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.

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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!

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!