TransPacific actually didn’t start out as a song at all, but was just a production experiment. I recorded myself messing around on the microKORG for about five minutes, but ended up liking the results and started to construct a song using samples from that session. The opening chord is actually directly lifted from that recording, and the progression throughout the song is composed mostly of chopped-up samples. Most of the arpeggios you hear before each verse were also generated on the microKORG.
TransPacific has two remixes on this EP - one by myself, and one by hrmnzr. The hrmnzr remix is an 11 minute long epic, and I highly recommend at least one complete listen-through.
If you have not yet, please download the EP - it’s free, and includes an instrumental of TransPacific as a bonus track.
Dive actually started out as a short GarageBand jam on my iPad that I had composed for my workplace. It was made to suit a short introductory video of the building, so it was only about a minute and a half long.
The end product maintains a big chunk of that core, and the instrumentation remains simple and relatively repetitive. Eventually I came up with lyrics that I felt suited the song well (as usual, the clear autumn skies of Texas were a huge inspiration), and experimented heavily with vocal harmonies to cover the slack in the backing track. The result is a upbeat, bright pop song that I had never thought I would end up making. It’s extremely cheesy, partly because I embraced the cheesy GarageBand MIDI instrumentation and ran with it.
Dive has three remixes, provided by myself, hrmnzr, and Solatrus! All three of us took very different approaches to the source material, and I enjoy the diversity and contrast that the EP has because of that.
Remember the Skywalker EP and 21st Century Bots? They are part of an overarching story which concludes in this newest EP, Voyager. I finished up most of this EP way back in last August but never got around to publishing it until now. It is a slightly different style from my more recent stuff, so it might not be quite what you expect.