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EDC 2008 – New Mix!

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EDC 2008 was a blast! We live in San Diego, and the event was in LA, so we had a couple hours of traffic on the way there. I just started using some new VST plugins, so it was the perfect opportunity to check out how they sound in a thumpin M3 car stereo. [download MP3]

Probspot – Blueberry (Peter Haze Remix)
Moonbeam – Consumption feat. Chris Lunsford (Original Mix)
ID – ID
Medway – The Bassline Track (Luke Chable Remix)
Retroid – Daybreak (The Emissary Remix)
V.F.R. – Tranceillusion (Luke Dzierzek Remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)

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June 30th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

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3 x Fifths

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Discovered a powerful heuristic for track selection which helps you to find track combinations that “work” very well together. “Mixing in key” is a fairly popular method for track selection. Basically you want to find tracks that are “compatible” in a musical way. I’ve found that following the circle of fifths either clockwise or counterclockwise, always skipping 3, leads to some really astonishing results.

Here’s an experiment, using counter-clockwise circle of fifths traversal on the song keys. Note that some tracks end in a different key than they start, so you always have to take that into account.

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June 13th, 2008 at 2:17 pm