Mood music for your morning commute. If you live in Boston, you might recognize the samples around the 6:40 mark. If you live in Beijing, you might relate. Samples from Piero Umiliani’s “Produzione.” Continue reading
Category Archives: Instrumental
I sleep like shit most nights – been this way my whole life. Special shout out goes out to all the narcoleptics, graveyard shift zombies, nightcrawlers and insomniacs out there. What I lose in sleep I make up for in beats.
Piano sample is from “Chez le Photographe du Motel” off of Miles Davis’s soundtrack to the French film ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud‘, along with samples from “Monkey Conquers the Demon.” Continue reading
In high school and freshman year at Boston University I was big into industrial music – Ministry, Front 242, Wax Trax, Skinny Puppy and the like. I probably spent haf of my pocket money freshman year buying industrial-edged CDs at Nuggets and Tower Records – where I picked up a compilation of proto-industrial weirdness called Tyranny of the Beat put out by Mute records (founded by Daniel Miller of The Normal – best known for ‘Warm Leatherette’) and featuring tracks by groups like Throbbing Gristle, Can and Wire that were mostly recorded in the 70s and early 80s.
Here’s a post I penned for thebeijinger previewing French turntablist crew Birdy Nam Nam’s show in Beijing tomorrow night – good hip hop shows are few and far between in our fair city:
Birdy Namnam are no mere knob twiddlers – the four-man French DJ “band” take an instrumentalist’s approach to turntables and collaborate to create beat-laden compositions out of sampled sounds and instrumental parts pressed on vinyl. Continue reading
Can’s “Vitamin C” and Miguel De Deus’s “Black Soul Brothers” for the beat; “Cacha Mechanica” (artist unknown) for the guitar sample and a piano loop from Krysztof Komeda’s soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water.”
The tight freak-out grooves on Krautrock pioneers Can’s Ege Bamyasi make it my favorite album in their wide-ranging discography. I really wanted to emulate that free-form sound in my band in grad school – but while the “free” part was do-able for us, the “form” didn’t work out so well due to my not-so-polished drum skills. Thank god for automatic beat-matching. Continue reading
This one is made of samples from Italian drum genius Tullio de Piscopo‘s “Dodiciottavi,” piano from United Future Organization member Toshiu Matsuura‘s version of Abdullah Ibrahim’s “Did You Hear That Sound” and a dope bassline from Kryzstof Komeda’s “Astigmatic,” with sonic flourishes from Mount Kimble‘s “Before I Move Off” and Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon.”
Naples-born Tullio de Piscopo has drummed for the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Astor Piazzolla and Manu Chao and he’s a beast on the skins – one of the all-time greats. One of his best known tracks is the monstrous “Medium Rock,” which DJ Shadow sampled on ‘Guns Blazing (Drums of Death Pt 1),’ his collaboration with Kool G Rap – hopefully you can hear its influence on my sound. Continue reading