Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Rocking Cumbia Machine (Kraftwerk, El Remolón, Steve Miller Band)

This tune is a reworked track of one of my entries to the Gybo Weekend challenges.
I changed a lot compared to that entry, notably I added a vocoder to Steve Millers voice and resturctured the backing track so that there would be less clashing vocals,
I also made a version with almost no Steve Miller in it (the inhuman mix).

The Rocking Cumbia Machine:

Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine
El Remolón - Cumbia Bichera

Steve Miller Band - Rock N Me

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gloomy Angels and Reptiles (Akira Yamaoka/NIN/Carol Kidd)

This tune probably would be more suitable for Halloween.

It features a tune from Akira Yamaoka, composer of the Silent Hill videogame soundtracks.
His tunes usually are dark and foreboding and this is no exception.
I heard some similarities with Reptile from Nine Inch Nails which I layered then with this.
I also wanted to use Glooomy Sunday for a while and here it fit perfectly.
The singer is Carol Kidd, a Scottish jazz singer I had never heard of, but I could find an acapella from her for this song that fitted the bill well.
(Maybe somewhere in the future I will try to make an acapella of the version from Diamanda Galas, that would make it more chilling for certain)

Gloomy Sunday is also known as the Hungarian Suicide song. The lyrics are quite explicit about that.
However, when it became known by Billie Holiday's version, record companies wanted to add a 3rd verse with a lighter tone, the song was to depressive for them.
I skipped that last verse. It doesn't make sense at all, explaining that the other verses were just a dream.


Akira Yamaoka - Angel's Scream
Nine Inch Nails - reptile

Vocal: Carol Kidd - Gloomy Sunday

Friday, April 2, 2010

Off The Beaten Meter: Mashups Beyond 4/4

A video to my mashup Watcher of Facades which was created for
Off the Beaten Meter: MashUps Beyond 4/4:
A compilation of mashups using rhythms other than the standard 4/4.

This project conceived by DJ Not-I will be released on april 12th 2010 on the following website:

Watcher of Facades from Virtual DJ on Vimeo.

This mashup features music and vocals from:

Philip Glass - Facades
Genesis - Watcher of the Skies
William S. Burroughs - What Keeps Mankind Alive?

The image sources are from:

2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
The Shepperton Concert by Genesis
The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs by Larry Weinstein.

From the Off The Beaten Meter site:

Off The Beaten Meter: MashUps Beyond 4/4 is a compilation of new exclusive (as well as a few previously released) mash-ups in time signatures other than 4/4.

Off the Beaten Meter features tracks by a range of noted bootleg remixers/mashup artists, including Andrewherring, DJ not-I, Eternal Khaos, G3RSt, Lee Spoons, Overdub, RIAA (Mr. Fab), ToTom, Virtual DJ, and Voicedude, who mash up and regenerate odd-metered tunes by the likes of 4Hero, Chris Squire, Dave Brubeck, Foo Fighters, Genesis, Joan Osborne, Louis Armstrong, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Outkast, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Primus, Queens of the Stone Age, Quindon Tarver, Radiohead, Ravel, Slayer, System of a Down, The Commodores, The Future Sound of London, The Supremes, Tool, UK, and many more.

The resulting compilation is a heady brew of progressive bootleg remixing that pushes the envelopes of both mash-up-making and rhythmic perceptions in general.

Off The Beaten Meter will appeal to and satisfy the chin-stroking muso-nerds as well as the much broader spectrum of people who enjoy and appreciate excellent and interesting music, liberated from genre constraints and the ubiquitous 4/4 straitjacket.

This compilation will blow your mind, yet also have your foot tapping and head nodding in time signatures off the beaten path. So get ready to "Sit back and have some fun / and tap your foot in 21!" (Tony Levin/King Crimson)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Odd Russian Fever (David Bowie, Rihanna, Fever Ray)

This is the second mashup I made with David Bowie's Space Oddity.
(the other one, with Calle 13 see here)

It features Rihanna's Russian Roulette as the main music, mixed with Fever Ray's dark and ominous If I had a Heart:

Odd Russian Fever:

David Bowie - A Space Oddity (vocals)
Rihanna - Russian Roulette (music)
Fever Ray - If I Had A Heart (vocals/music)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Kenji's Love Song (Bob Marley vs Röyksopp)

This song is partly inspired by the story about Kenji, a robot programmed to emulate human emotions, like love.
However Kenji's programming took an extreme turn for the worst, mistaking affection for possession.
You can read the story about Kenji here.

I guess the story is an internet hoax though.

The vocals by Bob Marley are entirely vocoded,
The instrumental track, Silver Cuiser by Röyksopp, is in 6/8 so I had to rearrange the complete song to fit in this different rhythm.

As you can imagine this sounds totally different than the original By Bob Marley.

Kenji's Lovesong

Bob Marley - Is This Love (vocals)
Röyksopp - Silver Cruiser (instrumental)

VDJ - Kenji's Love Song (Röyksopp vs Bob Marley) by VirtualDJ

More links to the mp3:
fileden (direct link)