Here’s a tip for you up and coming beatmakers and old souls lost in the grimy seas of vinyl. The past year I’ve been gradually practicing minimalism in everything that I do and was recently challenged by the prospect of moving. My vinyl collection was becoming a dusty monstrosity and it was time to slay the beast from a fat stack to a flapjack.
The pack rat, collector, and nostalgic freak in me tends to want to keep any and every piece of vinyl I’ve bought and owned. Moving to a smaller place forced me to make some harsh decisions. Due to space constraints, I was practically forced to get rid of some wax. Luckily, I had unknowingly prepared myself ahead of time through a method I previously formulated to label the unwanted/questionable records. » Continue reading…
Came across this today while scouring my news feed (courtesy of CAN and @WeAintPlastic). In a nutshell, the turntable in the video was rigged to display information about the samples being played and artists who sampled it. The information is displayed both directly on the vinyl itself and through a projection system. Insane.
To those who’ve been anticipating the sequel to the first Mind Mechanics album and continue to patiently wait for it, you’re all true soldiers. Both Memph and I do appreciate all the support and love we continue to receive so I wanted to whet the appetite a bit and release one of the beats I made off the upcoming album. Take a listen above (hit the play button). Hope you enjoy it, there’s definitely more to come. Keep the faith alive.
Aloha from the 808-state! I’m currently on week 2 of my vacation in Hawaii and was finally able to get in some beat practice last week. Equipped with only my iPhone, portable turntable, and laptop, I put together a simple beat using some vinyl I dug up at a local record shop. You can stream it above or download the track from my bandcamp site. » Continue reading…
So I was sitting at the MPC last night constructing some new drum kits and ended up straying off by bangin’ out live drum patterns. As I was doing so, I threw on a record to see if I could find something to sample for the sake of beat practice. I did, and proceeded with the chopping. Within an hour or so I had a groove goin’ with no plan of fleshing out the piece into a full beat. This got me wondering if it would be useful to post some of these work-in-progress/practice beats I come up with on the spot.
Hell, why not. I’ve decided to begin compiling these practice beats in all their raw, unfinished, no-shame glory. Two reasons, I want to give a taste of my creative glitches–a lot of this stuff gets buried, never to be heard. Second, I want to shed light on the rawness of beatmaking. Sometimes not everything hits with perfect timing, there’s gaps in the melody, all sounds are at full velocity, and a lot of times it just sounds sonically off. Nonetheless, it’s an exercise I go through for both fun and developmental purposes.
I’ll begin posting these beats here and on my bandcamp site. Enjoy, and if by chance you or your crew find any of these beats worth using on a project as-is, let me know and we can work something out. I’d love to hear some flows on these tracks. Shoutout to my twitter folk for indirectly providing the fuel for me to start this small project. Been listening to Doom’s Special Herbs compilation a lot lately which may have added to the flavor of this one. Peace and no end in 20-10. Stay tuned.