MTT 287 / Saturation Point https://djcev.com/2022/08/mtt-287-saturation-point/
Completed Arcana today, the final chapter was much easier after I spent yesterday gaining levels. Beat it a bit quicker than I anticipated and so I spent around 90 minutes replaying Quake 1 Dimension Of The Past.
Will probably learn some form of the Arcana speedrun, that seems fun to me.
I'm playing SNES Arcana on stream again today, going to try and finish it. This could be a short or long broadcast depending on how many attempts it takes.
CW: Horror movie talk, Occult (2009), minor spoilers
Watched Occult (2009, dir. Koji Shiraishi) today. My second Shiraishi after seeing Noroi last year. Lovecraftian cosmic horror faux-documentary, like Noroi, but with a different scope. Felt more focused, with a smaller mystery and set of characters.
Occult is uneasy, it made me very anxious. Really great (and jarring) noise soundtrack by Hair Stylistics. I liked all the performances (Kiyoshi Kurosawa appears as himself in a pretty funny cameo). Sketchy (and in one place bad) CG effects. I liked it & would recommend it, although it did make me pretty uncomfortable (which I imagine was intentional).
Watching the #quakecon Quake Champions tourney, the two most recent lower bracket matches have been incredible. Raisy v Rapha, Chain v Vengeur.
More bass for this third week of August. This mix features a couple tracks off old bass CDs by Bass 305, Beat Dominator, and Techmaster P.E.B. as well as a bit of techno around the end by DJ T-1000 and Model 500. Plus, y'know, some good electro, as usual.
the annual Quakecon Quake Champions tournament is on right now. First day of games. Strongsage vs. Toxjq up next: https://www.twitch.tv/quake
Been watching the tourney instead of recording this week's mix...
Galaxy Toobin' by the Galaxy Toobin' Gang (Eliot Lipp & William T. Burnett). Released on Crème Organization in 2008. Vinyl, 12" 33 RPM, Creme LP-07. Flac, 16bit/44.1khz, 262M. Tracklist and credits from the label artwork. Track durations, file size, bit depth, and bitrate are from my stored recordings of the vinyl. BPM I tap-tempoed (and is probably wrong).
Arcana for the SNES, an old dungeon crawling RPG, is like comically difficult. The game often takes away party members in story events mid-dungeon and then ramps up the difficulty. It's brutal, especially if you don't know it's about to happen.
I still love it though. Great music, fun artwork, combat is rewarding when you're not seriously outmatched.
Starting up Quake on stream again, doing the first Deathmatch Classics map pack tonight. Will play some SNES Arcana afterwards. https://twitch.tv/andreaen
Found out today that Lasergum Records, Juno Lazermachine's label, ceased activities in March and set all their music to free download. I went through their catalog tonight and downloaded about 15 releases. Some good electro and IDM in there for anyone who wants to dig.
Coppertone Summer Jam 2 was really good! 22 maps all pretty high quality. I will say that several of the maps are very difficult on hard and/or nightmare, low amounts of health and ammo, particularly Mazu's map. Something to consider if you might play the mod.
MTT 285 / Pump It Up Some https://djcev.com/2022/08/mtt-285-pump-it-up-some/
This mix contains one track with some profanity at around the 40 minute mark. (I forgot to give a warning in the vocal intro, sorry).
Finished Chapter 2 in Arcana today. I love the game but it can be really tough - there's a huge jump in difficulty between Chapter 2 and 3. I'll need to study some maps and think about my route before playing further.
I played through most of the first January Jump Jam Quake 1 mod last night. Smilecythe's map Mana Vemputin stood out in particular, amazing map. Getting the gold key in its clocktower section was really difficult and super satisfying: https://clips.twitch.tv/HyperEasyCurlewDendiFace-M8RINPcu20lK2UA3
I swear playing this stuff, these electro-bass records, is a huge rush. I always get way into it mixing them.
Not my best performance but not one I'm too upset with either. I'd be happy with a performance like that in front of a crowd. Good enough.
MTT 284 / Rising Pressure https://djcev.com/2022/08/mtt-284-rising-pressure/