The Relationship Between E and PI
My music production buddy from back home gave me a call the other day. We usually jabber on about this and that every once in a while and this time was no different. But during the conversation, we simultaneously realized that we were coming up on our four year anniversary. You see, four years ago around this time, he and I met each other while we were both, ahem, in between jobs. We both had an intense interest in music and music production and we immediately began writing songs together. The music started flowing like water and before we knew it, we had more than enough stuff to go into production. Lucky for us, he had a full studio setup at his house, so our studio time was unlimited. The results after the summer of work became a set of fully produced songs, all without lyrics.
We knew our stuff needed vocals on it (the songs weren't built as instrumentals), but our search for a vocalist/lyricist came up short, especially since we both found work quicker than we expected. So, we held on to the songs, periodically coming back to listen to them, but never making another move. Well, until now...
With renewed literary prowess (and some helpful inspiration), he's been able to find workable lyrics to many of the songs. And with ongoing encouragement from some of his friends and coworkers in his field (he teaches music production), he's interested in finishing them. He's connecting himself up with a set of interested vocalists to come in and perform for the songs. And, he's finally convinced me to send him some of the work I produced outside of our sessions to be included in the project. As he describes, we're basically going to finish the songs remotely: finding a set of vocalists for each track, finishing the recording and post-production, and finally releasing it as a full length album. In fact, I set back up my music production software on my laptop so I can pitch in when I can and send stuff back to him on the fly. Do we have another Postal Service in the wings? I think not, but I'm sure that in a few weeks, I may have some original mp3's to post for your consumption.
But this brings us to the next news item of the day. After setting up the production software on the laptop, I started tinkering around with one of the newer versions of this live dj suite I had in the past. Like any old habit that's hard to break, 5 minutes of tinkering resulted in a few hours of work. Before I could account the time I wasted, I had a nice little half-hour set on my hands that sounded somewhat decent. I basically put together a set of songs that are showing back up in my playlists and somewhat make sense together. A lot of _good_ hip-hop, some breakcore or whatever you want to call it, a little lounge, and some old favorites. It's here if you want to take a listen to it. Please realize up front that some of the volume levels are off and there's a couple weak transitions in there (hey, I only spent a few hours on this), but give it a listen and let me know what you think. Who knows? I might be the next pretentious asshole out there to start up a Podcast.
1) Lyrics Born - The Last Trumpet
2) Mos Def - Sex, Love, and Money
3) The Hunter - The Relationship Between E and PI
4) Massive Attack - Blue Lines
5) Quasimoto - Greenery
6) King Britt - Che Sera Sera
7) MF Doom - Raedawn
8) Prefuse 73 - I got no time for rearviews
9) RJD2 vs Polyphonic Spree - Soldier Girl (Yes, the transition's horrible)
10) MF Doom - Hoe Cakes
11) M.I.A. - Galangaton (Diplo Mix)
12) Roni Size - Sound Advice
13) Nicola Conte - Tema De La Onda
14) DangerDoom (w/ Talib Kweli) - Old School (Oh yes... that's off the new Adult Swim / Doom album, which btw, is brilliant)
Although finishing the music from the past and mixing full songs together is fun, I'm anxious to try some my hand at some original stuff, again. I'm going to be piecing my old studio back together here, trying some new techniques and incorporating some new influences in some of my stuff (I'm looking at you Savalas!). I already know a few musicians out here, so I'm kind of pissed I haven't started this earlier. I can't believe I'm doing this again, but I think there's a little room for music production Brian in DC, don't you think?