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Free Music: Remix “Get It Right While I Write”

June 30, 2010 1 comment

Free Music: Remix “Get It Right While I Write”

This song is from the Dynamic Universe Volume 6: Doctor Atomics and the Fortress of Solitude.

Album Cover: Doctor Atomics and the Fortress of Solitude

In  Producer’s Edge Magazine issue 01 DJ/Producer Drawzilla said:

“My job as a remixer is to prolong the life of the track. I must make the remix better than the original. I have to take the song out of its character and take it someplace else.”

That’s a great thought to keep in mind when approaching a remix. I’ve heard of producers that purposely go after an exact opposite vibe, so they remix the up-tempo and energetic track into a more melodic and peaceful version. I usually consider matching the style of the original, but it makes sense to go someplace else since that vibe already exists for that record. Why do it again?

In this case, I wanted to do a reinterpretation of Get It Right While I Write. I took the original drum track, which is futuristic- old-school and went with a more traditional 80s’ pattern. The bassline alternated between thumping twice and sustaining so I went with continuous bounces and kept a sustained note as the transition between the verses and hooks. I was into a chilled-out-headphone zone on the original. In order to feel like I did justice, I upped the energy level and went for more of a head-nodders effect.

I used the Radikal Technologies Spectralis 2 to generate all the sounds for the remix. It’s a groovebox with a step-sequencer, a virtual analog synth and three DSP synths on board. You can find out more about it, by looking at the feature in PE Mag issue 07.  In the middle of the page, click the white triangle to start the flash-based video presentation.

For me, the remix brings a special joy. It’s working with some of my favorite gear and material in a purposeful way and revisiting older songs with a fresh perspective. I encourage producers and artists to consider the remix, not only for the business of capitalizing on a popular record or trying to realize the untapped potential, but to explore a familiar voice with fresh eyes. It’s another chance to Get It Right.

REMIX

Original Album Version

You can download these tracks for free by using the Players Menu

Get It Right While I Write

[Dynamics Plus]
[chorus]
This may take a while
Analyze the style get it right while I write
Maybe all of this is just too much for you
Could be my views are made to only touch a few
Maybe the Lenz only comes around every
Now and then think again when you grab the pen

Your Raps an act that’s so inaccurate so I chose to
Go with a flow that’s the most appropriate to choke you with
No alternate for the spent clip or cartridge
Ejected in the spit of a sick lyricist.
Who’s this that claims to be the utmost?
– standing so close to Me with his eyes closed.
What I compose and wrote Will decompose most.
I feel close to Nostradamus I’ll Absorb all you know.
Plus; I’m Nick Nolte, note.
I’m Like lightning strikes, my flow’s a thunderous bolt.
You’re a Joke, lyrics little jolt like licking the end of a nine volt.
I’m Lou Ferrigno, quote: Soon as this blunt sheds its Skin and molts
I’ll join Swayze pushing that coin in ghost.
48 hrs more fiends fiend for morphine
I’d advise you get visine we keep everything green.
Been a fiend since sixteen and seen sicker
Scenes than sealed in the ceilings of the Sistine- that’s my sixteen.

Lenzmen, brain chip Pentium- engine Intel
High class level, Die-cast metal.
Spent Clip and shell, tougher mettle. Resin by Revell
I can tell you’re a toy- made by Mattel
While Roy Batty plays chess with Tyrell.
I’m a Battery- composed from the volts of a million Duracells
William Blatty exorcised the Ghost From my Shell.
I’m the Son of Ja’rell- wearing the red suit from The Cell
While little Carol Ann watched the TV static
Little Jon Benet went away on the eve of the pageant
Now imagine, the Man of steel down in a single leap
In the real world Christopher Reeves receives a wreath
Under my supervision- kids become transparent
In parallel it’s apparent to even mild mannered Bruce Banner
should listen the leader of an elite league Of gentlemen
leaking the sickest speeches, The Lenzmen.

The Griffin Mantis- Dynamically Energized Emcee
Lenzmen Cipher, circular AVX-3
Accustom, lyricists to the sound of the spit
Grounded and surrounded by 106 Agent Smiths
It’s just fair- some just smoke to escape-
Some smoke is bound to escape
I slowly closed his casket and broke it down to his face
Rap’s in a drastic state
I’m a basket case
bracketed in a straight jacket
My cassette with reinvigorate, re- energize And resuscitate-
keep weak emcees running- seeking Sustenance
– form an acid substance secreted from my stomach
I’m sick in a dozen
hit the bulls eye in the soundproof
And switch suits with Collin Farrell when he’s in the phone booth
And recruit Colin Fergusson to let loose.
I animate and Produce verses to reduce the power of those in the room-
Like the end of Superman II in his fortress of solitude.

www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

Making a Bio: Helping Yourself without Hyping Yourself

June 29, 2010 1 comment

Bio: Helping Yourself without Hyping Yourself

Dynamics Plus in Fallout

What they say about you is more important than what you say about yourself.

One of the first things I was asked for, when trying to Do-It-Yourself, as I was releasing my first record was a BIO. If a Bio is defined as a brief description of me, I figured it’d be easy enough to string together a whole bunch of adjectives. “I’m the greatest artist ever…I’m the bestest- at all the best…est stuff”. When I was told that my Bio needed work, I went in and added even more colorful phrases. I was ready to convince the world that I was the man!

When I enlisted the help of Publicist Jerry Graham from Warm Fuzzy, he asked for every scrap and detail about my career (if you could call it that) and wanted all of my ‘paperwork’. When he read my Bio, he replied “Just be honest”. Oh, was I insulted! What do you mean, be honest? He explained: It’s not what you claim or say about yourself. The idea is to share what you’ve done and the opinion of others about your music.

He said “You’ve been on albums with other artists; list them. Don’t hype yourself, give people a chance to decide for themselves. Besides, that’s what they’re here for…to listen to your art and judge whether or not they like it”. I’m very thankful Jerry didn’t just ‘work my record’. He took the time to give me a bit of insight and I’ve adopted that philosophy in many other areas.

You’ll always hear me say “I’m a Scientist” or Scientific Emcee. I didn’t just pick a rhyme style and run with it as my gimmick. It was the Cryptic One from Atoms Fam that heard me rhyme and said “Okay, you’re a Scientist”. I embraced it; it became part of what defines my creative slant.

We all get to decide what we are. If you want people to say that you are upfront, honest and truthful, then those are the qualities you need to embody every day. I guarantee that if you make an effort to be a certain type of person, you will become that type of person and it will only be a matter of time before others realize it and spread the word.

It works both ways; we need to also weigh the negative comments and consider all unkind words as constructive criticism. It’s part of having that thick-skin every artist needs to develop. These are some kind words from a friend about The Lenzmen and my production efforts.

http://digiocrity.com/drupal/node/69

The Lenzmen are a great hip-hop group from Long Island, NY. Their sound combines highly technical production with dense lyrics, which is to me a good thing. The beats are an interesting mix of sampling and synths that have been tortured beyond belief. The producer for the group, Dynamics Plus, is a bit of a gear junky and this is evident in his music. He likes to bring lots of different sounds to a given song. He also has an interesting style of drum programming. Yes, I said it. He actually puts thought into his drum programming! Lyrically, any one of these guy is strong enough to carry an entire album…and have. See their discography for evidence. The tone fluctuates between highly conceptual story songs to harsh sci-fi inflected battle rhymes to freestyles that are better worded than most peoples writtens. They augment all of the above with self-produced music videos. Really words don’t do these guys justice. Just check out the site and see if they are your cup of tea.

I think we should focus on being the kind of person worth hyping. Sometimes that involves more speaking to ourselves than speaking about ourselves.

-Dynamics Plus

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

Dynamics Plus new album- Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship

THE LENZMEN DYNAMICS PLUS
PRESENTS:

Battlestrux Year One
Captain of a Starship

Battlestrux Year One album cover

The Lenzmen Dynamics Plus and the Battlestrux comic series merge into Dynamic Universe Volume 12 Battlestrux Year One: Captain of a Starship. The full length album chronicles the earliest adventures of the Mantis One starship crew.

The Album synopsis:
It’s a mission to investigate the mysterious disappearances of ships near the edge of a Gravity Well. You will follow the first voyage of the newly appointed captain. It’s Time for Action as you man your battle-stations and make ready for sci-fi hip hop. When you put a masterful lyricist over out-of-this-world beats, you get Battlestrux Year One.

Video Trailer for album:

Read and hear more about this album and the lyrics at http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com


Dynamics Plus interview with inter-hiphop

Lenzmen Album 1:Bend and Blur Your Optics


Strong Island NY collective The Lenzmen have been plying their craft for a minute. Forming in the late 90’s out of a college radio program, these next level cats have been blending the fantastical in wordplay with gritty hip hop. The group debuted on The Persecution Of Hip Hop compilation album several years ago which also featured indie hip hop royalty such as Cannibal Ox, Slug (Atmosphere), Atoms Family, Deep Puddle Dynamics (Anticon) and Hangar 18.  While many of those groups have already exploded onto the national scene, The Lenzmen stayed to the shadowy background like the super heroes they write about, training in the hip hop danger room on lyrics and beats.
Centri, Earthadox and Dr Strange grew up together and went to high school with DJ Makin Noize, who was Dynamics DJ. Docktor Strange and Dynamics met and clicked because their styles focus on progressing the lyrical narrative. The duo started a group and recruited other emcees who complemented their lyrical quest. The group chose the name Lenzmen, derived from a Japanese anime about a interplanetary police force and much like that fictional group, the Long Island crew devote their focus to exploring the cosmos of original rhyme schemes. The group also support the hip-hop community by hosting radio shows, producing a weekly showcase and waving the banner for hip hop.

As Centri says: “when you are buying our album, don’t just think you are buying into high lyrical underground rappers, you are supporting an entire movement. We don’t want to be appreciated for being different, we want to be appreciated as skilled artists with an original voice in hip hop.”

C: This is your first CD…?
Dynamics Plus: We have been featured on two compilations in the past. The Persecution Of Hip Hop on CP Records (CPrecords.net) and Mood Swings Nine, but this is our first true commercial release.

C: Tell me something about hip-hop in your city.
DP: Well, we are from Long Island, New York- NYC being the birthplace of Hip Hop. LI is special because originality is key and a very central focus. In the inner city- you sometimes have whole groups of cats that rhyme similar and share styles. That’s a no-go on Long Island. Your voice, delivery, flow and even wordplay must be fresh and original. This stems from the suburban setting and the Rap history of the Island. Many artists develop their own style in isolation due to the very few opportunities for wide exposure on Long Island. You can keep your lyrical method a secret much longer while you develop it.

C: Do you know something about hip-hop in Italy?
DP: Due to the language barrier I admit I am unable to follow the scene. I’m sure it’s vibrant because Europe has been doing the Hip Hop thing for a while.

C: What do you think about mp3s?
DP: In regard to piracy? Our music is available as individual songs on itunes, MSN and a few other sites. We made sure anyone interested in our music can make an educated decision on whether or not our music is for them. Most sites will allow you to listen to 30 seconds or more of every track on the album. I see no need for a consumer to ‘test listen’ the album by illegal downloading it.

C: And about women in hip-hop?
DP: I think they will remain under-rated until they gather enough momentum to truly create their own space. Lyrically, female rappers have been on par with males for a minute now, but the social and cultural differences have created a divide where some of the women’s issues/agendas have no meaning in a ‘mans world’.

C: Have you performed live?
DP: After we felt we were ready, we began to showcase our talent in ciphers. From there we went on to making records. Seeing how the crowd responds to our music lets us know where to go next. We enjoy doing shows and you can see some elements of our stage show at http://www.Lenzmen.com.

C: Who is the artist you like most and why?
DP: It’s hard to say. I [Dynamics Plus] tend not to like artists, but like particular bodies of their work.
Public Enemy: Nation Of Millions
De La Soul: 3 Feet High
Ultra Magnetic: Critical Beatdown

C: Do you think that hip-hop videos represent the real hip-hop?
DP: I assume- in Italy- you’re only getting the biggest, most commercial groups exposed. That would be drug-dealing, expensive cars and half-naked women.
A video represents a gross exaggeration of the rappers fantasy life. If his dream is ‘pimpin’ and being ‘gangsta’ then so be it. My only issue: why is that image the only one being put forth? When that concept is pushed too far, you have many people caught up in thinking someone can really live like that.

C: In which way do you live hip-hop?
DP: I don’t think I live Hip Hop. I feel I am wired a certain way and that causes me to be attracted to Hip Hop.  Rap Music is one of the many ways I’ve chosen to express myself. I mostly function just outside the normal boundaries of Hip Hop. My graphics are not always Graf, my beats are not always Boom Bap and I’ve taken my lyrical content places a traditional Emcee would not go.

C: Tell me something about clubs and radios in your city.
DP: Clubs now play a heavy amount of commercial rap as opposed to traditional club/dance music. Commercial radio plays the music behind the materialistic themes driving modern artists.

C: Future projects?
DP: I never share blueprints. Expect more music and videos. I am now in a position to expand my label, Dynamica Music, and make a bigger impact in 06.

C: Thanks and hello to…?
DP: The usual suspects: the rest of the Lenzmen, Centri, Doc Strange and Earthadox. Atoms Fam- namely The Cryptic One and JestOneArt. PRO and Shea, NASA at Uncommon Records and his whole roster.

You can catch up with everything we’re up to at www. Lenzmen.com and http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com
Thanks for your time.

Dynamics Plus Ranezine interview with Modulok

Dynamics Plus Ranezine Interview with Modulok

Dynamics Plus in the Fallout Shelter

What’s the lyric, Modulok?

How did you get into the game?

Aw man, once I fell in love with music, all I wanted to do was make records. In my mind I had all these preliminary steps involving major labels and a big record deal. Getting signed became the focus and making records was suddenly a far off dream. It was all about demos then like how it’s about mixtapes now. I had an epiphany and signed myself to my own label and suddenly all the pressure went away and I wasn’t concerned with outside approval and that gave me the artistic freedom to make records on my own terms. Once you tackle the big things, the small things become easy. Running Producer’s Edge Magazine and the Dynamica Music label is now the big responsibility and making records is just something we do. And so to answer your question, I basically started my own league and made myself commissioner.

What is your motivation?

I stay motivated by having short term and long term goals.  I think about a listener discovering my music and I want to give them something different and special. I want to create a world they can get lost in. In many cases, I look within and think about my own favorite experiences and try to create those moments in my music. I stay motivated by remembering why I liked hip hop to begin with and try to honor that spirit.

What sets you apart from rapper greats like 2pac, eminem and 50?

Those are figures that represent ideas that transcend their music. While all of them have said some interesting things and had profound lyrics, it’s the very idea of what they are that causes fans to connect. You can name any great in any field and they will always be the extreme example. They take their persona to the limit and we all love alter-egos and superheroes. Dynamics Plus is about as much dynamics plus as you can get, so all that’s left is the need to expose my art.

Where is the rap scene going?

Rap will go to where the sales are. Hip hop goes to where the props are. I’m hoping they can both merge and highly lyrical rap can become the cool thing to do again. I call my own approach Intelligent Hip Hop and I’m hoping music takes a turn where my style has standing room in the place to be.

What do you like better freestyle or studio recording?

Studio recording leads to records and that’s what’s up. The Lenzmen freestyle so much because we would meet every weekend and rhyme all night. We all had rhymes for the first few sessions, but eventually you’d run out of material. That forced us to make rhymes, battle verses and stories off the head. I bring the freestyle system with me in the studio and I’ve even written down my freestyle verses to use on records. I try to maintain a balance between the perfectly recorded verse and a naturally raw performance. I need that kind of truth in my delivery and I think it’s important to still be able to hear the artist in the art. Thanks for the cypher Rane.

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

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Ranezine About: Our motto, LOUDER IT!

We’re on an epic mission to discover music and circulate to everywhere & everyone.  There are no boundaries to this kind of goal, that’s why no stone is unturned, no band overlooked, no music unheard.  Every voice needs an audience and every hard working band deserves an opportunity.

Many of bands we helped have been so kind to believe our dream along side theirs.

We want to thank the bands though, finding their music was another reason for Ranezine…

Robotica; a still-frame-animated series based in the Battlestrux Universe

June 16, 2010 1 comment

Robotica: Still-frame animated movie featuring music by Lenzmen Dynamics Plus.  It happens in the Battlestrux Universe. Basically it’s about the robots that followed in the footsteps of long extinct humanity verse the aliens who wiped humankind out.

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com

Thanks for checking this out. I’m been toying with idea of reviving this series or converting it into a straight comic book series.

Building the Lenzmen Lyricist by Lyricist

Building the Lenzmen Lyricist by Lyricist

In the early 90s’ I hosted a college radio show at WBAU Adelphi in Garden City. It was 90.1 and the birth place of Public Enemy and home of the Wild Man Steve show. It was called the M-Train with Drew Spence, Dawn Cee and DJ Makin Noize. One night Blu Warta (N-ntense of Raise the Levels of The Boom fame) brings down a few emcees and these cats were super nice with it. One in particular called himself Docktor Strange which immediately tapped into my triangle. It was one of those meetings where you try to out obscure reference someone, but they are too on-point. We had a lot in common and began building from there.

I eventually approached him about forming a music group but he was already part of at least three different rap cliques including The Invisible Men (N-Tense and Rallo included) and Blind Chemistry with future Lenzmen Centri. One night we’re watching the anime Lensman and he picked that as a name for us. Now it was two of us and a sick name for a crew. We listened to tapes of a rapper Eric (Earthadox) who was really…unorthodox…in how he did everything. His rhyme patterns were impossible to predict and his subject matter was all over the place. Doc Strange also recruited long time friend Beta-One who was a real laid back cat. Centri was tied up in military service so he was kind of a question mark for a while.

M-Train Radio show featuring Lenzmen Beta One Beta One on M-Train

M-Train radio show featuring Docktor Strange and Centri Centri on M-Train

Enter the Freestyle

We used to rhyme at my house every Friday night. At first we used to kick written raps and then whatever we wrote that week. Eventually we just ran out of material, but since I made beats every day, I always had more new music than we had rhymes for. And so we started free-styling or creating improvised raps about whatever was going on. Since we used to joke on each other so much, it always turned into light battle rhymes. Little did we know we were building ourselves into Cypher Warriors.

Enta Da Cryptic One

I met Atoms Fam producer and artist Cryptic One along with Jest One Art also at the M-Train radio show. They rhymed crazy too so we all began hanging out and rhyming together. Most of that took place at Cryptic’s house where we recorded just about everything. I used to build scenarios or stories for us to freestyle around. It was a whole lot of fun and of course lots of battles broke out. I’m sure you can imagine. That’s also when we made our first record “Viking Wars” on Moodswing 9 and we had other songs on the Cryptic compilation The Persecution of Hip Hop. Since then it’s been two Lenzmen albums, a few solo projects and great memories of a time when music meant everything. And everything revolved around music.

Lenz Linguistics

Each Lenzmen started showing tendencies over time. Doc Strange had the most even and pure flow. Earthadox was abstract with long chains of concepts strung together. Centri was the king of left-field references. I mostly was the cat that taps tricky wordplay and bends everything towards sci-fi. We began to see ourselves in everything and decided to choose elements, insects, shapes, natural elements, planets and even comic and movie characters that matched our personalities.

Lenzmen Album I: Bend and Blur Your Optics “Make Sure Your Vision Blur” (Docktor Strange, Dynamics Plus, Centri)

http://www.TheDynamicUniverse.com/blog/BlogYourVisionBlur.mp3 Make Sure Your Vision Blur

The sights came from my tendency to always dream about the future (foresight), Doc Strange was concerned with today and right now (insight) and Earthadox was always saying remember when (hindsight). Centri was always coming with some off-the-wall observation so we called him Outer-Sight and it stuck.

In the end, the story of the Lenzmen should be about a group of friends with an interest in rap music who chose to create it on their own terms and march to the beat of their own drum machine. I feel lucky to have been included in such an eclectic crew of emcees. Long live the Lenzmen! – Dynamics Plus