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MTT No. 022 / In The Garden

Posted 2017-07-28. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, dj mix, dub, movement through thought, music, radio, reggae.

MTT022 Spectrogram

Dub & Reggae for a tired summer night. Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

This show (like most of MTT Year 1) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  1. Scientist / Seconds Away
  2. Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players / Just Landed
  3. Dub Syndicate / Hi-Fi Gets A Pounding Pt. 3
  4. Augustus Pablo / Stop Them Jah
  5. Linton Kwesi Johnson / Shocking Dub
  6. Junior Murvin / Police & Thieves
  7. The Upsetters / Grumblin' Dub
  8. Junior Murvin / Bad Weed
  9. Bullwackies All Stars / Bullwackies Revenge
  10. Augustus Pablo / Say So
  11. Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa ft. Horace Andy / Truth & Dub
  12. Scientist / 911
  13. Linton Kwesi Johnson / Reality Dub
  14. Augustus Pablo / Skanking Dub
  15. Bullwackies All Stars / Dubbing Around
  16. Dub Syndicate / Gather At The River
  17. Max Romeo / One Step Forward

This week I discovered that I own less dub than I thought. Which is why few albums are featured here.

I'll highlight two albums this week: Dub Syndicate's excellent Pounding System, and Linton Kwesi Johnson's LKJ In Dub. Pounding System has been a favorite of mine for years. Beautifully spacey stuff. LKJ In Dub is one I found recently, through the BBC Four documentary Reggae Britannia (parts of which can be found on youtube).

Time to space out.


MTT No. 021 / The Drummer Gets Wicked

Posted 2017-07-21. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, dj mix, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT021 Spectrogram

'90s breakbeat and big beat this week. Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

This show (like most of MTT Year 1) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  1. DJ Mink / Hey! Hey! Can U Relate? (Mix 1)
  2. DJ Food / Mella (The Herbaliser Drive Faster Mix)
  3. Meat Beat Manifesto / I Got The Fear (Part 5)
  4. Nation 12 / Listen To The Drummer
  5. Chemical Brothers / Three Little Birdies Down Beats
  6. Lionrock / Packet of Peace (Chemical Brothers Remix)
  7. Central Fire / This Is A Shout Going Out (Into The Future)
  8. Central Fire / Central Fire (Yes People It's Time Pt. 2)
  9. R-Damski / Dark Movement
  10. MZ-Allstars / Dope Jam
  11. Burrito Boys / Untitled [AT04 A2]
  12. Expansion Union / World Wide Funk
  13. Electroliners / Loose Caboose (Bassbin Twins Mix)
  14. Meat Beat Manifesto / It's The Music (Mix 2000)

This is, in many ways, a better version of the mixes I used to make when I was in high school. That Lionrock 12" is probably one of the first records I bought at a "real" record store - Platinum Records in downtown Portland, I think.

The stars here are the two Twitch Recordings releases - This Is A Shout Going Out by Central Fire and Loose Caboose by the Electroliners. Old west coast breakbeat classics that stand the test of time. The first Twitch Recordings release is good, too: The Trip by The Ultraviolet Catastrophe, which The Chemical Brothers used to play in their DJ mixes. Sadly I don't have that one, or it would've made it into this mix.

Listening to these records has made me want to go digging out in the city again. Hours spent flipping through dusty bins looking for old breakbeat and electro. Good times.


Stanton SCS.4DJ Notes & Review

Posted 2017-07-17. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, hardware, linux, music, photo, review, scs4dj.

The SCS.4DJ is a "Digital DJ Mixstation" made by Stanton Magnetics. It's a little standalone workstation unit with a "Coldfire" ARM (ARM10TDMI?) board in it that runs Linux (2.6.14?) and a custom set of DJ software. The unit seems to have been engineered, both hardware and software, by a company called IVL Audio. The current equivalent product, functionality-wise, would be something like the Pioneer XDJ-RX.

Stanton SCS.4DJ Photo

I purchased one of these at clearance prices in 2015. It is both one of the worst and best pieces of DJ equipment I've ever used.

Worst because it's incredibly cheaply made. The control surface itself - the buttons, knobs & sliders - require a very light touch to keep from breaking. The mixer section of mine lasted a year before it started to bleed sound. The computer in the device is underpowered. Even the jacks seem flimsy.

Which is a shame, because the SCS.4DJ does something truly great: it plays two mp3 files simultaneously, through seperate outputs, with pitch and transport control, in a small and lightweight package. I run one "deck" on the SCS.4DJ out the headphone output and the other out the main, with both plugged into my DJ mixer. And there it becomes one of the best: feed it good data, use fast USB drives, handle it carefully and it'll run all night no problem.

The dj software the device runs seems to be called, appropriately, "djapp". It uses GTK2 for its UI and runs Xfbdev(1) to display graphics. It keeps its database in SQLite 3.x format. For it to operate smoothly, feed it good data. I've tried both FLAC and MP3 files, and FLAC has always caused problems. (I suspect because my USB media devices don't have the throughput to stream that much data). I've never had any issues with MP3 files I've encoded myself with LAME.

Maybe I'm being a little unfair with respect to the hardware. As DJWorx noted in their review, the jogwheels are very good. They easily make up for the lack of resolution available with the pitch slider. And while the device always feels like it wants to break, it has not done so yet. Just... don't press anything too hard.

I plan to write a companion to this post about Quickgrid - what it is, how it works, and how to re-implement it using bourne shell, WINE, and parts of the Quickgrid package. That post will come once I clean up my script.

Some of the information in this post is based on the blog post Stanton SCS.4DJ - Under The Hood by Kris Sum at Switch Systems. The rest I gleaned myself from running strings(1) against binaries packed in the SCS.4DJ software update. If my SCS4 ever becomes unusable for DJing, or if I pick up a second one, I'll try to continue Kris' line of exploration (network connectivity, SSH).

So yeah. Apologies if that rambled a bit. I don't recommend this thing to other DJs, as it's too cheaply made and a bit too particular about its data. But if you're a Linux/Unix person this thing is fascinating.


MTT No. 020 / A Million Freaks

Posted 2017-07-14. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, dj mix, electro, hiphop, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT020 Spectrogram

Somewhat messily mixed west-coast electro this week.

There's quite a bit of grunting and moaning in this recording, and what sounds like sampled porn dialog in one song, so be advised this one probably isn't safe for the kids.

This show (like most of MTT Year 1) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  1. Kraftwerk / Tour De France
  2. World Class Wreckin' Cru / Juice (Instrumental)
  3. World Class Wreckin' Cru / Surgery
  4. Egyptian Lover / Dance Floor
  5. Uncle Jamm's Army / Yes, Yes, Yes (Instrumental)
  6. Jamie Jupitor / Computer Power
  7. The Unknown DJ / Basstronic
  8. The Knights of the Turntables / We Are The Knights
  9. Rodney-O / These Are My Beats (Re-Mix), Dubb Beats
  10. The Unknown DJ / 808 Beats (Club Mix)
  11. NWA / Panic Zone
  12. Professor X / Statix (Instrumental)
  13. The Arabian Prince & The Sheiks / Situation Hot
  14. Dynamik Bass System / Arabian Dreams
  15. Egyptian Lover / Party
  16. Egyptian Lover / Egypt, Egypt

A lot of Egyptian Lover and Arabian Prince in this one.

Dynamik Bass System's Arabian Dreams deserves special mention. Awesome tune on an excellent record. Maybe a little out of place in this mix (German, and from '98), but on-theme I think. Link in this paragraph goes to the Robotmachine Bandcamp page, where you can check out the release.

And since I'm linking Bandcamp: His Egyptness has a Bandcamp page. Saving that for later, when I have space in my music budget.


MTT No. 019 / Seen The Future

Posted 2017-07-07. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, dj mix, house, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT019 Spectrogram

Very '90s this week. Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

This show (like most of MTT Year 1) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  1. Exquisite Corpse / Sitting In A Tree (Time Flies)
  2. Exquisite Corpse / BKS
  3. Future Sound of London / Stolen Documents
  4. Eon / Inner Mind (Bass Mind)
  5. Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes / I Wanna Know
  6. User48736353001 / Bimbongo
  7. Cabaret Voltaire / Brutal But Clean
  8. Cabaret Voltaire / Back To Brazilia
  9. Orbital / 2 Deep
  10. User48736353001 / EP String
  11. 808 State / State To State
  12. Psychic TV / Tribal
  13. Orbital / Chime (Live)

Some old favorites in here - FSOL Accelerator, Orbital's first self-titled.

The two Cabaret Voltaire tracks deserve special mention. The albums that contain those tracks - Plasticity and The Conversation - are amazing. Particularly The Conversation. Many thanks to robot DJ 808 for introducing me to them.