Popular Music Demo Track (Before 2008) - From my rock bands, single tracks as a singer songwriter, and animated film and game music

This is a demo track that I made with my old popular songs and music, which I wrote before beginning my classical music study in 2008. These include my solo single album songs, songs that I wrote for my band, CARTESS (1998-2000) and Nonself Formula (2000-2002), and film and game music that were made either for specific projects or freely composed. All songs are written by Dongryul Lee, all rights reserved.

Used software/hardware
Roland Tr-rack, Roland SoundCanvas 88-pro, Cubase, Nuendo, Shure SM58 mic, Giga-piano, BOSS multi-distortion pedals, Kontakt, Reason, multiple virtual instrument/MIDI VSTis

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Before my formal musical training in the US, I wrote music with the computer (DAWs and sequencers) at my home studio. These demo tracks are the swan songs of my popular music period, which are inspired by pop and visual arts, especially works by Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jean Dubuffet. In 2008, I made a series of pop-art/electronica/the Prodigy-inspired techno/big beat stereo fixed media tunes (or you can simply call these “tracks”), which I called "Art-Pop," and here I upload some of those.

I used Steinberg’s Cubase, Nuendo, and various VSTi plug-ins including Kontakt with commercial loop samples for these tracks.

HAL 9000 (2008), 2 channel fixed media
Sound samples from the AI spacecraft machine, HAL 9000, from Stanley Kubrick's film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Savage Protocol (2008), 2 channel fixed media
The sample voices are from Spike Lee’s film, Do the right thing (1989), and the main theme is from Shostakovich 5.

Semaphore Talking (2008), 2 channel fixed media
Sound samples from Ligeti’s Artikulation (1958)

Semaphore Talking 2, “Anti-pig Movement” (2008), 2 channel fixed media
Sound samples from Ligeti’s Artikulation (1958)
Image credit: Spirited Away

Now I see some inferior parts to be edited or revised (e.g., the middle atonal piano solo section), but more like the crude vitality and rawness of the piece, so decided to upload it here. This track was largely improvised on the keyboard, and took about three days for me to complete.

DPRK (2008), 2 channel fixed media

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