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this Is

by or-if-is

Deep and Fun Trip Hop, Drum 'n Bass and Ambient-influenced Electronica, similar to artists like DJ Shadow, Fatboy Slim, Moby, Meat Beat Manifesto, Amon Tobin, Massive Attack, Mouse on Mars, Future Sound of London, The Orb, The Chemical Brothers
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1. Astro Radio
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2. Eye Spy
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3. Bassile
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4. Jimmy Voodoo
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5. Floating Pig
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6. Green 7
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7. The SpeciMan
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8. Quang
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9. Gagaku
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10. Tranquilizer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Producer/Remixer, Musician, and Sound Designer Dave L's career spans a decade and includes albums, films, video games, television, cartoons, and live theater.

Often producing electronic music under the name or-if-is, in 2003 he put out "This Is" on the Harmony Machine label under the or-if-is moniker. 2003 also brought his ambient electronica soundtrack for RTX Red Rock (LucasArts), music programming and editing for James Bond: Everything Or Nothing (Electronic Arts), a dance remix for the cartoon Hamtaro (Cartoon Network), and work as a producer, writer and performer with San Francisco trip-hop-rock group ZONK. In early 2004, Harmony Machine released ZONK's "Our Five Worst Songs" EP. ZONK then went on to win Music for America's national download contest, and played on both the east and west coasts, opening for hip-hop pioneers De La Soul and rock legends Concrete Blonde. Also in that 2004, Harmony Machine licensed the tracks "Eye Spy" by or-if-is and "Tittle Tattle" by ZONK to Konami for Dance Dance Revolution Ultra Mix 2.

From 2001 to 2002, he worked on sound supervision and design for Star Wars:Obi Wan, Star Wars:Starfighter, Escape from Monkey Island, Star Wars:Racer Revenge, Star Wars:Jedi Starfighter, and music for The Last Birthday Card by director Stu Maschwitz (The Orphanage). In 2000, two of his or-if-is tracks were used in the film Groove (Sony Pictures Classics) by director Greg Harrison. Also in that year, he did sound design for the film World Record Guy by directors Chris Thompson and Mitch Braff, produced "controversial" electronic adaptations and remixes of John Williams' music from the Star Wars trilogy for the games Star Wars:Force Commander and Star Wars:Demolition (both LucasArts) and created music and sound design for The Cutting Ball Theater's productions of Hamlet Machine and Mayakovsky: A Tragedy. In 1999 he did sound design for Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (LucasArts) by director Hal Barwood and received Eurogamer's Gaming Globe Awards nomination for best sound effects and use of sound within a game. In 1997 he was responsible for the interactive sound design for Star Wars:Jedi Knight Dark Forces II (LucasArts), one of the first video games to use 3D sound technology and often called one of the most immersive video game soundscapes ever.

Originally from Los Angeles, he was playing, writing, and recording music by age 13. Starting out on guitar, he picked up various instruments while with bands that spanned metal, glitter rock, jazz-pop, and funk. After living and traveling in Europe, he returned to California to study both classical and experimental composition, including the classical music of India and Indonesian Gamelan, at the California Institute of the Arts. It was there-and as an assistant to film composer/synthesist Michael Boddicker-that he became inspired by the power and potential of both the recording studio and electronic music, a genre open to fusion, crossing boundaries, and a way to simultaneously combine his interest in music and sound design.

Hungry for the artistic community, international culture, and general progressiveness of San Francisco, he moved to the Bay area in 1993. His passion and education morphed into a career making music and sounds inspired by many different styles and artists, life's reverberations, films old and new, the surreal and dreamy, humor, contrasts, and unusual textures. Projects and interests include producing, collaborating with other artists, performing, and remixing, all while maintaining his approach: combining the best elements of pop with experimental music and sounds.


For more information:
Harmony Machine: www.h-machine.com
Email: info@h-machine.com
Phone: 415-328-2476

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Cube

Ultra dope super spy cleverness
Layered electronic music with that nerdy richness of the best video game music; broad spectrum of instruments with some asian and middle eastern sounds. It swells like a Hayao Miyazake soundtrack on "Floating Pig." If you listen to one sample track, though, it should be "Eye Spy" -- it goes from chilled and cerebral to danceable and humorous, with samples, scratching, string samples; sums up the best of Or-If-Is.
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john

Just WOW !!!
I heard Eye Spy on SomaFM Secret Agent Show. I love that song. I couldn't find out hardly anything else about them until I stumbled across CD Baby. I was just as impressed by all the other songs.
This is one of "those" albums for me. Very reminicent of the way I felt hearing Portishead Dummy for the first time.
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very good stuff
This little gem was what I tried to see if CDBaby was any good, and it's responsible for hooking me. Everyone should be lucky enough to try an album at random and get one this good. See the novel a few reviews up for the details, all I can add is that if you think you like the m3u's, you'll be sure you like the album.
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GS

Amahzing =D
Oh mah gawsh. I heard Eye Spy on DDR U2 and I heard Bassile at my friends house on the third one. Since that moment about a month ago. I cant get the song out of my head XD Awesome stuff.
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amanda

love it!
Definetly the best CD i have ever bought from CD baby... very unique sound that will trip you out. Every song is different (and good!). My friends always ask who the artist is when they hear this cd. This is the only review I have ever written for a cd baby cd, which should let you know that this one's a keeper!
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Bodacious Brenda

motivation for creation
this is – the CD to get your thing on to – a journey into the final frontier – the forefront of the imagination–the mind dancing with itself – a narcotic that is more powerful, yet safer than anything you could ingest, inhale, shoot up, snort or smoke. Step into the vehicle, buckle up, and get ready to see the internal visions taken from day to modern day surroundings, pictures splashing on the inner windshield, as feet tap to the rhythmic undertow. Creative potion flows from the speakers, made of exotic people, places and things, combined with the normal sounds of common living. A collage of ideas that are planted and left to grow within the mind as the soundtrack of the world’s energies mix and flow together naturally.

The music of or-if-is, produced by Dave L for Harmony Machine, is created by an artist with a profound sense of intuitive reason reinforced by lesson and practice. Lunging out of the background and onto center stage, there isn’t a box where this kind of diversity would completely be confined or understood. Playing a variety of instruments, inspired by a plethora of the world’s magical tokens, it is mixed in an electronic blender of technological sorts from all eras.

Mostly instrumental, with samplings of various sorts, the titles somehow give insight to the pretext of their emphasis. Eye Spy (track #2) gives goose bumps, and it shows through its sounds the mystery and drama coinciding with the name. Ringing perfectly clear with a good many of the movies that have never been filmed which run constantly through my mind. Pictures painting their way as I listen and soar and journey into my own mind and dance through my own creations.

Calm enough to listen to on a weekend morning when I am first waking up to coffee, yet consistently driven with rhythm and conjured melodies which inspire me to cook a great breakfast and wash all of the mugs. Transitioning from mellow, yet driving rhythm through jamming, rocking, hip-hopping examples of all sorts of beats, it magnifies the focus and interest in the trippiest of ways.

Songs such as Green 7 (track #6), merge the sounds to segue into each other like an adventurous fairytale pop up book, with the bell ringing on queue telling you to turn the page. Each new scene is full of energy and action with an underlying theme, presenting an opportunity of completely open interpretation. Quang (track #8) makes me feel like I am flipping through the channels of an intergalactic radio-vision, where information is communicated through melodic Morse code, translating the individual notes, which are of high import into pictures within the mind. The displayed audio paintings turn through evolutionary metamorphosis. Reminiscent of a time of chaotic technological sounds of the 80’s that are with us now more than ever, Gagaku (track #9) steps into the future via a portal through the past.

Cross breeding sounds of all sorts this is conception music at its finest. This CD leaves me feeling like I just got high score on my favorite video game while tapping into the music of indigenous tribes or other higher intelligence from outer space. Yet there are times when I forget that I am listening to the brainchild of one producer, rocking out of computer technology and into a pure guitar driven grind. Like a spell cast from the future, whatever you do will turn to magic if you do it with your or-if-is.
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Honey Butter

a lush soundtrack
I never, ever tire of hearing this--it's become the soundtrack of my life!
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I.C. Clearly

Not your everyday electronic CD
The journey starts with Astro Radio -- which indeed seems like you've tuned into an alien radio station that broadcasts the universal secret. If you don't have the money for your own spaceship, at least you have the chance to experience other worlds through this track.

The entire CD is top-notch, perfectly produced, and one I will be spinning until it wears out! Every track pleases, right down to the last aural drop (a track) called Tranquilizer. I hardly ever take the time to write a review, but this CD crept into every one of my or-if-is's and inspired me.
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Adam Christensen

This is one yummy CD
I can honestly say this CD is excellent. Very organic sounding, complex and layered. I like the rich variety of sounds and moods it can create. It will probably stay in my CD player for the next solid month!
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