Saturday, July 11, 2015

new music

i haven't posted any new music in over a year now, so i wanted to write an update for anyone who might be interested where things stand for me musically:

-in 2013-2014, my goal was to write around 30 piano ideas for more piano-based HZ music.  those 30 ideas/pieces exist on my hard drive and some music paper.  i think about 20 of them are good enough to record, and i definitely plan for there to be a minimum of 2 more albums worth of piano-based HZ stuff.

-in late 2014 going into 2015, i started over in getting cheap records to sample and listening front to back and saving samples.  i recently moved, and counted the records i had sampled so far.  it was a little under 200.  i keep wanting to dive into stopping focusing on sampling and start practicing the piano stuff, but a nagging feeling in my gut keeps making me put it off and continue to sample records.  i took a pic of all the records when i moved:

-sketch lightly and i had started a 5-song collab EP back in 2013.   a few months ago we finished it 100%...mixed, mastered, artwork, song titles, everything.  it sounds different than either the HZ album or Type One Era - he went around the city making field recordings of street + subway musicians and passed them along to me to sample.  Since a few people complained my mixes on Type One Era sounded too flat/quiet, we got someone else to mix it.   he is trying to do some music videos for it, and aiming to put it up on bandcamp/spotify/etc some time this Fall/Winter.  we're pretty proud of how it came out, and i think his writing on it is pretty amazing.

-there is a hectic zeniths remix for tonedeff's "Sunrise" that he played on his last livestream that will be on the Polymer Remix CD

-as i've been sampling records for new piano-based HZ stuff, i've also been making 'tupperware beats'...there will definitely be at least a tupperware beats vol. 2, but i think i want to make it more of a full-blown instrumental album rather than a 'beat tape'.  maybe i'll consider it a hectic zeniths album rather than amplifya.

-there's this live beatmaking competition every few months in philly called 'behind the breaks' where everyone flips the same sample. i just found out about it and havent had a chance to see it yet, but i submitted beats and got a response that id be competing in it in November.  we'll see what happens, but i'll definitely post some video if it does.

that's all for now...i promise not to post anything for at least a year unless there's actually content to post.