Tycho just released a new song from his album that’s not out til next year. This time he sticks with having real instruments be the driving force for these songs instead of electronic synths, but it still has that same new Tycho smell.
Last weekend I was asked to participate in a 48 hour film competition as the composer for a 5 minute film. I’ve never been in a timed film competition – let alone – score a short film in under 48 hours, but I’ve been wanting to do more creative projects lately before I head over to the UK and it seemed like a challenge, so I accepted.
For those of you who don’t know what the guidelines of a 48 hour film competition are – at the beginning of the weekend the crews are given 3 prompts. For this years competition – it was you had to add someone saying the words “I was born ready” – you had to show a watch – and you had to have a flashback sequence – and now here’s the kicker – you have to film, edit, score, etc… all in 48 hours.
So with knowing all of the prompts – the directors, Nick and Howdy aka Door In The Floor Pictures, had an interesting idea to show off a heist of some sort. Immediately I got excited about the idea, because I was thinking of all the music I had been listening to at that time – i.e. Makeup & Vanity Set, Trent Reznor, M83. So I talked with Howdy about what kind of feel he wanted and possibly the direction of the tracks. So with knowing that I ended up working on three tracks til 7 in the morning – it was late – but thats the price you pay to make a 5 minute short film in under 48 hours.
The whole day on Saturday – I spent fleshing out the three tracks and mixing them to get the sound I wanted.
And also – for all the electronic music producers – the best plugin that helped me out with a couple of these tracks was Dada Life’s Sausage Fattener. Gave my bass tracks a huge grit and fatness that I was looking for. Another good thing about it was that it was only $29.
Anyways – I ended up working on another track on Saturday night. So in all I wrote 4 tracks for a 5 minute short film. One of them ended up not making it in, but I think it was for the best. It was a good one, but the songs that the directors chose to feature ended up fitting perfectly.
I put all of the tracks on bandcamp – even the one that didn’t make it in the final film – and if you want – you can download all of them for free.
And now here’s the film…
Would love to hear what you guys think about the music or the film in general. Facebook me and let me know.
I’ve been working on a video and a new song for a while, and finally it’s all complete to share with all of you.
This summer I got to take two weeks off from work and spent them traveling around Alaska and filming some of my advenutres. I went to Seward and hiked a couple trails, saw spawning Salmon, climbed a mountain, played frisbee golf, ate blueberries, and the list goes on. It was a perfect couple of weeks with the gorgeous summer we had. I took all this footage with the help of my iPhone 4S and an app called Dollycam that helped to stabilize the shaky parts. Once I had all of the footage I wanted to create a song that would be the perfect summer time companion for the video.
My brother Rick Cornfield helped along the way by adding some color correction and all those pretty flares you see.
It’s taken a while, but it’s all complete and I’m pretty excited how it all turned out. If you’d like to listen to more of my music…take a look at my Soundcloud and let me know what you think.
In light of the colder days here in Alaska – I have taken to my couch and am protesting getting up from under the covers. It’s too cold out there. I like the warmth of my apartment and some nice tunes to listen to – also a good cup of coffee doesn’t hurt to add to that combination either.
But wherever you live – whether it’s the same temperature outside that it has been for the last several months or years – you’ll enjoy this playlist to spice things up in the morning. On another note – you need to check out Nosaj Thing’s album “Home” – it’s been on repeat for me the last week or so.
If you missed the last couple MMM’s – click HERE.
I shared about FMLYBND’s single “Far Away” over a month ago – and today they finally released a 7 song EP – 3 of which you might have heard before. They added an acoustic track of their song “Electricity” at the end of the EP too – to wrap things up in a smooth way.
Let’s just say – I’m stoked this is finally out. So many good tracks that have a little dance influence but with heavy melodies and great layered textures especially in “Gold.” Listen to it the album via Spotify below – or buy it on iTunes.
Well…I’m impressed with Mansions On The Moon. Not only did they make a phenomenal EP that has been playing in my headphones for quite a while now, but they single handedly have caught the attention of music stars Pharrell Williams, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and Diplo. If four white boys who play chillwave electronic music can roll with rap artists…you know you’ve got something good on your hands. The following song “Leaves Fall” is the first one I heard off their EP “Lightyears” which was executive produced by Williams. Super chill – and a great vibe to it. Love the vocals.
I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately…but expect something good to come from these guys…not only do they have some powerful backers, but they got the music to prove it.
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.
Two years ago today I started my first Spotify playlist – “TheseOldColors Radio.” I remember exactly where I was too. Fresh off a 2 month tour in 2011, hanging out with the family in upstate New York – and I got just a little too excited over this new music discovery tool. At first I put everything in the playlist…dance, hip hop, rock, whatever…then I decided to branch off and make more playlists dedicated to a genre. TheseOldColors Radio is still my favorite though…kind of being an eclectic group of songs that fits so well together, and putting it on shuffle is the best. It’s crazy to think that I’ve added 754 tracks and counting to the playlist – and now with over 20+ other playlists – it’s a lot of music. Spotify has changed the way I listen / find / and share music.
If you don’t have Spotify – and you don’t hate music – go ahead and download it…because…heck, it’s free. Then once you have it…feel free to share with me your favorite songs of 2013 or whatever.
Here’s a quick question before you head on to do that though…if there was an actual ToC radio show – would you listen to it? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.
Haerts is about to be a band that you will hear a lot of. Hailing from the big Brooklyn, NY, the 5 piece band are making big waves in the indie music world and don’t even have that much in their discopgraphy yet. I like how Ben Taylor from Swide described their sound -”These guys are on to something big, crafting a sound that is not only very now, but also nods to acts of decades past, taking us on a nostalgic journey that looks firmly into the future.” Really good way to define the music their producing. They’re taking elements from past, present, and future…and turning up on top with a huge, epic, heavy sound.
Get to know Haerts better with a video made by Yours Truly.
Holy balls…just stumbled on the new genius of music, Lockah. Why am I just finding about him? I have no idea, but it’s brilliant. The track below “Young Neon Countach” is just straight money. Literally I just walked into a bank and pulled out a couple grand and now I’m stuffing it into my ears. It’s not super dancey, but it get’s the people moving. His choice of synths to layer on this track go so well together – especially the bass when it kicks in. Song structure is also fantastic for an electronic song…it doesn’t go too long on some parts and get annoying like most music out there now…it lingers just as long as you need it to.
I could go on for a while about this track. Can you tell I’m pumped about this music right now? I love feeling like this.
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.
The electronic pop duo from Ireland, Young Wonder, has released a brand new album titled “Show Your Teeth” that follows up last years self titled debut. When I found their last record I went crazy for it. Mostly the only thing I listened to for two weeks. It caught my inspiration, because it was the music I was wanting to make and it just got me. This release is a solid follow up, but doesn’t catch my attention as much as the first one. It almost seems more melancholy then the bouncy happy tunes we’re used to from the previous EP. The backing beat is still my favorite part with Young Wonder, but they’ve decided to focus more on the vocals this time by adding very Bjork inspired melodies and phrasing.
It’s definitely worth checking out if you liked the first release. I’m on my second listen through and it’s definitely catching my mood in a perfect way right now.
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.
I reviewed How To Destroy Angel’s first release “Welcome oblivion” a couple of months ago on here – and even though I gave it a 50% – I might be changing my opinion. First off – with more listens – the album comes out to me in a more gritty tone then it did before. Might be that being in the dark Alaskan winter – this album was not what I needed – leading to the rating, but now with spirits high – this album really is inspiring me.
To say all that – this post isn’t to apologize about the grade I gave the record – it’s to talk about their new amazing live shows design.
Rob Sheridan, HTDA’s art director, is not in the background during performances – he is up on stage – equipped with a Livid MIDI controller and an iPad Mini running Lemur that controls the lights and a 16-foot tall curtain of 14-inch surgical tubing.
Wo…what was that last part? Exactly what you read. Watch the video of the making of the live show – specifically for Coachella – but in turn surrounding an entire 12 show tour around this setup, just because it’s so damn cool.
If you want to see them perform the title track “Welcome oblviion” click ahead on the jump to see the video…
Christopher Willits is not a new name to the blog. I’ve talked about his album “Ancient Future” with amazing pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto – which even went on my favorite albums of 2012 list – and I’ve also talked about projects he has been involved with. I find his work super inspiring and even more so when he goes in depth on how he creates his music and art.
That’s where his new video series CREATE comes in. He’s made two videos over the last several months that go in depth on his recording and creative process. I really respect Willits as a musician, because he has been teaching the craft for so long. He doesn’t just keep it to himself and sit inside his bedroom making ominous texture tracks – he explores with everyone the nature of his music.
Watch the first episode below where he talks about the process behind Ancient Future.
Continue on to the second video after the jump…
One of my favorite things to do on my downtime is go through Spotify and just listen through new music. I love to add music to my playlist “TheseOldColors Radio” – and it might be weird, but that’s my favorite playlist to listen to when I’m driving, taking a shower, chillin, etc… It’s got all my favorite tunes and new ones that are just too good to not listen to once.
The new Spotify find of the day is an Australian band called Alpine. I first found it on my buddy Greg’s playlist “thawing” – which is a great array of music for this time of year – so go ahead and follow it.
Alpine has all the right sounds for me. A little bit of pop with some dance grooves thrown in. It’s not overpowering – which is easy to do with all of the tools at our fingersteps – they keep it light. Adding shimmering guitar tones below some beautiful airy vocals provided by lead singers Phoebe Baker and Lou James.
I usually post about things I find on the internet – some call it curating – and I think that’s a good word for it. It’s rare when I write about something I’ve done on here. So…I’m gonna face my fears and put out these songs that I’ve been working on, because I want you guys to see what I do when I’m not posting on here.
I’m very particular in who I let listen to my music…I’m not sure if I’m waiting for the right moment to release them and don’t want too many people to hear or if I’m just a perfectionist and can’t let anything be done. Probably both. But I think I just want to get them out and see if it’s worth working on or not. I thought maybe you guys can help me out with feedback before I finalize them and send them off to be whatever they are going to be.
They’re very new – I haven’t even made artwork for them yet and all their names are just the first thing that popped into my head. Nothing special here. Just listen to the music and let me know what you think.
Follow my Soundcloud and leave me a comment if you like what you hear.
We’re getting so close to the release of the soundtrack for the movie “Oblivion.” Why am I so excited for it? Because my favorite artist M83 is scoring the entire movie, and everything I’ve heard so far from the soundtrack is amazing.
A little while ago I posted about “Starwaves” – the first song we got to hear from M83 since his last album “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” and his first dive into film music. Today they (M83 and Joseph Trapanese) released the title track from the movie featuring Norway singer Susanne Sundfør.
The soundtrack comes out 4/9 while the movie debuts 4/19. I will be enjoying both.
It’s been around 5 years since we heard new music from the Australian duo, Empire Of The Sun – but it looks like 2013 is the year they have chosen to release their brand new album, Ice On The Dune. I could not be more excited about this – their last album “Walking On A Dream” was and is a huge inspiration to me with my own music.
They’ve released new album artwork – which is the picture above – and a new “short-film” trailer titled Discovery, which you can watch below.
From their website:
Archaeologists have uncovered interglacial cave paintings deep within a rock shelter in Mexico’s Guerrero Peninsula. The paintings date between 4,200 and 8,000 years ago, making them the most important finding of the millennia. The site was previously believed to be the birthplace of La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman.”
“This must have been a place of memory,” said Ramón Fortunato, an archaeologist at the University of Monterrey, of the site. “The people of this region may have kept it secret, in order to harness its power.”
Inhabitants from the area are thought to be directly related to the “Empire of the Sun,” responsible for protecting the Earth from catastrophe for generations.
Update: Further research has concluded that the cave is the meeting point of the leylines of synchronicity. The find has been praised by heads of state and notable scientists, and a meeting of world leaders has been called in Geneva, Switzerland.
You’ve probably heard Bibio’s music before, his songs have been everywhere. He’s been working on his new album, Silver Wilkinson, for a while now – and has released the first song from it titled “À tout à l’heure.” Just listening to this song (which is below) makes it feel that it’s getting easier for him to make great music. I really am loving this song. It has a nice progression and a steady beat which is always nice.
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.
Just discovered this little beauty over on TBE. New song from the band, Little Daylight, fills my need for dancey pop and has a strong female vocalist that adds great melodies over the synths and electronic drums. I’ve listened to it several times already…that bass at 2:50 is a great breakdown for the song. Little Daylight gets me.
Just listen to it and let me know what you think.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are music making machines. Long time collaborators have teamed up with Reznor’s wife Mariqueen Maandig, and art director Rob Sheridan to bring us How To Destroy Angels. It’s not every day that you come across a band as diverse as these four. It seems they rely heavily on the digital aspect of music which is a trademark for Reznor & Ross.
The new album, “Welcome oblivion,” which was released March 5th, is a combination of several years and songs released on previous EPs – all combined into an hour long journey into the minds of some of music’s biggest names. It has the feel of Nine Inch Nail’s 2008 release “Ghosts I-IV” with the added pads and dissonance from The Social Network soundtrack…which Reznor and Ross both made together. Not a bad combination if you’ve listened to both of those albums.
Maandig does a great job softening the mood with her airy vocals and adding some depth the the electronic landscape that was made behind her voice. I think if Trent would have sung on these songs, they would have gotten more flack then they do now for sounding a little too much like NIN. It’s impossible not to hear the industrial elements from the bigger band. It’s definitely not a bad thing, especially for me being a Nail’s fan…but it definitely makes it harder for HTDA to jump out of the ever looming shadow.
Some tracks to listen to: How Long, Strings And Attractors, the title track – Welcome oblivion, and Ice Age. Those give you a nice range of what How To Destroy Angels is trying to achieve.
RATING: 5 / 10
Not my favorite Reznor / Ross collab, but definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of their other stuff. Watch the … interesting … video for “How Long?” and listen to Welcome oblivion after the jump…
80′s music is making a comeback today. I kind of got into this new wave when Daft Punk came out with their retro inspired soundtrack for Tron: Legacy – and since then I’ve discovered amazing artists like Futurecop!, Kavinsky, Electric Youth, Lazerhawk, and Makeup & Vanity Set bringing back the 80′s in their music. I started a playlist on Spotify that has most of my favorite retro inspired songs on there…and today I discover NewRetroWave, a youtube channel that has just released a mixtape of great 80′s inspired artists for name-your-price.
It’s definitely worth checking out and downloading.
I stumbled onto the electronic artist known as Module by accident, really. I was looking for books on Disney imagineering on Amazon (since they don’t seem to have them in Disney World) and found his album “Imagineering” near the top of the list. What struck me first was the artwork for the album…I was curious. So I started previewing some of the tracks on Amazon, and was immediately hooked with the first song “A Glass Star.” It had a bit of whimsical – imaginative”ness” to it and I’ve been listening to it the last day or so.
Module is a moniker for Jeremiah Ross, and has made a name for himself in creating game soundtracks and original songs. I’m super stoked I stumbled onto his music, because it seems to be a perfect addition to my listening pleasures as of lately. I’ve been wanting to get into more cinematic soundscapes and soundtracks with my music and this looks to be like the perfect inspiration to do so.
Listen to his songs “A Glass Star” and “A Vehemont Storm” below.
I encourage you to check out his other albums on Spotify – he has a really great repertoire of songs.
Jakub Alexander aka Heathered Pearls has released his debut album, Loyal, under the ghostly label. I’ve actually been wondering when we were going to see a record come from him, and I was surprised to see it had been released the other day on his post at ISO50. Here’s a write up about the album…
“Unlike some ambient music, Loyal, Jakub Alexander’s release under the Heathered Pearls moniker, embraces the idea of melody with understated but distinct sounds emerging from the loops Alexander uses to construct his tracks. “I wanted to find a world that was built on repetition, erosion and melody because making these songs was about recreating soothing environments.”
The album’s roots lie in a very utilitarian idea: “I started writing what now has become Loyal as a mental break from my personal anxieties,” Alexander says. A study in the hypnotic, calming qualities of music, Loyal is also a tribute to Alexander’s mother and Aunt (featured on the cover) who were crucial in instilling the taste and aesthetics so key to his music. “My mom introduced me to my first ambient record over 10 years ago. Loyal is a response to this.”
This is a record that’s full of delicate beauty. It embraces fragility and lightness, sounding entirely natural despite being created electronically. Tracks ebb and flow into the mix and the songs themselves wash into your headphones like waves receding slowly into silence. The music is unabashedly beautiful with gentle currents of low level tones and gleaming sparkles of synth loops that build and decay.”
I’ve been listening to it off and on for the last day and it’s been setting the mood for me. It fits so well with the falling snow outside and the cup of hot tea beside me – it just chills me out and relaxes my stress from work. It’s kind of like a vacation for poor people.
The Pass, hailing from Lousiville, KY, released their new album “Melt” last month, and the first song off the record is their first single. “Without Warning” and most of the album dances the line between rock and dance, and is a good mixture of the two genres. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of these guys in the near future since it seems this kind of music is taking over the industry today, which I have no complaints about.
They made a music video for “Without Warning,” and at first, I was gonna turn it off, because I didn’t see how blinking eyes could be super interesting, but as the video moved along – I stayed. It’s mesmerizing.
via The Burning Ear