There has been a lot of great music to come out of the iOS community but this is the first time it's moved into AMAZING! I mean outside of already signed musicians using iPads like Jordan Rudess and nothing against any music already released. In my opinion this is a cut above the rest. As a change of pace I did my review as a video, after the review I preview one of my favourite songs from the album "God Future". If you are looking for the remix contest, scroll to the bottom... Here we go....
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More about jjj and The Works
jjj has taken a strange path in music to come to the point of creating this record. As a young chap, Joey was a drummer, very interested in jazz music and classical music, playing many jazz festivals and concerts in North America, travelling with his school band. Finding a love for hip hop as a teenager, jjj combined his knowledge of rhythm and the rhythmic metres of the english language and started rapping, becoming one of the fastest rappers in the world writing rap verses that were up to 13 syllables per second.
jjj used his rhythmic skills and rapping abilities for years, rapping with many awesome Vancouver rappers like Moka Only and working for years with one of his favourites, Kaboom Atomic with This Dance Dance Revolution, Run with the Heard and has opened for some of his favourite artists as a teenager like Blackalicious, The Coup, Kid Koala, Raekwon the Chef and many more.
In 2012, jjj started messing around with a friend’s iPad and found it to be superior for his hands on rhythmic approach to music. The iPad brought jjj to his newest chapter in music, producing in a completely unorthodox ways, making completely unique sounds without really knowing what the hell he’s doing. Most of the songs on his newest album, Big Phoney are filled with the whimsical creativity of a child playing with a new toy and have resulted in some very interesting happy accidents.
jjj may not be able to teach you specific the specific technical skills of production, but, he could teach you how to be completely creatively free and have fun making art. He would also suggest being in a collective of amazing artists like The Works.
The Works is exactly what its title suggests. A group of producers and musicians that encompass all genres and art forms to captivate audiences and make them move. From high energy explosions to powerful emotion, this ambitious group brings the world of futuristic technology such as mobile devices and computers to organic sounds. The Works live performance appeals to a wide range of musical tastes, with a multimedia infused theatrical experience that is visually appealing and displays a unique approach to any genre.
With an open door to artists of all kind, The Works projects will never follow a one dimensional path. Each member will head up his or her own project and then support everyone else on their project, rather than trying to contain the creative energy of the group and send it in one specific direction.
Stay tuned for more projects that will most likely be a completely different sound with the same people contributing.
The Works Live
Here is DT bros live. It doesn't sound as good as the album of course but gives you a real idea of what is going on and how many people are involved.
The Works - Behind the bones Live
Here is another great look at what they do and how iPad is a major part of it. This video really is amazing.
The Works Social Links
The Works remix Contest
Link to official contest page: http://apptronica.co.uk/event/big-phoney-remix-contest/
Remix a track from the new album “Big Phoney” by Apptronica artist jjj with The Works for an opportunity to win cool prizes!
Grand Prize: $100
Five Runner-Ups will receive Pro App Packs for iPad featuring Steinberg’s Cubasis and Final Touch by Positive Grid
Top remixes will be released by Apptronica on an upcoming remix album!
Contest begins Tuesday, November 11th and ends at 11:59 PM on November 24, 2014.
App prizes provided by Steinberg and Positive Grid
Cubasis Info: http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/mobile_apps/cubasis.html
Final Touch Info: http://www.positivegrid.com/finaltouch/
How To Enter
Getting the files:
Download the track “DT Bros” for free from Bandcamp. Click “Buy Now”, enter “0″ in the box, and click “Check out now”. You’ll get the full track in the high-quality format of your choice, track stems, AND Cubasis project files.;
OR, buy the album for $5 CAD or more. You’ll get all of the tracks in the high-quality format of your choice, PLUS Cubasis project files and samples.*
* Please note that while purchasing the album does give you the option to choose which track you’d like to remix, it does not increase or decrease your chances of winning.
Creating your remix:
Use the tracks and/or project files to do your thing, but make sure you’re doing it on your iPad or iPhone. Why? Because that’s what we do here.
Submitting your remix:
Create an artist account at hearthis.at if you don’t already have one.
Upload your track. Please note that free hearthis.at accounts only support mp3 uploads, but if you win, you’ll need the original wav file in 16 bit / 44.1k format, so don’t lose it!
Add your remix to the contest set before the deadline.
Official jjj with The Works – Big Phoney Remix Contest Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
The name of this contest is jjj with The Works – Big Phoney Remix Contest (“Contest”). All entries must be uploaded and successfully submitted between November 11, 2014 and November 24, 2014 by 11:59 PM PT.
Grand Prize Winner (as selected by the judge(s)): Receives $100 USD, paid via PayPal.
Five Runner-Ups (as selected by the judge(s)): Receive one (1) promo code redeemable via the iTunes App Store for “Cubasis – Music Production System” by Steinberg Media Technologies GmBH, and one (1) promo code for “Final Touch – Professional Audio Post Production and Mixing” by Positive Grid Inc. Approximate retail value for each Runner-Up Prize package is $70 USD.
No substitutions or exchanges or cash equivalents will be allowed except by Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value or approximately similar features for any prize mentioned in these rules due to unavailability.
You are eligible if you are 18 years of age or older and don’t reside in a country where participating would be a generally bad idea.
You are not eligible to enter and will be disqualified if:
You are an employee or director of Apptronica and/or other prize sponsors, or a member of the immediate family or live in the same household of such employees (whether related or not) or of anyone connected with the Contest, or an artist who has previously signed a contract with Apptronica, or an artist who is presently signed to any record label or publisher under an exclusive agreement and/or contractual arrangement which would prohibit you from participation.
You have not complied with these Official Rules or the final decisions of the judges or sponsors.
You are selected as the winner but fail to respond in a timely manner, or refuse to sign any waiver or releases, as required for distribution of the winning remix, in which case an alternate winner may be chosen.
You have used works of music that are subject to copyrights of third parties and for which license to use them for the purposes of the Contest has not been obtained.
You do anything stupid requiring me to write more rules.
Licence to Entries
As a participant, you grant to Apptronica an irrevocable, fully-paid, perpetual worldwide license to reproduce, edit, adapt, copyright, publish, transfer, distribute, perform, stream, display and use any or all of the entries, without compensation to you or any third party. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.
All rights in and to the artist’s recordings, samples and project files are reserved by the artist and/or Apptronica. All entrants, including the winner, will not be entitled to make their remixes derived from or incorporating the materials provided for participation in the Contest available in any way (other than as uploaded for the purposes of the Contest).
Even More Rules
I borrowed most of this crap from Beatport, so you can read the rest of it here. If you do something requiring me to reword any more of Beatport’s stuff, you will be disqualified.
What’s with all this hearthis.at stuff? Why not use SoundCloud like everyone else?
Me and SoundCloud broke up and we’re not on speaking terms. Tell that @#$%& I want my money.
Thanks for reading and watching!