Oh What Fun!

Rob just finished mixing one of our old songs, injecting a whole bunch of new and delicious keys, swirls, and sparkles. Check it out on SoundCloud: Oh What Fun

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Brink (featuring Harrison Stafford)

There’s no sound quite like the beautiful and haunting voice of “The Professor”, Harrison Stafford. From the moment we first recorded the instrumentals with the flowing piano and the intermittent jungle breaks, we knew that we had to get Harrison in on this.

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Days & Days

Days & Days After playing Mikael’s wedding this weekend, I had a delightful little solo session resulting in this mix. Mostly it’s all about the dubstep bass line and the ipad controlled filters and reverb. I’m hoping to put together a video of how that works soon. In the mean time, check this out!

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Rob and Peter Play with Ableton Live

We had a great day today learning about Ableton Live and attempting to map functions and experiences from the cuisNart to Live. Looking forward to posting more about this soon.

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Satisfied

Starting with a humble warm up jam session, this song really surprised us. The lyric writing process was particularly interesting as we started with “I want you to be satisfied. I want you to be happy with you.” After remixing the song, I wrote a bunch of lyrics that were really more from the perspective of the second person and was then faced with making a bridge back to the first person. “That’s when I turn to the people who’ve earned the right to offer up an insight, and I might just sing along to their loving song…” The protagonist conjures the perspective of his supporters to wield the force of love.

It’s also a peppy song that makes me sing in my car.

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Out of Chaos

This song was really a kick in terms of process. In our 2010 Gadgetbox sessions, there was one session where Jade and Ryan were in the big room banging on some keys and making some crazy noises. I was in the mixing room and decided to just grab a random sample of the noise without any regard for rhythm and loop it to a beat. Gabe dropped some arpeggio on it and presto, we have lift off! Proving yet again that just as you can carve a masterpiece out of an otherwise average piece of granite, it is possible to make great music out of random sounds and noises.

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Understand

UnderstandKoht called me last Tuesday and said we should play music. Honestly, we accidentally started this loop in C# which made it extremely difficult to jam to this. But the song had good bones and thanks to a string of serendipitous events in the remixing process this thing came out pretty well. Especially when Crystal came home at 10:30 and busted out the Melodica.

I miss you Rob. I used a custom Logic Audio synth patch to do the bass. I’m stoked on how that part came out but really, there’s no substitute for Rob’s bass riffs.

The lyrics / cover art are following the theme…. what would it be like to talk to yourself when you were a kid? Do you think you would even listen to yourself?

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Strive

This month we’re excited to announce one of our favorite songs of the year: STRIVE. Again, we had the great pleasure of working with the string section from Audiafauna in Gadgetbox Studios.  In particular, check out Andrew’s ethereal stand up bass harmonics in the very beginning of the track.

At some point we also experimented with making a mix with Kennedy’s 1962 speech announcing plans to visit the moon. In any case, it is on account of that experiment that we arrived at the cover art for this song. It’s pretty amazing to imagine setting foot on the moon.

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Something About Indonesia

Something About IndonesiaAnother song from our jam session with Peter Koht and Crystal Birns on New Years Eve.

I added the bass line and some of the drums after the fact, but otherwise this is straight from their living room. We called it “Something About Indonesia” because Lindsey sang something about Indonesia :). I’m thinking that one thing that might help in these impromptu sessions is some sort of method for rapidly writing lyrics… like maybe I could come prepared with a list of topics, or a few rhyming chorus lines… Hmm… thinking about it…

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Old Back in the New Year

Old Back in the New YearHappy New Years!!!

Peter Koht and Crystal Birns invited me and Lindsey to their house to play some tunes with them on New Years Eve.

Koht started with a Tom Waits riff. We lucked out and picked a solid drum loop on the first try. Sadly Rob was not available to join us so we had to pump up the guitar to lay down a bass track.

The old back in the new year motif came somewhere between the new years champagne and the Vicodin I took for my back :)

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