Hood Butterflies - no samples

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Hood Butterflies - no samples

Futuristic pulsating cinematic groove with Chinese Erhu and piano

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Futuristic pulsating cinematic groove with Chinese Erhu

This version of Hood Butterflies has no samples and was customized for use by a German company.

The Story

I created this version of Hood Butterflies for a German company to use in advertising. The original version of this song is a sample flip beat that I created some years back.

This was a cool experience for me because I was able to demonstrate my skills at converting the sample flip version into a complete original by actully performing the sample flip parts of the original song. The hardest part was finding the Chinese Erhu instrument.

After finding the erhu, I was able to perform what I flipped in the original version. Then, I layered various strings and other instruments to fill in the musical space. My client was very pleased with the result.

The Video

Here is a video that uses my moody instrumental music, Hood Butterflies, as a soundtrack. Published on Nov 5, 2012 (c) 2012 by Carsten Erkelenz & Thomas W. Geuting, music Produced by Taurus M. James (ASCAP) for ITNOJ Music (ASCAP).

Wondlan Systems Deutschland


Music Info

Artist: Taurus M. James
Album: Moody Grooves
Released: 11/5/20012
Writer: Taurus M. James
Label: ITNOJ
Producer: Taurus M. James


Keywords: Hood Butterflies, Moody Grooves, moody instrumental music

See also...

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Make Sample Flip Beats with Reason: The Making of "Better" (Part 1 of 2)

Better Sample Flip Beat Reason Beat Making Video Tutorial Part 1

Learn how to flip a sample using Propellerhead Reason and the NN-XT advanced sampler.

In this video, I walk through the sample flip beat "Better" by covering the following:

In Part 1:
- Propellerhead Reason
- The Reason NN-XT Advanced Sampler
- Chopping Samples: How I chop samples for sample flip beats
- Flipping Samples: Why I use the Reason NN-XT advenced sampler to flip a sample
- Using Frequency Filtering to make sample flip patterns stand out
- Song Arrangement: Creating different sample flip patterns for each verse
- Layering sample flip patterns
- Track Preview

Time: 22:00

This video is about: reason beat making, sample flip beat, beat making video, sample chop, sample flip, flip a sample, chop a sample, sampling, music sampling, Sample Chopping, sample Flipping, Propellerhead Reason, NN-XT

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Sampled song:
"Van Morrison-Snow In San Anselmo", sound recording administered by: vanmorrisonofficial

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Even Still

In this video, I talk about using the Yamaha DJX MIDI Keyboard as a MIDI Controller for Propellerhead Reason 6.5 music software. I explain why I like using the DJX as a controller and how I have it connected to my PC. I also explain how I setup two different NNXT Advanced Sampler devices in Reason to allow me to compose piano parts separately. Since I am not a pianist, I have to create my "left-hand" parts (Chords) and "right-hand" parts (Melodies) separately and I use two different devices to manipulate the sounds of each part independently.

Even Still Part 1 of 5

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This is one of my experimental piano/orchestrated tracks with more of a soulful sorrow that moves to a bit of brightness toward the end.

As much as they hurt, the thorns in my life remind me that I am still feeling.

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What People Are Saying

andrew silway - India

Thank you so much for the music. They are great!

pandapoonmonster - na

Nice. I just started makin beats on reason 4 with an axiom 25. Still have alot to learn but i hope to be as good as this soon. Music is life, keep it up.

KhanChuz - na

much love homie. I see I'm not the only one in the H-Town putting it down for the G O D! Christ Side!! God Bless you Brother. keep doing it. I see you got a cut called How we do it.I got a track call How we do it. Peep mine and let me know what you think. Jesus Is truly King!!!!

Chris Stewart - USA

I'm a upcoming rapper from fayetteville and I would like to work with you.

Deena - na

Dear Taurus,
I was searching on the internet to find out how I can possibly learn how to compose music. I write alot of lyrics but have the slightest clue on how to create music for them. Anyway I came across your website in the search engine and after listening to all, I mean every instrumental on here, I just had to tell you WOW!!! Your music is so heartfelt. Absolutely beautiful. And I must say very inspiring!!. Hopefully someday I can find a way to let myself be heard through music. Good Luck in all you do.

Sincerely Deena

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