Sep 172016
 

I’ve been sitting on an archive of mixes in the past year, mostly because I could feel my creative flow changing and I wasn’t sure my output was aligned with my input. One of the biggest changes for me is that I’ve crossed over into using Traktor for playing out live most of the time and then mostly use Ableton Live for studio-prepared mixes. I had found my creativity stagnating when using Ableton for DJing, as there’s less room for spontaneous inspiration when perusing one’s music library on the fly. As the activity level of our downtempo crew Floasis has increased in the recent year, I found a camaraderie with my crewmates who almost all use Traktor primarily. It felt like a good time to make the switch and after some deep learning, I began playing out with it this past summer. Things were a little rough at first, but I feel like I’m finding my groove now and have even surpassed my previous records for the longest sets ever. (Latest record: somewhere around 8 hours)

As my confidence stepped up with my tools for playing out, I was finally able to have another listen to these mixes that had been languishing during my growing pains, and this is one of the mixes that came to light and wanted to be published. I’ve stayed away from a lot of bass music in my sets, as I find a lot of it to sound very similar; however, there is a growing amount of this style of music that hits the right notes for me melodically, energetically and tonally. The recorded set this came from was almost twice as long, but as I sat with it I found I much preferred the first half/two-thirds, so that is what is represented here. I took my live recording (via Ableton) and enhanced it further in the studio, including adding a different ending track that was more in line with the flow.

Tracklist:

1. Utero – Entrance
2. Omnimotion – Inner Dub
3. Deep Forest Warrior – To Be With You (ft. Marilyn Fox)
4. Expedizion – Listen to the Deepness
5. Eukarya – Reaching for Light
6. Frederic Robinson – So Close To Being Human
7. Tipper – Life Raft For a Death Trip
8. AtYya – Altar Form
9. Sixis & Shwex – Continuity Field
10. Aligning Minds – In the Wake of Forever
11. Kiyoto – Shinagawa
12. Aes Dana – Jetlag Corporation

Nov 292011
 

November went by far too fast for my tastes. There we were, celebrating Halloween, and seemingly in the blink of an eye Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re staring down the barrel at the end of 2011. How’d that happen?

It’s been a year since I had my photo show, which affords me a chance to look back and contemplate the state of my photographic life. I had no lofty goals in mind for this passion of mine; just a chance to share the bits of this world that I happen to come upon through my lens. It’s been a rewarding and often humbling experience.

Recently I became enamored of the photographic community over on Google+, which at the moment seems to make up the bulk of the stimuli I’m experiencing over there. Casually participating in conversations with newbies and pros alike, it’s been a revelation to me to at last feel like I’ve found my peers. (Nothing personal to you, Flickr community; I still love you too)

In working to reshape the ways in which I share my work, and frankly, to make it more accessible to those who might actually want an image of mine hanging on their wall, I am pleased to announce that I have restructured my pricing for all my print work and have adjusted my online store accordingly. I enjoyed a small boon of sales last year surrounding my show, and while my main focus has not been on selling my work, I can’t deny the deep satisfaction in knowing someone who likes my work enough to want to invest in it. And so it goes.

If you’re at all inclined, head on over to my store to see what’s offered. There are the usual prints, along with gallery wraps, floating prints for the wall, and desk stands. (Those floating pieces are so cool…I’m thinking I may want one for myself soon!) I’ve expanded the galleries a bit, adding shots I had previously kept private, and moving things around so that they reflect the galleries I keep around the Web on Facebook, Flickr and Google+. Please feel free to leave a comment on a shot or a gallery if something strikes your fancy. I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve been allowing my DJ life to simmer on the back burner a bit in the last couple of months, after my flurry of activity at the end of the summer. I worked hard on synchronizing my photographic expression, but now it’s time to return to a sense of balance, and I have a few delicious gigs coming up that are worth mentioning. At the moment, they are:

– Dec. 10-11 – Moontribe Full Moon Gathering (invitation-only; location private)

– Dec. 21 – Opening set for Luminous Movement (hosted by J Brave of the Luminaries) (Zanzibar in Santa Monica; see here for details)

– Dec. 31 – 2012 Awakening New Year’s Eve (Hummingbird Ranch in Simi Valley; see here for details)

That’s all the news I have for now – thanks for reading!

Sep 282010
 
Stream or download WAV above, or download MP3 here.

This is an excerpt of a set designed for the record release party of “Chime”, a compilation released by Ball of Waxx Records. I played the opening set at Technique/Zanzibar. It’s an exploration of slightly more IDM/minimal sounds than anything I had tried before.

Tracklist:

Mantaray – Discovery
Aerostatic – Continuous
Nalepa – Breakfast in Bed
Brothomstates – Mdrmx
Dub Tractor – A Second
Rumpistol – Nice Man
Eu – Love Me
Boards of Canada – In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Rena Jones – The Passing Storm
Helios – Radiohead Remix 2
Hibernation – Melt
Kangding Ray – Palisades
Sympath – Zero Sum
Kiln – Flycatcher
Benge – Elan

Sep 282010
 

Stream from the above link, or download here.

I had the distinct honor of playing on a lineup with three good friends at Club Zanzibar one night. This set was directly inspired by their presence, and features many tracks produced by friends and friends of friends. A little dub, a bit of psychill, a smattering of trip hop, and a whole lot of love.

Tracklist:

Maneesh de Moor – Oracle
Helios – Nine Black Alps
Leo Abraham – Spider (Jon Hopkins Remix)
Bahramji & Maneesh de Moor – Dreamcatcher
Radiate – Witchkraft
Saru – Something Stronger (Greg Long Mix)
Paddy Free – Lali
Karuan – Feeling of Us Two
Orbient – In Time
The Jazzual Suspects – Ba Dada
Sola Rosa – Scratch Apprentice
Xerxes – Pirayana
Bluetech – Kingdom of the Blind (Third I Mix)
Hibernation – Trickle
Sympath – Zero Sum
Jon Hopkins – Sleepwalker
The Flashbulb – Addict Swelling
Shakatura – Sage