Oceandrift – out now

The latest offering from the 64 bar collective is now on Bandcamp, available as a name your own price download.

Oceandrift is a remix chain. What the hell is a remix chain?

Kelp explained: “A remix chain is the process of a second artist remixing a track delivered to them by the first artist, and then passing the stems of the remixed track onto a third artist, and so on. Eventually, the penultimate person passes their remixed stems back around to the original artist, who remixes all the remixes in one track to complete the chain”

Geddit?

“The results are astounding, considering each part of the chain only hears the previous track,” said Kovas, from 64 bar music.

“This is a bit of a break from the norm for 64bar, as the tracks aren’t constrained by the normal parameters of tempo or length.

Oceandrift is a marvelous journey from the opening track, which floats underwater, through hard-edged electronic noise and leading-edge progressive sounds. You can get it right now, here 

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Blue Towers video

Check this home-made video using some audio from Kobra Audio Labs’ recent ‘Two Blue Towers’ cassette.

Blue Towers is 50-minute, 2 track cassette release of all original K.A.L. music. Comes in a high quality ‘Brad Pack’ box from Stumptown Printers with original artwork by Mark Scanlan, each box hand stamped & painted.

Accompanying the cassette is a CD-R with digital versions of both tracks alongside bonus K.A.L. music.
Also included is a mix CD of the music which influenced Kobra Audio Labs while making the album, complete with artwork & liner notes.

This is a strictly limited package of 50 cassettes.

Much hip hop from the Allergies

The Allergies present 50 of their favourite Hip-Hop tracks in under five minutes. Chopped, looped and layered with love, sweat and acapellas

64 bar goes global with Olympic mix

64 bar music calling on beat-makers from around the world to participate in Olympic sized production project.

With the world’s largest sporting occasion coming up this summer  64 bar music are putting together a soundtrack for the games that reflects the passion of sport and its inherent link with the joy of music.

“We wanted to mark the Olympics with a mix that defined how people were moved by sport, and what the Olympics means to them,” said label head Pete Griffin.

“The music that is made will reflect the feelings we have when we watch sport. It might be joy through victory, or the melancholy taste of defeat.

“There could be the essence of hope in the music, a sense of pride, of determination, or of drive.

The 64 bar music concept began in 2009, and since then, the label has self released seven albums, three EP’s and an album on big-hitting indie label Ninja Tune.

They have released music from artists based in China, Canada, Chilie, The US, Australia, Germany, Belgium, France, the UK and more, and with over 150 countries participating in the games in London and Cardiff this project is their most ambitious yet.

“We’re calling for submissions today,’ said Griffin. “Tunes have to be sent in by the end of the closing ceremony on August 12, 2012.

“There is no restriction on style or tempo, but tracks must be 64 bars in length,” he added.

Use this link http://soundcloud.com/64barmusic/dropbox to submit a track, or get in touch with 64 bar music directly through the website’s contact page http://64barmusic.drupalgardens.com/contact

The mix album will be released on August 19, 2012 via the labels page, http://www.64barmusic.co.uk

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Sneak Preview of 64 Bar Orchestra – Episode 3

The third episode of the 64bar Orchestra for Seeksmusic.com is a truly international show With excuslive beats coming from artists from Germany, the US, Chilie, Sweden, Scotland, Paraguay, Wales and Australia.

There are have two tracks from the forthcoming Ninja Forum remix chain, a mad 13 minutes from the 13th Tribe and two tracks from the recent Represents mix from 64bar music.

This is a dub version of the show, so no chatting from yours truly, the show host.

For the full show, with track information and a showcase from the wonderfully eclectic 13th Tribe,  go to http://www.seeksmusic.com

New EP from New York’s Techdef

64 bar stalwart Techniken Defunkus has released a ‘name your own price’ EP via Bandcamp.

He said: ” The Woodcut Collage EP is actually a re-issue of sorts. I decided to put it on Bandcamp as it’s sort of a time capsule of a time before I started going to Reason software seminars, before I got involved in the 64 bar mixes, before I was editing audio again, as opposed to just sequencing samples and synths.

About three years ago I tried to get a little more serious about the music I was making. One of the things that grew out of that was an untitled cd that used and old collage of= mine for the cover ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrfitz/2295735868/).

“I tried to make it a sampling that represented what I was proud of, but short enough not to bore the pants off folks… There were only a few dozen passed out at music conferences and seminars I attended. I sent out a bunch by mail as well, including one to Mocean Worker who just released a remix of mine this year.

“The music itself is very mixed, style-wise, but I think there’s a common thread that ties it together. I tend to make rules to follow, almost just to turn it all into a bit of a game, but the ‘rules’ evolve of course. “What? Ohno” is sort of a dance in schoolyard, everyone trying to show off what they can do. How many layers can weave in and out and still be ‘coherent’. I still can’t believe I put in all those handclaps! I usually fucking hate handclaps!”

Zing.

Techdef featured on many of the 64barchallenge mixes, his blend of broken jazz always resulting in interesting concoctions. Check them out by hitting the 64 bar challenge tab at the top of the page.