Ten of these songs come from The Assembly demoscene party's music archive,
as mentioned. Straightbackward and Let's Party Again were both
released this year - the Assembly 2018 Tracked Music entries in
general are excellent. Five tracks are from the Assembly 1998 Music
competition. For some reason, there's only one music category in 1998, with
100+ entries. There's a lot of great downtempo, drum & bass, and IDM in
that 1998 competition, some of which I plan to write about later.
This one's pretty good! There's a small popping noise at 24:21 that I forgot
to mute, and an unfortunate zip noise at 25:12. (Digital DJ-ing problems).
Also, some of these tracks were rendered with the wrong sample interpolation
settings (particularly noticeable on Sojourner - that song isn't supposed
to sound crunchy). I'll go back and fix those tracks as I come across them.
Downtempo, IDM, a bit of old demoscene, a bit of vaporwave. Chill-out music,
Unfortunately my internet connection dropped a little over halfway through this
show. Robot DJ Kumata, aNONradio's mascot DJ, played J-Pop and soundtracks
during this period - from roughly 34:48 to 41:32 in the recording.
This show (like most of MTT Year 2) 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 was a pretty good set! Good for a quick few hours picking tracks and
winging it, anyway. Sad about the connection drop, but that'll happen from
time to time. I might rework this into something more cohesive in the future.
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.
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.
This mix is largely an excuse to hear Ray,
by RS3. Written using Impulse Tracker
around 2000 (I think), these are three of my favorite tracker modules. RS3
later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven
and release some pretty cool tracks.
the name of a German television program in the early night/morning hours each
day. It is a mixture of chill-out-music and images of the earth as seen from
space interspersed with informative broadcasts.
I've caught a little bit of it on youtube, and it's cool. I wish it was on TV
here in the US.
The last selection I'm going to talk about is Haze
by Frequent C AKA
Josh Walund, who I mentioned last week as one half of Rb387.
Haze (and the whole Broken Sun EP)
is a great Boards of Canada-inspired piece. Check out the first One on Twoism
compilation for more BoC-inspired tracks like it... and check out the Twoism
forums in general.
That's it from me today. Check back next week (in 2018!) for another show.
Every song included in this mix is a tracker module file that was rendered
to .wav with Modplug Tracker. For some background
information on what a tracker module is, check out the Tracker Music
page over at Wikipedia.
This is a sound I was into in the late '90s and early 2000s, back in the days
of dialup. The days of Traxinspace and Modarchive. It's a tradition of mine to
dig up and listen to these mods in the weeks around my birthday. Looking at the
clock now, it's my birthday as I write this.
Four tracks come from the Emissions 3
musicdisk, specifically part two of Emissions 3. Part 1 is all chiptune, and
contains a great (and unexpected) arrangement of "House of the Rising Sun".
Necros appears three times in this
mix, and would have appeared more, but I held myself back. I'm a huge Necros
fan. I'll probably dedicate a full hour to him before the end of 2018.
The Makunouchi Bento track in this mix
is not the remastered version available on their bandcamp page. It's the
original .xm version released by Eerik Inpuj Sound
The exported .xm sounded better in the mix... having said that, I'm grateful
that Makunouchi Bento offer a remastered version.
Finally, shoutout to my friends Koonat and Jawsh
for getting me into this music back in high school. They appear in this mix
as Rb387, the best tracker mod group to come out
of McMinnville. Most of the songs here are in fact from a collection that Jawsh
burnt to a CD and gave me ~15 years ago. Thanks guys; without you I'd be a very