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Thread: New Track: Shikutzim (Unwanted Things)
J. Wells

Replies: 2
Views: 2,079
04-09-2006 05:43 Forum: Tunes


Yeah, I guess I went a little crazy on the distorted/filtered drums. Roll Eyes It's an attempt at using nearly raw noise and lo=fi sound blasts in an artistic fashion. It sounds a little weird, but I was actually going for that sort of sound on the drums, it makes me nostalgic. (I used to be in an industrial band, I was going for that crunchy edge as an alternative to the annoying super-crisp electronic drums my software always produces) Thanks for the effective feedback, though, it always helps. Wink

And I'm guessing by your book recommendation that you're reading into the title, and know where it comes from... kudos for that! Totally unexpected. I'll check out your book.


--J.


Ps: What if it really +was+ someone stomping on a potato chip bag?
Thread: New Track: Shikutzim (Unwanted Things)
J. Wells

Replies: 2
Views: 2,079
New Track: Shikutzim (Unwanted Things) 02-09-2006 01:41 Forum: Tunes


Get it here: http://ia311517.us.archive.org/0/items/G...m/Shikutzim.mp3

It's been a long damn time since I've produced something for myself... all thoughts, criticisms and abuses are welcome. If anyone can come up with a good subgenre classification for this one, that would be groovy.
Thread: Paki - Child Abuse
J. Wells

Replies: 5
Views: 2,680
31-08-2006 07:01 Forum: Tunes


This track is wicked. Drummer

Yeah, it needs to be mastered, but before you get to that point I think you should maybe revisit your drums and the bass. They sound flat, a little mono in a bad way, just in the way that the tracks themselves lack definition-- particularly stereo definition. Bring them to life somehow, like a touchup with a multiband compressor/audio exciter combo maybe, and you'll have yourself a serious contender. And I suppose the atmospheres could use a changeup, just to keep things more dramatic... but overall this track is in good shape.

Keep 'em coming.
Thread: Scaranja - Ohoo
J. Wells

Replies: 11
Views: 4,166
31-08-2006 06:51 Forum: Tunes


I dig this track. It has a very old skool sort of sound, as mentioned above, but I think it's a good thing. The mixdown is clean, the bass is smooth... it's uncluttered, and I like that. Also as mentioned, I don't feel that sax sample. Sloppy jazz can be great, but sometimes it gets a little too sloppy, y'know?

At any rate, this track reminds me of 1998 in all the best ways, back when the sound was just emerging here on the West Coast... it's hip and non-threatening. Good smoking music. Big Grin
Thread: sephiroth - Helter Skelter
J. Wells

Replies: 5
Views: 2,091
18-08-2006 19:56 Forum: Tunes


Since I only listened to the lo-fi version, I guess it would be silly to try to review this track from a production point of view. However, I think I can review a few other things, like composition and the overall aesthetic you were chasing.

First of all, the song lost my interest at about 1min.40sec, where the synth lead comes in. Those keyboards don't sound cool at all, they sound underproduced. Compositionally they serve their purpose as leads, but they leave a lot to be desired as they come off as flat, squeaky... a little Casio Keyboard in the wrong way. This also goes for the big, long, sweeping note-bend breakdowns, with the exception of the one you close out the track with. There's a definate potential for more there, so much that it sticks out like a sore thumb.

In terms of how you arranged the song, you're fairly spot-on for the most part: nothing extraneous, no obvious mistakes, no big fuckups. This song isn't something a total amateur would write, and I could definately hear it having a prominent space in a good mix/set. However, I don't think it steps over the line into being innovative, and the cheesey synth leads have a lot to do with it. That sound is the centerpeice of your track, responsible for guiding the listener through the rest of the song. If it sounds uncreative, simplistic, whatever... then it's not doing its job as well as it potentially could. Given how the other elements of the song sound, I have faith that you could go further with it.


Now run with it.
Thread: do you send demos??
J. Wells

Replies: 39
Views: 8,836
03-06-2006 02:10 Forum: Production questions & answers


Getting signed is fucking cake, these days. Seriously. There are so many labels, a lot of them new, all eager to get talent under their wings....... the problem is that 99% of the labels out there are run by schmucks. If you want to make your way, don't wait for some label to come and lead you by the hand to success-- it most likely won't happen, so do it yourself instead. That way, when you + do + achieve something, you've really earned it... a certain amount of credibility and respect comes from that, too.


If you really + must + hook up with a label, watch your back. It's easier than ever to get ripped off, burned, or just plain used.
Thread: Hands up who wants one!
J. Wells

Replies: 10
Views: 4,012
21-05-2006 23:43 Forum: Hardware


Wicked interface, but how's it +sound+?
Thread: do you send demos??
J. Wells

Replies: 39
Views: 8,836
21-05-2006 21:10 Forum: Production questions & answers


Thinking of sending a demo? Do yourself a favour-- print up the nicest, spiffiest, shinyest demo cd you can, bundle it with your press kit thing, and set then set it on fire. You're going to have more fun watching it burn than you will popping it in the mail.

Seriously, if you're not physically putting your demo into the hand of someone who has established that they have an interest in helping you, you're wasting your time. The "traditional" route of cutting a demo and sending it a billion places doesn't work anymore. I might've in the past, but the industry is too bloated now, and the people in charge are too jaded, busy, etc. You're better off going the grass roots route of handing out demos to industry folks you meet face-to-face at events, parties, etc. Even if the person isn't directly involved with signing people to labels, word gets around pretty fast sometimes, and people who know other people are your best bet for getting ahead.

The exception to all of this is emailing an electronic press kit to people. I've seen it work-- just a short letter and a couple of attatched files. A&R types are very short on time, and they tend to lose a lot of stuff in the shuffle, so email's a fantastically simple way to get ahold of them, and trust me, doing things A&R types appreciate will get you ahead faster. Plus, it's damn near free.

Demo cds can do you a lot of good, but you have to know how and when to use them. Otherwise, you're just spinning your wheels. Also: I really dig the suggestion of making a mix set of your own tunes. Props! (I'll have to try it myself)

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it. :-p

Nolites bastardes carborundorum! (don't let the bastards grind you down)
Thread: meaning of life
J. Wells

Replies: 21
Views: 7,261
21-05-2006 20:54 Forum: Offtopic banter


Life: that thing that keeps pissing me off.


I don't adhere to any particular faith or ideology really, but I can say a few things with confidence, things I've experienced myself. First, there is no meaning to life except for what we assign to it. For real. Think of it this way-- if we're given, say, an object which has no readily apparent function to us, then what is it? Just a functionless item, until we find something we can use it for. The same, I believe, is true of life. Since we don't get an instruction manual at birth (though religious types might argue otherwise, I suppose) life is essentially that functionless object. It exists, but not for any other purpose than what we give it.

And I think that's the essence of the whole 42 thing, hahahaha....
Thread: just another bass problem
J. Wells

Replies: 9
Views: 3,270
23-04-2006 22:46 Forum: Production questions & answers


quote:
Originally posted by equipped
put an lfo wobbled with a lp filter twist at the ass end of it and double delay out,..that's what id do.


Good suggestion, mate.

Sssonar: If that's too complicated, a) you haven't been doing your homework, and b) try using a cutoff filter sweeping down from top to bottom, or bottom to top if you like, and some light reverb. It's a real basic trick that works well.


--J.
Thread: Limewax + SPL EP (Freak019)
J. Wells

Replies: 17
Views: 5,343
11-04-2006 01:05 Forum: Nu choons


Damn, man... I remember meeting Sam (SPL) when he was like twelve, and he looked like he was ten, and I WAS MAKING TRANCE, hahahaha... and then he got all geeked out over Reason and NOW look what happened. Illest album of the damn year.

Wicked.
Thread: London
J. Wells

Replies: 35
Views: 7,700
08-04-2006 18:04 Forum: Offtopic banter


Djfreemc-- A couple things to get done in London:

Visit Karl Marx's tomb in Highgate Cemetary, Whitechapel, just 'cos people will be impressed over it later

Skip the Jack The Ripper tour. It's really pants. Like, millions of lame tourists all at once looking at basically nothing.

Moon the House of Parliament for me.


(that's all)
Thread: help with breaks
J. Wells

Replies: 5
Views: 3,078
24-03-2006 05:51 Forum: Production questions & answers


I used to think the same thing about my original breaks (I too make everything I can) and it turned out I was filtering/EQing/compressing them just a little too much, or in the wrong ways, etc. So I guess I'm suggesting that you try a less-is-more type approach, just to see if it might help.

For what it's worth, my breaks still aren't all that great. Frown


Edit: Also, what type of hits are you using primarily, accoustic or electronic?
Thread: Cd dj recommends, anyone?
J. Wells

Replies: 15
Views: 5,811
24-03-2006 00:50 Forum: Hardware


Techdiff: To each their own, mate. I actually started out software-only, back in the days of DOS tracker programmes, but I ditched it in favour of hardware. I realise that software's grown leaps and bounds since then, but I still find it too sterile. After experimenting on others' setups with softsynths, control surfaces, etc., I'm still not convinced. Everything's to predictable and clean (too clean for my gritty, bombastic style anyhow) and it's hard for me to be creative if I'm interfacing with a computer. The thought processes and workflow are different on a computer; hardware suits my "flow" better.

Nothing against laptop performances or anything. I already -have- a laptop, and I've done a decent amount of experimenting with it, too. Aside from the portability factor, I've discovered some serious drawbacks to laptops, especiallly if (like me) you're broke most of the time and have to pirate all your software. For me, it's not worth it to bother with. And the idea behind wanting to go to a cd deck is so I won't have to haul a good portion of my studio out for shows, like I do now-- instead, I'll switch over to a handful of hardware boxes, a dj mixer, and a cdj unit. Sure a laptop setup would be smaller, but ah... fuck it.

Besides, everyone turns their noses up at laptop performers, I've noticed. (an injustice, for sure-- my friend Sam does some incredible stuff with just a comp and a control surface) Regardless of whether or not you're rocking the house, people still perceive it as "cheating" to use a computer. I want to -look- like I'm working as hard as I am. Tongue
Thread: Cd dj recommends, anyone?
J. Wells

Replies: 15
Views: 5,811
W0rd! 19-03-2006 18:29 Forum: Hardware


Wicked!

Thanks for all the suggestions and input, I think I'm pretty close to choosing-- the numark digital mixer actually looks kindof wicked, and I think I'm just going to get 1 cd player to start, probably the pioneer cdj, with the intention of running something I already own on the other side of the mixer (maybe an Electribe ES or something) Pleased Final Scratch is out of my range at he moment, plus I don't own anything to interface them with (like tables, dj mixer, etc)

You've all been mad helpful. Rinse Good karma come to you all.
Thread: Cd dj recommends, anyone?
J. Wells

Replies: 15
Views: 5,811
18-03-2006 23:23 Forum: Hardware


quote:
Originally posted by djfreemc
I'd say 2 pioneer cdj 200's or a denon double cd deck, with something like an ecler nuo2 or 3. But that's gonna be a bit over your budget I'm afraid.

How many/which bells and wistles do you want exactly? Onboard FX in cdplayer/mixer, possibility to route external effects, making loops, ....?


Onboard fx aren't big on my list, but an external fx send/return on the mixer is. I haven't decided if I want to go with a 1-peice unit or a 3-peice setup, I'm trying not to rule anything out just yet. Also, looping isn't an issue for me-- I have a sampler for that.

I guess I'm more concerned about things like quality, variety/depth of controls, and overall performance than having a handful of neat tricks on an otherwise sub-par peice of hardware-- I invent tricks, after all, I don't buy them. Though, if there's actually a cd deck that can do a convincing imitation of scratching, I'd be down for that too. Wink When it comes to a mixer, something proper with an extra channell or two would do well, a good crossfader, a nice wide EQ range, filters, knobs galore would be ideal, whatever... since I'm new to the cd-dj thing, I don't even really know wot's wot with these things. However, I'm a tech freak and a filter junkie, so keep that in mind. Wink

Would you recommend a standalone unit, or a pair of decks and a regular mixer? Would I be missing a lot of features and connectivity if I went that route?

Cynik: I want something I can actually PLAY.
Thread: Cd dj recommends, anyone?
J. Wells

Replies: 15
Views: 5,811
18-03-2006 20:07 Forum: Hardware


quote:
Originally posted by djfreemc
So If I understand correctly you just want a basic dj setup with 2 cd players and a mixer right?


Mmmyep, that's right. Preferably with bells and whistles.
Thread: Cd dj recommends, anyone?
J. Wells

Replies: 15
Views: 5,811
Cd dj recommends, anyone? 18-03-2006 17:50 Forum: Hardware


Everyone knows I'm a hardware freak, and that I produce all my own music. The upside to this is that I get to feel l33t all the time, but the down side is that I have to lug ten grand worth of equipment with me when I play out, then set it up, sound check it, and fret over the very real possibility that something could "happen to it" before the end of the show.

Sometimes, being a LivePA artist sucks. Frown

As an alternative to all that frustration, I'm looking into buying a cd dj setup instead, so I can still play my own stuff my own way, and just unplug the unit from the board and leave when I'm done. Only, I haven't the foggiest when it comes to the damn things.

Any suggestions or recommendations out there? How many of you lot have tried the whole cd thing? Did you stick with it, and why or why not? What should I look for (and look out for) in a unit? For what it's worth, I'm not looking to spend more than, say, five or six hundred (American)


Peace be,
J.
Thread: breaking your block
J. Wells

Replies: 11
Views: 3,551
18-03-2006 00:36 Forum: Production questions & answers


What do I do for inspiration? If it's DnB, I watch the video of the police raid on that event down in Nevada, the one where they got the SWAT teams and wotnot out over a permit technicality. That usually gets me goin'.



"Block" is nothing but an excuse to hate everything you're trying to do.
Thread: Buddha Machine
J. Wells

Replies: 6
Views: 4,226
17-03-2006 07:12 Forum: Hardware


I don't get it. It just loops nine different sound files? So... it's like carrying around a personal soundtrack? How irritating. (and somewhat unnerving)
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