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.
February 18th, 2013
I’m biassed because he’s my brother, but this solo piano sketch by Al Scott is rather lovely:
January 23rd, 2013
Most people, when asked about how they would like to eventually die, say they would like to die peacefully and in their sleep. Though, apparently, what most people don’t realise is that dying peacefully and painlessly generally implies having a massive stroke or heart attack.
At odds with this, when asked what life-saving medical interventions they would be willing to have performed on them – such as CPR, ventilation, use of a feeding tube and so on – most people say they would be open to any or all of the interventions available. Except, that is, for doctors – because they know that the reality of these interventions is far less rosy than most of us imagine them to be.
This episode of the Radiolab podcast covers this bleak but important topic. I found it to be somewhat unsettling, but I’m glad I now know what I do; it’s good to be informed. Life is not like in the movies.