Track four Black Electric is from the only release by that band,
their 2000 self-titled EP on Puzzlebox. Colors and Come To Me,
A2 and B1, are also great; I'm sure I'll play them here eventually.
There's a bunch of Puzzlebox on Beatport but I couldn't find
this one, unfortunately.
A couple of old tracker mods snuck in, specifically track 13
Arsa Bamk by Dune (best known as Brothomstates)
and track 14 Honeynut Loops by Chavez. The latter of those
is from the netlabel Milk, which I plan to write a post
about here (eventually).
This is a pretty scatterbrained selection, and it could've used
one or two more tracks to break up the long ones, but I'm happy. Good
for a few hours of planning. I'll be back next week with... not sure.
A couple of different tracker groups (and/or netlabels) are represented
in this mix: Five Musicians (track 1 and 9), Hellven (tracks
7 and 8), and Milk (tracks 6 and 12). I've written about Hellven
before; I'll write a similar article about Milk, once I finish going
through their catalog. It's pretty strange stuff.
Optic Embrace by RS3 comes from Hellven release #024 "Phases Of
Identity". It's a single-file release (PHASES.IT) containing seven
tracks, all at 170/85. Refraction Reprise, the RS3 track from
last week, is the final track of the release. It's a good EP;
if you've got a tracker handy give it a listen.
But the real reason for this hour is to play Yuki Satellites. I
was digging through my mods and realized I hadn't listened to it in a
while. It appears Radix (AKA Rymdlego) has a youtube channel,
complete with a nice video of FT2 running Yuki Satellites. The
.xm file itself is available at modarchive, linked above. Go get it
because it's awesome.
And that'll do it for December, for 2019, for this decade. It feels
right to end the year with some slow late '90s mods. I'll be back
next week with... something, I'm not sure. Space-y electro, probably.
This is the third annual MTT tracker music show. Weird breaks, drum & bass,
and IDM. The mix features 12 (!) tracks from the Assembly demoparty
(including two from 2019), plus a few from the 2018 and 2019 Revision party.
My internet connection dropped during the live broadcast of this show,
unfortunately. I couldn't leave it that way, so I re-recorded the whole hour:
right-click save as here or on the spectrogram above to download it.
This mix is also available at mixcloud.
Tracks three and four are both from this year's Assembly
Tracked Music Competition; Parking Lot In Space took first place,
Left Behind took sixth. Be sure to check out the rest of this year's entries,
as they are all terrific.
My favorite from this hour is Keith by Dascon & Mygg & Bonefish. It
took first place at the Revision 2019 Tracked Music Competition,
and deservedly so. It's very well programmed. There are a bunch of super
creative pattern jumps and speed changes in the song, and the thing just
sounds good. Download that one and watch it in a tracker, or check out
one of the videos on youtube.
One interesting thing about tracker music is that there are multiple ways
to set playback speed. There are usually three settings: a tempo setting
which is a single BPM (defaults to 125), ticks per row (or speed), and
rows per beat.
By changing speed or rows per beat and leaving tempo alone, you end
up with interesting multiples of tempo.
The last fifteen minutes of this mix is an example of this; five tracks all
at ~187.5 BPM, or a tempo of 125 and a speed of 4. (Though I'll admit I
cheated with a couple to get them to fit).
I'll close by saying: sorry this took so long to upload. There were some
problems to overcome in the recording of this one. But, as always, the music
is good. I'm glad to have finally gotten some proper old Dune in one of
these shows. There's one more broadcast before the end of the year; that'll
be a mellow one, I think.
Tracks 7, 10, and 14 are all tracker mods from the netlabel Hellven.
I wrote a post about Hellven for this blog last year, so go
check that out. RS3's Among The Fallen is my favorite of the
three, I like the snappiness of it and the classic RS3 basses and pads.
(Darkhalo's Manga Starlight is the fourth tracker mod in this
mix, and is also excellent.)
This selection doesn't hold together as well as I'd like, and there's
a few obvious mistakes (I forgot Ko Lute's Nobody Better Bother The King
changes tempo...). But: these tunes are good, and it was a fun way to
wind down after playing the arcade. Any time I manage to play music by
Eno I'm happy.
Logical Aggression at Ground Kontrol was last night. DJ Megaphysics was
out of town, so I played music from 9 PM until close. The selection was a
mixture of MTT 095 and 094, plus some tracks that were in my notes for those
shows but didn't make the cut for radio.
Not too much to say beyond that. It was a good night. I wish demoscene mods
sounded better loud on a big system...