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.


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.

The Sciatic Nerve: A River of Energy Suppyling Human Legs

Sciatic Nerve

The Anatomy of the Sciatic Nerve

Also known as the ischiadic nerve or ischiatic nerve, the Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. The Sciatic Nerve runs down the leg behind the bicep femoris and powers the thigh muscles.By KDS4444 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53368293

The nerve begins in the Sacral Plexus Gray Sacral Plexus

 

 

 

 

 

 

as you can see from contrasting the above depictions of the nerve. Notice the outer thigh innervation and middle leg innervation from the upper nerves in the second photo. Contrast that to the inner thigh/back-leg innervation from the lower set of nerves. The sciatic nerve is a combination of the nervous tissue from L4 to S3 and continues down the leg to branch into the Tibial Nerve and the Common Peroneal Nerve at the popliteal fossa.

The Sacral Plexus and the Greater Sciatic Foramen

Here is a fantastic depiction of the sacral plexus and the nerve’s points of joining and separation through the Greater Sciatic Foramen which is covered by the piriformis. Here prentice-hall-sacral-plexusis a great view of the coccyx and sacral plexus which runs down the back of the leg. As the nerve travels, it is hammocked by the piriformis and then the bicep femoris before it branches. You can see a really great example of the support of the bicep femoris below

Posterior-View-of-the-Lower-Limb-Anatomical-Course-of-the-Sciatic-Nerve
Posterior-View-of-the-Lower-Limb

 

You can also see that as the nerve travels, it branches below the bicep femoris and the popliteal fossa which is also known as the knee pit. The biggest bone in the body, the femur supports and protects the sciatic nerve. We could definitely get into more detail about the branching of the nerve, but for now, let’s stick with the major components, we can get more specialized later.

 

Implications for your Yoga Practice

  1. If you haven’t started finding ways the stretch the muscles surrounding and supporting the biggest nerve in your body, its time to start. Finding ways to relax and stretch the piriformis and strengthen the sciatic nerve should be one of the primary goals of your practice. A healthy sciatic nerve will be most helpful in maintaining a pain-free leg!
  2. It is necessary to work into the layers of muscles surrounding the nerve tissue to truly release tension from it. This means that although an adjustment from a chiropractor might help in the short-term, you should be focused on re-aligning the leg muscles in your daily posture to create space for the sciatic nerve.
  3. Your hamstrings can be the primary instigator of your back pain! Quadriceps are filthy culprits as well! Find ways to stretch your legs and your back will often carry less tension as a result. And legs stretches can allow you to stretch the back in deeper ways. There are certain points inside of your hip/sacrum connection where your back and your legs are the same thing!
  4. This is a huge reason why downward dog feels so fantastic. You get to stretch the muscles around your biggest nerves! Downward can be one of the most sustainable yoga poses. It shouldn’t hurt! Just uncomfortable at first.
  5. Just to take the downward dog thing further, this is also why sun salutations are such a universal stretches in yoga and so good for relaxing the nervous system. I think sun salutations might be one of the best exercises you can do for your back.

15 Yoga Asanas for your Sciatic Nerve

  1. Hero’s Pose
  2. Downward Dog
  3. Foward Fold
  4. Sun Salutation A
  5. Low Lunge
  6. High Lunge
  7. Pyramid Pose
  8. Warrior 1
  9. Eagle Pose
  10. Triangle Pose
  11. Revolved Triangle Pose
  12. Half-moon
  13. Revolved Half-moon
  14. Half Pigeon
  15. Finishing Ashtanga Streches

References

Foot Reflexology Chart

Movement Shapes Your Body

Foot pain from your spine?

Your Foot Bone’s Connection to your spine

How can I break my Neck in my Foot

 

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.

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.

the E.T. Harmony Remix and the pursuit of Signature Sounds

Harmony Remix

CloZee – Harmony (the E.T. remix)

Get ready for the Harmony Remix, the E.T.’s best track yet. Turn up your speakers to max and clear the tables around you before your insanity commences!

 

the E.T.’s Harmony Remix

This might be the most amount of time I’ve spent on a track. I spent a lot of time getting familiar with the sound design that CloZee uses and learning the key of F minor, which I must say made the experience worth it by itself. This was a great opportunity to learn about some very unique instruments. CloZee makes world music which nearly always uses live instrumentation. This also means that she uses a ton of different instruments.

I focused on re-using her Erhu, Harmonium, Khuur, Zither, Bass, and Guitar samples in the Harmony remix. This is a great Complextro, Bass-House track because her influence is so visible throughout the track. There is a good amount of glitch percussion and weird Bass designs to accompany what is mostly re-used samples from the contest site. I didn’t even experiment with key changes at all, I tried to make the track as recognizable a Harmony remix as possible.

I also created some heavy Bass sounds and creating a darker atmosphere for the track, though I keep the melody in F minor. The percussion mix is solid, I hope you enjoy making dance moves to it.

Sub bass is mixed in properly. My favorite part of the track is the arpeggiated vocal melody that moves fully into the track at the last drop. Initially that last drop was going to be the end of the track, but I couldn’t help but think ‘what a waste of energy!’ so I re-did it. I hope you like the finished version. This track is one of my more cohesive arrangements and most certainly has some of my best mixing and sound design.

The Composition of CloZee’s Harmony – the E.T. remix

The introduction last about 30 seconds and introduces a completely new drumkit, but I did use her clap sound as a layer in the drum rack I used. I added several House Bass sounds to the track as well as re-using CloZee’s mid bass sound in the intro to the 4 bar Complextro loops that the tracks breaks into.

The sub bass keeps the track rolling throughout and little breaks for the heavy bass sounds make for a funky and somewhat unpredictable beat, which I love having in House tracks. It makes the track so much easier to dance to. Verse 1 also introduced my vocal manipulations and the guitar melody that finishes the loops along with the Bass plucks.

I did a good amount of EQ’ing on the various sounds, but I like to keep my EQ’ing to a minimum because sometimes it causes the sounds to lose a lot of texture.

The Final drop is a proper crescendo and introduces a new melody that I created with the vocal samples that were introduced in Verse 1. The Erhu is continuous throughout the track and I feel like that instrument, along with the harmonium make the track instantly recognizable as a CloZee remix. I hope I did the original track at least a bit of justice…

Finally making Glitch-Hop

this new wave of production is going to be epic; I got into music because I loved Glitch-Hop and how it could just drop into a crazy beat out of nowhere, so CloZee’s music has been great to experience while I improve my production skills. BROKE is a milestone for the E.T. that I am really excited about, and will continue to create tracks that remind us that perfection is for robots! I have a track that I’m working on right now called Tinkerbox. It will take the production style of Broke into a new universe.

Finding & Creating Signature Sounds

Lately I have been working heavily with the Juno waveforms within Serum. I created an emulation and it’s by far one of my favorite sounds to use in my tracks. I have also created quite a few pads and ambient sounds with it, but I think it’s use in Glitch music will be the most interesting way to use it.

I’ve also worked hard to good at manipulating vocals into Melodies and Glitch sounds. I continue to experiment and play with the textures and transients (initial hits) of manipulating vocals. They say this is how Kanye made all of his music. Honestly the human voice is incredibly pleasing to the ears, so its probably true.

I designed 90% of the bass sounds in this track. Everything except for the weird lazer Glitch sound CloZee used in the original Harmony mix.  I am now better at mixing as a result of spending so much time on sound design.

A New Wave of the E.T.

I have like 5 tracks in the works right now, including a bombaf TECHNO track called Position. Named after Issaac Assimov’s idea for AI. It reminds me of Gesaffelstein and Pursuit. Also, Digitalism just released a new track, Spectrum which is an awesome dance track! One of my favorite new tracks, I will definitely be fitting it into my live sets. The louder I play it, the better it sounds!

My plan is to DJ a friends B-day party later in the month. I think I might play some originals, but getting people dancing will be so much fun. DJing is super fun with cool people. Right now, I feel pretty repressed when it comes to music, so it should be a great time!

the E.T. continues to improve with my ears, skill-set, and ability to produce music. A lot of this new music is unique; I am turning a corner into a new realm of quality. Definitely shoot me some feedback if you have some!

There is a new FORCE music video up on Youtube, you can subscribe to my channel here, definitely the coolest one I’ve made to date.

Check back soon for more music updates, free tracks, and links to all of the coolest ish on the webs.

Thanks for reading,

Elliot

Clozee’s Unique Style of EDM takes the West Coast by Storm

CloZee Harmony

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Clozee – Bringing in the Future of Bass Music

Clozee’s music is a dynamic fusion of influences. Categorized into the genre of World-Bass Music, CloZee brings a fresh take on EDM, combining eastern instrumentation with western bass music and creating a fusion that is uniquely identifiable as her own style of music.

Dafuq is CloZee?

CloZee is the musical alias of Chloe Herry, a 25?y/o native French speaker from Toulouse, in southern France, which is really cool, I would love to speak some French with her (cause southern speakers are much easier to understand than native Parisians, which is where I learned).

CloZee didn’t release a single track until she was 19 and her popularity grew from humble beginnings. Chloe is a classical guitarist and she uses her instrumentation to create the soaring melodies you can hear in all of her tracks. She specifically uses FL studio and gives massive praise to the stock effects, which are normally highly undervalued, especially by beginner producers.

Eastern Instruments in CloZee productions

A BIG part of CloZee’s sound is her use of eastern and unique instrumentation. In her latest album, Harmony, CloZee utilizes a Guzheng, or Chinese Zither or harp which has been used for over 2,500 years. She also uses a Harmonium as her lead Synth, a Morin Khurr (Mongolian Horsehead Fiddle) for increased texture and to add sensation to the overall feel of the track, and finally an Erhu to compliment the other instruments in the higher frequencies. She also uses saxophones, unique drum samples, and funky percussive arrangements to create some of the best dance music I’ve ever experienced. I know she is also using other instruments, but these are the ones that I was able to pick up on. She also loves to use different kinds of flutes and her guitar melodies are always on point.

Harmony is a fantastic name for the main track of the album, and honestly it’s hard for me to understand why it isn’t her most popular track. Probably because Inner Peace and Koto are also powerful compositions, each a journey in their own respect. Expect big things from CloZee’s music as Chloe continues to evolve, she keeps getting better and better!

A Pioneer of World Music and Bass Fusion

CloZee’s music is uniquely cinematic. The combination of sounds that she uses nearly always leads itself to different experiences while listening to her tracks. Each track is very unique and seems to evolve as my taste in music grows. Here are my favorite tracks from her discography.

CloZee’s Top 5 Tracks:

  • 1 Inner Peace

  • 2 Aspara Calling

  • 3 Harmony

  • 4 Koto

  • 5 Red Forest

The Modern State of Music and the Future of Bass Music

CloZee will undoubtedly have a big influence on the future of Bass music (see this article on the top artists), she is pioneering into unexplored territory with her current products, so get ready for some mind-blowing work.

She has partnered with Psymbionic for her last US tour, which was great because I feel like both of their music is extremely different and powerful. Looking forward to seeing her live!

You can buy CloZee’s latest album HARMONY here: GRAVITAS RECORDINGS

AND make sure you follow Chloe’s Soundcloud, she will probably release new music soon! Also check her out on Spotify, Youtube, and the other streaming networks. I won’t be surprised if her music is in a movie soon!

Sources

  1. FEEDBANDS
  2. CLOZEE MUSIC SITE
  3. IMAGE LINE BIO
  4. GLITCH HOP COMMUNITY INTERVIEW
  5. BASS FEEDS THE SOUL
  6. CLOZEE’S HARMONY ON SALE @ GRAVITAS

 

Journal Update: Finding ways to Create

Updates from the Thunderdome

This is going to be more of a personal update, I’m may just be probably almost about to go on a rant.

This week someone grabbed my phone from the back of the yoga studio I instruct at and trashed my phone. They didn’t even sell it or anything. Just ruined it. What a waste of an amazing piece of technology, humph.

So now I am blessed to have no phone enslavements and am just doing my best to simply continue onward. It’s just kind of disheartening to feel like my space was dishonored and some idiot who can’t even properly steal things trashed my stuff. I even think I know the person that stole the phone and I’m just disappointed in the whole situation. What a fucking waste of time! Nothing is more useless than some of these entitled, poor americans who feel like they deserve things and aren’t willing to work hard for anything.

The NFL is a great equivalent to this. What the fuck are those players doing? I don’t even think they really know what they are fighting for/against. I really feel like it is far more of an anti-establishment movement than an anti-cop movement. I mean, Obama is far more of a reason that minorities in this country are suffering than cops are; he basically tried to enslave the citizens of American to the corporate government allied banks. Worst president since Regan imho, and that is completely nuts, considering the Bushes were in office. The American media are huge liars, in so many aspects. What a bunch of idiots. But it’s probably this way simply because the banks & government own them. Watching the news has become so toxic, they literally just lie and embellish the entire time. So I only watch HBO now. WOOHOO WESTWORLD IS AMAZING!!! (just started yesterday) and I just watch a tiny, itsy bit of netflix here and there.

So here I am just spending all of my time creating yoga classes and music and writing and painting as much as I can, but I have also picked up some work trimming in GV to pay the bills. But now I have to figure out this whole phone thing, because I use it for all my music in yoga classes and I have been wanting/preparing to start a youtube channel for about 3 months so I need to camera. So yeah, money money money. BOO. I hate money :/

Always Working Hard on Yoga Instruction

I am still teaching 7 yoga classes a week, at East Wind Yoga in Auburn and Roseville and am constantly improving my delivery of cues and my dialogue. I am passionate, it is a calling, I love working with the yogis more than anything else. I am breaking through barriers, learning how to connect on deeper levels, and am teaching people how to use, honor, and appreciate their bodies as they learn to use them sustainably. I feel like it is part of what I am meant to do here. Maintaining my own practice while I teach is the most difficult part of this, but I am making it work. I could use another trip to India, honestly. The space that I had to practice there last time was nothing short of blissful.

I am writing a book that I am really excited about and am going to turn it into a beginner youtube tutorial series. It’s called, “Practice Yoga” and will be 25 chapter, or 25 days of practice. The idea is to “work up” to the final day, which is an advanced adaptation of the intermediate series of Ashtanga. I will also start a workshop for the primary series pretty soon here. Definitely excited for those things.

Exposing ‘the E.T.’ and the HAZE Album

Right now I am trying to use twitter and not getting any traction. Music is hard to submit to others because it is so unique and I really feel like people don’t give new, unique music a chance from people who are completely unknown.

I’m not playing any shows right now, which makes it kind of rough for me cause I spent the vast majority of my free time (whenever I’m not teaching yoga) to make music. I just wanna dance with the partiers!

For a few months I have been starting a youtube channel for ‘the E.T.’, and soon I will start live streaming out to all of my followers from my production sessions. I’m also considering making some sound design and mixing tutorials, which could be a really cool addition to what ‘the E.T.’ can bring to fans.

Oh and make sure you check out my HyperDrive music video, I think it’s the best one yet.

Letting go of what isn’t necessary

There’s no point in stressing out over my phone. At least something worse didn’t happen, but it is so damn annoying to have to spend my time on that, when I have so many other projects that I am working on. Oh yeah, I’m also finishing another painting! This one is super cool 😀

Lessons in Confidence and the Immediate Future

Right now, I am in the grind. Simply trying to get better at everything that I do, from teaching yoga, to writing music, to this blog, to creating new media for people to digest. I want to be able to offer the highest quality of service (because that is what I value) and want to be able to deliver before I start taking major leaps of faith, i.e. my first show as ‘the E.T.’.

When I step on stage, I want to have full confidence in my ability to deliver my message. If the audience doesn’t like it or appreciate it or whatever, that’s fine, but I want to appreciate it. Otherwise, what is the point? So I’m letting my confidence build and build as my skill level rises and can’t wait to see where all of these amazing projects take me.

Thanks for reading, happy Monday everybody! Tomorrow night’s yoga class is going to be fun, the class is going to be one of the most challenging ever!!

 

 

HAZE – the E.T.

HAZE - the E.T. (offish_back)

HAZE an EDM album by the E.T.

Haze is the next level of evolution for the E.T., with 9 brand new tracks and a ton of new inspiration. This is the E.T.‘s fourth independent album and the quality continues to skyrocket. I worked extremely hard on all of these tracks and appreciate any and all of the support that I get.

So without further adieu, enjoy the adventure:

HAZE – the E.T.

TRACK 1 – HYPER DRIVE

Hyper Drive was one of my favorite tracks ever to produce, I’ve literally spent the last 4 months writing in all of the melodies. I take a lot of influence from Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Odesza, Daft Punk, and Wolfgang Gartner in writing this track and used a lot of sounds that are pretty similar to them.

The intro is a fantastic voyage through the different textures of the track, mostly using the Juno synthesizer from Yamaha, which I am now using in most of my productions. It cascades into a radiant bass-scape with heavy engine shutters and grimey dubstep basses in combination with some really beautiful melodies.

The ending has a synthesizer solo that I created with Serum, its pretty grungy and awesome to listen to and sounds different, every time that I hear it. Enjoy the adventure through sonic space-time!

TRACK 2 – ACID URINE

Acid Urine is a Dubstep track that has actually been finished for a couple of months. I’ve been making final touches to it, so you can definitely consider this one of my more thought out tracks. It is pretty original, lots of weird sound designs in it, but overall it pumps and I think it gives a feeling of future dubstep, kind similar to G Jones. I have a track that I am producing right now that sounds pretty similar to him, so I can see that influence continuing to grow.

Enjoy the heavy bass-lines, it gets really dancy at the end. So glitchy, and yeah the first drop is heavy, turn it up.

TRACK 3 – ESCAPE ENDOR

Escape Endor is probably my favorite track that I have produced. The Arp in combination with the Bass synthesis is just so groovy and in combination with the vocals, its vibes create an almost irresistible booty shaking.

It reminds me of when Walker Boh escaped the Martixy thing in the book Terry Brooks wrote about the Elfstones. Like Neo in the last scene before he becomes a demi-god or whatever.

It’s a little cray, but turn up the bass cause the mix is solid.

TRACK 4 – FORCE

Force is a Bass-House track that kinda came outta nowhere in the last week of writing the album. The melodies and bass are simple, but powerful and fun. Turn up the mix on this one, it will definitely get you dancing.

TRACK 5 – BROKE

Broke is a pretty special track for me in how it represents my continued advancement into the genre of Glitch-Hop. The soundscape is insane and the sub is almost overpowering in the mix, but the sounds of dubstep interlace some glitchy and beautiful melodies.

Broke contains some of my most unique sound designs and many of the sounds will be used in the future to fit into my future trap/bass/glitch-hop tracks.

TRACK 6 – LUCID

Lucid is a Future Dubstep & Trap Adventure that was very much inspired by the music of REZZ, which I find to be hypnotic and a bit simple, but very compelling. This track hits hard and has some really cool bass sounds so make sure you listen with at least a little bit of subwoofer.

TRACK 7 – DISCOVERY

Discovery has my favorite melodies of the entire album. To me, this track is all about inspiration and finding after the search, it really was quite a surprise to come up with some of the excellent sounds that create this dreamscape. Very inspired with my sound design in the Yamaha Juno series, expect some exciting melodies in combination with some filthy bass.

TRACK 8 – HIVE BUZZ

Hive Buzz is a French House track, meaning that I took an old disco sample, then turned it into a house beat. The bass here is undeniably booty-shaking and the melodies are a beautiful contract to create a disco-like future-house atmosphere. Tell your friends!

TRACK 9 – JUNO

Juno is the final track of Haze and contains some of my most ambitious sounds from the album, many of which were created in the Juno synth and from using emulations. It really is an incredibly good sounding synthesizer that represents the 80’s so expect some retro sounds in this track, though the mix is extremely modern. I love the vocal manipulations and how they turn into a kind of atmospheric melody for the track.

HAZE was probably about 500-600 hours worth of total work. I really have worked my ass off for the last 6 months to bring you guys these tracks, so if you enjoy them, please help me to share them. I am also creating a little commentary track on writing the album that I will include with the FREE DOWNLOAD BELOW.

The Future After HAZE

Now off to the future of the E.T. I am pretty sure that I am going to enter into CloZee’s remix contest, her latest mix with Pretty Lights was spectacular and I absolutely love her sound. It seems to be the perfect next step.

I also have a couple tracks that are in progress, of course 😉 One is called ‘Blow It’ and sounds a lot like G Jones, and I am working towards that level of Glitchy-Future-Trap and Bass tracks. Look forward to the future 🙂

The album will be out on Streaming Services within a week.

 

 

Tuesday Night East Wind Flow

Elliot Telford’s Tuesday Night East Wind Flow

Enjoy this 90 minute yoga routine led by yours truly, Elliot Telford at East Wind Yoga on August 15th, 2017. This class is a heavily adjusted ashtanga adaptation with a focus on strengthening the upper body and cultivating focus.

Free Download of Elliot Telford’s Tuesday Night Flow at East Wind

Playlist

I have several new playlists on my Spotify profile, please check them out to accompany your yoga practice.