Month: November 2014

tapedec re:Mixes of Quincy Jones producing the Back on the Block sessions

PlayThe remixes below of Quincy Jones’s exquisite productions are meant only to selfishly extend the passion and joy presented in the documentary “Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones,” probably the finest stylistic treatment of a documentary subject in music that I have seen. The amalgamation of picture with sound adeptly captures the spirit of mixing instruments into a cohesive, greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts music production for which Mr. Jones is so esteemed. It is essentially the best representative pairing of audio documentary with film as a purely multi-sensory Delight. 😉

“The best friend a song ever had.”

Since I saw “Listen Up” at the time of its release, I’ve wanted even more of the musical context—it could’ve run hours and I would have been no less enthralled with my fellow Berklee alum. So a few years ago I took the documentary audio of a few key song stories and combined each with the full songs from the album in order to simply be steeped more completely in his magic, in the form of an pocket audio movie that I could experience at any time away from the screen.

These are not flashy or overworked remixes; rather they are mere extensions—a straightforward music lover’s homage to the creative spirit of one of our cultural treasures: Quincy D. Jones, Jr.Remix

The audio includes three sequenced mixes. The first is from the in-studio, behind-the-scenes making of “Tomorrow” that combines some of its raw immediacy with a transition into the actual finished track. And, at the end, once again it comes full circle to the film’s commentary.

Then there is the doc’s telling of the “Birdland” story. The opening is from the movie, with the interview segments punched up and leveled out in spots to make it all more consistent when listening in the absence of picture. Then it transitions into the full song from the album. Finally, it comes back around to the documentary sound.

My favorite transformation that I created is with Ray Charles running down takes of the tracking for “I’ll Be Good to You.” The track’s instrumental portion was already fleshed out so that you hear the interplay between singer Ray and producer Quincy in a creative push and pull to put it in the pocket, which then bursts into what became the completed recording. But stick around for what I did at the end; it leaves a smile on my face every time.

Celebrate the legacy of Q!


You may also like this: tapedec re:Mix of Sugar Man by Sixto Rodriguez


tapedec re:Mix of Sugar Man by Sixto Rodriguez

When I first heard about the impending release of the “Searching for Sugar Man” documentary in 2012, I immediately sought out Sixto Rodriguez‘s music.  screen-shot-2013-02-25-at-3-37-13-pm

The track “Sugar Man” from the album “Cold Fact” stood out except for the very dated synthesizer space whirls (this was 1969 after all) which made it challenging to hold up on repeated listenings. So I took it, re-edited and remixed it to downplay the synth and get a different take on the arc of the song’s story. Here you will hear the sparse intro segue into the fuller main theme and eventually unwind, devolving into a reprise of the storyteller’s spaced-out and harrowing plea.RemixPlay

See references also at:
Making Connections: The Power of Place and Time
Open Source Music Remixes?! Tech and the Continual Music Stream, Part 4

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