Telafonica – Heartbeatings For Those With Heartbeats remix

Telafonica cover

Hello!

If you’re still reading this… well, thanks for not deleting me from your RSS reader. I still have dreams of resurrecting this blog, and one day it will hopefully happen.

Usually in the past I’ve posted here when I’ve done music work and I’m still active in that capacity from time to time – but I just realised I never noted the remix I did for Telafonica. They’re an amazing Sydney band who I’ve mentioned before a long time ago and have since become good friends.

They recently released an album called Sleeping With The Fishermen, which is excellent. The release occurred alongside a (very) ambitious project to release a remix EP for every track on the album once a month. The number of incredible Sydney acts that turned out to release it was staggering – featuring names like Scissor Lock, Jono Boulet, Option Command, Dave McCormack, Sounds Like Sunset and many more.

Amongst that very impressive list of artists is little ol’ me. I hadn’t finished a remix in a long while, so this kind of came from nowhere. Had a huge amount of fun actually: turning up the monitors super loud and make a lot of noise around a really wonderful melody.

Have a listen, see what you reckon! But listen to the others too, because they’re better.

Old news: Ships remixed

A few people have mentioned that it slipped under the radar a little, so what the hey:

Once upon a time, The Basics made a great single. It was called With This Ship. I remixed it. It got released on their Like A Brother EP last month. The end.

If you want to take a listen to said remix, have a crack at this stream:

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    Enjoy!

    (oh and you can buy the EP from the band’s myspace, or iTunes)

    Current musical events

    I’ve had a few people asking if I’m actively working on anything musical, which means that I probably haven’t been doing much of a job of keeping people updated via this blog.

    A few bits and pieces have been happening in my life musically. Here’s a quick rundown:

    • Some tune writing has been slowly progressing under the radar. Basically I’m trying to see if I can get enough material written for a live laptop/guitar show. While there are bits I’m really excited about, it’s been slow going. I find it incredibly difficult to write by myself so while this won’t be on the immediate horizon, it will hopefully come eventually.
    • Look out for a new band called Ovell in the very near future. Their debut single Across the Road (should be out next month) features my remix of the title track – the mp3 will be available here when the single is released. I also went into the studio with the band to provide some production assistance on the original version.
    • There are more remixes coming soon! (watch this space … and please feel free to drop me a line if you’d like me to mangle a track for you)
    • I’ve been playing some guitar live here and there. Notably, my buddy Greg Cooper and I have done a few shows together recently – playing live is always a really nice change to my usual hermit-esque forms of working.
    • A fascination with music that is probably better forgotten has taken hold of me, which has resulted in plenty of visits to op-shops all over the eastern suburbs of Sydney. I’m amazed at the tolerance threshold of my surrounding neighbourhood – the police have not yet arrived to confiscate my personal stash of Air Supply and Lionel Richie. And who knew that Roger Daltrey’s side projects could be so awful? Fortunately, this front cover more than makes up for the quality of the music found within:

    Daltrey

    Heart’s a progressively forming mess

    This is kind of a tail-end to my original post about my 3AM remix of Gotye’s Hearts a Mess. I just found a couple of early demos of the track by accident and decided there were elements buried amongst them that I kind of liked, so I’m posting them here so they don’t get completely lost. I guess I’m kind of taking a page from Tim’s book here.

    Warning: these are rough. Basically, when I’m demoing ideas for a remix I perform the whole thing live to my hard disk with a keyboard and mouse in realtime (I used Audiomulch, if you’re wondering). There are plenty of mistakes to be heard.

    First I start playing around with ideas for chords and textures for a remix. All of the drum sounds are hastily sourced from my stock repository of samples I use to get things going. I apparently hadn’t quite worked out what vibe I wanted at this point.

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    The next day I think Carly and I were moving house. Somehow during the course of this I found time to mutate the mix into this. Don’t be deceived by the fact that the first minute sounds fairly similar to the way it is now: it’s pretty different.

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    From this point onwards it fairly rapidly became what it is now, but they’re the two early working demos that I turned out.

    Again, thanks to everyone who gave feedback while I was playing around with these.

    Gotye – Heart’s a Mess (3AM Remix)

    Given I just made the terrifying discovery that it got airplay on Triple J a couple of days ago, I suppose it’s safe to assume that the cat is out of the bag and that I’m OK to blog about it.

    Admittedly, secrecy was poorly maintained to say the least, but nonetheless I’m now officially pleased to announce the existence of my 3AM Remix of Gotye‘s excellent song, Heart’s A Mess. Here’s the 20 second snippet I posted a while back:

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    Gotye - Mixed Blood album coverThe remix was an entirely unexpected project, both for myself and Gotye (aka Wally de Backer), but one thing has lead to another and it now seems that it will appear on the next Gotye LP, a remixes and covers compilation scheduled for release in July entitled Mixed Blood. You can read many different announcements about this.

    In conjunction with making my own announcement of the remix, I would like to say thankyou to Wally, who offered phenomenally helpful advice and generous amounts of his time to see it through to completion, and to my brother Michael who inspired the project in the first place. Also many thanks are also due to Janet, Colin, Jatin, Yimmy, (the long suffering) Camilla and far above all, the ever-awesome Carly. Thanks also to Michael Morrow for helping out with some details in the mix engineering.

    Briefly about the track for those interested: most of the sounds were created and programmed in Audiomulch, following which I transferred everything across to Pro Tools for additional production and mixing. Wally played some brushes on it early one morning while we were playing with the song, and Michael added some polish.

    If you’ve just surfed in after hearing it, I’d love to hear what you think of the track. Feel free to drop me an e-mail (link on the right hand side) or leave a comment.

    And don’t forget to buy a copy of Mixed Blood when it hits stores! I for one can’t wait to get mine. To sate your appetite for the time being, go listen to the very cool ENS remix of Puzzle With A Piece Missing on the Gotye myspace.

    Update: the Mixed Blood track list has been posted.

    stay tuned

    what has Joe been up to for the last month? here’s a teaser:

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    More to come…

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