Log on, Tune in, Zone out

I stumbled upon XMiD Request A Song while trying to figure out what was playing on my WorldSpace satellite radio Channel 202. Evidently, it isn’t the same all over the world.

While we’re on the topic, Victor Dinaire hosts an amazing show called Lost Episode on EDM radio channels net-wide. Highly recommended.

When not around an XM / WorldSpace receiver, you can tune in to Digitally Imported Internet Radio (DI.fm). Works especially well on office PCs with broadband, Microsoft IDEs, WinAmp and a certain plugin ;-)

Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren hosts a mind-altering radio show aptly titled A State of Trance. Each episode is an experience that’ll haunt your reality! The ASOT 2007 yearmix details can be found here, and weekly ASOT tracklistings can also be found here. Archived episodes are available courtesy of the Internet Archive.

Founders of the Anjunabeats label, trance trio Above and Beyond host a weekly radio show called Trance Around the World, or simply TATW. Don’t miss it for the world!

Spirit Soul Mix Archive, “spirited, soulful, and forward-thinking house and techno music” apart, the website is also a prime example of a mash-up that makes use of bunch of free online providers of different services to deliver content, while keeping the whole approach open, seamless and professional. Take a look.

Selected DJ mixes are available for streaming and download at Livesets.us.

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This Binary Universe

“It could well be studied as the first major electronic work of the new millennium… it’s that good…”

-Keyboard Magazine

Electronic music artist BT’s fifth studio album This Binary Universe was probably the first of its kind. It was composed and produced specifically for 5.1 channel audio, and was accompanied by a DVD featuring videos by a collection of computer artists and animators.

Read about the one-of-its kind theatrical release of TBU here.

BT is a very prolific artist, one of my all-time favourites. He maintains a fantastic journal and art collection over at DeviantArt. More info can be found at BT-network.org (“The unofficially official source of Brian Transeau since 1996”) and BT’s official site, btmusic.com.

Dance Protocol

Just found this on a Ministry of Sound tape while cleaning out my cabinet:

“Good club music is like good sex. A suggestive kick drum. A tension-building
snare roll. An instantly  recognizable sample looping against a cacophony of
acid bass and bellpy synth, building, mounting, until there’s nothing left for
it to do but burst into a wash of pure Bacchanalian pleasure for the ear and
body. Not all dance music is like that – drop reliant, up-tempo, energetic – but
club music, the world’s new coming-of-age soundtrack, is. Where it was once an
underground indulgence, reserved for those who sought it out, the whole
experience of the nightclub – of coming home from work or school, watching TV,
napping, then showering and getting dressed for the night ahead – is now a
standard rite of passage. Hands-on and participatory, clubbing serves the
entertainment needs of the individual, and also manages to create meaningful
moments between thousands of people at once. Whether it’s singing along to a
diva-driven house anthem, or prepping for the big drop in a trance epic, flashes
of nightclub glory, however fleeting, stay burned in every dancer’s memory.
Dancing is a primal mode of expression and communication, as old as time –
clubbing is our modern update, adding fashion, style and attitude to the mix.
All this makes clubbing everyone’s dirty little secret – it’s a subculture in
which we all participate, on some level, with its own vocabulary and set of
norms. And despite very focused mainstream attention, it maintains its
underground spirit. There’s still something naughty and inviting about an
evening out with a thousand or so of your peers, dressed to the nines, and
dancing to music that, by its nature, teases your primal tendencies and demands
your involvement and activity. Repetitive beats will never complete the circle
and dominate popular music or culture – they’ll always remain just beneath the
surface, providing providing a haven not for the rebels, but for the rebel in
all of us.”

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Living Darfur

Ever had the feeling that life is being unfair to you? Ever had the feeling that you don’t deserve what you’re going through? All of us do, at one time or the other, in one way or the other.

Take a moment to see this humbling video. Lyrics follow:

“See the nation through the people’s eyes,
See tears that flow like rivers from the skies.
Where it seems there are only borderlines
Where others turn and sigh,
You shall rise (x2)

There’s disaster in your past
Boundaries in your path
What do you desire when lift you higher?
You don’t have to be extraordinary, just forgiving
Those who never heard your cries,
You shall rise (x2)
And look toward the skies.
Where others fail, you prevail in time.
You shall rise.

(You may never know,
If you lay low, lay low) (x4)
You shall rise (x3)

Sooner or later we must try… Living
(You may never know,
If you lay low, lay low) (x4)

See the nation through the people’s eyes,
See tears that flow like rivers from the skies.
Where it seems there are only borderlines
Where others turn and sigh,
You shall rise (x4)

(You may never know,
If you lay low, lay low) [4x]

Sooner or later we must try… Living”


The song is about the Darfur conflict; for those of you who (like me) have been too tied up with your own problems, read about it here. I’m grateful to God that unlike these people, atleast I possess something that I can cry over.

Lyrics

Much like quotes, I find I can draw a lot of parallels and paradoxes from song lyrics. Here are some of my all-time favourites.

Montreal Nightlife Resources

Check these out if you’re passing through Montreal:

Sunburn Goa 2007 – Asia’s Premier Dance Festival

Above and Beyond. Carl Cox. John ‘OO’ Fleming. In Goa!!!

This is truly a dream come true… one of the biggest NYE parties in the world, right in our own backyard! Hats off to Nikhil Chinappa, DJ Pearl and the Submerge.in community!

I’ll be right up there, bowing down to Above and Beyond *respect*! 😆