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This is a remix I did of Tiesto’s track “Beautiful World”. I made it as another addition to my MCOM-216C Final Projects. I especially like the Haas effect I was able to use to get the most moving and emotional quality out of this mix.
My thanks go out to some random people from Berlin who were filmed on the night they were tearing down the Berlin Wall. I wanted to be able to get the most gut-wrenching enthusiasm to capture the theme and mood of the track. Fortunately, I was able to find some news footage on Youtube of crowds at the demolition of the Berlin Wall and rip that audio. I’m happy that that way I could get the most infectious level of euphoria to affect the mix and set the stage for the mood and quality of it.
I starting putting as much of the preamp Reverb and postamp Delay up in the track in Ableton Live when I was about 7/10 to 9/10 done with arranging and mixing the track so that I could reflect as close to the quality of euphoria one might feel in a cathedral or an abbey. I wore quality monitor headphones to warn myself of when the levels would clip (and that way I didn’t completely blow out my lame laptop speakers from the tracks that DID clip). Then, of course, I brought down the Reverb and Delay accordingly so the separate MIDI and Audio tracks could blend together as tightly as possible when I had to reduce the levels due to clipping- and so they could still match a lot of the rest of the Reverb and Delay settings (especially since I was using individual Reverb and Delay tracks in Ableton Live to effect the decibel-level of each track that I was using as a Send and Return, respectively).
I feel really grateful for being able to use the Haas Device Insert in this track.
I tried to create a mix that would be as beatific and awe-inspiring as Beethoven’s composition “Ode To Joy” and the Haas definitely helped with that effect.
When I think of the utility for the Haas in this mix and how it wasn’t over-used in any way, in my humble opinion, I think about the use of technicolor in “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy is transported to the land of Oz, and how the technicolor was not used as a gimmick. The color-palette even looks absurd and surreal today, when color film/recording is typically used and black-and-white is not the standard. Likewise, the Haas is there pretty much to show that the experience, emotions, or state of consciousness described musically and non-verbally in the track is an altered state beyond the typical acoustical or sonic level of awareness. By giving the auditory “presence” utilizing the Haas effect (especially while making the Reverb especially “wet”, in other words, present and near), I can give an audible and non-verbal description of the frame of mind and vocals expressed in this Tiesto song.
I’m pretty ecstatic with how productive the 48 hours creating this mix have been!
This is a monologue for the introductory passage of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel “Less Than Zero” (Pub. 1985). Publisher’s Synopsis on Powells.com : “Set in L.A. in the early 1980s, this bestselling and coolly mesmerizing novel established its young author as the F. Scott Fitzgerald for a generation so irretrievably lost that its motto might be ‘Disappear here.’ Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin. Clay’s holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the relentless parties in glitzy mansions, seedy bars, and underground rock clubs and also into the seamy world of L.A. after dark.”
Just dug up this #Casio #CTK–501 #keyboard after it disappeared more than 15 years ago. I got this keyboard for my 15th birthday in 1996. It has 100 tones, 100 rhythms, and a 100–song song bank. (I really want to plug in a sustain pedal on this keyboard’s input for that!) Pretty awesome, indeed! (at The Office)
I almost forget to post this after the Spring 2013 semester. Posted on Blackboard from Professor Kathleen Anspach, my BOT-95 (Keyboarding Skills Reinforcement) professor: “A15 - 5 min. [Typing Timings]: ‘60/0 is very impressive, Michael! It was nice seeing you on Friday! Thank you for all your nice comments. You will succeed in whatever you do with your commitment, enthusiasm and dedication!’” (at Grossmont College)
The highlight of my entire week so far: Getting a #signed #FirstEdition of the new @Joe_Hill horror novel #N0S4A2 that I ordered from @powellsbooks ! (at The Office)
"Where I’m from, the birds sing a pretty song…."
(This remix was done for educational and non-commercial purposes to satisfy the academic enrichment and requirements of my Advanced Audio class at Grossmont College.)
This is the finished audio project for my Advanced Audio class (MCOM-216B). I still think I could have done better. I partially blame GarageBand because it has so many handicaps in recording/disc-writing capabilities as opposed to Pro Tools. No quantization function (at least I couldn’t find any for the version of GarageBand I was using). Also you can’t directly save as a .wav file for cross-platform audio between Macintosh and PC. Instead, you have to save as an .aiff file and then change the extension to .wav manually. Ack. Done venting. Hope you enjoy what I’ve done with this mix.
Decided to start my own remix of New Order’s song “Crystal” as one of the tracks for my Audio class’s final project. (at The Office)