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Listen to my new album.

As we madly put together all the files for this album release I have a link that might interest you. It is the whole album, “Thoughts that move”, and you can listen to it at hunz.rpmchallenge.com
I’ve also made 3 of the tunes downloadable so you can take them home and listen to ‘em :D . That should tie you over until it comes out later this month
 
I’ve been converting all the tracks over to ableton so we can rehearse them to put into our live set. I’m so excited about this it’s been a long time since I’ve had new music to learn and problems to over come and I await the challenges of this.
 
Not long now.
 

Cd Review and Feature on Tokafi

My Cd is being Featured and has been Reviewed at Tokafi. Thank you guys, it’s a beautiful review that I feel humbled by. Thank you.

Tokafi – ‘When Victims Fight’ Cd Review

Unegoistic pleasures: A hypnotically crafted rhythm of verse and chorus.

Pop music must surely be the most egoistic genre out there. Always written in the first person, it deals with nothing but the individual’s solipsistic fears, loathings, hopes and triumphs – quite obviously, there is nothing altruistic in a sentence like “I love you”. Browsing through the liner notes of “When Victims fight”, you suspect the same mechanism at work here: “I’ve always written my music as a means to deal with my feelings”, Hunz says and you already brace yourself for another 40 minutes of acoustic auto-therapy.

Nothing could be more wrong, though. The release of this album, after all, was in fact rather the product of continous demand from friends than of a man looking for immanent stardom. Anachronistic pleasures, I say: In times when everybody seems confident enough to have something to say to the masses, the idea that someone should be penning songs just for the joy of creating seems just as bewildering and outdated as it sounds sympathetic and encouraging.

You can hear it in the music, too. It is amazing what a liberating absence of expectations can do. The bass drums, hihats and snares on “When Victims Fight” click and cut and shred and stutter, rattlesnaking futuristically into the 21st century, but underneath the completely up-to-date digital polish, a hurt heart beats passionately for the urban solitude of the 80s. Anything but mere retro-exercises, meanwhile, the slow-grooving pieces among these ten tracks drift dreamily on pensive chime-themes and swelling string pads, riding plaintive harmonic loops to their inevitably relentless final destination.

In the pumping high-voltage sections, such as angry anthem “Beg”, Hunz draws his energy from dry, pointed basses, razorsharp percussion and frantic Rhodes-pounding. “Tiny Pixels” surges forward on the wings of a nervous, morsecoded chord cluster, while opener “Who Knows” combines an anthemic acme with harsh drum rolls and doubtful lyrics (“When I find me, they’re gonna know what my secret is”). Music and singer seem to be caught in a constant quarrel over supremacy and direction: While the latter seems to find stability and focus in the soulful warmth of ballads like “All falls down”, the latter heads for a grand finale in the melodic and thematic centre of the album on the closing duo of “Rise” and “People”.

It is neither forced experimentation nor a complex concept which holds these emotionally bipolar pieces together but the simple, yet hypnotically crafted rhythm of verse and chorus, as well as a voice capable of expressing discreet ecstasy and uncliched pain. Thanks to this unpretentious approach, “When Victimes Fight” has turned out being about sharing and communicating rather than about navle-gazing. Hunz writes about his innermost personal feelings, but he allows his listeners to recognise themselves in the process. “Amazingly, dealing with my feelings seems to resonate with people”, he writes in the continuation of the lines notes, “if you have the same response, then this album is for you.” Against all odds, there is nothing egoistic about that at all.

TOBIAS FISCHER

Read it here

 

Fortitude Valley, QLD, Sat, 28 Mar 09

Hunz – Venger (Vocal Version)

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Hunz – Venger (Vocal Version)
 

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[verse]
So tightly wound we are
Like cotton balls taught
Just staying out so far
Watching Battles lost

 
Say that isn’t so
Cause feel that like but I’m stuck in this middle
Tell and be so sure
Cause I’m wedge in this screen and I’m trapped in the middle. Trapped

 

[chorus]
Give it up
say you will
just say you will
come undone
no more lies
say you do
just say do
come undone

 

[verse]
We’re buried in so deep
we hug our knees and breath
so close your eyes sleep
in holes trademarked by thief’s

 
Say that isn’t so
Cause feel that like but I’m stuck in this middle
Tell and be so sure
Cause I’m wedge in this screen and I’m trapped in the middle. Trapped.

 

[chorus]
Give it up
say you will
just say you will
come undone
no more lies
say you do
just say do
come undone

 

Venger – hunz [c]
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A Reflection

I’ve had time to sit back and listen over the music I wrote. It happened so fast that I forgot some of the melodies and ideas which is wonderful, it’s like listening to it fresh again. I’m really proud of whats come out. Some of the tunes could have used another month that would have allowed time to work out better verses / choruses or to strip back and really find those great combination’s that help relate the moods a little better. Some of the tunes feel a little over commercial for me which I know personally I sit on this fence of being a bit quirky and understandable which I like but I prefer the quirky over the norm. One thing it really did so unexpectedly was force me to find my style more and help bridge a gap between the album I was working on. It felt so great to use Renoise to put this together too, such a joy to write on a tracker setup again. So over the piano roll outs in music apps these days :P

 

I personally need to thank Danielle, Mr Mark Dollin and Matthew Gray. Without these people I would never have this album out. And then a big shout out to Rpm for placing me in this awkward situation that bought about some really neat music. Then to everyone for following the journey, so great!

 

Please hang around as this album will hit in the next few weeks. In the Interim I’ll release the vocal version for my iphone game I worked on “venger”. Thank you.

 

#Rpm MixingMastering Day28 Switch Off Song4 v4

This song is the mastered version with the ending that people haven’t heard yet. I kept this song exactly the same as the original sketch added some air movement to the toms as they progressed almost turning into snares. Also some kick undertones later on. I didn’t even redo vocal takes as I thought I didn’t want to loose what I created in that night so I left it all as is and just created some swells and an ending with an ultimatum “Yes or No you’ve got nothing left, you’ve got nothing but these two”. This song does have lyrics but I’m going to leave the rest of it up to you.

 

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Switch Off [Song4 Version4]
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin] Day26

  • What a lovely song to finish up the mixing on :) Loving the minimal drum and the spense of space in this one. Listening over a few times….
  • First getting the bass tones right.
  • Now the tom and kick. The drum kit verb is a bit static sounding so I’m making a seperate send for it and putting a phaser before it to liquify things. Tweaking EQs on drums. Checking percussion against the bass: some fine adjustments.
  • EQing all the other melodic instruments. Glitched Piano, Synth 01 and Strings: all with less bass and surgury in the mids. Reversing the pans of the echo send. Panning Synth 01 a fair way left.
  • Now all instruments together adjusting balances. Now with drums. Sounding good.
  • Cleaning samples! Now sending all the vocals to a group send. Adding EQ and a Filter. Addressing bass in the backing vocals. Lowering gate thresholds.
  • Now adding in all the other sounds to the vocals. Fine adjusting some volumes to get it all balanced. Turned the chorus echo into a filtered dubby echo. Panning the harmony vocal a little right.
  • Run out of time, so time for an ear break.
  • Last session with fresh ears. A few more tweaks on vocal settings.
  • Heaphone check: More minor tweaks.
  • Big speakers check: All good! Some minor weirdnesses with the low low subs that might be due to room variables, but I’m happy enough with how low it’s sitting. Time to save and send.
  • RPM mixing done! Go Hunz!

#Rpm MixingMastering Day28 You Said Hello Song8 v7

This song is the mastered version. I never posted marks mix for it so I thought I would post both for you enjoyment. There are no mastering notes for this song, I started on the 1st few and then stopped. I nearly fell asleep due to bouncing down till 2am and Matt’s room is so softly lit it makes you sleepy.

 

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You Said Hello [Song8 Version7]
Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin] Day25

  • Ah! Now we get nasty Hunz. The lofi gore has arrived ;) Listening through a few times.
  • Starting out with all the drum elements and getting the tone right. Also changing some dynamics settings so things aren’t as snappy. Sending everthing to a group channel to lift and control the tone even more. Ok supper happy with the results.
  • Now to the instruments. Starting with the bass. Tone is now better. Onto the higher synths, making the lofi sound smoother. Ok, all the melodic elements together to check for balance. Tweaking little things to jostle it togther.
  • Now adding the drums. Squeezing the lead guitar compressor harder. Minor tweaks. Happy enough for now.
  • Onto the vocals. Cleaning first! Editing the vocal acapella and sent to a group. Wow some wickid distortion here! Global tone shaped. Now for channel edits: knocking out bass that isn’t needed.
  • Now adding all the other sounds. Food time, so time for an ear break.
  • Back into it with fresh ears. Slight adjustment on the bass. Fine tuning the lofi synth.
  • Onto headphones. Little out of the bass mids. Adding some clean dry sound to the lofi synth.
  • Checking on the big speakers. Perfect! Ok time to save and send!
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