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Reach Frog

Posted 2018-01-29. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, comedy, music, news, screenshot, video, website.

Picture of four Reach Frogs

Reach Frog news magazine. Probably not safe for work (NSFW). Come for the articles, stay for the secrets.


MTT No. 048 / Sonic Team

Posted 2018-01-26. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, dj mix, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT048 Spectrogram

Mid 2000s electro. Frustrated Funk, SCSI-AV, and a whole lot of Satamile Records NYC. 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. Silicon / Sonic Distress
  2. EMS / Crack In The Sun
  3. Bytecon / Evacuation Order
  4. Boris Divider / Robot Skin
  5. Heuristic Audio / Death Of A Star
  6. Sonar Base / Before The Storm
  7. Streetdegree / Stellate
  8. Silicon Scally / Borexino
  9. Umwelt / P.O.W.
  10. Freezie Freekie / Promise Of Technology
  11. Metroneem / Blue Screen
  12. Metroneem / Gone To Ground
  13. Sonar Base / Processing Plant
  14. Silicon Scally / Dark Matter
  15. Heuristic Audio / Wisla
  16. Silicon / Sonic Rescue

The tracks by Bytecon, Boris Divider, EMS, Freezie Freekie, Heuristic Audio, Metroneem, Silicon Scally, and Umwelt are all from records released by Satamile Records NYC. I have quite a bit of Satamile on vinyl because it was a US label and had good distribution - I could walk into a record shop in Portland and purchase their releases. Death Of A Star by Heuristic Audio is a particularly good release, and might be my favorite of the Satamile catalog. (Looking at the bandcamp release now, the tracks are mislabeled there. Which is pretty funny).

The two Sonar Base tracks are both from Transmissions From Beyond Hoag's Object (Episode II) on SCSI-AV. It's an absolutely amazing mini-album. The vinyl has gotten expensive on discogs, so I hope Sonar Base or SCSI-AV can make it available digitally sometime soon.

The first and last tracks are Silicon AKA Heath Brunner, from two different releases on Frustrated Funk. I like to imagine Sonic Team as the protagonists of a pulp sci-fi series. I might have picked some of the tracks here specifically for their titles. (The adventures of Sonic Team: dying stars, alien robots, imprisonment and escape, etc.).

Sonic Team: Be Safe.


MTT No. 047 / Metaphysica

Posted 2018-01-19. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, dj mix, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT047 Spectrogram

Electro this week. A few recent purchases, a few old favorites. And Metaphysica at -6%. 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. Sonar Base / II
  2. Silicon Scally / Chrome Introduction
  3. Silicon Scally / Coast 2 Coast
  4. AS1 / Tranquil
  5. Scape One / Fermata
  6. AS1 / Wireless State of Mind
  7. Redshape / Blink
  8. Mat Carter / Venting Steam
  9. DJ K-1 / Metaphysica
  10. Pollon / Lonely Planet
  11. Mas 2008 / World's Passing By
  12. Jon Convex / Vacuum States
  13. Silicon Scally / The Silent Years
  14. ADJ / Deeptro

I picked up both Blink and Radar, Vacuum States a few days ago and knew I had to play them. Blink is the best thing I've heard in months, awesome techno-electro. Vacuum States is right there with it, great laid-back stuff.

Lonely Planet, on the Scopex label (made famous by Objekt), is another highlight here. Tresor has recently reissued all three Scopex releases as Tresor 300 Scopex 98/00. I couldn't recommend it enough; some of the best electro of the late '90s. It doesn't appear to be available digitally, which is unfortunate.

Last I'd like to mention Silicon Scally's The Silent Years. I've played all three tracks from it on this show, two this week and one ("Informatics") during MTT010 / According To A Plan. I've played it so much my vinyl copy is starting to wear out. Eventually I'll have to buy the digital release. Fantastic tunes.


MTT No. 046 / Storyteller

Posted 2018-01-12. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, dj mix, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT046 Spectrogram

Techno this week. What I think of as early-2000s techno, though that isn't at all accurate. 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. Max Duley / Start The End
  2. Ingen / Lusher
  3. Takaaki Itoh / Step To Makin' (Max Duley Remix)
  4. Casual Violence / Rotate Cube
  5. Cyp / Arranging
  6. Go Hiyama / World Game (Oscar Mulero Remix)
  7. Matt French / Information Sewer
  8. Inigo Kennedy / Nocturnal
  9. Random Logic / Untitled [Kial03 B2]
  10. T-101 / Ironworks
  11. Mike Parker / Inversion 8
  12. Outline / Untitled [BP05 B3]
  13. Jean-Louis Huhta / Zoat Zingo
  14. Inigo Kennedy / Albedo
  15. Damon Wild vs. Function / Waveterm
  16. Cyp / Obscurity
  17. Max Duley / Storyteller
  18. Oscar Mulero / Naked Dance

The selection here (and my taste in techno in general) is inspired by the records I found in used bins around Portland in the mid 2000s. Particularly the used bins at 360 Vinyl. A lot of weird, dark, and uncomfortable stuff made its way into those bins.

The first artist I found in those bins that really connected with me is Max Duley. I love the drum programming in his tunes, the use of FX, and the simple repeating synth patterns. To me it sounds otherworldly, hypnotic. Duley has made the releases on his own labels, ARC and ARC(ANE), available for free via his blog. They're great, and I recommend them to anybody who liked this mix.

The second artist I found was probably Inigo Kennedy. I believe I bought a few of his records on Molecular Recordings, though the only MOL record I seem to have now is XX.3. Later I found his netlabel, Asymmetric, and consumed all of it pretty quickly.

Much later, while researching netlabels, I found Biomechanics. Their releases in the BMT series are in line with the techno I'd look for in the bins; particularly the artists Casual Violence and Cyp. There's some good Dub Techno on the label, too. The Internet Archive has a copy of their catalog.

I don't DJ techno like this very often, as it doesn't go over well with the crowd I play for, but I do love it.


MTT No. 045 / Undercurrent

Posted 2018-01-05. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, dj mix, downtempo, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT045 Spectrogram

Grab bag show. Electro new & old, breaks (or downtempo?), a little acid. 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. London Modular Alliance / DeOrbit_118
  2. Nullptr / Sclera
  3. Datawave / Nebulos
  4. Electronic Corporation / ...Something Better Than Man?
  5. Dark Vektor / 8
  6. Electronic Corporation / 1984
  7. London Modular Alliance / Out Of Sync
  8. Anthony Rother / Justitia
  9. The Infiltrator / Thought 1
  10. MK2 / Burial Mix (RYU Instrumental Mix)
  11. Voigt Kampff / 6:15
  12. Eggfooyoung / Gloves
  13. Nukubus / People Move On
  14. DMX Krew / Synchrotron Blue
  15. Vertical67 / Distortion
  16. Electronic Corporation / Dark Characters
  17. LektroiD / Darktones
  18. Darxid / Flashback

Burial Mix (RYU Instrumental) is an odd piece I found in a used bin. RYU is DJ Hide, DJ Krush, and DJ Sak. It's played in this mix at 45 RPM (it's meant to be played at 33). I think it works well at that speed.

Three tracks by Electronic Corporation are featured. EC is Ive Müller and René Kirchner, who are probably better known as MAS 2008. Electronic Corporation is also the name of their record label. All three tracks included in this mix are from their album Construction Deconstruction, which I love.

Some good tracks this week.


Hellven, Demoscene Group and Netlabel

Posted 2018-01-02. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, 2000s, demoscene, digital release, music.

Hellven Link Button

Something I wrote last week didn't sit right with me:

RS3 later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven

I knew that couldn't be correct. A small amount of research led me to this interview with Xavier Dang, the founder of Hellven. That gave me enough information to start digging in the Internet Archive. The Hellven v5 homepage helpfully links to a forum post that explains the timeline and history of Hellven. Quote from that forum post:

hellven was founded in 1998 by Xavier Dang a.k.a. "mv" (previously melvyl). When it started, hellven was a music group of aspiring/hobbyist musician pals from various places around the globe aiming to release their tracked music of any style for free on the net.

Hellven went through a series of versions, each with a corresponding time period. 1.x spanned 1998-1999, 2.x 1999-2000, then 3.x and 4.0 lasted from 2000 to 2003. The final revision appears to have been 5.0; I don't know if any music was released during this time.

The files.scene.org archive appears to have the Hellven v3 and v4 releases, specifically the Urbanism musicdisk and the 001-099 single releases. The archived Hellven v4 webpage is useful for figuring out the details of the various releases.

So now I know: RS3 did not "start" Hellven. He joined during the Hellven 2 period.

This journey inspired me to download the Hellven mod releases available on scene.org and render the ones I liked out to flac. There's a lot of good stuff! Melvyl's tracks, particularly hv001 Disfigured and hv032 Someone EP are great. hv041 Odyssey by Funkymuskrat is a nice surprise; that's an artist I'll have to look out for. And of course RS3's tracks, my favorites of which are hv024 Phases of Identity EP and hv039 Among the Fallen.

There's more Hellven for me to discover: I haven't found any v1 or v2 releases, and I've spent no time listening to the (128kbps, 160kbps...) mp3 releases on scene.org. But this seems like a good start.