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A Milli Of The Near Future

January 31st, 2009

A Milli Of The Near Future Here is a mashup of Li’l Wayne – A Milli and Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet. This is a good example of playing a naturally slow a capella at double speed with a song at regular speed. In most cases the rhythm of the a capella won’t match, […]


January 29th, 2009

soupieness Just trying to see how full of drums I can make a song.  I used ableton’s slice to midi function which is cool

lonely, robotic

January 29th, 2009

This is something I had started a while but never finished.  I recently started working on it again, messing with a lot of effects and giving it more of a progression.  The drums are sampled from an “I Love You” recording session; they were recorded in a large living room with a four-track.  I beefed […]

I got the blues.

January 26th, 2009

I’ve been feeling sick lately, which puts me in the mood for acoustic blues. Hence: hardtime. This is somewhat of a cover of Hard Time Killing Floor Blues by Skip James who wrote it in the early 30s when he moved from Mississippi to Chicago and discovered there weren’t any jobs there either, or something […]

How A Volcano Works

January 25th, 2009

how-a-volcano-works   Hello. I was no where near finishing the song I planned on posting, so I locked myself in my room today and came up with this. I find it ironic that I am more satisfied with something I made in 1 day than with the other songs I have posted which seemed to […]

10th St. at Rest

January 22nd, 2009

So, this is sort of unprecedented here, hopefully nobody objects… I didn’t have time to work on a Hella Gem these past couple of weeks because I was spending that time working on a short film for something called Campus Moviefest, where they give you some equipment, a Macbook and less than a week to […]

Why Jackie

January 21st, 2009

why_jackie_why This is more of a tribute to JFK and Jackie K. I have a record of JFK speaches and tributes and stuff so I sampled that through a microkorg vocoder in the key of some chords that are in the song. the guitary sound is a pre recorded sample from a yamaha DJX keyboard […]

hydrophone sounds

January 20th, 2009

She told me she made a hydrophone by sealing a pair of earbuds with hot silicone. If we have our picnic near the port I can test the recording… but we couldn’t get in the harbor. Which left the beach. She tried at the edge of the water, but I thought we should try submerging […]

Neon flameZ

January 19th, 2009

Neon flameZ In this song I sampled music from the movie Santa Sangre and then added drums and keyboards. I played live drums, then cut them up, and sequenced them on Reason. Hope you enjoy this Spanish Gem!


January 18th, 2009

I decided to focus on sonic details with this instrumental. I built everything step by step, and focused on experimenting with different tools and parameters that I hadn’t previously modified. As the sequencing came together, I revisited these details, filtering or switching drum sounds, equalizing separate drum tracks, and modifying synths. It was difficult to […]

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