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Greetings from the capital city.

My name is Arlin Godwin. And I actually do live in Washington--right up the street from the President of the United States. We're not personal friends but we are neighbors.

Oh, and I make electronic music. Lots and lots of it.

Sounds kind of like Pet Shop Boys+M83+Moby+Scissor Sisters+Depeche Mode. I write, perform, arrange and produce alone in a home studio crammed with so much gear that sooner or later I might electrocute myself.

Anyway--there's free tracks on THIS PAGE RIGHT HERE. And you can contact me on the CONTACT page. Which figures.

Thanks for checking out the site. It's new and it's going to change a lot as more tracks get released.

Please, get on the E-MAIL LIST. I record constantly--like every day--and often release new material free to those on the list--before it goes out to iTunes and the other stores.

STUDIO LIFE

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HOW TO RECORD AN ALBUM IN YOUR BEDROOM

These days there's no reason why you can't record a full blown album in your own bathroom, if you know what you're doing. Actually, I wouldn't try it in a bathroom because there's never enough electrical outlets in there. 

Use your bedroom. 

Below is a view of SONAR's X3 sequencer---this is the software that I use pretty much all the time to make music. Yeah, I know it looks complicated but in reality if you record all the time---you get very used to it and you never really use everything that's available…

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CREATING "THE SECRET LIFE OF BOYS" ALBUM

BOY SEVENTEEN 
The first thing that I wrote in January 2001 - in my new apartment in Southwest DC - was "Boy Seventeen". The music for that song came very quickly and the lyric did as well. This was unusual because most of my songs aren't hatched that easily. Of course, just because I wrote it rapidly does not mean that I finished the studio work as quickly. I didn't. I ended up carrying various mixes of that song around with me on cassette and I would hear things in those rough mixes that I didn't like. So…

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MASTERING YOUR OWN MIXES: IT'S NOT THAT HARD

Amongst all the mysteries in the business-of-recording-music there is one that strikes fear into the hearts of musicians and artists the world over to a much greater extent than just about anything else. Especially if you are a so called "indie" musician or artist. That scary monster is called "mastering". As in: what you do with a track after you've recorded it and mixed it and want to put it out. How do you get it to sound "professional" and how do you get that elusive loudness that makes it sound so cool…

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

The coolest thing I've done lately is upgrade my home studio gear. Out went the 10 year Dell and in came a brand new HP Z-Book Mobile Workstation and an external 20" monitor. I also stopped using the old SONAR 6 software that I had recorded on for eons and replaced that with the latest SONAR X3 program.
 

The new software is nothing short of amazing. The biggest single change for me is what they call "soft synths" which means all the synthesizers are INSIDE your computer, not sitting in a rack somewhere in…

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YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH: THE INFAMOUS DEADMAU5 POST

A lot of Electronic Dance Music people have read the infamous Deadmau5 post which appeared on his blog a while back. It was titled WE ALL HIT PLAY. And in this little missive Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) openly let the not so "dirty little secret" out of the cheese bag---namely that big time EDM acts pretty much play back whole pre-produced sets rather than risk really trying to play live or even remix live. To quote Mr. Mouse: 

"I think given about 1 hour of instruction, anyone with minimal knowledge of…

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Melody takes precedence over beats...suggests Prince's influence...”

— Washington City Paper

Dirty Vegas meets Art of Noise.”

— Burnt Systems

Songs about urban gay life. From the club to the bathhouse to Judy Garland...often recalls Pet Shop Boys & Depeche Mode...”

— Metro Weekly

If I didn't know better I would swear Studio 54 is alive and well.”

— Alternative Press

Awesome...intensity, melody & beauty.”

— Tenter Hooks

...difficult to describe...genre resisting...”

— DJ Wesley (Wesley King)

Arlin Godwin should send me a fan club application...He's been a favorite of mine ever since he started recording...”

— Music Monthly