mdreamsdigi001

05.02.2019

Hakim Murphy - Beatsmith - mdreamsdigi001

Beatsmith

It’s been a minute since the last Machining Dreams release, however I have come with an album. It is called Beatsmith. Really it is a retrospective project as this album was made several years ago. Now is the time to present these tunes to the world. All produced in a two period sometime in 2013 and will finally see the light of day. Many harmonies and rhythms protrude through speaker from my psyche, creating this LP presented here. There are nine tunes and three interludes for your listening pleasure. The nature is typical me, blurring the line between house and techno which work on the dance floor or sitting somewhere chilling. Digital only, the first Machining Dreams release to be like this is here for you:

Tears of Jack///We begin the journey with syncopated beats and an arpeggio. Futuristic in tone, the tune keeps evolving as more elements are added. Meanwhile the synth arp continues to modulate throughout the entire duration of the piece. Chords come in to add flavor to the mixture of elements. As well, the chord progression does not resolve until close to the end, which will reward and listener who chooses to stay throughout the 6:47.

Starship Prisms///More syncopated sounds here. A bass line and synth melody round out the elements until later when a melody comes in for a brief spell. The percussion is really driving, giving off the image of riding on a space ship through hyperspace.

Syncopated Movements///Bouncing rhythms that circulate around each other is the theme here. Percussion and chords strike first that leads a listener to a driving bass line. Notes in the high register start to vibrate giving the sound great diversity while the hats come in and pick up the pace. The pace is like bouncing up and down on a giant rubber ball while experiencing an barrage of tones.

Flowing Suns///Chords and sparse notes ring out introducing the rest of the tune. A bass line keeps the low register busy coupled with the continued chord progression running over the top. Modulating like sun flares, the chords keep the ear busy as the percussion changes, bringing the tune to life like suns do for planets.

Lullaby Beginnings///The first interlude happens with a melody with much delay from outer space.

Magic Rainfall///A deceptive breakbeat appears supported by an arpeggio line. Long notes ring out to fill up the spectrum that introduce chords and the driving bass line. Two arpeggio lines play with each other as the tune builds. The adventure takes a few turns and towards the end a chord progression comes in to add resolution. Like when one is skiing down a mountain and reaches the bottom safely.

Movements In Space///Bumping percussion drives the tune while chords and a bass line come in to cause more movement. Like the Marvel character ‘Juggernaut’, the track cannot be stopped once its starts. The sounds keep ringing from the entire spectrum causing one to shake their body eventually due to the swirling smoking tones.

Secret Melodies///Interlude number 2 is another melody that comes with much soul and delay too.

Damage Control///Another tune with bouncing effected percussion, this time however more of a chord progression from the outset. Sounding like a boxing match as the chords punch the bass line counter punches. The track continues to evolve as the journey continues with the modulating chords and percussion.

Machine Work///Syncopated percussion appears as a chord is sustained from time to time. From the outset the percussion is quite aggressive as the syncopated beats remain steady and a bit later a nice chord progression shows its head, but only for a bit before we return to the first section of the tune. Which reminds a listener of riding the train and seeing the same things in the landscape but then suddenly something catches your eye for a brief moment.

Transverse///The last interlude is an arpeggio from space that modulates like being dragged playfully through a wormhole.

Solar Winds///To end the excursion is deep house tune that features a chord progression as the main theme that swells up to introduce the bass line. The modulating chords continue to emote from the speakers as the percussions becomes more prevalent. A melody also comes in to add color and emotion, which is fitting for the end of the tune as the projected started aggressive and ends passive.

hakim murphy

Advertisements

NM-03

02.05.19

Images of a Myth (Remixes)

NM-03

Dream Scoring is a project between HEAR and I that started in 2016, which saw us release our first 12″ Images of a Myth on HEAR’s Naissance Musik. Now more than two years later we present a remix project from the above EP. HEAR enlisted a plethora of producers that vary our sound, Wareika, Amir Alexander, Yard One, and Nesta helped us to create a very diverse sounding EP. Check the sounds and enjoy for yourself:

Motion Currents – Wareika’s Moon Aligned Remix///This remix features a splattering of percussive elements that groove and in the background are the many tones moving through time. Chords come as a voice narrates the 12 minute excursion and throughout are many modulations for added color. The vocals are very soulful and are highlighted by the chords. Definitely a club banger for many occasions. When one wants to go on an extended journey, this remix is here for you.

Story Catcher – Amir Alexander’s Gritty City Refix///A pulsating remix that is close and yet far from the original. The same pulsating tones sound throughout, however the musical parts around it unfold quite differently. The percussion flickers meanwhile the bass line develops and Amir adds a sprinkle of melodic panning lines and strings that compliment each other. This movement is quite deep and keeps a listener’s attention. Somewhere between the line of house and techno is this track which makes it quite a versatile dance floor weapon.

Blowed Out – Yard One’s Lucid Dreamshape///Like the name suggest this remix from Yard One is extremely dreamy. The chorus effect sparkles on the instruments from the beginning and as the elements appear one by one, the fog gets thicker and thicker. The fuzzy feeling is maintained through the tune’s entirety, yet the melody instruments and guitar licks are free from the haze which brings a new dimension to the reality of the tune. Lucid and dreamy indeed, hypnotic vibes here all day in this tune, which makes for a powerful listening experience.

Silhouette – Nesta’s Wavy Remix///To end the project, Nesta presents a steady track for the more minimal type heads. The tune moves steadily, building up momentum and keeping a groove. Full and beefy are good adjectives at play here. Many elements from the original appear halfway and fit nicely with the new waveform realization. This cut will definitely appeal to many djs and listeners out here.

Available at all streaming and digital ports.   

hakm murphy

Perp-012

6.3.2018

After quite the long hiatus, I am back posting on Machining Dreams blog and I am starting back with a various piece featuring several Chicago luminaries.

Babershop LP_Cover
Perp-012

 

Welcome to the Barbershop. This LP arrives with tunes from some of your favorite artists representing Chicago’s underground dance music sphere on the city’s bred label; Perpetual Rhythms. A wide variety of fresh cuts and genres are showcased, ranging from Deep House and Techno to Experimental and Ambient, providing an eclectic listening experience. The central theme of the LP is “things that relate to a barbershop”, topics such as hairstyles, hair products and humor. We invite you to stay a while and experience this sonic journey with an open mind.

dcee – Suavecito // A smooth, deep house track filled with colorful chord pads, sparse bassline, and metallic percussion coupled with a chirping melody.

Chicagodeep – Blow Out // An in your face house beater where the bassline keeps the groove and organ stabs color the tune all while a low synth pad modulates underneath the groove.

DCook – Comb Over // Beat down sounds reside here through the slow tempo and chord progression. Sounding clean, the track takes the listener on a journey of tasty house elements.

Taelue – Razor Line Up // Continuing is another beat down track except we delve into darker territory. The bass line establishes the diabolical character while the tune builds momentum slowly and more dark sounds join the fray.

Hakim Murphy – Finger Wave // Sparse percussion strikes that lead into modulating chords of emotive goodness. The chord motif and percussion make playful changes as if one was floating through the clouds.

Obsolete Music Technology – High Top Fade // An energetic tune that straddles the house and techno genre pulsates with a steady bassline, melodic pads, and phasing percussion.

Specter – Butters Whipped // A classic drum set oozes from the speakers introducing warm sounds that tepidly caress the listener’s ear drums. The elements build up quite quickly assembling a sparkling groove that beats through time.

Isoke – Soul Glo // A bright banger that wastes no time establishing its feeling; driving percussion and 1 bar synth lines pay homage to the Chicago track masters from yesteryear.

Damon Lamar – Bermuda Triangle // Rounding out the LP is a deep rider that serves up a plate of beautiful nostalgia. The wonderful myriad of shuffling drums, bass and synth pads bring forth thoughts of sailing away on the Atlantic Ocean.

Chicago Skyway – Edged out // Reverb and delay introduce melodies of grandeur. The tones swirl around almost as if they are filtered through a kaleidoscope. This effect gives the tune several interesting tonal characters as it progresses.

As I’ve listened through the LP several times in order, I think it has a lot to say in these musical dark ages.

hakim

Available at:

Juno

Deejay

Decks

Redeye

 

synapsis-009

1.5.14

synapsis-009 a-side

synapsis-009a

synapsis-009 b side

synapsis-009b

Murph Tone Jack Session Remixes have come up, I was planning to do a remix vinyl for at least a year. And finally the opportunity came up for me to get four reinterpretations from Chicago producers Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release, and Steven Tang. Their contributions expand the Jack Session with deep and rhythmic tunes that will rock from warehouse to boats.

Chicago Head (Chicago Skyway Remix)///The remix 12″ begins with hihats, melodies, and a train trip that explores the jack. Bouncing melodies accompany a story about life perceptions. The subtlies of the beats showcases Skyway’s drum programming.

Tender B (G. Marcell Tender Touch Remix)///The A side ends with classic G. Marcell percussion and drowning pads. Meanwhile the chords move in the background as a secondary broken kick pattern comes forth. The tune slowly builds and breaks as the kick drum pulsates.

Technicals (Ike Release Remix)///The B side begins with squelchy bass lines and some Murph Tone percussion sounds. Re-triggered percussion move around as the bass line continues to to tap the frequency spectrum to emotive rawness.

Tender B (Steven Tang Remix)///Ending the 12″ is a deep house jam that has the chord sound changed with a new bassline and string melody. Nice and deep is this tune.

Subtleties in music inspired the jack session album as the remixes follow this same ethos.  This is the conclusion of the  Murph Tone Jack Session.

Murph Tone Jack Session I

Murph Tone Jack Session II

Distributed by Crosstalk.

Juno

Redeye

hakim murphy

Innerspace Halflife Tour early 2013

5.7.13

It has been a minute since I have updated this space with a post, but I had to decompress from the EU trip. Overall the trip consisted of seven countries in little under two months. I rocked dj sets and live PAs as Innerspace Halflife. In the previous post Stockholm was rocked, so now we are back at our base in Berlin as we rock T Room session.

During the next week before I go to Brescia, Italy to play Disco Volante.

Chairs

Chairs

After experiencing Brescia for a short time, I drink some fine wine and home cooked food. Thinking about how special Italy is in general, I got to get down on some rotary knobs and snapped off.

Disco Volante

Disco Volante

I figured I would beat them down with the Jack, some official Chicago shit. Unfortunately none of my set was recorded but it will live on in the peeps in attendance minds. I ride back out to Berlin.

While in Berlin we take in some more history and culture before adding to the culture and rocking at the legendary club called Tresor.

Tresor

Tresor

This place is located in an old power station which is responsible for breaking in some of the earliest Techno djs to Europe.

Live PA

Live PA

I am still house though, however it was an honor to play this show in which I rocked the drum machine and played records…from here Hamburg awaits.

Hamburg

Hamburg

The Smallville crew welcomes us as we ride up north to rock a live PA.

Smallville

Smallville

Interesting place as we get to see more of regular Germany and not the enigma called Berlin. The people were very receptive as we closed down the Golden Pudel at 7am on a Thursday night. The Hamburg party people know what’s up as we rocked the live beats for them.

Pudel

Pudel

Berlin is calling again for a few days as I finish recording an album called Reverse Digital Files and Paris comes into the mix.

Views

Views

In Paris, we got to play records at one of the hottest parties in France. Concrete was off the hook as hundreds of people checked out the set and got down.

Concrete

Concrete

Paris is definitely full of flavor, with people from all over contributing to the mix. Young inspired artists exists everywhere as we make way through Paris soaking in the intensive art and culture.

Dali

Dali

Seeing this beautiful city we were in for another treat as we train it to Bordeaux.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Park

Park

Laid back chilled Bordeaux accepted us with open arms as we shared much food, wine, and culture. Again we got to play records on the iBoat and rock a live PA at Bootleg.

http://www.mixcloud.com/BOOTLEGbx/btlg-1-innerspace-halflife-live-03082013/

Young generation of party people was there to check us out. The spot was rocked as we made our way up to Manchester.

Lights

Lights

The north English kick it hard, arriving here we had to go straight to the venue and sound check. However once the party got going it was an Innerspace Halflife take over. There were two PA sessions and two record playing sets involved, we did not leave that party until late morning and people were still going.

Innerspace Halflife

Innerspace Halflife

Whoa is all I have to say, as the Mancunians like there baselines hard and dirty. Me to, me too. Berlin is calling again.

Berlin

Berlin

We rock StudioR and then I rock Prince Charles for Soulmate.

http://www.studior.tv/shows/hakim-murphy/

http://www.studior.tv/shows/ike-release/

Soulmate

Soulmate

Meanwhile I take in the German culture and partake in eating some döner amongst other German eats. Going out to a few parties and meeting with some peeps I then make my way to Bucharest which is trippy.

Bucharest

Bucharest

The Romanians also know how to get down and party. It is a most peculiar place because of the feral dog situation. Though they are regularly scenery to the locals I however am always astonished when I see these packs. The party was great and met up with some nice friends as I got to rock a proper club. Berlin is calling again…

Learning much about German culture I realize I need to take some German classes and get some real practice, this is a nice thought. I then think of this long last leg of the trip. London is next for a week.

London Calling

London Calling

It is very cold and heat comes when Innerspace Halflife comes in to rock Boiler Room, which was a pleasure to say the least. We shared the stage with some serious producers and live acts. It was a solid experience.

Then we rock a dj set at the NTS station for the radio show, banging tunes all Innerspace Halflife.

Later we make another attempt to take over the Dance Tunnel with a live PA and dj sets. Meanwhile taking in all the culture. Amsterdam comes up next as we are winding down.

Not knowing what to expect but realizing that Dutch people have to be one of the tallest groups of humans alive we come here for one day to rock Club Up.

Club Up

Club Up

Very bizarre times but met some great people all the while. Rocking a live PA then we take the train through Belgium to rock our last show in Paris.

There is little time to spare as we take in some more French culture before we go to our last event. Batofar is in south Paris and is banging boat party. Feeling lucky to be back in beautiful Paris as we end with a serious live PA session.

Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits

After an amazing time and getting some chops on the International stage our trip comes to and end. I met lots of wonderful people and touched and was touched by many people and much music. Must say it was a life changing event, hope to do it again some day.

hakim808

hakim808

hakim

Innerspace Halflife Live PA Session on RTS.FM

1.31.13

2013 starting strong with solo releases and of course the collobaration live PA as Innerspace Halflife. As we improvise and bang out some tunes on the three machines we get ready to take this show on the road. So, ah, yeah Innerspace Halflife Live PA for 90 minutes.

hakim murphy