Had the pleasure of seeing Erasure in concert in Toronto a few weeks ago, and was inspired to remix Elevation on one of my many recent international flights. Pulled apart the track using Traktor, then re-assembled using Bigwig Studio, augmented with some third party loops.
As an entrepreneur, there never seems to be enough time to do it all ... work, travel, spend time with family, sleep, exercise, eat well, explore your passions ... dare I say just have fun.
As entrepreneurs we get a great deal of enjoyment from our work, but it's important that you leave time for a rich and stimulating life outside of work ... in doing so, you will be healthier, you will be a more effective leader and you will gain both valuable perspective and improve your ability to innovate.
Work hard, yes. But remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Take the time to explore and celebrate the other parts of yourself, and your life. Heck, just leave time for fun. You will likely accomplish far more that way.
Making music is truly the best way to pass time on transatlantic flights, although you so sometimes get strange looks depending on the setup you are using at the time :-)
This time I leveraged a Traktor remix deck (faster then cutting up the track yourself), double checked the timing in Traktor, then imported the deck into Bitwig Studio (which is rapidly becoming my fave DAW). The first pass of the remix was then done using a Launchpad S, much to the amusement of the flight crew, who kept stopping by to see what I was doing.
Was sitting in the BA lounge high above Heathrow terminal 5 waiting for a flight to South Africa, playing with Bitwig Studio and remixing Alpha 9's Come Home ... all the time wondering what a Heathrow Dance Party would be like :-)
Abigail Phillips gets it right in this article on leading through change.
She goes on to highlight a simple but useful roadmap:
Couldn't agree more ...
This time, done completely away from the studio, using BitWig Studios, a MacBook Pro, an xKey and a Novation Launchpad S.
And here is an image of the bigwig project ...
With the advent of HomeKit, it is clear that Apple wants to play a role in defining standards for the internet of things. Not surprising, therefore, that the internet of things is so prominently featured in its newest ad.
Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends Report is a must watch/read ...
The full report can be seen below:
Mark makes a strong argument that sampling isn’t and has never been about copying music, but rather adding to the ongoing narrative of it. It isn't about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” but rather "about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward."
Worth a watch, including his beautifully executed mashup of 15 TED Talks.
If you are interested in other TED talks related to music, you can find the full list here.
Spent a few hours on Easter Sunday re-mixing Plumb's beautiful song, Cut.
This is tough material to work with, and it was particularly challenging to respect both the content and the spirit of the song. I started by using Traktor to cleanly break apart the original song, then used Bitwig studio to re-arrange the parts (the first pass of which was triggered by a Launchpad S session). I then added new elements (piano, strings, etc. played in from a Novation Impulse) leveraging both Bitwig's stock instruments and some Kontakt 5 sounds. Needs lots of work still ... and is a very basic mix at this stage ... but was a fun project to work on, and (the original at least) is a beautiful piece of music to work with.
For those of you who have not heard the original, here it is.