Something pretty bizarre happened today. I was working on a new song, getting a bit frustrated, because A: The song wasn't going that well and B: My music production has felt minimal lately, even though I am involved in other things. I did what I always do in a slump - I rip bits out of other songs of mine and throw them into the new one for inspiration. I ripped a bit out of an old unreleased track that I thought was going nowhere.. but the bit fit. I threw in more bits, screwing with them in Ableton and creating, essentially, a new song from an old one, although the old parts are barely recognizable. I edited them into new tempos and keys, but the result is surprisingly good.
I'm going to pretty much throw my new song away (most of it) and work in this old tune. It's sounding very different... islandy, is that a word?
P.S. - My third podcast episode is out, if you didn't know already - http://gillenium.podOmatic.com/
Here it is - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJjHqVS PL9g
The next podcast is almost done, too! Keep an eye out - http://gillenium.podomatic.com/
At long last, my foray into Tech-Hop is here. There's more info about the song on the song's page, but all of the art for the song are photographs of the harddrive that I recovered it from. Hope you like!
"Cue soul, pitch shift, double amplifiers
Sitting on a stone throne with a nest of wires
Dictate to the masses, the hoards of boards
Wrapped copper-tight box with a crown of cords
Magnetic monster, holding those thoughts away
Who needs a real brain when you feel this way?
A whole nano-world prays to my fingertip
Bow down to me, I am the macrochip"
"You see a Joe Schmo whitey with mysterious rhymes
Just a short, weird, freakin pale geek of my times
But I'm plugged into vibes like you've never seen before
Flowing to a place that's best called a core.
I'm here, I'm deep, I'm covered in lights
Front of the crowd? Man, I won't think twice
When the board starts to glow, one thing on my mind
Stay tuned, kids, let me show you how I grind."
The Chill Mix is up, future subscribers! :D
I managed to recover everything on my fried harddrive... all by myself! Screw you, geek squad.
I'm back to work on Macrochip, which will be my next release pending any more wonderful surprises. Macrochip is sounding so hot, you have no idea. I'm thinking of debuting it on a podcast episode sometime. What, you haven't heard my podcast, you say? What are you waiting for?? - http://gillenium.podomatic.com/
I plan on releasing another episode soon. I've been working on a few different shows, and the laid-back Ambient mix should be next. Where else can you hear Remind Me by Royksopp outside of a Geico commercial?
Don't say illegal downloading, that's cheating!
The first DJ mix episode is up! Subscribe on iTunes - http://gillenium.podOmatic.com/
Enjoy it while it lasts, too, because I'm not sure how strict podOmatic is about playing music. I've seen plenty of other DJ podcasts, though, so I'm guessing I'm in the clear.
I've cleaned up my old podcast page - http://gillenium.podomatic.com/
Well, I'm in the process of cleaning it up, anyway. I have 35 minutes of my first episode prepared (I'm shooting for about an hour-long show). Weird set lists so far. I started with Peace Orchestra and ended up with Juno Reactor. The show has no real focus right now, but the variety might end up being the focus. I need to find my trance music..
Been too lazy and depressed to do anything about my zapped hard drive. It might be a while before I work on music again... Actually, I won't say that. It might be a while before I revisit my new songs, if I can ever recover them. I might make a little song this week to ease my mind. Kevin Johnson (Bamsukka) sent me some guitar material to fiddle around with, so I might do that.
Wait... that was on my harddrive...
I'll just have him resend it :\
Well, it seems that my computer crash yesterday might have been caused by one of my harddrives... the one with all my music stuff on it... excuse me -
Ok I feel better.
Looks like a drive recovery service is in my future. If that fails, I've lost all of my newest song material. Luckily, I've begun backing up some song files. I have an extensive amount of files on my laptop and this old PC here. But... months of work... might be toast, including my dreamy dance tune and my killer hip hop tune.
On a lighter note, I discovered an old Podcast of mine (2005) on the internet the other day. I didn't really know what to do with it back then, but now I think I have a good idea. The Gillenium Digital Downpour podcast might live again as an electronic/ambient DJ show. Would you subscribe?
Bleh, had a computer crash today. I dusted off my old PC, repaired it, and I'm on it right now. It's amazing how much more sturdy old stuff is sometimes..
I'll hook my harddrives up tomorrow and see what I can salvage. As long as I can get my new songs back, I'll be happy.
Sitting on a stone throne with a nest of wires!"
Lyrics... new song.... Macrochip.
You know, this might turn out to be the coolest song I've ever made. That is, if I can pull off the vocals. I'm having trouble keeping pace with the song, because I wrote the lyrics to be pretty fast. I'm gasping for breath near the end, so I think I might record it in parts and splice it together (just like real rappers do!) I've had breakthroughs in both Macrochip and my newly-retitled trance tune "Sky Below." Both are right on track, and will probably be released at about the same time.
Both songs, strangely enough, are call-backs to the days when I used to put together Ejay songs. That may sound kind've.... weird, but it's true. I certainly don't use pre-made loops anymore like I used to do in the Ejay days, but it's impossible to say that those snapped-together lego songs haven't affected my style, even today. The new tunes are sounding like those old tunes (which I can still look back on and enjoy today... even though I can't release them).
Ok ok, I realize that statement isn't going to make much sense or do my songs justice, so I will save the elaboration for when I release these babies. Time to go practice my rhymes, yo.