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Hunz live at the The Hi-Fi Bris


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We had an awesome show at The Hi-Fi Bris the other night and we were lucky enough to have NiteShok video a few of the songs. If you didn’t make it out you can now hear and watch us perform some of the set. A big thank you to The Hazards of Swimming Naked for having us along, Niteshok for filming this and The Staff at The Hi-Fi Bris very VERY awesome!

 

 

Amazing Hunz Remixes by Sefiros

<a href="http://sefiros.co.uk/album/sefiros-versions">It&#8217;s So Light (Sefiros Remix) by Sefiros</a>

 

Here are some more remixes that have completely blown me away. They are for “In Tomorrow” and “It’s so Light”. Thank you so much Sefiros for taking your valuable time and creating something that enhances the emotions of the tracks. He takes familiar phrases and vocals from the tracks and creates something that is between a ambient sound scape and something pop. It really is a perfect meld of our 2 styles. Please check out his albums and thank him if you get the time. Click here for his page

 

Videos of my show at Ric’s.

With out Nightshok I don’t think we would have any live footage for you guys to look at. Thank you very Kindly. Please enjoy and I’ll be posting up some new gigs very shortly.

 


It’s so Light

 


The Messenger

 


You Said Hello

 

It’s on the youtube.

Dot.Ay did a wonderful pixel mash up of my song “you said hello”. He didn’t know it but I’ve been working on doing the theme tune from Dinosaucers but the guys from the band think it’s lame. Who’s lame now? huh? huh??

 

 

The song list order, final names and album title #rpm

So I’ve tagged all the songs now with the official names. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I feel like we have some solid names going on.

 

Hunz – Thoughts that Move

 

01 – It’s so Light [Rpm Song02]

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02 – Soon, Soon [Rpm Song03]

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03 – Car in the Meadow [Rpm Song07]

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04 – The Messenger [Rpm Song09]

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05 – Enough to Make You Smile [Rpm Song10]

 

06 – Long Road [Rpm Song01]

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07 – You Said Hello [Rpm Song08]

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08 – In Tomorrow [Rpm Song06]

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09 – Switch Off [Rpm Song04]

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10 – The Commotion [Rpm Song05]

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Mastering this thing all day tomorrow. Will express my thoughts about that through the day.

#Rpm Mixing Day19 Song2 V5

Double post on this one. I have put up what changes I made and then what Mr Mark Dollin did to the mix. Enjoy the extra parts. :D Also, this song will fade out of the last 16bars so also enjoy the VERY, VERY long ending with no fade. Fade-outs happen on the mastering end, so you get to hear everything VERY, very raw. And it’s possible I will ditch the part before the space lead comes in at the end 2:05 – 2:22.

 

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Song2 Version5

 

Arranging Comments

 

  • I just wanted to complete something today
  • Listening through Song2
  • Taking on suggestions of doing a long fade
  • I think it needs another something before going back to chorus
  • Hearing some of the verse being sung over the chorus chords
  • Singing them in
  • Changing the bass notes around and bringing in drums from the verse
  • Hearing a counter vocal melody
  • Singing that in
  • Putting a lead into the chorus play out, sounds spacey but apt
  • Going back into the blend from the new bridge chorus
  • It’s working!
  • Going to bring in the counter vocal melody from the bridge into the end chorus
  • Feeling happy with this now.
  • The gate I’ve stuck on the counter melody is bad; changing it.

 

Mixing Comments [Mr Mark Dollin]

 

  • Listening a few times over and paying attention to the new bits hunz has added.
  • Ok going back to the Kick to give it some TLC, could be further ‘tightened’. Slightly adjusting the EQ to get the subs punching lower so it doesn’t compete with the bass.
  • Re-adjusting the bass EQ just to fine tune things. Warming the distortion settings a bit by adding some dry signal.
  • Quick adjustment on the vocal high end freqs, just a touch brighter.
  • Looking at the ‘I don’t know what to do’ vocal line… Taking a little more out of the low end. Adding a reverse-panned delay to fill the soundstage a bit. Dropping the volume a touch.
  • Now the ‘Space Lead’ that soars in the bridge. Moved the panner back in the chain so the pan position gets caught in the delay send (helps spatiality). Adjusting the EQ to lower the bass and soften the mids a little more. Adding a light squeeze on the compressor to even the dynamics on the rise. Adding a light chorus on the start of the chain to ‘liquefy’ the lead.
  • Listening to the whole mix a few times. Now checking on headphones. Micro adjusting the bass and kick EQ. Now checking on the big speakers nice and loud. Ok! Happy with the balance of everything. Time to quickly get it back to hunz!

 

You might be sick of that ending by now BUT I am going to ad lib the last chorus over the last 16bars so you get some unique stuff happening. I’ll be doing this as a final pass next week. Not sure if the renoise files will contain this, it might make the file much bigger. I’ll check.

 

#Rpm Mixing Day14 Song2 v04

Mark has been doing an incredible job with mixing these tracks. Thank you so much mark have a listen to what he did with this one, it’s just so great!

 

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  • Loading song, listening to the whole mix a few times to understand the sound. Already smooth and lush! Lovely music to listen to! Some really good echo fx in this one!
  • Adjusting master gain settings for standard playback volume.
  • Starting off with getting the bass right. Adding reductive EQ. Taking the panning off the bass samples to focus it mono, and adding a chorus to give the bass harmonics width and expression.
  • Onto the Kick: Adjusting EQ. Adding a LP Filter to the drum chain. Checking bass and kick together and making some fine adjustments.
  • Checking the snares. Adding an EQ.
  • Checking the hats. Adjusting the EQ. Adding a bit of delay for width.
  • Looking at the noise snare. Adding a LP Filter on the reverb. Adjusting the EQ to focus the tone. Adding a LP Filter post the distortion to knock out the nasty extreme highs.
  • Looking at the extra noise percussions. Hunz is a noisy lad on this one! Added a filter and EQ to focus the sound. Added a reverse echo to thicken the width.
  • Shaking up the shakers: Adding an EQ to smooth them a bit.
  • Playing all the percussion together. Making some minor adjustments to here and there to get it all punch nicely. Adding a filter over the whole lot to lift the tone a bit.
  • Onto the Lead synth, Wow some cool sci-fi sirens here. Adjusting EQ. Adding a filter on the echo.
  • Now to the Rough Synth. Adding an EQ to smooth the sound a bit.
  • Looking at the the arp synth. Adding an EQ to shape the sound, taking out the lows and little bit of the mids.
  • Now playing all the melodic instruments together to get a sense of cohesion. Fine tuning some EQ settings. Sounding nice.
  • Now adding all the percussion to the melodic sounds. Drums aren’t punching quite right. Bringing the shakers down. Adding a limiter to the hats to make them behave. Bringing the snare sounds up a little. Bringing the kick up a touch. Adjusting the synth’s panning wider to fill the sound stage more.
  • Feeling like the chip sounds are a little ‘stiff’ sounding so I’ve added a very very light internal vibrator to instrument 4, 5 and 6. If this bugs hunz he can easily turn it off later.
  • Now to the vocals: listening to them as a whole group acapella. Echoes are very beautiful, but I might added a filter to roll some of the tops off within the echo part.
  • Adding all the vocal parts to a send group to do global processing. Adding an EQ to filter the vocals. Sounding good! Time to have a little break for lunch and let ears have a rest…
  • Ok a new session. Checking vocals. Hearing some clicks here and there, so it may be time to clean the vocal samples.
  • Addressing some clicks causes by fx switches on the vocals. All fixed.
  • Now to listen to the whole mix to check the balances.
  • Adjusting the kick EQ again, list a little.
  • Automating a little fade of the very first synth to fix a little attack issue.
  • Vocals are disappearing a little within all the detail so I might try to lift their tone a bit. Added a filter to emphasise the vocal highs.
  • Things are sounding ok on my main speaker so it’s time to check on some other speakers. First: my headphones.
  • Some of the background vocals are feeling a little too bassy: adjusted EQs.
  • The first little bridge has a ‘talky bass’ that gets too dynamic at points. Fixed with a few volume commands.
  • Second verse has a lead instrument that gets a bit too dominant for a bit. Addressed with some volume automation on the post-compressor.
  • Switching back to main speakers. Listening a few times just enjoying the music!
  • Trying out a little gating idea on the end of the bridge to emphasise a pause. Got it to dive down nice and sharp. It’s bordering on an artistic choice, so I’ll let hunz decide if he’d like to keep it or not.
  • Tried the mix on a big set of speakers loud in another room. Sounds pretty good, but the vocal could do with a touch off the low end. Adjusted that.
  • One last check on the main speakers. Ok, happy with what is going on here. Time to pass it back!

#Rpm Day14 Song2 V4

It was perfect weather day! The only hitch was getting up at 6am to go to the markets but that’s ok. I started around 12pm, had 3 breaks Lunch, ear break and some kinda dinner desert thing which possibly took 2hrs of my time. I don’t know what it is though, it was such a hard song to make happen. I could hear the melodies bubbling underneath the surface but they wouldn’t come out. I also got stuck in this TRANCE sound and I was just so over it at that point. No one likes the 90′s yet it’s all 80′s people :P It does hug trance a little bit here and there but I’m hoping I pushed it a little .. huh? anyone?.

 

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Hunz Song02 Version04

 

Verse
F.Y.I. Yeah I know what we do
you’ve got to listen to the past
get this lump off our backs
It’s like a trench dug deeply
with a bad attitude
placed our fingers in our ears
watching lips turn blue

 

Chorus
Oooo ooo

 

Verse
The sun comes out

and the shadows are dark
Contemplate all you want

but we’re more like sharks
We circle back again

to the start of the start
and to watch from the side

is just stupid art.

 

Chorus
It’s so light
and we’re waiting for
we’re alive
what are we waiting for?

 

  • Fixing the chorus build up to go somewhere
  • Splitting the Apreggiating Synth into 2 passes so I can Feedback the high end only.
  • Problems with it delaying on the 6th and 8th so I had to pan a bit more.
  • Added synth that links in from the verse
  • Playing with the chorus more
  • Found more unique and simpler vocal lines
  • working on lyrics
  • song is about the worlds apathy
  • Lunch time
  • Came back started arrangement work
  • Created just some nice grooves around the drum line
  • Needs some shakers people.
  • Working out how to approach the chorus type thing
  • it’s too trancey and it is making me cry (not good tears either)
  • I changed the bass movement a little bit
  • Need an ear break.
  • Coming back to listen to it again. I’m enjoying it.
  • Will leave it for now and complete it later.
  • I don’t think I’ll go back to the verse, I’ll just bleed the ending out a lot.

 

Again, I need a name people. All I can come up with is “Pigs on Wheels” and we all know, that although that’s possibly the BEST song names eva!!, this song is more about sharks and um, Apathy .. Errr, ok, so I’m in a funny mood. Night.

 

#Rpm Day1 Song1 v1 & Song2 v2

So getting up early was out, I slept in till 8:30 and then proceeded to clean up a bit so I could get into the mood of song writing. So I started, it was rough but I did manage to get 2 songs out. Here is what happened .. (errr, it’s a bit boring :-P )
 

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Hunz RPM01 01

  • drew a sample on the screen.
  • split up the highs and the lows with a send.
  • pushed the highs into a panning stereo situation.
  • created a chord progression.
  • didn’t create a vibe for me.
  • found a nice loop from a sample cd.
  • cut it up.
  • reprogrammed / pitched shifted everything around and made a beat.
  • drew a bass sample.
  • got those 2 working together.
  • felt the vibe.
  • created chords and melodies.
  • started singing out a basic melody.
  • scraped the singing.
  • listened again found something nicer.
  • as the loop played I sung the chorus
  • I then shifted the song around the singing I had created.
  • I completed my 1st sketch and moved on.

 

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Hunz RPM 02 02

  • found an old hiphop loop
  • cut up the loop into fragments
  • split out the drums
  • created a snare split (highs/lows)
  • used the hihats really low with the snare to create some body
  • found a neat button I’ve never seen before in renoise autoamp
  • Starting playing with it and noticed it reaches a threshold and created FM distortion like stuff
  • created a melody around this
  • created another melody that is more me
  • Everything locked together
  • Sung over the top of everything and sung a chorus over the verse
  • Wrote a chord progression for the chorus

 
As you can hear, I mix as I write. It helps me get into the mood of the song and hear where it wants to take me. When I started this morning I also opened up the Bible to Joshua and I gazed down on its words. ‘Terrified’ was the word I connected with. It’s such and awesome word, that best described uncertainty in time of change and economic sadness.
 

Am feeling very optimistic. I feel like I could do this. Hope you guys enjoy it. Let me know what you think of the tunes.