Joy Has Dawned – Stems (Free)

Historically I’ve performed with and released full loops that hopefully have been helpful. My electronic setup has evolved over time and currently I’m using Ableton very differently than I had previously. I’m doing more programming inside of Ableton itself instead of Reason and I use a midi controller to cue sections live instead of launch full loop “clips”.

With that in mind, instead of releasing a fully mixed loop I’m going to try and just release my Ableton “stems”, or isolated tracks that other can download and remix at their leisure. No need to understand the arrangement, just piece together as you’d like.

Below you’ll see a download link for a zip file that contains aif files for each track broken down by section. They were exported as loops so they can be looped in ableton fine. I’ve also included clips of each section fully mixed with each track for reference.

Remember to vote on the stem project below, this really helps me get a sense of what folks find useful.

SongJoy Has Dawned by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Key: D
Bpm: 208 (8/4)

Download: Joy Has Dawned (Stems).zip

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ORS Music: “Ash of Our Sin” Live at Life Connection Church

This is a live recording of an original tune that I wrote for Good Friday this year(2013). I thought it would be a one and done song, didn’t think it would see much light beyond that. The congregation took to it a little better than I thought so we’ve kept it in rotation. This is our latest, and I think best, arrangement of it.

Verse 1:

Our King was betrayed, a servant swayed
The rock will deny, in dark of night
His soul pressed with grief, willing but weak
Prays, this cup move, if Your will approve

Verse 2:

The Son beat the hill, through His blood spill
All our debt hung, through curses sung
A road has been paved, from our heart’s grave
With the ash of our sin, and freed death’s pin


Our hearts are open flames
And stones cannot contain
The fullness of your glory lain
Laid your own life down
So we might wear the crown
Death is done! Sing His renown!

Chord Sheet

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ORS Music: “All Glory Be to Christ” Live at Life Connection Church

These wonderful lyrics were written by Dustin Kensrue as a rewrite to Auld Lang Syne. The arrangement is done by us (Our Rising Sound) and this is the recording of our live performance of it on 08/25/2013 at Life Connection Church.

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Using Philips Hue lights for stage lighting

I had never considered the utility of Philips Hue lights for stage design until they release the Friends of Hue line. Then all sorts of possibility started to rattle around my head. I picked up 5 of the normal Hue bulbs to experiment with and see how they might work. I wanted to do a sort of inversion from the congregation lights to the stage. We have pendant globes that light the sanctuary, so I wanted smaller versions of those on our lamp stands which previously had edison bulbs in them. Here’s the result of that experiment.

Another cool shot from a church member.


1. Flexibility. Any hue you want, you have available. This allows us to set better moods/vibe on stage that better support the story we’re singing. Now with the Friends of Hue release you also have LED strips and flood lights that give you a lot of options in placement. There are a lot of Hue apps in the iTunes store as well giving you a lot of controller options. We settled on Hue Disco, which in our experience is the best controller available which is available for both iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

2. Simplicity. The bulbs have networking built in, so there’s no cabling beyond the power outlet. This again assists flexibility in that you can start placing these in really creative places (more on that later) without a lot of work. Configuring the bridge took all of 60 seconds. Plug it into your router, open your favorite hue app and connect it to the bridge by pressing the 1 button on the bridge. Done.

3. Cost. The starter pack is $199 which comes with 3 bulbs and the bridge. 1 Bridge supports up to 50 lights, which is more than enough for our size stage. Single bulbs are $60, the lightstrips are $90 and the flood lights are $80. For our modest needs the price is really reasonable, especially considering a trip to Lowe’s to buy 1 white LED floodlight that isn’t networked costs about $45.


1. Restraint. I’m so lucky to have a couple guys I can really depend on to create the mood and support the story. While the setup is easy and the controller is intuitive, with many options comes much responsibility and need for restraint. Stay away from that strobe button!

2. Software issues. We’ve had some instances where a stray light has lagged in changing color as programmed. We’ve managed to find workarounds so this doesn’t happen live but now that the lights have embedded software you introduce a new layer of things that can go wrong.

What’s next:

We’re replacing all the bulbs in our pendant lights with hue bulbs so we can control the entire room better. And we’ve got some surprises for more stage work that I’ll post on once finished.

Overall I’ve been very impressed with the Hue lights and we’ve received overwhelming positive feedback from them the last couple weeks.

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Loop available: “In Tenderness” by Citizens (Free)

In Tenderness is a song that has a tremendously wide appeal. I love it as much as my 2 little girls do. Not many worship songs can I say that’s true of. If you haven’t picked up the Citizens incredible self titled album get on it. This loop arrangement carries much of the original vibe, but there is some significant departures in instrumentation as well as arrangement. Without yet having a live recording of us doing this arrangement I’ll need to describe some of the changes we’ve made.

Verse 1 (half): We sing the first 4 lines but instead of going into the “while angels…” line we do an instrumental and go back to the top of verse 1

Bridge: Chord progression here is A – C#m – B . We let this be a bit of a breakdown with some BGV’s singing the “grace that brought me to the fold” hook

Verse 3: We continue to sing verse 3 over the bridge progression

Outro: Chord progression A – C#m – B – E – C#m – B . We sing oohs (matching the bell notes starting at bar 261) over the “grace that brought me to the fold” hook.

Remember to vote on the loop below, this really helps me get a sense of what folks find useful. Also it is used to calculate top loops widget in sidebar for people to quickly see the better loops.

Song: In Tenderness by Citizens
Key: A
Bpm: 145 (4/4)

Section: Time (bar)

  • Intro: 0:00 (1)
  • All In: 0:33 (21)
  • Verse 1 (half): 0:59 (37)
  • Interlude: 1:26 (53)
  • Verse 1: 1:39 (61)
  • Chorus: 2:19 (85)
  • Verse 2: 2:58 (109)
  • Chorus: 3:38 (133)
  • Bridge: 4:31 (165)
  • Verse 3: 5:11 (189)
  • Chorus: 5:50 (213)
  • Outro: 6:43 (245)
  • Ending: 8:29 (309)

If you download this loop or you’ve benefited in any way or are appreciative of the service, I’d ask that you please consider donating whatever you feel the loop is worth. The amount (including $0) I leave up to you. If you don’t have Reason and would like changes made to the mix (instruments muted etc…) just request it in the comments and I’ll respond. Note: If a donation is made then I may respond to the request much faster :)

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Video: Dustin Kensrue – “It’s Not Enough”

Incredible song. Nothing…NOTHING but the cross is enough to make us whole. Excited for this album.

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One of the best music videos ever: Phoenix “Trying to Be Cool”

Continuous shot and they are really playing live. One of the best music videos I’ve ever seen.

Also checkout this cool behind the scenes look at the video.

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[Video] Harry Caray duet with the Lumineers on “Ho Hey”

Just perfect.

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