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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

My wife Lindsey and 1 year old daughter Olivia walked in the studio yesterday. Olivia started pointing at the mic and asking ‘please’. How could I resist? A new project was born: Family Jams.

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Sleepy Song for Olivia

Olivia's Sleep Song

Lately I’ve been riffing on the guitar for my 9 month old daughter, Olivia, every night. Today I decided to take a moment and do a quick recording and bounce of some of the tunes I’ve been riffing on. We’ve been playing it for Olivia and so far she’s been sleeping sounder than ever before! Fingers crossed, maybe this will make life easier and happier for us all.

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Radiolab Remix

We’ve got an entry in the Radiolab Remix competition. We would LOVE it if you would vote for us and get your friends to vote for us. We think Radiolab is the coolest thing since the Mini Moog and would love nothing more than to win a trip to meet Jad and Robert and tour their studio.

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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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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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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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