BASS TASTER PACK

August 30th, 2011

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 Bass Taster The reception for Divergent Spectrum has been overwhelming and hope to see you on our Divergent Spectrum Tour – see all dates at HERE and make sure your crew is in attendance.

Speaking of spectrums, I thought it might be fun to compile a little taster pack of Bassnectar music from the vaults, especially useful for new listeners and visitors to this site. Spread the word and come out to see us as we traverse the country and bring the heaviness…

Tracklisting:

1. Enthusiasm Is Contagious
I was hanging out with one of my best friends (Craig) and had an idea for something I wanted to try in a song I was producing at the time called “Nostalgia Worship”. I had recorded another friend (Sage) playing guitar (the wailing high-pitched harmonic melody part) and was trying to retune it to fit the bassline in Nostalgia Worship. Craig and I were messing around recording our voices in my studio, and I had an idea that if he hummed the bassline, I would test out a melody in my head over-top and customize it melodically on the fly (keep in mind I cannot sing at all). Of course as I tried to come in at the high register we both split into laughter because Craig said it sounded like tinnitus (ringing in the ears)…we were just being goofballs. As you can see the melody ended up working out, and I mixed the two
together.

2. Bass Head
This one has become a bit of an anthem, fusing together 808 hip-hop loops and dubstep technology, but exploring it at a drum&bass tempo. The 80-90 bpm tempo range has been one of my sweet spots
for over a decade.

3. Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
Another tune needing very little introduction. This represents the softer side of melodic & hypnotic bass music.

4. Immigraniada (Bassnectar Remix) [radio edit]
Mashups have always been fun, not so much the traditional “ACDC mixed with 50 Cent” thing, but actually mashing up genres which traditionally do not have much to do with one another… in this case punk rock and bass music. The original song is a very visceral call-to- arms celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the world’s citizens, and the semi-preposterous notion of nations and borders and territory.

5. Cozza Frenzy (Mega Bass Mix)
This was another anthem, the lyrics are about bass bins; specifically the ceremony of gathering a large amount of people together in front of 20 double 18’s and blasting them into vapor space euphoria. It was fun to remix myself, getting to take a new approach on a song I had already completed; giving it new life.

6. Bomb The Blocks (Bassnectar 2007 Remix)
Recorded with Persia around the onset of the Iraq War, this song was a poem about the power of music & politics. Personally I am less interested in politics these days, and more interested in cultural evolution and humanistics: finding ways to enrich, empower, and inspire the lives of other human beings. This song was a remix of the original which I created as a bonus for the “Underground Communication” release.

7. Impossible & Overwhelming
After my overdose on psy-trance music in 1997, I started getting very interested in downtempo. I loved everything from avant-garde ambient music to abstract hip-hop and trip-hop. But I always wanted it to have heavy bass beats behind it. This is a song about overwhelming emotions, being submerged in a sensitivity to the weight of life, which is almost unbearable and so visceral, yet utterly precious also. It is philosophically influenced by the movie “American Beauty”.

8. Teleport Massive (Bassnectar Remix)
Zumbi (from Bay Area hip-hop act Zion I) has become an important member of the Bassnectar collective of artists. His voice runs rampant over many of my songs. This particular song always triggers imagery of daydreaming, and the immaculate universe of the
imagination.

9. Seek & Destroy (Bassnectar Remixxx)
Before I loved raves, I loved metal. And before I loved death metal, I loved pure, freakout music – primarily Metallica. The original song is so raw and ferocious, and SO old school, I was pretty stunned to hear how well it mixed with a proper crush-face bass line.

10. Nostalgia Worship
This is about memories, and specifically about my memories of childhood. I was producing the majority of this song using Reason, and one of my favorite things to do at the time was take old hip-hop beats, and smother them in a lattice of melody and lush synthesizers. I love how the melodies keep changing throughout.

11. Inspire The Empathic
Some food for thought (I am just as interested in thoughts as I am in music), this was a collection of thoughts and ideas I compiled along with the input of many friends like Andres Octavio, Scott Smith & Chris Sia. The general motive was to inspire people who feel a sense of empathy (even if your life is wonderful, still feeling a sense of compassion for those who are struggling, and a desire to help) about injustice in the world. Specifically it is about fairness in media, and the importance within a democracy for all citizens to be well informed, and active in the democratic process. The corporate elite control the
discourse and public opinion in the USA through carefully crafted campaigns of propaganda, and this was made easier by “deregulating media ownership rules” thus allowing a very few handful of corporations to control the vast majority of our news. The issue is still a hot topic today, as those same corporations constantly attempt to control the internet.

I hope you enjoy this music, I will put together another Taster pack in the future, but for now Bon Appetit!

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    • Matthew Evans

      Keep your trolling OFF the Bassnectar website!!!

  • robot bass

    i love this, so good to learn of the meanings behind the songs that tantalize me day in and out 🙂

    • robot bass

      PS NORTHCOAST IS ABOUT TO BE BANGINNNNNNN

  •   Yes! I wholeheartedly enjoy your writeups on tracks, and appreciate a window to the intentionality behind your music. Awesome compilation. I am most interested in your thoughts on immigraniada, bomb the blocks, and inspire the empathetic. Sounds like you have moved towards a progressive mode of thinking rather than stagnant focus of a frustrating and relatively futile system. I can hope that this is the trajectory via acclimation of knowledge and experience, as I am very much stuck in considering political and religious structures, particularly in China and the US.  My main concerns lie in social and cultural restraints placed on the individual.
      The internet is a great example and metaphor (microcosmically speaking) for the control the government holds over the people and their ACCESS TO INFORMATION. I am currently in China and am experiencing what may be next for the US in terms of internet and media censorship.  Although I have been able to use alternate IP addresses to access some blocked sites, this does not change the fact that most Chinese people are unable to access these sites (though, you may be happy to know, bassnectar.net is accessible…those fools!! 😉 ).  The news is mandated by the gov, furthering the mind control.  When I first asked if I could take a class in political science or religious studies here, I was told no, because the school would lose credibility and professors could lose their jobs. What is THAT all about?!?
      In terms of empowerment, I think the US has a better chance of an uprising against oppressive government, because we do not have thousands of years of Empire-based history as the basis for our country’s political system and people like you are fueling the free media movement. Fight the good fight!!
      Phew. Short novel. I don’t have anyone here to talk to about these things, save one professor who is still mildly reserved/nervous about having these kinds of conversations, so I figured I’d reach out to this community. Do you think the US will follow in China’s censoring footsteps? Or will we rise up and demand a difference? Should we focus on the politics, forward thinking, grassroots organizations, small communities? One thing I think we could all agree on–a positively intentioned progressive movement must occur for the sake of individuality and knowledge.

    • i am not sure, but i can definitely say that for every critique of the corporate government & corporate media in the United States (critiques which i give out wholeheartedly) there must be a reminder of how lucky we are to have the freedom of expression that we do

      you are correct, over time (a lot of time) I have lost interest in politics (but not passion about empowering & inspiring humans) compared to how i used to feel. It is simply not a change in personality, a loss of roots, or a loss of inspiration in “the cause” it is simply a shift in perspective. As for trying to find freedom of speech in China, the limited knowlege i have of that culture is you may want to move elsewhere if you seek freedom of expression.

      That freedom (along with all of our civil rights here) are things that are very important to defend, but it starts with education (which necessitates communication) and so that process cannot exist without freedom of expression and information i think
      🙂

      • “We have enormous freedom. That’s not a gift that was given to us, it’s a legacy that was left to us by centuries of struggle. By centuries of people most of whose names are completely forgotten. The ones who created the freedom and the rights that we now have, and that will be taken away unless you constantly defend them.”

        Thanks for engaging. We are so lucky, and yes, education is –the– key to empowerment! I plan on returning to the US in the near future, because you’re right, this is an oppressive society, although I have met a few Chinese radicals who are determined to change things ((goodluck)). I think perspective is necessary, especially due to our current economic situation. China financially owns us, which is interesting on so many levels. I have some concern that a new world superpower is on the rise–perhaps the hegemony as mentioned below? Although Orwell’s prediction for 1984 was clearly off time-wise, I wonder if this dystopia is still a possibility, in which case it is time for an uprising. Definitely a huge part of my interest in some bass-oriented music–there are some wonky theories about low frequency sound wavelengths and consciousness.

        I’ll end with another Chomsky quote, as his words are relevant to conversation.
        “Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.”

        • MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

          Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

          I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

          They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

          It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

          this is patric henry’s famous speech, now try replacing king with government.

  • Jim mcquade

    Hi, Basstester looks great, but I can’t find how to download or purchase it.  Would also like to download Like an Egyptian.  See you at the Bass Center!

    • that’s all free, jim!
      you can download the Bass Taster pack, and any of the bootlegs (including Walk Like A Egyptian remix) by simply using the Topspin widget on the site. you plug in your email, it sends you a code or link, and WHAM! free music
      🙂

  • You should think about doing a full fledged version on Enthusiasm is Contagious, it’s a beautiful song that I think could really be a hit for those of us who also enjoy your downtempo music.

    • thanks D
      i believe i did this already though, the full version is called “nostalgia worship” on MTU
      u can listen free on the music page 🙂
      wait! no its in the bass taster pack…freeness
      🙂

  • Anonymous

    lorin and bassnectar team,

    we shot a video at bass island that we think you and your fans will enjoy…

    Bass Island 2011:
    http://vimeo.com/28381899
    pw: matrix

    it’s a private link for now, but that can be changed. any fans getting to read this…consider yourselves lucky!

    you can reach me at tsp(at)pier-pictures(dot)com
    best, ts

  • SpinalMushroom

    Thanks for the free delicious ear candy! Love all your tracks man, keep doin yo thing. BASSHEAD FO LIFE!

  • mark denkins

    Good choice for the cover… and im so excited you put Michigan on the tour already got our tix thanks a ton!!!!

  • mark denkins

    Good choice for the cover… and im so excited you put Michigan on the tour already got our tix thanks a ton!!!!

  • mark denkins

    Good choice for the cover… and im so excited you put Michigan on the tour already got our tix thanks a ton!!!!

  • mark denkins

    Good choice for the cover… and im so excited you put Michigan on the tour already got our tix thanks a ton!!!!

  • mark denkins

    Good choice for the cover… and im so excited you put Michigan on the tour already got our tix thanks a ton!!!!

  • AbbieRose

    Hey Lorin!! I know this has nothing to do with your kick-ass free bass taster pack, but last April 6th at your Tulsa show (which sold out crazy fast I cried!!)  Me and a couple buddies were sitting on the curb of Cains Ballroom planning to hear the show from outside, after our plan to sneak in went horribly wrong, haha. and then out of nowhere these 2 awesome chicks with Bassnectar stickers and kitty ears came up to us and gave us tickets!!!! They were like little traveling Bassnectar angels for real. I just wanted to say thank you for the BEST most magical night of my life, and for my first crowd surfing experience. ( :  Whiicch waass awweesoomee!!!! Just wondering how to get an amazing job like that at one of your shows, I would love to return the favor and give someone else that crazy life changing experience!!  

    Thanks again!!! Rock on, Abbie Rose

    • Shasta Lee

      Hey AbbieRose
      that’s AWESOME 🙂
      for more info on how to be an amBASSador at a bassnectar production you can read this blog http://www.bassnectar.net/2011/09/jump-into-the-center-of-bass-as-an-ambassador/
      you can apply to be one at any time for future shows just make sure you allow enough time for your application to be looked over and what not 🙂 the instructions to do so are on that page.

      but aside from that you can contribute without being an amBASSador by making sure everyone around you is allllll gewd, raging responsibly, and staying hydrated. maybe bringing some of your own stickers and handing them out? or just mingle around the crowd and spread positive vibes 🙂

  • Lindsey J Dolbier

    For some reason the download link isn’t showing up in my e-mail…. Help/Suggestions please? : /

  • Lindsey J Dolbier

    For some reason the download link isn’t showing up in my e-mail…. Help/Suggestions please? : /

  • Lindsey

    For some reason the link to download isn’t showing up in my e-mail… : / Help/Suggestions please?

    • Check your spam filter, double check for any emails from Bassnectar, otherwise email customersupport at bassnectar dot net and we will sort you out!

  • Lindsey

    For some reason the link to download isn’t showing up in my e-mail… : / Help/Suggestions please?

  • Jamiecdoug

    COME TO PHILLY PLEASEE!!!!

    .BASS.
    .HEAD.

  • Tomholt

    Damn dude your the best so much free music. Cant wait to see you oct 13 !!!!!

  • Dalton_cole5

    When are you going to put the “woohoo” remix up I heard it in LA last weekend it was sick

  • Gwregw

    WE WANT MORE DUBROCK!!! (dubstep rock)

  • Gemeghan28

    never heard of a better genre
    take the f outta w-a-y
    could you kick it like that without
    the b
    ass

  • Gemeghan28

    never heard of a better genre
    take the f outta w-a-y
    could you kick it like that without
    the b
    ass

  • Shasta Lee

    Bomb the Blocks was one of the first bassnectar tracks i heard
    in 07 and it was good to read what you had to say about it.
    the write ups on all these are shit.

    my junior year in high school I was planning on DEFINITELY
    majoring in Political Science. my senior year I took an AP
    Government and compartive politics course, in preparation for my
    career and college.  Throughout the year I became increasingly
    less interested in what was going on, and i started despising
    government actions, people, and problems.  After studying in a
    much more in depth context of government and policies, i realized
    that it’s all focusing on such petty things that I don’t care to waste my
    time energy and effort towards anymore.  Now I’m studying Child
    Psychology and it’s a much richer, fuller amount of knowledge, I love it.
    i feel exactly where your comin’ from with that. although i’m a huge
    huge fan of your tracks/podcasts with the political messages/speeches.

  • A Lost Cherub

    I am so excited to pop-lock-&-dub:stylee:drop it to the NEW SHITTT!!!

  • A Lost Cherub

    Happy “Jesus is a Zombie Day!!!!

  • Craig Schoblaska

    Hey Lorin,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your music. I was listening to a DJ Shadow station on Pandora about a year ago and Timestretch came on and blew me away. I cant really put label or genre of the music that you make. Some would say Dubstep, some might say D & B but I would say that it doesn’t do the music justice. I am constantly trying to get people to listen but it always “I hate dubstep” or “I hate hip hop” and thats where I think your music is held back the most. Pre-conceived notions of your music belonging to a genre. Anyway, keep rollin those albums out! Love Vava Voom…

    Also, really glad to see that Vava Voom was used in the X-Games Promos.

  • Tinnitus,

    Just writing you because you help me with my Anger Management……
    The Men and Women that are …………
    Just tell you because i get pay for that by the Veteran Affairs…….

    Thanks You
    Antonio Ballah

  • chucktone11

    i just stumbled across this. holy shit this is why bassnectar is the best music producer ever man. i always loved bassnectar bass taster but never understood the story behind it. and the story behind each song! i mean what other dj puts so much thought into their music