Drum roll please! Here’s the round-up of the brilliant finalists from the Dimension Sounds 2014 producer project, which we ran in conjunction with Dimensions Festival in the lead up to the festival in Pula, Croatia.
The brief had an extra twist this year. It invited producers and artists to create an original and unique contribution to the project, by incorporating some of the sounds submitted from around the world in Phase I #LocalAudio, whilst ensuring the track stayed centred within the context represented by Dimensions Festival.
The panel of judges across both CDR and Dimensions Festival were blown away by the sheer quality of the tracks submitted across the board. Many, many, hours of deliberation was then spent trying to work the finalists down to 14 tracks. This proved impossible.
A huge thanks goes out to all those who participated in both Phase I and Phase II of the project. Those blood, sweat and tears could clearly be seen with all your efforts put in. We very much look forward to your involvement again next year.
Here are the 15 final tracks (in alphabetical order)…
Ben Houghton – Maiden Voyage
Melbourne-based Ben Houghton’s deep and dark house is a journey through unknown places, late night weirdness guaranteed.
D’Vo – Darkest Hour
Representing London, D’vo brings tribal grooves, heavy bass and loose percussion based around a key looped sample from the LocalAudio sample pack.
daFunk – Kingsland Road
Austrian daFunk’s deep house cleverly weaves together samples from around the world using Ableton and Maschine as his main tools.
encym – Concrète
Londoner Encym micro chopped over 20 samples from the pack to create an evolving soundscape.
FearOfTheRave – A Box That Contains Only Hurricanes
Dark and melodic with natural, rhythmic drum patterns, this track sounds great with a sunset.
Ishfaq – Two Dimes Two
Ishfaqs morphing bass line grooves along with percussive samples and Serbian vocals in this experimental entry, put together with Cubase and Maschine.
Jay Cee – Tunnel
Dimensions’ various musical genres inspired Jay Cee to produce this industrial sound, mixing LocalAudio sounds with 808 samples.
Jonny Faith – Revolve
Importing percussive LocalAudio samples into NI Battery, Jonny Faith created these drum patterns and layered vocal samples on top, before adding synths and keys.
Michasto – Lost, But Not In Vain
Prague’s Michasto integrated the jazzy sounds of a man playing sax in London to a tune he was working on at the time, and found they worked together perfectly.
Murder He Wrote – Drifting
With a definite nod to the dance floor, this track manipulates a dozen of the LocalAudio samples to great effect, creating an uplifting vibe.
_Mylan – Hагледао
With the intention of fusing a Balkan melody with techno, Mylan was inspired by Vladimir Radinovic’s LocalAudio recording to create this haunting piece of music
Prismic – Undubbed
Prismic’s atmospheric deep house unanimously impressed judges across the board and saw his track nab top finalist for Dimension Sounds 2014.
Rukaiya Russell – They Come Out At Night
As the tracks name suggests, Rukaiya Russell was inspired by creatures of the night for this funky number. Night time samples give way to Rhodes chords breaking through into morning.
Serotone Music – Escape From Reality
Atmospheric and funky, Serotone Music played live guitar and programmed and chopped samples in Logic to create this uplifting beat.
Wilf Mason – Rare Light
Loose and live sounding, Wilf Mason used Logic to create a shuffling, bass lead track with heavy vibes
Thanks once again to those involved in this year’s project for all the efforts and fantastic music creations.
Words by: Mark Stangroom