freeform mix 21 Oct 2006

la_vache.jpgGrow­ing up in sub­ur­ban New Jer­sey, it required a lot of work to learn about new music. Record buy­ing trips to New York City were my surest method of locat­ing releas­es that I may have heard men­tion of, but nev­er actu­al­ly saw in stores. The sit­u­a­tion is very dif­fer­ent now, of course, but in high school, I was still a few years away from even dis­cov­er­ing Usenet news­groups and Mosa­ic was a nov­el­ty. My musi­cal curios­i­ty couldn’t be sat­is­fied eas­i­ly for rea­sons of age, loca­tion or bud­get. The record indus­try may bemoan the explo­sion of music on the inter­net, but it has become much eas­i­er for music lovers to dis­cov­er new or his­tor­i­cal­ly over­looked music. Back then, “Google” was not yet a verb, and research often required gas mon­ey.

In this con­text, dis­cov­er­ing free form radio was noth­ing short of mirac­u­lous to my young brain. WFMU ( was trans­mit­ting weird, cranky, fun­ny, obscure, impos­si­ble music. And I could dri­ve around quaint, qui­et and bor­ing sub­ur­ban New Jer­sey while lis­ten­ing to sounds that I nev­er imag­ined pos­si­ble, host­ed with unapolo­getic strange­ness.

This mix does not come near the eclec­ti­cism of WFMU, by any means, but it is my own exer­cise in mix­ing and sequenc­ing across genre.


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Sloppy dubstep mix, 7 Oct 2006

Anoth­er mix of dub­step tunes. These have been wait­ing around to be mixed for a while, but I nev­er got around to it. This time, I used NI Trak­tor to actu­al­ly mix the songs togeth­er. As a result, it is quite a bit slop­pi­er than my last mix, which was assem­bled in Able­ton Live. Enjoy!


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Dubstep mix, 28 June 2006

Try­ing to do my part to spread the sound.

Since I don’t have a prop­er dj set­up, I tried mak­ing a mix in Able­ton Live. Obvi­ous­ly I am miss­ing some­thing cru­cial because it seemed much more dif­fi­cult that it should have been. Many times, I wished I could touch the vinyl and nudge things a bit here and there. I nev­er fig­ured out what to do in Live to do what I want­ed.

So, the mix is a bit rough in spots, but it gets the idea across. I hope a few bad tran­si­tions don’t ruin it for any­body.

[update July 1, 2006] Well, since this was a dig­i­tal “mix” I was able to go back and edit some of the rough spots a bit. It feels like cheat­ing, but I think that it’ll be bet­ter for the lis­ten­er. Also, encod­ed as slight­ly bet­ter qual­i­ty mp3.


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Quiet mix

quietmix.pngThis set was orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed for the “qui­et” room of an art and music event that hap­pened in Berke­ley. As it turns out, I was too busy with the logis­tics of the event to make my appear­ance in said qui­et room.

A cou­ple of years lat­er, when a friend gen­er­ous­ly lent me their 1200s and a mix­er, I jumped on the oppor­tu­ni­ty to final­ly exe­cute this mix. I added a dis­c­man and anoth­er cd play­er to han­dle any dig­i­tal to dig­i­tal tran­si­tions, and I went for it.

This was a Christ­mas gift to my three band­mates a few years ago. I still lis­ten to it on occa­sion. I hope you enjoy it.


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