The ending of Roots is officially completed and I have also gone through and finished the mastering on both versions. I do hope that this gives you all a taste of where I come from! I also invite you guys to share your opinoins on which version of the song you liked better. So without further ado:
DJ6i – Roots (Original) – The original, synthed version of the song as I originally wrote it.
DJ6i – Roots (Unplugged) – The non synthed version of Roots that was created as a reminder of where I came from and as a semi-gift for my sister in law.
Well friends, it seems as though I have officially named the new song that I offered a sample of “Roots”. I did this because I grew up in rural SE Oklahoma and still visit it frequently. Oklahoma City, where I live currently, is much more of a Midwestern (think St. Louis, Kansas City) mentality than Southern. However, when I go to SE Oklahoma, I am reminded of a land where bluegrass and Southern rock are planted deep in the ground and still know people who have lived on the farm since they were born and many have and will die at the same farm. Roots takes me back to the kind of music that isn’t country but isn’t much like anything else.
Also, this song will be released in TWO versions. The first is the original version which features a few nice synths mixed with a variety of other instruments and finds a happy medium between the pretty sound of AngelSpun and the more synthesized SpaceCase. However, while working on it, I was seeking advice from my sister in law who is decidedly Southern. She couldn’t hear the Southern sound of the music when it was synthed so I made another version of the main line featuring a southern piano and she was hooked. I liked the sound so much that I decided to go ahead and copy the entire song into a version that is more like a Southern Rock song than an Electronica song and my sis in law loves it! I will release both versions at the same time.
As it stands, I only need to complete the ending of the song and the full set will be complete. But the problem I have (as I often do) is how to end one of my creations since they all take on such a life and energy of their own. I don’t want to end the songs but I also know that all good things must come to an end. At least in music you can simply hit the ‘repeat’ button.
Keep your eyes peeled!
DJ 6i Out!
Here’s a minor update for you guys! I was greatly enjoying a taste of a life more calm but just when I was getting comfortable, I had to deal with a series of negative influences which is making life seem a bit harder lately. Despite all of this mess, I actually started creating a really nice new song. It almost seems like the song is the way I remind myself that my life has never been easy but I have stood through it all.
I have not named my latest work but I am almost ready to start mastering it. I have one more section to work out and then I have to make a suitable ending. Even so, I offer you guys this little excerpt: http://dj6i.darkseas.net/audio/Soulful.mp3. Please understand that “Soulful” is not the name of the song but it describes the feeling of the song until a name can be made. Enjoy!
Where you at 6? Where you at?
I am still here, I am just not making as much noise as I usually do. The holiday season is always a busy and hectic time for me considering my family and I often travel to several places to visit family during this time of the year and this was no different. I was mobile for a good 75% or my holiday and am just settling back into the daily grind.
At the moment, I am taking a break from composition. This is not to say that I am quitting, I am just taking some R and R. My life has been so freakishly busy the past several months that I am lucky to have held on. Now that I have fewer demands on my time, I am catching up on my fun time – playing games, doing random computer projects, etc. I love my music but do not want it to become a ‘chore’ or a ‘job’ because then it will cease to be fun and provide a creative outlet.
I have several ideas for some music in my head and will sit down and commit it to the studio when the right moment flashes. Until then, keep an eye out here. If you are curious as to where I draw my inspiration from, you should listen to my Pandora station. It’s totally free and you can hear some other amazing artists in my field.
Yay! I am finally done with all of my homework for this semester and I am taking the next semester off. I am not as bustling with creativity like I was before or perhaps I am but I am trying to pace myself so I don’t overdue it. But I can’t help but do a little more Christmas music. I am writing a much more stylized version of one of my Christmas favorites. As for which one? Well… as they say in Japan Sore Wa Himitsu Desu! (That’s a secret!). Keep an eye on the site for the latest song!
Just as an FYI, I have many activities that my hands are in from one day to the next. Right now, I am in the last few days of a Developmental Psychology class toward my Master’s and have a wide array of things due. Because of this, I am temporarily pausing musical production work until I power through the finals. I hope to get one more Christmas tune ready before 12/25 but I won’t be hurt if I don’t. Stay tuned for more music coming soon!