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I Added Music to the Site - the Opponent Process

Updated: Feb 1, 2021



During the 2000s, I dove deep into making electronic music. My artist name was "the Opponent Process" for reasons that I won't get into here. It was by necessity sample-based, because I don't play an instrument. If I had to give it a genre, I'd say illbient, in that it was breakbeat-y, dark, and generally down tempo. Not quite melodic enough to be trip hop, although it wandered over there a fair bit. Also with some dark ambient thrown in. All of it produced exclusively using Soundforge, Acid, and to a lesser extent, Fruity Loops.


Wix allows you to add streaming players for individual songs (and maybe playlists? I will check that out), and so I have added a couple to this website's gutter. Currently up, "What Was Once," a short Bartok and Penderecki remix, and "This Silent George," a joint remix of two tracks by two different artists I knew at the time, Danny K and CRELM.


I think I will put a few more down there, because I can.


***Edit: I just did, two film-based tracks: "Where's the Boy?" (using samples from the film, "Angel Heart") and "Joyriding with Frank" (ditto from "Blue Velvet").


***Further Edit: I decided to make a Music Page. There are currently 14 tracks on there. All of them are available for use under a Creative Commons CCBY license, aka Attribution license. They are free to redistribute in part or whole, remixed or unaltered. The only requirement is attribution; please credit me as Justus Hayes. At the moment, the tracks are streaming only, but I will figure out a way to make them downloadable.

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Justus Hayes
Justus Hayes
Jan 25, 2021

Gotta fly - off to the hospital for Rowan's dental consult. Busy, busy. Later!

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Justus Hayes
Justus Hayes
Jan 25, 2021

Ha!


Illbient is a tricky one. An often referred to exemplar is DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing." I think it's a little more trip hop, though.


Don't be too impressed by the Bartok and Penderecki references. The only reason I knew about them at the time was the soundtrack of the Shining.

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As you know, I am an educator and part of my training is to live what I teach. Often, I tell my student to be curious and to seek their own answers. The act of searching for knowledge is an excellent way to maintain the plasticity of the brain matter. As I daily seek my purpose in life, I need all the connectivity I can manage. Officially know as Neuroplasticity, I remind myself that if I don't use it, I lose it.

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