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I've become weirdly fascinated with Kiyoshi Kurosawa's movies over the last few months. I've seen bits and pieces of a bunch of his '90s movies recently, and have watched Cure a few times. I'm a big fan of Pulse (AKA Kairo, 2001) but haven't seen it in about a decade. I think I'll rewatch that one (Pulse) today.


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Part 2 of my friend Hugh Manoid's Halloween radio program is airing on KBVR FM right now. Film soundtracks, library music, and weirdness. Listen at kbvr.com/ or 88.7 FM if you're in the Corvallis Oregon area.


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New for this week available for download at djcev.com and streaming at mixcloud.

MTT 192 / One Would Think djcev.com/2020/10/29/mtt-192-o

Posting this a bit early because I might sleep through my regular upload time this evening.

~90 BPM beats and a couple pieces. A selection for the end of October. Features music by Automat, Noise Unit, Poison Arrow, Scorn, a few big pieces from the great Noxgenus label, and more.



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I posted a really labored explanation of Stanton QuickGrid over at my blog: djcev.com/2020/10/27/stanton-q

This is a very niche very specific problem to try and describe but maybe it'll help somebody out there. Looking forward to writing up the script itself, will give me a chance to spruce up my syntax highlighting CSS.


Stanton QuickGrid (Part 1)

Screenshot of the Stanton QuickGrid 1.20.2 graphical frontend

Intro & Problem

Stanton QuickGrid is an audio file analysis program for Mac OS X and Windows distributed with the Stanton SCS.4DJ. It creates metadata files that contain things like the waveform graphic and beat grid indicators for use with the SCS.4DJ device. It's a program in two parts: djanalyze.exe which does the work of generating metadata for one audio file, and the graphical frontend (pictured above) which automates the process for many audio files. QuickGrid performs a similar function to, say, Rekordbox's analysis and export to USB.

It works in two stages. First you "analyze tracks" which creates and stores analysis metadata files for audio in a location you specify. Then you "prepare USB device" which crawls a USB drive looking for audio and copies over the relevant analysis metadata files, and also creates a file called hashes.dat on the USB drive which the SCS.4DJ reads to discover new data.

I have a problem with QuickGrid: I don't run either OS X or Windows. So I worked out what the graphical frontend is doing and how to drive djanalyze.exe using Wine. Then I wrote a shell script to automate the process. Some notes on what I found:



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I'm tempted to watch (skip through) episodes of this so I can talk about it but the more I think about that idea the worse it is. The show is part of a whole multimedia package including character goods, music, a video game, probably more... none of which I like. So if I watched this it'd just be to hate on it. That's a bad use of time, IMO. Somebody out there likes this and I shouldn't be, you know, looking down on 'em.


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Spent a few minutes skipping through the first episode of D4DJ First Mix tonight and gosh does it make me feel incredibly old. An anime for a Bushiroad gacha (rhythm?) game about 24 DJs. I couldn't handle watching it straight through.

There's some accurately 3d rendered Pioneer gear, that was a nice surprise.


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I was thinking about Kill Memory Crash earlier today, wondering what happened to them. So I looked up the members on discogs and it turns out one of them, Adam Sieczka, has been busy with a project this last decade called "Circa Tapes".

Maybe this is a well known thing and I'm just out of the loop, but this 2017 album "Love And Venom" is terrific:

circatapes.bandcamp.com/album/


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My friend Josh Walund (Hugh Manoid) is airing part 1 of his Halloween radio program on KBVR FM right now. Listen at kbvr.com or 88.7 FM if you're in the Corvallis, OR area.





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My ears are unhappy with me. I think I heard too much noisy stuff tonight. Distorted drums, screechy synths. I should've taken more hearing breaks.





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Today I partially disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled an old Pioneer SX-650 receiver I have. It had developed an intermittent power problem; cleaning the power/speaker select switch seems to have fixed it.

Now I can use my old passive studio reference monitors again.


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CW: MH+, '90s TV, Nostalgia

Still watching The X-Files, it's still keeping my mood up in this bad month. I'm in the middle of season 3 now. I had forgotten how good the episode "Pusher" is. I love Robert Wisden's performance as Modell/Pusher.

"Please explain to me the scientific nature of 'the whammy'".





Mix Availability & Downloads On This Website

A couple of things have prompted me to re-evaluate how I distribute recorded mixes on this website.

First, I stopped broadcasting on aNONradio a few weeks ago. Since I'm no longer a contributing member there, I believe it's unfair for me to link to files in aNONradio's archives. (And those files could disappear at any time - whenever the admins decide they need the disk space, basically). I'm going to have to host my own files from now on.

Second, 189 mixes (200 soon) is too many to keep available all at once, in my opinion. Right now it's 15 gigs of mp3 data. That's not an amount of data I can afford to serve, given my current hosting and money situation.

So here's my plan: each new episode of Movement Through Thought will be available as a downloadable file hosted on this website for one year. I'll remove old files as I add new ones. The tracklist blog posts will remain up. Old mixes that I think are significant I'll keep available as downloads indefinitely, no more than a couple for each broadcast year. I'll tag posts with audio download to hopefully make them easier to find. Recordings uploaded to mixcloud will remain there for as long as mixcloud keeps them.

I do still have all these files, so if there's a specific mix you want that isn't available on this website send me an e-mail and I'll try to get it to you.

That's where I'm at. This seems like a reasonable system to me, a good middle ground. I hope it works out.



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CW: MH+, '90s TV, Nostalgia

I started rewatching The X-Files a few days ago, skipping the episodes I don't like. It's a nostalgic show for me. I can remember watching it week to week as it aired. It's been good for my mood, my mental health.

Just now starting season 2. Duane Barry loves season 2.





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I spent the afternoon disassembling, cleaning, and reassembling my DJ mixer. Cleaned the potentiometers with what was probably the wrong kind of deoxit. That fixed the scratchiness, but introduced some other problems.

My mixer - an Ecler Nuo 4 - was really not meant to be taken apart.





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I wasn't paying attention and made black tea instead of green at 3:30 AM.

I guess that's OK, I have work to do anyway.