Hey there friends! I hope this finds you well. Despite the demands of twin babies, full time employment, transitioning to a new job and various other things, I managed to spend some time in the studio to do a project that is a labor of love. You see, one of my hobbies for many years has been playing video games but when the game systems got more and more complicated and the games longer and longer, I stuck with my NES and SNES games. As a result, I have become somewhat of a retro gamer (see my RGB Blog).
One of my favorite games of all time is the Super Nintendo classic “Final Fantasy II” (FF4 in Japan). It has so many great elements in it that set the stage for so many of the RPG’s to come and really set the tone for the future of the Final Fantasy series as a whole. You can read why I love this game so much by checking out my post about it on the RetroGamer blog.
The first song you ever here… literally the way you are introduced to the game is with a song track that essentially consists of a rising and falling harp arpeggio. This song also plays any time you are in a “Crystal Room” in the game. The actual name per Nobuo Uematsu (the song’s composer) is simply called “Prelude” but it has also been called “Requiem of the Crystals” and even “The Final Fantasy Theme”. It is this song that I have decided to remix.
Please check out one of my favorite remixes I have ever done: Requiem of a Fantasy
I had mentioned in one of my previous posts that my daughter was playing around in the studio and learning a few things. Well, she finally got serious again yesterday. She wanted to play Hot Cross Buns but had no instrument to play it on. I told her she could use my studio to play it on any instrument she wanted. As a result, she made her own remix of “Hot Cross Buns”. It’s not a very long track but I have to say she did pretty good work for a 10 year old with little experience. Check it out for your selves:
I promise that I had very little to do with this at all. I seriously just pulled up the sheet music for the song and helped her put the first note in. After that, I explained that she needed to keep any additional stuff she added in the “G” Key since that is what the song was made in. I am pretty impressed with what she came up with. This may be the start of a wonderful new musician!
Hey fans, things are still pretty slow at the 6i Productions studios. Not only is DJ6i dealing with the babies but he’s also a Professor now. He recently took a secondary position as a faculty for online colleges. That has drained any free time left at the moment.
But in case you are wondering what things DJ6i rocks out to when he’s not in the studio rocking his own stuff, check out his “Heavy Drops” playlist on YouTube. This will give you a feel for the stuff that moves DJ6i and should get updated pretty often to keep it fresh.
Happy New Year!
Wow! I really missed the boat on this one. For any of you who were curious, yes, DJ6i’s 2014 Christmas track, Space Jingle, is out on YouTube for you to watch. It has been posted for some time but it looks like I just forgot to post it. Either way, here it is! Enjoy and share it with your friends!
Hey there fans! The 6i Studios have been quiet more or less as the Christmas season has come and gone and the New Years time will be coming soon. I have been remixing a few of my old pieces but I am not sure if I will release them any time soon. I want to release songs that I really feel ‘click’ to me and many of the ones I have been toying with are not ‘clicking’ just yet. Perhaps that will change… we’ll see.
On a completely different note, I wanted to share something that I found interesting. One of my influences and an artist that I keep running on my Pandora stations most of the time is the Electronica artist Asphalt Jungle. For years I was scouring the internet to figure out where these guys came from and what they are doing now. I always found links to discography, discussions about the famous book and movie of the same name but nothing about the electronic artist.
Finally, I did some more complex research and I learned the identity of the band that I enjoy so much. It is actually a duo of world-famous guitarist Brian Tarquin who has made an impressive list of production albums for some of the best guitarists in the business and Chris Ingram (who seems to be mostly unknown). Considering that I am such a huge fan of amazing guitars and electronic music, it makes perfect sense that I would be so interested in this artist and their signature sound. Good to know!
Otherwise, have a safe and happy New Years from the friends and family of DJ6i. See you next year! DJ6i Out!
Hello fans! I told you that I was still working on stuff but hadn’t released it yet! Well guess what? You are in luck! I have just released my Christmas 2014 song. I made a decision when I was just starting out as a musician that I would attempt to release one Christmas song each year and with the exception of one or two years, I have kept that promise.
This year I was trying to think of all of the different Christmas carols I wanted to do and which one I felt like doing the most. I finally decided to go with one of the most well known carols in the world – Jingle Bells. However, the song (even with verses) can sound very repetitive and would have bored people to tears pretty soon so I wanted to try and think of a way that I could easily liven it up so it wouldn’t be too simple and repetitive without taking away the simple charm. I finally decided I would do it in space! What would Jingle Bells sound like in space?
Without missing a moment I dug into the public domain bin and found the public domain version of the song and off I went. I even came up with a pretty silly story behind it involving a robot hearing the melody, downloading it, playing it for his crew and then sending it back out to space after they all join in. I guess that is what happens when you watch a lot of Doctor Who!
So far my kiddos sure do love singing this song and I have been told by my other fans that their kids started dancing and singing to it as soon as it came on. I guess that means I am doing it right. With that being the case, please enjoy “Space Jingle”: