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Monday, 15 September 2008

DS136: Lydian

As most of you know, I love a good harmonic mix and I reckon this week delivers again. Some transitions are more harmonically compatible than others but all keys used are related in some way through my use of time stretching to manipulate pitch separately to tempo in real time. Slightly less harmonic transitions are acceptable and indeed desirable, contributing to tension if used in the right places and sparingly.

To relate and mix tracks tracks live using software it is really useful to have confidence in the key of each of your tracks prior to mixing with them. To help get this confidence, you can play along with the melody on a software MIDI keyboard mimicking it. Tracks that I have taken the time to do this in or that I have tried and tested in the mix frequently get an * in their comments tag. If I see one of those I get a boost and know exactly how it will sound in the mix, saving audition time during the live show. Some really good software to get you started keying your tunes is Rapid Evolution 2 by Qualia. It's a really nice java implementation and is being constantly improved.

XRS - Teleporter - Inside
Contour - If All You Need Is Time - Sole Digital
Amaning - The Limit - Sole
Donnie Dubson - Everywhere - Have A Break
Blake Reary - Nowhere Near (Advisory Remix) - Binary Soul
Damien Marley - Road 2 Zion (Atlantic Connection Bootleg) - DOA freebie
Icicle - Hang On - Shogun Audio
DJ Marky, Makoto - Impulse - Innerground
Blame - Guardian Angel - 720 Degrees Music
Sabaruko - Love Sensation - Sonorous
Brother - Do The Right Thing - Fokuz
Kubiks, Lomax - Despite Everything - Deepkut
Survival - Portal - Critical
Submorphics - What She Wants - Santorin 2000
Paul SG - Turbulences - Influenza Media freebie
Redeyes - Poetry In Motion feat. Sweed - Spearhead

Sunday, 7 September 2008

DS135: Corkscrew

Mijatoho - Jaz Gal - Jerona
Simon V, Telmo A - The Rhythm Track - Santorin
J. Majik, Wickaman - Crazy World (Brookes Brothers Remix) - Breakbeat Kaos
Danny Byrd - Gold Rush feat. Brookers Brothers - Hospital
Blame, The Pedge - Avalon - Hospital
K-Tee - Hypnotize Me - Shogun Audio
Big Bud - Children Of Jah (DJ Motive Remix) - Soundtrax
Benjie, Direct Feed - Komm (Gregor Tresher Remix) - Relentless Audio
Kali - Tokyo (BCee, Lomax Remix) - Outta London
Sonic - Dreamscape - Bingo Beats
Total Science - Badger Eyes - Hospital
Spy, Mosus - Mercury Tears - Product
Syncopix vs. M.Sauer - X-Cellence - Spearhead
Nu:Tone - Heaven Sent (Alternative mix) - Hospital
Sol.ID, Cybass - Soul Reaction - Unsigned
Saburuko - Brooklyn Summer (Morphy Remix) - Horizons
Blake Reary - Nowhere Near (Advisory Remix) - Binary Soul

Monday, 1 September 2008

DS134: Rigmorale

I am a bit busy today but will update this post with a playlist as soon as I get time in the week so make sure you check back. In the meantime, enjoy the mixing and please feel free to post me up some questions or comments (if you have any!) Playlist update:

Random Movement - Lesson & Aftermath - Deepkut
Zero T - Threads feat. Alix Perez - CIA
Autumn - Cut Away - Celsius
Donnie Dubson - Static Energy - Have A Break
Brother - Little Child - Sonorous
Bachelors Of Science - Strings Track (Apex Remix) - Horizons
Electrosoul System - No One Knows - Subtitles
Logistics - Waiting Line - Hospital
Redeyes - Turn Around - Deepkut
dRamatic - A Long Way - Unsigned
Kubatko, Lex Da Hexa, Twintone - Instead Of Me - Beyond Belief
Big Bud - White Widow - Soundtrax
Marky, Bungle - Back To The Vibe - CIA
J. Majik, Wickaman - Crazy World (Brookes Brothers Remix) - Breakbeat Kaos