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What He Said

Feeling sick this morning. Been getting ready for Saturday's party. Going over a bunch of music trying to find the right songs [or anyways, an assortment of "right songs" since I never know what's going to work until it happens.] One of the songs I have been listening to is a new one by David Holmes (isn't he just great? DJ/film composer --he kicks butt.) A found vocal thing. A bartender asks how someone is doing and he responds: "I feel like a bird turd rolled in fish hooks".

title track from Walkner.Möstl's "Heaven Or Hell" has a sample that sounds familiar, probably from a movie. Guy says: "I used to think if I die in an evil place then my soul wouldn't be able to make it to heaven. Now, f#ckkkkkkkk..."

first part is going a bit far to describe how I feel but there's something about the way that he stretches that last syllable that I'm relating to right now. Makes me laugh.

sunil|65.208.137.206|||5|3|29|2002|10|2|24|AM|dude, all i got to say is that we are all anxiously awaiting your performance at Balcony...will it be dance music/bhangra? John|192.168.0.2||http://kacked.com|5|3|29|2002|10|23|50|AM|I'll have to refer you to my agent. He can setup a lunch deal where we can discuss this issue.

Yeah, I have been working on the bhangra thing. Usually when I play that stuff it seems like people don't know how to respond to it. Although it seemed to be the highpoint a few sessions back.

last time I DJ'ed I totally left out a lot of music that I would play before. I wanted to focus on just playing danceable music since my goal is always, always to get people dancing. It was my "beatmatching/groove experiment". Seemed to go over pretty well: learning how to mix.

experiments I've been doing lately indicate that bhangra mixes nicely with the downtempo and acid jazz that I tend to play.

range of beats are consistently between like 80 to 100 bpm. This seems to be the range where people get a serious groove on, so we'll see. I've been sifting through some other unexpected genres of music and finding some knuggets that integrate well. This time, I think it's about folding some of the other eclectic stuff back into what I've been doing. But it's only gonna happen if people dig it.

Last time, one of the complements I got was that the set was very eclectic. Hehe. Maybe it was, but I think the thing that made it successful was that it was actually less eclectic than usual. It allowed things to flow together.

I had intended to do an experiment where I had another computer setup and networked with my DJ box. Even several computers.

other machine would be in like kiosk mode, displaying each song's metadata as they are played (that's kind of geeky sounding, I mean like: title, artist, album, bpm, etc...) Many people have told me that I'm at a point now where I can start considering aspects that would make it more showmanlike (is that a word?) Nevermind the fact that this is something that analog DJ's would have a hard time doing (at best) but I think maybe this actually runs counter to what most of them would want to do. Part of being a DJ is having the "cool" music that other people don't have and many DJ's take this as far as not wanting to say what they are playing. Is there something inherently more democratic (for lack of a better word) about digital vs. analog?

I keep reminding myself that the revolution that we are undergoing isn't "the internet revolution". That's just an aspect of the digitization that we're experiencing.

Anyway, this is getting a little far out, time to sign off... ¿michael?|68.64.152.29|preterosso@adelphia.net||5|3|29|2002|4|40|25|PM|That sample is from "Apocalypse, Now" John|192.168.0.2||http://kacked.com|5|3|29|2002|6|32|17|PM|I guess that must be Frederic Forrest. I saw him a while back come into Norms when I was eating there with Anthony. It was about 1 or 2 in the morning. He passed by and I asked Anthony if he recognized him. He did but wouldn't say who it was. As if he was worried I was going to rip off my shirt, jump on the table and start screaming: "F#CKING TIGER!"


Balcony Five Year Anniversary Party

dancing (1k image)Five year anniversary party happening at the cafe tomorrow night (Saturday 30, March.) It starts at nine. Cookie said he's probably going to be closed during the day so don't bother coming any earlier. Unless you bring a sleeping bag. Don't forget your glowsticks.

Oh yeah... did I mention that I'm going to DJ?


Good Sound

Was talking with my buddy Mark yesterday. His wife Nancy has her birthday on the same day as mine (how does she do that sh#t?) He's been experimenting with the MAD plugin for winamp. Says he can't hear the difference between an MP3 and the original cd. If you were acquainted with how fussy this guy is about sound you might think: "hey, maybe I should check this out!"

I tried this plugin a while back and the result I got was really good. I had some ideas about using it when I DJ but it turns out to be completely not compatible with the DJ plugin. If you use winamp for listening to MP3s you might want to check it out. If you don't, you might want to start. Sounds sweet.


The Customer Is Always Wrong

NoComputer (2k image)Terrific editorial sums up the current conflict over digital media and suggests a solution. In one corner Big Media; in the other Hi-Tech. The rest of us? Gerbils in The Information Supertoilet. "...Remember in the 1970s when the movie industry was in a deep funk and ...Jack Valenti said that VCRs would kill it for good? As it turns out, the VCR revived the film industry..." How come a guy that was so spectacularly wrong is still around making basically the same policy? How does that work? Funny. I get pissed when I read about this. It seems so obvious [to me] how things should work. Is intellectual property ever going to get back to that ideal of creating a general benefit for society? Maybe that hasn't changed so much as some of the underlying assumptions have: society=stockholders. Shit man, that's it, I'm swearing off N'Sync. I'm serious. When are they going to stop telling us what we want, and start asking? (jeez, that's scary too --maybe nobody would know?) And when are they going to put me in charge of this stuff? Soylent Green... IT'S MADE FROM PEOPLE!!!

ARTS & FARCES internet : When elephants dance


Aztecs Among Us

I like that picture that Rudy posted. A drawing by his son. Go check it out. I command you: AZTEC DRAWING by Rudy Jr.



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