Tracks 5, 6, 8, and 16 (Polytopes by Nullptr, Projections by
Silicon Scally, Keyhole by Mikron, and Tellarium Snow by
Plant43 respectively) are all on the famous label CPU Records.
Silicon Scally's Projections EP is my current favorite of those four
releases. It reminds me of his album Dark Matter on Satamile, an
album I'm a huge fan of. Strong recommendation for Projections
(and Dark Matter if you haven't heard it).
Double Density by Bitstream is from their legendary
Monolith EP, which I believe is Bitstream's first release.
It's a short song, 2 minutes 50 going by my local
recording. I love its atmosphere and its quacking acid synth line.
I noticed while looking it up on discogs that both the song Monolith
and Double Density were re-released by Vinyl Underground on the
Union EP last year. It's a different version of Double Density,
though, longer and lacking the acid line. Monolith was previously
available only on the (limited edition) Monolith EP and Swayzak's
Groovetechnology v1.3 compilation, so I'm glad that Vinyl Underground
have reissued it.
I wish I had played T.Power's A Large Grey Area longer; that's
another great, overlooked track.
And that's all I want to say this week. I think I'll do some 80 / 160
stuff next time. Downtempo, footwork, drum & bass, something like that.
This mix was put together as a way to play Hyper Logic by Oushe.
It's kind of a goofy track, a throwback. It sounds slightly glassy to me
the way some new electro does. It reminds me of the Static EP by
Contactless, which would make sense, since both are on the label
Unknown To The Unknown. I dig it.
Another high point in this hour is Automat's Robomelo, from their
Introspection EP on SCSI-AV. That's a terrific release.
Hardware and Robomelo are the standouts, but the other two tracks
are also good. The link above goes to bleep.com where the EP is still
available digitally; I think that's how I picked it up years ago.
All that plus mid-2000s breaks by Darren Rhys, glitchy stuff by
Jega, and a couple of halftime trap-ish tracks by Vaperror
and Kuedo. I'll be back next week with... I'm not sure. Something
Mednafen 1.22.2's Joystick Detection and FreeBSD 12
A few days ago I bought a Logitech F310 gamepad at my local
thrift store. FreeBSD detected it immediately and created the appropriate
uhid entry in /dev. SDL2 also saw the gamepad, which I was able
to verify with Joytran. The Mednafen game console emulator
did not see the device, however. Here's why:
Mednafen 1.22.2 supports three different joystick backends:
Linux event devices (evdev), SDL2, and MS Windows
DirectInput / XInput devices. The backend is selected when the autoconf
./configure script is run, and then that backend selection is compiled
into the Mednafen binary (see the ifdef statement at line 178 in
Mednafen's autoconf script selects the evdev backend if it finds the file
linux/joystick.h in the header search path. The FreeBSD port
devel/evdev-proto installs that joystick.h header file. So, if you
have evdev-proto installed (it's required by x11-toolkits/qt5-gui)
and then compile emulators/mednafen it will use evdev and not
SDL2 for its joystick support.
I worked around this by commenting out parts of src/drivers/Joystick.cpp
(again around line 178) to force Mednafen to use SDL2 for joysticks. I should
probably post on FreeBSD's bug tracker; could submit a patch too, it's simple
This whole situation is definitely a corner case. The joystick backend
selection in Mednafen could be better, but I'm also doing something
a little unusual here.
Posting because this took me hours to figure out, and so I'll remember next
time I encounter this problem.
As mentioned in the intro, I picked up a bunch of releases from the
excellent CPU Records recently during their end of year sale. Tracks
9, 10, 14, and 16 are all from those releases. Remember Members
by Microlith, 000 by 96 Back, Slate Grey Sky by Plant43,
and Extra Terrestrials by Cygnus, respectively. I think it's safe
to say CPU are one of the better known modern electro labels, along with
maybe Bass Agenda, Brokntoys, and the revived Electrix. CPU is consistently
great, with 70+ releases to flip through, so go check them out at the
My favorite single track this week is Drexciya's Ociya Syndor.
I've linked to Grava 4 at Clone's bandcamp page above, but the copy played
in this mix is actually from the Drexcyen R.E.S.T. Principle 12"
also on Clone. It's a tough tune, love the sort-of call & response between
the bass and that buzzy sound.
I've played a lot of this on the show before (I'm going to have to put
that Gosub album away for a while...) but hopefully that can be excused.
It felt like time to rock out to something familiar.
I'll be back next week with more; something slower, I think.
A couple of different tracker groups (and/or netlabels) are represented
in this mix: Five Musicians (track 1 and 9), Hellven (tracks
7 and 8), and Milk (tracks 6 and 12). I've written about Hellven
before; I'll write a similar article about Milk, once I finish going
through their catalog. It's pretty strange stuff.
Optic Embrace by RS3 comes from Hellven release #024 "Phases Of
Identity". It's a single-file release (PHASES.IT) containing seven
tracks, all at 170/85. Refraction Reprise, the RS3 track from
last week, is the final track of the release. It's a good EP;
if you've got a tracker handy give it a listen.
But the real reason for this hour is to play Yuki Satellites. I
was digging through my mods and realized I hadn't listened to it in a
while. It appears Radix (AKA Rymdlego) has a youtube channel,
complete with a nice video of FT2 running Yuki Satellites. The
.xm file itself is available at modarchive, linked above. Go get it
because it's awesome.
And that'll do it for December, for 2019, for this decade. It feels
right to end the year with some slow late '90s mods. I'll be back
next week with... something, I'm not sure. Space-y electro, probably.
This is the third annual MTT tracker music show. Weird breaks, drum & bass,
and IDM. The mix features 12 (!) tracks from the Assembly demoparty
(including two from 2019), plus a few from the 2018 and 2019 Revision party.
My internet connection dropped during the live broadcast of this show,
unfortunately. I couldn't leave it that way, so I re-recorded the whole hour
and have uploaded it to both MEGA.nz and mixcloud.
The spectrogram above links to mixcloud.
Tracks three and four are both from this year's Assembly
Tracked Music Competition; Parking Lot In Space took first place,
Left Behind took sixth. Be sure to check out the rest of this year's entries,
as they are all terrific.
My favorite from this hour is Keith by Dascon & Mygg & Bonefish. It
took first place at the Revision 2019 Tracked Music Competition,
and deservedly so. It's very well programmed. There are a bunch of super
creative pattern jumps and speed changes in the song, and the thing just
sounds good. Download that one and watch it in a tracker, or check out
one of the videos on youtube.
One interesting thing about tracker music is that there are multiple ways
to set playback speed. There are usually three settings: a tempo setting
which is a single BPM (defaults to 125), ticks per row (or speed), and
rows per beat.
By changing speed or rows per beat and leaving tempo alone, you end
up with interesting multiples of tempo.
The last fifteen minutes of this mix is an example of this; five tracks all
at ~187.5 BPM, or a tempo of 125 and a speed of 4. (Though I'll admit I
cheated with a couple to get them to fit).
I'll close by saying: sorry this took so long to upload. There were some
problems to overcome in the recording of this one. But, as always, the music
is good. I'm glad to have finally gotten some proper old Dune in one of
these shows. There's one more broadcast before the end of the year; that'll
be a mellow one, I think.
Proqxis couldn't make it to his regular show at
Ground Kontrol Arcade last night, so my friend DJ Cache and I
filled in for him. We split the night in half; I took the first slot from
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Here's what I played:
The excellent Brokntoys label features again with three tracks,
specifically the run from track 9 through 11. XY0815's Pseudo Bavaria
is my favorite of those three. It goes well with the kind of angular, stiff,
kick-on-1-and-3 electro represented here by Eargoggle's Fritzland.
Track 4, Hek by PMA, is another piece from Pure Space's
PS001.2. It's bright and kind of unruly; a lot of fun.
It's going to be hard to not play every cut from that release on this show...
This was an okay set. I wish I hadn't flubbed that mix into
Surface Terrestrial Colonization. That record usually gives me trouble.
But, as always, the tracks are good.
Next week will probably be the yearly demoscene show, expect some weird