100 BPM beats for a tired Thursday night. This mix includes one F-bomb
at the 30 minute mark, during Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)'s rap. I
guess that makes this one PG-13. Consider your surroundings when listening.
(In other words: may or may not be appropriate for work. Depends on where
Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download
Two tracks by Mikron feature in this mix: #1 Embers and #12 Aldergrove.
Both are from the excellent album Severance on CPU Records.
Severance is a nicely varied album, slower in tempo than is typical
for electro, more relaxed. It works well as an album, too: I'm happy
listening to it straight through, beginning to end. Thumbs up for Severance,
give it a listen at the link above.
Another standout here is Muto Love by Takeshi Muto from the
Lily Of The Valley comp on Schematic. The rest of that comp is good
too, and is definitely worth picking up. I'm sure I'll be playing parts of
it over the coming months.
Not too much more to say about this one; all these tracks are good. If
something strikes your fancy here consider supporting the artist(s) at
the links above. I'll be back next week with something fast.
Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / January 2020
DJ Megaphysics and I played our regular show at
Ground Kontrol Arcade last night, the first of 2020. It was good!
Megaphysics took the first half of the night, opening at 9:00 PM. Here's
what he played:
It's pretty funny that we both played Electronome's V = for Viewlexx.
Go figure that the one time we step on each other it's with an old Electronome
track. We had a good laugh about that after the show.
Thanks to everybody who hung out and listened to the music, and thanks as
always to Ground Kontrol for having us. Shoutout to DJ Popcorn
for talking shop past midnight.
A total of six tracks in this mix are from Om Unit's excellent label
Cosmic Bridge. Tracks 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, and 12; about 20 minutes
of music. Track 5 Fumes by Om Unit himself is from his Aeolian EP on
Civil Music, so not quite Cosmic Bridge, but certainly adjacent.
My favorite of those releases is the super moody We Are Ghosts Now by
Margari's Kid. They're all good, though, so go hit up their bandcamp.
Aphelian by Eschaton and Bermuda Triangulated by Earl Grey are
from the third Subtle Audio compilation. I've played both those tracks
on this show before, but they deserved another spin. (And they both fit
the theme I was going for here).
The last 20 minutes is of course more recognizable as drum & bass. The
weird track in this segment is #16 Badboy Sound by Amen Fyre,
from the 2010 Dogs On Acid "Grid" Old School Jungle Competition.
I found that release through Wozowski's
mix of the competition entries. Both the mix and the compilation
are worth checking out as a fun jungle throwback that predates the current
trend. And give Wozowski a listen anyway, he's always putting out quality
Megaphysics & I are playing music at the arcade next week, so the
next mix will be something mellow. Maybe some recent beat-driven
Tracks 5, 6, 8, and 16 (Polytopes by Nullptr, Projections by
Silicon Scally, Keyhole by Mikron, and Tellarium Snow by
Plant43 respectively) are all on the famous label CPU Records.
Silicon Scally's Projections EP is my current favorite of those four
releases. It reminds me of his album Dark Matter on Satamile, an
album I'm a huge fan of. Strong recommendation for Projections
(and Dark Matter if you haven't heard it).
Double Density by Bitstream is from their legendary
Monolith EP, which I believe is Bitstream's first release.
It's a short song, 2 minutes 50 going by my local
recording. I love its atmosphere and its quacking acid synth line.
I noticed while looking it up on discogs that both the song Monolith
and Double Density were re-released by Vinyl Underground on the
Union EP last year. It's a different version of Double Density,
though, longer and lacking the acid line. Monolith was previously
available only on the (limited edition) Monolith EP and Swayzak's
Groovetechnology v1.3 compilation, so I'm glad that Vinyl Underground
have reissued it.
I wish I had played T.Power's A Large Grey Area longer; that's
another great, overlooked track.
And that's all I want to say this week. I think I'll do some 80 / 160
stuff next time. Downtempo, footwork, drum & bass, something like that.
This mix was put together as a way to play Hyper Logic by Oushe.
It's kind of a goofy track, a throwback. It sounds slightly glassy to me
the way some new electro does. It reminds me of the Static EP by
Contactless, which would make sense, since both are on the label
Unknown To The Unknown. I dig it.
Another high point in this hour is Automat's Robomelo, from their
Introspection EP on SCSI-AV. That's a terrific release.
Hardware and Robomelo are the standouts, but the other two tracks
are also good. The link above goes to bleep.com where the EP is still
available digitally; I think that's how I picked it up years ago.
All that plus mid-2000s breaks by Darren Rhys, glitchy stuff by
Jega, and a couple of halftime trap-ish tracks by Vaperror
and Kuedo. I'll be back next week with... I'm not sure. Something
Mednafen 1.22.2's Joystick Detection and FreeBSD 12
A few days ago I bought a Logitech F310 gamepad at my local
thrift store. FreeBSD detected it immediately and created the appropriate
uhid entry in /dev. SDL2 also saw the gamepad, which I was able
to verify with Joytran. The Mednafen game console emulator
did not see the device, however. Here's why:
Mednafen 1.22.2 supports three different joystick backends:
Linux event devices (evdev), SDL2, and MS Windows
DirectInput / XInput devices. The backend is selected when the autoconf
./configure script is run, and then that backend selection is compiled
into the Mednafen binary (see the ifdef statement at line 178 in
Mednafen's autoconf script selects the evdev backend if it finds the file
linux/joystick.h in the header search path. The FreeBSD port
devel/evdev-proto installs that joystick.h header file. So, if you
have evdev-proto installed (it's required by x11-toolkits/qt5-gui)
and then compile emulators/mednafen it will use evdev and not
SDL2 for its joystick support.
I worked around this by commenting out parts of src/drivers/Joystick.cpp
(again around line 178) to force Mednafen to use SDL2 for joysticks. I should
probably post on FreeBSD's bug tracker; could submit a patch too, it's simple
This whole situation is definitely a corner case. The joystick backend
selection in Mednafen could be better, but I'm also doing something
a little unusual here.
Posting because this took me hours to figure out, and so I'll remember next
time I encounter this problem.