March 17th, 2017
This mix was recorded in May 2000 in Leeds, on my trusty Technics 1210s. This is 5 years on from the last one posted so the mixing is pretty respectable by this stage.
We start off with some electro tracks from Simulant, Anthony Rother, and UR, then shift into 4-4 techno via Dave Angel’s gorgeous remix of Model 500’s ‘I Wanna Be There’. On the B-side it’s more melodic with tracks from (Weatherall side project) Deanne Day and Plaid among others.
Restored from cassette March 2017
March 15th, 2017
Another old very old DJ mix recovered from tape. This was done on my belt drive Ariston decks in 1995. The levels are all over the place and there’s more dodgy scratching and and ill conceived back-spins! But no happy hardcore this time (you may or may not be pleased to hear).
February 6th, 2017
August 17th, 2014
I’ve put together a new ambient mix. It was recorded live and then tweaked in Ableton. The field recordings were captured with my ancient MZ-R50 MiniDisc recorder and a stereo mic.
It’s on both SoundCloud and Mixcloud:
- Firstperson – field recording: Stamford morning
- Stéphane Kerecki & John Taylor – La Source (intro)
- Firstperson – field recording: Wet London street 1
- Carroll Gibbons – The Night Is Young
- Brock Van Wey – Forever a Stranger
- Bill Evans – Spartacus Love Theme (sample, looped)
- Firstperson – field recording: Rain on plastic roof
- Tim Hecker – The Star Compass
- Firstperson – field recording: Market day
- Firstperson – microphone feedback experiment
- Hallgrimskirkja Motet Choir – Jón Leifs – Requiem, Op. 33b
- Firstperson – field recording: Wet London street 2
- Future Sound Of London – Photosynthesis
- Stephen Crow – Starquake, in-game sound effects (C64)
- Arthur Russell – Another Thought
- Spooky – Orange Coloured Liquid
- Nick Drake – Hazy Jane II
April 1st, 2014
Been meaning to get round to this for ages. I bought a Traktor Z1 mixer a few months ago and have been very occasionally dipping into Traktor 2 Pro. I also went on an ambitious vinyl recording spree, digitising the best of my records most of which are from 1994 – 1998.
However it was only when trying to put together a mix of old and new techno that I realised quite how much the genre has moved on in the past ten years. The 90s tunes are great but don’t generally flow in with the new stuff (well, except for the timeless Basic Channel obviously).
I’ll do a separate retro mix at some point in the next few months, which I imagine will be very different.
Anyway, I think this turned out OK given how rusty I am. There’s a couple of clumsy transitions where the outgoing track ran out slightly too soon (haven’t quite got the hang of looping in Traktor yet) and like a fool I managed to record it with the recorder’s input gain at -12dB so I had to boost the finished recording by the same amount to compensate. Had it been recorded through an analogue mixer that would have killed it with noise.