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a Massive radiOasis Rhythm re:Mix

Some style and a whole lot of rhythm: drop in a bunch of samples in the MixCloud version and it’s another music re:Mix worthy of pumping up the volume. Fatboy Slim inspired this wildness with a mashup of featured artists, identified and anonymous. 😉

There are two versions—take your pick!

  1. one at Spotify** (including their app),

  2. the tightly-crafted remix with all the sauce is on MixCloud and streaming commercial-free.

* radiOasis  The World Is Sound • Life Is a Remix

** p.s. You can set a nice crossfade via the Spotify menu by selecting “Preferences > Crossfade” and setting it to about 2 seconds or more. Also opt to “set same level for all tracks.”

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radiOasis re:Mix • Dark & the Light

Listen closely! Today’s radiOasis* music playlist goes into re:Mix** territory—with samples of songs and phrases popping up and floating around your headphones {all the way to the very end 😉 }. Includes Leonard Cohen, Joan Osborne, Ray Charles and more. How well do you know these tunes?!

Only one version this time: at MixCloud and streaming commercial-free.

 *   radiOasis  The World Is Sound • Life Is a re:Mix
** re:Mix • music playlists exploring the art of the segue; thematic connections; the overlapping & extended groove; the implied & the overt; expressions of musical flow; rhythm, interplay and juxtaposition of aural colors; the love of sound.

Coda: Travels With Jack Flanders

If you’ve ever listened to the adventuring character Jack Flanders from the exceptional audio dramas produced by Tom Lopez and the ZBS Foundation then you are well-acquainted with the voice acting of Robert Lorick. Sadly, I just found out that Lorick died in January; although information is scarce, I estimate he was 75. Only a passing mention appeared here on NPR’s All Things Considered.

I discovered the masterful storytelling of Lopez and Lorick ages ago, when I was studying sound engineering and production at Berklee. I was enamored with the vivid storytelling and binaural sound quality of “Travels With Jack”Moon Over Morocco, Dreams of Rio/the Amazon/India/Bali/Sumatra—among many others: these “movies for the mind” left quite an indelible impression and I heartily encourage you to seek them out. You can hear samples and get downloads here.

Lorick was also a Broadway lyricist (“The Tap Dance Kid” with Gregory Hines) and he was a commercial voice artist; among his prominent clients was Chanel No. 5, for which he provided the tag lines on this recognizable “Blue Sky” TV spot, directed by Ridley Scott in 1979.

Read more about Robert Lorick here; and hear more here.

p.s. Lopez and ZBS have secured podcast distribution for their “Ruby” series via the new Wondery network, and they’re said to be planning a new streaming site to make it easier to travel with Jack Flanders. As they say, “stay tuned!”

Hawaii’s music heritage and peaceful message, in sound and picture

Listen to this! A great celebration of Hawaiian musical culture: so many expressive voices and instruments on this one song. And the process of multi-tracking the sound with picture—exquisitely shot, each musician on location, and creating a spectacularly coherent mix—is so well done. Nice work by sound man Dave Tucciarone and cinematographer Ruben Carrillo!

Project Kuleana: Music For The Well-Being Of Our Earth. An inter-island group performance of “Kaulana Na Pua.” Produced by Dawn Kaniaupio. For full credits, including all musicians, see the end of the video.

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
and
Open Source Music Remixes?! Tech and the Continual Music Stream, Part 4