I decided to try creating a remix for Porta’s first track “(I’m A) Loser” — and I wanted it to be more laidback and closer to the original tempo. And this is the outcome. It’s a short track. Still rock. Still lo-fidelity. But with a little Acid42 jazziness and of course, some electric organ.
Here’s an ’80s-inspired synthpop tune made entirely in Propellerheads Reason which mixes a typical pop beat with some ethnic instrumentation and a lot of soaring synth pads. The result is a bouncy, positive, feel-good theme for a Friday morning.
Back in 2005, I set out to write a rough guide on how I personally use Propellerheads Reason software for live gigs, in the hopes of shedding light on this most elusive topic: how do electronic musicians rock out on a laptop and MIDI controller?
Here’s a short, jittery, glitchy Latin-fused house music track that screams carnaval and mardis gras using some repetitive phrases and bouncing bass alongside a distorted drum break.
The title comes from a line in William Burgess’ brutal novel (which was turned into a movie) A Clockwork Orange, meant as a slang way of saying “apologies.”
Manila-based musician Cocolulu (AKA Spazzkid)(aka Mark Redito) is releasing an E.P. on my QED RECORDS, and one of his compositions “Panda Extravaganza” caught my ear so to speak. I felt like doing a remix, but he lost his assembly files and only has the final MP3 of the song. So, I built up his track from scratch using Reason, and played with the sounds a bit, and then sent the file to him. Cocolulu added on to it some more and moved sections around. I got the file back and added a few more touches.