Please help me promote the new “Introducing LEWIS CITY” EP out now on Traxsource.com. The link to the EP is here http://www.traxsource.com/title/515697 so please post across your social network feeds. In return you can use the pay to tweet link below to grab a promotional download. The track is an exclusive version not available anywhere else. Thanks! Don’t forget the album is out early October.
My Underground Music Production Group on Facebook has grown into a seriously useful place for the exchange of music production knowledge. I’ve been encouraging those who have the ability to screencast to put together video tutorials and #producerPOV sessions and they have well and truly dived in. This playlist is continuously updated so save it to your favourites and check in often. Thanks to everyone in the group for making it what it has become.
At the time when I was coming of age musically, when we listened to music on LPs, the listening experience was very different than it is today. For one, if you didn’t like the currently playing song you had to get out of your chair, walk over to the turntable, carefully pick up the tone arm and advance the needle to the next track. That was a lot of work to avoid three minutes of bad music. You really had to really dislike a song to make skipping it worth the effort. Today, with our fancy iPhones and our digital streaming music subscription services, skipping a song couldn’t be easier. Just tap a button and you are on to the next song. The skip button is now a big part of the overall listening experience. Don’t like a song? Skip it. Never heard a song? Skip it. Just heard a song?…
So Bitwig is real and available right now It’s a fantastic new addition to the range of DAW choices out there and i’ve been playing about with it, finding my way without the manual. I plan to learn it properly over time but for the moment here’s a bunch of videos i’ve put up on the channel.
A while back I did a #producerPOV video where I took the Beyonce album track “Mine” and used a unique technique to extend a grain or two of the sample and create a chord. I ended up with a bunch of great sounds that could work in your tracks. Have a listen, download and get busy! Let me know if you use them.. would love to hear them in action.
One of my favourite new albums is from Resolution 88 (buy it here – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/resolution-88/id808554590) and last night I thought it would make a great Cubase Sample Flip #producerPOV for my channel. It turned out really nice by the end so if you’ve got some time spare watch it from beginning to end to get the full over the shoulder experience.
So I wake up to find on twitter a mention from the legend that is Mr Derrick May (@derrickmayday):
He’s commented on the video too, giving some insight into how he managed to program the track (reducing the tempo to 90bpm). It’s amazing to get feedback directly from producers like Derrick and i’m honoured especially as his music was such an important part of my late 80s musical upbringing. You can check the series out below on youtube and see how the reconstruction developed.