Thursday, December 4, 2014

Advent Day 3: LISTEN - Dishes - New Instrumental Pulp Cover

Hello again!

The new track you can hear for day 3 of the niallspence.com advent calendar is this cover of Dishes by Pulp which I put together. You can stream or download the mp3 of this track totally free using the link below.

Dishes (Instrumental Pulp Cover)

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The logic behind creating this track was down to me wanting to try out a few new synths which had recently been installed on my computer. As it turned out these synth sounds were then used to create the track Open Up Your Eyes from the instrumentals I shared back in 2012.

Over the coming month niallspence.com is going to feature a host of new content which will be shared in an advent calendar style. If you would like to hear more simply checkout my website, twitter or facebook page for a new update daily.

Thanks for listening!

Advent Day 2: LISTEN - New Instrumental Outtake.

Hello again!

For day 2 of my advent calendar I have decided to share another track which has been floating around on PC for a while now. You can stream or download the mp3 of this track totally free using the link below.

FSISH (Instrumental Outtake)

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For this track I was trying to incorporate an early Verve guitar sound with a Fischerspooner synth type backing track. If my memory serves me correctly this was a track which began life on my 4-track recorder although this is a slightly newer version.

Over the coming month niallspence.com is going to feature a host of new content which I will be sharing in an advent calendar style. So either check my website, twitter or facebook for a new update daily.

Thanks for listening!

Monday, December 1, 2014

LISTEN - ADVENT 2014: Day 1 - New WIP Track: Say What You Mean

Hi there.

In 2013 whan I put together an advent countdown it was mainly based upon reposting stuff from earlier in that year, so people could maybe catchup with music and mashups I'd posted earlier in the year. However, for 2014 it is going to involve a bit more new material, and to start us off here's a never before shared track from the depths of my PC's hard drive...

Say What You Mean (Instrumental WIP)

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This track is based upon a riff which I originally recorded it on my old 4 track tape recorder - so the idea for this track had been hanging around for a while. I was never quite sure whether this track was strong enough to stand up on its' own merit but there are bits of it which are cool so they could always be incorporated into future tracks.

I will be sharing a few more tracks over the next couple of weeks and if you would like to be the first to hear them check out my facebook page.

Thanks for listening!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LISTEN: 2014 Work In Progress Tracks.

Alright! Going to share a few work in progress tracks with you. Basically I'm updating my studio and this means that some of my older music files will be of no use to me anymore. So I'm going to mix them down, post them, and I might even rerecord them at some point in the future...

You're So Special

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The original idea for this was that it would be a piano based track before I decided to record some overdrive guitars over the top of it - I'll maybe rerecord this one in future minus the guitars.

Fastest Song

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Not sure I'll rerecord this one in future as I'm not sure the guitars are really varied enough to carry a whole song - but overall it kind of has the sound I'm aiming for (also I'm pretty sure the riff was unconsciously borrowed from a Cure song).

I'll be posting some more bits of music over the next month and if you want to be the first to hear about any new material you can always hit like on my facebook page or follow on twitter.

Thanks for listening :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

LISTEN: Dr. Dre ft. Eminem vs Mansun - Forgot About Six - New Mashup.

Hi everyone! Here's a second brand new mashup this week from me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBT43kdE4uU

Dr Dre ft Eminem vs Mansun - Forgot About Six.

This mashup was created using the acapella version of 'Forgot About Dre' by Dr Dre and featuring Eminem, and the instrumental demo version of 'Six' by Mansun.

I'd like to say thanks to the Mansun fan that hooked me up with this demo, thus making this mashup possible. A part of me thinks he might possibly regret doing it now though haha! :)

If you like this you may want to hear some of my other mashups which can be found  here. And to be the first to hear about my new mashups and music, you can follow me on Twitter (@NiallSpence) or hit like on my facebook page: facebook.com/niallspence.

Thanks for listening!

Niall
@NiallSpence

Thursday, November 6, 2014

LISTEN: Outkast vs Paramore - Bombs Over Business - New Mashup

Hi everyone! Time for a new mashup from me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1vYQeacOzU

Outkast vs Paramore - Bombs Over Business.

This mashup was created using the acapella version of 'B.O.B.' (or 'Bombs Over Baghdad') by Outkast and the instrumental version of 'Misery Business' by Paramore.

This idea was floating around on my computer for sometime and recently I kind of felt that I had improved my mashup making skills enough to do this mashup justice. Anyway, have a listen and see what you think.

If you would like to hear my other mashup efforts simply click here. And to be the first to hear about my new mashups and music, you can follow me on Twitter (@NiallSpence) or hit like on my facebook page: facebook.com/niallspence.

Thanks for listening!

Niall
@NiallSpence

Monday, October 13, 2014

INFO: Mashups Copyright Basics

Often I see people posting questions regarding copyright issues on forums such as acapellas4u, and while being no expert in these matters I can at least share my own experiences and knowledge of copyright issues affecting mashups. Please be aware though that this is not legal advice and I have no legal qualifications, what is written below is how I currently understand various copyright issues and this may be wrong so be sure to look into these matters yourself if they do affect you.

1. Is downloading an acapella or instrumental legal?
Downloading an acapella, instrumental, or original version of a track for free is almost certainly going to be in breach of an artist/label/publisher's copyright. However the likelihood of you being prosecuted for such activity is currently very low and I suspect pretty close to zero. As I understand it actually sharing/uploading the files is far more likely to get you in  legal trouble than downloading them will.

2. I bought a track off Beatport / iTunes (or any other store). Does this mean I can sell copies of a mashup or remix I made of the track?
In most circumstances no. Buying a copy of a track for your own use from a service such as iTunes does not give you the right to distribute the track yourself to other people. If you wanted to sell copies of a mashup or a remix of someone else's track that you made, then you would first have to get permission from the copyright holder of the music you were using and then pay them the necessary amount to be able to use their track. However remixes of tracks purchased through Beatport can themselves be sold on the Beatport website, check beatport.com for more details.

3. Can I post a mashup or remix on YouTube?
Yes you can. YouTube automatically scans uploaded videos for copyrighted material. If YouTube decides that a video contains copyrighted material then any royalties that video generates will be paid to the copyright holder of the copyrighted material that is used. YouTube may block your video in certain countries as rules regarding copyright in certain countries are stricter than in others. YouTube may also block videos containing copyrighted material on mobile devices and other platforms which do not generate advertising income. And sometimes YouTube will simply completely block your video if it contains copyrighted material.

4. Can I share a mashup or remix on other internet sites?
It depends. Some sites currently don't scan for copyrighted material (eg dropbox) and some do (eg daily motion). Whether a site which scans for copyrighted material blocks your mashup or remix will vary from site to site. A site which doesn't scan for copyrighted material will obviously allow you to share a mashup or remix but beware that you will probably be in breach of copyright if you share a mashup or remix this way.

5. Can I host a mashup or remix on my own website?
Doing this would most likely infringe upon the artist or label's copyright and could get you in trouble. I have seen people mention producers being sued or fined for hosting mashups on their own site and as such I personally don't host any mashup downloads on my blog. Many other people of course do host mashup and remix downloads (eg mp3 files) on their own sites without incident.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

LISTEN: Beastie Boys vs Andrew W.K. - Body Movin' Party - Mashup by Niall Spence

Hi everyone! Time for a new mashup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSx7OmZKAd4

Beastie Boys vs Andrew W.K. - Body Movin' Party

Any dedicated mashup fans out there may have noticed that my last mashup also featured 'Long Live The Party' by Andrew W.K. This time though I've mixed it with another Beastie Boys track as the quality of the acapella used in the first mashup wasn't great.

This mashup was created using the acapella version of 'Body Movin' by the Beastie Boys and an instrumental version of 'Long Live The Party' by Andrew W.K.

Thanks to dickalan at AndrewWKmusic.net for sharing the original instrumental Andrew W.K. track with the world.

If you would like to hear my other mashups simply click here. And to be the first to hear about my new mashups and music, you can follow me on Twitter (@NiallSpence) or hit like on my facebook page: facebook.com/niallspence.

Thanks for listening and party hard!

Niall
@NiallSpence

Saturday, September 27, 2014

LISTEN - Long Live Paul Revere - Beastie Boys vs Andrew W.K. - New Mashup

Hi everyone! Here's a remake of a mashup I made earlier this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq1BKyPNvmk

Beastie Boys vs Andrew W.K. - Long Live Paul Revere

This mashup was created using an unofficial acapella version of 'Paul Revere' by the Beastie Boys and an instrumental version of 'Long Live The Party' by Andrew W.K.

The version of this mashup posted earlier this year featured a different instrumental, but as a better quality instrumental version of Long Live The Party by Andrew W.K. has now surfaced I thought updating this mashup would be a good idea.

Tragically though after 25 years the official Paul Revere acapella is still yet to be released, so until then the DIY acapella will have to do. Maybe Rick Rubin will dig it out soon? A new mashup of this instrumental with a better acapella can be heard here.

If you would like to hear my other mashups simply click here. And to be the first to hear about my new mashups and music, you can follow me on Twitter (@NiallSpence) or hit like on my facebook page: facebook.com/niallspence.

Thanks for listening and party hard!

Niall
@NiallSpence

Friday, September 19, 2014

Still Going Strong.

Thought posting something might be a good idea, let people know I'm still active!

No new music to share as yet but over the next few weeks and months my plan is to record and share some new music and also add some polish to some of my previously shared tracks.

My mashups are currently on the back-burner but there are a couple that I might finish off and share inbetween any new music that I post. Any mashups that I do create will be shared both here on my website and also over on my YouTube account, where if you subscribe you will be the first to hear any new mashups or music that I share with the world.

So in the absence of anything to new to listen to from me, here is a YouTube playlist featuring some of the tracks I've been listening to this month....


Here's the link in case the embedded video above doesn't load.

Thanks for reading/listening :)

Niall
@NiallSpence