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Monday, August 7, 2017

Debut Album: "The Elements" Available for Streaming

After over five years of screwing around in GarageBand / Logic Pro, I finally put compiled nine finished tracks into an album! You can stream it directly from the music page, or use this non-embedded link. Now I will provide some information on these tracks.

 1.  Elements (Intro) This song is in F minor, at 98 BPM. I made most of the project in iMaschine then imported it into Logic to add more layers.
 2.  All of Me (A minor / 140 BPM) I originally conceived this song in July/August 2016 but was unable to finish it once school started up again. Sure enough, when December came around I was able to finish it. Small changes were made for the final release this summer.
3. Helium (F minor, 128 BPM) This is my favorite song of the album. I originally conceived it in 2012...and it has undergone countless changes since then. The end result was a progressive house tune that is designed to make you want to dance. It taught me that I should never give up on a project because of limited knowledge.
4. Strategy (E minor, 140 BPM) In February 2016, I had the most fun I'd ever had producing this dubstep track, especially designing the drops. Incorporating my favorite memes into a dubstep song was an idea I'd had for a while, but was finally inspired to make it after hearing Reivax - Pencil Stick.
5. Escape (Interlude) [C minor, 130 BPM]  I originally recorded this composition in 2014, and this summer I was able to "properly arrange it" in Logic Pro X. I also learned how to properly draw in the sustain pedal.
6. Chain Reaction (D minor, 130 BPM) This is another one of my earliest songs from 2012, and I was able to clean it up for this album. It is structured differently from most of my songs in that it has three 8-measure drops.
7. Phosphorus (A minor, 128 BPM) I conceived this one in summer of 2013, made major improvements to it in summer 2016, and finally finished it this summer. It is a progressive house song and uses similar instruments as in "Helium".
8. Onii Chan (G minor, 140 BPM) The second dubstep song on the album is inspired by Must Die's "Onii Chan". I used the main melody from his song, and built on it, but I did not use any other assets.
9. Bark At The World (E minor, 100 BPM) This song isn't really a specific genre...as it has acoustic guitar, piano, synthesizers, and a hip hop beat. Regardless, I think it sounds great.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trump Signs S.J. Res.34 into Law

Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services

Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday the president signed a joint resolution into law, which provides for congressional disapproval of this regulation imposed on internet service providers by the Federal Communications Commission. Comcast, AT&T and even mobile carriers have been dying to make an extra buck by selling off customers' browsing history to the highest bidder. Only recently their lobbying efforts got well-respected republican Senators off their feet to propose this bill in early March. Three committees debated the bill, but it seemed to be no trouble obtaining a simple majority of votes from the Senate (50 - 48) and House (215 - 205). Then the document was delivered to the president's desk. Even at this point, I still had high hopes that Donald Trump could veto this bill, for it would be impossible to obtain a two-thirds vote in both chambers to override his decision. But in the end, he signed the bill, and the regulation was repealed. You won't hear this information from many news outlets; most will choose not to report it because they are owned by companies who hired the lobbyists in the first place!

Here is an overview of the bill, detailed information can be found over on Congress.gov.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I was right all along...sort of

One week later, turns out I was right about the country going into outrage. The electoral college has been around for 227 years and only now do people want to abolish it? So many presidents have lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote. The question that comes to mind is "Does the electoral college really give more state representation?" As Bernie Sanders said in an interview with CBS news : "A political campaign should not consist of 15 states". And he is right - the state polls indicate which locations the candidates need to focus on in the general election. Everyone's voice is heard in the primary, regardless of your party. But in the general election, 51% of the popular vote could go to one candidate and they "win that state". This is poor representation if you ask me, and I find it very ironic that Mr. Trump said the system was 'rigged' but yet it was rigged in his favor. In conclusion I would argue that the electoral college system is outdated, but it is unlikely to be replaced since it would be a long process that's not on the president's agenda. Meanwhile, it is completely unethical to riot and vandalize.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How Evan Mcmullin could become president

If neither Clinton or Trump make it to 270 electoral votes (highly unlikely) and Evan Mcmullin wins Utah, then the House of Representatives gets to make the decision between the top three candidates. By this point Johnson and Stein would be out. Since the house is dominated by republicans, many who do not like Trump, we could see an Evan Mcmullin presidency. This would likely send the country into outrage, since we have been suffering from election fatigue for the last 572 days.

Happy birthday Gnoy!

Monday, November 23, 2015

EM Weekly Recap #2

There were some great releases on Friday (11/20/15), so I thought I would cover them here on TheGidgit.com

First up we have Knife Party's annual release - "Trigger Warning". Tracklist is as follows :
1. PLUR Police
2. Parliament Funk
3. Kraken w/ Tom Staar
4. PLUR Police (Jauz Remix)

This is Knife Party's 5th major release. Rob and Gareth killed it on Abandon Ship, exploring many different genres. However this EP is strictly Electro House, with a dubstep remix from Jauz. You can hear all the small elements of their signature genre that make them Knife Party. Overall I would say this is their least innovative release yet. Not that its a bad thing, their production quality is always top notch. I would say my favorite off this EP is 'Parliament Funk' , I especially enjoy the second half of the drop. The Australian Duo will definitely be smashing the dance floors in the coming year.

Next up we have something that I had been excited for the release of in the past month. This is also the reason why I dropped the "D" in the post title.

Crywolf - Cat"a*clasm\ N. A breaking asunder; a violent disruption.

This is his 5th major release as well, but in a way, he is calling it his first. Justin Taylor Phillips had traveled to Akureyri, Iceland to make this album possible. Perhaps to get away from the EDM scene that is ever so popular in a place like LA. He has four videos of the making of Cataclasm on his YouTube channel. They can be found here :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiZ-zpVSxKI1YiMxRGCrTgYjcgt0BL4Og
All of these songs are great in their own way that its difficult to pick a favorite; its one of those albums you need to listen to as a whole.

Anyways I hope to continue these recaps into the end of the year, which is often an exciting time for music.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2015 Birthday EDM Mix


I do not own any of these songs, the tracklist is as follows :
(Artist - Song)
The Frim - Bassline Skanka VIP
Liquid Stranger - Rapture
Terravita & Obsidian - Pirate Bass
Skrillex - Try it Out
Rise at Night - Fingerprints (feat. Virus Syndicate)
Disonata - Battle Droid
Datsik - Let it Burn
Sadhu - Godzilla 2014 VIP
Getter & Algo - Hive
Tim Ismag - Supervillains
Laxx - Step One
Ming & Mister Black - Drop Out
Twofold - Skyfire VIP
Sadhu - Machine Gun
DKS & Datsik - Deep End
Zomboy - Outbreak (Instrumental)
Barely Alive & Datsik - Candy Kids
Terravita & Evan Kiljoy - Colorblind
Konec - Echelon
D-Jahsta, 12gauge, & Sadhu - Baptism of Fire
Fox Stevenson - Like You
Flux Pavilion - Do or Die (feat. Childish Gambino)
Protohype - Encore (feat. Ras)
Excision & The Frim - Night Shine (feat. Luciana)
Krewella - Pass the Love Around
Antiserum & Mayhem - Flame
Must Die - Gem Shards
Barely Alive - Sell Your Soul (feat. Jeff Sontag) [Eptic Remix]
AFK - On the Floor VIP
Feed Me - Orion
Gemini - Freedom
Knife Party - Begin Again
Adventure Club - Crash
Diplo - Revolution (feat. Faustix, Imanos, & Kai)
Twine & Dion Timmer - Predator
Hucci - Realm
Modestep - Saved the World
Truth - The Only Ones
Trolley Snatcha - Bae
Megalodon & Antiserum - Platinum
Fei Fei - All Day I Dream (Getter Remix)
Dirtyphonics - Los Angeles (feat. Modestep) [Protohype Remix]
JPhelpZ - Summon the Dead
The Frim - Hi
Mitis & Crywolf - Oasis (Bear Grillz Remix)
Seven Lions & Xilent - The Fall
Liquid Stranger - Mr Unbreakable (feat. Khadafi Dub)
Spol - Time
Emalkay - The Line (feat. Glen Boden)
Getter & Datsik - Hollow Point

8 out of these 50 songs are not in the best quality, so I apologize for that. Future mixes will have the best quality I can get it to be.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

EDM Weekly Recap #1 (May 26 - June 1)

Hello everyone and welcome to my first 'EDM Weekly Recap'. Being that I will have a lot of free time this summer, I have decided I will share my love for electronic dance music with readers of this blog. The genres I will be covering can range from dubstep, trap, electro or progressive house, etc. This week I have 3 releases to share and review with you.

First, we have 'Destroid - The Invasion Remixes'. About a year ago, Destroid released their debut album 'The Invasion'. The trio Excision, Downlink, and drummer KJ Sawka perform as a live on stage dubstep band. This is a very unique take in EDM. A year later, they release remixes of their 10 tracks, featuring remixes by Antiserum & Mayhem, Barely Alive, FuntCase, Bar 9, Getter, Datsik, The Frim, and many more.

Visit http://Destroid.com 
for buy links and a free download of 'Bounce (Antiserum & Mayhem Remix)

Second, we have Firepower Records' weekly release. Barely Alive releases his remix for Destroid, and a day later releases his new EP titled "Internet Streets". Firepower Records has teamed up with Disciple Recordings to bring you this release.



Barely Alive - 'Internet Streets EP'
http://www.beatport.com/release/internet-streets-ep/12960111
1. Cyber Bully (ft. Messinian)
2. Rifle Blow Kiss (ft. Soultrain Locomotive)
3. Candy Kids (Barely Alive & Datsik)
4. Cyber Bully [The Frim Remix]

My favorite track is Candy Kids. I think Barely Alive and Datsik collaborated deliciously on this one.  The track gives a futuristic atmosphere, with a great melody. Which is your favorite? Vote on the poll to the right. I recommend purchasing tracks 2 and 3, or the entire EP.

Finally, we have a single by Xilent, titled "Free Me (ft. Charlotte Haining)". Very chill track, beautiful blend of piano and side-chained synths. This song also sets a futuristic atmosphere. Xilent posted on Facebook that this is the second single he has released leading up to his full length LP to be released later in the year.


Grab the track on iTunes!
http://ukf.me/QKAJKe

And this concludes my first EDM Weekly Recap! Check back on sunday 6/8 for the next installment.
~TG

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Staff Member Here

     Hi, I'm Oblivius or irl, Andrew. I'm the new staff member and "artist" here. I'm being paid Joshuan currency to produce professional art. You may even have heard my name a couple of times in the news. I have been nationally recognized for some of my art. You might even recognize my professionally made art below.
     You're going to see more of my art soon in the future! AND YOU WILL WORSHIP IT.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Flappy Bird REVIEW & Bonus

In the history of the App store there have been popular and addictive games such as Angry Birds, Temple Run, and even Injustice Gods Among Us. Needless to say the bar has been set pretty high for game developers to make something amazing... Unless you're Dong Nguyen. The new game known as Flappy Bird has taken the app store's #1 spot in the free section....  Why?  You're not fighting your favorite superhero in this game instead you'll be guiding a bird through Super Mario Pipes to get a high score, exciting huh? Basically where I'm getting at is that this "game" is just frustratingly bad with the most simple concept with a very unfair "challenge". The worst part about the game is that everyone and their moms won't stop bragging about how their score is better than everyone else's and not only that, IT'S EVERYWHERE! I literally can't go a day without hearing that dreaded *BUDING*. Since this game is so popular some other company decided to seize the moment and create an exact clone by the name of Iron Pants. The only difference (aside from the graphics) is the controls where instead of tapping the screen you hold until you get the right altitude and crash and fail. All in all I give Flappy Bird and Iron Pants a whopping 1 out 5. That's all and please play a better game. P.S. don't be the person in the picture below this.... please.