What I've been listening to lately.

What I've been listening to lately.
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Mr. Flores Remixes

Along with books, I love music! Before I became a teacher, I was even a mobile DJ. I have tons of CDs and am amassing a large collection of MP3 downloads, as well. Sometimes, I am listening to a song I really like and I think, "I can make that more danceable". So I break out my audio tools, and I make a remix!

Here you can listen to some of the remixes that I have done over the years. Occasionally when I hear remixes of songs by other DJs or producers, I feel like they changed the song so much it doesn't sound anything like the original. The reason I liked the song in the first place is gone! So, most of the remixes I create do sound a LOT like the original. I got a comment online many years ago from another DJ who said my remixes sounded like "old school" extended mixes (they used to be called "12-inches" because they were recorded on 12 inch diameter vinyl discs) that used to be produced by record companies. I took it as a compliment!

Click on a song name to read more about it, see the album art I created for it, and listen to it. Click on the thumbnail album art to see a full-size picture (where available).


Beat Box (Dubversion One) - The Art of Noise
Butterfly (Album Remix) - Crazy Town
Call Me Maybe (The Baby Mix) - Carly Rae Jepsen
Crawling - Linkin Park
Do It To It - Cherish
Do Re Mi - OST
Dynamite (Percussion Remix) - Taio Cruz
Firework - Katy Perry
Firework - Katy Perry
Grenade - Bruno Mars
Give Me Everything - Pitbull
Heartbreak - Rimex
Gives You Hell (Hidden Remix) - The All-American Rejects
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
In The End - Linkin Park
Low (Blow Rimex) - Flo Rida
Mírame - Posada

Sweet Child O Mine (Sweet Mix) - Guns N Roses
These Boots Are Made For Techno - Nancy Sinatra
Viva La Vida (Extended Remix) - Coldplay
What I Got (Acoustimix) - Sublime

Please do not try to download any of these songs. The original artists went to a lot of work to create their music and it is wrong to "share" (steal) their songs. If you contact me directly and can prove that you own a copy of the original CD or MP3, I can send you a high-quality copy.


started remixing using computers way back in 1996 with a program called Cool Edit. At the time, it was the most affordable sound processor around ($60). Even though it was mostly for processing like cleaning, amplifying, and editing, I was able to use it to mix songs using a LOT of cutting-and-pasting. Not easy to do!!

In late 2001, I purchased Acid 3.0. Acid was a series of multi-track editors that were made specifically to create music. They came with libraries of "loops", pieces of music that were a beat or a measure long. You could also import whole songs in and "beatmap" them so they would fit perfectly in the program. It made remixing a breeze! The only downside was the limited loops, but more are available for purchase and they are always giving away free loop samples from the various collections. This is a really fun way to waste a lot of time. Check it out at www.acidplanet.com. They have a free version of Acid Express 7. You have to sign-up with acidplanet to use it. Acidplanet is a great place to pick up new "loops" to use in making music. The "Express" version only lets you use 10 tracks, which is plenty. Unfortunately, you have to buy the full version to get beatmapping (essential for remixing) and special effects, but for free, it's a great way to get your feet wet and play with music.

I also recently got into Audacity. This is a free, open source audio processor. It can do everything Cool Edit can, but it's free, and it can hold multiple tracks so sliding things around is easier. Now I use both Audacity and Cool Edit for sound processing like removing or isolating vocals, as well as cleaning and amplifying songs. Sometimes one does a better job than the other depending on what I'm trying to accomplish.

Another great tool I found is this open source deejaying program called Mixxx. It lets you mix songs "live". I made a "Threedy skin for version 1.9 that reminded me of the old-school mixers I used to work on. I also created another skin (Crystal Jelly skin) with different color schemes built in. Here are some tips on how to design schemes for skins, because it can be confusing. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to go back and update it for the latest versions of Mixx, but the tips are still mostly applicable.

The Artwork

To make the album art, I used The Gimp, a free, open source image editing program. Image editing allows you to do things like paint, darken, lighten, and copy photos or images you find on the internet. It's complicated but really powerful! If you want an editor that is as powerful as PhotoShop for FREE, get this one.

The logo I put on all my album art is a play on the word "remix". It looks like it rhymes with "Timex" but you are supposed to read it in Spanish! Say "REE-mex" and it sounds like "remix"! The "Mex" comes from "Mexican", of course! I copy the original into The Gimp then decorate or color it to go with the album art.

I originally created the logo using Serif's DrawPlus. Drawing programs allow you to use shapes to create images. I bought my version (4) a loooooooong time ago, but they now offer "outdated" versions for free! They are plenty powerful, and free!

"Say REE-mex!"