Oh, that old thing!
I recently stumbled over this song again, and I noticed it was made exactly 5 years ago today, so here it is again, in all its glory, the winner of the TUM 2002 mp3 competition, the Goa from Samoa, Ladies and Gentlemen...
Download Juego Del Espacio (Psybreaks, 4:00, 4,8mb)
"Part of the Twisted Knister Automatenmusik-Mikrogalerie; this release is only available from cigarette machines in Bremen, Germany."
What the fuck? I do want to hear it now.
New paniq album
Check it out here.
fr-059: momentum (party version)
I'm trying to finish this as soon as possible, but in the meantime, there's the party version. The bulk of the work was done in 5 days.
Not fucking necessary
Turns out you can tune a scanner as well
Not just giant Tesla Coils can be used to make music. A much more readily available synthesizer is this Scanjet:
Here's some new music! It's driving, melodic trance and it was a lot of fun to make. I can heartily recommend rocking this loudly in your car, and also on your dance floor.
Download Wayfinder - Indestructable (Trance, 9:04, 14.3Mb)
10 kick samples for download
I usually make my own kick drum samples from synthesis, sampling and a lot of splicing and layering. I'm making 10 of them available for download in 16bit WAV format, not just to brag but to encourage others to do the same and not just use prepackaged kicks from sample CDs (or downloaded from me!). Make your own kicks and see the quality of your productions rise.
These drums should work well for many kinds of electronic dance music, including Trance, Techno, House and Goa/Psytrance.
Here's the link: Download 10 bassdrum samples made by wayfinder
Turns out you can tune electricity
(via Acid Noise)
Democracy means demos rule
I scouted around Youtube for a bit, a wouldn't you know it, some of the demos and intros I worked on are on there. Check this out:
The first production that I directed (I also did the music and some of the graphics). My initial goal was a scene change on every drum beat, but the result is fine as it is.
Download fr-022. Preview:
fr-049: of spirits taken
This was the invitation to breakpoint 2006. The party had a running theme, it told a story of which this was the first part.
Download fr-049 or watch the preview:
I had a lot of fun making the music for this 64k intro.
Download fr-052 or watch it here:
... and then there's also this, which is a story for another time :)
Step to this
And you can of course get the normal mp3 from here as well:
Download Identity (Trance, 3:41, 4.5mb)
The Popular PINGU?!!
I have no idea who made this, or why, or even when, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Thank you, Jacksoft, this is awesome!
And, just as a reminder, the original:
Finally, some new music
This track is a funny thing. To me, it sounded quite melancholic, but to others it's dangerously happy. See for yourself, I guess!
Download Alarmsignal Treibeis (Trance, 6:49, 10.9mb)
So, what did you do in 2000?
I, for one, ran a little trance netlabel with Phace. It was called Azure. Phace and I had made a song together (well, I had made a song and he had produced it so it sounded more contemporary), and that was our first release. We honestly felt it was good enough to start a small label off. And in a way, it was. Not that trance was a terribly popular genre in our usual circles, but we were undeniably good at tracking, and we were releasing quite a bit of music, so there were some people who liked the whole thing. Azure did not survive very long, unfortunately. Somehow, after 19 or so releases, nothing happened any more. Still, I'm really glad we did the whole netlabel thing, and it really helped my find my musical voice. 2000 was a productive year for me.
This one is the song that started it all. I sent an early draft to Phace, who was looking for cooperation partners, and it immediately clicked with him. He came back a couple of days later with a rework that simply floored me, and after some very small changes we had a ready product:
Download Wayfinder & Phace - Hymn (Trance, 4:51, 4.4mb)
I quickly followed it with another release. This is the song that scored me my first fan mail from one of my personal heroes (no, I'm not going to name him : ) ). Don't mind the spelling mistake.
Download Wayfinder - Live Is Fatal (Trance, 5:01, 5.7mb)
The next song I released for Azure was a remix of an unreleased tune by one of the most high profile people in the scene, keith303, who I met on IRC. Not much of the original remained, and in fact I made up a whole new main section.
Download Wayfinder & Keith303 - Inside My Darkbelly Remix (Trance, 5:39, 6.0mb)
The tune that came after this is one that I still think has one of the better melodies I've written over the years. Simple, but straight to the point. I recently heard it played at a higher pitch than the original, and it took the fucking roof off.
Download Wayfinder - Release Me (Trance, 8:01, 10,0mb)
On Easter 2000, I brought two songs to Mekka/Symposium and finally, finally won a demo party for the first time. Morning Light took the Tracking Compo and Record Royale came in third in the mp3 compo. I released them both as an EP on Azure:
By then, I think I had hit my stride. Over the rest of the year, I released four more song on Azure that I still like very much. Three of them were part of the Race Cycle, which I did not complete until the end of 2001. K2, the first part of the cycle, is one of the first tracks I made in which I really managed to tell a story, musically.
Download Wayfinder - K2 (The Race Part I) (Trance, 4:16, 4.9mb)
I decided to remix Hymn, the first Azure release, using some harder beats and for some reason, cars revving. It's not them that make the track so driving though ; )
Download Wayfinder & Phace - Hymn (Wayfinder Remix) (Trance, 9:25, 11,0mb)
The 15th Azure release, and my eighth, was the third part of the Race Cycle ("Where is The Race Part II?" is one of the questions that I was asked most often over the next year or so). Looking Back though became my favourite Azure release (at least of my own material) and has stayed one of my favourite productions since. If you only get one track from this post, make it this one.
Download Wayfinder - Looking Back (The Race Part III) (Trance, 4:16, 4.9mb)
I had one more in me, and for some reason it went on to become a favourite on Nectarine when it got started. I'm not complaining : )
Download Wayfinder - Resurrection (The Race Part IV) (Trance, 8:09, 9.3mb)
I hope you enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed making it!
Short Stuff is Small Stuff
I've made a couple of 64k intro soundtracks, and the most essential criterium for a successful intro track is the size. The whole thing needs to fit into 64k, and usually less than a fourth or so of this is allotted to the music. That's why kb wrote the farbrausch V2, a realtime synthesizer system made especially for 64k intros. It's a full-featured subtractive synthesizer, and I use it to create all the sounds in a song, including the drums (always a challenge! Most people use samples for drums).
One of these small songs is here, packaged in a stand-alone player, 14kb in size. Yes, 14kb. For an almost 4 minute long song. Download it here. For those of you who are not on a Windows PC, or don't trust random exe files from the internet, I've made an mp3 version, which kinda defeats the purpose of creating a small version in the first place, but whatever :) Oh, and by the way, Tidex is a name I sometimes use to release music, it's all me :)
Download Tidex - Short Stuff (Trance, 3:49, 5.2mb)
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