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August 2009 Classic Breaks Mix

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Alright folks,

If you love breaks, or if you haven’t yet found that you do, bite into this — the Royale with cheese of mixburgers! 🙂

01) Nick Thayer – Scrambler (Original Mix) [Passenger]
02) Far Too Loud – Shredder (Original Mix) [Funkatech Records]
03) Ctrl Z – The Tunnel VIP feat. Screwface (Original Mix) [Hardcore Beats]
04) Hyper – We Control (Original Mix) [Kilowatt Records]
05) Dopamine – Hold You (Original Mix) [TCR]
06) Rob Le Pitch – Twisted (Tom Real and Rogue Element Remix) [Passenger]
07) Alex Dolby – Hazy Way (Evil Nine Remix) [Mantra Vibes]
08) The Breakfastaz – The Pressure (Aquasky Mix) [Passenger]
09) Meat Katie – NuTron (Original Mix) [LOT49]

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August 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 am

Micro-Mix 004

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Bite sized (3 track) mix. D minor -> D Major. Probably my 2 favorite musical keys, in general.

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August 21st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

New live DJ technique (using free track samples)

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You know how you can browse tracks on sites like Beatport.com, and you get to preview a portion of the track? Well, those previews are just MP3 files that are split from the full tracks. Each preview is usually about 2 minutes, and you can get the URLs for an entire genre via RSS feeds.

So, you can use the Firefox plugin “FlashGot” to automatically download all of the MP3 files that are referenced in the “Top 100” House music RSS feed on Beatport. Then, you can run them through key detection software to get musical key info on them all.

Once you have those samples and key information on them, it’s possible to mix them together live, without ever having listened to the tracks beforehand. Here’s a recording of me mixing 8 tracks in about 10 minutes with this style:

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It’s a lot of work to keep the mix going, since the samples are so small. I’ve been pretty much warping the tracks in real time, figuring out where the phrases are, getting them sync’d up, and timing the drops. There’s a lot of room for error if you lose concentration, or if you just happen to get a track that doesn’t line up quite right. So having an emergency fallback to save the mix in these bad scenarios would be good..

It’s an interesting technique, for one because it’s free to get these track samples. That saves a lot of money, considering each track is normally either 1.99$ or 2.49$.. — also, the speed of mixing is a lot faster, so it really helps you develop your mixing skills, and forces you to learn recovery techniques.

Probably more on this technique in the future!

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August 10th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

August 2009 Electro House Mix

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Just some electro house, result of experimenting with a top secret project! 😛 – more on that later [ Download MP3 ]

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August 9th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Mini-Mix 005

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Decided to create another ~30 min “mini mix” – nom nom Caustik – Mini-Mix 005 (2009.08.04)

01 – Hydro, SKC, Munk – Head First (Original Mix)
02 – Sub Focus – Rock It (Original Mix)
03 – Sub Focus – Follow The Light (Original Mix)
04 – London Elektricity – Just One Second (Original Mix)
05 – B-Complex – Beautiful Lies (Original Mix)
06 – Blu Mar ten – Believe Me (Original Mix)

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August 4th, 2009 at 3:38 pm