My workhorse laptop from 2002 is now dead. Thanks to my stupidity. But it served me well. And much longer than I thought it would. Here are the last 4 tracks I ever made on that machine.
My Ethnic Mix for the Bukas Palad track “All Shall Be Well,” which is a little world music, a little drum & bass, a little acid jazz. And all groovy.
Emorej (aka Jerome Llama) took my lyrics and set it to a beautiful melody. I then took the vocal track and constructed a mournful worldbeat track with a little drum-n-bass in the chorus. This worldbeat/ethnotronica remix was produced using Acid Pro and some VSTi’s. I posted the track back in 2009. As I recall, Emorej loved it.
Stuck on a musical idea? Here are 2 possible solutions: share it and sit on it. This is the story of how I got stuck on a song idea and how doing those two actions allowed the song to evolve into something much better than its original.
Here’s a glitchy, noisy, drum & bass remix I made for a track by artist and former University of the Philippines art professor, Fatima Lasay. The remix takes the original track and slices it into many more more chaotic pieces, adding drums and an overt rhythm section where once there was none. How I did it, follows.
Several years back, the quirkily entertaining Philippine indie band Ciudad released an album with the affectionate title: Is That Ciudad? Yes, Son It’s Me. My favorite track was easily an acoustic ballad with Ciudad asking (former Nirvana drummer and now Foo Fighters leader) Dave Grohl to please return to drumming instead of playing guitar. The title of the track? “That Guy from Nirvana is Now With Foo Fighters.” Here’s my unofficial remix of their track.
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.
Back in 2006 (I think), I put together a remix of Christina Aguilera’s “Aint No Other Man.” The acapella track was well done, inspiring me to sequence a some bouncy beats and semi-aggressive synth lines. I put the mp3 up on Imeem a while back but since Imeem’s been bought by MySpace, the playlists haven’t returned. So here it is again. Where it belongs. Enjoy!
Here’s a remix I made for Jemex’s track “Palma.” Combining some of the piano melody with a big, booming breakbeat, this remix tried to create a gritty, urban atmosphere to the ambient, melodic parts in the original track.
Here’s a big beat remix for Kylie Minogue’s smash hit of 2005 (?) “Slow.” I made it using Acid Pro 5, and a whole bunch of loops and VSTi’s. I’ve always had an affection for her music. Possibly it’s the beats in her tracks, but also it’s the perky personality of the singer. Gotta love someone with the panache to move her career from “Locomotion” all the way to “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.”