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It’s Good For You

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

I had the opportunity to work on a project for industry veteran Linda Lucchesi, owner of Memphis’ legendary Simply Grand Music which is the home of Sam The Sham and the Pharaoh’s “Wooly Bully”!

“Red Rose Blue” caught Linda’s attention which led her to ask me to remix “If It’s Good To You (It’s Good For You)” written by Dan Greer and performed by Barbara and the Browns, a southern soul and gospel vocal group led by Barbara Brown and backed by her family. The band released music from the early sixties to the early seventies.

My approach for this remix was that I didn’t want to just take a snippet or hook of the track and add new material the way many remixes do, instead I wanted to honor the song and work around it’s form and performance. I considered it more of a “re-production” as opposed to a “re-mix”.

The individual stems that were sent to me straight off tape were lead vocals, background vocals, bass and drums together, congas, piano, 2 guitars, horns, and congas. I kept all the vocals as is and re-arranged the background vocals a little. I processed the horns, guitar, and drums in different ways to sound like vinyl samples so I could trigger from a sampler and achieve a “crate digging” hip-hop production vibe. All the other stems I didn’t use. The new material I added were a huge kick and snaps/claps beat and I also recorded some new guitar at 1:15.

Snippet of the original song from the album “The Women of The Sounds of Memphis”:


My remix here:


The remix as featured on Rookie Blue Season 5 Episode 4:


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(c) 2014 Simply Grand Music, Inc.

[P]LOSIVE debuts “In Three Acts”

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Chris Jones and I embarked on an exciting artist project called [P]LOSIVE ( Sound design and percussion meet processed orchestra/choir in some tracks, big guitars and drums in others, and collaged/abstracted sonic material in yet others.

We went all out to create an arresting sonic palette by recording found sounds and manipulating them using MetaSynth, AudioMulch, and other interesting software tools. We composed each piece in three segments loosely following a three-act structure of exposition, rising action, and climax. The music explores cinematic moods from mysterious/suspenseful to dark/aggressive. “In Three Acts” is distributed by Immediate Music as part of their Artist Series.

Listen to “Unholy in Thee” Acts 1, 2, and 3:


Check out the video Chris Jones created for the track “Churning”:

What does a high-tech high-fashion jacket sound like?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

My production duo Ondular, with partner Béco Dranoff, was asked to produce music for an interesting project involving the ‘S MAX MARA Italian fashion brand. For the launch of their high-tech jacket The Cube, they commissioned artistic (re)interpretations of the apparel in different mediums (film, animation, photography, music, etc). We were commissioned to produce three musical pieces.

We set out to create a sonic experience for The Cube by taking inspiration from the jacket’s colors, texture, form and innovative versatility (the jacket can be reconfigured for different situations). Color and texture informed the acoustic and electronic musical elements, which in the audio work were designed to have an angular yet dynamic flowing quality. Form and versatility inspired the work’s construction / structure in that the musical elements (individual instruments or parts) can be subtracted, added, and recombined to create different arrangements / versions / remixes of the work that are equally compelling.

Check out the three musical interpretations which we created: CubeAmbient, CubeDowntempo, and CubeUptempo.