Monday, 24 October 2011

GKP - djkit® October Comp (2011-10-23) [v6]

I've been addicted to working on this competition entry of late. I haven't been at it daily but when I have been working on it I've spent quite a few hours with the bass up and the cans on.
GKP - djkit® October Comp (2011-10-23) [v5.2] by GKPMusic

I tried my hand at a version 5 but it was way too noisy. I was bordering into the realm of 'overkill' with all the different noises clashing. In version 5.2 I added an extra 5 tracks to the existing 6 from version 4. All mixed, cut, chopped, looped, FX'd and balanced as best I could accomplish at that moment in history. It was not as tight as I could have got it if I had decided to spend another day on it working from scratch. Much of this style of mashing tracks up is experimentation. I've not done much of it but now I'm kinda getting a better ear as to what I'm supposed to be hearing. My EQing is getting more effective than previous too. If I re-did version 5.2 and made every element as "tight" as can be then I could probably get a good 15-20 tracks on the go at once.

Or maybe not! Version 6 is playing in my cans right now as I type this and it's 9 tracks deep. It has the tightness that I've been been wanting. The components had to be 100% spot on. I'm quite happy with this one and don't think I will be making a version 7 competition entry. My next mashup will be a version 1. I could potentially create a library of mashups with a view of creating a mashup mix that's 1 or 6 hours long. These competitions have been a shining light as they've prompted me to pull out all the stops. It's not even about the winning or losing. I've learned a lot about my mixing ability and areas to improve. I wouldn't ordinarily be focussing on this level of perfection - don't get me wrong, these mixes are not perfect, but as every recording improves they get a step closer to being great.
GKP - djkit® October Comp (2011-10-23) [v6] by GKPMusic

This particular mix gives me some satisfaction about how far I've come since January 2010. Fair enough, I don't have hundreds of gigs under my belt, but what I'm learning about how to treat music when I'm playing it has been worthwhile. Maybe I should develop my own style of presenting music. DJing is versatile and there are lots of ways to deliver music.

Any way, this version 6 is 9 tracks deep and still a similar length.
Track List:

• Speakerz Bumpin Loud (Filthy Rehab Remix) - Soul Puncherz
• The Flying Cat (Original Mix) - Cold Blank
• Strawberry (Original Mix) - Roman Sweet
• Together (Jay Mocio Remix) - E Royal, Tom Twice
• Jack on Crack - GKP & ft Jackson 5
• Disco Dancer - Fast Foot
• Riverside (Original Mix) - Sidney Samson
• Everybody Is Coming (Original Mix) - BSD
• Knobbers - Crookers

There are 31 entries or there about at this current time. I feel threatened by a handful. I actually want to win this on the grounds that I've busted the BCD2000 and could do with another controller. Sounds like the big guns are coming out as this competition draws to a close. Glad I've done another mix and didn't stick with the first thing I churned out. There again, some of these entries are some prehistoric mixes. I can't say I'd plough through any of my previous stuff and put it up as an entry. That's not really taking part. Never mind ehh.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Drawing 2011 To A Close - Early!!

I went on a job hunting frenzy the other day with a plan to re-engage my financial flow to full throttle. I think I've had a long enough break from the daily grind now for the next 40 years - ok maybe 24 months would be an easier duration to strive towards. I was facing a potential clashing of events. Any one of these jobs could have come through and possibly could have required me to commence grafting immediately. I'd pre-arranged studio time to get back to work on 'Jack on Crack' and possibly start another new track that would go toward the EP. Any way, I imparted this news to shotty, the man with the studio, and said in advance "there is a chance I could be offered a job and that I'd be cancelling any musical arrangements we'd made without notice if such a thing happened." I let it be known that I was more interested in immediate employment than whatever other mediocre choices were before me. This information was well received and understood.

Several job applications later, on the day I was ready to leave town, and moments before my lift arrived I became the recipient of a job offer. It was a fairly decent job offer that ticked the right boxes for me. Problem was my lift, to my imagination, was already en-route to pick me up. My mind was already operating in the language of music and I forgot about sticking to my guns and priorities. In hindsight I should have totally cancelled the music stuff and pursued the job offer. But as Mr Wheeler says "You win some you lose some, make the next one count". So now, being a little bit pissed at my former decision I've decided to put employment at the top. Music is very much taking a back seat. In fact, anything to do with anyone except me is pretty much history. I'm all out of favours therefore those who would benefit from my assistance are fresh out of luck for the foreseeable future.

GKP & ft Jackson 5 - Jack on Crack (I Want You Back Remix) by GKPMusic

Right, that said, Jack on Crack did receive some level of finalisation. It's changed again. I don't know if I like it anymore. shotty made some amendments that I'm not sure about, and I'm not sure about the break loop thing at the beginning. I haven't played it since I've been back so this track would probably benefit from being mixed a few times. All that was wrong with it has been rectified, namely the quietness, but now it could be over kill on the volume. I simply cannot tell in the studio, the speaker set up must be crap. The new additions are not all perfect, and I don't recall playing a significant and practical role in the recent level mastering. To be fair my mind wasn't there much of the time. Not only was I drunk and stoned I had this niggling thought about this job in my head. Not much else to say regarding bringing JoC another step closer to finish. I actually do not want to spend any more of my time on it.

I recorded some video footage of some of the production process. Accumulatively I have around 3 hours or there about. This means I need around a whole day to go through it and give it some editing. Chances are I won't, but I will probably hang on to the footage as it can go with all the other archived footage I've managed to accumulate.

A new drum and bass track started to take shape on day two. I've been empty for ideas for weeks so didn't really contribute much. Must be stated that I did provide an acapella given to me by Max 'Emayex' Henson called 'Pow'. They were grime lyrics and needed to be slowed down a hell of a lot to fit this dnb track in the making. After a few hours I was a little too mashed to throw many ideas out so I carried on drinking and smoking while bearing witness to what was unfolding before me. Now and again I contributed something but not much. I shan't be attaching my name to this dnb track, if anything I should become a solo producer if that is where I want to go.

Friday was party time. I brought the BCD midi controller with me even thought it's a little bit busted up. It worked eventually. A few recognisable faces turned up to part take in the spirit of things. Well done! Any how, I played a few choons, nothing much. All I recall is everyone leaving at around 2am which was pretty much when I got on the controller. I can't remember much but I do recall everyone leaving when I started playing some house/tech house/electro house styles. Actually, lemme amend that, I did manage to play a pre-recorded mix - 'Mad With It' and it managed to play before any one buggered off. Oh well, fuck em! It only cost me the price of walking away from a job to be there that night, what have they got to be grateful for? Exactly, nothing lol!!!

I was fortunate to be graced with the use of an external sound card during my time away. It was a Numark DJIO. This small bit of kit made a heck of a difference. The standard 44.1kHz quality was immediately blown out of the water with this cheap and cheerful 88.2kHz jobby. It did make me think again about the importance of sound cards. Not having anything to compare the BCD to perviously meant I didn't give it much thought beyond a new external sound card would make things sound better. Little did I know how much better. I would certainly consider on of the soundcardless controllers and a top of the line sound card. Problem is DJ booths aren't always massive and spacious and real estate is a commodity. The more good features that can be crammed into one unit the better. Hopefully a new Traktor Kontrol S4 will be out soon incorporating the missing features that users have requested.

Next blog entry may feature a short mix featuring JoC, the latest clean version - not the soundclouded version. I think I shall get on with this tomorrow afternoon after spending the morning on the job hunt. Hopefully I shall receive a new offer of something even better than what I rejected and had I not rejected it and endured Wednesday to Saturday I wouldn't have got it. Gotta remain positive :)

Standby for Jack on Crack mini mix tomorrow.

Oh one thing I want to add is the last mix I uploaded "GKP - Mad With It! - 2011 09 29" is currently at 979 plays :: 159 downloads :: 14 thumbs up :: favourited 19 times. This is the most attention any of my house mixes uploads have ever achieved so I'm quite chuffed. *It's still rising!*

Thursday, 6 October 2011

GKP - djkit® [16Min] '#2' (2011-10-05)

This blog entry has been edited a few time with numerous recent additions - last edited 2011-10-19
GKP - djkit® October Entry (2011-10-05) by GKPMusic

Moving forward with trying to produce a stable piece for the October djkit competition has been an interesting ride. In the first few attempts I mashed together a few tunes and played the resulting mixes a few dozen times each. Something wasn't right. Too many noises at the same volume clashing, not enough definition between each blended loop to name but two issues.

Going back to the drawing board for the forth time allowed me to produce the above short mix. I removed all (most/majority) of the bad elements that I identified in versions 1, 2 and 3 and also purposely selected particular tracks to work with for version 4, whereas the previous three attempts saw me using a random selection as well as too many of them.

All together there are in the region of 20 loops from 6 tracks. I've listened to it many times since recording it and already thinking of ways this could be better. I'm happy with it nonetheless and my mashups can only get better. As of 2011-10-19 there is now a youtube version of this mix with the usual visualisations (below).

:: The Flying Cat (Original Mix) - Cold Blank - 130.00bpm - House/Electro :: Speakerz Bumpin Loud (Filthy Rehab Remix) - Soul Puncherz - 130.00bpm - House/Electro :: Strawberry (Original Mix) - Roman Sweet - 128.00bpm - Minimal / Techno :: Together (Jay Mocio Remix) - E Royal, Tom Twice - 128.00bpm - House/Electro/Funky Tech :: Disco Dancer - Fast Foot - 128.00bpm - Electro/Dance :: Riverside (Original Mix) - Sidney Samson - 126.00bpm - House/Electro :: Final record bpm 133.522

EDITED: 18th October 2011

There are many good submissions flying in and October's djkit competition is getting tougher. I'm going to need a nice draw of herb and some intense sunshine to get my next entry finished and sounding sick (haven't started it yet by the way). I'm a little concerned about the amount of entries that have broken the rules. Some sound very good and are only a second or two over the limit. However, I asked djkit 'How much tolerance is there with the 20 minutes?' and the answer was:-

"It's a 20 min limit. You can go under but not over. The idea is we regularly have comp's without rules or restriction's, this is a change for a month due to the prize being one which has a creative focus on fx and re-editing capabilities. The idea is to get you to work harder in a shorter amount of time on the idea of restructuring tracks via sample,looping, re-editing, fx etc. Sorry to hear that that gives a headache with your set up, you never know it may help you uncover newer creative ways to set it up! "

If djkit stick to their rules then those mixes that go over by even a second may be disqualified. The rules stipulate that entrants can go under but not over in response to my tolerance question. This suits me down to the ground because I read the rules immediately and got clarification before making any assumptions. I feel I could win this be default even if my mix is a little woolly sounding.

Let me jog over the competition description once again,

"..we want a 20 minute creative mix to showcase your creative use of fx, sampling, looping, re-editing .. any genre applicable. Simply paste the URL of your mix on our Facebook page also include what equipment / software you have used make it..."

The other rule being broken is that few entrants have listed their equipment and software. When the rule breakers are added up this leaves very few legit/eligible competition entries. Hmmm, I'm quietly confident but don't wanna get big headed since I've lost every competition up until now but I feel the tide shifting. Best of luck to everyone nonetheless, even if I lose I still enjoy taking part as it helps me learn new things about mixing.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

- djkit® [16Min] 'comp-entry' (2011-10-05)

After going 'mad with it' and with and element of 'forward distortion' I've since found that my controller repairs have not been 100% successful. Appart from only having 1 earphone working, I hadn't noticed much else until I set up outdoors for the second time and realised only a single side of the master out was working. Due to the way I have my amp set up I hadn't realised this sooner. On the plus side I can still record but this would be no good in a club having only one channel.

It's competition time again with DJkit®, and this time there is a prize that I could do with. The competition description reads 'October Mix Competition to win American Audio VMS2, we want a 20 min creative mix to showcase your creative use of fx, sampling, looping, re-editing .. any genre applicable. Simply paste the URL of your mix on our Facebook page.'

At first I thought I hadn't a chance because of the effects that are readily available with the current mapping. It's complicated so I won't go into it but it boils down to not having enough buttons and knobs. Although as I type this I'm thinking of a possible way around the issue by remapping 3 buttons. It's certainly something I will look into. I've worked on a mix 'GKP - djkit® [16Min] 'comp-entry' (2011-10-05)' over the last 3 days and finished it today. The first attempt was ok. I could feel where I wanted to go but a single error spoiled the show. The second attempt still carried the same error so I wasn' best pleased. Which bring me to today's effort.

I think I'm giving it the 'ok'. It's definately an area of DJing I could spend more time. Here's the link, see what you think (turn your bass up - it's bass driven)

:: ? :: Anno 99 Dole and Kom :: Bukkake Beyonce Super Flu :: Out of Space Prodigy :: Mama Satisfaction Benny Benassi :: B Tone Benny Benassi :: Don't Smoke DJ Deekline :: Mars Fake Blood :: Everybody Is Coming BSD ::

{{Sorry - I've confused myself with the dates, this all occurred since the beginning of October, I don't know why I've put August on everything}}