Friday, 29 April 2011
Thursday, 28 April 2011
While they’ve become very successful at their craft they also bring a down-to-earth (we’re in it for the music and you are too) vibe. And you immediately get the impression that they take this thing seriously – it’s a job (albeit one of the coolest jobs you can have.) I was interested in hearing about how they got this movement going and what sorts of work it takes to get to the world circuit of dance music.
HERE ARE SOME OF THEIR TRACKS & FREE GIVEAWAYS:
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Monday, 25 April 2011
As an interviewer, you can only hope for a story this good. Ten years ago, Jay-J and Chris Lum (aka Your Friends From San Francisco) threw together a remix of Jill Scott's "He Loves Me".
This is the story of how a "teaching tool, not intended to be released" turned into a Grammy nominated remix.
The story goes like this. One late night at the studio, I was taking a break and chatting with a graphic artist friend of mine in the office next door. He always wanted to learn how to make music. So I decided to quickly show him how the concepts behind music making software are similar to those of photoshop. I took him into my studio and explained how a track in a music sequencer is like a 'layer'. The 'filters and effects' are like plug-in eq's, compressors and delays etc.
I grabbed a piece of audio from my hard drive, which just happened to be a cut from Jill Scott's debut album, and told him to think of it as an 'image'. Then I changed the tempo of the song, 'image resize'. Then I grabbed a drum beat to drop under the re-tempo'd original track and made it another 'layer'. He got the analogy and went back to work. I re-listened to the 'graphic design to music production' demo I created and thought to myself, this is actually kinda dope!"
There's more to the story, which you can read at Jay-J's site, shiftedmusic.com. Oh, and he's also giving away two new mixes of "He Loves Me": a new version with updated drum patterns (embedded below) and a new remix, "Jay-J's Spread The Powder Mix". Both can be downloaded on the spot.
Friday, 22 April 2011
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
THE GUILD OF SYNCHRONISTS
1.Tom Ellis Featuring Lizzy B – Accidental Daydream
2. At One – A Possible Lover
3. Funksta – Arena
4. El Sudor – Hermit
5. At One – Squuaalar
6. Ceramic – The Message
7. Altered Natives – 18 Ghost Hands
8. Misery Peat – The Hyde
9. Altered Natives – Dubskank
10. Grayz – Dubskank
11. DD Black – Charge
12. Slaughter Mob – Heeby Jeebies
Monday, 18 April 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
The two artists are a likely match. Wesseltoft started out as a jazz pianist on ECM, then moved on to collaborating with electronic luminaries like Laurent Garnier and Francois K. Schwarz, meanwhile, is an electronic artist whose love of jazz has long informed his productions and live performances. The pair have been playing together since 2009, with Wesseltoft on piano and Schwarz on laptop, but have never released any of their music until now.
Much like their live act, Duo is firmly rooted in improvisation. "We are creating music on the spot, both live and in the studio," Wesseltoft says. "With today's electronic tools you can really improvise, and Henrik is so clever with his stuff–he makes amazing music from scratch." The album features live recordings as well as studio productions, plus new interpretations of old songs by each artist (Wesseltoft's "Dreaming" and Schwarz's "Leave My Head Alone Brain").
"For me this Duo is like the first words in a long conversation," says Schwarz. "The improvisational aspect means freedom, and at the same time improvisation has been one of the greatest limitations and challenges in live electronic music for many years now. For me, this is a dream come true and a big next step."
01. First Track (live from Berlin)
03. Leave My Head Alone Brain
04. Dudelange (live from Luxemburg)
05. See You Tomorrow
07. Where Is The Edge?
08. One One (live from Cologne)
Universal Music will release Duo in June 2011.