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Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / March 2019

Posted 2019-03-28. Permalink. Tagged ambient, breaks, demoscene, downtempo, drum & bass, electro, footwork, ground kontrol, idm, logical aggression, music.

Another Logical Aggression at Ground Kontrol has come and gone. The local college was on spring break this week, so Megaphysics and I dug up some breaks (and adjacent music) to play.

I went first, selecting music roughly between 100 and 125 BPM. Here's what I played:

  1. Avalon / New Frontier ~9:00 PM
  2. Fellmann & Louise / Chicken Sandwiches
  3. ILS / Revolver
  4. Meat Beat Manifesto / I Am Organic
  5. Plaid / Summit
  6. Wenzel / Latenight Drive
  7. Darkhalo / Underwater Voyage Pt. 2
  8. Yli. / Mass Control
  9. Unconsciousness / Ramshackle Place
  10. Hooligan / Jazzy High
  11. Goldcrest / 106 Miles
  12. DJ Food / Mella (The Herbaliser Drive Faster Mix)
  13. Coldcut / Which Doctor?
  14. Intelligent Concept / Cuttin' It Up
  15. Eric B. & Rakim / Juice (Know The Ledge) (Instrumental)
  16. The Crystal Method / More
  17. Necros / Mechanism Eight
  18. Coldcut / Cloned Again
  19. Secret Frequency Crew / Faen
  20. Coldcut / Music 4 No Musicians
  21. Link / Arcadian (Global Communication Remix)
  22. Meat Beat Manifesto / Future Worlds
  23. Dadamnphreaknoizphunk? / Dubdope
  24. Lionrock / Straight At Yer Head (An Instinct For Detection Mix)
  25. Art Of Noise / Beatbox (Diversion One)
  26. Darkhalo / Manga Starlight
  27. The Chemical Brothers / Lost In The K-Hole
  28. Secret Frequency Crew / Neon Bridge
  29. Plaid / Fly Wings
  30. Luke Vibert / Am I Still Dreaming?
  31. Freezie Freekie / Slow Decay
  32. Supreems / Close Your Eyes (And Feel)
  33. Photek / 124
  34. The Crystal Method / Vapor Trail
  35. DJ Mink & K.I.D. & Carruthers / Hey Hey Can U Relate!
  36. DJ Mink ft. 2wice The Trouble / Hey! Hey! Can U Relate? (Mix 2)
  37. B-Boy Mayhem / Battlesnake (Instrumental)
  38. Jay Roc / If You Are A Dancer
  39. The Prodigy / 3 Kilos
  40. Psychic T.V. / Pain

Megaphysics took over at 11:30 PM, slowly raised the tempo into the 130s, then cut back to 80/160 for some drum & bass and footwork. Here's his setlist:

  1. Central Fire / This Is A Shout Going Out (Into The Future Mix) ~11:30 PM
  2. DJ Who vs. Bassbin Twins / Untitled
  3. Renegade Soundwave / The Phantom (Remix)
  4. DJ Groov / Energy Ensemble
  5. Bassbin Twins / Untitled
  6. Eero Johannes / Tonewash
  7. Bitin' Back / She's Breaking Up
  8. DSC / The Furnace
  9. Segun / Sweet Surrender (Thurdsday Club Dub)
  10. Lanark Artefax / Touch Absence (Intimidating Stillness Mix)
  11. Ghosties / The Big Showdown
  12. Bassbin Twins / Disco United
  13. Freddy Fresh / On the Couch
  14. Desert Sound Colony / Aunt Wendy's Wedding In Wales
  15. DJ Rap / Divine Rhythm
  16. DJ 43 / Pepper Spray (Infiniti Remix)
  17. The Prodigy / Breathe
  18. DJ Icey / Don't Stop
  19. Infiniti / Looking For Something
  20. Evil Nine / Crooked (Bassbin Twins Remix)
  21. Overmono / iii's Front
  22. DJ Food / Consciousness (Ashley Beedle Cosmic Consciousness Mix)
  23. DJ Infiniti / Children Of The 80's (I Still Love You)
  24. Iceman J / Miami Bass
  25. DJ Rap / Universal Mind
  26. Fuze / Fluctuations
  27. Murda Mommy / Like Me
  28. Squarepusher / Beep Street
  29. D'Cruze / Lonely
  30. Nightmares On Wax / Stars
  31. Chrissy Murderbot / Lover 2
  32. DJ Earl / Valentra
  33. Seven Six / Whose World Is This?
  34. Tom And Jerry / Airfreshner
  35. Kool A.D. / Good Old Neon (Prod. Big Baby Gandhi)
  36. El Buho & Barrio Lindo ft. Lucila Dominguez / Marri Yanada
  37. Third World / Brand New Beggar

One decent set (mine), one excellent set (Megaphysics). A pretty good night! A large variety of music here, with a common thread of sampled breakbeats.

Thanks to GK for having us, and thanks to everyone in attendance for hanging out and listening.

Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / December 2018

Posted 2018-12-27. Permalink. Tagged ambient, demoscene, downtempo, drum & bass, electro, ground kontrol, idm, logical aggression, music.

Logical Aggression at Ground Kontrol was last night. DJ Megaphysics was out of town, so I played music from 9 PM until close. The selection was a mixture of MTT 095 and 094, plus some tracks that were in my notes for those shows but didn't make the cut for radio.

Not too much to say beyond that. It was a good night. I wish demoscene mods sounded better loud on a big system...

  1. Solar Quest / Cherchez La Lumière ~9:00 PM
  2. Avalon / New Frontier
  3. Tosca / Busenfreund (Baby Mammoth Remix)
  4. Stargazer / Rubicon
  5. Roz / Straightbackward
  6. Necros / Cloud City
  7. Lizardking / Claustrophobia
  8. Buzzer / Let's Party Again
  9. Edge / Empty Mind
  10. Darkhalo / Underwater Voyage Pt. 2
  11. Paul Hardcastle / Rain Forest (Original Mix)
  12. Ylikulju / Banana Color
  13. The Black Dog / 4,7,8
  14. Mefis / Sun
  15. Yli. / Mass Control
  16. Unconsciousness / Ramshackle Place
  17. Hooligan / Jazzy High
  18. Goldcrest / 106 Miles
  19. The Hooligan / Anyway I want
  20. Purple Motion / Astraying Voyages
  21. Kaiowa / Aliensex
  22. Nagz / Nuclear Deterrent
  23. Plaid / Anything
  24. Paradroid / Capacitive Accelerometer Design
  25. Matt Whitehead / Lunashock ~10:15 PM
  26. Dangerous Frontiers / Twilight Of The Dragon
  27. The Exaltics / Mother Ship To Solaris
  28. Metamatics / Liquid Gel
  29. Lowfish / Glass & Spiders (Solvent Remix)
  30. Caro / Caro's Crystal Castle
  31. Scape One / Mr. Masutake
  32. Lone Shark / Sinclair Space Age
  33. Autopilot / Tun Sie Es Jetzt
  34. MD / Trem Muls
  35. üNN / Fear
  36. Willow / Machine Drome
  37. Understandable Product / _01 (Mix B - Tapestry)
  38. Rb387 / Invisible Objects
  39. DNA / Unelmias (Dremas)
  40. Kyllönen / Cogten
  41. Supreems / Broken (And Out Of Sync)
  42. MD / Headroom
  43. Nagz / Skin After Flash
  44. Sape / Juuri Näin.
  45. Dune / Nobody Dreaming
  46. Skaven / Ice Frontier
  47. Xhale / Attending Eart
  48. Jcole / Berylux
  49. RS3 / The Lunar Trinity
  50. Purple Motion / Second Reality II
  51. Ambientmove & Velvet / Sojourner
  52. Ceniq / XEQ-Complex
  53. Orbital / The Girl With The Sun In Her Head
  54. The Future Sound Of London / Flak
  55. Norken / Static
  56. Complex / Beyond Reality
  57. Chris Jarvis / Stairway
  58. Lone Shark / Go Faster
  59. Carl Finlow / Conflict
  60. Transparent Sound / Sound Splash
  61. ADJ & Pathic / Highdiver ~12:15 AM
  62. Robot / Leitmotiv
  63. Dave Tarrida / Slack Is Back
  64. Silicon Scally / Toneworks
  65. Makunouchi Bento / Morninfizik
  66. Miss Saigon / Midnight Fires
  67. Mig27 / Like Loiske
  68. Nagz / Mellow Leader Blues
  69. MD / Bjarn Kv Pontor
  70. Rising Sun / Ocean View
  71. Mellow-D / Potion
  72. Jean Nine / Mellon Moon (ASM99 Compo Mix)
  73. Metamatics / Cityscape
  74. Lowfish / Ripped
  75. SCSI-9 / Silkworm
  76. Metamatics / Hymn Bream ~1:00 AM
  77. Mellow-D / Fade Away
  78. Prob. / Jazzy Vibesz
  79. Kuu / Come And Get Me
  80. Falcon / Tasting Malibu
  81. RS3 / Refraction Reprise
  82. Zoomin' ft. Fay Saphirah / Purify Myself (Instr.)
  83. International Observer / Flip Flop Cemetery
  84. Dublicator / Echos Of Babylon
  85. Cabaret Voltaire / Resonator ~1:40 AM

MTT No. 095 / Beyond Reality

Posted 2018-12-21. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, demoscene, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT095 Spectrogram

Tracker mods! Breakbeat, IDM, and oldschool mods this week. Featuring ten tracks sourced from The Assembly's music competitions.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. Skaven / Second Reality I 00:00
  2. Firelight / After The Storm 01:33
  3. Roz / Straightbackward 04:30
  4. Necros / Cloud City 06:40
  5. Lizardking / Claustrophobia 09:52
  6. Buzzer / Let's Party Again 12:49
  7. Darkhalo / Underwater Voyage Pt. 2 15:07
  8. Yli. / Mass Control 17:56
  9. Unconsciousness / Ramshackle Place 19:36
  10. Hooligan / Jazzy High 20:37
  11. Nagz / Nuclear Deterrent 22:29
  12. Willow / Machine Drome 24:20
  13. Understandable Product / _01 (Mix B - Tapestry) 27:17
  14. Rb387 / Invisible Objects 28:34
  15. DNA / Unelmia (Dremas) 31:38
  16. MD / Headroom 34:28
  17. Nagz / Skin After Flash 36:55
  18. Xhale / Attending Eart 38:48
  19. Jcole / Berylux Tones 41:37
  20. RS3 / The Lunar Trinity 44:07
  21. Purple Motion / Second Reality II 48:56
  22. Ambientmove & Velvet / Sojourner 54:56
  23. Ceniq / XEQ-Complex 56:53
  24. Skaven / Second Reality III 58:23

Ten of these songs come from The Assembly demoscene party's music archive, as mentioned. Straightbackward and Let's Party Again were both released this year - the Assembly 2018 Tracked Music entries in general are excellent. Five tracks are from the Assembly 1998 Music competition. For some reason, there's only one music category in 1998, with 100+ entries. There's a lot of great downtempo, drum & bass, and IDM in that 1998 competition, some of which I plan to write about later.

Cloud City by Necros and Headroom by MD (aka Mellow-D) both come from the excellent group Five Musicians. I'm a big fan of the artists in FM, and can't recommend their music enough. Their catalog can be found at archive.org and at netlabelarchive.org.

This one's pretty good! There's a small popping noise at 24:21 that I forgot to mute, and an unfortunate zip noise at 25:12. (Digital DJ-ing problems). Also, some of these tracks were rendered with the wrong sample interpolation settings (particularly noticeable on Sojourner - that song isn't supposed to sound crunchy). I'll go back and fix those tracks as I come across them.

Shoutout to Foamhat and JWM.

MTT No. 083 / Armchair Tour

Posted 2018-09-28. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, demoscene, downtempo, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, vaporwave.

MTT083 Spectrogram

Downtempo, IDM, a bit of old demoscene, a bit of vaporwave. Chill-out music, mostly.

Unfortunately my internet connection dropped a little over halfway through this show. Robot DJ Kumata, aNONradio's mascot DJ, played J-Pop and soundtracks during this period - from roughly 34:48 to 41:32 in the recording.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. Basehead / Shades Of Night 4 (Sea At Dawn) 00:00
  2. RS3 / Optic Embrace 04:16
  3. Dogon / Fool's Walk 09:13
  4. Zoomin' ft. Fay Saphirah / Purify Myself (Instr.) 12:12
  5. User18081971 / 14 Cornish Spreek5b (St. Nectan S Glen Waterfalls Mix) 17:37
  6. User48736353001 / (Watery Big EZ) 20:48
  7. DeepWoods / Heavy Rain 23:06
  8. Creta Kano / Skyway 81 26:59
  9. t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 / 蒸気涙 31:07
  10. Quantum Leap / Sofa Music 34:30
  11. Internet dropout; robot DJ Kumata takes over from 34:48 to 41:32
  12. Cabaret Voltaire / Harmonic Parallel 41:33
  13. Orbital / Times Fly (Slow) 44:24
  14. Amon Tobin / Piranha Breaks 48:41
  15. [sub] / Sensualism 51:49
  16. Boymerang / Secret Life 56:54

I picked up Creta Kano's Skyway Motel this month (from Boomkat) and that served as the inspiration for this hour. I'm happy and a bit surprised the mix from Heavy Rain to Skyway 81 worked. And then on to proper vaporwave from t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者...

Two tracks were taken from the Space Night Vol. VIII compilation on Elektrolux. Specifically track 4 Purify Myself and track 10 Sofa Music. It's a sweet comp, one I've played tracks from before, see MTT018 and MTT044.

This was a pretty good set! Good for a quick few hours picking tracks and winging it, anyway. Sad about the connection drop, but that'll happen from time to time. I might rework this into something more cohesive in the future.

Hellven, Demoscene Group and Netlabel

Posted 2018-01-02. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, 2000s, demoscene, digital release, music.

Hellven Link Button

Something I wrote last week didn't sit right with me:

RS3 later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven

I knew that couldn't be correct. A small amount of research led me to this interview with Xavier Dang, the founder of Hellven. That gave me enough information to start digging in the Internet Archive. The Hellven v5 homepage helpfully links to a forum post that explains the timeline and history of Hellven. Quote from that forum post:

hellven was founded in 1998 by Xavier Dang a.k.a. "mv" (previously melvyl). When it started, hellven was a music group of aspiring/hobbyist musician pals from various places around the globe aiming to release their tracked music of any style for free on the net.

Hellven went through a series of versions, each with a corresponding time period. 1.x spanned 1998-1999, 2.x 1999-2000, then 3.x and 4.0 lasted from 2000 to 2003. The final revision appears to have been 5.0; I don't know if any music was released during this time.

The files.scene.org archive appears to have the Hellven v3 and v4 releases, specifically the Urbanism musicdisk and the 001-099 single releases. The archived Hellven v4 webpage is useful for figuring out the details of the various releases.

So now I know: RS3 did not "start" Hellven. He joined during the Hellven 2 period.

This journey inspired me to download the Hellven mod releases available on scene.org and render the ones I liked out to flac. There's a lot of good stuff! Melvyl's tracks, particularly hv001 Disfigured and hv032 Someone EP are great. hv041 Odyssey by Funkymuskrat is a nice surprise; that's an artist I'll have to look out for. And of course RS3's tracks, my favorites of which are hv024 Phases of Identity EP and hv039 Among the Fallen.

There's more Hellven for me to discover: I haven't found any v1 or v2 releases, and I've spent no time listening to the (128kbps, 160kbps...) mp3 releases on scene.org. But this seems like a good start.

MTT No. 044 / Shine

Posted 2017-12-29. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, demoscene, downtempo, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT044 Spectrogram

Downtempo, IDM and a couple of old Impulse Tracker mods lazily mixed together. Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. The Sushi Club / Shiosai
  2. Aaron Spectre / Voices
  3. RS3 / Ray
  4. Boards of Canada / Hi Scores
  5. Bola / Effanajor
  6. RS3 / Beam
  7. Being / Adjustable
  8. Frequent C / Haze
  9. RS3 / Prism
  10. LFO / Think A Moment

This mix is largely an excuse to hear Ray, Beam and Prism by RS3. Written using Impulse Tracker around 2000 (I think), these are three of my favorite tracker modules. RS3 later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven and release some pretty cool tracks.

My copy of Shiosai by The Sushi Club is on the Space Night Vol. VIII compilation on Elektrolux records. Space Night is, quoting wikipedia:

the name of a German television program in the early night/morning hours each day. It is a mixture of chill-out-music and images of the earth as seen from space interspersed with informative broadcasts.

I've caught a little bit of it on youtube, and it's cool. I wish it was on TV here in the US.

The last selection I'm going to talk about is Haze by Frequent C AKA Josh Walund, who I mentioned last week as one half of Rb387. Haze (and the whole Broken Sun EP) is a great Boards of Canada-inspired piece. Check out the first One on Twoism compilation for more BoC-inspired tracks like it... and check out the Twoism forums in general.

That's it from me today. Check back next week (in 2018!) for another show.

MTT No. 043 / Demosong

Posted 2017-12-22. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, chiptune, demoscene, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT043 Spectrogram

Chiptune, demoscene, doskpop, and a few later IDM-y mods. Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. Pink / Classic Tunes
  2. Purple Motion / Aquaphobia
  3. Lizardking / Compulsion To Obey
  4. Unknown Artist / Dirt
  5. Tempest / Friday
  6. Necros / Arcadia
  7. The Finn / 12 Feet of Deepness
  8. Rb387 / I Can't Die.
  9. Mefis / Sun
  10. Makunouchi Bento / Mikrotori
  11. Lonewolf / UFO
  12. Nagz / Worms In Sineland
  13. Tempest / Anticipation
  14. Bass / Dicky Faty Loremy
  15. Purple Motion / Satellite One
  16. Basehead / Smooth Operator
  17. Atheist & Jazz / Nuse Up'42
  18. Pink / Alloy Run
  19. Skaven / Autonomous
  20. Necros / Wired '96 Report
  21. Captain / Space Debris
  22. Necros / Winter's Dream (Remix of Blah)
  23. Chris Jarvis / Stairway
  24. Rb387 / Calm Sounds... and piano

Every song included in this mix is a tracker module file that was rendered to .wav with Modplug Tracker. For some background information on what a tracker module is, check out the Tracker Music page over at Wikipedia.

This is a sound I was into in the late '90s and early 2000s, back in the days of dialup. The days of Traxinspace and Modarchive. It's a tradition of mine to dig up and listen to these mods in the weeks around my birthday. Looking at the clock now, it's my birthday as I write this.

Four tracks come from the Emissions 3 musicdisk, specifically part two of Emissions 3. Part 1 is all chiptune, and contains a great (and unexpected) arrangement of "House of the Rising Sun".

Necros appears three times in this mix, and would have appeared more, but I held myself back. I'm a huge Necros fan. I'll probably dedicate a full hour to him before the end of 2018.

The Makunouchi Bento track in this mix is not the remastered version available on their bandcamp page. It's the original .xm version released by Eerik Inpuj Sound as inpuj032. The exported .xm sounded better in the mix... having said that, I'm grateful that Makunouchi Bento offer a remastered version.

Finally, shoutout to my friends Koonat and Jawsh for getting me into this music back in high school. They appear in this mix as Rb387, the best tracker mod group to come out of McMinnville. Most of the songs here are in fact from a collection that Jawsh burnt to a CD and gave me ~15 years ago. Thanks guys; without you I'd be a very different person.