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 May 2014

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Julian Cope

"Charlotte Anne" (Cold Duck’s antiquated sound remix)

A long and involved remix I created over the past week of a late ’80s song by the “musician, historian and shaman,” Julian Cope.

This song was my introduction to Cope’s music (which ranges from punk to ambient minimalist), and it is pretty obviously a stab at mainstream commercial success by a very non-mainstream kind of guy. However, even as I’ve come to love his other music perhaps more than this bit of ’80s dance/rock, I still think “Charlotte Anne” is a damn cool tune.

And it always needed a remix.

In this mix I sought to shift the song away somewhat from it’s ’80s radio-friendly production, dropping a cliche guitar solo from the song wholesale. I also spliced a portion of Cope’s spoken word philosophizing from the original’s mid-break into an extended introduction to my remix.  Overall, I wildly extended the original 5 minute song, looping it into an opus twice as long (even while speeding it up a bit as well).

I got deeply into the historian/shaman vibe during the mix myself, and use the second verse as an over-the-top celebration of that quintessential ’80s sound, gated reverb. In this mid-section of the mix, I combine a deeper/brighter eq, a limiter and substantial reverb—all fed through a noise gate—to force the song to literally burst out of your speakers. I love the noisy slap the drums get in this part, distorted as it is. I have to admit however, this part of the mix sounds pretty crappy through headphones—it’s really best on a loud home stereo or boombox outside … annoying and perplexing the neighbors (“who the fuck is ‘Charlotte Anne?’” they ask themselves).

Tagged: SynthpopNew WaveAlternativeDancePsychedelicPopRockElectronic

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7th May 2014

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The Band

"Chest Fever" (Cold Duck re-edit)

A re-edit I did of a classic tune by the Band.

Tagged: SoundCloudDJ Cold DuckRockPsychedelic1960s

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13th February 2014

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Low “Two-Step” (Cold Duck remix) It’s been up before, but I thought it deserved another run.

This is a very extended remix I did of an old song by Low. In addition to a thorough rearrangement, I added in some additional percussion to give it a gentle nudge towards the dance floor. Somewhere I read that “Two-Step” was inspired by the traditional LDS wedding dance, so there’s some justification for the beats I’ve dubbed in here. However, rather than Mormons, what was on my mind while making this remix was the Velvet Underground’s “Ocean,” particularly the long live version and its epic structure.

Back when my kid was a baby and used to cry a bit, I’d hold her in my arms and slowly dance around the living room to this song, but at 5 minutes it was just too short to get my little one back to sleep. While said child is too old now to be lulled by such simple means, I’ve made the song a lot longer and more danceable anyway.

Tagged: LowSecret NameTwo StepAlternativeDanceIndieSlowcoreDreampopSadcorePsychedelicChilloutDowntempo

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1st December 2013

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Jefferson Airplane

"Today" (Cold Duck’s Back To Life remix)

A deceptively simple-sounding mashup of Jefferson Airplane’s “Today” with the intro beats from “Back To Life” by Soul II Soul. I adore the original version of “Today,” and thought it’d be fun to add a little funk to the song. No one’s ever created a better set of beats than Nellee Hooper and Jazzie B did on “Back To Life,” so I borrowed ‘em.

I really got out my OCD on this mix, matching the programmed beats from “Back To Life” to Marty Balin’s tambourine as close as I could while still keeping the original as the dominant (and slightly varying) tempo. After the initial mashup of beats to the song, I did a lot of looping and rearranging of my rough mix, extending things wherever it seemed good and making the most of the guitar hook performed by Jerry Garcia. There’s also a couple of other effects tossed along the way. I dropped the dramatic ending of the original as it loses the groove somewhat, and I liked my own breakdown.

According to allmusic.com, “Today” was originally written for Tony Bennett. Now there’s a thought.

I’ll keep this mix up only for a week, so check it out while you can!

Tagged: psychedelicpoprockJefferson AirplaneSurrealistic PillowTodaydancemashupSoul II SoulBack To LifeNellee HooperJazzie BMarty BalinfolkAM Popgarage band rockTony BennettchilloutelectronicfunkJerry Garcia

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30th November 2013

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Jefferson Airplane

"Today" (Cold Duck’s Back To Life remix)

A deceptively simple-sounding mashup of Jefferson Airplane’s “Today” with the intro beats from “Back To Life” by Soul II Soul. I adore the original version of “Today,” and thought it’d be fun to add a little funk to the song. No one’s ever created a better set of beats than Nellee Hooper and Jazzie B did on “Back To Life,” so I borrowed ‘em.

I really got out my OCD on this mix, matching the programmed beats from “Back To Life” to Marty Balin’s tambourine as close as I could while still keeping the original as the dominant (and slightly varying) tempo. After the initial mashup of beats to the song, I did a lot of looping and rearranging of my rough mix, extending things wherever it seemed good and making the most of the guitar hook performed by Jerry Garcia. There’s also a couple of other effects tossed along the way. I dropped the dramatic ending of the original as it loses the groove somewhat, and I liked my own breakdown.

According to allmusic.com, “Today” was originally written for Tony Bennett. Now there’s a thought.

Tagged: psychedelicrockJefferson AirplaneSurrealistic PillowTodaydancemashupSoul II SoulBack To LifeNellee HooperJazzie BMarty BalinfolkAM Popgarage band rockTony BennettJerry Garciaelectronicfunk

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17th November 2013

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Paul Butterfield’s Better Days

"Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It" (Cold Duck remix)

A remix I did of an old electric blues number by Paul Butterfield and company. This one’s for the Gypsy Rose Cholla.

Tagged: bluesIt All Comes BackRockElectric BluesFunkSoulPsychedelic

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11th November 2013

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Ulrich Schnauss & Engineers

"To An Evergreen" (Cold Duck re-edit)

A rework I did of a song from the most recent CD by Engineers (who now count Ulrich Schnauss among their members).

Tagged: electronicrockalternativeshoe gazerindiepsychedelicchilloutambientsynthpop

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9th November 2013

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(just ‘cause I keep listening to this over and over and over…)

The Cult

"She Sells Sanctuary" (Cold Duck’s Ginger Sparkle re-edit)

http://soundcloud.com/dj-cold-duck/the-cult-she-sells-sanctuary

I had forgotten what an awesome dance track this is until a friend helped me to start listening to The Cult once again. Bouncing around my living room the other night, I decided to give this track a professorial rework. I’ve always loved the ending vamp/rock out section of the tune, so for this rework, I concentrated on lengthening that portion. This one’s another pure re-edit of mine—no added effects or instrumentation, just the 12” long version originally mixed by Steve Brown, now cut and looped by me

Tagged: AlternativePsychedelicDanceRockLove

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8th November 2013

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Depeche Mode featuring Allen Ginsberg

"Clean: The Long Howl" (Cold Duck poetic mashup)

A greatly extended remix I made of “Clean,” from DM’s Violator album. I also overdubbed portions of “Howl,” read by Allen Ginsberg,” so as to heighten the impact of this tale of addiction.

Tagged: electronicViolatorHowlpopalternative rockdanceEDMSpoken Wordspokenwordbeatpoetrypoetry musicpoetic mashupexperimentalbeat poetrypsychedelicsynthpop

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8th November 2013

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The Cult

"She Sells Sanctuary" (Cold Duck’s Ginger Sparkle re-edit)

I had forgotten what an awesome dance track this is until a friend helped me to start listening to The Cult once again. Bouncing around my living room the other night, I decided to give this track a professorial rework. I’ve always loved the ending vamp/rock out section of the tune, so for this rework, I concentrated on lengthening that portion. This one’s another pure re-edit of mine—no added effects or instrumentation, just the 12” long version originally mixed by Steve Brown, now cut and looped by me

Tagged: AlternativePsychedelicRockDance1980sThe CultLoveShe Sells Sanctuary

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4th November 2013

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Wire featuring Michel Foucault and Dr. Murdock

"Being Watched" (Panoptic remix)

Some of my ideas are more strange than others…. So I’ve always liked Wire, and this then-come back track for them. But, as with almost every song by Wire, the original of “Being Watched” is pretty short, so I decided to lengthen the track. Then all that schoolin’ of mine got in the way, and I found myself overdubbing some spoken word material from philosopher Michel Foucault and well, myself, reading from Foucault’s Discipline And Punish.

Tagged: electronicRockAlternativeIndieDiscipline And PunishSpoken WordSendArt RockPunkpost-punkpsychedelic

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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

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29th August 2013

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Can

"Moonshake" (Cold Duck re-edit)

One of my all-time favorite songs, from Can’s 1973 release Future Days. While I wanted to give this track a fairly intensive dance-oriented rework, I love it so much that it never even crossed my mind to overdub additional percussion or other foreign instrumentation. All the sounds here in this mix are from the original, just with lots of looping, filtering and re-arranging.

Tagged: experimentalfree jazzpsychedelicdeutsch dancefunkrock and rollHolger CzukayJaki LiebezeitMichael KaroliIrmin SchmidtKenji Damo SuzukikrautrockFuture Days

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27th August 2013

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Funkadelic

"Super Stupid" (Cold Duck re-edit)

I made this rework in just an hour a few nights ago. I rearranged the original (an awesome, if overly short bit from Maggot Brain) so that the song’s sole verse is now repeated to give the track a more conventional feel. As a friend of mine back in grad school once said, “this tune’s sure to tear the roof off any Black Sabbath fan!” This one’s also for all those out there who spent so much time worshiping the guitar solo in the title track that they forgot to flip the record over….

Tagged: black rockFunkEddie HazelGeorge ClintonMaggot BrainPsychedelicRock & Roll

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6th July 2013

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The Church

"Night Sequence—Part 1" (Cold Duck remix)

The original version of this song goes on for around 20 minutes, so in this case I’ve actually made something shorter. The real interest in this remix is in the additional percussion I’ve overdubbed onto the original, giving the Church a dance feel their music doesn’t usually enjoy.

Tagged: rockBack With Two Beastsexperimentalalternativeindiedanceelectronicpsychedelic

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