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Chill. Almost 1000 beautiful chill out tunes
– A nice mixture of jazzy, electronic, down tempo stuff.
Ambient. If you really need to relax.
– No beats, lots of drones, strings and other very relaxing stuff. Brian Eno style.
Club. Modern club music that I’m into at the moment.
– House, Tech house, Progressive House, Progressive Trance.
A sad day.. Another of my heroes has died. 🙁 I first became aware of Ronnie James Dio’s incredible voice and interesting lyrics when Holy Diver became a hit in Sweden – this was back in the year of our lord 1983. I found out he had been the singer in Black Sabbath and Rainbow previously to his solo carrier. After a while I had bought all those albums as well. Inho, Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules are two of the best heavy metal albums ever released.
It took me 2-3 days to get everything working again but now finally my computer runs Windows 7. Everything seems to work, even my old Yamaha DSP Factory sound card. I opened up a couple of tracks I’m working on and Cakewalk Sonar seems to work including, almost, all the plugins. Now I can concentrate on making music again.
I’ve been waiting for the right time to update from Windows XP. When my old hard drive started to act funny the other day I saw this as a acute reason to get a new one and install Windows 7 in the process.
Why hasn’t this been done earlier? Well, I guess it’s a combination of lazyness and the fact that everything was still working well on XP.
I have some older hardware, like the Yamaha DSP Factory sound card, that wasn’t supported in Vista. Thus the long wait.
Anyway… So yesterday I installed Windows 7, the 64 bit version.. bad mistake. Afterwards I found out that I could only use my older hardware, and their 32 bit drivers, on the 32 bit version of Windows 7. So now I have to reinstall Windows 7 again – 32 bit version this time. Oh happy happy. I just want to make music…
Such a strange and long process it is for me to create my own music nowadays. Remixing other artists are usually not a problem. I tend to pin that down in a week or two. But my own stuff.. can take months to finish. I probably spend around 80-90% of that time testing out different arrangements, then throwing them away when listening to it the next day. Testing different drums, different sounds, different basslines. Then once in a while, just maybe.. if all the stars are correctly aligned, I get a sudden flash of inspiration and rebuild and finish the whole track in a couple of hours. I just wish those flashes could come more often. I need a break from life so I can make more music. Oh well..
I have added three older remixes to the soundcloud player, located to the right. My ambient remix of Mystical Sun – Nebulous mist (unreleased), and my remix/cover versions of Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolook and Klaus Schulze’s Brave old sequence.
Junkie XL teams up with semi god Jan Hammer resulting in an orgy of 80’s synths and beats. The cheeky Miami Vice video is just too good to handle. Don’t miss the Jan Hammer synth solo at the end.
Sad news. The legendary manager, producer and artist Malcolm McLaren died of cancer earlier today. I found a snippet on youtube from an interview on Enough Rope. What a fascinating character he was.
I really really love Ricky Ryan’s new EP. It has a special laidback, “beach party under the palm trees” feel to it that I simply adore. Close your eyes and you are there… feel the warmth.
Click to stream it on Spotify or listen to the demo below: