A collection of occasional articles about the (mainly) technical details of the making of our records.

Making The Lessons -Tech Notes From Double Dee

I'm sure many Double Dee and Steinski fans wonder about the technical side of our early productions. Here's as much as I can remember about the creation of "The Lessons" including our most popular record "Lesson Three - The History of Hip Hop".

Making the insanity clause mix

The Insanity Clause mix had its start on May 1, 2015 and was originally titled May Day Mix. Expressing a need to "do something" Steve handed me a collection of well over 500 songs and a load of spoken word bites loaded into Ableton Live. He had been hoarding the tracks without any forethought of how they might be used.

Maya Deren - grab from unfinished Insanity Clause video.

Maya Deren - grab from unfinished Insanity Clause video.

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Making "Taste So Good" by file 13

“File 13 was the studio project of New Yorkers David Witz and Doug DiFranco. As Double Dee & Steinski, DiFranco and partner Steve Stein had already helped create one of the first great audio collages — the “payoff” mix of G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid’s “Play That Beat Mr. D.J.”—and in doing so helped pave the way for M/A/R/R/S’ “Pump Up The Volume.”