Sore Eyes

I have sore eyes. I've been looking at this screen for far far too long. Here something a bit more lively than the last few.



Montgomery Clunk - Entourage (B-Ju Remix)
OL - Kombi
Gucci Mane - Photoshoot (Flying Lotus Remix)
Mux Mool - Death 9000 (Prof P.O.S. Broadcasting Version)
My Own - Lets Make Nice
King Midas Sound - U Dub Part 1
SKRP - Satan and His Army
Mount Kimbie - Serged (FaultDL Mix)
OL - Unexpected
Masochistic Values - Sinner (Trains Remix Feat Heartless)
The Sight Below - With Her Kiss I'd Pass the Sky

Convalescing

An ambient experimental slow mix for people who are away from work convalescing from some generic illness. More orange juice people!

A Big Rich is Off SIck Mix.

Big Rich is Sick Mix by st00ka

XYCID - 16th June 1996 - Crazy Language [CL_031]
Alister Flint - Endless Fields of Suns - Silent Network [SLNT 15]
Sustainer - Cromosomor C - Miga [MIGA40]
Alinoe - Ur - Bump Foot [Foot 155]
Iameb 57 - Expiration Date - Crazy Language [CL_032]
Junta - Addicts - Acroplane [AC065]
Inane - ___________ - Audiotalaia [at034]
Lastrapink - Destellos - Acroplane [AC052]

All tracks are released through creative commons licences.

Colour Presents Arc Vel, Millimetrik and Port-Royal - A Review

Its a freezing Tuesday night in October so it's no wonder that only twenty or so people turn up to sit, stand or even sleep their way through the Brummie, Quebec and Genoan sonic melodies on showcase. The almost exclusively male and check shirted crowd are pretty quiet, some are lounging around on the settees as if they were at home watching TV, some are propping up the bar deep in contemplation. I'm guessing it must have been a hard day at the office, there's no pogoing here tonight.

I catch the end of Arc Vel set, it's all 2001 A Space Oddysey style visuals, pretty sounding looped guitar licks and melodica created drones, it's nice stuff. Warm, appealing and a great introduction for the acts following.

After a short break and a bit of head scratching and fiddling of wires and messing about with DVDs Millimetrik introduces himself and thanks everyone for coming before launching into his set which incorporates Autechre/Aphex style skewed beats, skweee noises, wobbly dubstep basslines and even the occasional vocal. Millimetrik is quite hyperactive and managed to break his visuals by jumping round and thumping the table so much that DVD player gave up the ghost.

Sometimes going to electronic gigs can make feel like you are watching somebody working out sales projections on a excel spreadsheet while the stereo is turned on rather loud. Not so with Port-Royal, I think I can quite safely say that they turned up with some of the best visuals I have ever seen, cinematic, it felt like a watching a film rather than watching a gig.

Port-Royal have some great song titles, my favourite being "The Balding Generation (Losing Our Hope As We Lose Our Hair)" not that it is all great visuals and titles and no substance, their music is spot on too, that track for instance starts off as a slowly shifting soundscape before the arpeggiators slowly build up and then drums kick loose and it turns into a full on banger.

There's also some crowd interaction through the use of typed on screen messages, not sure what these were all about, slightly bonkers broken english. "We used to say we were scared to dance, no we say we will die quietly" or something like that (maybe I should make notes, ha). There was a bit of a false ending, not really an encore, some visuals of St Petersburg, some grey looking countryside and an abrupt finish.

Great music from all three acts, shame there wasn't more people attending, hopefully Millimetrik and Port-Royal wont be put off by it being quiet on a Tuesday night and will come back and play here again.

Oh and I got free CD which is always good. And a good free CD it is too.



http://www.port-royal.it
http://www.millimetrik.net/
http://www.myspace.com/arcvel

Here's Some Amniotic Music.

A mix of warm Sunday evening music. Lots of drones and pulses and more than the occasional beat. I'm quite proud of this one even if it is probably the worse thing you've ever heard.

Big Rich Mix Number 3 by st00ka

Warm Ambient Mix for Sunday Evenings.

Maps and Diagrams - Navel
Logreybeam - Opiate for the Masses (podgrinder remix)
EXurban - Seelenkinder
XYCID - Gingy
Plakto - Souled Out Seasickle
Erissoma - Dream of Rain
LPF12 - The White Room (Apparent Symmetry Remix)
Geotic - The Animal
adamend.age - Whiteout
Geotic - I Find Your Warmth Infectious

Yet Another Mix

I'm not sure how this mix ended up sounding like it does? Probably something to do with compiling it while waiting to go to the boozer.

The tracklist:

1. This Morning - Noboru Watanabe
2. Final Frontier from Beyond K's Remix - Wahn
3. Dubreak - O (Vocodered)
4. Dubreak - O
5. SL-1 - Duskky
6. Strange noises from the wardrobe - So Shy
7. Tetchong - PierrotheMoon
8. Glatze (live) - Glatze

Big Rich Mix 2 by st00ka

Alpha-Ville Festival

This weekend I travelled down to London for the first day of the Alpha-Ville Festival at the Whitechapel Gallery. Described as a online and live platform for digital arts and culture the night was to host a range of attractions from 3D film (with old skool 3D glassed) to AV mapping demonstration plus of course some pretty decent music too.

The festival hadn't taken over the gallery completely and access to it's exhibitions was denied which meant the site was a little cavernous and maze-like and meant that the two distinct music areas seemed quite separate. To complain about this would be nit-picking. I will complain about the warm brew dog lager taken out of the top of the bucket and not from the bottom where it is obviously going to be cold though. ;)

Overlap between the acts meant that I got to see a fair proportion of everyone playing that night with the exception of the Boats. Listening to Bola and Scanner playing their musical soundscapes and chilled out head nodding beats in a sweaty loft-like room with a pretty cool cityscape as a backdrop is something that everyone should get the chance to savour. Who needs visuals when you have the City of London as a real-life attraction?

Something a bit more upbeat in the tiny bar room of the gallery, Subeena and Actress played a mixture of house and dubstep. Actress at times was in danger of verging onto full-on detroit techno at times.

I think that because most punters had opted for Actress and because of their laidback slow glitchy start, the room for Kettenkarussel was a little thin on numbers. But an excellent set was in store for those that hung around with everyone in the room dancing by the end.

I'm glad I made the journey down for the Alpha-Ville Festival, it is exactly the sort of night/event that I don't think could take off in drum'n'bass obsessed Birmingham. I was disappointed not to be able to stay for the live cinema night the following day but will definately be back if the event takes place next year.

Another Mix

I done another mix for your listening pleasuuuuuure:

Big Rich Mix #1 by st00ka

Tracklisting:

Mister Bibal - Dream Merchant 1
Lennon - Believe
DZA - Uproar in Heaven
Duskky - Scratch
Mister Bibal - Under the Rain
Dustmotes - Aesthetic Principle
Lou Batteri - Mis Pen Freaks
Myown - Suromna
Duskky - Ganja Fiend

An ambient mix .

GMP Podcast 10 by st00ka

1. RYKARD - Bowglide
2. Brunk - Radiostoring
3. Ponytea - Esra
4. Adamned Age - Signs of Repetition
5. Nev.Era - Llegada
6. Heezen - Priphriques
7. Nikka - Agains Citizen
Release/catalogue number: GMP10

We're too busy partying.

We've been too busy going to other peoples parties to think about putting any on ourselves. Watch this space though. I'm quite fancying putting on a night of wierdy beardy electronica.

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We've been to:

www.sonar.es
www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
www.thegardenfestival.eu
Headsfest

And we are going to:

The Little Chill
www.summersundae.com
www.shambalafestival.org
www.berlinfestival.de

Busy few weeks so it'll probably be around 2015 before we organise something.

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Well that was interesting. Torrential rain. Reduced hours. Sound engineers at very short notice. Ed attempting to play U2 and Razorlight. :)

A Short Podcast, This One is Number Six!

Girls Make Passes Podcast #6 by st00ka

I don't even know what this music is called but I think it's pretty cool. Hip hop? Bass? Dunno. Anyway, it's the hardest thing in the world to mix, I think I'm supposed to do some of those rewinds or something. Most of these tracks were made available via the Creative Commons so the track listing is:

1. Mux Mool - Wolf Tone Symphony (Paul White Remix) - Ghostly
2. Swede:Art - Wonkycarz - Error Broadcast
3. Niño - Interludio - Penrite Records
4. Pixel Lord - Quartz Boy (Coco Bryce Rider Mix) - Error Broadcast
5. Robert Koch - A Day Like This - Planet Terror
6. Shepherd - Kantknelt - Acroplane
7. fLako - 04500 - Not sure what label this is on I followed a twitter link.
8. Schlomo - Blankets - Error Broadcast
Party

Free party for those ugly enough to be invited.
A great little video form fat-pie.com

Yes!

http://www.factmag.com/2010/04/19/fact-mix-142-gavin-russom/

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Dubtronics.

This is good.

Podcast the Fourth

A downtempo mix for a downtempo Saturday night. Music from ur:neon:ono (who I can't find any other info about other than they are on a Silent Flow Net Label Compilation), Werken, Fransisko Godihinho on Brainstorm Lab, rec_overflow of plataforma-ltw and a couple of others who I'll credit as soon as I remember, all the tracks where released under the Creative Commons.

Jahcoozi Remix

I took the parts from Jahcoozi's Remix Competition and this is what I made.

Barefoot Dub (GMP Mix) by st00ka

Podcast #3

After spending far far too long trying to knock out a hip hip set to with no luck I sat there and just listened to some tracks, this is the result, a stream of conciousness mix I suppose you could call it.



Girls Make Passes Podcast #3 by st00ka

Cool Shit

I am so out of the loop when it comes to music labels, I've got a copy of DJ Mag in had and am looking up every label I come across. Obviously my hipster prestige levels are taking a battering by announcing this but I don't care I've discovered or at least DJ Mag has pointed me towards so some cool stuff this afternoon. Namely Record Makers, Kavinsky, Acid Washed, Ikonika, Mantrap Records.

I like this tune from Acid Washed, it's kind of more acidic Ed Banger mixed with something that Moroder would have produced many moons ago, the singer is also called Barbara Panther which is in my opinion a good thing, the mixes are pretty cool too Gavin Russom version is a bit iffy to start with and takes a good five minutes to really get going but once it does its amazing, the Blackstrobe version is just very good.

Acid Washed - Snake (feat. Barbara Panther) from Record Makers on Vimeo.

Girls Make Passes Podcast #2

I spent far too long compiling this one, going through everyone from The Sight Below to the Boo Radleys in hope of getting the sound right. I hopes you likes it.



GMP Podcast #2 by st00ka

1. Scott 4 - Lilla B-Boy Lullabye
2. Badly Drawn Boy - Kerplunk By Candlelight
3. Formication - This Summer
4. Arcade - JPlug
5. Neboa - Para tu Tara
6. bRUNA - Don't Give Up
7. Computah! - Mal(o)
8. oRex - Step Killi
9. Just Jack - Fox News

Synth Eastwood

Next Friday we are as part of the Flatpack Film Festival looking forward to some chin stroking at Synth Eastwood presenting Fast Forward at the Rainbow Warehouse in Birmingham featuring:

Clark.



Gangpol und Mit.

Holy green jelly from Gangpol & Mit on Vimeo.

Spring Spring

It feels very spring like today. I've been wandering around in the sunshine listening to some cool electo-hispanica sounds from the Pendrive Records label. Its the kind of music that improves your surrounding, the light looks different, colours more intense and the clouds change into a million and one recognizable shapes and the world feels a better place.

http://www.pendriverec.com

Back from my stroll and I'm trawling the Interwebs for some new sounds, I like this "Sophiticated and High Quality" track from Swiss Label Numbolic.

NUMB007 - SUEDMILCH - LION EP

numbolic | MySpace Music Videos


http://www.numbolic.com

Some wierd shit. http://www.myspace.com/dpsmusicistheshit


dp-S_S-03/Gravity Noir

dp-S | MySpace Music Videos

We Made a Podcast

Girls Make Passes Podcast #1 by st00ka

Tracks:

Woolfy Vs Projections - Absynth (Marcus Worgull Remix)
Jarvis Cocker - You're in my eyes (disco song) (Pilooksi Remix)
Rune Lindbaek - Nautilus
John Talbot - Sunshine (Luke Abbot Remix)
MF Doom - Accordian (Four Tet Remix)

Plastikman

I was going to lock myself away for a week, enter the competition to design Richie Hawtin's Plastikman Visuals and win of course. But unfortunately the spec on my coal powered laptop was just not up to the job. Why can't he accept an entry made with crayons?

Competition

Noisecore

It's lunchtime and I'm struggling to finish this code I've been tasked to sort out by the end of the day, I've got some other things also to get out of the way later this afternoon, I'll probably get a bollocking come Monday morning and I'm listening to the noisecore of Franck Vigroux a Friday feeling I do not have.

franck vigroux & philippe fontes -0- from dautrescordes on Vimeo.

Another Band I Want To See This Summer # 2

Crazy P - I've been at various venues on many occasions when the Penis have played, unfortunately I've either been so drunk that my head has been elsewhere or I've had the lovely problem of dealing with other beer casualties and have missed the show. Hopefully I get to see them properly this year.

There one of those bands that never quite seem to translate their live stuff, but this is cool.

I've had a shitty day I want to listen to some loud bass heavy music.

Shitty day, told off for doing something I didn't do, snotty emails off stupid people wanting me to do things I can't do anyway and phone calls asking me to chase things that I've got no control over anyway. Bah!

Bass heavy sounds of Robert Koch. At Sonar this year.

Robot Koch vs. Cerebral Vortex :: Aftershocks from Laura Weider on Vimeo.

Dance Dance Dance

I've played this mix non-stop since I got up this morning I absolutely love it. It is the summer.


http://thegardenfestival.eu/userfiles/music/joe90+elharvo-mixtape_100112.mp3



And I particularly like this:

Acts I Hope to I Get to See This Summer #1 - 2020 Soundsytem

The amount of times I've discovered something two or three years down the line and then realised that I was actually standing stuffing my face outside the tent where they were making their seminal performace is getting into embarrassing figures now.

So this year on my festival travels I've decided to catch as many new performances as possible. I guess I really don't need to see 2ManyDjs for the 99th time.

Anyway today scouting around the Interweb I'm checking out the Ralph Lawson led Leeds/Argentina foursome 2020 Soundsytem today who I'd describe as the Disco Ozric Tentacles (less cider more house) and I think they is ace.

More fun than and less chin strokey than The Bays unfortunately they are only playing the first weekend of the Garden Festival and I'm not there so I'll probably not see them but at least being a Glasto is a better excuse than being pissed eating a hot dog outside the tent they are in. :(

The Garden Get Together.

If I can find an intested friend and stop being billy no mates, I think I'll go to the Garden Get Together at the Hare and Hounds this evening (26/2/10 9pm) for some Balearic Beats and a warm up for my trip to Croatia this summer.

Cubase.

Way! I found a setting that allows me to allocate more memory on each track in Cubase. This means I don't have to replace my crappy laptop just yet and popping a cracking noises that were so frustrating have gone away - or at least they've disappeared from the rubbish built in speakers, I've yet to try it on my quality Aldi soundsystem.

Maybe I'll get back to work on my Italo Disco track.

I've got this sound in my head, similar to an vintage electric piano but a bit lighter with a bit more sustain but trying to get it out of either of the synths built into my old copy of Reason is driving me nuts, everything I try ends up sounding like a saw. Maybe I need to go on a course or find a bigger boy to show me how to do it.

Untitled Italo House Record

I've been working on a rather cheesy italo house track, it's very rough an ready not sure I'm brave enough to upload it at the moment it needs a) a title and b) a bit more work on it. It's pretty simple knocking out something on Reason/Cubase but to actually make something that sounds decent is a completely different task.

Tropical Punk Rock Techno

It's miserable grey freezing cold Sunday, outside there's a layer of very wet snow so and I'm warming myself up by listening to music created in sunnier climes (or at least sound like they were). I've been going through the likes of El Guincho, The Ruby Suns, Abe Vigodo and Vampire Weekend but have now moved onto the San Fransisco sounds of Dirty Bird and Claude VonStroke.

I'll think I'll listen to some of that Nu-Balearica in a bit. Hopefully it'll warm things up...

New(ish) Decade New Website New Name

It's a new decade, my brother and I both shaved off our increasingly ridiculous facial hairs (for the time being at least) and we've being having a lazyhiatus when it comes to doing this sort of stuff. So I figured it was time for a new website and for some new events more details of those coming soon.