teh s3quence – 011 – #BassLove4Japan

photo from geardiary.com via boston.com

I’ve been meaning to make a s3quence mix that had stuff from #RPM2011, but I was waiting until I had a chance to listen to more of the stuff that came out of it.  Then the earthquake/tsunami in Japan happened.  Looking at these pictures is mind-blowing, as is the constant threat of nuclear radiation for those in the surrounding area.  Often, when faced with something of such astounding scale, you just freeze up — you have no idea what you can do.  BassLove4Japan was created to organize DJs and musicians to help provide relief for those affected in Japan through a nonprofit organization Music For Relief.  BassLove4Japan encourages DJs and musicians to use their following to text donations to Japan (text ‘MFR’ to 85944 to make a $10 donation) and contribute by submitting tracks or proceeds from shows or whatever they can do to help spread the word.  Times are tight, but I wanted to do something, so I’ve donated a couple hours of my time to create this mix, at the end of which is a bit of a public service announcement with information about how to help.  Even if you can’t make the donation yourself, please spread this mix as far and wide as possible, to as many people as will listen, and tell them to donate to help aid those whose homes and livelihoods have been completely devastated.

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– intro: jazzsequence – Hedestad / DJ Shadow – Transmission III / Sinuata – Die for a Week to Live for a Century –
Fink – Walking in the Sun
DJ Krush – What’s Behind Darkness
DJ Spooky vs. The Dub Pistols – Peace in Zaire Mix
Artful Mark – Coffee Break (jazzsequence’s glitched out remix)
Cat Throat – Second Night
Buck 65 – The Suffering Machine
cEven kEy – Bird
57 Splits – Hey Birdsong
– interlude: James Brown – Hot Pants –
ormo – Diaper
The Crown Fires – Burtations
The Faint – Your Retro Career Melted
Lieutenant Dance – Painting Dicks on the Paintings at the Louvre
– interlude: Lionel Richie – Lady –
jazzsequence – Mildly irritated
Underworld – Dirty Epic
Carrier Signal – Brimstone Villian
Clever Things – Perfect Coded Angel
Slighter – These Scars Don’t Bruise
HORRORFALL – Necroplasm Fix (Slighter’s Extended Melee Mix)
Kidney Thieves – Placebo
Recoil – Jezebel
Tricky – Excess (Slighter’s Excessorized Mix)
Jeff Beal – Lucky to Have Jonesy (Sophie’s Theme)

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The latest update is that I’m 3/10ths of the way through the soundtrack.  I’ll be there for minutes long before I get all the tracks down (especially after this weekend), but what I’m happier about is that I got 3 new leitmotifs in that I’ll be using later in the game (for Blomkvist, Harriet & Vangar, respectively, all neatly packaged in a 3 minute intro song called “Incentive”).  The video below, however, is me working on the second song on Friday and Saturday.  That one was originally slated to be three separate tracks — so if we’re going by numbers, I’ve actually got 5 of 12 — but I decided to combine them into one epic piece that is roughly split into three inter-relating movements.  I’m planning on releasing the last bit as a “radio edit” because I like it so much.  The 3-part series deals with the 2 sexual attacks on Lisbeth and her subsequent revenge, so I use a couple of leitmotifs for Bjurman (her guardian and assailant) which return in the last bit, altered.  I also have an instrument in the last movement which is meant to represent a tattoo needle.

So it’s going along fairly well.  I looked at the calendar and if I’m only making music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and get one track done each day, I’ll still have more than enough time to finish my RPM album.  But I’m not strictly just recording on Friday – Sunday, so I’m hoping I’ll be done early with some time leftover to do some collaborations if people get back to me.  This is the first time I’ve shared my music in a less-than-finished form to Erin and she’s been able to provide some critique that’s been useful to the process.  Some of it has just been echoing stuff I was already thinking, but she’s also suggested some ideas I might not have got to on my own, so I’m pretty excited about that, also.  All in all, I’m happy with this experiment this year and find myself moving into new, unexplored territory in composition and arranging.  To the point that I’m actually using the words “composition” and “arrangement” and “movements”.  I mean, sheesh.