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MTT 153 / Dispersed Being

Posted 2020-01-31. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, audio download, dj mix, downtempo, dub techno, hiphop, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT153 Spectrogram

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 you work.)

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This post was updated on 2020/10/18.

  1. Mikron / Embers 00:00
  2. Ben Businovski / Re-evaluation 04:30
  3. Seal Bient / Structure Of Phantoms 07:26
  4. Reedale Rise / X-K 09:53
  5. Boards Of Canada / In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country 13:00
  6. Depeche Mode / Cover Me (Alt Out) 16:30
  7. Takeshi Muto / Muto Love 19:47
  8. Push Button Objects / Striffle 23:06
  9. Prefuse 73 / Point To B 26:23
  10. Viktor Vaughn / Raedawn 29:03
  11. Aaron Spectre / Voices 31:38
  12. Mikron / Aldergrove 35:55
  13. Secret Frequency Crew / Ghost In The Bayou 39:43
  14. Funky Technicians / Ninja (Essence Of Time Remix) 42:32
  15. Lionrock / Rock Steady Romance 44:49
  16. Tipper / Minimal Thoughts Of Reason 48:35
  17. T.Power / Postcards From Pluto 51:12
  18. Aroma Nice / Lo 56:34

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

Posted 2020-01-30. Permalink. Tagged disco, downtempo, electro, freestyle, ground kontrol, hiphop, idm, logical aggression, music, synthpop.

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:

  1. Cat Stevens / Was Dog Donut (Pilooski Edit) ~9:00 PM
  2. Freddy Fresh / Represent
  3. Coco Bryce / Up
  4. Kid Frost / Terminator (Vocal Mix)
  5. Coldcut / Kick Out The JamEs (Spreng)
  6. Ice-T / 409
  7. Cosmic Force & Legowelt & Orgue Electronique / Transmitting Illicit Logic
  8. The Populists AKA Yan Wagner / Nu-Nu
  9. Kraftwerk / Boing Boom Tschak
  10. Kraftwerk / Techno Pop
  11. Aux 88 / I Need To Find Myself
  12. Ice-T / Cold Wind-Madness (Part 1)
  13. Ixvo-Exvo / Construct Yourself
  14. Die Orangen / One Day In Shepperton
  15. The Isolators ft. Bébé / Interdit Ce Soir (Freak Electrique Remix)
  16. Jade 4U / The Early Train
  17. International Music System / Nonline
  18. Man Parrish / Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)
  19. Electronome / V = for Viewlexx!
  20. Raiders of the Lost Arp / Module Detach
  21. DMX Krew / 17 Ways To Break My Heart
  22. Paul Blackford / Latitudes (Canada High Remix)
  23. Sa-Fire / Love Is On Her Mind (Dub Version)
  24. C.O.D. / In The Bottle (Vocal)
  25. Reggie Dokes / Cyber Love
  26. Jellybean / Mirage (Dancers Dream) (Part III)
  27. International Music System I.M.S. / Dancing Therapy
  28. Xēna / On The Upside
  29. Coco Bryce / Panini Shuffle
  30. Circuitry ft. Electro Wayne / Last Days Of Cybotron
  31. Computor Rockers / Tech-No-Rock (Full Version)
  32. Corporation Of One / The Real Life
  33. Freddy Fresh / Freestylin'
  34. Dopplereffekt / Infophysix
  35. Minor Science / Another Moon
  36. Silicon Scally / The Love Inside
  37. New Order / Confusion
  38. Paul Hardcastle / Rainforest (Ben Liebrand Master Edit)

I took over at 11:30 with a mixture of electro and IDM, drawing from my recent aNONradio shows. A lot of tracks from CPU Records. Here's my list:

  1. Silicon Scally / Scintillation ~11:30 PM
  2. Point Guard / Odyssey
  3. Cygnus / Cybrid Vox
  4. Morphology / Dark Flow
  5. T.E.S.T. / Night Jam
  6. The Martians / Sunchaser
  7. Scape One / Digits
  8. Microlith / Remember Members
  9. 96 Back / 000
  10. Drexciya / Ociya Syndor
  11. Morphology / Gray Code
  12. E.R.P. / Ancient Light
  13. Plant43 / Hydro Subway
  14. Excel / Don't Stop Now
  15. Vaperror / Aqua Domain
  16. Los Hermanos / Sun Dial
  17. Kuedo / Whisper Fate
  18. Fluence / Testarossa Dreams
  19. T.Power / A Large Grey Area
  20. Autopilot / World Receiver Pt. 2
  21. Silicon Scally / Override
  22. スムー / Recall (Live)
  23. Nullptr / Polytopes
  24. Silicon Scally / Projections
  25. Mikron / Keyhole
  26. Ivna Ji / Maar
  27. MetaComplex / Implanted Sounds
  28. Aphex Twin / Green Calx
  29. 69 / Microlovr
  30. Orbital / Attached
  31. Ricardo Tobar / After The Movie (Plaid Remix)
  32. Rings Around Saturn / World Interior ~1:00 AM
  33. Plant43 / Amphibious Architecture
  34. Electronome / V = for Viewlexx!
  35. Black Sea Project / Transmutation
  36. Marco Bernardi / Complete Direction
  37. Plaid / The Launching Of Big Face
  38. Mikron / NynIV
  39. Japanese Telecom / Rising Sun
  40. Takeshi Muto / Muto Love
  41. Mikron / Aldergrove
  42. Push Button Objects / Striffle
  43. Prefuse 73 / Living Life
  44. Brothomstates / Dekc
  45. Photek / Modus Operandi ~1:45 AM

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.

MTT 152 / Unstable Alignment

Posted 2020-01-24. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, audio download, dj mix, downtempo, drum & bass, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT152 Spectrogram

Drum & Bass. Halftime, minimal (I guess?), and a couple old '90s tracks. A whole bunch of these tunes are from Om Unit's label Cosmic Bridge.

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This post was updated on 2020/10/18.

  1. XY0815 / Hz52BChromblond 00:00
  2. Jus Wan / Miles Away 02:02
  3. Vromm / Restart 05:03
  4. Moresounds / Ruff Times 08:51
  5. Om Unit / Fumes 12:29
  6. The Aesthetics / Girl In Yer Tree 15:18
  7. Margari's Kid / Titan 17:34
  8. Oliver Yorke / Totem 19:49
  9. Anonymi / Venturi (Jason oS Remix) 23:13
  10. Eschaton / Aphelian 26:36
  11. Crypticz / The Crawler 29:37
  12. Margari's Kid / Darkness Is Older Than Light 33:00
  13. Earl Grey / Bermuda Triangulated 35:38
  14. dBridge / Creatures Of Habit 38:14
  15. Hooverphonic / 2Wicky (DJ Pulse Dub) 41:16
  16. Amen Fyre / Badboy Sound (Made In 2 Hours) 44:58
  17. Sully / Flock 48:01
  18. Intensity / Generations 51:48
  19. Art Of Noise / Crusoe (Aquasky Remix) 56:46

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 DJ mixes.

Megaphysics & I are playing music at the arcade next week, so the next mix will be something mellow. Maybe some recent beat-driven vaporwave tunes.

MTT 151 / Lateral Shift

Posted 2020-01-17. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, audio download, dj mix, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT151 Spectrogram

Mid-120s electro and IDM (or perhaps "electronica" is a better term here). Four tracks from CPU Records, a couple from Binalog Productions, and four or five old '90s pieces.

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This post was updated on 2020/10/18.

  1. Coil / The Snow (Driftmix) 00:00
  2. T.Power / A Large Grey Area 02:16
  3. Autopilot / World Receiver Pt. 2 04:14
  4. Fleck E.S.C. / Bodymelts 08:42
  5. Nullptr / Polytopes 12:54
  6. Silicon Scally / Projections 16:47
  7. Gliese / U13 21:34
  8. Mikron / Keyhole 24:32
  9. Ivna Ji / Maar 28:42
  10. CRC / Blueshift 32:37
  11. Bitstream / Double Density 36:07
  12. MetaComplex / Implanted Sounds 38:36
  13. Aphex Twin / Green Calx 42:28
  14. 69 / Microlovr 45:34
  15. Orbital / Attached 49:22
  16. Plant43 / Tellarium Snow 52:13
  17. ADJ / Hope 56:08
  18. Trisomie 21 / Right To Reply (1) 59:02

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.

MTT 150 / Superposition

Posted 2020-01-10. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, audio download, breaks, dj mix, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT150 Spectrogram

The usual selection of breaks, electro, and IDM. A couple of tracks from Brokntoys, a couple from Detroit Underground, a couple from SCSI-AV. (Show 150? How did I make it to show 150?)

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This post was updated on 2020/10/18.

  1. MANASYt / Untitled [Bunker 3071 B4] 00:00
  2. DJ HasH / Space Relax 01:22
  3. Fleck E.S.C. / Next Life 03:27
  4. Andrew Red Hand / Fugitive For One Night 06:08
  5. Oushe / Hyper Logic 07:39
  6. ADJ / Re-Alignment 12:12
  7. The Black Dog / You're Only SQL 15:55
  8. Mariel Ito / Syndrome 19:50
  9. Nullptr / Exotropia 23:17
  10. Automat / Robomelo 26:17
  11. Vertical67 / Out Of Sight 29:47
  12. Excel / Don't Stop Now 34:22
  13. Vaperror / Aqua Domain 37:54
  14. Kuedo / Whisper Fate 39:54
  15. Oskar Telemann / Anruf Aus Dem Westen 42:24
  16. Darren Rhys / Lost Soul (Katakana Remix) 45:31
  17. Darren Rhys / Lost Soul 49:16
  18. Silicon Scally / Interflection 50:31
  19. Jega / Cascade Decoherence 56:56

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 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 slower, again.

Mednafen 1.22.2's Joystick Detection and FreeBSD 12

Posted 2020-01-07. Permalink. Tagged freebsd, hardware, photo, software, video games.

Photo of a gamepad next to the game Wipeout XL

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 src/drivers/Joystick.cpp).

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 enough.

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.