As well as the Rude Mechanicals remix I did for NZ band Pitch Black, I did one just after Christmas for a friend’s band from Sheffield (UK) called Animat. The remix is of a song of their’s called “Deep Space Lament”, from their latest album, “Earplay”. I’m really proud of this remix – I only had a week to get it done in and somehow it all came together really quickly. It’s one of those tracks that you think to yourself “how did I do that?” Hopefully Animat’s fans and followers will like it, and the people at the Big Chill label like it too.
A preview of Deep Space Lament (mistrust remix) is now up exclusively on my myspace music player, so please listen and see what you think (and add it to your profile!). It’s going to be released on Big Chill Records on 11th May 2009
There are actually two other remixes up on my myspace music player. There’s Deep Space Lament, and the two versions of the remix I did of Rude Mechanicals. The original version of this track is on “Rhythm Sound and Movement”, Pitch Black‘s new remix CD, which is out on download at the end of April 2009, and in the shops early May!!!! Looks out for the change in title from the recently available EP versi0n. The track on the remix CD is called the “ambiotik” remix.
Deep Space Lament (mistrust remix) by Animat is out 11th May on all good download stores!
Rude Mechanicals (mistrust/ambiotik remix) is out end of April/early May 2009.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I’m now officially a “Remixer for Hire”! The official remix I did for New Zealand band Pitch Black is back from the mastering house and going to be released on all the major download sites at the end of October. I’ve done a couple of remixes before, just for fun, but never an official one with all the stuff that goes with that sort of thing (royalties, writing credit, legal stuff etc.). Doesn’t seem like much compared to what a lot of bands and musicians have been upto, but I’m 40-something and doing it as a hobby when my kids are in bed and it’s my first “official” release, so I’m chuffed to bits!
The track is now up on my Myspace music player, but if you like it, please buy the hi-res version when it comes out on iTunes, Beatport, etc.
For the techies out there, here’s the blurb about the gear I used:
Acid Pro 6, Izotope iDrum, TAL-Dub 2, and LiveCut VST plugins, on Windows XP laptop, Behringer USB soundcard, using some of individual Wavs (24 tracks) from original version of Rude Mechanicals (supplied by the label). Mixed down using cheap headphones from Tesco!
I’d guess that a lot of people have a video or two on Youtube, Google Video, and some of the many other video hosting sites. Out of those people, how many of them use the videos to drive web traffic to their own, or someone else’s website?
I’ve got a couple of the O’Neill surfing clips on Youtube. These are two of the sections that are used in the “Deep Blue Open 2005” promo film, featuring three of my tracks. Since I uploaded them, I’ve have quite a lot of hits, but it doesn’t seem to be driving a lot of traffic to my this blog or the mistrust music website. The videos are amongst quite a lot of other surfing videos so you’d think that people who watch those would follow the links to my music. Maybe not. There doesn’t seem to be a lot written on the web about how to improve your traffic using Youtube etc. Maybe someone could suggest something.
Following on from the last post – “The Colour Purple” – I can now report that I was featured artist of the week on a show on Purple Radio, which is the official radio station of the Big Chill organistion. The DJ, Ketsbaia, played three tracks, “Dubcrazy”, “Painless Light” and “Distant Shores”. I got a few nice comments from the DJ, and some support on the Big Chill Forum. My tracks were played alongside a lot of “A-list” bands, and seemed to hold up ok. He ran out of time to play a fourth track “Never Alone”, but said that he liked it that much that he’d play it in a couple of weeks.
As for other things…
The “mistrust clan” went to Borth near Aberystwyth for a week in a caravan at the end of July. It’s an old fishing village, which is very quiet and suited Paul (my stepson, who has PDD-NOS, and a massive social phobia, amongst other things). It started off as a complete disaster – pouring rain, burst car tyre, everyone worn out – but in the end we didn’t want to come home. Lots of nice scenery and fresh air to inspire me to write some new tunes. I’ll put some of the photos on Flickr soon.
I’m in the middle of applying for a new job, and contemplating a move from the Manchester area to Yorkshire. Things are happening at work which mean I could be out of a job or at least being downgraded in the next two years, so the time is write to put my skills to better use. Besides that, the holiday proved how much Paul, and the other children, need to be nearer the countryside and aware from where we’re currently living. If anyone reading this lives in the more scenic areas of West Yorkshire, please can you leave a comment saying if it’s a nice place to live?