the E.T. – Crystal Caves is OUT NOW

crystal cave OUT

Sorry its been so long since I’ve posted about my music here. I’m getting back into the swing of my second job (yoga instruction) and I started a new landscaping business this year, so it has been very difficult to find time for things other than work and relaxing from work, and music requires a lot of attention, effort, and time.

However, I have been working super diligently on my music and continuing my lessons with Noah, aka Noer the Boy, whose music you can check out here. He’s a really talented dude with an incredible grasp on distortion and how to manipulate sound to create ultra heavy beats, so make sure you check out his music. His melodies are also really incredible, make sure you listen to his latest album: Forlorn Hope.

Melodies

The biggest challenge thus far in learning how to write music has certainly been learning to write effective and ear catching melodies. Ideally, to create melodies that resonate and build upon themselves to create an overall harmony that is enjoyable. Thus the release of ‘Mystery’ and ‘Go Big’, which are by far the most melodically oriented tracks I’ve made. I have kinda pushed sound design to the side to explore music theory in more depth and to get a handle on mixing, which has always been really challenging for me (before Noah, I was completely self-taught via youtube). I’m thinking about getting another mentor also just to keep growing in different ways. I’m also working with my buddy who is literally the best guitar player I’ve ever met, Rich Santana, to start making more analog sounds (drums, guitar riffs, bass riffs, etc). I’ve also picked up the Arturia CMI Fairlight and Buchla Easel emulations, which are super fun and incredibly unique instruments.

Mixing

Learning to mix has been quite the journey for me. I got into music because I love sound and experimental beats, similar to Mr. Oizo, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Eprom, and No Mana, but obviously all of the artists I just mentioned are fantastic mixing engineers. Experimental sound design isn’t really that cool unless you can properly mix the sounds, because of the overlap of the distortion and lack of quiet in certain parts of the frequency spectrum. I am continuing to educate myself on how exactly to mix sounds to create heavier beats and will continue this journey for a few decades, I hope.

Crystal Caves – Elliot’s newest track

This brings me to my latest piece of music, an abstract BASS track that I call Crystal Caves. This is significantly slower than the majority of my music, because I am trying to branch out from my favorite genre, house music, to play with more experimental and heavy rhythms. I’ve also worked out longer intros and some serious layering of melodies in combination with tighter mixes through precise equalizing and compression to make more cinematic music.

Get my music pretty music anywhere

The track is available on most streaming outlets and I’ve actually used a 3rd party distributor for this track instead of using DistroKid, though I am very skeptical of continuing to work with any distributor. I want complete control over my own music, which makes it tough to even send my stuff out to labels. Please share my track with your friends if you like it, I also really appreciate anyone who reaches out to me with a comment or even a buck or two to support my journey in making music. But I really appreciate anyone who is just willing to give my music a good listen.

Follow my releases here: https://linktr.ee/etelford32

Mystery is OUT NOW

Mystery Cover Art

the E.T.’s latest melodic electro house track is a well mixed 120 BPM adventure in the key of D.

Production

I spent about 6 months producing the track and I got a lot out of trying to work with all of the different sounds and variations of the original melody that I was able to create. I used all of my production technology, which now includes Fabfilter PROQ3, Izotope’s Trash 2, Sylenth, Reaktor, and all of the native Ableton plugins.

Mystery is available on all streaming platforms!

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Music Writing and Upcoming Artists for 2020

Independent Music Production Studio

Lately I have been very centered and focused on writing better music, which always seems to happen in tandem with spending more time practicing yoga. I can remember in India when I first started making music with Ableton every day after I practiced the Primary Series with Saraswathi. I think I was inspired by Rumi while I was there and just wanted to find stuff to create.

I’ve always been into EDM, but making music gives me an extra excuse to be a mega-nerd about it. I make a few new playlists every week for my yoga classes, follow me on Spotify for them. My favorite artists this week are Black Gummy, Sayer, and Eprom. I’ve also been registering to Deadmau5’s latest album and like it a lot more than when it was first released. Sayer should be named slayer, his sound is so cool.

Somethin Somethin and No Mana have also been making great music this last year. About a week ago I went on a Mat Zo, Matt Lange, Flume, and Yung Bae have also been in my most play lists.

Lessons on writing melodies and mixing

After my last album, it became pretty apparent to me that I needed a lot of work in the studio learning about mixing and getting my sounds to layer and compliment each other. I saw a post from Noer the Boy on Twitter about Ableton lessons and decided to give one a shot.

It turned out kinda magnificently, Noer, or Noah, the guy I’ve taken probably a dozen lessons from is a prolific writer and has lots of great tracks already finished. His mixes are also very much on point; they punch through the speakers and the music makes me want to get moving. Its pretty exciting.

I have also finished my studio, meaning I have 2 Yamaha monitors and a subwoofer that get pretty loud so I can hear everything. I can understate how powerful this is going to be for my mixing; until recently my music was all made out of headphones (which don’t have nearly the same dynamic range as good studio monitors. More high quality tools to get better results.

More Progress in Melodic Structure

Writing a full melody has always been kinda difficult for me, but I really feel like I have written a few tracks that have a great melody and that are almost ready to be released. I have a lot of work to do on the mixing of them, designing some more dope sounds for ’em and on tying them all together. The new mixing tools I’ve gotten recently are also helping a ton.

It has been a journey in patience as I experiment with all different kinds of keys and modes to get the flow of the music going just right, but I think I’m getting there. I’ve also been able to finish buying all of the professional tools that I need for my studio, so now I can focus on the writing.

One last artist to watch for: G JONES

This guy just did his first headline at Red Rocks and will be starting to tour internationally here soon. Make sure you check out this pioneer of bass music when you get a chance.

More Music Coming Soon…

I have a bunch of tracks that I am working on that will form EROS Part 3. I’ve been working a bunch on the storyline as well, the whole project continues to evolve a lot. Check back in the next few weeks for the nunu 😀

the E.T. – EROS Introduction | Novaborn | J the Alien

EROS introduction

the E.T. presents:

EROS INTRODUCTION

Introducing EROS

EROS INTRODUCTION: The EROS album is definitely a step-up from my previous work. The mix quality as well as the writing is just on another level (thanks to a lot of hard work). I am attempting to write songs with a new degree of depth, EROS is a result of that search. Now for the EROS introduction, my latest work and music that I am very proud to present to you.

I have taken a lot of influence recently from old rock music, especially Pink Floyd, the Beetles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimmy Hendrix, specifically. The ideas of concept albums and how Pink Floyd used them to talk about ideas that are pervasive to the human experience. I’m in love with how Led Zeppelin plays to ideas and how all of the artists create stories with their music. Especially Hendrix.

So I have attempted to adapt my own methodology to create a concept for an album that I think can stand the test of time. EROS is an alien concentration camp of Mar’s moon that all of my tracks focus around. I am almost finished writing the tracks built around these concepts and there is a full storyline to accompany it. EROS tracks has been nearly 6 months in the making! So here’s the story.

EROS was originally going to be a trilogy

 

I decided to cut down the track count to about 7 or 8 and just take the best. I have also signed one of the tracks to a label. More on that later. Now to introduce EROS and the Universe that exists around the alien concentration camp.

EROS Introduction

Part 1: Introducing J the Alien

Introducing the main character of the Saga, J the Alien. J is an alien, in fact, he is the last being of his race, a once populous and prodigiously successful civilization until the collapse of their neutron star. Now a being must be born into a collapsing star in order to absorb the necessary energy into the incubation process. The energy requirements are so enormous that a birth causes the neutron stars to collapse within a millenia. The Novaborn live until they are killed.

Novaborn – the birth

Future Bass Hybrid

Novaborn is the story of J’s birth, the first part of the EROS introduction. He was birthed without any knowledge of his ancestry into the darkness of space. Upon waking for the first time post-incubation, J is guided via the Novaborn AI, Celexa to his new homeworld, Celexus. Celexa encountered a planet during the incubation process and already begun the terraforming process to make the atmosphere suitable for J to arrive and begin mining the crust. His first quest inundates J with knowledge about his species, their energy consumption, the energy costs of his own life, and the recognition that he is the only one of his kind. J’s life is a search for energy, to keep himself alive and to revive the Novaborn species.

J the Alien – Introducing the main character

Future Electro

J is a very unique character that I am very excited to share. I had an entire album built to explore J’s universe and existence. But I scrapped 5 tracks and combined the rest into the EROS saga. J has all kinds of incredible technology and unique attributes. Luckily, these attributes  make for harrowing and mind-melting adventures through the cosmos. I will release the next tracks ‘very soon;.

I will be releasing more music within the next three days, most notably Positron, which is at the basis for J’s technology and existence. Also check out this music video for Novaborn in the meantime:

Also, check out my previous album, HAZE.

New Music and more Focus on Yoga

Morgan Page - the E.T. remix

Morgan Page – Beautiful Disaster (the E.T. remix)

This past week has been great for my yoga practice and also my music writing, usually the two go together for me. Hence the above remix of Morgan Page – Beautiful Disaster. The vocals are fantastic, I really hope you like the mix!

I subscribe to a sample library that I have a certain amount of download credits to each month so that I can download professional sounds, mostly drums and specialty synthesizer sounds or vocals. They are royalty free, but I always manipulate them enough to make them unrecognizable anyways.

They have remix contests and this contest in particular had some excellent vocals to work with, which I was looking for in Splice anyways, so I decided to just go ahead and do a remix instead.

So my latest track was a fantastic mix-down experience because I got to work closely with vocal samples to making them fit into the overall house mix that I created to accompany it. The vocals make the track stand out against a lot of my other work, but the sound design is very similar and the leads are Juno emulations.

I took a lot of new sound design techniques that I have been working with and applied them to the stems that were provided. The track is pretty simple, but the drum-beat is very original and the bass is super dope, I seriously can’t wait to hear it on a louder system. Part of the reason I make music is that I like bass music and house so much; it gives me a good perspective on going after the future of the genres and market.

The percussion also keeps the track moving at all time, while an electro stab that I added creates a bit of contrasting melody against the chords of the track, just to spice it up and provide a bit of my own flavor. I think the best part of the track are the FX and the beat. On some louder speakers those drums will smash.

Anyways, I hope you like the track. I can’t offer you a download, but here are the streaming links:

Soundcloud – Stream and let me know what you think of it.

Splice Contest – Vote for me!

Crave – the E.T. [Electro-House]

Crave - the E.T. (cover photo)

Crave – The E.T.

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Crave came together over the course of a few months, the layering of the lead synths took a while to plan. I feel like this is one of my best produced tracks yet and I certainly put a good amount of time into it.

It doesn’t exactly fit into what I am getting ready to create with my next album, but I certainly feel that the track is well written, so I am releasing it as possibly one of my last singles. I am feeling heavily into writing albums and am pretty excited about the idea of creating themes around the tracks to give them more purpose.

Electro-House and Modern EDM

For the past week I haven’t even been listening to much EDM. I’ve been actually getting really excited about older Pink Floyd tracks to find sounds that are more uniquely dissonant and distorted. Their older work certainly contains some mastery. This track is another experimental attempt at trying to create the sounds that meld together into a seizing rhythm of house beats.

Y – Future House

Y is OUT NOW!!!

That is apparently optimal wording for a new track release. You can download the track below, let me know if you have any difficulties.

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I used a combination of my favorite drums samples from some Splice packs that I have been collecting for over a year now. The kick is from the Deadmau5 pack, it has some of my favorite drums sounds. The hats in this track are very uniquely arranged, I feel like they add a tremendous amount of momentum.

The Bass is heavily modulated and I’ve create three different layers for it. It should really shine on larger systems.

The Lead is yet another JUNO synth sound, which is still my favorite. I’ve added like 5 different FX channels to it that are all mixed into the drums to give some awesome melodic and pad pumping effects.

The composition came together rather quickly, I am sometimes really surprised at how it just seems to happen on some days when I devote myself to it.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the track, I will hopefully have time to make a music video for it in the next week or so.

<3 E.T.

G Jones continues to excite with his unique style of Future Trap/Dubstep

G Jones

G Jones – Experimental Bass at its Finest

G Jones is a pioneer of the electronic music scene and has been pushing the boundaries of live performance DJing in the underground for several years. He has played under a few different aliases including Grizzly J, . Greg Jones is the creator’s real name. But G Jones is what the bass music fans are  shrieking alongside Bass Nectar, Bleep Bloop, Yheti, the Widdler, Bleep Bloop, Zeds Dead, Nasty Nasty, and Pretty Lights.

Jones has created with several artists and is definitely a rising star of the bass music scene. His latest album “Visions” is one of the most unique albums ever. It blasts distinctly unique bass sounds designed for louder systems. Check out the album below, stream it on youtube or BUY THE ALBUM (def worth it.)

G Jones’ soundcloud is chalked full of hits so make sure you check out his unique style of dubstep and future trap. Not really sure which it is. Don’t really care.

His latest release of Eprom’s Pineapple is completely ridiculous and true to the style of Visions, which is fairly evolved from his ‘EYES EP‘ four years ago. Also check out his collaborations with Bleep Bloop, including the 4 track ‘MIND EP‘. Also check out Bleep Bloop’s entire discography to melt your brain a bit, the dude has some seriously talented ears for dropping massive and unpredictably delectable dubstep beats into your lap.

Top G Jones Tracks

listen to some of my favorite G Jones tracks below:

G Jones Visual Style

G Jones, like many of the experimental bass artists on the West Coast Underground (see my list of top artists here) is still developing his visual style, however, the momentum that he has going right now is pretty incredible. He has started to team up with Bass Nectar, so expect this artist’s visuals to start pushing EDM further.

The west coast bass scene is continually undergoing major changes. The industry continues to move at a faster and more tremendously unpredictable pace. We get to see how Greg develops the brand of G Jones. And how he continues to reach the underground as he becomes more and more popular.

The Future of Trap and Bass Music

Huge sets in 2018 as well are new releases are a must. Expect this artist to shine in the years to come. Huge releases from Yheti, Bleep Bloop, and Proko lead one to get really excited for the potential of the entire bass music scene. 2018 will be huge for the bass music scene in California as it continues to mature. Find some more info below.

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Haze EP Releases 9/1/17

HAZE EP Cover

The Haze EP

Haze EP is a group of some of the most unique electronic music tracks that I have ever listened to. Sometimes, I can’t believe that I created a few of the tracks.

Each song is kind of a world of sounds because I do all of my own sound design. Then I take the highest quality analogue samples and mixing the hell of of the track. The sound is nothing short of galactic adventurous. My journey through music continues to evolve and these latest tracks take the quality to a new echelon.

Haze has some of my favorite music ever on it. I’ve always had a certain taste in electronic music and I am very excited to share how I like it with the world!

Diving into Sound Design

Of course, the kind of music that I enjoy is an ever evolving taste and honestly, I hope to be able to follow this path forever.

My handle on the technology involved continues to grow firmer and my sound design skills improve as I continue to experiment with my different synthesizers, Serum and Zebra2. Operator is and always has been my go to. My ability to create unique bass sounds grows more and more potent as I also hone my mixing, the two go together really nicely.

I have begun to split frequencies far more often to great effect. I feel highlighting certain frequencies in the bass spectrum becomes really important as I get more detail oriented with my bass music.

The Tracks

I finished composing nearly all of the tracks for the album and will release a few of them early. I might release one tonight, actually. This time, I am giving myself plenty of time to finish all the tracks.

So I will tell you my favorite tracks and why before I give you the Haze EP track list.

HyperDrive is my favorite song. I love it because it represents a beautiful style of electro house that has been a little bit forgotten. This multilayered Future-Bass influenced house track will leave you feeling like you just visited another world.

8R0K3 is also my favorite song. It has some of the most unique soundscapes I have ever made and drops like a champ. The bass is fucking wonky and super glitched out. The sound design is so unique, it’s very weird to listen to it in different environments. But so far, the tests have all come back positive!

Lucid and Digital Eternity are both Bass oriented tracks that I really want to play live. They have certain rhythms to them that are very unique, kinda remind me of REZZ. I am definitely hoping that this album helps me to get live at local festivals and stuff like that. Here’s to detachment from results.

HAZE EP

  1. HyperDrive – Electro-House
  2. Lucid – Future Trap
  3. Escape Endor – Tropical House
  4. Digital Eternity – Future Trap
  5. Force – Complextro-House
  6. Entering Orbit – Glitch-Hop
  7. 8R0K3 – Glitch-Hop
  8. Acid Urine – Dubstep/Trap
  9. Cybertron – Dubstep
  10. Exoskeleton – Techno-House

Expect sounds that you have never heard before and some mixing techniques that will get those speakers bouncing. These tracks are great dance tracks and I can’t wait to release them. First release is coming soon, get stoked!