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Onitod – Submersible Dance Machine [ Album: The Future of Music ]

Submersible Dance Machine, is a pop/rock/electro track, that combines elements of EDM, pop, Jazz, Rock, and Alternative.

This was the first album I published under the name Onitod. Even though I had written a lot of the music over a 10 year period of time, I really did not publish any of it till starting in 2007/2008. I had been writing music well enough to publish since 1997/1998, but the timing never fell into place, it never came together, till 2007 when things started moving, and then I started publishing in 2008. So most of the music was just sitting on a hard drive, or on a tape, or in a corner, on a cd, and not being used or listened to, it was just collecting, and nothing was happening. Then in 2007, I got Logic Pro, and it made sense to me. I had protools, but nothing came out better than it went in, and the tools did not work well. I switched to Motu digital performer, but that was worse, it was over complicated. When I got to Logic Pro, all of a sudden things made sense, and I started getting high quality output. It was the first time, I ever recorded something, and the playback was better than what I recorded. I was amazed, and on the mac, my productivity exploded. The first couple of songs I wrote, were not meant to be turned into songs, I just wrote them to learn how to use the software, to see what the software could do. Those practice songs became the entire album: The Future of Music. It was written and recorded in a little over one week. It was the first time, I sequenced on something different than my trusty roland mc50mk2.

Onitod – Loving [ Album: Spiritual Fruit ]

Loving is a track that is driven by an SH-101 lead, wrapped with EMU Audity 2000 drums, TR-909 drums, as well as a Kawai K11, Juno 106, and EMU Ultraproteus. This bold piece stirs up all the components of emotion to deliver a tasteful depiction electronic EDM piece.

Loving is a wonderful trait, that has no end to its inherent value. Love grows so many traits, and the things that come from it are priceless. Love has the ability to pull courage, boldness, strength, peace, calmness, and forgiveness, sometimes all at once.

This track, uses a sh101 as a lead, and then is accompanied by an emu audity 2000, a roland juno 106, and emu ultraproteus, a roland mks80, a roland tr909, and various other analog synths

Onitod – The Rain Will Come and Go [ Album: Looking for the Sunshine ]

The Rain Will Come and Go, is a driving electronic track, heavy on the EDM. It uses a variety of vintage sounds to sooth and satisfy the soul. This pieces is more AB oriented, and switches back between its two themes, revolving certain parts The sounds are laced from sound sources such as the Roland TR-909, MKS-50, MKS-80, Juno-106, Juno-6, Juno-2, JV-880, Kawai K11, and many others.

This title is about understanding, that no matter who you are, poor or rich, no matter wealth, skin color, where you live in the world, how tall or short, or skinny overweight, no matter what, every one in the world goes through and has to deal with problems. Problems, challenges, and struggles are a part of human life, but we can choose how to handle and deal with those issues. We can choose to overcome them, or be overwhelmed by them.

I choose the title, because many difficulties are temporary. We may think that they last for a long time, but they are here, and then gone tomorrow. Many difficulties are not worth the time and emotion that we give them, they are not worth the effort or attention that we set aside for them. May you remember as you  go through life, no matter what you are facing, depression, sadness, hopelessness, despair, anxiety, worry, fear, panic, hesitation, self-confidence, or self-esteem, discouragement, anger, frustration, those only last so long, and then they are gone. So remember that you are free to find the positive, free to enjoy your life, free to seek better outcomes, free to seek protection and guidance from God. Just like the rain, troubles come and go.

This album is about waiting for the lull to be over. Waiting for the sun to come out again. Waiting for the break is life, for things to be less busy. For things to be more calm. Though, when that time comes, enjoy the quiet, enjoy the calm, for things get busy sooner or later.

Onitod – Good [ Album: Spiritual Fruit ]

Good, is a laid back, strong force powerful electronic piece. It is a slow-moving, yet incredibly vivid chords and leads thrive. This track features the Roland TR-909, JD-800, MKS-80, Kawai K11, MKS-50, Juno-106, Korg AX30G, Soundcraft LX7, Tascam DA-88. This song was mastered on Logic Pro. With elements of trip-hop, EDM, and other influences, it rocks away, in an industrial hypnosis.

Good was a song that I really loved producing. The rich sounds, and epic pads, and staunch leads, just give the composition such character. I wanted to convey that Good is a strong and excellent quality to have in your life. Good demands that you act with integrity and honesty in your life, and that you try to pursue what is noble and right. While thinking of Spiritual Fruit, I realized that I wanted to setup what a good role-model would be like, and the Bible does this, by giving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which it refers to as Spiritual Fruit. The qualities that one comes to bear, when they have been walking a spiritual life, one that follows Jesus, and abides in the vine.

This is one of the classic songs I composed with my core equipment, using the roland tr909, juno106, mks80, mks50, and kawai k11, along with a korg ax30g, mixed down on a soundcraft lx7, and tracked on a tascam da88, sequenced with a roland mks50mk2, and a jd800. I wanted to write an album with talked about spiritual fruit. Onitod was my vechicle that I used to remember God by. I find my hope and inspiration spread across the work that God did through me, and this work, allowed me to remember Him, and to learn to turn to Him. I was able to associate the songs, with actions and memories, and then I was able to recall those, and as I listened to these songs in the car, or on commutes, or while drifting off to sleep, I was reminded of God’s presence in my liife, and how He carried me, and has grow me shaped me and molded me over my years. My this song and this album be an inspiration to you, as you hear it, and listen to it.

Onitod – Relentless [ Album: Looking for the Sunshine ]

Relentless is fueled by a driving pumping Juno-6, that is pulsating with perseverance. Combing a number of vintage synth sounds in an EDM style, this track keeps moving along. Featuring Roland TR-909, K11, MC-303, KS4, MKS-50, Emu UltraProteus, JV-880, JD-800, JD-990, U-110, Sh-101, Juno-106, and other classics. At 2:34 the style changes, and the song is revived, with a driving second rhythm.

Relentless, is a theme for looking past all your current troubles, and seeing new possibility on the horizon. It is focused on what is next, and striving to attain, and move to that which is next, when the now is filled with depression and frustration.

Things can be different, for those who choose to see another ray of light, there will be another ray of light to find. Awakening to realization of other choices, and other opportunities is the initial step to this new way, this new light. For those who believe in better outcomes, believe relentlessly with a sort of obsession, that a brighter, better future is possible, and then you will see things come together, that will bring about that, which you have been seeking.

This album focused on the struggles with depression, and was aimed to be a hope, to those who are struggling through. The title equates to looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, or the notion that some who are depressed feel less so when they see the sunshine, so they look for the sunshine.

Onitod – Snowflake Angel [ Album: Analog Movements ]

Snowflake Angel is a full-bodied composition, featuring, rich thick and fat pad sounds, which treat your ears to luscious textures. Featuring a Roland Sh-101, MKS-30, MKS-50, Juno-106, JX-3P, TR-909, Korg, Novation, N1R, KS4, Emu Proteus, Roland JV-880, JD-990, JD-800, MKS-80, Kawai K11.

Looking for the refreshing full featured compositions, that take your ears on a journey, and your soul to another dimension, this is the kind of audience this song was written for. Pondering, or contemplating a life decision, this track has a way of cutting through the grime of indecision, and cloudiness, and bringing forth clarity, and finalization to thoughts, ideas, creativity, and production of transmutation of thoughts and ideas.

This album was created around 1999-2001. Focuses heavily on analog keyboards. The sequences were done on a Roland MC50Mk2, and then tracked into 3 Tascam Da88 Multitrack recorders, and then mixed down on a 24 channel Soundcraft LX7, and then mastered between minidisc, and Soundforge. The primary gear was Roland Juno106, Juno1, Juno2, jx3p, mks50, mks10, mks30, mks80, mks70, tr909, tr707, tr626, mc303, sh101, Korg, Novation, Emu, and Kawai.

Onitod – Beg To Differ [ Album: The Future of Music ]

Beg to Differ, was the first song that I recorded, produced, and mastered purely in Logic Pro. Featuring the driving vintage forces of sound from the Roland TR-909, JD-800, JD-990, MKS-80, Juno-106, Juno-1, Juno-2, and some other favorites.

Beg to Differ, was part of my spiritual journey. It was the part of the journey, when I had not realized it was in fact a journey, and a spiritual one. In this time, I had found a discontentment, which had built up over the last 10 years, about running into blockades with writing. What some commonly call, writers block. I was determined, that I needed to overcome this problem that I had to deal with, and started to very much desire a new way of dealing with song writing.

This track was first recorded in MOTU Digital Performer. Using a SoundCraft LX7, and an Art TubeFile8, I found that I was not getting the sound in the computer, to match the sound from the LX7 directly, and after many failed attempts to get things working, I switched from MOTU Digital Performer, to Logic Pro.

That was the last time I used MOTU Digital Performer. Once I started with Logic Pro, I had found my victory. Immediately I was able to reproduce the sounds from my LX7, into Logic, with great transparency. Then I was also able to fix the track, and arrange it, for the first time in my career, to my exact liking. This became my first hit, using Logic, with performance and flexibility to boot, I started writing many many songs, and this one was the beginning of it all.

When you face a trial in life, it is best to know, that all trials can be overcome. Many ways to overcome, do not come, by traditional methods, but they do come by diligence and perseverance. Hang on, hold on, and expect a better outcome, and surely, you will seek it and find it.

The future of music, for me, was that I stopped throwing away and walking away from sequences, that I had made. It was the first album I did in Logic Pro, and it was the frist set of songs, where I started thinking of how to solve the musical problems, rather than walk away from them.

Onitod – Grateful [ Album: Spiritual Fruit ]

Grateful is a powerful combination of sounds. From strong leads, to powerful driving drums and melody. The track is filled with vintage gear, featuring Roland TR-909, TR-707, MKS-80, MKS-70, MKS-50, Juno-2, Juno-106, JD-800, JD-990, Kawai K11, Emu Proteus.

Amid the driving forces, there is a level of awareness of the themes direction, and reoccurring melodies, which come to remind us of the ways in that which we are grateful.

Gratefulness, is a doorway to happiness, and growth. Gratefulness says to the brain, look at all these great things, and it shows our brain, that we are attracted to the good things of this world. Health and wellness, are in many parts, the convergence of well, and healthy ideas, that cause us to pursue great amounts of those things, which produce in us wellness and healthiness. This production of goodness, wellness and healthiness, contribute to a great degree in the amount of well-being that we receive. To put it simply, we are the products of our minds. When we focus on gratefulness, we head in the direction of peace, wellness, and healthy living, and on to joyfulness and happiness.

Here is a video about a bridge, near Mount Scott in Oklahoma. There is a lake to go swimming in there, and an events house. Its a nice place to visit. The bridge is fun to walk, there are many kinds of materials around that were used to construct this place. Its a peaceful place to walk around.

Onitod – Settling Thoughts [ Album: Looking for the Sunshine ]

Settling Thoughts, embraces a chill track in an easy to listen electronic arrangement. Complete with Emu Proteus, JV-880, TR-909, TR-707, JD-800, JD-990, MKS-50, Juno-106, Juno-2, Juno-1, TR-626.

Softly pulsating, in the background, let your mind be put to ease. The song slowly progresses, into stress and destress, overcoming the odds, with a steady and powerful groove, that unlock the mind, and allow the mind to settle, and change course. The sounds bring for plasticity of the mind, with winds of liquified change to come and heal you anew.

To change the tide, in your life, or decide on a new direction in life, settle your mind, and let the sounds sooth your soul. Lean into your inner thoughts, and let them fade away like pillows, pushing through the clarity of disorder, and see a new light, and a new opportunity, that enlightens your soul, and brings life to your mind and body. Let the groove gather your heart, and soul, and plunge into a bliss of stress-reduction, and you find your way, and align your thoughts.

Enjoy this video of driving down Mount Scott, in Oklahoma, looking out the window. Put your mind at ease, and let your thoughts settle, as you take a break in your busy day.

Onitod – Temperant [ Album: Spiritual Fruit ]

Temperant starts off with errie sounds, and driving string section, as it pick up speed, it picks up analog vintage snyths. Featuring the Roland TR-909, Emu Proteus, Roland JV-880, Roland JD-800, JD-990, U-110, Juno-106, Juno-2, Juno-1, MKS50, MKS100, MC-50MK2.

The song, climbs, and climbs building momentum, and finally reaching the end, and then resolving.

The word Temperant, means to be steady, to be calm. To be able to handle things, in a way which is not emotionally charged. To not be out of control, or hot-headed. Today, in many cultures we lack the ability to keep control of our own selves, and to have self-control, to be able to take a deep breath, and step back down. It is a lost art to be in control of oneself, with rush hour traffic, and speedy deadlines, life is much a busy whirlwind of activity, that many times does not afford us peace or the luxury to be able to slow down, and be in harmony, not only with our surroundings, but within our selves, in our inner selves.

This album was a series of older music that I did. Music that sat around for almost 10 years, before I brought it to cd. I like to think of myself as a later bloomer, or rather, sometimes it takes a while in life, to get to a place where you start growing.