Sunday, 20 November 2011

I didn't include a comment about the 'Chaka Kahn' mashup/remix that I was messing with at the beginning of the month. I saw the DISCO HOUSE PRODUCER COMPETITION and considered entering it until I saw there was a catch. Entrants had to purchase a Sample Pack and use something from the pack in their production to be considered. I'm not that much into producing to spend money I don't have on stuff I don't need. I acquired the sample pack through other means to see what I might be missing. Seems I wasn't missing anything - no disrespect to the creators, I'm just not that into producing that I need sample packs nor is the midi controller best equipped to trigger samples while playing a set.
Ain't Nobody (GKP Remix) - Chaka Khan by GKPMusic
The above track is the result of playing with the Hed Kandi samples and loops. Obviously I got carried away and mashed far too many sounds together. If I didn't do a final re-edit, it probably would have been ample. But I went for it and applied another layer of sounds to the tracks detriment. Now it's a mess! Doesn't matter, I wasn't intending on entering it for judges scrutiny so it's all good. My most recent mix recording was churned out yesterday afternoon. I've called it 'Home Work'. It's a nice flowing house mix that was a pleasure to put together. Since very few seem to like or listen to my house / electro / breakbeat mixes on house-mixes these days, I haven't bothered putting it on I should really, as it's where my mixes are presently most likely to be played. I think I could find a better forum for posting this style of music where these genres are what the listeners crave. House-mixes seems to have a large dnb listening community, but on the other hand my house style mixes are probably lacking in something special.
This time I used slightly more effects than I normally would and it's actually helped to fill in the transitions whilst tweaking at the drops. Check it out, you might like it!

Monday, 7 November 2011

I think it's winter, brrrrrrrr!

djkit® October competition now over. The word is that I was in the final few. Wasn't a winner this time. None of my 7 attempts were satisfactory enough for me to be crowned victor.

As a result of venturing into the realms of mashing up, re-editing, looping and fx, I've since spent more time working with samples, instrument loops, and building tracks using traktor. I can now see how a midi launchpad styled interface would be a sweet accompaniment to softwares such as Ableton Live.

Although a new controller would have been a nice addition to my set up, there's every chance that I'm going to get Ableton. I'm just not sure it will fit comfortably on my netbook. An additional monitor might be required. Saying that, I'm not sure the spec of my netbook is enough to run Ableton. All will become revealed.

I got involved with the development of another track with shotty. A dnb track at that. I'm yet to mix with it but it's a good track in my opinion. I didn't have so much input in the dubstep track which followed through lack of interest in the genre for the most part. However I have been scouting for lyricists to spot a few bars on this track, and possibly on future tracks if the lyrics fit the style and aims.

This dnb track is titled 'Bustin Out', which adds to the electro house 'Jack on Crack' and breakbeat 'Decapitation. The three styles that I mix the most.

'Mad With It!' scores highly on the play counts over at my House-Mixes profile. 1235 is today's standing with 206 Downloads. 'GKP - Moon Days (2011-10-24)' is not doing so well with just 33 plays and 2 downloads.