Wolf Diesel Mountain (instrumental version)

by Buddy Peace

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'Wolf Diesel Mountain' is a full production-based mixtape I made back in 2005-6. I made all of the backing music on my MPC2000XL, zip discs and all, and layered it up on the computer. This was a laborious process indeed, as it meant getting the arrangements together on the sampler, rendering those into 'songs' (on the MPC it's like an extended sequence), and then recording these songs in layer by layer. Of COURSE there were probably more time efficient ways of doing it! There have to have been so many other ways... But this was what I had, and it worked nicely - it felt like I was properly chipping away at a mountain, or making a statue or something. Not to make it sound too lofty or anything but the snail's pace method made sure I really was in it from start to end.

I had an idea of what vocals I was going to use, and I tried to sequence the MPC beats around those. So I'd sequence the beats, record them in, and layer the vocals in real time from turntable. I didn't adjust anything in the box at all - it really was all mixed on top for real. I was very purist and adamant about that. Nowadays? Not so much! But this was 2006 and that was my path, and that path was rigid.

It was a very rewarding process, and I was really creating the flow of it day by day - I'd be working in the record shop in the daytime and most of my evenings were spent on this when I got back. It took a little while to get finished up, and on the original there's an outro which is infinitely too long - but by the end I'd spent so much time on it that I felt like I wanted to send it off in a blaze of glory and throw every sample I could at it! And that's what I did.

Well - all this backstory aside, what you have here is the naked backing track. As you will be able to tell from the start, the sample palette is mainly indie rock. Some other sources here and there that were making my listening rotation, but mainly it was acoustic indie music. You'll surely recognise some of the bits in there, whereas some are a little more hidden or ghostly - I took pieces from so many places that I can't exactly remember, but it's all kind of from that pool.

So here it is! It IS a long time coming, for sure. I mean I finished it in 2006 or so, and now it's 2019. But after some hard drive maintenance it was cool to find this in its finished state, and I'm sure some of you who have already heard the original might get a kick out of this! I hope so.

Be nice to hear what you think. Don't be a stranger.

All love, Buddy Peace 2019

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released March 12, 2019

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