Hello from Orlando

A quick post to say hello to all of you that may be checking out my site after meeting me in Orlando or following me on Twitter. I post here sporadically, and mostly about music I’ve written or recording equipment. That said, the Gartner Symposium has really energized me again to talk about geekery of the non-musical kind, so check back from time to time.

It’s a bit long in the tooth, but my Hello World post is still largely relevant. I may not be quite as cynical, but then again, I might be a bit more. It depends on how much coffee I’ve had.

In any case, a virtual hello and /wave to you. I hope you’ll hang around and start a dialog if a topic interests you!

Why are rich girls so stuck up?

I seem to have this neat habit of missing remix contests by a couple of days, normally due to work keeping me otherwise occupied. There’s only been one for which I really wanted the prize. Of more interest is getting raw stems of good songs, because I really enjoy the process of arranging.

My normal mode seems to be to throw out everything but the vocals and create an entirely new arrangement. I’m fascinated with changing the chordal structure underneath a melody to get a “new” song out of it.

Such is the case with “Rich Girls” by Anacron. The vocal tracks were already very well produced, so I decided not to do anything with them and instead concentrated on the music tracks. A big challenge for me is knowing where to stop, but I think I succeeded this time: Piano, Electric Piano, Bass, and Drums. One thing is clear – I need to get back into fighting shape with my piano playing; there were way too many takes. The bass line often got overly complicated as well, but overall I managed to wrestle it back into shape.

That said, I probably only took about 8 hours to produce the entire thing. In an astonishing bit of kismet, a chord progression I’d been noodling with for the last few weeks not only fit perfectly, but was in the right key! I love it when a plan comes together.

Please be sure to listen to Anacron’s original (linked on my Soundcloud page).

Rich Girls (Releaux’s Trust Fund Mix)

Colophon:

  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Kurzweil K2600XS (Piano, Electric piano, Cymbals)
  • Roland Fantom XR (Bass)
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX (Drums)
  • Vocal production and handclaps by Anacron

 

UPDATE: Though I didn’t submit the mix in time to be eligible for the contest, Anacron and Jus’Chris of The Peanut Gallery Network were kind enough to discuss my track during the awards presentation and provided some really complimentary feedback. My favorite bit:

Ray Toler’s mix was ill. The vibe of it is sick, man. It’s got that semi-pseudo-Muzak-sounding like, soft jazz… he took me to the Playboy Jazz Festival with that one. It’s a sick track overall, man… he really killed it!

That quote and “fuckin’ dope as hell” are definitely getting added to my press kit. Now where’s that press kit…?

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