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You always hear so many rubbish attempts where people have just taken the stems and rearranged them slightly. I'm not sure what the point of that is. The organisers actually asked everyone not to do it, so I took that as a licence to run wild.
I'm glad you like it so much, thank you!
I saw that you said that you use XLN Audio Addictive Drums; that's what I'm using too. I love that plugin so much. Though It's a hard balance getting the right amount of processing to stand up in electronic mix, whilst still maintaining the live feel. I think I'm getting there.
The label is Blu Mar Ten Music.
They're known for supporting young artists trying to do something different with Drum & Bass. Here's a example of a producer's whose work who they've put out.
It's generally quite an eclectic label though. I think they appreciate originality over any specific sound.
Things are going well. I recently entered a remix competition set up by the guys who run the label I've been trying to get on. I didn't win, but I did get an honorary mention as one of their favourites!
I can also see from my stats that they went through and listened to all my Soundcloud stuff, so that's cool. And they said they'll be keeping an eye on said honorary mentions for potential future release on the label. So yeah, getting there little by little.
I'll post the remix on here later today, there's just some mix adjustments I want to make.
Fantastic, flac. This was an pleasure to listen to and it is great quality all round. Congratulations on getting it done!
For what it's worth, the general rule is that Jam has to have at least 60% sugar content to be legally called "Jam". And most have upwards of 80%, which is more than that soda.
Apart from one chocolate bar on my birthday and a donut at my coworkers retirement party, I haven't eaten anything high sugar for about two months now. With the UK's traffic light food labelling system, anything over 15g per 100g is classed as high sugar. That rules out of a lot of things, including numerous breakfast cereals and 95% of supermarket drinks. Once you start paying attention, it's crazy how much sugar everything has in it.
It was hard at first because I loved the stuff. In particular, I ate a lot of cakes and chocolate. I also have quite a high metabolism so I lost about 8lbs in the 2/3 weeks after stopping. That's probably sounds nice to some of you, but I've always had trouble keep up my weight so it's not so great for me. On the plus side, I have less mood swings now and find getting to sleep easier. To be honest, I wouldn't have willingly chosen to do it but I needed to for the sake of my dental health.
Either way, good on you for cutting out the soda.
- That OJ one has been on my watchlist, but I wonder if it's interesting for non-Americans.
It's definitely worth it as a non-American. The only thing I knew about OJ Simpson before I went in was that he was famous and involved in this big murder case. I didn't even know he was specifically an American Football player. Great acting all-round and it stays exciting throughout even though you know how it ends.
I'd probably say Fear of a Blank Planet is my favourite of theirs overall too. But yeah, they've been defunct for a few years now. Fortunately Steven Wilson's last couple of solo albums The Raven That Refused to Sing and Hand. Cannot. Erase. have been fantastic. I definitely recommend a listen if you want a prog fix.
There's also some great stuff on the collaborative album he did with Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt.
I found this incredible cover of 'Way Out of Here' by Porcupine Tree performed by Josie Charlwood. The lead songwriter of the band (Steven Wilson) is one of my all-time favourites so I went in sceptical, but I was blown away.
It's really impressive how much she manages to make the song her own. Here's a link to the original if you want to compare.
Well, I can recommend it then, at least on that front. The main differences I found with a masters vs. undergrad are these:
1. You start to be regarded by the lecturers as a peer rather than solely a student. They start to take more of an interest in what you have to say and will seek to involve you in faculty more.
2. There's less direct teaching and instruction (thought it's of course still there). There's an increased focus on listening and analysing you as your own artist/performer and from there offering guidance, cultivation, and suggestions. As such, the feedback you get is actually a lot more useful and actionable.
3. It's what you make of it. This is true for undergrad too, but even more the case here. The course as a whole was lot more loosely structured. Not in a lazy or badly planned sort of way, but in a way where the curriculum becomes a framework for your own direction. I guess this is linked to my 2nd point.
So yeah, if you can justify the costs with regards to your already accrued debts, then it can certainly be an artistically fulfilling process. You get lots of time to do and explore what you want.