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2 Narrative Mixes for Radio

January 30, 2014 – 17:30 |

Really pleased that rhubarb radio is back In a new online format. However i’ve just heard that their relaunch is being delayed again for the forseable, while they amass more shows and content to make …

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Starting to feel comfortable with what im producing and about to embark with a new setup and workflow. Wanted to put out a short ep of previous ideas which is up for free download via the newsletter

Workshops

I deliver music tech workshops to particpants of all ages in a host of environments working with various other artforms. I only started this year, so there's not many posts, but hopefully the posts give a good idea. More information is on the dedicated website - Reckorder.com.

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My first Dj Narrative release

January 6, 2014 – 16:28 |

About 12 months ago I started on the Reckorder project. A notebook style ad hoc approach to recording my progress with writing music, which stopped a few months later due to server issues and is now moved over as part of the tutorial site. My second track was a remix of stevie wonders classic track superstition. Intended as a learning track by playing in the parts myself with some new instruments I’d bought and my first attempt at ghetto funk. I was also learning mixing and mastering using alloy and ozone. It turned out pretty well but like all tracks and moved onto the next track the week after.

6 months later the track got picked by Beta Birmingham label head honcho Harley Davies aka Terrorbyte who was putting together the 2nd beta birmingham compilation of remixes. Newsletter readers may remember his wicked remix of dead prez bigger than hip hop on betas 3rd compilation, and listeners of mr elephant radio will have heard  stuff from the first release, both of which are freely available from those links. Suffice to say that someone I’d respected as a producer and label owner for so long, giving some honest props gave me a real foothold of confidence and I reworked the track ready for submission.

While working on the track I decided to try and write a few more, and came up with a few of these. The ozomatli remix seemed more relevant so I sent that over and got some nice feedback and here it is.

There’s a host of wicked remixes and reedits on this 12 track compilation and I feel honoured to be included next to some of my favourite local producers, that I’ve played on my mr elephant radio show – Terrorbyte, Tom Excell, Automaton, Sam Redmore, Mylz Hedz and Redi Knights, Dj Feva, and a host of names that were new but have gone into my ever expanding virtual record box.

Without wishing to overstate anything, being a part of this compilation has helped me view my own music differently and gave me a confidence and something external and tangible to share. Just putting a few tracks online has already connected me with someone who wants to use my music for a software demo, a visual artist who wants to make some visual content, and some inspiring feedback from some esteemed peers, and its great to see their label go from strength to strength with the debut beta test release which is called Chemical Coercion and available as a limited edition 180g bass-heavy battlewax from 1st Feb 2014.

 

A few remixes from 2013

January 5, 2014 – 16:47 |

As part of my reckorder project i recorded about 20 tracks last year. I posted a few on the site and thought i’d put out as a free ep of 6 of them.

Got a bit …

Boat life in 2013 and some pics and vids

November 5, 2013 – 20:51 |

On our 1st year living aboard, there was a load of diy inside and out. Pretty much took over all the available weekends but made such a difference. Here’s a short video I made for …

Soundtrack & Video for Secret City Arts On This Ground Project

May 1, 2013 – 21:23 |

Had the pleasure again of working with the pioneering birmingham based community arts organisation Secret City Arts recently. This time it was for their On This Ground project, and again we collaborated with Martin Mcnally from Reel …

Links to all the artists reviewed or played on radio

April 4, 2013 – 20:57 |
Links to all the artists reviewed or played on radio

With each radio show, mixtape, chart or reviews page ive tried to link to the artist, track and sometimes the label in an effort to drive traffic to some of those musicians and producers that …

Blog update & a bit of boating

March 11, 2013 – 12:44 |

Hey folks – its been a good while since ive posted anything, so i thought id write a more traditional blog style post about a few things that have been happening since the end of last year.

NB. All these posts are postdated as they were written in Feb & March, but i’ve been having so many problems with my hosting with inmotion, the sites have been offline.

The Reckorder Project Site

February 25, 2013 – 18:21 |

To avoid reposting on 3 different sites, I’m posting some of my music productions in ad hoc notebook form as part of my Reckorder Project, as  way of noting any useful stuff that pops up in …

Reckorder Music Tutorial Website & Project

February 2, 2013 – 18:27 |

About 5 years ago..possibly longer..i had an idea on new years day to build a website that housed electronic music tutorials in order to share the information and inspiration that i found through them. I …

Reckorder & Dramask – Space Storm

January 15, 2013 – 18:08 |

I was asked to edit the audio narration, put together the stills into an animation, and compile a suitable soundtrack for a recent Dramask project working with primary school pupils with special needs.

Space Storm was …

Twelve mixes for xmas and an album or remixes as my winter solstice 2012 gift

December 21, 2012 – 20:13 |

Today is the last day of the mayan calendear, the 2012 winter solstice and my dog’s birthday! So to mark the occasion I thought i’d get together my best mixes of 2012 into a blog post and send it to friends and the nice people who visit my site \o/

Reckommended Records – Nov / Dec 2012

December 10, 2012 – 16:32 |
Reckommended Records – Nov / Dec 2012

Here are 8 tracks, 4 albums & 7 free downloads over 6 (isn) genres in my slightly belated recommended reviews for the last couple of months…

Soundtrack & Video for Secret City’s latest project Roots and Seeds

December 5, 2012 – 11:50 |

Have had the pleasure of working with pioneering community arts organisation Secret City Arts recently. This time it was for their Roots & Seeds project which explored the themes of putting down roots, being uprooted & seeking asylum with a wide range of participants from Tame Valley primary school.

Dj Narrative Prequel Album of Early Remixes for Gaza Save the Children Fund

November 22, 2012 – 18:38 |

Very pleased to announce that the aforementioned album of remixes is now finished and available as a free download from Thursday 22nd November 2012 (albeit in a different form than the one i was anticipating!)

Dj Narrative – Coming Home Vol #4 – The Creative

November 1, 2012 – 18:41 |

The 4th Narrative mix explores a journey of a creative spirit with a soundtrack that features many tracks that have greatly inspired me on the deep drum and bass jungle tip…

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) – Going Out Vol #4 – Glitch Hop

October 31, 2012 – 16:50 |

This newsletter’s Going Out Mix is heavily inspired by a recent dig in September which uncovered loads of wicked Glitch Hop and also to provide a more modular approach to these mixes \o/

All of these tracks were shortlisted for my last reviews even though they aren’t new releases, and i’m loving the breadth and spectrum of the genre so been itching to try a specific mix….

Life on the Narrowboat Part Two

October 29, 2012 – 15:59 | 2 Comments

Part of the reason for no content on the site is the site going down. Something to do with the database, and still a few glitches to work out but have reset it a stable order which seems to have made it work properly although the images dont centre align and seem to have lost all the facebook likes & a lots of thumbnails….

Innofader in the S4 Review

October 8, 2012 – 11:29 |

Over the last couple of years ive been teaching myself to scratch and it’s become one of my favourite things to do. Although i really rate the stock crossfader i’ve invested in a proper scratch fader for my Traktor S4, so thought id drop a review to share my findings….

Reckommended Records Sep / Oct 2012

October 4, 2012 – 15:30 |
Reckommended Records Sep / Oct 2012

My site went down for a couple of weeks but here are 25 recommended records of various electronic music genres. Plenty of free ones, all 5 star tracks and links to all the artists and tracks in the title.

Dj Narrative – Coming Home Vol # 3 – Alone (A Love Story)

July 31, 2012 – 15:32 | 2 Comments

This month’s mix with Narrative is a story about love with a host of bass music genres and a dark edged twist…

Our first month living on the canals

July 24, 2012 – 12:28 | 10 Comments

Its been a month since we moved onto our live aboard narrowboat and its been a great experience and a manageable learning curve thus far. Now we’re a bit more setup i thought id have a go at a boat blog to share some of the more interesting bits and a few pics we’ve taken.

Marc Reck feat Method Man & Redman – How High (Dj Narrative Remix)

July 24, 2012 – 12:15 |
Marc Reck feat Method Man & Redman – How High (Dj Narrative Remix)

Had a go at a glitch hop track at the end of 2011 inspired by listening to some opiou & of course Tipper, and here’e the result up for free download.

Reckommended Records – June / July 2012

July 20, 2012 – 12:45 |
Reckommended Records – June / July 2012

What with all the adjusting to the new home i’ve little time to blog or work on the newsletter content so here is over 20 recommended records (half free / half forthcoming) a few albums and a couple of dj sets for any dj minded or edm loving folk out there…

Understanding envelopes in Ableton & how to create a layered sound in Omnisphere

July 4, 2012 – 13:32 |

One very powerful function in shaping a sound is the use of envelopes, although its something I’ve never really utilised. Today i found a real clear & useful tutorial so thought id share it.

Newsletter Links

June 20, 2012 – 13:08 |

On the last 2 newsletters i always add a link to various things i think are worth checking out. It occurred to me that they could exist on my site if i made a specific blog post so here it is…

A New Voyage Ahead

May 24, 2012 – 11:40 | 10 Comments

About 9 months ago my partner put forward the idea of living on a narrowboat, inspired by a couple of friends of ours and a mutual desire to live more sustainably. There were many hurdles that needed to be addressed, but after lots of research, planning and learning, i’m well excited to say that idea which seemed highly unfeasible for ages is now almost a reality! \o/…

Audio Soundtrack for Secret City Markets Project

May 20, 2012 – 16:14 |

I’ve had a fair bit of audio editing and soundtrack for community projects work over the last 12 months but havent been posting much of it. This recent one for Secret City arts was one where i learnt a lot about the history of our markets so thought it’d be a good one to share.