The second project I started in 2011 after Trains grew out of the collab tracks with my friend Cat aka CXXXVI from Sydney, Australia - Water Train and Train Of Thoughts. The Project is called 10284 Miles. This is the distance between me in Winterthur , Switzerland, and Cat in Sydney. We completed it with the final Clip on February 1st, 2012.
Not long after i started my channel on YouTube (early 2011) i came about Catherines channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Rutle) and i'm sticked to it since then. She writes songs about strange themes - mostly blues or alternative - and does videos to them, and this stuff is so fresh, cool, strange, beautiful and funny all at the same time. And I really love her voice and her lyrics. So i asked her if i could use samples from one of her songs (YoYo) for a Trains track and she liked the idea from the start. This was Water Train and i liked it so much i wanted to do a track where Cat would write and perform the vocals to, and we did Train Of Thoughts. The two tracks amazed us both and it was real fun to work together. So we decided we do more tracks like Train Of Thoughts. it was planned to be an EP first, now it's an album.
THE WEB & CXXXVI - FRESH & CREATIVE VOCAL TECHTRONICS
Remarkable thing is that there is not much planning of the tracks. The key is sound, mood and emotions of the music - the mp3 audio files and the lyrics are the principal means of our communication. The concept of the album is as follows:
"We are 10284 Miles apart and yet we are one. Exploring different electronic music styles and filling in the emotions of blues, alternative and wave, we enjoy a new experience of our music. We are glad to share it with you."
The tracks are done ping pong style: I create an untitled instrumental track and send it to Cat (ping). She does the lyrics and the vocals and sends the vocal only track and the track title back (pong), and i do the track mix. For the next track the service changes, so Cat sends me a vocal only song as the ping, and i do the music aka pong to it and the track mix. Next it's my service again, so.... etc.
THE WEB & CXXXVI - 10284 Miles (2012)
CXXXVI THE WEB Track
ping1 --> pong1 Blurry Reflection (Radio Edit)
pong2 <-- ping2 The Future Is On My Mind
ping3 --> pong3 Tiny Dot
pong4 <-- ping4 Three Strikes
ping5 --> pong5 Date With The Devil
pong6 <-- ping6 Silicon
ping7 --> pong7 Core
pong8 <-- ping8 The Faceless Men
ping9 --> pong9 The Invention
pong10 <-- ping10 Funke7 - Days Of Orange Sunshine (THE WEB & CXXXVI Remix)
ping11 --> pong11 L.I.F.E
pong12 <-- ping12 1216-10284, with Yoshiyuki Ota
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10284 Miles VIDEOCLIPS
The 10284 Miles is not only music! Every track comes with its track video, and since we both love doing videos this became a very important part of our project. We don't need no detailed planning either, the issue is set by the lyrics, sound and mood of the track. We both produce video scenes that we think fit the track. Cat sends me her stuff and i do the editing of the whole thing. i usually do some fx scenes, titles and stuff, and sometimes additional scenes that fit the ones Cat sent me - she's the creative leader here :-)