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I've recorded one of my DJ practice sessions. It's pretty basic, no advance techniques or effects used. Comments and critique are welcome.

Click to download.

Song List:
Billy Daniel Bunter & Peacemaker ft. Niki Mak - Love Will Not Die (Sc@r Remix)
Junior & The New Generation - Tears Fall (Slipmatt & Mike Modulate Remix)
Billy Daniel Bunter & CLSM ft. Leah Symons - My Desire (Original Hardcore Mix)
UK Hardcore - Step Up 2 The Next Level (Squad-E Remix)
Gammer - Body Flow (Original Mix)
Seduction & Joey Riot - Work It - Re-Work
Hixxy, Sy & Unknown - The Clit Commander

I am aware that the mixing at 19:18 isn't too great. Got distracted. c.c

More Vinyl

Oct. 25th, 2011 03:06 pm
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Last night I had a look around and saw that Iron Maiden's album "The Final Frontier" has been released as a limited edition 12" LP, so I made it my job today to find that LP.

Luckily enough my first stop, Jumbo Records (an independant music store in Leeds) had it in stock. I snapped that up rather quickly along with a copy of Street Sounds Nu Electro vol.2.

Earlier I'd had a notion that the quality of music on the turntable was meh because of the stylus, and when I took it off I saw that it was caked in gunk and the cartridge was rusted. I bought a new cartridge and stylus from Jumbo Records too and it's made a huge difference!

The actual LPs for The Final Fronter look incredible too! Each side has album artwork printed on it. :D

Currently I'm listening to the Nu Electro record. Fantastic ch00nage. :D
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Apparently this film isn't out over here until Wednesday, but I guess that someone didn't inform Vue Cinemas as I was able to book a ticket and watch a screening this morning.

I've been a fan of Hergé's series of comic books The Adventures of Tintin, having read many of the comics in their 90s printings and having watched The Adventures of Tintin, produced by Ellipse and Nelvana, every week when I was growing up.
As soon as I saw the trailer for this film on YouTube I got seriously excited. Not only was it being remade by Spielberg and Jackson but Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish were writing it.

Deciding to go to the cinema to see it was a pretty last minute decision. I saw a picture on Twitter from the premiere of the film of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell, which reminded me that the film was due out. I immediately looked up times and bought a ticket to see it today. I wouldn't usually do this as I've fallen out of favour with the movie going experience due to the rudeness of other patrons, plus not being able to smoke, but I knew I had to see this.

I don't regret it either. This film is a fantastic and faithful adaptation of the first three Tintin books. The mocap CG was beautifully done, leading me to double-take a few times because of the incredible amount of detail used. Hergé's art style was kept in the character designs, which I loved, and the effects were never over the top. The actors were fantastic in their respective roles and the writing brought all three books togtether quite well in it's 107 minute run time.
There were also numerous nods and homages to the comics and previous works on Tintin, which made me smile.

I would really reccomend this if you've a liking of Tintin at all. Spielberg and Jackson seem to have an amazing chemistry that reminds me of when Spielberg was working with Lucas on the first three Indiana Jones films, and it really shows in how beautiful this film is.

In other news I decided to pick up a copy of Metal Hammer, a monthly Heavy Metal music magazine, on Saturday whilst on my way to work. I hadn't really looked at the cover until I got on the train and then saw what was inside it... a 10" record of Machine Head's song Locust (YouTube).

This massively surprised me. I was not expecting to have a record as a cover freebie with a magazine. Unfortunately I didn't have a record player to play it on, but a quick trip to Cash Generator sorted that problem. I picked up one that has a USB connection for audio transfer to a computer for £15!

I've yet to hook it up to a proper amp (will probably use my Fisher CA-224), but it sounds pretty awesome through the headphone socket on the front of the player. I look forward to hearing how it sounds through some nice speakers!
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The music from games made for the Commodore Amiga line of computers played a huge part of my childhood, and some tracks still get my toes tapping. Microprose Formula One Grand Prix is one of those, which a fantastic variation on Fleetwood Mac's song "The Chain", which has been used for the BBC Formula One coverage for as long as I can remember.

Just fantastic. <3


Aug. 25th, 2011 07:50 pm
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Spamming another video again, but this is another Look Around You remix that's just too awesome to pass up! :D


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I always prefered Machadaynu to the other songs on Music 2000. Nice to see a remix. :D

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I've been getting my grubby paws on quite a bit of 90s dance music recently, and crap does this stuff take me back. There's no wonder really that I fell in love with Happy Hardcore after growing up with 90s dance music. <3

I was totally shrieking (in a manly way) with joy at every song I listened to.

I don't care what people say, the 90s rocked for music. :3

Oh, and if you haven't heard of any of the following then you totally should take the time to listen to them. :D

All Seeing I - Beat Goes On
Clock - Axel F
Dr. Spin - Tetris
Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat
Rozalla - Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)
Prodigy - Out of Space
Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode
SL2 - On A Ragga Tip
Smart E's - Sesame's Treet
U96 - Das Boot
Utah Saints - Something Good
Underworld - Born Slippy
Urban Hype - Time For Trumpton
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Gotta be Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds. Easily.

If you haven't heard it, get it. So totally worth it.

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I may be behind on the times with this prodigy, but holy shit; 9 years old and he can crack out Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" perfectly (except for the singing).

The best guitarist in the world? Quite possibly when he gets older. I'm really expecting good stuff from this little dude. :3
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Once again I'm manning the decks for ConFuzzled's first Saturday night dance, "Furries Rock!", from 10pm til 12:30am.

I'm running up my playlist now, and unlike last year I will not be taking requests on the day. This is so that I can reduce the amount of kit that I have to carry to the con and make sure that all the music flows together well.

So, if you're going to ConFuzzled and would like to request a piece of Rock/Metal to be played then please leave a comment here. I shall try my best to accomodate all requests but I cannot guarantee that I will be able to play any of them.

Many thanks, and see you in a couple of weeks! :)

[ profile] crossposted to [ profile] confuzzledlj, [ profile] graafen and the ConFuzzled Forum


Jan. 31st, 2009 10:37 pm
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I'm actually quite loving the song "Zelenoglazoe Taksi (Club Remix)" by Oleg Kvasha, part of the Grand Theft Auto IV: Vladivostok FM Soundtrack.


Dec. 11th, 2008 03:17 pm
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I'm getting a little annoyed with myself over DJing. It's not the techniques or equipment, but that I can't settle on a music style that I want to play. Right now my three favourites run down to Industrial (EBM, IDM, etc), Hardcore, and Europop.

So I want to ask you lot; out of these three which do you prefer, or do you like them all?

[Poll #1313455]

This is by no means any attempt by me to put my choice onto your shoulders, I'm just interested in what other responses are. I'll probably end up choosing Hardcore anyway. :P

And if anyone is wondering why I'm focusing on one style is because that's kinda the way I roll, if I don't concentrate on one thing then I don't learn anything. It's one of my failings.
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...bored of it yet? Tough. ;)

So this morning I decided to do a little more mixing, which mainly sucked balls. Might upload it later for S&Gs.
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Holy shit, the Denon DN-HS5500s are sexy.

Key Features (taken from the above page):
- Two decks in one
- High Torque Direct Drive Motor & Spinning Platter Design
- Modular HDD/CD Internal Option (world’s first)
- External USB Device Support
- MIDI Interface Controller (PC/MAC)
- USB Audio Internal 24-Bit Processing
- D-Sync (Two units connected via RJ45 to share music)
- 5 Built-in DSP Effects
- 3 Platter Effects (Brake, Dump, Reverse)
- A stupid amount of other features...

Check out the video below:


DS Music

Dec. 8th, 2008 05:07 pm
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Yesterday, whilst on the bog and playing idly with my DS, I got to thinking about touchscreen kit that I had seen (mostly via YouTube) DJs use before during live events. Then I thought "Hang on, I'm missing a trick here; the DS has a touch screen, so why not make music creation software for it?"

I got back to my desk and furvently scowered the Internets (mostly via Google) for DS based music software. One impressive piece of homebrew tech is ProteinDS, an audio manipulation package which allows one to take advantage of the touchscreen to play around with loops and samples. Very nice.

I've played around with it quite a bit, and despite only being "proof of concept" right now I think that it's got a lot of potential.

But what really impressed me was KORG DS-10, another non-game music creation app that emulates a KORG MS-10.

If that's not amazing enough, you can wirelessly link up to eight units together to perform an ensemble. Colour me speechless.

Here's a video of a dude playing with four of them linked through a mixer.

In closing, the Nintendo DS never ceases to amaze me. Sure it's 3D graphics aren't all that, but it's power comes from it's versatility and innovative nature.
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Today is turning out to be wonderfully long</sarcasm>. I'm looking forward to getting home to my nice warm bed. ^.^

In other news I've been thinking about something that I discussed with Cheetah on the last day of RBW. I've already spoken to CaliHusky about it but I also want to speak to Miyabi, Kittiah, and Tryst about it too.

Tomorrow I'm probably gonna be at home all day, so I'll take advantage of the time to play around with Traktor Pro some. I might have a new test mix to upload too.

Speaking of mixes, did anybody listen to the one I uploaded the other day? :P
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As I was stupid and didn't make a recording of my set from the RBW DeadDog party I've decided to recreate it with a little "poetic license". I've included most of the songs that I played that night but I've also added a few songs that I wanted to play but didn't. Obviously I've chopped some out, hence the 45 minute run time instead of an hour.

I'll upload it when I get home from work and make a link available tomorrow morning.


Nov. 10th, 2008 08:04 pm
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So I sat down today and played around with my Behringer BCD3000 and Traktor 3 LE. I spent about 30 minutes playing around with the music that's provided with T3LE and the "Tutorial Tracks".

I was presently surprised that during those 30 minutes I was able to mix some pretty good stuff, although [ profile] jennavixen commented that I need a lot more practice. ;)

It was also incredibly fun. Roll on the end of the month so I afford Traktor Pro. :3
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So I'm chatting with V here at work and I mentioned that I like a couple of songs by Cher (namely "Jesse James" and "Walking in Memphis") to which he repiled:

"That'll be your GayNA kicking in then."


Also I'm gonna start learning to play the guitar soon. V's gonna give me a guitar to play around with and I'm going to spend some of my free time practicing.


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