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.

22nd August 2014

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Bob Marley & The Wailers

"Rastaman Chant" (Cold Duck’s North Rim rework)

I mixed this at the Grand Canyon this past week….

Tagged: SoundCloudDJ Cold DuckReggaeChilloutDubRoots Music

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30th January 2014

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Linton Kwesi Johnson

"Cold Duck Megamix"

A megamix I created of classic dub poetry by Linton Kwesi Johnson, each piece reworked by myself prior to incorporation into the larger mix.

This project really began several years ago when I finally got a CD of LKJ In Dub, an album comprised of dub versions of tracks by Johnson and his Dub Band (produced by Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell). In the following months I churned out ten re-edits/remixes of some of my favorite tunes by the dub poet and his backing band. Unfortunately, everywhere I tried to post these mixes I was blocked from upload.

Back in the day, Johnson recorded his material with Island Records, and Island is now owned by Universal Music Group, who are perhaps the most aggressive of major record labels in blocking and/or removing bootleg versions of original works they control. The vigor with which my efforts at sharing these LKJ reworks were frustrated brought out some marxist paranoia in me. I began to wonder if some of what is going on here is a campaign to police the ideas of one of reggae’s most articulate, educated and politically radical voices.

Anyway, seeing all but one of my LKJ reworks blocked or removed from several different sites led to my simply shelving the idea of sharing these for quite a while (thereby internalizing the suppression of radical politics, to trade headphones for my cap and grown briefly). However, the idea of a megamix—fleshed out with some spoken word to complicate the intro of the mix—crossed my mind a few days ago, and I realized this was the perfect way to sneak my reworks of the dub poet past the radar of corporate capitalism.

So, what I’ve put together here is a mix of my LKJ re-edits/remixes, supplemented by spoken word material I scrounged up from the net. Most of the segues between songs are instances of soft beatmixing, but the individual mixes are at times pretty involved reworks using portions of both the original versions and the dubs. All of the music I used here in this mix is from Johnson’s classic late 1970s/early 1980s period.

Here’s a track list:

1. New Craas Massahkah
2. Di Great Insohreckshan
3. Reggae Fi Peach
4. Reggae Sounds
5. Reality Poem
6. Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem)/Street 66
7. Forces Of Vicktry
8. Inglan Is A Bitch
9. It Noh Funny
10. Di Black Petty Booshwah
11. Bass Culture
12. Interview for People, Signs & Resistance
13. Insohreckshan Dub

Like the greatest of poets (and the only black poet published in Penguin’s Classics series), Johnson may challenge the way you habitually look at both history and language. Dennis Bovell and the Dub Band were simply a great reggae outfit, and they make Johnson’s lessons in the history of black radical politics in the UK irresistible listening … and good dancing.

Tagged: RootsReggaeDubSpoken WordSpokenwordbeatLinton Kwesi JohnsonDennis BovellForces Of VictoryLKJ In DubBass CultureMaking HistoryMegamixThe Dub BandBlackbeardPoetryPoetic MusicDub PoetryMarxismUKEnglandNew Cross MassacreRIAAIsland RecordsUniversal Music GroupCensorshipBlack Panther PartyCopyrightBootegRemix

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

17th November 2013

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Black Uhuru

"I Love King Selassie" (Cold Duck dance mix)

Initially released in 1977 as “King Selassie” on an LP entitled The Original Black Uhuru present Love Crisis (and later appearing as “I Love King Selassie” on a 10” single which included a dub mix I still covet), “I Love King Selassie” is a great example of early bad-ass roots reggae from Michael Rose (vocals), Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespear (bass). The track is most easily found on Shanachie’s 1990 CD release (re-titled Black Sounds Of Freedom, and remixed by Prince Jammy), and it was that version I used here.

Prince Jammy’s mix is so dense that in order to extend or refashion things at all in this track, I really had to embrace the primitive and let things sound a bit sloppy, ametuer, and well, stoned (rather like a few other Jamiacan 10” single mixes I’ve heard). So I cut loose with the filters in this mix, tossing in some loops, effects and backwards beats along the way. The flute intro is a pair of samples taken from a collection of Indian flute music. The track has also been sped up a bit for extra snap.

Tagged: DubRoots MusicReggaeBlack Sounds Of FreedomLove CrisisBlack UhuruMichael RoseI Love King SelassieCold DuckRemixSly DunbarRobbie ShakespearTaxiPrince JammyRastafarianism

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

21st October 2013

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Living Colour

"Auslander" (KMFDM remix—Cold Duck re-edit)

A re-edit I created using vocal and dub mixes originally produced by Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM of a track from Stain.

Tagged: rockAlternativeStainSascha KonietzkoAusländerElectronicIndustrialDubfunk

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

19th October 2013

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Deadmau5 vs. The Cold Duck

"Strobe Light"

An ambient rework I put together of a song by Deadmau5.

Tagged: electronicStrobeAmbientExperimentalDubchillout

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

17th October 2013

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Moby

"JLTF" (Cold Duck’s dub ambience)

A dub mix I made of an instrumental from Moby’s Wait For Me album.

Tagged: electronicAmbientDubWait For Meexperimentalpsychedelicchilloutspace

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

8th September 2013

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Black Uhuru

"Happiness" (Cold Duck remix)

A relatively quick once-over I did tonight with a truly great reggae song. Built on one of the most killer grooves I’ve ever heard (performed by Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare with Taxi), this track is easily my favorite from Black Uhuru’s still-excellent catalog.

In this mix I kept things generally true to the original version, looping a few sections and funkifying the eq for the most part. While I think you really can’t improve on such an incredible track as this, I still wanted something just a little longer than the four minute album mix. So, here I offer a little extended club mix of this roots classic.

The liner notes from the album read: “Featuring the Hardest musicians ever Dubwise or otherwise.”

Tagged: ReggaeSly DunbarMichael RoseBlack UhuruHappinessSensimillaTaxi1980sRoots MusicRobbie ShakespeareDub

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5th September 2013

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The xx

"Just Teardrops To Me" (Cold Duck’s S.O.S. Band Pass)

One day I was listening to The xx and it suddenly sounded like they’d sampled “Just Be Good To Me” by the S.O.S. Band to create backing beats for their version of “Teardrops.” I decided to try a mash-up of the two songs, but quickly discovered that the drum patterns of the two are quite different, even though they have a similar timbre. So, I rearranged the beats in “Just” so they’d fit “Teardrops,” pulled some handclaps and a synth swell out of the S.O.S. Band’s track as well, and dubbed all this into “Teardrops.” Re-sample and process parts of The xx and, boom!, a nice dubby remix of “Teardrops.” [“Teardrops” was written and originally performed by Womack & Womack.]

Tagged: electronicWomack & WomackCecil WomackLinda WomackJimmy JamTerry LewisOn The RiseConscienceThe S.O.S. BandRock & RollAlternativeIndieMash UpChilloutPopElectroDubTeardropsJust Be Good To MeThe SOS BandEDMDanceMashup

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

24th August 2013

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Bob Marley & The Wailers

"Exodus" (Cold Duck re-edit)

A fairly simple rework of a classic by the Wailers. Here I reverse the usual reggae arrangement of vocal leading into dub, using some of the dub version as an extended intro to the track. In an uncharacteristic move on my part, I actually felt this mix was getting a little too long, so I used the 7” version of “Exodus” for the vocal part so that the overall mix is a more reasonable length. Gotta change things up sometime, right?

Tagged: reggaeBob Marley And The WailersRoots MusicDubDance

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

12th August 2013

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The Art Of Noise

"Moments In Love" (Cold Duck’s ambient remix)

A remix I did of the old Art of Noise classic, “Moments In Love.” In this mix I tried to remove the more abrasive passages, and substitute some reprocessed ambient/dub styled sections to create a more gentle track overall. Trevor Horn’s original 12” version contained a number of dramatic contrasts in feel, dynamics and so on, and I wanted to create a mellower mix. Favorite AoN memory: Sitting in a cafe in Santiago eating cazuela de ave while listening to a chilean radio station which out of the blue played the original version of “Moments” in between more standard Chilean pop.

Tagged: ambientInto Battle with The Art Of NoiseTrevor HornElectronicDubAlternative

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

1st August 2013

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Peter Tosh - African (DJ Cold Duck re-edit)

A re-edit of “African” I did using the vocal and dub versions.

Peter Tosh - African (DJ Cold Duck re-edit)

A re-edit of “African” I did using the vocal and dub versions.

Tagged: ReggaeRootsDub

Source: official.fm

15th March 2013

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Living Colour

"Ausländer" (KMFDM remix—Cold Duck re-edit)

A re-edit I created using vocal and dub mixes originally produced by Sascha Konietzko of KMFDM of a track from “Stain.”

Tagged: rockAlternativeAuslanderStainLiving ColourKMFDMSascha KonietzkoAusländerElectronicIndustrialDubfunk

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

15th March 2013

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Deadmau5 vs. The Cold Duck

"Strobe Light"

An ambient rework I put together of a song by Deadmau5.

Tagged: ElectronicStrobeAmbientExperimentalDubchilloutChill Out

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

15th March 2013

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Moby

"JLTF" (Cold Duck’s dub ambience)

A dub mix I made of an instrumental from Moby’s Wait For Me album.

Tagged: ElectronicAmbientDubMobyJLTFWait For Meexperimentalpsychedelicchilloutchill out

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck

27th January 2013

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The xx

"Just Teardrops To Me" (Cold Duck’s S.O.S. Band Pass)

One day I was listening to The xx and it suddenly sounded like they’d sampled “Just Be Good To Me” by the S.O.S. Band to create backing beats for their version of “Teardrops.” I decided to try a mash-up of the two songs, but quickly discovered that the drum patterns of the two are quite different, even though they have a similar timbre. So, I rearranged the beats in “Just” so they’d fit “Teardrops,” pulled some handclaps and a synth swell out of the S.O.S. Band’s track as well, and dubbed all this into “Teardrops.” Re-sample and process parts of The xx and, boom!, a nice dubby remix of “Teardrops.” [“Teardrops” was written and originally performed by Womack & Womack.]

Tagged: ElectronicWomack & WomackCecil WomackLinda WomackJimmy JamTerry LewisOn The RiseConscienceThe S.O.S. BandThe XXRock & RollAlternativeIndieMash UpChilloutPopElectroDubTeardropsJust Be Good To MeThe SOS BandEDMDance

Source: SoundCloud / DJ Cold Duck