Archive for April, 2012

Drifting on the Ocean with the 64 Bar Orchestra

Posted in Practice with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by fgitler

My remix from the forthcoming Ninja Remix Chain, (where each producer remixes the remix of the previous remix, without have heard the original, and so on,) has been included in a new 64 bar orchestra mix, along with the original version of Ocean Drift by Kelp, which I hadn’t heard when I remixed the remix of the remix of the remix of that track. Also, some other amazing material collected by Kovas is included in this mix. Feast your ears:
the-64-bar-orchestra_episode3_dub

track listing:
64 Bar Orchestra – episode 3

Beat 19 By Jose B
Radioattractive By Ponymama
Comanche By Co Pilot
Ocean Drift By Kelp
Ocean Drint (Remix) By Techniken Defunkus
Forever Sound By Escape Velocity
2064 By Kultran
Yesterday’s GamesBuy By Ave Blast & Lopez
Conversations By Echo Park Feat Light Poetic
Keep It Quiet By Dj Kovas
Fire Feathers By Co Pilot

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The Continuing Adventures of Techniken Defunkus

Posted in Practice with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by fgitler

2012 has been quite busy thus far, Musically. Although many of these projects were completed earlier, they’ve only been released this year. There are even more projects still in the pipeline, but I wanted to summarize what’s just recently come to light.

The Woodcut Collage EP
As I told Kovas, the 64 Bar Music maestro, for a blog post on this subject, “The Woodcut Collage EP is actually a re-issue of sorts. I decided to put it on Bandcamp as it’s sort of a time capsule… The music itself is very mixed, style-wise, but I think there’s a common thread that ties it together. I tend to make rules to follow, almost just to turn it all into a bit of a game…” He also calls my music “broken jazz”. I’ve been called much worse! You can find the full EP here: The Woodcut Collage EP

Shooby Shooby Do Yah!
I took a stab at a remix of a track from Mocean Worker’s 2011 album Candygram For Mowo! and was pleasantly surprised when Adam Dorn (a.k.a. Mocean Worker) decided to release an EP of four remixes digitally. Adam and I share a somewhat intertwined background in Jazz, and so I decided to give his track my best attempt at an old school walking bassline. Yes, I decided to cobble a new bassline on my version of a song by a professional BASS PLAYER! I liked the way it came out. Trumpet by Steven Bernstein (recorded for the original) gives the track such great character. It was a pleaseure to remix with all the great material the original provided… A link to the EP on iTunes EP: Shooby Shooby Do Yah! (Techdef Remix)

Clear Off!
I was flattered to be asked to remix Kelp’s track Clear Off, as one of seven people who ended up doing so. The original, and all the remixes were released in late march as an EP on Bandcamp by the 64 bar music label: Clear Off Remixes It’s fascinating to me to hear how many different directions producers take with the same material. There’s another remix project with a twist coming out soon with some of the same people involved. Stay tuned!

7MMX : Bisk Mix
I also contributed a seven minute dj mix to the tenth collection of 7 Minute Mixes, titled 7MMX. My set was devoted entirely to the Japanese electronic artist Bisk, who has recently re-emerged and has been threatening to release a new album! Bisk will be remembered for his sample mangling and electronic jazz experimental albums that came out on the Sub Rosa label over a decade ago. This little summary, and other great 7 minutes can be found here: 7 Minute Mix 10: 7MMX
Recent music by Bisk can be heard here: Bisk

Strange radio sounds captured and re-used

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by fgitler

I recognized a snippet of the first track from an old Stereolab track,
and Wilco used a piece most famously. Then I heard the same snippet from the Stereolab track on this Mocean Worker song: watch and listen to ‘Earth’ by MOWO I never knew what these were or that they had been compiled like this until asking Adam Dorn (aka Mocean Worker) yesterday — who said it was the sound collagist and hip-hop renegade Steinski who tipped him off to THE CONET PROJECT!

“Why is it that in over 30 years, the phenomenon of Numbers Stations
has gone almost totally unreported? What are the agencies behind the
Numbers Stations, and why are the eastern European stations still on
the air? Why does the Czech republic operate a Numbers Station 24
hours a day? How is it that Numbers Stations are allowed to interfere
with essential radio services like air traffic control and shipping
without having to answer to anybody? Why does the Swedish Rhapsody
Numbers Station use a small girls voice?
These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.”

Odd, beautiful, puzzling, hypnotic, disturbing. Worth sharing.

Creative Commons licensed for non-commercial use. Wilco had to go to court for their use apparently.
Hear and download the full collection here