Wellcome to THE WEB's tasty audio electronics!

On this blogspot page you can download my electronic music tracks from the clips i present on my YouTube channel - or Albums/EPs from single tracks you might have heard on Soundcloud
For every album/EP there is a post, with some descriptions of the making of, a track listing and a free download link below (mediafire).
contact: gronku(at)hispeed.ch

Have fun, you're wellcome!
THE WEB

Mittwoch, 28. Januar 2015

The Egrojj Remixes - DAST Net Recordings

In October 2012 Stas Dauer from DAST Net Recordings asked me if i'd like to remix one or two tracks from Julian Vas aka Egrojj (or Flatch), an artist from Mexico City that would have his first release on DAST. I liked the tracks and felt it was an honour for me they let me put my hands on them. They were included in the release "Egrojj - The Untold Tales Remixes" (DAST069); Leslie Von Dees provided a cool remix for it too.
Dr. Griffin did a marvellous video to my Untold Tales remix (cut). The Second Virus remix still lacks a proper video...will find something some day to fix this ;-)


In November 2013 when i had more or less recovered from my back OP i found an email from Julian in my inbox. He said he was going to release a new EP on DAST and would like me to do a remix of one of the tracks. He sent me the three tracks he did to choose. I listened to them and it was clear i wanted to work with "Gambling". I wrote back that i did my choice and Julian said that was cool, but if it would be possible to also take my hands on "sick er", a track he together with another artist called Eduard Colin - he'd really love to hear a WEB remix of that one too. How could i say no.
For Gambling i wanted to stay as close to the original as possible but enhance it with dubby chords to add an extra taste to it so i rebuilt the original with the samples he provided me, slightly treated some of the sounds with fx and then added some deep chords and mid chords stabs which i built up with opening filters, and finally added a variated high squeezed and filtered line of them. I also edited a video clip with colour treated footage of the classic "Casino Royale" movie to upload the track on YT. For the sick er it was more difficult to find a proper way as the track is quite special, with its deep tricky bassline and dry bass drum. I decided to treat the bassline with filters to squeeze out a melody that i enhanced with the different sounds and effects along. There was a percussion line that i reduced to a glitchy rhythm pattern which slowly builds from a thin tick to thicker percussive scratches. Although i found it turned out a proper remix, i wasn't really sure if the result met the expectations of Julian, but he feedbacked me that it was just great and that Eudard loved it too. I sent the track to my friend Dr. Griffin and he provided a really cool crazy clip for the slightly cut track.



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Montag, 26. Januar 2015

THE WEB - Five / Three

In summer 2013 i had an emergency OP on my back, as a disc pressed on a whole bundle of nerves... i had suffered from pain in the lower back and down the legs for a long time and it got worse and worse, but none of the docs and physios i had seen suggested to have a closer look at my back and the nerves, and in the end i almost lost my bladder nerves...Phew...I went through a long time with two OPs, a rehab, a recovery, a relapse, another OP where they screwed my back together with titan, and another recovery until, finally, in autumn 2014 things got normal again ...apart from a few nerves in my foot that i probably lost forever. During all these months i could not sit for longer times and as i use to work on tracks in a flow, the whole day long till late night or early morning i couldn't really produce new music. I still managed to keep up my uploading of videoclips on YT though.

However, when things seemed good again at the end of 2013 i managed to work on a new track. I was experimenting with synth patterns going to the five on a 4/4 grid, hence the title of the track, "Five". Another element i was using is a dubby synth that i stumbled upon...i was always looking out for it but couldn't identify it in my instrument library till then. Beginning of 2014, inspired by "Five" i did another track, this time going to explore the "Three". I'm very pleased with the results, i see it as a further development in my music.

For the videoclips, i used five colour/fx styles on some footage i shot in Appenzell and on the mountain Hoher Kasten for "Five", and three different ways of using the same timelapse footage i shot around my home in Winterthur for "Three".

Click to listen and download "Five" on Soundcloud
Click to listen and download "Three" on Soundcloud



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Donnerstag, 10. Oktober 2013

STEREOSLUGS & THE WEB

Obey The Robots



After the Sinus Remix Cat (aka CXXXVI) had to rest her voice for a while in March 2013. Instead of writing and singing new CXXXVI Songs she worked on electronic experimental tracks. Under her other alias / project named STEREOSLUGS she did a concept EP about robots, using a variety of electronic sounds and robotic voice samples. The EP comes with a booklet with cool artwork and when she sent me a preview copy of it i enjoyed it a lot, loved the sounds and the voices so much that i asked her if i could use material from it for a track that - if she liked it - could be a bonus track on the EP. She liked the idea so i tried my best to create a track worthy for this cool EP.



For this i used four of the five "Robots" tracks she had done, cut them in several samples and saved them as loops so i could use all on the same tempo, arranged them in one track and added a stomping techno beat plus some synth and fx.

Of course there had to be a videoclip to the track that fits it and so i used industry robot footage, mirrored and treated with effects, and of course the cool robots that Cat had done for the booklet of the EP had to be in the clip too. Cat did an additional robot letter pic corresponding to the track as she had done with the other tracks on the EP and added it to the booklet. It's Marvin, the robot from Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...




Click to listen Obey The Robots on Soundcloud
Click to download STEREOSLUGS - Robots EP for free (mediafire)


Throatcleaner

In autumn 2013 Cat came over from Australia and visited me in my hometown Winterthur, Switzerland. She had caught a cold and soon i had a runny nose and cough too, there was a little concert going on - that gave us the idea of doing a silly track together with noises like harrumph, cough, sneeze... We called it Throatcleaner, and as it's rather on the experimental side Cat is in under her alias STEREOSLUGS again.





So we sampled the noises - which was a lot of fun already - and arranged them to patterns. We chose a rather high bpm to let the drums have some good speed, i suggested to go with a hardtechno/breakbeat hybrid for the rhythm and added a catchy synth bassline to it. With these elements i arranged the track and put an fx line to it that i built from a cough/sneezing sample by reducing it's tempo more than 90percent so that it 'falls apart' in glitches. You can hear it from the start of the track.

We put a lot of effort in the videoclip here to visualize the track - it's about the World Coughing Championships and it shows how to clean your throat properly, so don't miss it :-)

Click to listen and download Throatcleaner on Soundcloud


Trolls From Hell (Dinosaws You In Half feat. THE WEB)


In december 2013, Cat finished a new series of experimental tracks about trolls that she released under yet another alias, Dinosaws You In Half - what an artist name lol. The EP she did is called "I Troll You So" and can be downloaded for free. As with the Robots EP i thought it would be cool to do a collab track using sounds of tracks from the EP. So i did a mash up of two of the tracks on the EP, called 'Demon Trolls' and 'For Those Who Cross The Trolls (Creepy Kid Vocals)' - the girls voice here is soo cool :-) - and some cuts from two other. From the sounds and issue it was clear from the start that it would be a banging dark hardtechno track ...and it was quite logical to entitle it "Trolls From Hell". When it was finished, Cat added it to her EP as a bonutz and i uploaded it on YT with a video using Resident Evil 4 footage that has some big evil trolls in it. And there is no happy end...

Click to listen Trolls From Hell on Soundcloud
Click to download Dinosaws You In Half - I Troll You So EP for free (mediafire)

 
JEFF


In autumn 2014, Cat sent me a videoclip she had edited from the 1950 original movie "Control Your Emotions"; she found it funny how psychiatrists back then dealt with emotions and personality. As usual she had created a cool soundtrack to it, with samples from the movie and added sounds from FL studio. I got hooked instantly and thought that might be really cool to pimp with some heavy techno rave beats - everything else was there - at 185 bpm - and it wouldn't be necessary to change anything to make it a cool fast hardtechno track. I only added some sounds from Hilti jackhammers that i had sampled as they were renovating my terrace just a few weeks ago. That was it! I used the original clip with the pimped soundtrack to upload on my YT-channel - a perfect fit :-)


Later my friend thadbb from Frankfurt came by and liked the track so much he asked me to do a remix of it - yeah of course! turned out a perfect sick thadbb hardcore remix as expected: Krankfurt rules!!


Click to listen and download JEFF on Soundcloud






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Mittwoch, 9. Oktober 2013

Remixes 2013 - Miss Kiss, Yoshiyuki Ota, Ultrahigh

Miss Kiss - Sinus (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)

In February 2013 Leslie Von Dees told me he joined two of his friends to run a new recordlabel, a netlabel called CroRoom Recordings, based in Hungary. He sent me the Soundcloud link for two tracks from a young Hungarian artist named Miss Kiss, and asked if i could do a remix together with Cat (aka CXXXVI) on one, and maybe a solo remix on the other track. I suggested that "Sinus" would be the track i do with Cat. This track got a quite unusual if not to say weird bassline going through and i knew this going to be a challenge to do a proper remix of it.
It took a while until he could send me the sound material. Beginning of March 2013 i started the work. Unlike other times i didn't put lots of new or different drums to it but instead used her drum sounds and rearranged them to a breakbeat that is typical for electro tracks. I put more emphasis on added synth lines, as my intention was to go with this hallmark bassline, leave it unchanged (only with a slight effect on it), and put it into a new context, so that it would form new harmonies with the added synths/chords/guitarsounds. This way i wanted to provide a solid ground for Cat's vocals. As usual she did a great job on the lyrics for the track. My guess was that the title Sinus referred to the sinus curve, but Cat sticked to the other meaning of sinus, the anatomical one, and created a song about being allergic to this world, and thus having sinus congestion and difficulties to breathe. And so we did a video to it that matched the issue.
When we had sent the track to Leslie he wrote us back that Miss Kiss and also his colleagues at CroRoom recordings were quite confused with our remix, as they were not familiar with live sung vocals. In the usual deep house tracks the vocals are samples that are played like a synth, where as Cat does a rather free interpretation in her live singing to the track, inspired by blues, sometimes going off beat, stretching words etc. If you have listened to our tracks you will know what i mean. Leslie is a real musician (he had played the trumpet for quite some time) and appreciates and loves our work, including this remix, but the decision on whether the remix would be accepted for Miss Kiss' release was on her in the first place. Well, no matter, we put the music clip on my Youtube channel and got good feedback for it. Check it out below and if you like you can download it using the link.





Click to download Miss Kiss - Sinus (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix) VIDEO
(mp4, H.264 - 720p HD, 257 MB) (mediafire)


Yoshiyuki Ota - Feel The Sun (THE WEB Remix)

Since beginning of 2013 Yoshiyuki Ota had a real boost in producing tracks, he got involved with different net labels (CroRoom, Ambber, Mystic Carousel, Emerald & Doreen). Late March 2013 he asked me if i would do a remix of the title track for his new release "Feel The Sun" on the German label Emerald & Doreen Recordings. I had listened to the original and didn't hesitate a second to say yes of course - the track was perfect for doing a WEB remix on it, i could expand it adding my drumwork while keeping the original sound and mood. Yoshi was very happy with the result too and so the remix was included in the release. The release was featured on itunes Japan in the House genre.
Of course i also wanted to do a nice videoclip for my remix. Watch, listen and Feel The Sun!

Click for listen/preview Yoshiyuki Ota - Feel The Sun EP (EDR013) on Emerald & Doreen Recordings






Ultrahigh - In My Heart (THE WEB Remix)

Ultrahigh are Cem Oral - better known as Jammin' Unit (or together with Dr.Walker as Air Liquide) and Roger Cobernuss - known as Kerosene. In the early 90ies, the golden age of Techno, they were well known in Germany and beyond. Their 1994 Ultrahigh album "The view of Ultrahigh" was and still is one of my fav album. For my YouTube channel i wanted to use a track from Jammin' Unit (called "Superflyer") for a videoclip and asked Cem for permission. He replied to my email and said he would be glad if i uploaded the track with a nice clip. Later i also used some Ultrahigh tracks that i love ("Killerbees Of Guatemala", "Cemetry Bells") and got into contact with Roger as well. I then also did videoclips for their older band project "Zulutronic" as they re-released a "best of" in 2012 and for artists on Roger's label Athletikk Berlin (Minimal Widget, Lars Sommerfeld).

When i had uploaded a nice videoclip to Ultrahigh's ambient experimental track "In My Heart" (the starter of the "View Of..." album), using footage that i filmed out of the Tower Eye in Sydney during my holidays 2012, my friend TruthseekerUK commented on the clip that this would be a nice track to do a Drum'n'Bass remix of. I thought he was right and that it was a good idea. Next day i saw that Roger had answered the comments and said "a remix would be great - but i am afraid that the files are no more available". I had done remixes of tracks using the whole track before so i said i will try and see if it worked out. It did. And when i sent the final remix to Cem and Roger they said it was great and could be on a release together with the original. I just thought wow that would be so cool. Roger said he'd ask some guys for another remix on it and then release it, but he was quite busy at that time so they decided to go with my remix only. That was another wow! It doesn't mean i will make money with it but it's such a great honour and appreciation of my work. Awesome :-)

Of course i did my best on the videoclip for the remix. As with the original i chose footage from Sydney and treated it with effects so it's in 'Ultrahigh colour'. You can watch and listen below.





Dienstag, 17. September 2013

THE WEB & CXXXVI - The Bunny Project (2013)

After the 10284 Miles project and a number of single tracks and remixes (DAST Net Recordings, Cyrus Sink, Magnetfisch...) Cat (aka CXXXVI) and i wanted to do start a new series of tracks. When we did remixes Cat always had to work on her vocals / do a song to a given track, and write the lyrics to a given track title. For a change, we decided that for this whole new series Cat will take the lead, write her lyrics and sing her song and then send it to me for the music that would fit it; that way it was me who had to react and adapt. And we already had a title for the series - it will be called "The Bunny Project", and we said it shall be a concept album or EP in that the tracks will center around the same set of issues. That was the framework in which Cat wrote the lyrics/songs. The main issue turned out to be genetic engineering - the opportunities but also dangers and fears linked to it... As concerns the music we wanted to explore the contrast between Cat's voice and hard heavy industrial like techno, and in this i also wanted to try unusual rhythms and go beyond 4/4 techno or breakbeat - if hat would fit Cat's song too.




The starter in October 2012, entitled "Giant Bunny", already was an example of this - i went with a 12/8 but built it on a 4/4 grid of 116 bpm (so the bpm you go with is actually less), for a very slow and heavy beat, like it is used in some alternative / industrial tracks too. I added a dirty bass synth and guitar based synth line and some synth/fx for a dark and heavy mood that gives solid ground to Cat's nightmarish song. For those who know it's obvious when they listen the song - Richard Kelly's independent cult movie "Donnie Darko" (2001) was the inspiration to it.

With "Created In The Laboratory", a song about creating a - said - better human race, i went one step further with my rhythm experiment, actually for me, this was at the extremes so far - i chose a 7/4 frame and tried to build a rather conventional techno track on it, but with one beat missing - without the listener missing something in the pattern. So i ended up in a 2x2+3 pattern and built all the sounds around it. Cat had sung her song on a conventional straight rhythm so it went to the 8, and this was the real challenge then - to shift and rearrange the rhythm of the lyrics / singing that it would fit in this 7/4 grid. At times the song was dense and no way to press the 8-line into a 7-grid so i stretched it in a way it met the 7/4 pattern at important points. The result is quite astonishing, the song has a unique flow although it is a clumsy 7/4, and, together with the really cool lyrics, it may be this that made the song highly recognized at IACmusic - at the moment (Sept 2013) it's in the top ten songs of the electronic genre on IAC, and number 1 in the new song charts (last 6 months) for the electronic genre :)

In the third track you wake up and realize you swapped bodies with your pet mouse. but hey that's great, being human is overrated anyway, and you know that mice rule the earth. What a crazy idea - Cat's song fits perfectly into this series. The song not only makes reference to a) Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy but also to b) Monty Pythons 'mouse organ', which made me laugh really hard when Cat sent me the vocals and lyrics. I tried to do a track to it that keeps the rather funny crazy mood of the song, and went with distorted breakbeat, a high bass guitar line that lags behind, and some beeps and scratches sound fx.

Finally "Have To Evolve" takes a look into the future of the human race - to catch up with all our technical means we gotta mutate to get stronger faster better... Of course this is meant ironically - Cat has really nailed this one :-) However, we think one thing is for sure: if we go on like this, being slaves to our technical means  - and to our economy that follows it - we'll deffo destroy this planet... For the music i combined 4/4 and 12/8 rhythm patterns in this one, this way i also could give it some 'fake tempo changes' which i like so much and which i thought fit the song perfectly - the rhythm you are sticked to during the intro and the break/restart around 4:00 kind of mutates when the main rhythm comes in.

As we'll probably destroy our planet someone's gotta save it - Cat did a short track with some electronic voices in it, just for fun, and sent it to me with a short video clip. "Supa Rotscha saves the earth"... but it's the wrong one, the bad one. I found this was so cool so i wanted to do a track with it. I asked Cat if that would be OK and if we could include it as a bonus track to our Bunny Project, at the end, because i thought this would fit in the series quite well. She really liked the idea so i used the short bit she sent me as a sample and built a proper track around it. I followed the high tempo of the original sounds and chose an oldschool hardtechno basis for the track.
I sent the sound samples to thadbb, a funny guy from Frankfurt i know from YouTube who does crazy hardtechno stuff, and unofficial hardtechno remixes of different techno tracks (some of them real classics like Universal Nation's "Push") and he did a remix, or rather a second version of the track with the material, as he hadn't heard my final track yet when he did his. You can listen the result here: "THADBB & THE WEB - Supa Rotsha reloaded"


The Bunny Project is conceived as a music videoclip series. You can watch all the clips below, or directly on YouTube or Vimeo.
The audio was released on DAST Net Recordings in February 2013 (DAST072). You can download it for free as mp3 but also in full glory (wav) or some other formats. Click links below.

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THE WEB & CXXXVI - The Bunny Project EP (DAST072)
1. Giant Bunny...............................5:35
2. Created In The Laboratory.................7:15
3. S.Q.U.E.A.K ..............................4:30
4. Have To Evolve............................8:07
5. Supa Rotsha saves the earth...............6:03
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DAST Net Recordings 2013

Click to download The Bunny Project EP (mp3 320kbps)
Click to download The Bunny Project EP in wav / other formats


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Sonntag, 15. September 2013

Magnetfisch - The Chexbres Trilogy Remixed (2012/13)

I had started this blogpage with the post on my NASA Remix of Magnetfisch's Raumstift. Next up, you could see in my Trains series that three of the tracks were actually reworks of Magnetfisch tracks. Timo, the co-founder of Magnetfisch who does the synths and programming, had given me the track layers of some of their old tunes to work with. As he was very pleased with my Raumstift-Remix and also the first Trains reworks in June/July 2011 (Magnetbahn, Grande Vitesse) he provided me with all the material of their new EP "The Chexbres Trilogy" that had been released at the same time (July 2011), in case i'd like to do some more reworks or remixes of tracks.



Timo trusts me, as for one thing he respects my skillz with beats, sound and mood, and for the other thing we both share a love to the sound of the 80ies with Bands like Cure, Simple Minds, but also such as Killing Joke and, above all for me, Cranes - i never thought i get to know someone who knows and also loves Cranes :-) I had put the files aside as after the Trains series i concentrated on the 10284 Miles project with Cat aka CXXXVI. During this work i had the idea of doing remixes of the Chexbres Trilogy tracks together with Cat - i'd do a WEB-remix of the track and she adds her vocals, with lyrics that fit the already given title. I could imagine this combination would sound very good. However, it was not easy to suggest this to Timo, as they not long ago had split up with their singer because it didn't work out anymore and he was kind of fed up with vocals then, going back to the instrumental, like in the good old days. But hey we're pro so i talked to Cat and asked Timo if we could give it a try, if he doesn't like the result we'd stop it. After a short while he said yes, yes of course, because he liked the tracks that we did in our 10284 Miles project and... see above. I said to him OK, my plan is we remix the whole EP, all four tracks if that suits you. Deal!




In February 2012 we started the remix project with "Le royaume de Chexbres" (French, = the kingdom of Chexbres). I liked the straight fast rhythm quite uprising part in the track, so i started the work for the remix with this part, and also used a stripped down version of it for the intro. I built the other parts from there then.
In this as in all the other remixes i used all the track layers of the original, almost every single tone from the original is in the remix too, but with more or less effects on it. I often stretched the arrangement of the track or repeated some parts of it. As for the instruments, it's usually the rhythm section that i start with (together with a carrying element in melody/groove of the track). Theres drums, synths and effects that i added to the Magnetfisch sounds. When finished i sent the track to Cat and she did her part on it - writing lyrics and singing them along the track her way, which usually surprises me when i first hear the vocals on the track - she manages to give the track a new twist i had never thought about.
In "Le royaume de Chexbres" the lyrics center around wine and vineyards - Chexbres, together with other villages of that region on Lac Leman, Switzerland is well known for viniculture. In the second track "Contre la crise" (March 2012) music is the best means against the crisis - put on your headphones, turn up the volume to 1000 decibels and block out everything. The track is quite fast tempo so i chose a dirty breakbeat to keep up with it, and made sure the whole thing sounded a) good mood and b) a bit punky too.

There was always a break after the remixes we did for this EP remix project, no one had set us a deadline. In between we were always working on other projects, tracks, collabs. And we did more than the tracks on the original EP - the first bonus track was the third remix we did in this project, called "Fruchtkönig V1" the original is one of the early tunes from Magnetfisch, it's on the EP "The Early Years 1998-2000". Really love that track, especially the guitar on it, so i asked Timo if he could provide me the track layers to that one too. He did, and so did we, the remix was done in June 2012. Cat picked the words wisely - the lyrics are about the forbidden fruits, the power of knowlege. Fruchtkönig is a German word play, = 'fruit king', instead of Froschkönig, the famous fairy tale about the 'frog king' which is known as Frog Prince in English.
In July 2012 we finished the third track of the original EP, "Scheebr Garten", the secret garden where you can grow without fear of being trampled on, as Cat puts it. I tried to make the track sound a little dirty but with lovely mood - found the high synth line goes perfect together with Cats voice and I treated Paddy's guitar with more fx in the heights to get a better connection to that high synth.

After that was a longer break until we did "Slurmz" (November 2012), the fourth track from the EP, but not the last for the remix project, as i had another one in mind that i wanted to do as a second bonus track. As usual i went with the original beat frame, extending it to a nice breakbeat with some kind of a disco feeling to it, and added some funky synths. A party in space. Cat joined this with her lyrics again. And how she had sung her refrain changed the sound character of that part in a bluesy way that was just perfect. you would never guess if you heard the instrumental only track. Timo had heard it, and he really loved this tweak too.
Finally in May 2013 we could finish the remix EP with the second bonus track "Rolizel", again from the Early Years EP. This 12/8 beat pleasant to listen remix became quite a success on IACmusic. atmospheric and strange, with offbeatness in the vocal line, weird overlapping chords, and police sirens coming in and out... a good ending of a quite cool remix EP! ;-)

The Remix EP has been released by Magnetfisch 25.9.2013 on bandcamp, follow the link below! On 23.1.2014 it was also released on itunes, junodownload and lots of stores all around the net.

The tracks also play on Magnetfisch's pages on the internet, like the one on US based IACmusic or on CH based mx3. Of course they are all on my soundcloud page too, that's to where i put the links below.

It's recommended to enjoy the tracks with their proper videoclips anyway, and they are all on YouTube and Vimeo - i embedded them all below so have a look and listen!


Click title below to listen to the track on Soundcloud

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Magnetfisch - The Chexbres Trilogy Remixed

1. Le royaume de Chexbres (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix).......7:45
2. Contre la crise (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)..............5:16
3. Scheebr Garten (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)...............6:38
4. Slurmz (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix).......................7:01
5. Fruchtkönig V1 (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)...............5:28
6. Rolizel (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)......................7:06
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2012/13, Magnetfisch


Get The Chexbres Trilogy Remixed...
...on Magnetfisch@bandcamp
...on beatport
...on junodownload
...itunes



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Dienstag, 10. September 2013

X-mas and New Year collabs - Yoshiyuki Ota and Leslie Von Dees

Yoshiyuki Ota is my Japanese brother, a very good friend i got to know on YouTube in 2011. He is a producer of electronic tracks too, deep house/techno, always with lovely arrangements and a nice unique atmosphere. I love his tracks and followed from the first one i heard on YT (and then on Soundcloud too). Together with Yoshi, Cat and I did "1216-10284", the big final track on our 10284 Miles album. Yoshi and i reworked his track "1216" and Cat added her tasty vocals to it.

Yoshi is also a good friend of Leslie Von Dees, and the three of us had plans for late 2012 to meet at Leslie's home in Budapest, Hungary, when he was back from West Hollywood where he lived the years before. Yoshi would come to Switzerland and then we both go to Budapest to meet Leslie and have a few great days together. It didn't work out for autumn but for the end of the year we fixed it. The meeting of the dinosaurs - Stas from DAST called us three 'dinosaurs' in a mail once, as we were not the youngest anymore, and were all doing 'massive tracks' :)

When Yoshi stayed with me in Winterthur for a few days around X-mas 2012, we also did a collab track - Yoshi had his laptop with him and worked on a track before that we could use as the basis. He finished what he had started for his part and i added some more beats and syntch/chord stuff to his track layers and mixed down the lot. We both think this track is complete, we are very happy with it. Yoshi hat set the working title Winterthur and we decided to add his hometown to the title of the final track, "Taketoyo-Winterthur". On 25th of December we went for a walk, it was an unusually warm day and i filmed some footage of the clip that i edited and uploaded on YT right after.

On Dec. 28th we took a plane to Budapest where Leslie waited for us at the airport. Yoshi and I could stay at his home, and we all had a great time with Leslie and his wife - and his doggie, who always growled at Yoshi. During our stay Yoshi and Leslie started our trio-collab track - of course we had to do one! - and i added my stuff when i was back at my desktop computer at home. We really put a lot of stuff into that track, it's a real journey to listen to - and so i thought "Around The World" would be an appropriate title. The working title was TWB, adding Budapest to Taketoyo and Winterthur. For the video i used footage of our three hometowns, Yoshi provided me with material and in Budapest and Winterthur i got it with my cam.

We also decided that these two tracks should go to DAST, and that we were asking people do to a remix and pick the best for the release. Phew it was hard to find anybody who dared to put his hands on our tracks - no one wanted to remix Taketoyo-Winterthur. It's too perfect lol
The release is still pending...

Back to Winterthur i wanted to show Yoshi something in my music program, it was about arpeggios, and when i had done a few tracklayers i thought OK lets go on with this bit and do a proper track. For the memory of my stay in Budapest - i had samples of our voices, Yoshi speaking Japanese, Leslie Hungarian and me my Swiss dialect, that i wanted to use too. Guess what track title - yes: "Budapest"
Yoshi also did one, he called it "The Sky Of Budapest"

Click on titles to listen/download on Soundcloud:
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Yoshiyuki Ota & THE WEB - Taketoyo-Winterthur...................6:57
Yoshiyuki Ota & THE WEB & Leslie Von Dees - Around The World...11:49
THE WEB - Budapest..............................................5:27
Yoshiyuki Ota - The Sky Of Budapest.............................8:32


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