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Making Up A Changing Mind

March 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Label: Pretty Lights Music
  • Copyright: 2010 Pretty Lights Music
  • Total Length: 33:25
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003B8OTBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,018 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Devin Edgell on March 15, 2010
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Making Up a Changing Mind is the first of three EPs to be released by Pretty Lights, also known as Derek Vincent Smith. The album features six tracks all around five to six minutes long. According to the Pretty Lights website, Smith states this EP is a fusion of hip hop combined with elements of electro and dub step as well as "organic timbres and raw feeling of old school soul and funk".
I would have to agree he does a fantastic job bringing out a funky feeling in each one of these tracks by his use of dub step, an electronic dance genre that originated in London around 2001, and utilization of acoustic voice clips from popular old school songs. Smith uses sound clips from other songs not unlike popular artists such as Girl Talk and Super Mash Bros., however instead of using only a sample or two simultaneously, Smith combines a lot of pieces of multiple tracks across many genres to create original pieces that sound completely original; that's what makes Pretty Lights so special. His style can be traced back to Pierre Schaeffer and his protégé Pierre Henry and their form of electro acoustic music called Musique Concrete. Schaeffer and Henry used recordings of sounds derived from musical instruments and voices to create their compositions, not unlike Pretty Lights. However, Smith uses a variety of other tools to add complexity to his pieces. Traditional DJ elements are present in all of his pieces such as an electronic mixer changing the timbre on sound clips. Drums are also layered into each piece, sometimes synthetically in the studio, and with a drummer live.
In my opinion, the best tracks on Making Up a Changing Mind are "Total Fascination" and "Understand Me Now".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly on May 7, 2011
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The first of a trilogy of EP's released by Pretty Lights in the summer of 2010, Making up a Changing Mind stands as an example of Derek Vincent Smith's immersion into the electronic music world. Combining hip-hop, electronic, synthesized sounds, and music samples, his sounds are new and vivacious, bringing a fresh feel with the music. Even so, his techniques pay homage to the basic fundamentals the music genre. The turntabalism technique Pretty Lights so heavily relies on finds its roots in Rauchenberg, and the sampling both of real world sounds, people's voices and songs alludes back to Cage, a frontrunner for music concrete. The combination of the sampling with synthesis is particularly interesting, which can be heard in the chirping of a bird, which evolves into a synthesized sound. The Germans first introduced this recreation of real-world sounds, again, with Music concrete. These fast mash-ups with rhythmic cross fades also are found in the iconic tunes of the Beastie Boys, for example in the song "Shake Your Rump". The echoey reverb throughout the album is reminiscent of Xenakis, hinting to the minimalist movement.
Use of amplitude envelopes is another electronic music basic carefully exploited by Pretty Lights. This technique achieves the magnetism that draws the listener in to every song on Making Up a Changing Mind. Attack. Sustain. Release. Derek creates these musical pathways though splitting the music into portions, in a repetitive manner so as to sustain them, and then moving on from the sound, usually to ambient noise or synthesized music to release the listener. One can hear the panning effects more in the live version than, say, on your laptop, but this simple tactic only adds to the fluidity of Pretty Lights' music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By terrordactyl on March 18, 2013
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This Album and all other Pretty Lights and PLM music is downloadable for FREE on prettylightsmusic.com great album check it out. also check out michael menert, Paul Basic, Supervision and Elliot Lipp
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lordzz on October 8, 2010
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Wow...there is, without a reasonable doubt, no other band in the world that sounds like this. Eeach song consists of several different beats which paint quite the spectrum of moods onto the listener. I'm not too sure how new Pretty Lights is but I can't believe this guy isn't huge yet. No genre can truely capture the real nature of this unique and experimental style, I plan to buy all the albums in the near future.
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