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first take of a trance song

April 29, 2009 By: Brian Crawford Category: Globules, Songs, Trance

Futurists – Globules: First take (January 27, 2009) (download here).

so before you push the button let me mention here that this song isn’t good.

in fact, it’s so bad, I wasn’t going to post it at all, but then I remembered that the whole point of this blog is for people to follow the stuff I’m working on from junk, to not half bad, to… who knows.  So here it is.

what I’d really like to do is to retool this entire song so that it sounds a lot like what you hear between minute 3 and minute 4 of the current version.  I really like that; it seems to work.

the biggest short-term improvements will come from getting rid of the <strong>ear-splitting buzzy lead</strong> (that comes from my Roland JP-8000 – I thought it would work better than it did, but it turned out to be extremely abrasive), and remove those weird metallic swishes that go back and forth every now and then from ear to ear.  They really stand out, and not in a good way.

big changes to come with this song, to be sure.

and by the way, readers of this blog are always welcome to download, play or include in a mix anything I put up here.  That’s one of the reasons I’m doing this.  In the future I’m also going to be releasing some royalty-free samples for musicians and producers to include in their own music.  For this song, I’ll probably post an octave of samples of that squelchy bassline (right at the beginning of the song).  I kinda like it.

microblogging the music

April 25, 2009 By: Brian Crawford Category: Personal

I’ve set up a Twitter account, soundlord (I also set one up on Identi.ca), where I can microblog snippets of what I’m up to with my music production.  Normally I use personal accounts to microblog what I get up to on a day to day basis, but I wanted to have a spot where I could post updates, and view updates from others, related to music production.

that being said… I’m sure there are people who read my personal site who have no interest whatsoever in electronic music, let alone my electronic music!  If this is the case, I would by no means be offended if not a single person cared to follow my music updates.  Not at all.

links to free songs

April 21, 2009 By: Brian Crawford Category: Personal

one thing I’d like to do on this site is offer up links to songs that I find inspirational, that I really like, am associated with, or that somehow helped to define who I am as a creator of music.  When I link to such songs, they will be free and legal copies of songs that are available for free listening, such as certain songs found on Last.fm or on a band’s MySpace page.

I hope that such links help to broaden peoples’ listening ranges, and also that my own repertoire of choice music continues to expand!

in the beginning

April 19, 2009 By: Brian Crawford Category: Personal

I created this blog, to discuss my music.  I’m a producer of electronic music, mostly minimal techno, melodic trance and progressive house.

with this blog I plan to share all aspects of my work, including free samples to create remixes or to use in your own work, updates on what I’ve been up to, tour dates… that sort of thing.  I am hoping it will be fun and interesting.