Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Little Piece About Death (A Rockoween Love Story)

A Little Piece About Death

I originally had no intention of producing a Halloween mashup this year... But yet, here's one now.

I often drive my son to school on my way to work in the morning if he's ready to leave when I am. And I often let him play his tunes from his iPod on the way to his school. After all, it's a good way to hear what he's listening to, and to hear what teenagers like to listen to these days.

It was the 2nd week into October, and my son was listening to tunes from the Sixx:A.M. album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack (he read the book this past summer). It had some songs with good instrumentals and guitar work, but in some of those songs, instead of singing in between, it was quiet instrumentals with monologue-style speaking. There was another long song that my son played, which I originally thought was part of the Sixx:A.M. album, but turned out to be by Avenged Sevenfold. It had some interesting change-ups and time changes, but had singing throughout with pretty much no instrumental break from the singing.

After listening to these songs almost every weekday morning for 1-1/2 weeks, it suddenly hit me that some of these songs need to be merged together into a Halloween style mashup, with a touch of Oingo Boingo for good measure. And using the magical mashup technologies available to producers today, the Sixx:A.M. guitar riffs could now be accompanied by singing, and the Avenged Sevenfold song could now be accompanied by some instrumental breaks... in the same song.

By the time I realized this, there was only 2 weeks until Halloween... I had a lot of work ahead in order to pull this off in time for Halloween, but the ideas had obviously already been stewing and it was just a matter of getting those ideas working for me.

A Little Piece About Death (A Rockoween Love Story)
Avenged Sevenfold - A Little Piece of Heaven
Sixx:A.M. - Life After Death
Sixx:A.M. - Intermission
Oingo Boingo - No One Lives Forever
Excerpts from Darwin Chamber's 3D Halloween Sound FX 2006 album
8:21 / 192 kbps / 11.7 MB

Download the MP3 file here.

Warning: Language advisory.


Anonymous said...

Awesome! And this time I'll put the Word Verification in so I don't lose everything I type!

Konrad Useo said...

Can't praise you enough for this track.I genuinely feel it's one of the best boots I've heard lately.