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Archive for December, 2007

December So Far

by on Dec.19, 2007, under TWiki Archive

Well I know you could just go through my Last.fm listening or whatever, but it doesn’t represent everything. So this isn’t a best-of by any stretch, just a viewfinder into what I’ve been listening to the past 3 weeks. They’re loosely grouped by category… I’ll let the reader decide how to categorize them.

Battles
The Necks
Derek Bailey/Evan Parker
Skinny Puppy

Download
PlatEAU
AREA
Bluetech
Celtic Cross
SSI
Dusty Brown
Mercury Effect
Hakan Lidbo
Parov Stelar
Savvas Ysatis

Ilkae
Blamstrain
Calika
Ten and Tracer
Lackluster
Clark
Porcelain in the Backpack
Logreybeam
Twerk

Fluxion
Bandulu
Bleupulp
Deepchord
Vladislav Delay
Dub Taylor
Dubjack
Dubsuite
Falter
Maurizio
Yagya
Sound Track
Pole
Rhythm & Sound
Ridis

Jan Jelinek
Gras
krill.minima
Entia Non
Ibakusha
Giuseppe Ielasi
Monoide
Monolake
Shuttle 358
Tim Hecker
DJ Olive
Evan Bartholomew
Carl Stone
Jodi Cave
Motionfield
Kammarheit
Kate Carr
Krypton
Lomov
Loscil

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The amazing things people say to a DJ

by on Dec.14, 2007, under TWiki Archive

I don’t know whether to call this sad or a sign of the times (surely it’s both), but if nothing else it certainly makes me feel on the fringe (of what, I am not sure) moreso than ever.

Now I’ve noticed in particular that girls who come up asking if I take requests don’t listen to my answer and ask if I have this or that, or act surprised that I don’t have anything you can hear on the radio. About half the time they’ll love what I’m playing and just want to know if I have something.

Last night, a well-cleavaged young lass (do groups of friends always send the hottest chick they have at the table to request something from the DJ?) begins asking me questions about what I have to play. Not happy with my answers of “no”, and “not really” and “i don’t play pop music”, she goes on drunkenly about some REALLY GREAT CD they have in their car, but that I wouldn’t be able to play it because I had “this”.

In the most alluring way possible she leans over, cocks her head sideways, motions at the turntable playing tech-house and asks, “So what do you call this anyway?”

I respond, oh this is Dub Taylor.

At first she just nods, and her blonde friend comes up. Ms. Booby Brunette says to her, “oh he can’t play our CD because he only has this Dub Taylor” while pointing at the turntable.

Incredulous, I interrupt… “no no no, this isn’t a dub taylor, this is a TURNTABLE, the MUSIC is dub taylor”

To which they both kind of giggle and flit off.

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Circuitbend ahoy!

by on Dec.08, 2007, under TWiki Archive

I’ve now dived pretty headlong into the world of circuit bending and synthesis, and it’s hooked me. There’s a unique similarity between creating digital and analog sounds with circuits and finding sounds with microphones on objects, so I’m motivated on the ideas behind what one friend so rightly calls my “tinkering”.

What’s on the bench now is a small, multi-oscillator synth, probably with a movable filter. This will sit some how on my ever-evolving soundboard and contribute to the medium.

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