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Recomendations to start a remix?
« on: June 13, 2016, 12:31:45 am »
Well, I´m most concentrated in original projects and doing remixes were just some ideas but nothing concreted  :o
But, one guy suggested me to make remix because it can make me more objective with ideas and know the structure of a song (he heard my first track and he said that it sounds like 5 different songs  ;D)

So, how do you start a remix? Any suggestion before start?
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Some tutorials just use chords, some drums and a new drop. I want some more complex, make a real remix
Doin´ it right (k?d remix) is an example of what I´m looking about (real different from the original)


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Re: Recomendations to start a remix?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2016, 01:48:30 am »
Different producers approach remixes different ways. I try to find the "essence" of a song, the parts that make it what it is (usually a hook or a vocal line), and build a whole new song around it. If it has lyrics, compose something based on your interpretation of it. If not, let the music tell you a story, then tell that story to everyone else.

Example: Pegboard Nerds - Hero
https://soundcloud.com/pegboardnerds/pegboard-nerds-hero-ft-elizaveta

My remix:
https://soundcloud.com/iamwontolla/hero

I thought the lyrics were kind of grim for such a triumphant song, so the remix was inspired by a different, more tragic type of hero, like the Volsung family from the Norse Edda. The remix has a darker, bittersweet mood, in the melodies and progressions, and just a wee bit of influence from viking metal. Everything works together to tell a story, and that story comes from a different interpretation of the original version.

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Re: Recomendations to start a remix?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2016, 04:10:23 pm »
I don't do this for all remixes, but I like to make a draft of the remix without even listening to the original track, that way I can make something without subconsciously referencing the track I'm remixing.

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Re: Recomendations to start a remix?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 09:07:05 pm »
I don't do this for all remixes, but I like to make a draft of the remix without even listening to the original track, that way I can make something without subconsciously referencing the track I'm remixing.

Exactly what I like to do. Sometimes I will listen to the original briefly just to make sure mine isn't sounding too similar.

And I don't know about you all, but if there are no midi files in the remix pack, I don't touch it. I have to have the midi files for a remix. Im not to fond of the wav to midi converters.
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Re: Recomendations to start a remix?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2016, 01:47:17 am »
I like when remixes have a balance of the original work and the remixed work. I don't like it when, let's say, a drum loop is changed and the rest stays the same and I find it really weird when A) the remixer just KILLS the song by forcing his/her style into the song (check Tiesto's shitty Clarity remix) or B) the remix is, although good, a completely new thing.

My best advice is

1.- Pick a song that YOU LIKE and that you know YOU CAN ADD TO. I once had this idea of "Imma remix all the big names to get all the attention and the moneyz" but it is very difficult to remix, let's say, an Aphex Twin song if you were never into Aphex Twin.

2.- Appropiate the song. This basically means that you give it emotion and meaning, so that your work isn't just a remix but a different perspective on art itself.

3.- Know the music key and the bpm. If you want to go the next level, if the key is minor and you want to make the song happy, try writing music in its relative major and viceversa.

4.- Pay close attention to the hooks or iconic elements of the song: the lead, the bassline, the vocals, the drumloop even just the pads. Have them in your remix but think of what can change around them. E.g. a very nice lead in a song can have a different pad around it, or be played in a different instrument.

5.- Try to improvise music around it. If you can play piano or guitar, listen to the song and jam along it. Even if you repeat the same chords or melody over and over again, it is great to take out ideas.

6.- Focus, at the start, much more on the chorus/drop rather than intro>silence>pre-chorus>chorus/drop>silence and that scheme.

7.- It's cool to remember that less is more. I love to go batshit crazy and try to add as much of my work on a remix to make the track shine, but it is sometimes too much. Again, think what you can add and what vibe can you change.

Here are some personal reccomendations that have that original work-great ideas from the remixes balance. Good luck :)

Bob Sinclar's Remix of Music Sounds Better With You by Stardust

Chrome Spark's Remix of Goodbye To A World by Porter Robinson

Robotaki's Remix of A King Alone by The M Machine

Syn Cole's Remix of Silhouettes by Avicii.
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Re: Recomendations to start a remix?
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2016, 06:27:54 pm »
I start by going through all the remix stems and thinking what I would like to keep in my original and then delete everything else. Often I remix tracks and use 1 or 2 sounds from the original so its practically like a brand new track.
I remember one remix I did I literally made a full track and used one little synth riff every now and then from the original. Decide what the focal point or the thing that people recognise from the original then incorporate that in a brand new track.

This is just one angle of course. People do 'remixes' where they basically swap out the drums and bassline haha.

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Re: Recomendations to start a remix?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2016, 05:42:14 pm »
Maybe a bit obvious but...
I think it's cool if you can pick out melodies or motifs from the original track, and change them just a little bit. It pays homage to the original, but also makes it your own.