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Ride in the Country (89 recording, remastered 2022
Today #2 in Alternative
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$25
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Ride in the Country (2022)
Today #8 in Rock
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$25
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Pack up your Flag, Jean
Today #1 in Indie subgenre
$0.75
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Pontiac
Today #1 in Other Alternative subgenre
$0.75
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When it Was
Today #2 in Instrumental Rock subgenre
$0.75
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Hush...
Today #2 in Goth Rock subgenre
$0.75
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Boundless
Today #1 in Rock Unplugged subgenre
$0.75
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For Good (#2)
Peak position #15
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He'll Wait For Her
Today #7 in Country
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The Effect
Today #8 in Electronic
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Bande Sonore Pour une Vignette Imaginaire
Today #6 in Classical
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For Good (#1)
Peak position #7
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Study in Grey (Live at Millikin University, 1989)
Today #5 in Latin
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You Remind Me of Someone
Today #3 in Rock General subgenre
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Stacy
Today #14 in Pop
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Courageous
Today #8 in Acoustic
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Sycamore
Peak position #6
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Down from...
Today #2 in Experimental subgenre
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Main St. (reprise)
Today #2 in Progressive Rock subgenre
$0.75
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Why would I need a license?
A license is needed if you want to use the music for anything else than just listening for your pleasure. Typical uses are
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What are the license options and what are the differences between those?
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How can I remove the audio tag from the track?
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To license a beat without audio tag and to use in a professional manner please buy a license from this page. Usually those are $25 and up.
What is a stem / trackout file?
A Stem file is an audio file that contains a track split into several musical elements: A drums stem, a bassline stem, a harmony stem, and a lead stem for example.
The Stem file also usually includes the original stereo master of the track for standard playback.
Why would I need a stem / trackout file?
A trackout file gives you much better control. Imagine you rap over a beat and you realize the percussions take the focus away from your vocals. With a trackout file you can simply tone down the percussion and the focus is now on the vocals. With a trackout file you have much more flexibility and a whole different level of control.
In our music, you'll hopefully find everything -- rock, orchestral, trip-hop, spacey/ambient, whatever -- most times all in one tune!! Mwah-ha-ha.... We follow no labels, guidelines, trends -- we write what we feel at any given moment; industrial one moment, folk the next. You might hear smatterings of Floyd/Waters/Gilmour, a touch of Mike Nesmith, some Metheny, maybe even some Vangelis or 80's pop, classic rock, sheer noise, Air, Terje Rypdal, and if you really stretch in order to make us seem more relevant to the times, maybe some of The Shins, Sigur Ros, etc. Basically anything that makes a noise can inspire us.
Band/artist history
We started as two teen mokes at a college with a then-state-of-the-art 24-track tape studio in 1985. Our duo-ness arose from the need to do most stuff ourselves, even if we couldn't, because we'd book the studio at odd hours in the middle of the night which suited us better, but precluded getting many guests or real musicians in. Much of our stuff from '85-'89 is represented in our tunes as you get further down the list (if it wasn't obvious by the quality difference!) We played our only show together as a project in '89, and have been collaborating (much of it via web) ever since. We can do a million things a million times better with the "home-based" PC studios we both have now than we could ever do then ("'copy/paste'?! Well, get out the razor and the tape-glue and let's spend days indiscriminately ruining a $100 reel of tape...")
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Us two actually played live together once in 1989, though hopefully we'll get around to doing it again. Right now the emphasis is just on writing/production. But we've both very much enjoyed live-ness in many bands. John had a great time with a Floyd/Genesis tribute "Eclipse" in the early-90's, as well as with a "jazz fission" outfit, "Blue Monque" thruout the '90's. Last couple of bands Matt's played live with have been True North, Tom Time, and if you go back far enough, Rock Lab I (or Rock Lab 1 if you prefer) in the late 80's.
Your musical influences
John -- Floyd (Waters for vocals, Gilmour in guitar, style in general), Terje Rypdal, The Shins, Sigur Ros, Mike Nesmith, Debussy/Impressionists, film music, Bill Frisell, Allan Holdsworth, Bjork, Vangelis, a bunch of others. Matt -- A bizarre eclectic combination of artists like the Beatles, Soft Cell, A Flock of Seagulls, Cocteau Twins, Yaz/Yazoo, The Grid, late 80's hair metal, They Might Be Giants, Rammstein, Darryl Rhoades and the Mighty Mighty Men from Glad...
What equipment do you use?
Lotsa Roland synths/guitar synths, Sonar, CoolEdit Pro 2, a million plug-ins, a bunch of other stuff Matt needs to specify.
Anything else?
Gonzo on Fender '69-'79 ("big-head") Strats, preferably swamp ash and weighing a million pounds. Current guitar is a "Pfeifocaster" (used to be a beautiful cherry-burst stock '79, but has been modified beyond recognition). Larrivee acoustic guitar, 5-string Fender P-bass, Rivera 100W amp, Line 6 GuitarPort (AMAZING device!!)
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