Don Diablo – Universe (feat. Emeni)

I recently discovered Don Diablo’s Ultra 2016 Set (which I didn’t post simply because the last two posts I’ve made have been long DJ sets), and it’s been growing on me since. Rather than using the whole track, Don Diablo only samples the vocals in the set, but I really the whole song, and especially the use of auto-tune (or the equivalent software).

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SERVAL – “Just for Kicks” Mix

Nothing huge, just a little mix I did for fun earlier today with songs that I like.

SERVAL – Sun’s Out, Guns Out Dance Party

It’s been a tough month. I’ve been going back and forth about whether I want to post anything about it, but I’ve been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster since spring break, and my indecision resulted in nothing, at least as far as blog posts are concerned. I’m feeling a little better, so I want to get back into posting on here. Which brings me to this:

So I did a thing. I’m kind of a DJ now. I’d been thinking about trying my hand at it for a long time, so when my house decided to throw a dance party, I asked if they’d be alright if I DJed it. And I did. It took me a week to find time to put together a video of it on YouTube, but now it’s done (obviously, since it’s right there). So, if you’re interested, feel free to check out my debut performance. There are definitely some mistakes, but I’m pretty happy with it, and I’m looking forward to another opportunity to DJ again.

Julie Giroux – Symphony No. 4, “Bookmarks from Japan” – Movement 6: Hakone (Performed by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble)

This is the final movement of the piece, and probably the most difficult because of it’s tempo, odd time changes, and purely technical passages. Nonetheless, it’s going to be a whole lot of fun to play (once I get it into my fingers). I’m looking forward to performing the whole symphony in April.

Julie Giroux – Symphony No. 4, “Bookmarks from Japan” – Movement 5: Evening Snow at Kambara (Performed by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble)

Julie Giroux – Symphony No. 4, “Bookmarks from Japan” – Movement 4: Kinryu-zan Sensōji (Performed by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble)

Movement 4, called “Thunder Gate” after an ancient Buddhist temple in the heart of Tokyo, is a powerful movement with driving percussion and BIG brass sections.

Julie Giroux – Symphony No. 4, “Bookmarks from Japan” – Movement 3: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (Performed by Ray E. Cramer and the Musashino Academy Wind Ensemble)

We haven’t touched this movement yet in rehearsals, but it looks to be pretty tricky, with several time signature changes, and parts that are largely exposed and individualized for each section.