Monday, December 29, 2008

A Million Program Interruptions

A Million Program Interruptions (Coburn & Jean Claude Ades vs. Lil Wayne)

A Million Program Interruptions (Coburn & Jean Claude Ades vs. Lil Wayne) by DJ Dain

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I had been meaning to toy around with that Lil Wayne vocal for ages, but it wasn't until I re-listened to the Jean Claude Ades remix of Coburn's "We Interrupt This Program" that I felt like I had found a complementary track that I liked.

I admit that I had way too much fun extending the part about Orville Redenbacher.

Redenbacher . . . Orville Redenbacher (bacher bacher)"

Hee hee hee.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Glory Lasts Forever

Digital Nightmare - Bass-y (DJ Dain's "Glory Lasts Forever" Remix)
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Bass-y (DJ Dain's "Glory Lasts Forever" Remix) by DJ Dain

My friend Tom from Digital Nightmare asked me to try my hand at remixing one of his tracks, and this is the final result. I really wanted to produce something along the lines of The Prodigy, Pendulum and The Crystal Method (I had been listening to a lot of their respective material at the time). I dug up the same synthesizer sound I had used on the Jefferson Airplane remix and tweaked it to produce a much darker, 303-like sound for the latter half of the track.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Throw My Genesis In The Ayer

Throw My Genesis In The Ayer (Justice vs. Flo-Rida Feat. Will.I.Am)

Throw My Genesis In The Ayer (Justice vs. Flo-Rida Feat. Will.I.Am) by DJ Dain

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Another great set-opening track from Justice taken a step further with a popular crowd-pleasing vocal. Need I say more?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Keep on Raving, Little Dreamer

DJ Dain - Guild Wars (Keep on Raving, Little Dreamer)
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Guild Wars Theme (DJ Dain's "Keep on raving, little dreamer" Mix) by DJ Dain

I admit that this isn't really a "rave" track, but more of a trance-like break-beat. My favorite part has to be the 8-bit break-down at about the 3:45 mark. The droning bass-line really helps flesh-out the sound for me, and add some contrasting colors while the pianos and synthesizers play brightly over everything else.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last Day to Rave

DJ Dain - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Last Day to Rave)
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Last Day (DJ Dain's "Last Day to Rave" Mix) by DJ Dain

What is easily one of the most somber tracks in the game, "Last Day" also provides a chord progression that was just made for trance. I might go back and work on the opening string section a little bit since they don't sound as "padded" as I want them to. However, I'm very pleased with the saw sound that takes over about half-way through. The chord progression and arrangement work amazingly well for the continuous build-up that good trance music is founded upon.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Low Flying Danger Seekers

Low Flying Danger Seekers (Kap10Kurt vs. Flo-Rida & T-Pain)

Low Flying Danger Seekers (Kap10Kurt vs. Flo-Rida & T-Pain) by DJ Dain

I highly recommend you all check out Kap10Kurt, their video for "Danger Seekers" is pretty bitchin'. I threw some extra flange on the track to space out the song progression against the vocal and I think it worked to some extent.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Justice - New Jack (DJ Dain's "Ghetto-Glitch" Mix)
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New Jack (DJ Dain's "Ghetto-Glitch" Mix) by DJ Dain

Its amazing what a few simple tricks can do to transform a song. The majority of this remix is based around tweaking a few Ableton Live audio effect devices such as "Auto Pan" and "Beat Repeat" to get just the right kind of glitch sound. I also loved expanding the 'start-stop' feel which you can hear around the 4:10 mark.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hollaback Girls On The Expressway

Hollaback Girls On The Expressway (Hyperion (Oz) & General Midi vs. Gwen Stefani)

Hollaback Girls On The Expressway (Hyperion (Oz) & General Midi vs. Gwen Stefani) by DJ Dain

I really enjoyed cutting up Gwen's Vocals to fit this track. I ended up having to break-down and actually buy a high-quality version of the General Midi remix of Hyperion's "On The Expressway". I'm still debating on re-editing the track to make it shorter (I pretty much put Gwen's song in twice). Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Lucky Night

DJ Dain - Pokemon Gold (Lucky Night)
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Lucky Channel (DJ Dain's "Lucky Night" Mix) by DJ Dain

I'm tempted to go back and try my hand at this remix one more time. There are only two things that still bother me about it:

1) The "crowd noise" extends too far into the song
2) The out-tro could be significantly better

Other than that I'm fairly pleased with the results. I think I sampled my GameBoy Advance using a cheap PC microphone, which worked wonders for "cheapening" the sound. It really helped build contrast between the original tune and the remix when it finally drops.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Union of Friendships

DJ Dain - Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (Union of Friendships)
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Kaze No Ne (DJ Dain's "Union of Friendships" Mix) by DJ Dain

I started working on this track several years ago as a birthday gift for my friend Chris. To the best of my knowledge, the song went under about nine revisions. I'm not sure why a number of my remixes have a piano/flute solo combination, but it seems to work well. I really enjoyed exploring multiple genres within this track, and the water/rain effects really helped color the overall mix.

I have to admit, if I wanted to accurately convey playing this game with three other friends, the sound would be much angrier with lots of swearing about having to hold the goddamn bucket. Good times.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Let Me Revolutionize My 909

Let Me Revolutionize My 909 (Daft Punk vs. DJ Kool)

Let Me Revolutionize My 909 (Daft Punk vs. DJ Kool) by DJ Dain

In my mind, this mash-up provides more evidence that Daft Punk makes everything sound better. In fact, hip-hop/rap vocals generally sound better over EDM, particularly house music. But hey, that's just me.