Sunday, September 20, 2009

Winter Sunlight (featuring Leza2unes)

Just wrapped up another new mix for Snowflake's Music for Tibet project. This one features vocals by Leza2unes, and I again kept it pretty simple, with a simple beat, bass, and a few guitars.

Download the track here

Friday, September 18, 2009

Amazing Grace (featuring Frank H. Carter III)

Songboy3 aka Frank H. Carter III is one of the finest vocalists at His vocal tracks are both inspiring and excellent, and to have access to them and be able to create new musical works with them is a real treat.

I'd been wanting to do something with this for some time, and had no excuses yesterday as I was recording the latest Cool Music show. For this, I recorded 2 tracks of 1-take live beater Sigma guitar, a DI track with my P-Bass, and a whole bunch of hummin backing harmony vocal tracks. With the song itself being such a classic traditional piece, and with Frank's beautiful interpretation, I didn't really want to clutter it up with too much, or detract from his vocal track.

Download the track here

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Big Guardian Angel

New remix I posted recently featuring the wonderful vocals of Jacinda Espinosa. Actually, it's more like I worked up a simple acoustic arrangement based on her vocal track. I made some minor changes, like where the bridge comes in, but i more or less kept it intact. Recorded with my beater Sigma acoustic into a large diaphragm condenser, as well as with a P-bass direct in to an MBox/ProTools.

Download the track here

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Secret Mixter

Just wrapped up a couple new remixes for the "Secret Mixter" project over on ccmixter.

"The Orchestral Movements of 1932" features Jackson Torreal, Calling Sister Midnight, and MiElle of the BO Crew. It tells a story. You can read more about it from the download link below.

Download the track here

In addition, Loveshadow performed the daunting and most admirable task of slicing up a ton of my Cool Music voiceovers and turning me into a beat poet with "Things I Love Things I Hate".

Download the track here

Friday, August 14, 2009

2 more recent remixes

A flurry of activity lately! In addition to the recent "If I Wait" remix, I did a couple other remixes over on ccmixter.

"The Love Connection" features Loveshadow and Jhon Black. Lots of bounce per ounce on this one.

Download the track here

Ciggiburns is a dynamite english singer and one of ccmixter's best kept secrets. My nickname for her is "the voice". I know, it's unoriginal but it's the first thing I think when I hear her sing. She also does great radio promos. I've been wanting to remix her for some time, so I took CiggiBurn's vocals into the far depths of MIDI space with "Small Back Room - The Space Station mix".

Download the track here

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

If I Wait

Just wrapped up a new song/remix which I really like. The vocals are by Sunbyrn, and I do the rest. The drums are looped, but all the rest is me playing live.

Download the track here

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Cause it needs to be rocked, you know?

Just wrapped up a new remix/mashup for the latest Remixfight. It features source music from Subliminal, with flow by Forensic, courtesy of ccmixter. Check out the others and pick your favorite one.

Download the track here

Friday, May 22, 2009


"Scomberella" is the young daughter of prolific ccmixter artist Scomber. He recently shared a bit of spoken word he recorded with her, and I set it to a cool swing jazz arrangement using source from Musetta.

Download the track here

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Sola Solita

New remix I just put up over on ccmixter which I had fun with. Combined a loop based mix with some live guitar and synth I recorded. I literally had to dust off the old Guild F4. The really hot vocal track is by Andrew Franco.

Monday, April 13, 2009

No Apologies Necessary

Snowflake is a very talented singer and songwriter otherwise known as Emily Richards, and she's put together a cool little contest to help celebrate Earth Day 2009.

I threw together my own little remix here.

Grab her source and submit a remix to ccmixter.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Remix Kutiman for CBC Radio's Spark

CBC Radio’s Spark has a CALL FOR REMIXES (that’s in bold and all caps so you won’t miss it) with a deadline of April 6th, 2009.

They are asking interested parties to take this source (make sure to download both files) and edit down a 1 min. remix. Submit remixes to ccmixter through the typical ccmixter remix upload process.

The winner will hear their remix aired on their April 8th program and podcast, and score a nifty thank you prize.

So get off your butt and answer the call! :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Salty Salute to Admiral Bob

A salty salute to Admiral Bob, one of my personal favorite ccmixter source artists.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Fair Use Meme Goes Mainstream

Images by Manny Garcia/Shepard Fairey

Interesting stuff taking place with regards to one Shepard Fairey, whose ubiquitous poster of Barack Obama has become such a cultural phenom, it's being reinterpreted from all different angles by thousands of people. This process is nothing new for Fairey, a well known street artist whose reputation is checkered by charges of plagerism and unoriginality. Andy Warhol probably ran into similar criticisms as an artist, yet in retrospect, is today hailed as a pioneering artist and cultural icon. So one could argue the similarities between Warhol and Fairey, and argue that this type of "fair use" has been going on for quite some time.

Jasper Johns earned his legacy by lifting the national icon. Or Roy Lichtenstein, whose work hangs in the most important art museums in the world. Lichtenstein used oil and Magna paint in his best known works, such as Drowning Girl (1963), which was appropriated from the lead story in DC Comics' Secret Hearts #83. (Drowning Girl now hangs in the Museum of Modern Art, New York).

This plays right into Larry Lessig's view of the remix. It's obvious to even the most casual observer that Fairey's poster was "inspired" by the photograph. Perhaps it was the composition, or it could have actually just been the ability to capture that exact moment with Obama that made that photo inspire Fairey to create his poster. But his poster definitely "reinvents" the photo, or perhaps a better word would be "the image" (and the photo just happened to capture the original image). In that sense, Fairey appropriated, and added artistic value to the image.

Also nice to see Dr. Lessig is on it.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that this huge cultural phenom is now going to be discussed in broader terms than just how cool the poster is. It will bring the debate into the mainstream in a manner that can be understood by the masses, and debate on this is a good thing. It's time for a larger discussion of intellectual property reform as technology enables more open, easy, and free widespread distribution of ideas.

bring it on.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Follow Me

or more accurately, follow my "Cool Music" virtual radio show, every week.

I added a new widget called "followers" to my blog for it. Just click the link on the right sidebar about halfway down. Come join the cool kids :)