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Hello Some members here know that I like to make my own type of electronic music. I was very much influenced by British electronica while I was growing up, and I have been attempting to find my own kind of sound within that limitless genre for a few years. What has come as a big surprise, however, is the amount of attention my wacky, lo-fi, off-the-wall tunes from people in the US hip hop and rap scene. I've also started writing tunes for some ambient, downtempo songs in collaboration with a very unique songwriter and composer. It's been a real surprise and delight to find that there are some very open-minded (and intense) people out there who are just making music for the sheer love of it, as I am. I thought I'd post links to some of the interesting and diverse collaborative efforts that have sprung up spontaneously within the last four or so months. Some of the tracks are really quite different and I'm actually pretty proud of how far I've come as an amateur composer and producer. Hope some of you guys and girls can get something out of these tracks. <Disclaimer: there's a fair bit of "strong language" in there and the word 'nigger' features repeatedly. I just thought I'd give people a head's up in case you don't want to hear that sort of talk, or if you don't' want people in the vicinity of your PC to hear it> https://soundcloud.com/snobmob/vintage-praises-x-skunkee (Female gangsta rapper from Compton and two of her friends. Music is original, by me.) https://soundcloud.com/pai-mae/ladder-tepalom-and-pai-mae (Female vocalist, songwriter, and composer from Baltimore. Really unique vocal tones and really lovely lady. Music is all original by me.) https://soundcloud.com/maedali/maealom-pt5 (Male lyricist and rapper. Mae Dali is one of the most charismatic and intelligent people I've ever encountered. This is our fifth collaborative effort. It was a pleasure speaking with him on Skype a couple of weeks back and getting some insight into a truly unique character.) Thanks to anyone who has a listen. The tracks are all quite different and eclectic, and I'm very much open to honest, subjective feedback. These tracks were made for no purpose other than the joy of creating something with highly creative and unique individuals. They won't be to everyone's taste, but they might interest people who want to hear something which is very much outside of the maintream radio sound! Thanks and enjoy
Due to a number of circumstances I haven't done much inspired music creation of my own freeform electronica recently, but it's been an amazing chance to try something way outside of my comfort zone. I generally don't listen to hip hop or rap. There's undoubtedly some excellent hard hip hop from the 80s and early 90s, but when it went 'gangsta' and more or less replaced messages with meaningless symbols, bragging about superficial wealth, and hate-mongering I lost interest. Then when it turned into something else entirely in the 2000s I lost the plot totally and stopped listening. But SoundCloud is a great place to discover people who are the real deal, and I was blown away by the 'realness' and originality of a Washingtonian freestyler going by the name of Mae Dali. I messaged him simply to say that I was inspired by the sheer, unfiltered originality of some of his many, eclectic tracks; ranging from rough and off-the-streets old school freestyle rhymes, to spiritually (his own, not born again 'something or other') tinged tracks that were unlike anything I'd heard. Intelligent, cryptic lyrics - mostly off the top of his head after pressing record- in a stream of consciousness style. Some of it is humorous, some of it calmly threatening, some of it thoughtful and soul-searching... Anyway, to my surprise, I ended up making a couple of tracks for him to rhyme over - and I sent them off as rough samples expecting him to ask for changes. To my greater surprise he used both and posted them in less than 24 hours of my sending them, with no changes at all to the music. Here's the second - my favourite. https://soundcloud.com/maedali/maealom-pt-2 I will now go back to what I was doing before - re-releasing some of my better original compositions with higher fidelity and extended length which are then availablle as free downloads for anyone who wants to hear something a bit different.
I've been doing a lot of stuff musically recently, trying very hard to collaborate with people whose work I love and respect but is outside of my genre. Very challenging. To take a break from that, I have busted out some pretty mental drum n bass type things. Have a listen if you feel like hearing something different. I warn you, though. It is likely not Drum n Bass in the sense of what most people would expect. Hell, it's probably not even drum n bass - well, if you compare it to anything that officially comes under that label in a music store, then you might as well say it's not even music I have been going completely nuts with beat splicing, because I have a hefty catalogue of breakbeats and conventional 4/4 rock beats which I made myself and rendered to samples. So I've been recycling my own shit. It's all original, for better or worse. https://soundcloud.com/tepalom/tepstep-rough-concept https://soundcloud.com/tepalom/make-way-for-the-quiet-rough There you go - these are rough and raw sketches, so don't expect slick production... or any production really. It's just experimenting.