did not care about the title…it’s about the music. Hence #dontcare.
So let me know what you think – put the hashtag #dontcare on twitter or leave a comment here.
You can follow my new Mixcloud too – it has a few old TheseOldColors mixes on it that I forgot about – so you can catch up on some of those.
It’s about time for another mix. To celebrate the changing of seasons and well…the 80s – I put together my favorite 80s inspired electronic tracks as of lately. It’s a continuous loop of music for almost 40 minutes – that might be well suited for long drives or just chill sessions by yourself.
I really started getting into 80s inspired electronic music not too long ago when I came across Kavinsky’s “Nightcall.” Com Truise had a little to do about it too. Both of who don’t make appearances in this mix (I actually did have a song by each of them in the first draft, but they didn’t go with the flow I wanted). To find more 80s music check out the record label Telefuture, which Makeup & Vanity Set (another goldmine of synths) is on, and the blog New Retro Wave.
And I have to hand it to Ryan Monson, bass player for LaVoy and graphic designer extraordinaire, for coming up with these designs for the artwork. I was really struggling with an idea to get all up in the face of the glorious 80s music and couldn’t wrestle my Photoshop skills down, so I contacted Ryan and he gladly provided not just one but two amazing designs. I loved the Statue of Liberty for the cover, but the second one was a close second. Remember when he did that awesome artwork for the “Music To Drive To” mix? That still is one of my favorite covers for a ToC mix of all time. Simple yet memorable.
Hey Champ /// Comet (feat. BeuKes)
Cinnamon Chasers /// Luv Deluxe
Futurecop! /// Karate
Monsieur Adi /// Fire Fire Fire
Power Glove /// Night Force
FM Attack /// Dreamer
Rain Sword /// Heart Of Light
The Outrunners /// Runaways
Anoraak /// Nightdrive With You (Fear Of Tigers Remix)
If you’re looking for a song that will make you grit your teeth and give your computer or your favorite listening device a mean grin while the bass drops…look no further. Bastille has a great song called “Pompeii” that dance producer Kat Krazy has remixed into a delightful track for all of the house parties you throw. I love the bass drop on this…it’s so damn gritty…my only complaint is that it doesn’t last longer. The violins during the verses are a nice touch too.
Atlas Genius‘ EP was definitely one of my favorite recordings of 2012. I added it onto my Best 2012 Albums last year, because it was just that good. Today I found this beautiful remix of probably one of their most well known songs, Trojans, reworked by producer, Fred Falke. It keeps some of the same musical aspects of the song, but in an electronic way and adds a party dance feel to it. I like it. That’s why I’m sharing it.
I have been following Stones Throw Records for some time now, and dig a lot of the artists they have signed to their roster. Mayer Hawthorne – I honestly think – was my first dive into the Stones Throw world. I loved how it was reminiscent of old-school music, but at the same time had features of modern hip hop and R&B. Stones Throw has a rich history and has tons of eclectic artists from electronic to funk to rap. “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” would be a glimpse into the making of the record label based off of archival footage, live-concert videos, and in-depth interviews with artists and label founder, Peanut Butter Wolf.
As of this moment they have a Kickstarter to help with editing and production costs. Watch the trailer below.
Music software company, Propellerhead, creators of Reason, have released Figure, a musical creation iPhone app that’s simple and fast to use. They took a bunch of sounds and effects from their DAW Reason, and put them into iOS as a very user friendly musical experience. Make beats, record bass, lay down some melody then show your friends that you’re better then them.
“If you are new to music making, getting started making great sounding tracks has never been this easy — and sounded so great,” says Propellerhead. “If you are a seasoned musician – music creation has never been this fun!”
I’ve been playing with it for a little while now and have easily made two songs that I was looking for a way to transfer to my computer, and that’s a little harder to do then you would think. Honestly…it would be a whole lot easier if you could save and export / import tracks that you already recorded on Figure, but for some reason (no pun intended) the app doesn’t let you do that. The only thing I could see that you could possibly do to save those tracks is record the audio straight from the headphone jack to your computer recording software. Kind of sucks…but if you really get something you like and want to flesh out…it might be worth it.
Overall though – the app is a lot of fun and might kill some time for you when you’re bored.
Just in the time for Spring – at least up in Alaska. Everybody else has been enjoying the warmer weather for a while. If thats so – you can already get down with these songs to go along with BBQ’s, bonfire’s, roof hangouts, camp outs, bike rides, really anything you can’t do in the winter.
I picked some of these songs out of my playlist “TheseOldColors Radio” on Spotify. Spotify has changed the way I get new music. If you don’t have it…get it. Become my friend and share music with me…I’m always listening to music on there. It’s a rare occassion when I actually open up my iTunes…One – because I deleted all my music on there, because it was taking too much space on my computer and Two – because Spotify has all the music I. Would. Ever. Want. #fo’realz
DOWNLOAD AND GET THE TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP
Chances With Wolves is a radio show on East Village Radio out of New York City.
With the tagline “Repping hard for haunting beauty, magic, and the weird” CWW brings us the music that they love the most.
I didn’t know anything of CWW before I watched this video from Cool Hunting…
I looked everywhere for an actual download of one of their shows – all they had was the ability to stream it, and I couldn’t handle that. I needed a copy in my iTunes where I could sync it to my phone so I could listen on the go.
Yesterday I finally found on the Internet Archive about the first 9 of them. I haven’t looked for anymore since this will hold me over for a while seeing as each radio show is over 2 hours long. The thing I respect most about CWW is they don’t repeat music, as they said in the video. That takes a lot of time and searching to find good tunes to put out over 30 tracks each Monday. They’ve done this 161 times and are still going strong with new tunes.
Listen to them. You’ll see a lot of eclectic stuff in there…but it’s all good…you don’t mind…because it’s amazing.
Check them out over at their blog.
While others are making apps just for the iPad, Akai went a different approach and attached a working MIDI controller for the app.
The Fly combines 16 backlit MPC pads while the iPad app is packing effects, a four-track mixer, time correct with variable swing setting, a sound library, sample editing, an EQ, and support for Korg’s wireless sync-start technology. You can also sample audio from your iPod or internal mic while lacking creativity in the samples department. The case has an extra lithium-ion battery that can charge your iPad while your making beats on the go.
The other cool thing is that the MPC Fly hardware is virtually compatible with any Core MIDI app out there. So it’s not just built for the MPC app…it can be used for anything, which is friggin sweet.
You may not need that studio you have afterall.
Since we just re-launched – I thought it was time for a new mix. Some of you might remember that last year I did a bunch of themed mixes, but this time I’m going to just compile songs that I’ve been digging that go well together. Might be indie songs / possibly one day I’ll feel the need for a dubstep mix / really…anything I think you guys might enjoy that I’ve been enjoying as well.
For this I tried to put a bunch of songs that would make your head bob together. I like how it turned out. Let me know what you think in the Comments section.
Tracklist / info after the jump…
Another week down…and that means another Music Monday. If you missed last weeks…click here.
First on the roster is Tim & Jean’s insanely mind blowing jam called “Come Around.” This indie pop duo hailing from Mandurah, Australia make electronic music that when played over loud speakers might satisfy your hunger for catchy melodies and 70′s synths. I can see your face right now…you’re thinking “Steven, that is impossible – No such music can quench my thirst for 70s synths!” Oh boy are you in for a treat.
If you’re looking for a song to add to your DJ list for your senior prom….this is it.
TIM & JEAN – COME AROUND
We can only go up from here. How? MSTRKRFT is how! Not all things that come out of Canada are bad. This hot off the press track from the Ontario duo combines the best of beats, rock, and beards with distortion-heavy harmonies. The guitar parts of this song make me want to pick up mine and write music til dawn. I can possibly see one of you starting a riot to this song…not saying you should…but I’m just saying that if it happens after listening to this song, and its all over the news that the last thing you did before going on a rampage was downloading this song – I won’t be surprised.
Viva La Revolución!
MSTRKRFT – BEARDS AGAIN
That should hold you over til next week! If you have any suggestions for the next Music Monday…leave us a comment.
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“Director Shai Levy follows Gold Panda on tour in Germany while discussing loneliness on the road as a solo artist, self-guessing your art, his recent album ‘Lucky Shiner’ and the future.”
Gonna be honest…his crowd (around :33) looks a little creepy. See kids…this is why you don’t do drugs.
[via Foxes In Fiction]
So to get you guys ready for the new mix (which is coming out tomorrow) – I’m posting this video showing you DJ Craze and his crazy ability with Traktor Scratch Pro.
From Native Instruments:
When it comes to matching the latest technology with world-class turntablism skills to produce next-level routines, Miami’s DJ Craze is the ultimate choice.
In this video, the 5x DMC World Champion showcases the power of the new Traktor Scratch generation by creating a live dubstep remix, controlled by his golden Technics turntables and two controllers.
Kontrol X1 is used to play a live beat using one-shot drum samples in Traktor’s new Sample Decks, while Craze also triggers various other samples and cue points with his custom white Maschine controller. A beat juggling section in the middle leads to the finale where Craze combines fast cue-point juggles and vocal samples with the integrated Traktor effects.
All things combined, this latest Turntable Tricknology routine effectively highlights the vastly expanded creative potential of the new Traktor generation. For more videos and detailed product information, please see:http://www.native-instruments.com/traktor
If you want more DJ-esque videos – check out the video I posted called “The Process,” a video showing the details of making a beat.
[via Yimmy's Yayo]
Yesterday I posted All Day Breakfast with Jel – and the use of the MPC 1000. Well…I have to post this video today which again…the MPC stars in.
From the creator:
A few days ago I released a short film I created titled “The Process” which is a small glimpse into the way I create beats and the various tools I use. Through sound and imagery I hoped to express the “essence” of beatmaking rather than detail every step involved. I figured there were enough well-done tutorials out there that accomplished that task so I thought it’d be interesting to create something less explanatory and more open to interpretation. I wanted to capture some of the less glamorized details that tend to go unnoticed when a hip hop instrumental is born.
This film was lightly scripted and based on an actual beat I’d created previously. My original idea was to create a purely visual film with well thought out shots of the various gear I use without the sound to accompany it. But as I began to storyboard the shots out, I thought it’d be nice to add a little “story” using the various sound bites of beatmaking and adding a human element to the film.
To realize my vision, I had to recall the entire process of creating this specific beat and capture those moments in both audio and visual form. In doing so, I outlined on paper the sounds, the experimentation, the images, and emotions I experience when working with this art form.
What resulted was this video…
Watch the video after the jump!
If only I would have taken French in highschool. I wish I could understand what they’re saying though, because I feel like this is a song that I would pop on while driving down the road and trying to look cool and rappin’ along. I’ll probably still try. Maybe I would get subs to listen to this song? Well…I think if any song made me get subs it would be Childish Gambino’s Freaks & Geeks – because – lets be honest – that song is the bee’s knees and then some.
But this post is not about Childish Gambino’s song…but about the French rappers – Hocus Pocus. Maybe I’ve been out of the loop but I’ve never really heard a French rap song before, but if they’re all like this – I want more.
I love the look of this video, too. The double levels of clips with the soft vignette on the sides. Mmmmmm.
And if you’re like me…you said to yourself “I wonder what camera they used?” and of course…they used the amazing 5d mkII.
Major props, Fadereight Films.
Back in August I posted about the Multi Touch DJ Light Table Concept. Well…today that concept has been turned into real “touchable” product. You can grab one of these for yourself for just $3,875. No biggie. Pocket change.
It comes with the Traktor Pro version…the Ableton and Serato ones are on the way.
From the Smithson Martin website:
Its a complete multi-touch MIDI controller, for example, the Traktor version has more than 130 MIDI buttons, knobs and sliders covering all common features of Traktor Pro and more!!!
Emulator Multi-Touch System has an extreme low latency, with our touchscreen units the latency is only 7ms, this results in fast real time touch points, without the fear of false touchs or ghost points.
Is fully upgradable, buying the Emulator software or any of our multi-touch packages, you receive lifetime product software upgrades with direct support from our private support forum.
Software use low CPU resources, all graphics in Emulator are accelerated by hardware, our graphical engine guarantees low cpu usage.
Emulator is the most durable midi controller available, touch screens support extremely hard usage, the continuous usage will never deteriorate the sliders, knobs or buttons.
[via AudioPorn Central]