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Good night, DeFrag [.df] by power_of_heavy_metal

Good night, DeFrag [.df] at youtube.com. New (90 minute!) Quake 3 Defrag compilation video from power_of_heavy_metal. I'm a month late to this, I thought there wouldn't be any more long-form compilations from power_of. Very happy to find it today.

Content warning for flashing lights, first-person gameplay that might cause motion sickness, and edgy graphics. Steer clear if any of those things bother you.

Love the runs of nood-stoned (at 47:46) and biotrix-castle (at 56:19) in this as I've been playing those maps lately. The whole video is great though, watched it in one sitting this afternoon.


MTT 261 / Have You Left

MTT261 Spectrogram

Ambient & chunky downtempo for #261 the last episode of MTT Year 5. Slow, easy. Most of this is many years old, with one exception: a track by Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza & SkyTwoHigh from last year.

MTT will resume with no break at the usual time next week with #262, the first episode of year 6.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download this mix. This mix is also available at mixcloud.



Memory & MTT Work Files

Part of my DJing process is to take notes while practicing. I started with notes on paper for performances at Ground Kontrol and switched to text files in 2017 for the internet radio mixes. I do this to help figure out and remember transitions, and to reflect on old sets.

I thought it might be nice to publish these text files, so I did. They're now available in the Work / MTT page of the external memory section of this website. You can also find a "work file" link in individual mix pages that will take you to the associated practice notes.

BPM counts and (especially) keys listed in these files are only estimates. Some of the notes are in shorthand. And I haven't gone back to clean up or edit any of the files so I wouldn't be surprised if I've written something foolish in them.

Maybe they'll be useful to somebody out there; if nothing else, I can now browse my work notes when away from home.



Eko Eko Azarak II: Birth Of The Wizard

Adaptation of the comic and follow-up / prequel to Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard Of Darkness. The witch Kuroi Misa evades an evil spirit with the help of magician Saiga; eventually Misa calls on '90s CG magic to defeat the spirit. Gorier than the first movie. No lecherous teachers this time, thankfully.

I like the tone of this and the first movie. They're cheesy but also weirdly burdened, heavy, and sad. I wonder if that's something director Shimako Satō brought to the production, her previous movie Tale Of A Vampire has a similar vibe. (Edit: Misa is a tragic figure in these movies, and so are some of the characters in Tale Of A Vampire. I think that's why I wanted to compare them.) The soundtrack by Mikiya Katakura does a good job capturing that feeling.

Watched tonight and felt like talking a little bit. Shoutout to Snowblood Apple for their review & recommendation of the first movie which prompted me to rent it over a decade ago.


Thinking About Lil Jon (Part 1)

Here's four links to electro-ish / freestyle-ish Lil Jon productions and remixes uploaded to youtube.

A week or so ago I was watching DJ Magic Mike spin on twitch and he played a track that sent me on this journey. I have a copy of Lil Jon & Lathun's version of Play At Your Own Risk (pictured top left) but I'd never gone looking for other tracks he produced in a similar style. This helpful comment from DJ KDM pointed me in the right direction and provided most of the video links you see above.

I think I might go through Lil Jon's back catalog, see if I can put together a set of his (and maybe other Atlanta producer's) electro / bass / freestyle tracks.