Music

Music

Making moody instrumental music and
helping music producers
make more music in less time
with better results.
Notes on being Musician and Mentor, TaurusBeats


Music

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VISION Digital Album Available On Bandcamp

My latest moody instrumental music collection, VISION, is available online for purchase at Bandcamp.com. Proceeds go to The VISION Program I am currently developing.

 

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You Are An Overcomer In Christ

John 16:33
New International Version (NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Mercy Is The Only Way Out

I was listening to music while writing code/programming and this song came one and totally gripped my heart.

Andra Day's voice is amazing and the music's irregular nature drew me into the depths of the lyrics.

It's like Andra Day is speaking to me and speaking for me at the same time in this song when she sings...

I can't hear love 'cause we're at war
And revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But oh, I'm in a cage and I hear mercy say "I'm here now"
And it's the only way out
(I can't hear love 'cause we're at war)
But revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But I'm still in a cage and I hear mercy say now
It's the only way out

Props to the writers, Cassandra Monique Batie and Dave Wood.

Powerful, amazing, awesome song.

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This Is Why I Love You Trauna James

Trauna and I celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary this July.

I found a song for us

MAJOR. - Why I Love You.

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Church Drummer Challenge - Cornerstone

One of the songs for this week's Church Drummer Challenge - Cornerstone - Hillsong Worship  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Church Drummer Challenge - No Longer Slaves

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Church Drummer Challenge - No Longer Slaves Jonathan and Melissa Helser  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Church Drummer Challenge - Your Love Awakens Me

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Church Drummer Challenge - Because He Lives

One of the songs for this week's Church Drummer Challenge - Because He Lives by Crowder.  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Church Drummer Challenge - How He Loves

One of the songs for this week's Church Drummer Challenge - How He Loves - David Crowder Band.  Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Cold Suns Piano Music by TaurusBeats

"Cold Suns" is the latest part of my musical story. This song expresses my deepest feelings about meeting great people and then having to be separated from them. 

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Shook Ones Piano Freestyle by TaurusBeats

I started doing piano freestyles over popular music a few years ago as a way to train my ears and improve my ability to play by ear. This time, I'm playing along with Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II.

This is just something I do to have fun and work on my ear training. I am not a pianist at all and I don't know how to play piano like a pianist. I just try to make the keys play what I hear in my head.

 

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CMA Class of 2016 Weekly Homework Podcast 115

Check me out (TaurusBeats)} at CMA! My Moody Instrumental Music is featured at the Computer Music Academy again this year. CMA is where I go to work with other producers to make my music better and he;p other producers make their music better.

Ahh yes! Welcome to year 4 of Computer Music Academy and the Weekly Homework Assignment / Podcast. As we have for the last 3 years, we're kicking things off with an introduction of the Class of 2016. We've grown quite a bit from last year in members and in talent. Even though this only a portion of the peeps currently at CMA, if this podcast is indication, it's going to be a damn good year. So with that said... Ladies and Gentlemen... Beat Season has begun!

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2016 CMA Bang Show Final Results

ROUND 2 RESULTS

A. R. Music vs. TaurusBeats

Ray-Dee 3000 vs. Diggahertz

FINAL RESULTS

TaurusBeats vs. Diggahertz

 

CONGRATS to DIGGAHERTZ on the win! 

 

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2016 CMA Bang Show Round 1 Results

OFFICIAL RESULTS

JSP8 vs. TaurusBeats

DJ Lockturnal vs. Diggahertz

Sho-Nuff vs. Ray-Dee 3000

A. R. Music vs. Mr. Wallace

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Beat Battle Rules and Judging Criteria

How to judge a beat battle - Criteria for judging beat battles

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Music Tools

Check out these music tools. Links and a brief description are provided.

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Rap Battle Judging Criteria

How to judge a rap battle - Criteria for judging rap battles

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The TEN NEWBIE COMMANDMENTS

From FutureProducers.com

This is a great set of commandments for anuone starting to get serious about music production.

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TaurusBeats

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Video Optimizing Windows for Djing Part I

Here is a video that I found for optimizing my Windows laptop for DJ sets. I use this for music production as well.

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My Music Featured in the Computer Music Academy Weekly Podcast

This week, I have two songs featured in the Computer Music Academy (CMA) Weekly Homework Podcast #68.

This week we're taking it back to the Living Room and revisiting 2 of 2013's best assignments. Welcome back to TV Theme Songs… Now with Cartoons! There's one (or two) of three paths to be taken. 8 brave contestants have stepped up. Will that meet the challenge? Press play and find out.

Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats Featured in the Computer Music Academy Weekly Podcast

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TV Theme Songs CMA Weekly Podcast

This week, I have two songs featured in the Computer Music Academy (CMA) Weekly Homework Podcast #68.

This week we're taking it back to the Living Room and revisiting 2 of 2013's best assignments. Welcome back to TV Theme Songs… Now with Cartoons! There's one (or two) of three paths to be taken. 8 brave contestants have stepped up. Will that meet the challenge? Press play and find out.

My TV Theme Songs Featured in the Computer Music Academy Weekly Podcast TaurusBeats

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Manifesto by The City Harmonic

From the 2013 JUNO-Award Winning Album "I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)"

Love this song! It's simple and to the point. Keeping this on repeat.

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Remembering Curtis Price

Curtis Price passed away early Thursday morning (May 30, 2013).

Curtis and his family have been a blessing to me and my family and I am grateful for the time we spent together sharing music and Christ.

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Better Is One Day Remix Sample Flip Beat

Better Is One Day Remix Darwin Hobbs Sample Flip Beat by TaurusBeats aka Taurus M. James

Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James Sampled Music, Remixes and Cover Songs

"Better" is a sampled hip-hop beat that I created after listening to "Better Is One Day" by Darwin Hobbs. I had been listening to "Better Is One Day" for years. It is a great track to worship to. The beautiful musicianship really comes through and that is what I wanted to highlight in my track.

Is this a REMIX?

re·mix

verb - rēˈmiks/ - mix (something) again.

noun - ˈrēmiks/ - a different version of a musical recording produced by remixing.

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To All The Soldiers

Dedicated to all the men and women of the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and all the other combat zones around the world.

"Accept these words from my heart as my thanks to you/"

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Video Make Beats with Reason Pat Benatar Sample Flip Remix

Video Make Beats with Reason Pat Benatar Sample Flip Remix by TaurusBeats

I use Propellerhead Reason, Propellerhead ReCycle, Sony Soundforge and many other music production tools.

In this video, I show a little about how I take samples from an existing song and then rearrange ("flip") the samples into different patterns before "wrapping" the flipped sample patterns with various instrumentation I perform.

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Love Avalanche Sample Flip Beat Remix

Love Avalanche Sample Flip Beat by TaurusBeats, Remix Like An Avalanche by Hillsong United

Moody Instrummental Music by Taurus M. James Sampled Music, Remixes and Cover Songs

"Love Avalanche" is a sampled hip-hop beat that I created after listening to "Like An Avalanche" by Hillsong United. It is a great worship track and I wanted to highlight the moodiness of the original in my track.

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Country Music Guitar Sample Flip Remix

I love to make beats with Propellerhead Reason 6. I also enjoy making videos that show how I make beats and Moody instruMental Music. The videos are my way of sharing my experiences and discoveries in my music-making journey.

Country Music Guitar Sample Flip Remix Video by TaurusBeats



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How to Make Beats Wrapping the Samples in Sample Flip Beats Remixes

When I make Moody Instrumental Music, sometimes I "sample" or use parts from an existing song or musical piece. My goal in sampling is to take parts from a piece that I love and build a completely different musical piece that leaves the listener saying, "WOW, you got that result from those sampled pieces?!"

The way I do this is by "wrapping" (not rapping) the sample with my own instrumentation. I create different musical patterns with the sampled pieces (called "flipping the sample"). While I flip the samples, I can hear (in my head) all of the instrumentation that I want to wrap the sample pieces in. When i finish the sample flip patterns, I go back and create the instrumentation that I heard (in my head).

In this video, watch how I make a sample flip beat and instrumental music using Propellerhead's Reason software, the Akai MPD32 and the Yamaha DJX MIDI keyboard. This video takes you into my thought process about sampling, "chopping and flipping" samples, and I give you tips on how to make music.

This video catches me on one of my "happier" days, in which my overall "moody-ness" level was low. Plus, I had just finished downing a can of Mountain Dew. So, I'm a bit more animated in this video.

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3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio

Making Moody Instrumental Music is fun and relaxing for me - it is my therapy at times when I have high stress from other areas of my life. After more than 12 years of making Hip-Hop beats and instrumental music using Propellerhead Reason Software, I have seen and used a few tools that helped make the process easier and more fun. The USB/MIDI controllers are great tools to enhance the music-making process allowing you to have more fun while making bangin' Hip-Hop beats and moody music. Here are three reasons why you should buy a controller with both, MIDI AND USB capabilities.

3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio

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CMA Class of 2016 Weekly Homework Podcast 115

Check me out (TaurusBeats)} at CMA! My Moody Instrumental Music is featured at the Computer Music Academy again this year. CMA is where I go to work with other producers to make my music better and he;p other producers make their music better.

Ahh yes! Welcome to year 4 of Computer Music Academy and the Weekly Homework Assignment / Podcast. As we have for the last 3 years, we're kicking things off with an introduction of the Class of 2016. We've grown quite a bit from last year in members and in talent. Even though this only a portion of the peeps currently at CMA, if this podcast is indication, it's going to be a damn good year. So with that said... Ladies and Gentlemen... Beat Season has begun!

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Shook Ones Piano Freestyle by TaurusBeats

I started doing piano freestyles over popular music a few years ago as a way to train my ears and improve my ability to play by ear. This time, I'm playing along with Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II.

This is just something I do to have fun and work on my ear training. I am not a pianist at all and I don't know how to play piano like a pianist. I just try to make the keys play what I hear in my head.

 

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Mercy Is The Only Way Out

I was listening to music while writing code/programming and this song came one and totally gripped my heart.

Andra Day's voice is amazing and the music's irregular nature drew me into the depths of the lyrics.

It's like Andra Day is speaking to me and speaking for me at the same time in this song when she sings...

I can't hear love 'cause we're at war
And revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But oh, I'm in a cage and I hear mercy say "I'm here now"
And it's the only way out
(I can't hear love 'cause we're at war)
But revenge is so loud and the drums are so proud
But I'm still in a cage and I hear mercy say now
It's the only way out

Props to the writers, Cassandra Monique Batie and Dave Wood.

Powerful, amazing, awesome song.