So here finally, is my first music video. This is a track named "Midnight Monologue."
"Everything Will Be OK" is a gloomy little tune that spouts optimistic lyrics -- but has nothing bright or sparkly supporting any of the vocals. Even the melody is in a minor key. The vocal melody line is taken straight from a dream I had back in 2007. I woke up with the tune in my head and sat down at the computer right away to get it recorded into my Reason software.
Tributary is basically a house music track done with some jazzy percussion, latin keyboard and bass parts and mixed in with some floating pads and ethnic male chants. I imagine a raindance in the middle of a busy urban area. But that's just me. This track has been in my computer for some years but never released. I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe I'm just waiting for a good collection of songs that fit well together.
"Bahay Kubo" (Nipa Hut) is one of those Filipino folk songs that every elementary child in the Philippines used to learn early on since it was a lesson in naming your vegetables set to a catchy tune. I used the folk song as inspiration for this track.
[audio: qd-4223-porta-loser_acid42remix.mp3] Back in January 2005, QED Records released a short, alternative rock/industrial EP called "Porta" by the band called Porta -- one half of the band was guitarist-vocalist Rann Golamco and the other was electronic producer Emorej. I decided to try creating a remix for their first track "(I'm A) Loser" which was more… Continue reading Remix: Porta – Loser (Acid42Remix)
Here's an '80s-inspired synthpop tune made entirely in Propellerheads Reason which mixes a typical pop beat with some ethnic instrumentation and a lot of soaring synth pads. The result is a bouncy, positive, feel-good theme for a Friday morning. I dug this one out of a backup DVR I created for all my past work… Continue reading Track: Magenta Breeze
A few years back, I wrote a PDF tutorial on how to use the software Reason for live performance. I never got to update it, so it's circa Reason version 2.5, but it still has some interesting tips on how I personally use Reason in a performance set-up. Download link below.
Here's a short, jittery Latin-fused house music track.
The beautiful thing about hi-speed internet connectivity and upgraded music-making technology is that, one user working from a compositional tool like Reason, and stationed in Hayward can send his working Reason file to another user in Mandaluyong, based on the former’s composition posted on his own website, and come up with a whole brand-spanking-new tune… Continue reading Collaboration with Cocolulu on the “Panda Extravaganza” Remix