Graduated!

As you know I didn’t post last week. This is strike two for the year, my first strike being finals week of winter term. But this time I have an even better excuse. In the last week I moved, got a new car, got a job, and graduated from college. So I was a little busy to say the least.

I am now a resident of Tualatin, and will be staging my triumphant entrance into the Portland music scene from this southern suburb. I have a nice new red car thanks to my wonderful parents and I am excited to put it through the craziness that is Portland traffic. I also interviewed and got hired with MEGA Music Entertainment,  a wedding DJ company for the Portland/Vancouver area. I am officially done with college, and finished out with a 4.0 GPA for my senior year.

With all of the events of the last couple weeks, I have successfully knocked out half of my new years resolutions. The remaining three are:

  • Lose 20 pounds
  • DJ in a club
  • Watch all of the movies on IMDB’s top 250.

I don’t know how I am doing on the battle of the bulge, but I’m hoping that being a starving artist helps. Weddings aren’t really clubs, but it will be practice with a live audience. As for the movies, I’m at 112 of 250. That means I have to watch 13 movies in the next two weeks to stay on track. That’s not going to happen. I’m going to be counting the top 150 as a success.

Now that I’m through all the craziness of moving, I am getting back to mixing and mastering my EP that I’ve been talking about and wanted to get done already. I should be announcing the pre-release soon as I have a lot of it finished. Other than that its going to be a search for a good day job.

Also, since I don’t have the radio show anymore, I am going to figure out something to fill the void of my playlists every week. It seems that people liked it when I told random stories about bicycle accidents and other adventures, so I might start doing that on Tuesdays, with the regular track or media bit on Thursdays.

Enough of my rambling. I will see you later this week!

Thanks!

As you know, I am graduating from the University of Oregon in a couple of weeks and will be moving on to the real world. Instead of reflecting on all of the hard work and time I’ve had to put in to get this done, I would like to talk about all that you have done. In short, thank you for all of your support for the past four years, I couldn’t have done it without you. It doesn’t matter if you are some random person in Brazil who just happens to read my blog, every single page view on my analytics has made me smile.

This, of course, means that I am now going to do some shout outs.

Thanks Mom, Dad, and Tia for being supportive and loving for these past four years. Thanks Brian, Jeff, and Sarah for being great mentors and teachers. Importantly, thanks be to God, and his various churches for providing me with some extra holiday cash. Thanks to everyone at KWVA and the FMO for being awesome.

Additionally, to celebrate all of the people out there who have helped me, I created a community page for my site to links to people’s websites that I have collaborated with in some way or another. I figured the very least I could do was throw some web traffic towards the cool people I have met and worked with. Its new and bound to have some issues/omissions, so please let me know!

Cleveland Show- Mallard Madness Recovery

Here’s What I played:

  • Four Tet- Love Cry
  • Flying Lotus- Do The Astral Plane
  • DJ Mehdi- Pocket Piano
  • Autechre- Clipper
  • Chemical Brothers- In Dust We Trust
  • DJ John Kelley- B- Line
  • Krazy Baldhead- No Cow, No Pow
  • Daft Punk- Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)
  • Junior Jack- Thrill Me

Hour Two:

  • Digitalism- Jupiter Room
  • Lutzenkirchen- 3Tage Wach (Oliver Koletzki Remix)
  • Mr. Oizo- Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog
  • Microstar- Point In Time (Playloop Records) – Micros ReverseRide
  • Junior Jack- Luv 2 U
  • The Chemical Brothers- Life Is Sweet (Daft Punk Remix)
  • Fatboy Slim- Right Here, Right Now
  • Prodigy- Girls
  • Boys Noize- Shine Shine (Apparat Remix)
  • Paul Johnson- Get get down
  • Deadmau5- Dr Funkenstein
  • MSTRKRFT- Heartbreaker f. John Legend
  • Nina Simone- Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix)

Fish

This piece was debuted at the FMO concert at the University of Oregon on April 30th, 2011.

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Live! Busy week ahead.

This week, instead of uploading my work for you, I am going to let you know about all the stuff I have lined up for next week. I have a few big performances coming up and wanted to let you know so you can save the dates.

  • Of course, on Monday, April 25th I will be DJing on 88.1 FM. Don’t forget to tune in at 10PM.
  • Wednesday, April 27th is my birthday. Be sure to facebook me about it.
  • Sunday, April 30th I will be performing at the UO’s [m] festival with the UO Latin Jazz Ensemble. I don’t have the time yet, but there is a lot of cool stuff going on all day for this event.
  • Also on that Sunday, I will be premiering a new fixed-media piece called “Fishy” at the FMO concert in room 163 of the School of Music at 8PM.
  • on May third, I will be performing new music with the Pacific Rim Gamelan. I wrote one of the pieces “LAN” that should be performed on the concert. It will be at 8PM in Aasen-Hull hall (the Cube).

As you can imagine, preparing for this, as well as some trumpet playing on Easter, preceded me coming up with something to post. I do, however, plan to share something next week, granted I don’t overdo it on Wednesday!

Leifr Heppni

This is a live recording of my piece Leifr heppni, for trumpet and Kyma. It premiered February 26th at the Future Music Oregon Concert at the University of Oregon.

Nearly 500 years before the voyage of Christopher Columbus, Leif Erikson embarked on a journey west to discover new lands. On his voyage, Erikson traversed the frigid arctic ocean and encountered the harsh terrain of Helluland. Ultimately, he arrived at a beautiful land with green grass and wild grapes, so he decided to end his journey. This was the first European settlement in North America.

Clode Live!

This week, in lieu of digitally posting media, I thought I would update you all as to some performances I have in the next couple weeks.

The first is the UO theatre department’s production of bobrauschenbergamerica. I am part of a musical aspect of one scene. I don’t want to give too much away, but it will involve John Philip Sousa and Plaid. It opens Friday and runs until March 12. More info is here.

The second, and maybe most important, is the Future Music Oregon concert on Saturday at 8 PM. I am playing a piece I wrote for trumpet and 8 speakers, as well in an ensemble  piece for five infrared sensors by Jeffrey Stolet. That is happening in room 163 at the UO School of Music.

Next weekend, I have two performances with the UO Latin Jazz Ensemble. One is on the 5th and the other is on the 7th. The 5th is in room 190 of the SOM and is part of the jazz cafe That starts at 7:30. The 7th is at the Living Learning center on campus and starts at 7:30.

Also on the 7th, as per every week, I will be hosting the Cleveland Show at 10 PM on KWVA 88.1 Eugene.

So, if you are in or around Eugene, come check me out. If not, don’t worry. Next week I will be putting up my special remix of the BPA’s Toe Jam.

2011: New Blog, New Year

Its been a short, busy break, but with the start of the new year in a few days, I am excited to be back sharing new stuff with you.

I guess I’ll start by welcoming you to the realm of clodewerks.com, the new home of everything clode. In addition, to my blog, I have my regular html site, so please check it out!

As per every new year, I like to make some resolutions to keep on track. Its really cliche, but it seems to work. At the very least it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something at the end of the year. I figured this year I would share them for some extra motivation. I feel like if I tell you, then you will know if I fail. I don’t want look like a failure. On that note, here is my list so far.

  • Graduate from College
  • Get a Job after graduation
  • Get a Car
  • Lose 20 Pounds
  • DJ in a Club
  • Watch all of the movies on IMDB’s top 250 list

The first three are pretty much requirements of my existence. The losing weight one is a staple of resolutions. Last year I had just gotten my radio show, and was looking to make it better, this year I want to make the same amount of progress. The last one is to increase media literacy, which is probably important for my field of study.

This year, I made a list of resolutions, but I didn’t have a blog, so I didn’t share them with the world so that they could judge my performance. With that in mind, I’ll only share what I did accomplish.

  • I started Beatmatching on my radio show
  • I created a website
  • I lost ten pounds
  • I read more books than the year before
  • I got the internship at Ante Up in the summer

Hopefully 2011 will be a good year for everyone, especially considering how 2012 is predicted to go down. What are your plans or goals for the year?

Happy New Year!

Side Note: My Internet database of movie characters that listen to Beethoven has expanded  by 25%! It turns out the Psycho in psycho has Eroica on sweet vinyl. Don’t hesitate to contribute to the list.

Beats and Boxes and Pads and Faders

Here’s a new track of some people in the trumpet studio laying down some dope beatboxes, and a nice little remix of all of it at the end in true DJ Clode fashion. It was basically a beatboxing assignment for most of the class and a mixing assignment for yours truly. I guess the idea behind it was working on rhythm, but in a way that was interesting to practice. For me, working on this was an interesting process because it posed some new challenges for me, as well as allowed me to experiment with some things.

The first thing was that I had no control over the recording process of everyone’s beatbox. They were all sent to me in different formats, ranging from AIFF and WAV to even an MP4 video of a wall or ceiling. They were all at different levels and each needed to be warped to fit my master tempo. This wasn’t too out of the ordinary of any recording project.

Then I individually sliced each person’s beat box to a drum rack in Ableton, which is so ridiculously easy in 8 that it is almost a crime. From there I took the individual samples that I liked of each person and compiled it into a new drum rack for my big mashup finale.

One of the big themes I’ve been contemplating this term is how to make the performance of electronic music interesting to watch. Of course, live video is an option, but I feel like the actual performance of the music has to be a performance in order to be interesting. One of the ways I’ve been thinking of accomplishing this is through controllers, and especially (at least this past week) using pads.

With this in mind, I drummed out some stuff on pads. But I don’t know how original that actually is, because the pad thing is done alot, especially in hip hop. So, I decided to experiment with adding faders along with the pads to control some parameters. The result was the “scratch” solo at the end. I am drumming the vocal sample with the pad, and then moving a fader to control pitch. I think this is a neat little trick that I haven’t heard much of, but maybe I just haven’t watched enough Youtubes. Or maybe an actual scratch DJ will find out that I was emulating and will smite me for my “sin” against the music.

Anyways, that is the general process I took working on this piece, I hope parts of it were interesting to listen to. As always, I’m more interested in hearing what you guys think. What would make a digital performance intriguing to you? Is emulated scratching a sin against Grandmaster Flash? Do you want to hear more beatboxing?

Mad props to the beatboxer’s forum’s esteemed scholars: Casey Caloch, Jon Ewing, Misaki Kato, Max Cameron, Randy Johnson, Ryan Lewis, Tony Tunzat, Trevor Jones, Tyler Boorman, and Sam Hunt.

Cleveland Show- A hint of Creepy

Here’s What I played:

  • Meat Beat Manifesto- She’s Unreal
  • DJ Shadow- Walkie Talkie
  • Bassnectar- Teleport Massive
  • Prefuse 73 feat. Sam Prekop- Last Night
  • Thievery Corporation- Lebanese Blonde
  • Lemon Jelly- 79 aka The Shouty Track
  • Cornelius- Mic Check
  • Underworld- 8 Ball
  • Bonobo- Stay the Same
  • Chemical Brothers- Horse Power
  • Krazy Baldhead- No Cow, No Pow
  • LCD Soundsytem- Pow Pow
  • Crystal Method- Keep Hope Alive
  • Justin Bieber- Baby

Hour Two:

  • Basement Jaxx- Lucky Star
  • Mr. Oizo- Minuteman’s Pulse
  • Fatboy Slim- Everybody needs a 303
  • Deadmau5- Dr. Funkenstein
  • Mr. Oizo- Flat Beat
  • MSTRKRFT- Vuvuvu
  • Flying Lotus- Satelllliiteee
  • Chemical Brothers- Electronic Battle Weapon 7
  • Bassnectar- Cozza Frenzy
  • Prodigy- Firestarter
  • Demons on Dope- Die Die Die
  • Da Boy Tommy- Candyman
  • Boards of Canada- The Color of fire
  • Aphex Twin- Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix)
  • Concord Dawn- Horror Show

*Bold indicates my more halloweenish selections. Bold italics indicates the scariest of them all!

Another week of the Cleveland show coming off of the Brown’s big V over New Orleans. This week, it doesn’t look like they are playing, so they can have that rare happy feeling for twice as long.

As for the show, I laid down some more creepy tracks. As someone that specializes in cheesy old school dance, bringing the creep out is a little challlenging. I will have to redeem myself on Dec. 1st, national be a creeper day. We should all hang around the Pioneer Cemetery in trench coats to celebrate that holiday.

Thanks for listening! Next week is going to be beat box themed, so if you have a favorite beat box track, let me know and I will try to dig it up before Monday!