Song Scraps, 2012–15

by Ezra Fike

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about

When I was 11 or 12, my parents gifted me a MIDI keyboard, a copy of Ableton Live Intro, and a Lenovo PC for Christmas. It was probably one of the best presents I've ever received, and I owe much of my development as an artist to it. Thanks, mom and dad. I don't say that enough.

Regardless of their importance, not everything I churned out with those tools was gold. Quite the opposite, as many of the sketches included here can prove. In fact, shortly after churning out three albums with the setup, (!) I hit a plateau and was unable to finish a song for many, many years. This collection is the product of that time: gigabytes of half-baked 8-bar loops, most leaning heavily on the crutch of stock samples and beats included with Ableton. All sounds are unmastered, all VST's are free. I was very unhappy with my output.

Fortunately, I've moved past that time as a producer, and have been able to enter into a far healthier outlook on my creativity. Something that has greatly helped me is accepting the parts of my output I'm less proud of. Self-acceptance breeds confidence, which in turn breeds better output. Releasing this frankly embarrassing collection is an exercise in just that. I don't expect you to enjoy it, I don't even expect you to listen to it to completion. It's for my sake, really. Like it or not, this stuff helped make me what I am, and it deserves my respect. So here it is.

(All songs are titled here exactly as I named them when saving their respective project files. Any similarities to songs or melodies by other artists are unintended. Or not. I was a flaming plagiarist, after all.)

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released January 1, 2015

"The Chicken Hoopla" is what happened when I let my younger sister make her own song. Sadly I can't take any credit for it.

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Ezra Fike Omaha, Nebraska

Ezra composes electronic music and film scores.

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