Originally, this page was an additional outlet for my SoundCloud account. However, my remixes/re-edits eventually got me in hot water, so now this is more your normal personal place.

My professional background includes a Ph.D. in History (my dissertation dealt with Chile in the nineteenth century), a M.A. in International Studies (thesis on world music and copyright), several years broadcasting at non-commercial radio stations and retailing music, as well as a scary summer of DJing at weddings and middle school parties.

13th April 2014

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R. Crumb

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R. Crumb

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13th April 2014

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Tagged: AmbientElectronicChilloutDowntempoBillie Ray Martin4 Ambient TalesPlanet Of The BlueThe Grid

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12th April 2014

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Talk Talk “Talk Talk” (Cold Duck’ s smooth talk and edit) ” I’m not that blind to see that you’ve been cheating on me
You’re laughing at me when I’m up
I see you when you’re crying for me when I’m down”

An extended mix I put together of the 12” and LP versions of the old ’80s New Wave classic. The above lines ring more loudly over the years….

Tagged: SoundCloudDJ Cold DuckNew WaveSynthpopDance1980s

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12th April 2014

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12th April 2014

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pixellated portraits on furniture…

vortexanomaly:

pixellated portraits on furniture…

12th April 2014

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corporate media won’t report true democracy or putting bankers in jail… 

vortexanomaly:

corporate media won’t report true democracy or putting bankers in jail… 

12th April 2014

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Atari Basketball vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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9th April 2014

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6th April 2014

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5th April 2014

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A new re-edit/remix from the Duck…

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2nd April 2014

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"Song To The Siren" is a wonderful song written by the short-lived folk singer Tim Buckley. Producers Gez Dewar & Nick Hale collaborated with vocallist Claire Pearce on a trance/house cover back in 2000 under the name Fable, but at the time it was largely ignored. That same year, another pair of producers, Simon Kemper & Simon Paul created a dance version with singer Tracy Carmen under the name Lost Witness. That version also flopped at first, but it attracted attention of DJ Tiesto who began spinning it in his shows and, in 2002, re-released the Lost Witness cover with a remix of his own.

Dewar & Hale continued to push their own version of the song, hoping to capitalize on the growing success enjoyed by Lost Witness with their “Song To The Siren,” re-releasing the version they’d recorded as Fable under several different names over the next couple of years. Released as Barraka, the Dewar & Hale production of “Song To The Siren” enjoyed its most successful run with remixes by Max Graham and Jean-Phillippe Aviance.

Just about any version of this song is worth a listen, be it Buckley’s original or one of the many covers released over the years (Robert Plant even did a version not too long ago that’s not half bad). For my feet, Barraka’s is the best of the dance versions, but it does suffer (in my opinion) from following the cliche stop and start pattern of most trance music, where each verse is sung over a break in the groove.

In this rework I took the vocal breaks from Jean Phillippe’s long, funky trance/house remix and dubbed Pearce’s voice back over full instrumental grooves taken from his dub mix of “Song To The Siren.” The whole thing came out a good deal longer than I’d intended, so I may create an edit of my rework at a later date, but for now here we go…

Tagged: ElectronicProgressiveHouseDanceEDMBarrakaClaire PearceSong To The SirenTim BuckleyGez DewarNick HaleTranceVengeanceRobert PlantLost WitnessSimon PaulSimon Kemper

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26th March 2014

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Nadia Ali

"Pressure" (Alesso remix—Cold Duck pressured re-work)

A quick once-over I gave a track by iio’s former vocalist Nadia Ali. This has been up before and taken down before, so this is going to be a particularly limited run, but the other day I was listening to this and thought “damn! that’s got some groove.”

Tagged: SoundCloudDJ Cold DuckiioNadia AliPressureQueen Of Clubs

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15th March 2014

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Shalamar “I Can Make You Feel Good” (Cold Duck re-edit) A re-edit I did of Shalamar’s finest moment.

Not only does Howard Hewitt rise to the occasion, but Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel also provide wonderful backing vocals on this ’80s soul classic.

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15th March 2014

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Shalamar “Help Me” (Cold Duck re-edit) A few nights ago I got all inspired ‘bout the idea of creating a bunch of Shalamar re-edits. Don’t know why (though I did just get the deluxe edition of Friends—which is great, if not quite great enough), particularly since almost every friend [irony] I’ve had has hated Shalamar. Especially my ex. Nevertheless, Shalamar’s been one of my favorite bands since I won a copy of the band’s then-current release (Big Fun, from … oh, uh … 1979) in a radio station promo contest.

Friends, from 1982, was their real breakout LP. Even at the time, listening to it I could tell this group was bound to dissolve soon—there was just too much talent in Jody Watley and Howard Hewitt for one act. While the album usually gives Hewitt center stage, Watley’s background harmonizing here is among the most exquisite sounds I’ve heard in my life.

Unfortunately, the styles of the times often led to some pretty saccharine productions of otherwise great songs. “Help Me” is one such tune. It’s hopelessly smothered by lush strings and schmaltzy lyrics, despite having a great disco/funk groove and some powerful emotion in a few of its vocal passages.

Here in this edit I try to seduce the listener into loving the song before Hewitt and the string section begin to drown us in cologne. I did a lot of re-arranging here, tossing around verses and greatly lengthening and repeating instrumental passages. Some parts still sound a bit rough, perhaps a bit like a shady, white label promo 12” single from 1982 that never was.

We’ll see if I churn out any more Shalamar re-edits. This actually was not the song I’d intended to re-work that evening, so there’s still some powerful motivation over here.

Tagged: SoundCloudDJ Cold DuckSoulDisco1980sShalamar

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2nd March 2014

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Donna Summer “Last Dance” (Cold Duck re-edit) Womack Reworks is putting together a collection of remixes/re-edits of songs originally released on the soundtrack from Thank God It’s Friday, and Greg suggested I contribute one. Well, I did two.

I have to admit I found the prospect of rearranging “Last Dance” pretty damn intimidating—this is one of Donna Summer’s signature tunes, and a true classic of the genre. However, I’ve also never really liked the slower, more dramatic parts of the original, so with this re-edit I tried to make a classic disco-styled re-edit that focuses exclusively on the groove. The whole thing would’ve been impossible without Bob Esty’s wonderful soundboard instrumental (which is posted here on SoundCloud, and was pointed out to me by Greg Womack), which allowed me to create some longer disco passages while dropping the drama.

Tagged: DiscoThank God It's FridayGiorgio MorodersouldanceRnBsoundtrack

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