Listening To: Kaya Project “Walking Through”

Do you like music from different parts of the world?  Kaya Project meshes many different influences from around the globe.

I have been listening to the debut album called “Walking Through” on a daily basis for months now. Although there are general names for each of the influences, I can’t put a name to a genre or any generic classification for Kaya Project.  I love the drums, middle eastern instruments, and the bass which together groove amazingly.

Here’s a description from his website:

” ‘Walking Through’, Kaya Project’s debut CD, is a downtempo fusion of cutting-
edge beats, organic electronica and diverse sounds and vocals from Hawaii, India,
the Middle East and Europe. Kaya Project is the latest musical incarnation from
Seb Taylor, who has released as Shakta, Digitalis and is also a co-founder of
Angel Tears.”

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Listening to: Saru “the Pearl”

I’ve been listening to a few great cds lately and thought you should know about them. Today, I’m writing about the new release from Saru called “the Pearl”.  Here’s a description from his website:

“Marking a return to form, ‘The Pearl’ is a mix of organic breaks, dramatic atmospheres and funky grooves, further exploring the dual sides of light and dark that comprise the quinticential SARU sound. Fans of ‘Downtempo Dojo’ will find themselves in familiar, but evolved, territory while the forbidding engines of ‘Machine’ still churn faintly in the distance.”

You may be familiar with Steve Branson’s other aliases such as “Spooky Monkey” or “apo11o”.  My favorite track is called “the Trap” which was originally released on the EP by the same name.  This is the first song I heard of Saru’s but when I did I definitely followed his website.

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DownTempo

I spend a lot of time listening to a musical genre called Down Tempo.  DownTempo (or Downbeat) is a laid-back electronic music style similar to ambient music, but usually with a beat or groove unlike the beatless forms of Ambient music.  Sometimes the beats are more complicated and more featured instead of being in the background, but even then they are usually less intense than other kinds of electronic music like Trance.

One of my favorite albums from this genre is “J.A.C.” by Tosca.  A duo from Vienna, Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister (two heroes of the Downtempo genre), play grooves that are funky, laidback, and very original.

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Because I have had a lot of fun playing with the song titled “Rondo Acapricio” I recorded it for you.  Watch the YouTube video below or the higher quality video here.

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Blog & Podcast Starts This Week!

I have setup a blog and A/V Podcast Studio to write and perform for your entertainment and to get feedback on my playing and networking ideas. My blog is about:

  • Being productive and efficient with your web networking.
  • My favorite articles and productions by other writers and podcasters.
  • Communication / Sales Skills. Self Development.
  • The art of practicing your instrument.
  • Artists and releases that I think you should hear and know about.

In addition to my blog, I have setup a small A/V studio in which I will produce video and audio podcasts of myself playing tunes from jazz standards to me writing and performing parts to go along with my current favorite electronic music.  Here and there I will also produce a “PicksCast” to show you artists that I think you shouldn’t miss.

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Electronic Chillout Internet Radio

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Electronic Chillout / Downtempo / Lounge / World music is the music that I listen to the most.  Regardless of jazz studies, funk bands, big bands, metal and rock bands that I spend time with, I am always coming back to these genres.  So, I’ve decided to focus my contact hunting in these genres.  Now the next step is to discover and stay up to date on the news of these artists.

My favorite way to find new artists is to listen to internet radio stations.  The main reason that I like these is that they’re not digital djs like  Pandora which picks music based on your current tastes.  The real net djs are humans deciding what to play for you.  This is how I get introduced to music that expands your listening horizons as opposed to the Pandora method, which seems to keep me inside of my current realm.  I think of the stations as friends showing me stuff they like in certain categories that we share an interest in.

My best “friend” is SomaFM.  They have a large selection of different stations that are always playing something great and frequently artists that I haven’t heard of yet.  When I hear something that I like, I keep track of the artists name and the song that I heard on SomaFM.  Then later I will hunt down contact information associated with all of the business people surrounding the projects.

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Hard Work

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   Following 300-400 articles  is not all that difficult. But, it is very time consuming to try and find the contact info of the business people involved with the acts that I like.
   Each news item about an artist can lead me to finding anywhere from 1-20 people to contact about that news. This can take 10 minutes per news item. The mistake I have made is that I “clip” too many articles everyday. If you’re trying to do anything similar to this, I suggest using discretion.
   Personally, I only have about 2 hours to spend on finding this contact info and then 1 hour to spend contacting these people everyday. If it takes 10 minutes per news item, I should only clip 12 news items per day if I plan on getting the work done in the 2 hours of contact hunting time. Luckily, I keep running across similar studios, PR agencies, managers, etc. So, at least I don’t have to find the contact info over and over again.
   I do the majority of my clipping via NewsGator on my SmartPhone while I’m out and about throughout the day. With 300+ articles per day, clipping only 12 items would require serious discretion. So while I’m out “clipping” on my mobile, I clip 30-60 news items then use more strict discretion when going through them back at home.

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Collaboration Podcast

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  Podcast syndication is great.  Collaboration is great.  Subscribing to each others rough ideas would be even better.

  I’m calling this is a “CollabCast”.  I will be releasing song ideas that are missing parts.  If you subscribe to my CollabCast, you can open the .mp3 and load it into your favorite digital multitrack, add a new blank track, then record your instrument, export and post as a new podcast, and on down the line.

  Expect to see a new logo on the upper right of this blog, called “CollabCast”, by the end of the week.

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