Peer Remix

Analysing the Original

“The Fuzz” by Callum Connah is an interesting chilled instrumental Hip Hop piece based around a nice piano riff.  I also get hints of Jazz in the mix. Here is an exmapleof instrumental jazz hip hop from Youtuber “TheOfficialTone

Talking to Callum himself he said that his main inspiration was the album “Coloring Book” by American rapper Chance the Rapper.

After listening to some sections of the album i can hear clear influences, first being the classic sub bass sound found in fair amount of hip hop orientated genres, also the mix of synthesised and organic sounds, especially with samples of real instruments chopped up in the background of a song.

To remix the piece i have a few ideas. First i can drastically stray from the hip hop/jazz elements of the original and craft a completely different tune using the stems provided. If i do so the remix would be influenced mainly by The Orb. This piece would probably end up quite ambient.

Secondly, (and the likely avenue i will take) is to create a remix with hip hop elements sticking close to the original but choping it up, creating an alternate version of sorts. Keeping the original vibe of the piece is my goal.

My Remix

The remix i have created coincided with my second idea of sticking close to the orginal. I sampled the original drums to create and instrument to do the intro drums with. Bass guitar was also recorded over one section as chopping up the bass i had prooved to be somewhat tricky, plus i feel the clean bass sound still fits in with the original tone.

After creating the main remix i used that as a basis to create library versions of my mix. Copying the whole song in Abletons arrangement window along and then trimming, chopping and rearraning the piece to create a few lirbrary versions of varying size and also a Sting version, all of which can be heard above.

After meeting again with Callum to showcase the remix and library versions he said that he loved the remix and like how i was able to create something new that refelcted his original creation well, keeping the correct elements in and adding new ones where nessacary . The only thing he pointed out to me was that it needed slight mastering as the overall level of the track was low, something i subsequentaly went on to do as a final stage of creation.

Writing 20 Minutes of Audio | Weekly Log 2 |25th SEPT 17 – 1st OCT 17

This second week i’d like to introduce you to the music i will be making over this project.

The Influence

For my 20 minute ep i am making exactly that, a 20 minute (approx.) medley of electronic music. The suite will consist of 6 parts each flowing from one to the other until the end.  Ladies and Gentlemen… here is an introduction to “For the Sake of Patience”

 

I got inspiration for this piece from three sources here. The first being Force Majeure by Tangerine Dream.

This piece combines elements of rock music and electronic music. With flowing rhythms and great musician ship, you are drawn into the action. Tangerine Dream are certainly an influence on me and have been for a while. There was a long 30 minute ambient piece i recorded inspired by their album “Zeit” from 1972.

The second artist who has been a big influence on this work is Jean Michel Jarre. His most recent album “Oxygene 3” and some tracks from his album “Electronica 2”.

Part 5 of the suite is highly inspired by Mike Oldfield and is even based around a sample from his “Incantations Part 2” from 10:40. I used a loop of the African percussion as a backing then build the part around that. The sampled loop will be replaced with my own drum loop which i will write based on the pattern shown here:

I did also drawn influences from Kraftwerk, Robert Miles, Pink Floyd and the Orb for this one aswell. Check out this playlist of all the inspiration tracks.

 

The Details

For the Sake of Patience (medley) (22:47)

  1. The Marsh
  2. For the Sake of Patience
  3. The Crane
  4. Tsunami
  5. Fire Dance
  6. Only as Patient as i Like to Be

Band: Klvoool                                                                                                                                  Band breakdown: Caleb Morganfield (Drums, Backing Vocal), Joseph Bagwell (Guitar, Keyboard, Bass, Vocal)

Produced by Joseph Bagwell with help from Caleb Morganfield and Callum Connah             Genre: Techno, Trance, Progressive Rock, Electronic, Ambient, Experimental, New Age.

Now For some Progress…

Over last week i managed to track vocals and re amp one of the lead guitars.

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setting up

I achieved this by setting up an amp and mikes in the voice over booth and over the dante rednet systems i recorded the re amping from Prog A. Microphones that were used were the AKG C414 condenser and Sennheiser MD441-U dynamic. Both possessing a 20hz-20khz pick up range i knew there would be no problem in getting a nice sound.

The microphones were placed together in front of the speaker cone on the guitar amp i was using, with the MD441 placed above the C414.

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Ready to record !

Sing it Loud!

Next thing i have completed is the vocals for Part 3. These were co-engineered by Callum Connah. We used the MD441 again but this time paired up with the Neumann TLM103 condenser, i chose this microphone because i knew it was very good for getting crisp clear vocal recordings.

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TLM103 and MD441 paired together in the same setup as was used for the amp microphones.

The MD441 i ran through my Presonus TubePre pre amp unit and gave a slight amount of drive and plenty of Gain. I did this to give the dynamic microphone a slight warm distortion to it.

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Presonus TubePRE pre-amp

After setting this up i decided to run the TLM103 through the Neve 8801 pre-amp / strip in the TLA control room. This was done to create a unique contrasting audio file that will be compatible with the 441 recording.

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Neve 8801

After nice vocal takes were done we decided to send the vocal tracks to a reverb to allow the vocals to have a trail rather than dead air in between lines.

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Lexicon effects unit used on vocals. 

The reverb effect will be added subtlety to the final mix.

Where from here?

Next week i hope to mix in the new vocals and guitar re amping. I also want to start just getting a basic mix overall for the piece and look into any guitar parts that may need redoing.

Writing 20 minutes of Audio | Weekly Log 1 | 18th Sept 17 – 24th Sept 17 |

Here is the first of a series of logs to document the production process of a 20 minute track. The piece entitled “For the Sake of Patience” is to be handed in as a degree assignment but will also be released along with a second track in an EP a the end of the project when the track is finalized.

 

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I began by creating midi tracks with various VST synthesizers and drum kits. I then started to record ideas down.

At the early stages i wasn’t sure what i wanted the piece to be. I knew i wanted it to be Electronic, but i didn’t know what styles and genres i would incorporate into the project. I also wanted to incorporate some rock influences into the piece by having some live drums in places and also guitar and bass guitar.

 

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Next i sequenced all loops and tracked any additional parts to get a solid basis of the piece.

After doing all this, i had a solid piece of music to work on. Next step will be recording live drums for the appropriate sections and also Vocals, the latter of which will be recorded next week.

FMP | Week 8 | 30th May – 5th June

Progress Made

  • Printed out flyers and posters for the upcoming gig on 7th

Outstanding Tasks

  • Market and promote the both upcoming gigs at bar 42
  • Catch up with luke amor and red shores to find out how they are
  • Re plan the live album

seriously now….
So Red shores are now going on hiatus to focus on separate things. Because of this i am not going to record their live set on 14th and also i will be scrapping the live album which i had planned to release with three live sets from myself, luke amor and Red Shores. I think what i will do instead is record the live sets and maybe release my set with a studio EP as a double release same with Luke’s set.


 

FMP | Week 7 | 23rd May – 29th May

Progress Made

  • Got confirmed headlines for both charity gigs
  • Began planning the live album which i wished to record
  • Designed artwork for the live album

Outstanding Tasks

  • Market and promote the upcoming gigs
  • Print out posters and flyers
  • Practice for the upcoming gigs with my backing musicians
  • Contact artists with more details relating to the gigs
  • Write out marketing plan for live album

I should really catch up on these diaries…

So i have sorted out everything for the gigs on 7th and 14th. I am going to be practicing with my backing band soon. Need to print out flyers and posters still which i will do next week as i am going into college. I need to also write up a marketing plan for the live album.


 

Dreamwaves @ Bar 42


When organising gigs as a student at Northbrook college there is a great system in place where if i do a proposal to my lecturer i can get funds to pay bands who require expenses and all. Really useful and if you don’t make back to full amount you borrow you are not in debt, pretty good huh? Well yes if you remember to do an expenses proposal!

So i woke up last Wednesday morning and realised i needed to get £90 to pay back bands so i raided the last of my wages, luckily my mother was able to loan me some money to use as payment as i didn’t have £90 in my account.

Anyway, i know this one is late but hey ho!


Last Wednesday was a panic fest for me due to the fact that my own money was going into that gig, so if i didn’t make the money back on the door i would have been broke for the rest of the month (not a great realisation). Despite this the gig went quite well! There was quite a big problem however when the main support band did not turn up for soundchecks and also were not there for most the gig. They did however turn up during the third band’s set and so were able to play with a line check between sets.

My panic was lifted when one of my door peeps turned to me and said i had made back the money… You cannot believe how happy i was not to be broke.
I actually did however leave with a small loss because i ended up paying Opportunist, Red Shores and my two door peeps some money as i was just too happy to care really but we had made a good profit!

Lineup:


 

FMP | Week 6 | 16th May – 22nd May


Progress Made

  • Organised two charity gigs at Bar 42 for which i have all the support acts
  • Designed posters and graphics for the two charity gigs
  • Contacted artists to headline both gigs

Outstanding Tasks

  • Get confirmed headlines for both charity gigs
  • Market and promote the two upcoming gigs
  • Plan and design a live compilation album featuring sets from all signed artists to the label

 


Another late one again…

With the project drawing to a close in a few weeks i have organised two last gigs on 7th and 14th. Both of the gigs are in support of Cancer research and i have most of the line up with the exception of headlines for both gigs. I also plan to record the sets from myself, Luke Amor and Red Shores and release them as a live compilation album after the gigs, i need to design artwork for this and begin promoting it.
I feel like i need to step up my marketing game so i will look into various successful marketing campaigns from labels and artists. I will also contact various other record labels to look into how those labels market and promote their releases successfully.  


 

Rock for Research!!!

I am pleased to announce two charity gigs coming up in June on 7th and 14th at Bar 42. Both gigs will be in support of Cancer Research. The first evening will feature music from myself and our own Luke Amor along with some other soft rock and folk/acoustic acts. The second will feature music from our Red Shores along with other metal type bands. More info coming soon!!!

FMP | Week 5 | 9th May – 15th May


Progress Made

  • I have re planned the charity gig into two separate gigs on the same week one of which i have got Bar 42 for on Tuesday 14th June.
  • Marketed and Promoted the upcoming gig on Wednesday

Outstanding Tasks

  • Find a venue for the other charity gig i wish to put on in June
  • Follow up with Luke amor and his managers about the tracks for the press package
  • Organise one more gig for late may/early June to host Luke Amor, Joseph Bagwell in a pub type setting
  • Market and Promote the Label and artists

I feel like i have been falling behind on the main label focus of marketing and promoting the artists i sign. I still have not gotten round to creating a press package for Luke Amor however for that i am still awaiting two tracks to include with the package.

Though i would like to book another gig for late may i feel that it is best for now to focus on the two charity gigs that i am planning for June. I currently have Bar 42 booked on 14th June for one of the gigs which will be the metal night. I need to book a venue for a second gig to showcase myself, Luke amor and similar artists as well.
I think over the next week or so i will need to look into marketing and promotion more as these are the main goals for a record label when releasing artists material.


 

FMP | Week 03 | 25th April – 1st May


Progress Made

  • Hosted another two gigs (Bar 42 on 27th and The Smugglers Return on 29th)
  • Began contacting venues about final charity gig
  • Organised all the support bands for 18th May at Bar 42 for which i have designed a poster
  • Contacted Luke amor to discuss a press package in promotion of his upcoming EP
  • Uploaded proposal/preparation documents to classroom

Outstanding Tasks

  • Contact Technicolor Limabean about expenses for 18th
  • Complete the poster and event page for 18th
  • Book a venue for final charity gig in June
  • Begin recording solo EP
  • Organise and create a press package for Luke Amor’s upcoming EP
  • Research and contact music blogs/magazines and radio stations to promote and market Luke Amor’s upcoming EP and also the label
  • Follow up with Katie James about new logo

I am sitting here writing this late diary at Barnham station as the trains are royally screwed this morning. Weird how i am late to college writing up a late weekly log huh?

Another two gigs have passed now, the one last Wednesday at Bar 42 which featured Operation Kino, Technicolor Limabean, Dialysis and our own Red Shores. The gig was opened by a band i am starting with the two members of Red Shores called Phantom of Eden, hopefully this is something i can continue with them. Friday’s gig was hosted by The Smugglers Return and featured headline Andy and the Echoes, The Red Smoke, Ellie Niaomh and myself. This gig has probably been the one with the most problems and things which i have talked about in a brief evaluation of the gig.

I talked to Luke Amor who has informed me that his first Ep is nearing completion which is great. Next week i shall need to put together a press package to promote the upcoming EP to radio stations, magazines and music blogs. I plan to also start recording a solo EP of some of my songs i have written which i will start recording today!

I still need to hear from Technicolor Limabean about expenses for 18th which i will follow them up on. I also need to contact Kate James who was designing a logo for me to see how that is going. Hopefully this next month will be more productive in the marketing and promotion side of things!