And…..Done. Final Blog Post

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been running my blog for 6 years now, even more difficult to believe that I’ve done 282 posts in that time period.  But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and I’ve decided that now is a good time for me to step away from the blog and focus on other avenues for sharing my views on creativity and audio production.

It’s been really enjoyable talking to everyone and sharing your views on how you approach all the struggles and joys of writing music.  I can’t thank everyone enough for all the insightful comments, indepth replies, and most especially for all the donations you’ve made to help make all this possible.

As a way of saying thanks one final time, I’ve collected all of the best blog posts into one document, which you can download here:

BEST BITS OF THE BLOG (Zip File)

The zip file contains both PDF and epub versions of the document so you can view it on any of your devices.  I’ve made a few changes here in there in the text to update my recommendations on gear, and make it easier to read all of the posts front to back.

Thanks again everyone!
Tarekith

Crossing Channels DJ Set

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Crossing Channels DJ Set <- Right Click to download

Been wanting to get a new DJ set recorded ever since we arrived in Luxembourg.   Finally managed to get a break from mastering long enough to get this recorded, and I’m really happy with the way it came together.  On a bit of a dub techno kick lately, so this one is both something you can chill or dance to.  This set was recorded live on May 13th using Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro v2.81 and a Traktor Kontrol S8 controller.  The link above is a high-quality AAC version of the set.

Here’s the tracklist:

Time – Artist – Track Name – Label
00:00 – Subset – Worlds Of If – Deeptakt
07:45 – Subset – Lecithitrope – Deeptakt
13:49 – Goran Geto – Chords And Clouds (Subset Rmx) – Drift Deeper
18:41 – BRK – ML3 – Energostatic
22:23 – Caldera – Hold – Drift Deeper
27:33 – Micro G – Aquatic Warbler – Vertical
33:10 – Caldera – Caldera – Sonic Moiré
38:10 – If I Had A Hi Fi – Kontinuum – Kopoc
44:34 – Aspect – BP4 (Fingers in the Noise Rmx) – Cold Fiction Music
48:50 – Goran Geto – Chords And Clouds (Zoltan Ban Remix) – Drift Deeper
55:38 – Atabey – Cold Peace – Energostatic
62:22 – Akusmatic – Lunar Chicken – Self Release
68:02 – If I Had A Hi Fi – Silica – Kopoc
72:27 – Yagya – Reverbs and Delays – Kilk
76:02 – Minimal Boffin – Jardin d’Acclimation – Complex Textures
81:54 – Caldera – Be With You – Sonic Moiré
87:14 – Kogyp – Oceanica – Energostatic

For those of you who prefer Mixcloud, here’s a link to the set there as well:

 

As always, hope you enjoy!
Tarekith

Windings – Downtempo DJ Set

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Windings <- Right click to save.

With all the work that’s going on with preparing to move to Luxembourg, not to mention selling the house, it’s amazing I’m finding anytime to actually DJ.  But I have to say, with something like the Traktor S8 recently in the studio, it’s hard to stop as well!  Really having a lot of fun with the new controller, I more fun than I’ve had DJing in a long time if I’m honest.  Finally the perfect combination of controls for the way I want to DJ, and the screens are game changers.

This mix is more downtempo than the last one, it’s freaking cold this weekend and I wanted something that was chill but still warm.  Err… something.  Anyway, hope you enjoy as always.

Start Time – Artist – Track Name – Label
00:00 – Baghira – Garden Lullaby – Stereoheaven
05:44 – Tipper – Table Flipping – Tippermusic
09:48 – Sesion De Los Floras – Gotas de Agua Dolce – Stereoheaven
14:34 – Aqua Mundi – Beautiful Awaking – Stereoheaven
19:02 – Tipper – Gulch – Tippermusic
22:23 – Soulavenue – Stuck In A Dream – Karmapulse
26:47 – Diario – Throwback – Sa Trincha
31:46 – Stereo Out – The Calling – Drizzlymusic
35:23 – Soulavenue – Try – Drizzlymusic
39:00 – Jon Hopkins – Sun Harmonics – Domino
45:04 – Diario – Two Shells – Ibiza Lounge
48:03 – Witchcraft – Ultraviolet – AD Music

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One final note, yes the studio is still open for mastering!  A few people just skimmed my mailing list email or the blog post, and didn’t realize it was happening in January most likely.  If you need some mastering done, there’s no need to wait.

Thanks everyone!
Tarekith

Without Within DJ Set 11-21-2014

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Without Within DJ Set <- Click to Save
Tech House 11-21-2014

Finally got a break from preparing to move and selling the house to record a new DJ set using my new Traktor S8 controller.  Still enjoying it, having the Freeze function at hand really opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for transitions.  I love having full-time access to the delays for each deck too.

This mix goes into the deeper end of things.  A little housey, a little minimal tribal, and some groovy techno as well.

Tracklist:

Time – Artist – Track Name – Label
00:00 – Stereo Out – Elettro Noise – Drizzlymusic
04:16 – Simplex Sensus – Airdrops – Nidra
08:46 – Lamedusa – You’ll See (Micha Mischer Rmx) – MUM UK
12:24 – Steve Lovesey – Dusk – Pure Substance
19:54 – Ciffre 100 – Amantes – Nidra
24:58 – Steve Lovesey – Push The Sunrise – GR8 AL Music
31:16 – Steve Lovesey – Sea & Air – Respect
37:03 – Self Explanatory – A Part From The Funk – Nidra
41:58 – Agrume – Abyss – Gigabeat
48:27 – Innova – The Deepest – Moxi
53:10 – T Tommy – Quien No Va Coger – Leima House
57:56 – Innova – Don’t Stop – Dance All Ways
63:21 – Steve Lovesey – From The Beginning – GR8 AL Music

Enjoy!
Tarekith

Welcome To The New Blog!

Woo hoo, welcome to the new blog location.  Sorry if you got multiple notifications for this blog post the last day or so, still working out a couple last minute bugs with notifications.  Ummm, that’s all I have, but more soon!

(Strymon Timeline review…..)

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Three Tunnels DJ Set

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Three Tunnels DJ Set

A fun and twisted trip down the darker side of midtempo tracks, groovy and glitchy in equal measures.  Good soundtrack for afterhours parties.

Start Time – Artist – Track – Label
00:00 – Cafe Americaine – Sex International – Manifold
04:25 – Gautama Shakyamuni – Committee For The Heat – White Delta
06:21 – Rodg – Jacqueline – Body Condition
11:30 – Whitebear – Facing The Mutant Microbe – Adapted
15:16 – Dhamika – Sound Therapy – Uxmal
20:42 – E Duque – Beat Heart – Dash Deep
24:54 – Akasha Experience – Shanti Planti – Dubmission
28:47 – Niko Troubetzkoy – Drum n Sax – OLA
34:12 – Pulsatronic – To Remember (Special Mode) – Freebeat Music
37:32 – Knights Radiant-The Ouroboros – Folding Space
40:59 – Whitebear – Lost in Vibrations – Muti
47:47 – Desert Dwellers – Seeing Things (Land Switcher Rmx) – Twisted

Sending Orbs DJ Set

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I first heard about Sending Orbs with their very first release, Kettel’s “Through Friendly Waters”.  A friend had just turned me on to Kettel’s quirky and upbeat style of music, and I was on a hunt for more from him.  Soon after I was sold on the style of music they would continue to release, and often bought each new album before I even heard it.  Never was I disappointed.

In 2010 it looked like things were over for Sending Orbs though, no releases were planned, and nothing was heard from the founders for almost 2 years.  Luckily in 2012 things started back up, better than ever if the music is any judge.  This mix is a way for me to say thanks for all the incredible music over the years.  As a DJ, it’s always fun and challenging to mix music that uses odd time-signatures and atonal keys too.

Hope you all enjoy as much as I do!

Start Time – Artist – Track (all tracks on the Sending Orbs label)
00:00 – Blamstrain – Frame Math
04:40 – Legiac – Mings Feaner
08:32 – Markus Guentner – Doppelgaenger
14:47 – Kettel – Krabs
16:58 – Secede – Vega Libre
24:32 – Kettel – Twinkle Twinkle
29:57 – Kettel – Clara
32:25 – Funckarma – Dredge
39:06 – Secede – The Marvel
46:35 – Yagya – Rigning þrjú
51:11 – Markus Guentner – Meer Der Luegen
55:28 – Kettel & Secede – Admittanc
60:15 – Secede – The King Of Sanda

For more music like this, visit: http://www.sendingorbs.com

Tarekith

“Sway” Tech-House DJ Set

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Tech-House DJ Mix 06-13-2013

With the weather getting nicer out, I felt like putting together a new tech house DJ set.  And as always, you can expect a bit of the weird and unexpected.

Start Time – Artist – Track Title – Label
00:00 – Chantola – Make It Happen (Matan Caspi Rmx) – AU
06:44 – Miguel Cid – Thermostat – Cray1 Digital
11:45 – Nikki Noek – Enough – Nopassport
16:32 – Tarekith – TH1
20:03 – Groove D’Vision – The Black Fraud Optimized Speech – Dish Of The Day
25:03 – Juan Ddd – Jukebox – ONOFF
30:07 – Junior Legh – Sun Is Shining – SL Records
35:58 – Daniel Lyons – Riggle – BR Selections
41:06 – Jorge – Pedruscada – Trippy
47:26 – Gruw Frequency – Big Bag Show – High Contrast

Windows down, go faster.  🙂

No Valleys In This Sky – Downtempo Mix

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I wanted to do one more darker and slightly weirder (ok, really weird in places) DJ mix before the cloudy days of winter leave us for good.  Starts out a little more chill, but ramps up into some energetic midtempo towards the end.  Recorded live with NI’s Traktor and the Kontrol S4.

Time – Artist – Track – Label
00:00 – Merge Of Equals – Clear Blue Sky – Highscore
04:50 – Puff Dragon – Spacefunk – Dakini
10:33 – Spiral System – Elephant – Pschent
15:53 – Puff Dragon – Chinese Radio – Ultima
22:06 – STS9 – Spectacle (Ott Rmx) – 1320 Records
26:26 – Asian Chill Art – Haryana (EPhase Rmx) – Cartoon Fresh
31:24 – Freeq Sense – Tek_n_Spice – KTS
35:16 – Aes Dana – 101 Clouds – Ultimae
41:23 – Chris Zippel – Space Dock – Waveform
45:10 – Tarekith – The Focused Mist
49:15 – Afefe Iku – The Blues – Tarifa
54:34 – Freeq Sense – Tribal Spirit (Den Kozlov Rmx) – KTS
59:49 – Youandewan – 1988 – Tarifa

As always, hope you enjoy!

Of Cardboard & Concrete DJ Mix

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Well, I finally managed to kick my cold enough to get a new tech-house set recorded.  This is the first one I’ve done using the Traktor S4 controller too.  Well, at least since the last time I owned an S4.  🙂  Hope you enjoy, these are some twisted beats!

Tracklist:

Start Time – Artist – Track Title – Label
00:00 – Artie Flexs – Down The Groove (Ugur Soygur Rmx) – Spring Tube AC
06:16 – Silvio Bondage – Mittenwald (John Sweet Rmx) – Modu
11:56 – Nivanoise – Dirty Cheap Creative – Dancing Moon
18:09 – Ludowick – You’re Gonna – 22 Digit
23:34 – Jamie Power – MIA (Gianluca Caldarelli Rmx) – Pild
28:39 – Dropboxx – Walking Out – Raizo
35:50 – Genji Yoshida – Maverick – Funktion (Black)
41:20 – Paulo Tella – The Godmother (Egoism Rmx) – 1st Rate Music
47:32 – DJ Smilk – Alusinando – Kore
52:50 – David Amo – Macalacachimba (Raul Mezcolanza Rmx) – DeepPerfect
57:50 – Kanzler – Tromofell – Ostfunk