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trade winds
an experiment in online collaborative music production
trade winds: a collaborative music creation project. participants each add layers to an orginal 'seed' track. the seed track is a basic idea for a song that is then shared with the participants electronically. as layers are recorded, they are added to the seed track, and the song begins to take shape. eventually, when the time is right, the layer adding process stops, and the final song is released here... ejoy.
this is the first 'trade winds' track of all. collaborators on this song were max floatation and myself. the track started out with a nice guitar riff that max had recorded. from there, some more guitars, synths, and even a piano were added. there were about five back-and-forths on this one, and the final result is a pretty little thing. max recorded from victoria, and i recorded from vancouver. truly a long distance affair. hope you like.

created april, 2006
here's another installment in the trade winds project. this time, three participants. max floatation, his brother lars, and myself. this time again, it started with a great guitar lick that max laid down (heard in the intro). lars then jumped in with a FANTASTIC beat. a few synth layers, an ebow guitar layer, a rolling bass, and even a vocoder round out the rest of this track. take a listen... it sounds really cool.

created january, 2007
this track started out with nothing more than a beat for a seed track from max. and a nice beat, at that. from there, all hell broke loose. you'll hear a wide array of electric guitars, synths, blips, blops, and samples in this one. we had four (4) participants in on this one: max, his brother lars, myself, and the newest member of the trade winds project, emoil (mayor of boomcity). check out his town site here. the result of this collaboration is, i think, the best example of how to assemble songs over the net. great diversity of ideas and instruments, and an interesting and enjoyable final product. take a wisten...

created march, 2007
after nearly a year without a new 'tradewinds' track, i'm pleased to announce that the project is back on the wagon with another offering. max floatation and i have been noodling with this one for the last few months, and we finally feel like we have the mix about the way we like it. it's the same old story with these things... how much tinkering can you put into it before you say "ok, that's enough. let's stop there?"

please have a listen. all in all, we're both excited about the track, and would love to know if you like it.

keep making music.

created February, 2008
here's a new tradewinds track created by max floatation, chez jonesy, and new tradewinds artist, 'the time being'. this track started with a solid drum track, and built up from there into a really interesting piece of music. i'm always amazed at how the process works, and at the side-winder like path a track takes along it's way to completion. the wide range of instruments makes this final product especially intersting to me.

make more music.

created July, 2008
wow. no excuses. long time since the last release of a tradewinds track. as our lives all get busier, it gets trickier and trickier to set aside time for these little, experimental projects. but wow.... they are fun to make. this latest track is a collaboration between max floatation and myself, first started nearly a year ago. i love the vocals on this track - you just have to listen to see what i mean. we're pretty happy with the final version of this track, especially considering that it bounced back and forth through cyberspace a total of six times during its making.

we hope that you enjoy.

created January, 2010