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Thursday, March 02, 2006
# 11:30:00 AM:

Two free instrumentals, both reissues

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Marina Bay deep waterLast night I posted two tracks to my Penmachine Podcast of free podsafe instrumental MP3 songs:

  1. A remastered version of "Marina Bay," which first appeared only a few days ago.
  2. A re-pod of "Stop Yield Go Merge," which I originally posted last summer and which is the third track on my album.

"Marina Bay - Remastered" (3.1 MB MP3 direct download) is interesting because the new version sounds much dreamier than the gritty original (3 MB MP3 direct download), although they both come from the same recording—they show how much impact the mastering of a recording (in this case, both versions are by Les Thorn in New York City) can have on the final vibe of a piece of music.

"Stop Yield Go Merge" (2.9 MB MP3 direct download) on the other hand, was the first track Les ever mastered for me, back in September 2005. Previously I had been releasing my podcast tracks as they came out of GarageBand and iTunes, effectively unmastered, and the difference in that first track—which he did for free and offered to me out of the blue—was startling. I've had him remaster pretty much every track I've done since, including my entire Penmachine Sessions CD.


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