Thesis semester work (rough chapters 1-3)

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The new beat-tape on bandcamp’s hosting, above. Thanks so much to all those who contributed to the skits and transitions, knowingly or unknowingly!!
[This work was completed with the help and guidance of Jim Moses and James Hinton.]

The original chapter of the thesis [radio material] comes last in this tracklisting of the concept tape. I attempted to flesh out this idea by framing the context for reception of music as often bracketed by radio dee-jays. 1love and 2street show up frequently, narrating one’s entire day. This accustomization to the two voices does not come to fruition yet, as the final 5-chapter thesis will contain a concluding narrative from the radio personalities, in order to point out the power and influence of these people, and simultaneously point out their possible positive work while calling them out for not stepping up to do more.
The introduction chapter (the first three songs) are themed around the idea of creating music in one genre, and then sampling my own song for a completely new hip hop track. My pursuit of this hip hop ethic of sampling [as opposed to just adopting the hip hop craft of sampling, and leaning on old records to fuel my music] is an attempt to produce a couple of ideas: first, engaging the idea of creating one’s own history and fiction (see: Toni Cade!). That is, if my story doesn’t fit/jive with the world/medium/history I am living in, then instead of be squeezed into a marginal position and be disempowered, it is better to create my own space. Second, pursuing the craft of sampling is an important and powerful aspect of hip hop writing, but it was borne of a time of want, when musicians didn’t have theory education or access to instruments. So, to continue to promote sampling as the only way to write music today may impair the ability of young aspiring musicians to learn their craft of music, not just sampling. So, being in love with writing music, many different genres, and the aural rupture effect of sampling, I believe writing my own material, and thus creating my own texture and backdrop, to sample is a powerful and positive position. I also love to begin the beat-tape with this concept, because then the listener is instantly on my terms, creating a deeper atmosphere of community and creation due to the layered genres written.
Between these is the other chapter, less conceptually concise because it is supposed to be two parts really. The music is more of an attempt for me to find my own sound, especially by creating new instruments and atmospheres. I want to expand the skits and musical elements between the first few tracks and the radio segment in order to better articulate the community-based yet terrifyingly-alone movement that the character undertakes on this day. I hope these tracks are a strong start.

One interesting note about this album is how it was written. My work schedule in conjunction with Moses’ class was to write a beat/atmosphere/idea a day, three days a week (M-W), and then refine them right before, during, and after our friday meeting. In this light, I think it would be interesting to provide the original sketches for each song, so listeners can see the order of writing, the time of year they were written, and how far (or not far) they have progressed from their original state. It’s back to dropbox for this one!!!

Enjoy~:)

~O

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In album order:

Jay Dee Bee 2-9-10
Southern Nights Sample 1-20-10
Tape Decks 3-9-10
Tender 5-4-10
RC Cola Rough 2-5-10
Glittering 2-2-10
Citywide 3-8-10
Interlude 4-16-10
Romeo 2-16-10
Shaky Handle 2-17-10
Hardcastle 2-1-10
The Joke 2.5 1-14-10
Passion, YOU… (a 410 song from winter break ’07-’08)

And in chronological order for reference:

The Joke 2.5 1-14-10
Southern Nights Sample 1-20-10
Hardcastle 2-1-10
Glittering 2-2-10
RC Cola Rough 2-5-10
Jay Dee Bee 2-9-10
Romeo 2-16-10
Shaky Handle 2-17-10
Citywide 3-8-10
Tape Decks 3-9-10
Interlude 4-16-10
Tender 5-4-10

(the large interruption in creation towards the end was due to sports, midterms, and spring break, as well as entering more of an editing phase)

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Thesis Chapter 1

Here’s my first public work for 2010. Chapter one in terms of work finished, though in reality it will be more like chapter 3 of 5.
This segment fits into the album (‘December 3rd’) as a break from the main artist, and a chance for me to explore super poppy song structure, extremely clean sounding mixes, as well as the sound effects and fun that go into making radio skits. In the future, these instrumentals will have raps from friends of mine/artists I know, to feature the up-and-coming as well as give a sonic break from the main artist and create a fuller context for his surroundings and influences. However, like the (roughashell) ending implies, he won’t even admit to liking this stuff!! But that’s all important in how music affects us and influences our own creations.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy it (as its supposed to be candy-flavour all day), please post any thoughts or criticism as this will be edited more before final releases of course, its always a work in progress. I’m interested to see how this is received outside the context of the album, so let me know!

~O

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http://www.box.net/shared/huxd8erp6s
http://www.box.net/shared/f0nx250ygq
http://www.box.net/shared/g59prom6an
http://www.box.net/shared/ubl1a7020v

—listen to them back to back, no crossfade on iTunes no pause between songs please!!—

unfortunately these are only mp3s (320mbps though) but if you want higher quality .wav files hit me up, they sound better fo sho