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Fallout Shelter Elevator Music Volume II GRIND FLOOR Instrumental Album

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

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Elevator Music Volume II Ground Grind Floor

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Elevator Music Volume II Grind Floor

This is instrumental music from Fallout Shelter. It’s in your face and up close and personal. It’s a tough Grind on the Ground floor. Beats, bits and beautiful bumpers from Drew Spence, Domino Grey, Dynamics Plus and Xodus Phoenix.

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Like always, this will be available on iTunes, Beatport and digital stores where fine music is sold. And also, directly from Dynamica Music.

Track Listing

1. Give Her Back 95 bpms [originally titled Blast Off Captain] :46

Produced by Dynamics Plus

2. Quite Superficial 97 bpms 3:42

Produced by Drew Spence

3. Neva Listen 95 bpms 3:37

Produced by Drew Spence

4. My Girl Is… 3:45

Produced by Drew Spence

5. Chain Envy Everybody Needs A Gold Chain 3:38

Produced by Dynamics Plus

6. Isis Grill 105 bpms 3:24

Produced by Domino Grey

7. Blot the Sun 96 bpms 4:34

Produced by Drew Spence

8. Water Test 97 bpms 4:17

Produced by Drew Spence

9. Afternoon Departures 100 bpms 3:04

Produced by Xodus Phoenix and Domino Grey

10. Room and Bored 94 bpms 2:44

Produced by Xodus Phoenix

11. Bad Passenger 97 bpms 3:08

Produced by Drew Spence

12. Isolated Girl 102 bpms 4:08

Produced by Drew Spence

13. Split Down The Middle 92 bpms 2:17

Produced by Dynamics Plus

14. Get Up, Get On 93 Bpms 1:43

Produced by Dynamics Plus

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miniStori Domino Grey’s Donna Schwartz from Melody Diagnosis Nu Jazz instrumental

September 19, 2011 3 comments

It’s part III of the ongoing series behind the Domino Grey album Back in the Black.

http://ministori.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/melo-d/

Melo – D

Thus far we’ve touched base with the producer and a vocalist from Domino Grey’s newest musical endeavor, Back in the Black. Now let’s get in tune with ½ of the duo that composed my favorite track on the album, #14 Melody Diagnosis.  She would be none other than high – brass trumpeter, Donna Schwartz

Melody diagnosis isn’t my favorite feature because it is superior to the others, but because it’s unintentionally similar to the works of the late Jun Seba (Nujabes) and extremely well executed ↓

As a long time fan of Seba’s work the nostalgia was refreshing, even more so upon discovering Domino Grey wasn’t aware of who Nujabes was. For more about this collaborative effort keep reading ↓

ministori: Tell us a bit about your musical background and how you came to play so many instruments.

Donna Schwartz: I’ve been playing music since I was 9; I started on trumpet and played classical and jazz since then. I always liked the sound of the sax, so I got some tips from some friends and basically taught myself how to play tenor and alto saxes. I met my mentor, Lou Doboe, a.k.a. Lou Saxon, in my late 20′s, and he helped shape my sound and style.  He passed away from cancer a few years ago-I owe him a lot. I teach elementary instrumental music, so I made sure that I knew how to play all the instruments I teach.It’s important to model good sound, posture, etc. for the students.

ministori: As a musician who usually plays in a band, did you find the transition to a music studio difficult?

Donna Schwartz: I’ve done a little studio work before – one was for a demo DVD, others were for demo CD’s. I played trumpet for a fundraising CD for my church in New Hyde Park (Holy Spirit). I prefer playing live than in a studio – I like for performances to be spontaneous. I like to teach that way too… This studio gig was a little difficult only because it was over 90 degrees outside, and we had to shut off the fans because they were too noisy! The mouthpiece was slipping all over my face!  It was fun though!

ministori: How did you work out your part in Melody Diagnosis? Did you freestyle your performance or write a specific score to play in the studio? How is the creative energy divided?

Donna Schwartz: I played what I felt from the music; I didn’t have anything worked out. I came up with a couple of cool licks and tried to expand on them. 

ministori: How did you decide what elements to contribute to that track? Did you know what you would be performing or was it more of a jam session?

Donna Schwartz: I think more of a jam session. I like interacting with other performers and creating that way. i do like to know the form and where I am coming in, etc.  There are times when I like to work out a line or two that I think will be hot, but this time, we jammed.

ministori: That track has a very jazzy feel. Is that part of your musical history or do you adapt your playing style to the track?

Donna Schwartz: The answer is both. After getting the feel for the tune, some lines came out that were more jazz-oriented.

ministori: Is it true that you have several other songs recorded with Domino Grey and what can we expect from the near future?

Donna Schwartz: We played over a bunch of tracks in that session, so we shall see…

ministori: For electronic music and hip hop in general, musicians seem to have been moved out of the picture beyond their sampled contributions. Do you believe there is a real value in music being created from live playing as opposed to programmed using computers?

Donna Schwartz: I do feel that live playing adds something special to a performance.

ministori: I believe you were called specifically because the horns parts in the original recording were rejected by the label and the track was going to be shelved. Why are horns and brass so difficult to replicate with samples and synthesis?

Donna Schwartz: It’s difficult to replicate the articulation styles brass and wind players are capable of producing. Also, each person has a unique sound that changes in different registers and with different articulations; those aspects can’t be truly replicated through sampling.

ministori: There is a debate between playing by natural instinct and having a formal education in music. Is music theory a necessary key for unlocking creativity or is it a group of rules that restrict the artist’s imagination?

Donna Schwartz: I used to think that you had to be formally educated and that you must read music and have worked through Bach chorales. I think having a passion, working on your craft and developing your ears are more crucial for performance. Reading is great and it helps if you want to be a studio musician or play others’ music, but it is not totally necessary.

ministori: Where can we find more of your music and information on some of the bands you play with?

Donna Schwartz: My previous band was Shades of Blue, where we performed blues and some classic rock tunes. We had some videos out on YouTube under Shades of Blue NY. I currently am performing with Joplin’s Pearl, a Janis Joplin tribute band and rock and roll band. (www.joplinspearl.com or search for Joplin’s Pearl on Facebook) We also perform original rock music by Amber Ferrari, formerly Amber Rose from the dance/techno circuit.

Thanks for interviewing me!  :)

ministori: My pleasure. Thank you for the amazing interview!

READ Part I with Domino Grey

READ Part II with DJ MIKI

→ To purchase more of Domino Grey’s music check out his iTunes page, thedynamicuniverse, or cdbaby for the physical release. Stay tuned for up coming interviews with the female vocal and musical talent of  the album! ↓

Fallout Shelter Elevator Music Volume I: BASSment Level

August 27, 2011 1 comment

Elevator Music Volume I: BASSment Level

 

 

This is instrumental music from the Fallout Shelter. The Lenzmen Dynamics Plus, Drew Spence, Domino Grey and Xodus Phoenix combine forces to bring you a collection of radioactive treats. The sonics are hard and beautiful, thick and agile. Ride the Elevator down to the lowest level, the Bassment Level. Go ahead. Press the button on the bottom.

 

Somewhere underground, there is a fortified bunker. Within these walls, the structure of sound is manipulated under the watchful eye of Doctor Atomics. Breaking the silence of solitude is the voice of Amy Fiona Lexington, an advanced Self Aware Digital Entity, charged with the balancing of applied harmonics. She is the guardian companion of scientist and track architect Dynamics Plus.

 

Electronic Specialist Domino Grey uses his sonic footprint to layer additional melodic, semi-periodic content. The Xodus Phoenix adds his low-grain yield to compliment the aural decay. The StudioAVX Sound Designer Griffin Avid defines the molecular composition and assembles the final elements in ordered sequence. This is presented by Dynamica Music. This is Audio for a Futuristic Vision.

 

Fallout Shelter

 

Four music producers decide to combine forces and create music under the name Fallout Shelter. They are Dynamics Plus (from the Lenzmen rap group), Drew Spence (from Producer’s Edge Magazine), Xodus Phoenix (instrumentalist) and Domino Grey (electronic music producer). These are instrumentals and beats designed for your listening pleasure. We only wish regular Elevator Music was so groovy.

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Griffin Avid says:  And so my last project was the mixing, mastering and audio restoration for Dynamica Music’s new “super group” Fallout Shelter.

It’s an alternative hip hop instrumental album. Featuring a bunch of mag regulars, a few alter-egos and a bunch of radioactive beats.

I mostly tightened the ends and fixed a few arrangement anomalies. I had a few tracks that only existed in rough “CD to listen to” form that I had to restore.
I’m used to that since a lot of the music I’m asked is OLD and there’s no access to the original files. I dare anyone to tell which tracks are recent and which ones are 20 years old. Lolz. I’ll probably make a blog post later on about all the particulars, but it’s really nothing major since the plugs/gear is readily available to all of us.

So a few of us create under different aliases and it’s nice to represent them all on one project. It’s the first one of a series and I hope the rest keep up the general vibe.
What else? It hits iTunes and a week or two, for now it can be scooped up on the Dynamic hompage at www.TheDynamicUniverse.com. Well worth the money and it will cool to see or better yet hear what I do.

Here’s the info press release behind the album.

Album cover for Fallout Shelter BASSment Level

Alternative Instrumental Album Bassment Level

Elevator Music Volume I: BASSment Level
This is instrumental music from the Fallout Shelter. The Lenzmen Dynamics Plus, Drew Spence, Domino Grey and Xodus Phoenix combine forces to bring you a collection of radioactive treats. The sonics are hard and beautiful, thick and agile. Ride the Elevator down to the lowest level, the Bassment Level. Go ahead. Press the button on the bottom.

Somewhere underground, there is a fortified bunker. Within these walls, the structure of sound is manipulated under the watchful eye of Doctor Atomics. Breaking the silence of solitude is the voice of Amy Fiona Lexington, an advanced Self Aware Digital Entity, charged with the balancing of applied harmonics. She is the guardian companion of scientist and track architect Dynamics Plus.

Electronic Specialist Domino Grey uses his sonic footprint to layer additional melodic, semi-periodic content. The Xodus Phoenix adds his low-grain yield to compliment the aural decay. The StudioAVX Sound Designer Griffin Avid defines the molecular composition and assembles the final elements in ordered sequence. This is presented by Dynamica Music. This is Audio for a Futuristic Vision.

This is track #4 “Kool Intentions” produced by The Lenzmen Dynamics Plus

CD Artwork for Elevator Music Volume I

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Track Listing

01 Food for Thought 93 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus

02 Doorman’s List 98 bpms

Produced by Drew Spence

03 Obey Me 98 bpms

Produced by Xodus Phoenix

04 Kool Intentions 92 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus

05 Beast in Green 100 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus

06 Closing Doors 90 bpms

Produced by Xodus Phoenix

07 Passion play 97 bpms

Produced by Drew Spence

08 Cold October 92 bpms

Produced by Domino Grey

09 HenchMen Hired 93 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus and Drew Spence

10 Sexy Dress 105 bpms

Produced by Drew Spence

11 Banned Items 94 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus, Drew Spence and Domino Grey

12 My Sista 100 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus, Drew Spence and Domino Grey

13 Come on Up 94 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus

14 Personal Space 100 bpms

Produced by Dynamics Plus

http://www.thedynamicuniverse.com/

I’m sure the regular crew will be posting more about this and congrats to my protege Xodus Phoenix for the..placement, I guess.

Available on iTunes also.

Peace Out

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