Carnival of What the Duck?

Week 10. Dead Week. Everything you have been putting off for the term is coming back to haunt you. Then you get a video assignment. Your first thought, “this will be a great opportunity to try stop-motion!” Bad idea. The result is pretty much the same quality that you would expect from a film by Edison, but it works because the piece is from the same era.

The assignment was to post a video of a performance of my jury piece. I figured that since I was already doing so much with It, I would make an interesting video too. Since its a ten minute piece and the process was taking a lot longer than the ten minutes it would take to record me sitting in front of my computer playing it, I decided to just do the intro for now. I felt that doing a boring video would not represent the time I put into the piece.

So in lieu of the ten minute youtube, I will be performing all variations live on Sunday on my radio show (Sunday, June 6, 6PM on 88.1 or online). The Jury itself is supposed to be posted to youtube as well, so it will be available probably in a couple weeks.

As always, comments are greatly appreciated, and are conveniently free to give out!

Thanks,

Kyle

Spooky Scenarios

I know some people out there don’t believe that I play trumpet because I spend the majority of my time making music with my laptop,  DJing, or writing random poems about tacos. In fact, every week I have to record myself playing the trumpet for studio. Out of the past ten weeks of the term, this was voted my best recording of the term. I’m thinking mostly because of the Twilight reference. Enjoy!

*note: Janet Stewart works very hard to keep the SOM in a pristine condition, and I have nothing personal against oboists. I’m sure Steve Buscemi is pretty on the inside, and there definitely are some pretty intense recorder youtubes out there. I do, however, have a negative opinion of Gary, Indiana, despite whatever the music man tells me.

** dually noted: The little player on here is from SoundCloud. If it doesn’t work or you want to hear more clodewerks stuff, hit it up on the bar to the left. I also have stuff on ilike and last.fm, if you are more into those things.

Cleveland Show- OMG CATS!

Here’s what I played:

  • Dabrye- Piano
  • Mr. Oizo- The Salad
  • Aphex Twin- Orban Eq Trx4
  • Balkan Beat Box- Sunday Arak
  • Flying Lotus- Arkestry
  • Blockhead- Tricky Turtle
  • RJD2- The Stranger
  • Bonobo- Kiara
  • Boards of Canada- Chromakey Dreamcoat
  • Wiseguys- Searches End
  • Cornelius- Mic Check
  • Mark Gould and Pink Baby Monster- I Live for Art
  • The Prodigy- Stand Up
  • Fatboy Slim- Gangster Trippin’
  • Chemical Brothers- Piku
  • Röyksopp- Happy Up Here
  • Mr. Scruff- Spandex Man
  • Kraftwerk- Abzug
  • Clode- Week 1
  • Moby- String Electro

Hour Two:

  • Groove Armada- Groove is On
  • Washed Out- Clap Intro
  • Lymbyc System- Carved by Glaciers
  • Orbital- Funny Break
  • Four Tet- Love Cry
  • Chemical Brothers- Burst Generator
  • Justice- Phantom
  • Mr. Oizo- Jo
  • Justice- Phantom Pt. II
  • Hexstatic-Living
  • Underworld- Bigmouth
  • Groove Armada- Warsaw
  • Mr. Flash- Disco Dynamite
  • Basement Jaxx- Broken Dreams
  • Krazy Baldhead- No Cow, No Pow
  • Balkan Beat Box- Delancy (Stefano Miele Balkan Carnival Remix)
  • Propellerheads- Bring Us Together
  • Chronos Quartet- Dinner Music for a Hungry Pack of Cannibals (Raymond Scott)

*Bold indicates what it always indicates, le Jam de la Semaine.

This week I had no clear plan as to what was to come out. A lot of the work that I do at the School of Music here is performance based, so I thought I wouldn’t think to much and would just perform. The title lends itself to one of a few comments I got on the track “Mic Check” by Cornelius. If you haven’t heard the album that its on, “FANTASMA” you should probably get on that.

The jam of the week comes from an artsy hip-hop album by Dabrye. I wanted the CD really bad in high-school but never got around to it until I saw it laying around the station last week. I couldn’t play my favorite tracks because the FCC would not be happy with me if I did.

Other than that, it was a pretty usual fun show. I played my own trumpet/flugelhorn track that I’m thinking about redoing for the album I will be working on over the summer. I played both Phantom and its sequel with an intermission. Next week might be my last before the summer, so be sure to tune in. Over the break I will do something DJ related, but I haven’t decided between live or podcasting. Either way it will be pretty great as I will have more time to practice.

See you next week, Sunday at 6PM PST on KWVA, Eugene 88.1!

Stay Classsy,

Clode

Intergalactic Kegger

I think that the University of Oregon should adopt a class on intergalactic relations. The mere fact that Avatar broke all the box office records goes to show that people are interested in the issues that surround the intergalactic community.

Here is how I see the class going down.

INGL 201- Intro to Intergalactic Relations

INGL 201 covers the history of  conflicts and other important events that have shaped the current landscape of  Intergalactic politics. This challenges students to become more aware of the current intergalactic landscape and the issues that surround us as a world in a broader  intergalactic system.

There will be two lectures a week covering the following subjects.

  • Case files from the MIB
  • In depth study of Na’vi- human relations
  • The growing concern over the Visitors
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • When Mars Attacked.

Readings will be from:

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
  • Starship Troopers- Robert A. Heinlen

Students will also have access to an interactive simulation entitled Starcraft. The old edition works fine for the purposes of the class.

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The Night Before Tacos

It ’twas the night before tacos
and all through Kyle’s pad,
not a creature was sturring, not even a tad.
The kitchen was strewn with dirty silverware,
in hopes that tomorrow he wouldn’t be eating there
Kyle was nestled all snug in his bed
while visions of nachos danced in his head.

I am getting me some tacos tomorrow…

Cleveland Show- The Lost Episode

Here’s What I played:

  • Beta Collide- That’s a Traum!
  • Washed Out- Luck
  • Meat Beat Manifesto- We Done
  • Mr. Oizo- No Day Massacre
  • Art of Noise- Opus 4
  • Blockhead- The Music Scene
  • DJ Shadow- Six Days
  • Portishead- Strangers
  • Blockhead- The Prettiest Sea Slug
  • DJ Center- Strings
  • Washed Out- Last Night
  • Bonobo- Kong
  • Prefuse 73 feat. Sam Prekop- Last Night
  • Chemical Brothers- The Boxer
  • Lo Fidelity Allstars- Deep Ellum.. Hold On
  • Tarkan- Simarik
  • Underworld- Bruce Lee
  • Busy P- Rainbow Man
  • Hexstatic feat. Organic Audio- Salvador
  • Fatboy Slim- Praise You
  • Justice- D.A.N.C.E
  • Bassnectar- I Wish I Was a Hipster (West Coast Lo-Fi Remix)
  • Orbital- Easy Serv
  • Raymond Scott- Twilight in Turkey
  • Underworld- Luetin
  • DJ Mehdi- Lucky Girl
  • Daft Punk- One More Time (Short Radio Edit)
  • Chemical Brother- Do It Again
  • Prodigy- Shoot Down
  • Wiseguys- Ooh La La
  • MSTRKRFT- It Ain’t Love (feat. Lil’ Mo)
  • Deadmau5- Reduction
  • Fatboy Slim- Everybody Needs a 303
  • MSTRKRFT- Work on You
  • Basement Jaxx- Hot ‘N Cold
  • Bonobo- 1009
  • John Wilbraham- Carnival of Venice

*Bold indicates jams of the week.

This weeks show was fairly doomed, but ended up being very good, not to brag or anything. First things first, Lost was having its season finale halfway through my show. Apparently, It was to be the TV event of the decade, a pretty bold claim considering we’re only 5 months into it. I had to bid the followers adieu halfway through the show. Secondly, the beloved chatbox on the KWVA webstation was not working.

I powered on through it all though. Beta Collide put out a wicked new minute-long single about some article about the music industry. It won the jam of the week with its epic bass and cartoonish vocals. However, Twilight in Turkey by Raymond Scott kept coming up on shuffle on my iPod. It is a pretty epic song in its own right, and I think it would be sweet to perform it in a small ensemble setting for something music major related. That’s why I decided to have two jams this week.

Other than that it was just a regular Cleveland show, with some interesting layering and ending with a very random track. I felt especially proud of what I did with the DJ Shadow track as well as how I did with mixing into the Prodigy track. The Carnival Of Venice is embedded into my subconscious at this point from constant practicing.

That was how the Cleveland Show went down.  If you’re feeling down about the loss of Lost, tune in next Sunday at 6PM (PST) to KWVA (www.kwvaradio.org) and dance the bad emotions away. As always, Feel free to leave me a message with any requests as I prepare for next week.

Why I Haven't Been Posting of Late

The Carnival of Venice is a very lovely tune,

I play it to look flashy,

and to make the ladies swoon.

Sometimes I’ll mess up a rhythm,

or won’t quite multiple tongue.

It doesn’t matter to me though,

’cause this tune is too dang fun!

* I will be posting my own version to Youtube in a couple weeks. Bring the Pain!

Cleveland Show- Getting over Basketball

Here is what I played:

  • Bonobo & Andrey Triana- The Keeper
  • DJ Center- A Few Good Words (feat. Nijmole)
  • Mr. Scruff- Vibraphone Boogie
  • Whashed Out- Good Luck
  • DJ Center- The Rain
  • Boards of Canada- Eagle in Your Mind
  • Art of Noise- Metaforce
  • RJD2- A Spaceship for Now
  • Hexstatic- Perfect Bird
  • Röyksopp- Happy Up Here (Boys Noize Remix)
  • Bassnectar- Backpack Rehab
  • Hexstatic- Extra Life
  • Meat Beat Manifesto- Long Periods of Time
  • DJ Mehdi- Stick It
  • Feadz- Edwrecker
  • Mr. Oizo- Cut Dick
  • Vinyl Life- Hot Sauce
  • Daft Punk- Musique
  • BSOD- This is Also the Hook
  • Junior Jack- Luv 2 U
  • Lo Fidelity Allstars- Sleeping Faster
  • Deadmau5- Faxing Berlin
  • Chemical Brothers- H.I.A
  • MSTRKRFT- Vuvuvu
  • Voodoo Child- Unh Yeah
  • Simian Mobile Disco- Sleep Deprivation
  • Daniel Bedingfield- Gotta Get Thru This
  • Prodigy- Your Love
  • Vengaboys- Up & Down
  • Scooter- How Much is the Fish
  • Cosmic Gate- Fire Wire
  • Aphex Twin- Polynomial-C

* Bold indicates jam of the week. (Originally the Bonobo track but the DJ after me was hating on  90’s house, especially the hardsyles,  so I had give some props to the music I grew up listening to.

This week, the Cavs got beat by the Celtics in the NBA playoffs. To fit the mood of Cleveland, I went down-tempo for the first half hour of my show. Another reason was that I have definitely been enjoying the DJ Center  and Bonobo albums.

From there I moved up in tempo throughout the rest of the show. In the first hour I did my french electro thing with some of the Ed Rec. crew and Daft Punk. By the second hour I was doing straight up house and trance. That track BSOD is pretty funny.

Thanks for checking out the Cleveland Show. Feel free to leave me a message with any requests as I prepare for next week. As always, tune in next Sunday at 6PM (PST) to KWVA (www.kwvaradio.org) for another action packed episode!

Steam For Mac

Steam For Mac... Yes!

Five years after I left PC gaming for a wonderful OS that is the Industry Standard, video games have come back to try rob me of my ambitions to do anything but play video games.

It all started this summer when a friend gave me a copy of Half-Life 2. Over the course of a week, I spent All of my free time trying to save the world with a crowbar and a fancy suit. Since then, I went back to not having my Parent’s computer around and have been DJing and making weird noises in my own little world.

And then… A month before my birthday, Steam announced that it would be launching for mac in time for the big day. Turning 21 and having computer games would be the end of all motivation to work. Fortunately, Steam was Steam and meant early May when they said April, so I have had more time to mentally prepare, although my birthday present of a copy of Orange Box has been itching to be used.

Right now I am downloading Portal and am probably going to spend part of my evening working towards some delicious cake. But with great power comes responsibility. I still need to study for this F&#@ing CIT midterm.

What this ultimately means is that I am now on Steam. I was on Steam, but was never physically logged on since the summer. My username should be pretty obvious if you’re looking for me in the gaming cloud.

CD Review: Bonobo- Black Sands

When I sit down at KWVA to do a mix, I always imagine myself on Solid Steel Radio, hanging out with the DJs that continue to inspire me with the amazing mixes they put out every week. Listening to Ninja Tune’s radio show has been a definite driving force behind my passion for DJing as well as their assortment of amazing artists.

Last week on my show I got my mits on the new Bonobo album, Black Sands. Definitely true to the Ninja Tune vibe, this album has a very laid back groove with some very cool layers. Its very organic sounding, but  with a very big and present bass. Its the kind of thing to listen to while winding down for the day, or to take away the pain of getting ready for your midterm on AJAX and the DOM.

Recommended Tracks: All. Just do what I did and sit, chill out and let the rich grooves take your mind to a more relaxing place. I think “All in Forms” sounds familiar for some reason, probably through my stalking of Ninja Tune on Soundcloud.

RIYL: Anything on Ninja Tune is pretty amazing, including stuff like Blockhead, The Cinematic Orchestra, Amon Tobin, Hexstatic, and one of my all time favorites, Mr. Scruff. If for some horrible reason you wanted to avoid Ninja Tune, stuff like For Tet and Portishead come to mind, although  Andreya Triana is a lot more soulful than Beth Gibbons.