Dex Luthor Music
Odesza Say My Name (Dex Luthor Remix - Feat Richard Pryor)
Say My Name is a beautiful song that I fell in love with a few years ago. The track has an elegant balance of some electro soul and future bass, with the emotional core of the song coming from vocalist Zyra and those yearning, clipped, vocal samples that precede the verses.
I increased the tempo from the original 115 to 125 BPM and started the remix with a sample from Richard Pryor with a light percussive top and some real depth from a Claves loop. As the sample of Richard Pryor ends it draws you into the beautiful vocals of Zyra that are the core of this song. As the beautiful vocals start I kept it minimal with just some light tops and the awesome Claves percussion before dropping a slightly dark bass line and wonderful deep melody that is the instrumental backbone of the track. I liked the breaks in the original track but wanted to make them harder and more complex, which I did with the half a dozen layers I added. The Chorus starts about 2.55 into the track and is a little lighter, but has a more depth which creates a complex soundscape.
I really love the original and absolutely love my remix......(remastered using Landr).
I sampled the intro from the legendary Richard Prior talking about the California Pedestrian Right of Way Act. The sample is taken from, Richard Pryor being Richard Pryor (All Wattstax Parts):
California Pedestrian Right of Way Act:
Respect the right-of-way of pedestrians. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block, at corners with or without traffic signal lights, whether or not the crosswalks are marked by painted lines.
Fear Of The Dark The Uncontrolled Criticality Remix (Dex Luthor)
I made a remix of one of my favourite tracks by trp called:- Fear of the dark:
trp has a deep and brooding style that creates an amazing soundscape (anyone that had synaesthesia will know exactly what I mean) that draws you into the music and into his world. I added some Oliver Furness percussion samples, to give the remix a little more of a raw analogue House feel.
The Sample is from a lecture by Galen Winsor a renowned nuclear physicist, called the Nuclear Scare Scam, Filmed by Ben Williams in 1986.
In the video, Galen surmises the regulations and fear-mongering that surround radioactive materials are in place to prevent the widespread adoption of nuclear power in local small scale neighbourhood based reactors. Galen also points out that hot nuclear 'waste' can be effectively turned into a safe power source through thermionic conversion, which is how the U.S. submarine navigation network was powered. The heat it gives off can also be used to safely heat homes. He points out that nuclear ‘waste’ is worth roughly $10 million (in 1986) a ton if it were to be reprocessed to collect its useful isotopes. In today’s money, this would be $21,919,343, on the assumption a par nominal value and that the cumulative rate of inflation between 1986 and 2016 was 119.2%.
Galen Winsor: The Nuclear Scare Scam
From Lehman to HandyMan - Death of the Sell Side (Dex Luthor)
This is in essence, a deep house track, but I have added a little UKG vibe to the tune by including several dimensions to the tops and a lighter and bouncier baseline in the chorus.
The track starts with quite a minimal feel with piano stab and heavily edited distorted drum loop, before the cymbal and breaky drums kick in. The track then moves into a far more deep and melodic but still quite atmospheric sound notwithstanding the rather UKG framework. The sample of Kenny explains how his career has gone from high flyer to not so high class handyman.
The Chorus is a much lighter and baseline much bouncier to reflect a heavier skew towards UKG than deep house for that portion of the tune. I though the contrast between the very dark sample of Kenny versus the uplifting sound worked quite well.
The samples I used were of P. J. Byrne who plays Kenny Sommerfeld in the 2011 black comedy Horrible Bosses. Kenny Sommerfeld a former highflying investment banker at Lehman brothers has gone from making the high six figures to giving handies for $40 in the men’s room of a bar. The sample used in the track sums up my view that the sell side is well and truly dead.....
Horrible Bosses - New Line Cinema, Rat Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures 2011.
Free Base Jumping (Dex Luthor)
An atmospheric start with an old school break and piano before dropping into a more traditional minimal deep tech house / minimal melodic techno sound, punctuated with a great break beat. The chorus, becomes a little darker and uses a sample of David E. Nichols (American pharmacologist and medicinal chemist), in the documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule, discussing the similarity between descriptions of Alien Abductions, near death experiences and encounters with Aliens on DMT. Before moving back to the minimal deep tech house / minimal melodic techno sound.
Like Cookie Monster says,
'I Don't Always Eat Cookie Dough..
But When I do, I FreeBase it,'
Ganeshtronaut (Dex Luthor)
A track that takes you on a journey through some deep house bass and synths mixed with some light tech step breaks and classical Indian Tabla and Vocals. I like to call this the infinite Tabla break (the combination that is), it makes me feel like I am driving fast through the smooth roads in the red Rajasthan desert.