Rindigo - Soulstain
Here is a track I have been tinkering with this week. Some things have brought me down significantly this week, and they tend to linger, and I suppose this track captures such wistful bleakness, the kind where something suddenly seizes a bright mood and infects thought and heart. However, these things are for the listener to experience and discover, and it is not for the creator to tell the listener what to feel.
It’s not my usual sound though, as the percussion in this dubstep track is really crunchy and heavy. I’ve experimented with some new techniques and effects processing, like using Maschine as an effect plugin to treat the drums. Draft34 also helped me out with some mastering racks, but I think some things are just weird here. The voices distort despite my best attempts to control them and I am leaving it the way it is because it adds something frighteningly natural in the track. some weird grittiness that seems to come from some living things in the track, some rust that is eating away at the structure of the track as the sounds pass through the speakers.
All of my latest posts have been more silly or gear-related than actually related to my creative process… Despite this, I have been working on music, believe it or not! I have been collaborating on a couple tracks with Draft34, and we have two completed tracks, though the push to the next one has not quite come. I have also been tinkering a lot with Ableton live sets to design the ultimate performance template and as of friday night/saturday morning, I believe I have created it! Perhaps one day I will share it, but it is the ultimate weapon for APC40 DJing. Lastly, I have begun some music in a rather different vein than my usual techno/house atmospheric stuff. So stay tuned, I’m sure I will have a breakthrough and an update eventually.
performing live in KSPC
the performance will air on wednesday 2-4pm (PST).
listen live here
I recorded Draft34’s performance at in the KSPC studio on Friday, so tune in tomorrow, Wednesday Aug. 15th from 2 to 4 PST to hear Draft34’s live set. Nick provided the streaming link up there, but if you’re in the Inland Empire area, tune in to 88.7 fm.
I’m making such an awfully dorky face in the PCR ugh..
Draft34 & Rindigo - Night Stumblers
Something brought me back to this track recently. Nick and I worked on this in March, if I am not mistaken, and it was a really exciting and invigorating project for me. We had to coordinate and collaborate by sending things back and forth with mediafire between different timezones because Nick was studying abroad in London, and I was doing my intern-y duties during my semester away from school.
It’s a really lighthearted tune that reminds me of late-night bikerides and taking steps forward. . I do sincerely hope you enjoy this fat bass!
Rindigo - Streetdaze
This one was in the works for a longer time, and so much love and effort was put into making the percussion sound just right. The original sounds I had in mind when I started tinkering with Streetdaze was heavily inspired by Burial, Sorrow, Swarms, and the like, the more emotional, warmer, “fuzzier” type of dubstep. You might feel it in the rhythm - the “snare” is on the upbeat rather than the third, of you might feel it in the atmosphere.
one of the main components of what gives this track the forlorn feeling of being left, emotionally befuddled, on a busy street is precisely the fact that there are samples of the street: I thank Nick, aka Draft34 for his field recordings that I used and manipulated into the atmosphere of Streetdaze.
And here it is! I uploaded Nightshapes EP as a set to Soundcloud! Give it a listen and I would be more than happy to hear feedback. I have the ask function enabled on this blog specifically for that, and should someone desire to collaborate, I also enabled submission!
This small bunch of tracks is the product of a lot of different drafts and sketches, numerous different sources of inspiration. A thank you to my good friend Draft34 for a couple interesting field recordings and samples that worked their way into Streetdaze. As some of you may recognize, Nightshapes is a reworking and extension of a previous track that didn’t feel complete or… mature enough.
Also the lovely photo was taken by Kathy
I am posting this as a link rather than as an audio upload because Tumblr can’t deal with audio uploading. I should have expected the audio set on Soundcloud to not transfer properly… I will be uploading the tracks one by one, and adding much more detailed commentary though! thanks for sticking around!