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!
Wow! It has been a busy week or two! I have been busily working on my song Insomniac, I have added a full fledge desk to my studio space instead of the rather off balance table I was using and I am really hoping to get some Christmas music done unless I get inspired to do some more of my original work. Today is a special release because I am offering you not one but TWO songs to listen to.
The first is my new track “Insomniac” which came about last Friday when I was bored and wanting to play in the studio. I started out at about 12:30AM and was just going to experiment. I looked up at the clock a little later and realized that it was 3:30AM so my little experiment had lasted 3 hours! I felt it was aptly named “Insomniac” and I think you will get the feel for that name when you hear it. It is probably the edgiest of all of my work to date and it is also the first track where I have been obsessive about making sure my mix stayed cool (aka nothing hitting over 0.1 DB above the limit on my mixer). I think the song turned out really good but you be the judge: DJ6i – Insomniac.
The other present I offer is my version of The Carol of the Bells. This haunting hit has long been a favorite of mine as I love the use of key and 1/2 key tone changes that the composer used. It is also one of the hardest songs to find a version of that I don’t really like. I downloaded a public domain copy of the sheet music and used it with my Logic Express Score input screen (as opposed to the piano roll) and the result was a nice track that holds true to the original hit without being vanilla. I have actually had this one ready for a while but was not going to upload it until I had the chance to complete more Christmas songs but most of my wonderful beta listeners had told me that they wanted to see it on the net so they can download it. What can I say? I caved into the pressure: DJ6i – Carol of the Bells.
Well, I have actually had this posted on my page for about a week now but realized that I have not updated my home page to reflect it. Over the Thanksgiving break, I dropped track number 4 on my album. This one is called “SpaceCase” and originally began as a loop experiment in Garageband. However, I had a weird desire to watch the ‘death’ of HAL9000 on YouTube and suddenly got inspired to finish the song… I think it has something to do with daisy (100 cool points if you get that). The result is actually more like 50/50, it is half loops and half personal compositions.
Shortly after putting the music out there, it has become a favorite of virtually all the people whom I have shared it with. I even find myself listening to it more than the others I have created so that is a good descriptor that it has something special about it. I am in the process of getting logos created and have someone looking seriously at creating a video for me so I can post it on YouTube and expose it to more people there. Life sure is exciting at the moment!
Joy of joys and love of loves! My latest song is released! Please take a moment to enjoy my latest creation: DJ6i – AngelSpun. This was based off a 3 note melody that I have had stuck in my head for months and no matter what I do, I cannot get it out of my head… UNTIL NOW! I welcome your comments and thanks for listening to my humble creations.
DJ6i – OUT!
I was debating whether or not to post it but decided that I would go ahead and let you guys take a look at it. The first thing I wrote outside of my practicing files was this brief loop I call “Head Asplode.” If you aren’t sure what that means, check out the songs page and get an explanation.
It’s only 30 seconds or so but enjoy! DJ6i – Head Asplode.