Here is the Theme From Checkmate by Johnny Williams re-imagined for our pre-apocalyptic world. I tried to stick as close to the original composition as possible but I couldn’t help myself when it came to leaving in a few discords.
Theme From Checkmate (2012, unreleased)
I have to say that this is one of my favourite TV themes. It’s easily recognizable when surrounded by the other crime/detective themes of the era and builds such great tension when juxtaposed with the swirling liquid from Checkmate’s intro.
I will be back to regular updates now that the summer has left us in the cold. Results from the ‘Bug Remix Project’ contest that closed on September 29th will be posted here and everywhere on Monday, October 8th at 5pm, EST. For other updates and to be filled in on what’s been going on, head over to CharlieTwitch.com.
It’s been a good while since I’ve posted and with good reason! I’ve started the process of consolidating this website into CharlieTwitch.com to keep things a little more streamlined for the release of the new music video and EP this fall. In the meantime, here is a cover of Baby’s On Fire by Brian Eno.
Baby’s On Fire (2012, unreleased)
Up next I have a few recently finished game scores as well as a teaser to the Bug video in the not too distant future! See you all soon.
It’s my birthday and for you, I’ve made a song. The main loop is taken from The Seventh Seal off Scott Walker’s 4. Everything else is written and performed by me. If you’ll excuse me, I have some birthday chicken fingers to eat.
Vincent/Victor is a four-channel collaboration between myself and Jamie Woollard, created for the 2012 JTTP (Times Play) competition. With our piece we sought to make a short vignette based around a wedge shape, taking the listener from its peak through to complete silence. Below is the 2-channel mixdown:
This was my first time working in multiple channels and after the initial technical hurdle provided by Ableton Live’s lack of multi-channel support, adapting to a three-dimensional space was really fun and intuitive.
Working with Jamie was an absolute pleasure and I look forward to working with her again!
Finished mixing a live EP that was recorded in February. Keep Your Hands in the Dirt was recorded by Vergril Sharkya’ at his personal studio during a performance by myself and DirtyOrgans. The EP is available for $3 and contains five original songs from the upcoming Black Friend LP. Download it here.
This is being released in anticipation of the Bug and Fat Square music videos which are being filmed this May. Bug is being filmed by Jeff Pavlopolous with choreography by Claudia Chan Tak and Fat Square is being shot by Kaja Levy. Both videos should be available with their accompanying singles early this summer. More info to come over the next few weeks.
I recently completed the music for an upcoming game trailer through Kopano Studios in Portugal. The game is called Nobu: Fat Revenge! and the trailer is available on the Kopano blog.
The composition is a fairly traditional North American take on Japanese music using mainly free Vst’s for instrumentation. Vst’s used were the DSK World StringZ Kanun from DSK Music and the Mini DiZi wind section from Kong Audio.
I would like to apologize for the delays on the Original Words CD’s, I am doing everything I can to get them to you but need to delay them until the beginning of May due to printing problems.
The Original Words EP has been released into the wild. Consisting of 5 covers recorded in November and February, the EP is available as a download and limited CDr through ¡FLIST!’s Bandcamp site.
I realize putting out a collection of covers isn’t necessarily the best course of action for an emerging artist trying to make a name for themselves but I treated the EP like an experiment for my mixing and production abilities. All vocals save those on Boys were recorded at VergilReality by Vergil Sharkya’. You can listen to some of his experimental works here.
Work has moved back to the Black Friend LP and several short films to be incorporated into its release. The first video will be for Bug which will be released as a single some time in May of this year. Until then I will continue to post my experiments and upcoming shows and events.
Just finished the final mix on a debut EP from DirtyOrgans. Everything was remixed from a live mono recording with some light effects added here and there to smooth things out. DirtyOrgans is Shea Bishop Duffy’s amorphous, experimental sound project. The Erratica EP features Jacob Fauvelle on vocals, electric guitar and keys.
I’ve also completed a full length album for the 2012 RPM Challenge called Midtown Hearts. It mainly dance music but there are touches of my more common works mixed in with it. The album is only available as a free download through the FLIST! Bandcamp site.
A lengthy post on the Original Words EP I am releasing this Tuesday coming by the end of the week with some alternate mixes and details on the limited CDr edition. Download and physical versions available for pre-order now.
Silent update, February has been insane. Played shows on the 5th and 10th that went pretty swell if I may say so. Wrapping up the Original Words EP mix and artwork has been a learning experience (I’m still not set on a printing method). Mixing an EP and a full length for some good friends and doing my best to compete in the 2012 RPM Challenge. It should be interesting to see when and how everything comes crashing into place at the end of the month… I am also having some of my lyrics in an upcoming Montreal zine thanks to Marcus Lake (Markus Floats, Silver Dapple). More info on that in the coming days.
Here are two songs of no consequence that I figured somebody out there could appreciate. Both are electronic and were part of Derm, an early, early version of what is now Black Friend.
Here is a FLIST! work in progess that I’ve been hammering out for the last few months that I hope to include on the incredibly delayed and over-produced Black Friend album this year. I will also be playing the full song at my upcoming shows on the 5th and 10th of February.
¡FLIST! – Set (2011-2012, unreleased work in progress)
The intro is taken from Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra’s Sundown Sundown off of Nancy and Lee from 1968. While sounding similar there are quite a few differences, particularly how much heavier I wanted my version to sound as it serves a different purpose to the song. While the Lee Hazlewood version starts off sweet and rises into a bass and kick heavy bombast mine stays relatively flat and drops off into a broken beat. Another disparity between the two is the use of virtual instruments for the strings and horns. Little has been done other than velocity control to hide this fact and there is still quite a bit to be done at this point but it should still give a good idea of what my intentions are.
For those who know the Hazlewood original my hope is that they will be reminded of Lee’s opening lines which will be tied into the songs lyrics later on. Working such direct references into anything is always a risk as it can often take a lot away from the song if it’s success is dependent on the audience getting an inside joke. Here is the original intro:
Nancy & Lee – Sundown Sundown (excerpt; 1968, Lee Hazlewood, Billy Strange)
The sample that plays directly after the intro is taken from ToneScape’s (free!) Animato pack which I highly recommend, along with his other sample packages for any digital musicians looking to expand their libraries. While I’m not sure I will be using this sample in the final version of the song it serves it’s purpose at the moment.
I am playing this weekend on Sunday, the 5th of February with the Dirty Organs at Virgil Reality and on Friday, the 10th of February at the Concordia Co-op Bookstore for their annual Anti-Valentines day party. Hope to see some of you there!