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!


down­load: sloppy_dubstep_mix_7-Oct-2006.mp3 (65.62MB)
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Soundwalk 2006

Downtown Long BeachFor any­one who may be in the Long Beach, CA area next week­end, I will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in Sound­walk 2006 on Octo­ber 6th and 7th.

From the press release:

On Octo­ber 6th and 7th, 2006, the Long Beach artist group, FLOOD, will present SoundWalk2006, the third annu­al Sound­Walk event, that will fea­ture return­ing artists as well as new par­tic­i­pants from the South­land and Inter­na­tion­al sound art and mul­ti media scene. The event kicks off Fri­day evening with per­for­mances by sound artists, pre­sent­ed in a the­atri­cal forum. Saturday’s event oper­ates under the con­cept of a one-night aural/visual expe­ri­ence as pro­vid­ed by a walk­ing-tour of the sound instal­la­tions locat­ed in var­i­ous indoor and out­door spaces sit­u­at­ed through­out the East Vil­lage Arts Dis­trict in Down­town Long Beach. The art­works will com­bine in mul­ti­ple ways a wide range of visu­al and audio com­po­nents. There will be sculp­tures, envi­ron­ments, instal­la­tions, and per­for­mances. It is the vari­ety and inno­va­tion of works that makes the event mem­o­rable for all who vis­it.

I am work­ing with Har­ry Um (rest­lessears). This is our first col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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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Skanking happiness

Poorman StyleI recent­ly dig­i­tized my vinyl copy of Bar­ring­ton Levy’s Poor­man Style album and I have been enjoy­ing it tremen­dous­ly. The com­bi­na­tion of the Roots Radics band, Bar­ring­ton, and Sci­en­tist is so sweet and heavy. The tem­pos are slow, the basslines are irre­sistible, and Bar­ring­ton Levy’s deliv­ery is so direct and earnest that it does­n’t even mat­ter what the lyrics are. And as if that was­n’t enough, one of my favorite dub spe­cial­ists, Sci­en­tist, pep­pers the whole affair with sub­tle dub­wise inter­ven­tions through­out. For those who are famil­iar with Bar­ring­ton Levy, there are plen­ty of whoa-yoii-yeeeaaa’s but not so many wood­ly-ood­ly’s in this ses­sion.
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TivoSlimserverClient 0.2a

TivoSlimserverClientTivoSlim­server­Client has been updat­ed.

Changes in this ver­sion:

  • made selec­tion bar wider for Choose Play­er
  • made gener­ic “Art­work Not Avail­able” graph­ic
  • added Max­i­mum Bitrate pref­er­ence
  • added song length to main info screen
  • made serv­er sta­tus queries more effi­cient
  • fixed excep­tion that occured when slim­serv­er cli com­mand was prepend­ing play­er address at launch.

TivoSlim­server­Client is now avail­able in two for­mats: jnlp (Java Web Start) and jar.

I am pro­vid­ing the jar for users who may already be run­ning TivoHME envi­ron­ments, such as Galleon.

Avail­able for down­load at:

Dubstep addiction

I have been quick­ly devel­op­ing an obses­sion with a strain of UK club music known as dubstep/grime/sublow, etc. Grime’s vocal artists have had some lim­it­ed expo­sure in the US — Dizzee Ras­cal and Lady Sov­er­eign — but my dub­step curios­i­ty has been hard­er to sat­is­fy. It has been a long time since I have kept cur­rent on any kind of “dance” music, but my inter­est has now been cap­tured.
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Good luck, René and Sandy!

101-0180_IMG.jpgI have just learned that my friend and band­mate, Rene, is mov­ing back to NYC to attend nurs­ing school. His part­ner, Sandy, is also going to be leav­ing Cal­i­for­nia for New York to start school. I know that Rene must be excit­ed to be going back to New York, even though he’ll miss San Fran­cis­co. You will both be missed.

…and cil­ia enters yet anoth­er chap­ter in its geo­graph­i­cal expan­sion…

May 1, 2006 Action


orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by mon­de­li­cious.

It was my priv­i­lege to march with 8000 to 10,000 peo­ple (The Los Ange­les Times web­site reports 10,000 to 15,000) in a pro-immi­grant ral­ly in San­ta Ana. Small­er in scale than the mas­sive ral­lies in Los Ange­les and oth­er cities, but still inspir­ing.

A quick glance at the online cov­er­age of the event reveals that there were about 60 counter pro­test­ers, but I did not encounter any.

Dubbed The Great Amer­i­can Boy­cott 2006, or A Day With­out an Immi­grant, this call to action is hoped to spread aware­ness of, and to protest against, recent immi­gra­tion law reforms. Peo­ple were encour­aged to stay home from work or school, and to refrain from buy­ing or sell­ing any­thing today in order to demon­strate the sig­nif­i­cant eco­nom­ic con­tri­bu­tions of immi­grants in this coun­try.

The cat­a­lyst for the wave of immi­gra­tion pol­i­cy protests is The Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, Antiter­ror­ism, and Ille­gal Immi­gra­tion Con­trol Act of 2005, aka H.R. 4437 (wiki). The result of this bill would be the cre­ation of mil­lions of felons and increased spend­ing on bor­der pro­tec­tion, in the form of 700 miles of fence. As Bill Hing of UC Davis School of Law points out in his arti­cle, The Moral Choice in Immi­gra­tion Pol­i­cy, fences and the increas­ing mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the bor­der have not been effec­tive deter­rents to ille­gal immi­gra­tion.

I am not sure that I can real­ly claim that blan­ket amnesty would be a wise idea, but I am deeply trou­bled by the bill as it stands and I do not believe that it will make any of us safer.

More info about the bill can be found here.

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)

TotoroI have been on a Stu­dio Ghi­b­li mini-ben­der this week, in cel­e­bra­tion of the fact that My Neigh­bor Totoro has final­ly been re-released on dvd, with a new Eng­lish dub and the Japan­ese sound­track.

My Neigh­bor Totoro is eas­i­ly one of my favorite Stu­dio Ghi­b­li films. The Eng­lish sound­track from the US VHS release was def­i­nite­ly a bit screechy and left a lot to be desired, but it nev­er pre­vent­ed me from falling in love with the movie. What a dis­ap­point­ment it was when I learned that the Fox dvd release includ­ed nei­ther the Japan­ese sound­track nor Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. The Dis­ney re-release promis­es to be all that I had been hop­ing for. I am anx­ious­ly await­ing deliv­ery from Ama­zon.

In the mean­time, I amused myself with Howl’s Mov­ing Cas­tle and Pom Poko.
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