• Free Artist Sample Pack

    August 10, 2014

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    In celebration of lostodyssey’s new release, Morning Beast Records has compiled a 100% original and royalty-free drum kit sample pack. The Morning Beast Sample Pack features a collection of original one hits from the artists granola, Gloom, and lostodyssey. It features over 50 samples; a variety of beeps and boops, drum hits, melodic notes, and other abstract percussion. The individual sounds can be used, altered, manipulated, and triggered as seen fit by the user. Morning Beast wants to share there love of crisp organic sounds with other like minded producers, beginners or pros. We are always looking for new producers to join our family, so if you make something awesome with our sounds please let us know! We’re just a bunch of music nerds trying to create some community with like-minded folk.

    Thanks!

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    lostodyssey Q and A

    July 13, 2014

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    What inspires your music?

    “Sometimes my songs are inspired by important people or events in my life and sometimes I build songs from random things I hear or experience throughout the day. I don’t think anything I experience is too great or too insignificant to be turned into music.”

    When did you start making music?

    “I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t making music on some level. I remember setting up pots and pans in my room and banging on them along to old Prince records with my dad’s drumsticks when I was just a few years old. I got a hand-me-down cassette deck around that time and spent countless hours recording “original” which consisted of me wailing familiar melodies at the top of my lungs. I’m pretty sure my parents still have those tapes. I got my first $50 RadioShack electric piano when I was 11 and I’ve been playing ever since. “

     Artists who inspire you, and why?

    “Hundreds of musicians inspire me at any given time but artists like Flying Lotus, Boards of Canada, J Dilla and Nujabes will always have a special place in my heart. I was in love with beat music before I even knew what it was or what it was called so stumbling across these artists in my high school years was a huge revelation for me; it was the first stepping stone that lead me to where I am now.”

     What do you use to make music, and what is the process like?

    “Anything I can get my hands on. Anything I can tap on, pluck, strum, bang, click or manipulate in any way to make a cool sound I’ll use. Most of my songs are comprised of sounds I made just walking around my house. I usually start with a singular melody or drum beat or something that has caught my interest and I’ll build from there. Nine times out of ten I utilize my own home recordings or some other DIY method to get the results I want. I personally enjoy taking a minimalist approach to making music; partly out of ideology and partly because I’m usually broke. It forces me to be creative in situations where I don’t really have any other option.”

    What sort of plan or vision do you have for your music in the future?

    “I don’t really have any plans other than to start playing more shows and meeting more people. I spent the first few years of this project making music alone in room so sharing my sounds with other people and putting myself out there to share what I’ve learned and learn new things is an essential part of my process now. Also, a sitar. I really want a sitar.”

    Check out lostodyssey’s new release, ‘Early Rise’.

    Thanks Everyone!

    May 21, 2014

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    50% of the proceeds from the first Morning Beast compilation were donated and the album is still selling copies. Every 6 months we will continue to donate what generated after the fact. Thanks again to all the artists and folks who took the time to support what we’re all doing. Stay tuned for more…

    granola – Trails Out Now!

    October 23, 2013

    Granola – Trails

    October 20, 2013

    Granola – Trails

    Coming Oct 23rd

    Preview the opening track

    Q and A with Granola

    What inspires your music?

    Working and living in the backcountry forests of the Pacific Northwest and friends. I feel like I’m trying to capture a certain feeling that exists around me whenever I write music.. Like when your friend lives in a certain house for some amount of time and the gatherings and friends and things that occur there become somewhat of a mini ‘era’. I have a really hard time working on a song more than once, and I think this is the reason behind it. Usually whatever I was experiencing when I started the track has passed.

    When did you start making music?

    I started writing and djing psytrance around 2003, but haven’t seriously been involved in anything until 2010 when I moved to Olympia and started writing more cathartic tunes, rather than trying to blow people’s brain out with abstract noises..

     Artists who inspire you, and why?

    All the old Warp artists. I grew up on them. Plaid, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher etc..lots of random ambient and indie rock type stuff. I collect a lot of music. Anything that feels like it had some real time spent on it, I love detail and when it seems that the artist is uncompromising. I think lately my favorite artist is Maps and Diagrams.

     What do you use to make music, and what is the process like?

    Ableton Live, and lots of random synths and toys. I feel like I’m in a rut musically right now, so after this EP is done I am going to change everything. Right now the process is, write a beat, plug some shit in, unplug shit, write some melodies and chord progressions, reverse half of it, add distortion etc. It usually happens in one sitting and feel frantic when I’m really into it.. like it’s constantly slipping away. I’d like to be more intentional. If anyone really cares you can just message me and ask.

    What sort of plans or visions do you have for your music in the future?

    More distortion, more ambient, more intention. I really want to become involved with indie game development.. so please contact me, especially people working on abstract games.

    Favorite activity outside of music?

    I’m addicted to the forest, and my friends.

    Happy to announce the release of our compilation through our Bandcamp!

    Music Is Our Tool

    May 31, 2013

    We have entered an age where things are moving quickly. Our demands and life-styles have changed immensely. Some of us have forgotten our ties to the planet and strive for personal gain without thought for the consequences.

    In a world controlled by the power of money, it’s hard to make a difference. What can we do to raise awareness in this world? What is our weapon? No, not weapon. Weapons lead to more destruction and misery the question is what is our tool?

    Here at Morning Beast, music is the tool we use to fix what is broken. That’s why we have started a compilation series dedicated to this repair. Artists from around the world are raising awareness and trying to make a difference.

    Right now, biotech giant Monsanto is ruining our food and our planet. Their genetically-modified products cause countless health problems. Our organic crops suffer, our soil suffers, our insects suffer, our animals suffer, and our plannet suffers. The Morning Beast Compilation 001 will be donating 50% of its proceeds to stop these giants.

    The Beast has awoken.

    If you want to help us spread the word, submit music or whatever you’ve got to: morningbeast@gmail.com