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collaborations Fade EP

Fade – Tired (demo)

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Title: Tired (demo)
Artist: Fade
Album: Fade EP
Date: 2003

More Brit-pop-avec-idm with Robsi. This one was pretty much done entirely in Reason, and I think we did most of it in one day.
Main thing about this is the vocoder…its like voices vocoded with delayed versions of themselves, guitar, drums, synths, the vocoder patches in this were like a cat’s cradle of patch cables (my favorite part about reason).
ps. and dig that we were doing the halftime drums before the brits were even doing it…well it was an accent back then whereas its like the norm nowadays.
Download: fade – tired (demo) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown

Noggin – Distral

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Title: Distral
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2011

Small glitch in the matrix, but we’re back now.
Dwight Yoakam and wobble bass. You could call it a dabble in wobble.
Download: distral20090519 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Tension

Noggin – Tension (full mix)

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Title: Tension (full mix)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Tension
Date: 2008

Short mix (~40min) I put together in the Spring time in Cali.
Lots of experimental stuff going on here. It’s wholly DJDecks (R.I.P.!!!), though mixed externally with a Vestax VMC 185 XL (coming yer way Trypset). In my opinion, that mixer is the instrument that wants to be played, and the tracks are like the strings that you apply and tune to make the instrument sing what you need it to.
This thing runs the gamut from nu-folk to straight house to indie jams. I was pretty happy with it. The name and glitches come from my internal stasis that year.
Includes hits from, but not limited to:
Quench
DNTEL
Telepopmusik
Keiran Hebden and Steve Reid
Herbert
Bjork
Download: Noggin – (2008) – Tension (Full Mix) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations Fade EP

Fade – Lost In

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Title: Lost In
Artist: Fade
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2000
Original
Acoustic
This is one of the first collaborations with a bonafide vocalist and myself on programming. Robsi had the lyrics ready and wanted to hit that Kid A vibe that was kicking around pretty good at the time. Well we did our own take, and were both pretty happy with how it came out. A couple remixes followed.
We produced the majority of this in Buzz, but I believe vocals were tracked out in Vegas or Nuendo, and the acoustic remix was totally in whichever program that was. We took Buzz integration to the next level with this one, what with the guitars and vox and 808s etc.
Bonus for yall, acoustic remix is included.
Download: Fade – Lost In (right click and choose ‘save as’)
Download: Fade – Lost In (acoustic) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Sober October

Noggin – Do You?

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Title: Do You?
Artist: Noggin
Album: Sober October
Date: 2011

This track was, for the most part, created in a very short time frame art project / experiment / live experience / promotion done at The Business in Anacortes.
For this project, I came into The Business (a record store) early in the afternoon armed with nothing but a turntable and an empty sampler. The idea was to create an entire set of songs from nothing but the vinyl available in the record store, on the same day as the show (thanks Nick for helping me live out a dream). I grabbed anything that looked interesting … some BTO, some aerobics training, some Burl Ives (a necessary Anacortes original), some proto-industrial, and most notably for this composition, some Olivia Newton-John.
The first couple hours were spent sampling and chopping, with a couple hiccups due to poorly planned memory usage – resampling in an mPC2kxl takes an excruciatingly long time…I’m talking 20 minutes to resample a 30 second sample. I learned this the hard way on this day when I had nothing but short time to work with.
This piece definitely came together the easiest, and continued to be refined throughout the next few months, culminating in a couple recording sessions in the garage to tape (see Reverb City). I’ve chosen this markedly dissimilar track to close the album out on a high note.
I will continue to post the album in reverse order.
Thank you.
MPC straight to 1/4″ reels via Mackie mixer and LXP-1 on send.
Chuck originally called this one “Love is the opening door”.
Full album available at http://soundcloud.com/djnoggin/sets/sober-october
Download: Noggin – 10 – Do You (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Every Early Experiment

Noggin – amenape

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Title: Amenape
Artist: Noggin
Album: Every Early Experiment
Date: 1998

Throwback tuesday.
One of the first jams to emerge from the S20 back in the day. Main synth line is totally ripped from an Orangator preset ‘Jarresound’. Anybody else use Orangator? HELL of a synth from a time when soft synths were all hell.
Download: Noggin – 08 Amenape (Early Experiment) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown

Noggin – One Friend To Another

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Title: One Friend To Another
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2002

My hope is that you put this on a cd somewhere in the middle where you’ve got about a minute and a half to fill. With the stars aligned, and yer mind correct, it should sound as if these Bulgarian choirs sing a solemn song solely for you.
This one seems appropriate today.
Download: Noggin – One Friend to Another (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Every Early Experiment

Noggin – Au Cafe

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Title: Au Cafe
Artist: Noggin
Album: Every Early Experiment
Date: 1997

This is one of my earliest attempts at deep house. Samples ripped from all sorts of various sources, most notably a French Canadian girl I found on irc to lend her vocals (where you at “Lady”?).
I always really liked this song, and it was kind of hard to pull off live, as half the keyboard was devoted to loops and the other half was me playing the string section live. All the jerks who I used to play live with who had serious superiority conflicts cause they used ‘real’ samplers hated this. Yea well guess what your ‘noise jams’ weren’t even that noisy and they were more like suck-fests…at least I could tell that they had no grasp over the equipment and were just making that crap to get a cool pass. Here comes my 15 year old ass like ‘hey guys check out this house track i made’ and all i get is ‘house!?! what a loser’. Small town life, what can you say?
Still a favorite. Forget the haters.
Download: Noggin – 10 Au Cafe (Vers1-early Experiment) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

And the Bass Kicks the Remix remixes remixes and covers

And the Bass Kicks the Drum – Forget All The Memories (Diversion Mix)

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Title: Forget All The Memories (Diversion mix)
Artist: And the Bass Kicks the Drum
Album: And the Bass Kicks the Remix
Date: 2011

Bill and Jon (Billijons, Bojillions, etc) recorded this killer track sometime last fall. Really came out of nowhere and knocked everyone down. I managed to get the tracks, and after much procrastination, finally finished some remixes due to a well timed txt-message. They could use some work in the mixing, but thats fine as I feel you really need to pass mixing and then mastering off to different people to really get a well-tuned production.
Major props to Jon on the production and Bill on the vox…absolutely incredible performance…I was sitting here with these loose ideas for a track, then I accidentally unmuted Bills vox track…suddenly the track started to make sense. Coincidentally enough, the vocal track I had was not used in their final version. You’ve aint never heard homedude hold notes for this long, sounds good.
This is part 3 from a 5 part remix-o-rama that runs the gamut from basic edits to total noise loop annihilation.
Thanks Bill and Jon for being awesomer.
Download: atbktd-remix3(diversion) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

WIP20050426

Noggin – Random Voicemail Disintegration

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Title: Random Voicemail Disintegration
Artist: Noggin
Album: WIP20050426
Date: 2005

This one manifested as the outro to the third installment of my Work In Progress mixes, toward the end of April 2005. I was developing a style I call noise sculpting, and while this one only scratches the surface, it worked as a practice in restraint. This is a good one to play when you’ve got the family all together, like around a campfire, or on roadtrips.
I did not record the source material, and if you know where it came from, please let me know.
Happy birfday America.
Download: 02 – Noggin – Random Voicemail Disintegration (right click and choose ‘save as’)