Sunrise in Brisbane 2018 Remix

Okay, this is a rework of track that’s only few months old. The difference is not so apparent this time, but certainly it sounds better. Cleaner and smooth. Not much more to say here.

I also learned that good mix is not necessarily achieved by making everything loudest  and clearly audible – even though it eventually gets there anyway. The good mix is when nothing sounds wrong and gives listener no “WTF” moments. Just as in professional productions you hear on the radio.

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John Fisherman – Mirage Remix

Another track. In fact the only one finished this year. It’s pretty ususual both for me and for progressive genre as a whole. How did it come to live? Well, it ticks many boxes:

  • Sometime this year I felt strong in mix / mastering, and wanted to try if I can make quality sounds out of anything.
  • I’ve got Live 10 and wanted to test drive it, using mostly (if not only) sounds it provides.
  • There was a remix contest hosted by Exia Recordings, who were looking for heavy genres: deep / progressive house, psy and techno among others.
  • I need quality stuff for showcase, that covers many different styles.

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Let’s do this again

To make any career in music business, I need a portfolio of great quality tracks in first place. Unfortunatelly, as it usually works, the old and poor ones end up on Soundcloud and the new ones can’t find their way through labels for months. So, need to fix that.

This is a rework of 2016 remix contest entry. The original was pure gold and the competition level was terrible overall, so I had to do it justice. Now you can enjoy this gem in top quality!

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New freebie: My Little Room

“My Little Room” was originally made some years ago as a counterpart to Bliss. It’s the odd one, though, and I can’t even think of many labels that could be potentially interested in it. So I give it away for free. Luckily it already gathered great opinions from listeners, now you can enjoy it too! 🙂

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The making of Starvation

Since now extended versions of tracks are on Youtube, there’s a good point to discuss how “Starvation” was made.

I had a simple idea in mind – a straightforward trance tune with african theme. This involves, obvioulsy, polyrthytmic djembe drums, but also harmonies. Some grooves were played by hand using different instruments, such as Ableton stock rack and Big Bang Cinematic Percussion, other loops were found on the Internet. As to harmonies, I googled some “african music”, understood correctly or not, and tried various chord progressions until it worked.

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2017 roundup

That was a good year. 3 New tracks released, many more produced, more followers and plays. There’s also new Youtube channel and finally other people are interested in promoting my stuff, at least to some extent. In general, I’m getting some recognition within the scene.

I also set up new PC, finalized my plugin setup, established workflow and finally made VIP 3.0 working. More on the latter in future posts.

The remix of Rompasso – Angetenar is about to top the number of Soundcloud plays of any year before in total, which is incredible. Youtube is doing pretty well so far, too.

Soundcloud 2017

Now, the downsides. Getting signed or at least getting any response from label at all still seems to be more difficult and take more time that actually producing stuff. But well, nobody said it will be easy. If the music is good, eventually someone has to sign it, right?

Wordpress Stats 2017

The blog you’re reading right now got drop in number of views this year. Apparently soundware, analyses or personal opinions attract more readers that actually produced music. Even if the music is signed, and my posts potentially could be totally made up and worthless :P. It’s fine, though, I definitelly have plans to add some tutorials in the future, possibly using new Youtube channel.

There are few tracks already made and waiting for labels. I’ll get back to production next year, once I’m done with additional preparations. Also waiting for Live 10 to come out.

DJ mixes? Not too many of them so far, but I have a plenty of music waiting and could do some if I find time.

Happy new year.