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365 Beats, 365 Days. 1 Beat a Day for a Whole Year!

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, and I’m trying to get back into it.  I’m a little older, a little wiser (arguably), and lots of things have changed since I last wrote.  However, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that the music is still very much alive, and we’ve released and will continue to release material regularly. =]  I’m still working on my Phase 4 – Take the Lead album, which has four (and a bonus) songs done currently, and Trifecta has four songs towards that album as well.

My birthday had just passed on September 7, and I made the decision earlier that week (those who follow me on Twitter @moon_shyne already knew) to make a beat a day, every day, for 365 days.  I am also doing 1 song a month.  Now these numbers are minimums, and if i can churn out more than 1 beat a day, and more than 1 song a month, all the power to me. =]

I’m five days in so far, and I’ve done five beats.  Every Saturday, I will release a quick mix of all seven beats from that week, and I want the public to let me know which of the seven they feel was the best for the week.  Now since this isn’t my usual “I’ll make the music when I’m inspired” style, I’m a little worried about how great everything will be.  However, after five days so far, the beats I’ve designated as the beats for those days have all been good.  Are any of them great?  Maybe.  You all can be the judges for that.

Interestingly enough, there’s almost a commentary for the day embedded in each of these beats.  I’m starting to draw inspiration more frequently and using any event or atypical object or person for inspiration.  I’ll give you mini-commentaries for each of the first 5 beats:

  1. Simple Technique (2013.09.07): There’s a song called Binibini, a Filipino song by a group called the Rainmakers.  I’m Filipino myself, and I’ve used Filipino samples in the past (queue Miss Universe by HotDog).  While driving, my wife had played this song, and from there, I drew the inspiration from the intro.  This became the sample that is the core of this beat.
  2. Double Blitz (2013.09.08): While at home, my wife and I flipped through the channels and watched a portion of Step Up: Revolution.  I wanted to convey a battle type of energy, and I drew from that.
  3. In Style (2013.09.09) : Not much to this one, I started from scratch and this is what came out.
  4. Storyteller (2013.09.10): A portion of this can be attributed to Holy Grail with the pianos.  I was always fascinated with progressions with pianos where chords are played with the right hand and only the left hand changes for the bass notes.  I’m playing a constant Bm the whole way, with only bass drops using my left.  I liked the sounds of using 3rds of the chords for the violins, and the rest is history.
  5. Looking Back (2013.09.11): Being what day it was, I wanted to make something a little bit more reflective.  I tried to go more for an older R&B vibe, going with a 2-5-1 in Bbm with an electric piano.  I’ve never used an electric piano in a beat, so I felt good about that.  Same as the day before, I was feeling the usage of the 3rds and 5ths as the basis for the melodies of the violin and organ, so I kept it going.

On Saturday, you’ll get to know these beats a little bit better.  To make 365 beats in a year to me almost sounds impossible.  I’ll take my chances though.  So far so good!

More coming soon!   Stay with us!


MsP Production Vault: Drum Kit – Complete Urban Flava

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Today marks the opening of the MsP Production Vault.  If you are a producer, especially a hip-hop/rap one, you spend a decent amount of time looking for new samples and sounds just to keep the fire going.  I know I’ve spent lots of time doing this, and I know others who spend hours looking for new torrents and downloads for their production.

To help you aspiring (and already established) producers out there with your search, every week I’ll be posting up new sample sets to add on to your music!

This week, we start with a drum kit that has the folder name “Complete Urban Flava.”  These were passed on to me by my cousin Boy Gnyus of Gnyus Productions.   It has over 300 different drum sounds, and it should be enough to keep you occupied until I drop another next week.  Head on to the vault to download it for free today!

The MsP Production Vault

More coming soon!


MsP Compilation Album Starting Up with a MooN ShynE, ADM and K-Maculate Project and a FoRcE oNe and MooN ShynE Project

Monday, March 8th, 2010

As much as this weekend was a busy weekend (mostly because of my cousin getting married, congratulations to Jay and Thiana), I was able to get some work done and start on two projects.  One of which is the FoRcE oNe project that I had mentioned in a previous post, and the other is a joint project between myself, ADM and K-Maculate, which had an impromptu beginning.  Both of which will go on the MsP compilation album, tentatively titled Roll Call ’10.

The FoRcE oNe project has some interesting tidbits.  First off, the beat for this one as selected was a custom I made specifically for him in his interests.  He’s a big Lil’ Wayne and Young Money fan, so this beat follows that new southern sound with an MsP twist.   The drum pattern and bassline are akin to those found on their recent work, but the instrumentation and sampling is more MsP style.  Once some recording is done, I will post up a tidbit so you guys can get an idea of what we’re aiming for.  The second thing about this that I like is that FoRcE oNe will be spearheading the project, and I will just be trying to bring out the vision he’s got.  I’m trying to get him to let his creativity loose while increasing my producing experience in the sense of producing for other people.  Most of my producer work has been for myself, so getting a chance to produce for others (especially for uno because he’s only done one song on his own, this will be his second) is always exciting.

The beat is in Bb minor, and utilizes samples from a rare old school soul song called “Why,” as well as the use of the Hypersonic plugin by Steinberg.  Drums used were from the Sounds in HD kits that Boy Gnyus supplied me with, and of course the beat was created in FL Studio.  It clocks in at 140bpm, but will mostly sound more like 70bpm with that Young Money style flow that’s been coming from the South.

The second project that was worked on this weekend was the impromptu MooN ShynE/ADM/K-Maculate project that started earlier this evening. What we’re looking to do is something in the vein of what David Guetta has been doing these days as well as other non-hip-hop club hits.  So far, we’ve nailed down a decent club beat akin to Guetta’s recent hits such as “Sexy B*tch” and “Memories” with Kid Cudi, but once again, putting an MsP spin on it.  It’s a good mesh of styles as ADM’s electronic work comes into play here production wise in a big way, K comes in with some creativity as far as concepts, lyrics and vocals, and I come in with my lyrics/vocals and production work.  We’ve already recorded a small piece of the song that will fit as one of those catchy 8 bar loops that DJ’s should have fun with in the clubs.

The song is in Ebm, using a mixture of different drum kits we have here at Lunar Base.  We used Native Instruments’ FM8 for some synth work, as well as Vanguard for a gate.  We were using Cakewalk Studio Instruments String Section, but we may opt for a different set of strings (Hypersonic being a very likely candidate) as I’ve overused String Section to death lol.  We layered the kicks and included 808 bass drums to give it that extra push.  We’re also using the Izotope plugin called Trash (the plugin used to achieve Justin Timberlake’s voice in Sexy Back) to give it that real gritty club feeling.  Next week, we’re looking to do some more work on this, and I hope to have a sample for you guys to hear after that session.

All in all, a very productive weekend, and with other projects also in the wings, there will be more fun coming!  Stay tuned.


The Van Gogh Heat Rock

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Time for some classic mid 90’s style New York hip-hop.  When I was crafting this one, I felt Vincent would destroy this, hence the name “The Van Gogh Heat Rock.”  He’s already agreed to unload the heat on this one, so it’s just a matter of time. =]  Of course, without the scratches from “Devastator.”

Sample courtesy of Freda Harris – “It Be’s That Way Sometimes”

More coming soon!


More Phase 4 Jazz, Mixdown of the 2nd Draft

Friday, January 29th, 2010

So this is the results of the first second draft.  Not too bad.  The scratches you hear obviously won’ t be part of the actual song, they’re just meant as a tag in case somebody wants to try something slick.

Here’s the rundown of what’s in the recording:

1. Sequenced drums
2. Snares from “Hit the Road Jack”
3. Recorded drums, live: Beta 52 on the kick, PG58 on the snare, AT2020 overhead (mostly the ride cymbal with natural reverb)
4. Live guitar, Epiphone Les Paul Special II, direct through a Studio Projects VTB1 preamp with tube injection at 12 o’clock, through a Samson C-Com16 compressor, IK Multimedia Amplitube DUO on the Bluesy Combo setting5. Cakewalk Studio Instruments Bass Guitar (later to be replaced by an actual live bass [Epiphone Viola Bass])
6. ReFX Nexus on Ballad Grand Piano
I’m enjoying this so far, and I can see where I can take this and maybe add in some hip-hop elements.  I may employ the vocal talents of one Harmony Speaks to join me on this.  We’ll see. =]

More coming soon!


One More Recording To Go and Phase 3 is Finished!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

All the tracks on the album are done.  All I’m waiting for is Destiny Soprano to re-record her part on “Bomb Squad” and it’s a wrap!  She’s coming by tomorrow to record her part, and as soon as the mixing is over, it’s being sent over to TuneCore and it’ll be on its way to iTunes.  March 1, 2010 is the tentative release date, as it usually takes 4-6 weeks for iTunes to have stuff up via TuneCore.

I released “Phase 2 – Lyrics to an Identity” almost 5 years ago.  It took 5 years to make this album, and it’s gone through so many iterations and name changes that at one point, during a low point in my life, I didn’t think the album was going to come out.  I have to thank God for that one (and everything else), because ever since I started playing in the church band every Sunday and cleaning up some of the stuff in my life that needed cleaning, I became revitalized and re-inspired.  I’m not exactly making Christian music right now totally, though I have made Christian songs in the past, but He’s blessed me anyway with inspiration, wisdom, and freedom of creativity.

The acronym in the title of the album, “Phase 3 – L.Y.R.I.C.A.L. Without Fear,” stands for Leave Your Regrets In Christ And Live.  This is the basically the approach I took with the album as time went on.  The songs that were going to originally be part of the album were all pretty standard, and although I love every song I make, it was the songs that were different from what I’m used to doing that were the most enjoyable to make.  There were three guitar solos (“Mostly Boast,” “Found Me,” “The Bomb Squad”), a video game sample (“Call to Arms” from Final Fantasy VI), a symphony orchestra (courtesy of Project SAM Symphobia, on “Round and Round”), capoeira rhythm (“Roll Your Windows”), blaring choirs with my “Bleeding Heaven” technique (on “Devastator,” more on the “Bleeding Heaven” technique later),  multi-layer samples (“Roll Your Windows”), Beatles style build up and scream (“Mostly Boast”), live drums, bass and piano recordings (“Live Hip-Hop,” available on the iTunes version of the album) and other things.  Although some signatures of mine are there, this album sounds distinctly different from my past two, and I think it’s for the better.

As far as concepts go, I think “The Bomb Squad” was the most fun.  You also have “Found Me” and “Round and Round” which are both incredibly personal to me.   “Mostly Boast” was the record that I let loose on and I stopped caring about what people would say if I did certain things in my music.  “Call to Arms” was actually inspired by a crew of people I was running with that was finally getting over past beefs to go have fun again.  “4 My Ghostwriter” actually makes the idea of a ghostwriter a more positive thing (listen to the song and you’ll see why).  “Do Something” was my declaration that I wouldn’t just sit around and do nothing, especially after my best friend Rain past away in 2007.  “Every Move” was me slowly getting to the point where I wouldn’t let people dictate what I rhyme about.  “Handle Our Biz,” “Spear,” and “You Need To..” were getting my people involved with some 5fam love.   “Devastator” was simply me kicking ass and getting you to want to kick ass too; in some ways an “I OWN YOU” part two.

I had a lot of fun with this album, and about just as much frustration.  All the frustration was worth it though, and what resulted was an album that I’m most proud of and can’t wait to show the world.  I’ve even got a plan for the songs I will perform, and hopefully I can gain some traction with some new listeners.

I have to thank everyone who helped me on this album with their contributions: Harmony Speaks, Destiny Soprano, CoCoa, DiMpLeZ, Brian Bullion, FoRcE oNe, Less, K-Maculate, ADM, Boy Gnyus, Vincent, Takewun, JC and SL.  Each recording was a fun (and funny) experience.  Especially “The Bomb Squad,” which took two years to complete and everyone in MsP had a role and their voice recorded on it.

Hopefully, when you listen to it, you’ll learn some things from it, whether it’s personal to you or on a musical/lyrical level if you are a musician.  Either way, most importantly, I hope you enjoy the music when it comes out on March 1, 2010.

Thanks for reading also!  More to come!





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