MAGFest VI has Rocked Out

As posted by Ill_Demon on the officlal MAGFest website:

Thanks to all who were at MAGFest VI! This one rocked as hard as any
other, and was so smooth overall that the hotel staff complimented us
on how polite the group was!
There were a few incidents, and to keep the rumor mill under control, I’ll lay out the basics of the major ones:

– Hotel vandalism: a few lampshades, phones, and fire
extinguishers were damaged. The people responsible for the room where
the damaged stuff ended up were removed from the hotel, as well as one
other person partly responsible for the vandalism itself.

– Someone entered the concert without a badge, and when security
stopped him, he ran past them into the concert again. Rumor note: he
was not kicked out for crowd surfing. Crowd surfing has not been
allowed at MAGFest for the last 2 years because of safety and liability
concerns, like expensive low-hanging chandeliers, but we would not kick
anyone out for it. We just pull them down off the crowd and ask them
not to do it again.

– Assault, with riot cops: This one generated the most stories.
Yes, there were heavily armed cops. No, it wasn’t a big deal. It was an
over-reaction by the police to a 911 call for a simple punch.

– Fire alarm: A pipe burst in the garage, and triggered a water
pressure alarm related to the sprinkler system. It had nothing to do
with MAGFest, but it did get us all outside for a few minutes. =]

Everyone involved with any of these above mentioned incidents was
impressively cool about it, and most will be welcomed back next year.
Please contact us if you have a question about your status with MAGFest.

Anyone who would like to send a note of thanks to the Hilton, or the
Dorsai Irregulars (our volunteer security group) please use the contact
link on the left. We will be compiling these notes and sending along
one big letter.

This year went so smoothly that next year’s dates may be confirmed in the next week or 2. Check back here soon!

VGFrequency: MAGFest Day 3 Report

Larry has finally gotten his Saturday report of MAGFest up posted on the VGF blog. It outlines the OCR panel, the Saturday concerts, and includes the creepiest picture of him ever with Elaine of Select Start.

After missing Day 2, I was definitely ready to get back on the horse for MAGFest. OC ReMix had its panel that day, so of course I represented my homebase. Along with djpretzel and myself, fellow judges zircon, pixietricks, Big Giant Circles and CHz were on board the panel presentation that day for an impressive show of staff power.

Rather than going through our traditional presentation for the
uninitiated, we were in front of a crowd where the major majority of
people were already familiar with OverClocked ReMix. This year, we
highlighted all the important developments at OCR for 2007, including Voices of the Lifestream, attending Video Games Live, the debut of the Content Policy, revising the Submission Standards and Instructions and developing translations of our most important information for several languages. OCR’s latest album project, Radical Dreamers: Thieves of Fate, released during MAGFest itself, was given a preview to the audience by director Brad “the prophet of mephisto” Burr, to an excellent reception.

Highlighting upcoming developments for 2008, we’ve got some great
stuff on the way. Our first live full orchestra arrangement from Wild ARMs is on the way, we’ve got our first mother-son ReMix collaboration as well from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. djp
showed off his plans for swanky new composer pages that’ll show off a
lot more information about the men and women who inspire the
contributors to OCR, using Tim Follin
to give the people a look at how composers are laid out with more
information than ever; look for that to go live in the next few days.
We also pimped some AMVs including clips of some of the Voices of the Lifestream AMV contest (soon to be judged so that we can get those swanky prizes out there) as well as the Spittin’ Narcissism fanvid by Psycosis91. Plenty of good stuff to promote, not even taking into account our bread and butter of posting creative, free ReMixes.

After a huge dinner with the OCR meetup group, it was time for the
second and final night of concerts. Let’s go short and sweet: The
moshing this year was definitely toned down a great deal compared to
last year. Not that anyone was cracking down on it, there just wasn’t
nearly as much this year as last. Let’s not also forget props to NO CARRIER and noteNdo
for the NES-created visuals that adorned both nights of performances.
You’ve got to see it to believe it, they were a nostalgic acid trip.

Powerglove was excellent. They
always have an unbelievable amount of energy to their performances,
including some badass costumes. I personally hate the Power Rangers
theme, but when they played it for some brief non-VGM material, they
definitely got the crowd going. I would have loved to have seen Chris Marchiel’s Guitar Hero synth in play, but was perfectly glad “settling” for some awesome material from Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s “So Sexy Robotnik“!

I was legitimately worried that Select Start, in their first MAGFest performance,
wouldn’t be as much of a draw with the crowd, who are used to rock and
metal VG cover bands acts, but the masses turned out in a big way. We
probably could have used some chairs during their set, since there was
no reason to stand up for the whole thing. They put on a really classy
performance. Frontman Austin Harley started off a little shaky with the
opening solo on one track, but regrouped with a joke and was off to the
races. The best part of the set had to be when the crowd exploded with
whooping and applause to the end of the first track, which visibly took
the entire sextet by surprise.

Elaine Li & Larry Oji @ MAGFest 6

When I talked to violinist Elaine Li after the set along with Big Giant Circles,
she confirmed that the group had never received that kind of reaction
ever before in their history of live performances, and that it was
great to be in an atmosphere where everyone already knows and respects
game music, making it so much easier to get immersed in the
performance. Indeed, hearing Metroid “Kraid’s Hideout”, Chrono Trigger “Theme of Frog’s” and Final Fantasy III “Eternal Wind” live was a big highlight. Along with Mustin and ktriton
joining in for one song, the crew did a great job with their first
MAGFest appearance, so hopefully they walked away already thinking
about how to return next year.

This Place is Haunted
played their final show with guitarist Michael Motorcycle, who’s
leaving the band to begin medical school. Who would have pegged him for
it? (We at VGF wish him the best of luck, to be sure.) The band’s set
was a lot more of a balance between VGM and other retro material (The
theme to Sanford and Son??? Let’s throw it on there!); I’ll admit I’m
partial to VGM and would have appreciated more…exclusivity on that
level. I mentioned to Shael Riley, who’s a big fan of the band, that This Place
just has some impeccable chops. Both Michael Motorcycle and Epileptic
Peat were playing some really involved runs and solos with just pro
precision; it was quite a sight to behold being so close to the stage.
Here’s hoping these bros regroup somehow so that they can keep putting
out quality material, especially because they spotlight tons of
otherwise obscure VGM to arrange.

Last but not least, the final band of the night was The Smash Bros. Running strong from their performance at the 2007 Final Fantasy XI Fan Festival, MAGFest’s house band took on a new flavor with ktriton replacing Shawn Phase
on drums and doing an amazing job; there was definitely a great amout
of synergy between him and the rest of the band. Before the set
started, we were all instructed to listen to the noise playing over the
speakers. A few of us thought it was rain SFX until a wonderful smell
wafted across the concert hall. In between tracks, Pappy and Joe Cam
were cooking bacon outside the hotel and feeding it to the crowd!
Enhancing the experience was a microphone brought over to the pig meat
so that the entire crowd could hear it sizzling. I was able to snag a
full-sized strip of bacon in the first wave of free pork before the
bros had to start cutting it up to offer it to everyone. Definitely a
hilarious bonus, the crowd chanted “Bacon! Bacon!” with ferocity with
every break. The eclectic VGM set of the Bros. (Ailsean, ktriton, Midee, norg, Prozax, Roy McClanahan & virt) included U.N. Squadron, Phoenix Wright, EarthBound and Contra 4
in easily the most diverse set of the festival. They need to record
their shows via the mixing boards at MAG and sell, sell, sell.

Anyone who doubts whether or not they should attend MAGFest would
become a believer if only to experience the greatness of even one night
of the concerts, and that’s only one night out of four days. I’ll be
back tomorrow to wrap up the rundown of my time at MAG.

ThaSauce launches the SauceCast

Long after VGDJ has ended it’s run, we’ve FINALLY gotten around to recording and releasing our own podcast: SauceCast. A bi-weekly podcast chock full of community…stuff.
The website is still under construction, and the shownotes haven’t been posted yet, but you can subcribe to the RSS feed right now.

Starla and Dyne discuss MAGFest, the new featured content box, and VGMix X among other stuff.

There are a lot of exciting new things I want to do with this podcast, one of them being Chapters for the podcast:

When you load the podcast up in iTunes or an iPod it’s broken into chapters. On the iTunes side it even has clickable links to topics being discussed throughout.

NOTES:

[00:00] Music Cues…
[00:16] Dyne Hello and welcome to SauceCast, I’m you’re co-host Dyne.
[00:19] starla And this is your co-host starla.
[00:21] Dyne And we’ll be bringing you all the news and events from the VG Arrangement Community.
[00:25] starla Something that just happened recently, of course, MAGFest.
[00:28] Dyne Yes, I loved MAGFest. I’m sad it’s over, but I’m glad we had a great time.
[00:32] starla I’m definitely suffering from MAGFest, post-MAGFest depression, oh yeah. It was my first one ever.
[00:39] Dyne Same here.
[00:41] starla Alright, so I arrived on Thursday, got acquainted with so many people from the OCR community, of course, from ThaSauce community, a lot of these VGMix, all these guys. And pretty much went straight into the game room, not much was happening on the first day. They had so many games set up, it was phenomenal. Everything from Tetris Attack to Rock Band to Mega Man 2. It was phenomenal the broad range of games that they had set up.
[01:07] Dyne When I got there Friday night, I was amazed by how cool everything was. I couldn’t believe how much they had set up. All the games that were there and everything. Wow. It was just amazing to walk in there and see all that. And then I went downstairs and I checked out JamSpace. And that’s where I met up with a lot of OC Remixers and ThaSauce staff, it was a lot of fun. And there was actually a chiptune concert that night, and that was a lot of fun. I believe that was virt doing the chiptune concert that night. But we’re still talking about Thursday.
[01:42] starla Because there wasn’t much going on on Thursday night, we went ahead and headed up to, I don’t even remember who’s room, we probably all went our separate ways, and went into different people’s rooms, but we all partied for sure. About maybe, 1am we headed down to the JamSpace and watch one of the most phenomenal concerts I’ve ever seen.
[02:02] Dyne And then there was the DoD (Dwelling of Duels) listening party I’m told.
[02:06] starla Those guys looked liked they were working, I want to give compliments to everybody who was part of the DoD, any contributors, all the people who were judging, you guys looked like you were working so hard, so phenomenally hard. I ran up and I gave Larry a hug, just cause, you know, he needed some lovin’.
[02:24] Dyne And then there was JamSpace. I loved JamSpace. It was actually the first year that they were doing JamSpace at MAGFest.
[02:31] starla I can’t believe that, that was something, it should be part of everybody’s daily life. It’s like, necessary.
[02:40] Dyne It was just completely amazing, I couldn’t believe it. Just, stuff that I would never ever have seen anywhere else, I saw at JamSpace, it was just phenomenal. q-pa was there, he was spinning stuff on his turntable with his laptop set up. It was great! I’ve never heard anything like it before.
[02:58] starla Absolutely. We had that girl playing Zelda on the projector screen, playing the most perfect speed-run I’ve ever seen in my life. That was awesome. And she later on was playing Star Fox and a couple of other games. She was playing Link to the Past, and just doing the most amazing speed-run. Oh, Super Metroid, she was playing Super Metroid too.
[03:23] Dyne So there’s actually a little story that Rama gave me about Shnabubula, and a little remix that he made live called “Terra’s Got Her Groove Back”. So I’m gonna go tell that story right now. And there’s actually a story that goes here from JamSpace. Okay, here’s how this story goes: “it’s Thursday night, early Friday morning, about 2 or 3 in the morning. Shnab’s down in JamSpace, owning it as usual. He’s trying to get Dhsu to play something with him. And Fusion and Rama are down there and they’re trying to figure out if they should just record some stuff for JamSpace and post it on Remix: ThaSauce. So they say to Shnab, ‘Well, hey, play something right now perfect and we’ll post it on R:TS ASAP.’ So Shnab goes, ‘Okay, it’s gonna be Terra, it’s gonna be R&B, and it’s gonna be called “Terra’s Got Her Groove Back”.”
[04:19] starla And Shnabubula just does it.
[04:22] Dyne And that’s how it happened. Now it’s on Remix: ThaSauce where you can download it.
[04:27] “Terra’s Got Her Groove Back” already playing in the background
[04:34] Dyne We also have video of that performance on ThaSauce. It’s actually hosted by YouTube. Check that out while you’re at ThaSauce. And of course, we have a cut of it on R:TS, as I stated earlier.
[04:47] starla And let me tell you, I was completely blown away by this. I couldn’t even understand, first off, how he had enough hands to play the parts that he was playing, and beyond that to be able to come up with original content. I mean, I could sit here and work for months and months and never come up with anything that phenomenal. So, much love for Sam.
[05:05] Dyne Yeah. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to actually be there for that performance, but, I’m glad that there’s video on ThaSauce for it. I would not have been able to actually see it if I hadn’t gone there, so.
[05:17] starla And of course, Sam, Shnabubula, is heading up the Dragon Army right now.
[05:21] Dyne And that web address is actually arnoldascher.com/dragonarmyinc.html.
[05:29] starla Absolutely, and it’s a great community, where people can learn off of each other. Post their own remixes or their own originals, of course, and just essentially get better as a musician. Because, of course, there’s always something to learn.
[05:42] Dyne And we’ll also be posting that link, along with any links we mention here in the SauceCast, in our show notes. So feel free to check that out. So that wraps up Thursday’s coverage. I wasn’t actually able to be there until Friday. But when I did get there, I got in and I went down to virt’s chiptune concert. So earlier Friday, virt actually had the VGMix/Kwak panel, and he basically talked about what he does in the gaming industry. How he works, which he works contractually for a number of game companies, writing music, doing all kinds of cool stuff. So, that was a lot of fun for people I’m sure. And then, let’s see, what else was there. And if you’ve ever actually had a chance to listen to any of his Dwelling of Duels music, the man is phenomenal, he has mad skills. Seriously. He really does, he’s just amazing.
[06:42] starla Phenomenal music.
[06:44] Dyne Also that day, there was a certain cosplay contest.
[06:49] starla Yeah, I kind of won that. Me and Sammy (DjSammyG), went ahead and dressed up. He dressed up as the “L” Tetris block, very, very amazing costume. I did Angela from Seiken Densetsu 3, not sure if any of you have played that, but um, unfortunately *starla laughs*, I did win, because there were no other women competing single. There were a couple of groups, and some of the groups did win as well. My trophy stated, “Thanks for last night. Your mom was great.”
[07:20] Dyne *Dyne laughs* That is an awesome trophy.
[07:24] starla Yeah. And then later on that night, of course, virt had another chiptune concert, a little secret one, at 1am.
[07:33] Dyne Yeah, I was actually there for that, thankfully.
[07:38] starla And that was over in the JamSpace.
[07:41] Dyne Yes, that was definitely an awesome concert. I was very happy to be there for that, and actually, he played one of his tracks from a game called Shantae, called “Bandit Town Redux”. And that was phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal.
[07:57] starla Also was one of the featured songs ThaSauce until maybe about a week, week and a half ago.
[08:04] Dyne And I think that wrapped up Friday, and then Saturday was the OverClocked Remix Panel. And that was a lot of fun, I was actually sitting right there in the front row, right in front of DJP. Zircon, pixietricks, big giant circles, Larry Oji was there, carryin his sword, brandishing his steel. *starla laughs* Okay…it was plastic. Sorry, Larry.
[08:30] starla *starla laughs* How did I miss that?
[08:34] Dyne I don’t know, you were in the back row.
[08:36] starla I was, I snuck in late. I was sitting right behind of Taucer.
[08:41] Dyne Oh yes, I was actually sitting right in front of Suzumebachi. (Couldn’t say his name correctly here, sorry Suzu ^_^)
[08:47] starla Yeah, Suzumebachi. Bachi? I don’t remember.(starla had trouble too! ^_^)
[08:53] Dyne I am so sorry Suzu, I just totally butchered your name.
[08:58] starla TYBERIUS!
[09:00] Dyne So yeah, I was basically sitting in front of Tyberius, OverCoat was there, so was Rama and Fusion. And basically that was everybody from ThaSauce, really.
[09:11] starla Except me, because I came in late.
[09:13] Dyne Yeah, except for starla, who came in late. But we’ll forgive her, cause she’s cool. *little pause, starla laughs* Anyway, so yeah, the panel was a lot of fun. They actually had a contest, you could win prizes. They had questions about the forums, remixes, the site in general. And they actually talked about a brand new feature to OverClocked Remix. A new search feature, actually. Let me see, what was that?
[09:42] starla You can now search in Japanese.
[09:44] Dyne And now you can use Japanese Kanji to search artists, it’s actually mentioned directly on the front page of OCR.
[09:52] starla Taucer…
[09:54] Dyne And yes, Taucer did a barrel roll. He did a freakin’ barrel roll.
[10:03] starla He did it faster than I could even whip out my camera. I turned it on, looked up and there he was doing a barrel roll. So, unfortunately I didn’t catch that, not sure if anybody did.
[10:12] Dyne Yeah, that would be great if they did that.
[10:15] starla I think Kroze did have his camera, so once he’s got footage of OCR panel up, that should be a part of it.
[10:21] Dyne Yeah, here’s hopin’. *starla laughs* So when you go to OCR, you can actually, DJP actually used Sakuraba as an example. And you can actually search for him using the Japanese kanji in his name. And you’re going to find his name, birth date, publishers he’s been with, systems he’s been featured on musically. You’re going to find remixes, if there are any on the web site, and by who. You’re also going to find games. Now, it’s not a comprehensive list, so, they’re actually working on that, so don’t be surprised. Something else that’s new there is also the link to IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base), actually, it’s a new thing as well. They’re with the Internet Movie Data Base now, so you can go right to that. There’s also Moby Games, Music Brainz and the Wikipedia in English. What else was there?
[11:18] starla At the OCR panel…the judges DJP’ed.
[11:23] Dyne Yes, the judges indeed, DJP’ed.
[11:26] starla That was phenomenal.
[11:28] Dyne Yes, yes it was. So, after the OverClocked Remix panel, there was a concert in JamSpace featuring q-pa.
[11:38] starla q-pa’s set, oh my goodness, that blew me away.
[11:42] Dyne And right now, on ThaSauce, we actually have a 12 minute cut of q-pa’s set.
[11:49] starla It was phenomenal. I caught a part of his “Numa Numa” being mixed with Green Hills Zone, that was, it blew me away. I laughed so hard. I didn’t even know he dj’ed like that like live, ya know. I knew he mixed but that was just amazing.
[12:04] Dyne Oh yeah, definitely, he’s got the skills. I was just thinking, it may not be on ThaSauce, but if it isn’t, I will make sure that it gets put up on my server space and I’ll make sure everybody can download that if it’s not available on ThaSauce yet. I’m sure it is, but, just in case, just letting you know. And Shael Riley was also at MAGFest. He was in JamSpace, and it was great to finally get to see him in person. I’ve listened to some of his music, I really enjoy it. He actually got up on stage and rocked out with Suzu and Shnab. That was a lot of fun to listen to and watch.
[11:43] starla And unfortunately, the fire alarm had interrupted that specific concert.
[12:48] Dyne Yeah, they only got one song done, and then we were outside for like 10 minutes.
[12:53] starla And while we were outside we all decided we were going to go to TGI Friday’s, go get something to eat. It turned out something silly like a sensor for a pipe became damaged. So they had to evacuate the whole hotel, so everybody was out.
[13:09] Dyne Yeah, so there were actually a lot of conflicting stories with that. I really still don’t know what exactly happened. *starla laughs* So yeah, after that we went to TGI Friday’s, and we had like the longest four hour lunch, ever. Just saying.
[13:26] starla We had two tables. Now I was at table one with DJP, and you know, the OCR people. And table two, I’m not even sure who was at it, but they got their food, ate, and paid for it before we even got our food at all.
[13:44] Dyne Yeah, and we were there for another two hours after they got done. They like, sat there for an hour after they had gotten done, so, you know? It was just insane.
[13:54] starla And it ran right over when ThaSauce panel was supposed to be. I was pissed.
[14:01] Dyne So yeah, we got back right after that happened and we actually missed the start of the concerts. We actually caught the end of Select Start’s concert, and let me tell you, those guys, they’re wonderful. I haven’t actually met them in person, I’d like to, but they’re type of music was just beautiful, elegant, it was great. What else can I say?
[14:25] starla Great performers. Most of them was all chugga-chugga guitar and Select Start was violins and beautiful.
[14:34] Dyne Oh yeah, completely the opposite. And then, we get to the bacon.
[14:40] starla The Smash Brothers concert was so good.
[14:46] Dyne Yes it was. Among the things they played, I believe they played UN Squadron. They also played a track off of the Mega Man X 1 soundtrack. And of course, Larry Oji got bacon, Seattle OverCoat got bacon, and…
[15:04] starla I got trampled because some guy wanted bacon, and it’s all good, I mean that’s what you expect at a concert.
[15:09] Dyne Yeah, yeah, tried to keep starla in one piece, but ya know.
[15:13] starla *laughs* Hey, I lived.
[15:15] Dyne Yeah, lived to tell about it and that’s all that counts.
[15:18] starla So we got everything done, we had resheduled ThaSauce panel for 10am Sunday morning, because unfortunately due to the fire drill, a lot of things got messed up. So after those concerts, I stayed up with Doug (Rama), to make sure, to uh, keep him company. I stayed up all, let me try that again. *starla laughs*
[15:42] Dyne So basically starla stayed up all night with Rama to get stuff put together for ThaSauce panel, and then…
[15:51] starla So, we got everything done, we had rescheduled ThaSauce panel for 10am Sunday morning, because unfortunately due to the fire drill, a lot of things got messed up.
[16:04] Dyne Yeah, a lot of things got thrown off, we didn’t actually get to go back to JamSpace, cause we went out to eat. And then we missed some of the concerts, and there was kind of an interlude there, after the concerts, we basically went to the gaming area, played some games, chilled out, then we went back of course and saw the concerts, and then we went from there. And then we hit ThaSauce panel on sunday.
[16:30] starla It was the best panel at the convention, by far. So much energy in that intro so phenomenal.
[16:39] Dyne I was blown away by the amount of energy that Rama had, I could not believe it. How can any man have that much energy? He came up there, and he just busted out with everything. It was just phenomenal. And of course, we can’t forget about who was on the panel as well, Fusion was there, Seattle OverCoat, Xerol, and it was a lot of fun. (For reference, it wasn’t mentioned in the podcast itself, but Suzumebachi sat in on the panel as well.)
[17:01] starla And we do have a recording of it, we’ll have a link up to it on this write up.
[17:06] Dyne And with that, there’s also the OCR Styles that we’d like to mention from the panel.
[17:10] starla So, at our panel, there was a question at the OCR Panel about the side bar. A lot of people don’t like the side bar on OC Remixes’ web site. One thing we discussed at our panel was Styles. And we can go ahead and essentially reskin the whole web site. There’s a whole mess of them up. I’m going to give you two links, but we’re also going to go ahead and link to them in the write up, we’ve got userstyles.org/users/343. We’re also going to be building a web page on ocrstyles.thasauce.net. We’ll go ahead and link that again in the write up here. And, we’ve got a couple of styles up there. There’s, most of them are going to have the code in there to get rid of the side bar, but the code is going to be commented out. There is one up there, the OCR3 one, gets rid of it. Now, it did work 100% when we had PHPBB as used on the message boards, however, since it’s been changed to vbulletin, it’s only about maybe 90% of the way there, programming wise. There’s a couple of things here and there, like the colors that aren’t completely 100% but if you don’t mind that, and you want to get rid of the side bar, it’s definitely worth checking out.
[18:19] Dyne Rama and Fusion actually showed us how to use it at the panel, and it’s just flawless, it’s great, it works wonderfully. You really won’t know the difference except that you changed it yourself.
[18:32] starla It’s flawless, it’s beautiful.
[18:35] Dyne New featured content is something we’d like to talk about, and with that is starla.
[18:40] starla Yeah, instead of having all the featured content buried at the of the web page under all that news, we went ahead and moved it all the way up to the top so you can click right on everything, if there’s a specific news story we want to capture your attention with, we’ve got some of the videos up from MAGFest. And of course, we’ve got the featured song right now, Mustin, “You Just Fucking Died”. *Mustin, “You Just Fucking Died” cues up*
[19:00] Dyne Yeah, I actually got to meet Mustin finally. I just cannot believe, he’s an awesome guy, he’s got phenomenal talent, and it was great to meet him. And “You Just Fucking Died” is probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard it was great, I enjoyed listening to it. You definitely got to check it out, it’s the featured song this month on ThaSauce, check it out. Let’s see, another happening, right before MAGFest actually was the return of VGMix X. I know they were supposed to go to VGMix 3, but right before MAGFest, about two days before MAGFest, VGMix X came online, it’s no long an idle page with forums, it’s actually now a content management system. And it looks great, they’re still working on it, a lot of things gotta be done yet. But, you can go there now, check out new songs. Last count, they had about 38 pages worth of songs, there’s about 15 to 20 a page. Go check it out, I think you’ll enjoy it. Have fun with that. That’d be vgmix.com. You’ll have a link on the show notes for that.
[20:06] starla Alright, well, I think that is it for our podcast.
[20:10] Dyne That’s right. Sad, but true, I’m cryin’ already. *starla laughs* Weepin’ like a baby. *Dyne laughs*
[20:18] starla *starla laughs* So this has been your co-host starla.
[20:22] Dyne And this has been your co-host Dyne, and we will see you next time, right here on SauceCast.

Free Shit: xerxes, psyjuntan, ultraljud, theophagus, inpuj, dragonarmy, and more

2008 is going to be a busy year. I’ve been adding lots and lots of new places to my queue, and I’ll introduce them as well as plug new music as usual.
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First off let’s introduce the three new things. Well, two are new, one is really old but Spamtron was nice enough to let me know about it.

Oldest first:
Eerik Inpuj sounds
“By the way, go to http://inpuj.net/ right now if you like ambient / experimental music. Great stuff.” – spamtron

No real graphics to speak of so it doesn’t get a cool banner on this page :V It does have artists like proswell, ilkae, temp sound solutions though, so there’s definitely some good shit here.

DragonArmy
No images, all flash. Makes it hard to link to stuff, but this one has more great artists like Shnabubula, who runs the place. This is more of a direct offshoot of OCR though, so there’s artists like Protricity, Another Soundscape, Red Tailed Fox, et al. Sam really wants you to submit content, also, so go ahead and give him all you got :3


This project has evolved so much from its original conception (at which
it was no more than a vague, shiny flicker of an idea) and it’ll
probably have unfolded a dozen times more by the time I reach the end. The Cocoon
began with a single seed – the idea that life is not linear but
cyclical, and that identity is not fixed but intangible. I offer this
knotted collection of mixed-media metaphor in the hope that someone
might find within it some muffled echo of a familiar rhythm. Updates
will be made as often as the time and opportunities present themselves!

The nature of The Cocoon
is not to explain or to analyse ideas in simple terms but to express by
feel and by poetry what is, to me, both inexpressible and inescapable.
This is an attempt to harness the most chaotic, most real parts of me.
I hope that by the time this project is complete (if it can ever truly
be complete) you’ll begin to understand why it is that I’m so obsessed
with these symbols and these ideas and these patterns. And even if you
don’t, which is quite possible, then I hope it will be able to provide
you at least with some mildly intriguing brain-food…
” – Helen Trevillion

I’m not really sure what this is, but she has a new song available on the site for free so tada~!
http://thecocoon.faefly-records.co.uk/

ON TO THE REGULAR FREE SHIT
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20kbps rec.
the_hardliner_-_look_how_i_transgress-(20k265)-2008.
we’ve finally reached the end of our x-mas series, after more than 30
releases we bring you ‘the hardliner’ with his latest insane bitcore ep
‘look how i transgress’. hard crushing chip gabber like we love it! put
up the volume – screw your neighbours.

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#234a-234e Bit24 / Stardust EP [stream]
Its the first week of January so what better time for the first release
of 2008. The releases this year will feature the usual quality and
indulgence that you’re used to, and what better way to start than with
this 5 track ep by Canadian guest artist, Bit24. The ep has it all
going for it – breakbeat, idm, electronic vibes and coolness, a hint of
c64ism and elektro spice. An interesting and exciting introduction to
2008! Enjoy!

#233a-233h Xurba / Eidetic Visions [stream]
The culmination of Christmas Release week is this truly fabulous 8 track ep by Kahvi’s newest find – Xurba.
The definition of the Kahvi sound indeed, heavily influenced by Boards
of Canada, Xurba creates tracks with such detail and depth, commercial
quality throughout, that you seriously can’t get enough of them. So
much so, Kahvi has already released a 16 track album from the man
himself on Beatport
with another album to shortly follow, from which ennui and in darker
places are taster tracks. Listen, indulge and learn. Welcome Xurba, and
Happy Christmas too all Kahvi fans, see you in 2008!

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Date Release Id File info Artist Title
31/12/07 mtk.mp3.196 [9 tracks, 18 minutes, 16.6mb] Pliant ‘Musical Endeavor’
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Message>>
Monotonik rounds out 2007 with a bit of a gem – a free digital release
of the super-rare Pliant mini-CD ‘Musical Endeavor’, the quirky
video-game inspired electronica blast originally released on New
York-based label Systorm Technologies back in 2000.

What do you need to know about this? Well, the super-perky 9
track, 18 minute release is chronicling a fictional video game of some
kind, and from the dynamic, spider-bass infused ‘Title’, it’s clear
that you’re being taken through the game in aural form, thanks to
previous Monotonik release Pliant’s bleep-pop stylings.

Some highlights? ‘Options’ is funked-up loping, slightly sinister pseudo-game music, and ‘Forest’ conjures up previous Monotonik release ‘Maruera Gum’
with some aplomb, before the super-weird waltz-ish ‘Volcano’ and the
reprise of ‘Credits’ finish things off in dischordant, intriguing form.
Bravo.

Download Pliant’s ‘Musical Endeavor’ from:
1. “Title” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
2. “Options” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
3. “Village” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
4. “Forest” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
5. “Hills” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
6. “Cave” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
7. “Volcano” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
8. “Boss” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)
9. “Credits” – (d/l support.nl archive.org scene.org)

..or download the entire release from Support.nl or from Archive.org – plus stream, or review the track at its Internet Archive release page.

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070 – Psyjuntan – Mjuk Som En Sten

EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Rock / Psytrance
– prog : Cubase Etc
– date : 11 jan 2008

069 – Ultraljud – My X Me

EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Electro / Lounge
– prog : Logic & Ableton Live
– date : 04 jan 2008
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THEOPHAGUS home recordings 1993-2003

embarrassing words and music by jason cox

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wardriver




An Ideal Euphemistic

war002 / 2007-12-24

An
Ideal Euphemistic is Wardriver’s first collective release, and a small
showcase of some of the talent featured on the label. A pretty eclectic
mix of rock, electronic, and orchestral tones, An Ideal Euphemistic is
pretty awesome and stuff. Enjoy! (Cover art by Eon Blue)

Tracklist:
101. Beaten Bishop – Treedom
102. Px – Lookin Around
103. Skrypnyk – Mumbo Jumbo
104. Masterbeta – Nightwatch
105. OverCoat – Cups
106. MFSnakes – Grizzly Adams
107. Injury – Sneaky
108. Suzumebachi – Park City
109. Monobrow – RhoTroiKa
110. ILLiterate – Who Watches The Watchmen
111. Tyberius – Sorry I Wasted Your Time


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new song free for download
24.12.2007 00:53:17
happy christmas 🙂

hi everyone,

been
a while since i released a free song for you all now, so here it is. 20
minutes of chill/ambient. the song is called “one-oh-three” (please
don’t ask me why). you will find the download link a bit down from
this text and in the download sections. the mp3 has been encoded in
320kbps for maximum quality, and it has been properly tagged so that
all of you who own the DVD
can add it to the folder structure on your harddisk. i very much hope
you enjoy this one; feedback is as usual always appreciated.

xerxes – one-oh-three
composed, produced and mixed by xerxes
mastered by magnus sørlie (aka miu)
contact: [email protected]

happy christmas 🙂
klaus

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okay there’s your shitload of free for now 🙂 have fun downloading EVERYTHING IN THIS LIST PLZ

Free Shit: Best Shit of 2007

Not much free shit released lately, save for kahvi which has a shitton of new Christmas releases – check it out!

Hokay guys, 2007 is pretty much over, and what free shit did we come up with this year? Well, it’s been a great year for free shit, lots of releases… let’s take a look back some of my favourite releases from artists and netlabels this year.

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qetoret (gong fog)
[15.6 MB | 16:15]

This is a great tune, by anonymous [no, not that anonymous, the other one], which I think is the most creative ambience put out by ansiform this year.

ansi032) ]
memories [18.5 MB | 16:13 | 4 tracks]
reflections
diary
innocence
dreams
[zip]
This is a cool EP release done by someone you’d know by reading this article
🙂
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20kbps rec.
origami_repetika_-_your_honor-(20k225)-2007
This one’ll chill you down for sure. Kind of comical chill rock EP, encoded at 20kbps of course, which actually makes a pretty cool sound. Makes me nostalgic actually.
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Camomille #100 – Cycles
a release by the netlabel “Camomille” featuring an amazing amount of talent in the internet electronic music scene, and rivals the scope of OCR’s “Voices of the Lifestream” project. Don’t pass this one up.
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release #209: music for a nightmare by various artists
Another creepy release, featuring names like Alexander Chereshnev and Saul Stokes. This is great to listen to while playing a game, like Doom or STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.
Cool soundtrackey material and the most notable release [in my opinion] from Kahvi this year.

release #207: hringur by nagz
Short but sweet, this is another memorable one when I think of Kahvi in 2007. Great sounds and unique style.

release #221: in riots of color they spin by mikael fyrek
What can I say? Mikael makes some really cool shit. These are some of my favourite Fyrek tracks. The chick on the CD cover is kind of hot too.

release #211: cdr#2 by lackluster
This is actually a bunch of really old songs, but Esa [distance/lackluster] released it for free via Kahvi this year back in April. I should mention that this is some of the best chillout IDM ever, though you’ll either love it or hate it, probably.
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mtk.mp3.179 Troupe “It’s Really Pretty Simple After All”

This is actually one of my favourites of the whole year, not just stuff off monotonik. High quality synthpop with a pretty orchestral/electronic song at the end. Another short and sweet release and definitely memorable [for years to come]. I dunno how he does it. I dunno if he does either, but oh well!

mtk.mp3.183 Aleksi Eeben “Three Times The Music”

Quirky music for hyper maniacs. I love it. Cute, fun, fast paced and most importantly CRAZY melodies. Aleksi Eeben AKA Heatbeat is one of my favourite artists ever for this reason. If you have HVSC you should check out his sid music [also free!].
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Pantoufle Tagada
The first release [and only release this year] from Kaneel’s new netlabel for cute music. Features not-actually-that-cute music but-still-good music that you should check out!
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Gama [various artists]
Another
various artists comp. CD! This one stylistically goes all over the
place as it features everything from crazy drill n bass to hip hop. I
enjoyed the whole thing and you’ll probably at least like 1 or 2 things
on there.

Virgil’s Impending Techno Swing by Benefit of the Boomerang
Crazy composition and harsh sounds abound! ‘Tis BotB! It’s almost like a joke release but it’s still so good.
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3 Ton Script by transient
cutefunk! I was all set to plug Hexual Ceiling, which was released on monotonik, but that was released last year apparently! How time flies! 3 Ton Script is great though, so here you go.
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Pretty decent amount of content for shit I just remembered off the top of my head. There’s probably tons of other awesome stuff I’m forgetting but hey… that’s what the comments section is for. So let me know, what free shit did YOU like in 2007?

Happy new year!

Free Shit: about:blank, GaMeBoX, transient, jkp, ren&stimpy, mazedude, and more!

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[Click image to download “The Black Widow EP”]
This is my first real “album release”. This is also my most
experimental effort to date, and has some of the strangest songs that
I’ve ever made, and ever will make.

This album is in part inspired by a widow that I know, and also by the strange habits of the Black Widow.

I made this album about two months ago, so it’s not as good as some of
the things I’ve been doing lately. Still, at the very least I hope that
some of you find it interesting. Just be warned that this isn’t for
everyone.

Enjoy!
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063 – GaMeBoX – Quantum

EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Electronic
– prog : Reason 3
– date : 07 dec 2007
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New from transient (transient – 3 ton script [nvr035])
free download

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20kbps rec.
07. Dec 07

JKP_-_bleep-bleep-booom-booom-(20k230)-2007.
french artist JKP is back on track with a new mind-guzzling chip
release. in the almost 2 years that have been passed since his lobit
debut, he appeared on labels like Mekkanikal Industries, Audioactivity, Cannibal Caniche and Abyssa. 4 short but intense harsh video game noise and bit pop power electronic tracks waiting for you!

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Hey all,

So a few people have asked for it and I just got around
to posting it. Here is a zip file of some Ren and Stimpy production
music… you know, all those awesome 1950’s orchestra songs underneath
the carnage which is Ren and Stimpy.

http://www.chadseiter.com/temp2/renstimpy.zip

Enjoy!

-chadseiter

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For those who have not yet seen the new design(s), behold:

http://www.mazedudemusic.com – new site built strictly for my music

http://www.mazedudeproductions.com – new site built for my web design / multimedia work

http://www.myspace.com/mazedude – completely customized MySpace page; basically a fusion of the 2 above pages, with less content.

Enjoy!

-Mazedude

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There’s a good artist from my local area, he’s only new in the whole
industry, but considering, the effect is not half bad. He deserves a
more credit than he gets, so check him out:
Nightwake

He doesn’t yet have a website, but all his albums are available from the above link

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Dert Floyd – The Westside of the Moon – http://www.dertbeats.com/df.zip

This hip-hop producer has grimey written all over him! You’ll hear some
great sampled stuff as well as other types of modern clubbie type
beats. Note that the tracks are beats and there’s only one song with
rap in it. A treat for anyone into the classics like myself.

-A-Ron
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[21:56] <@zircon> i counter
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Thanks for all the free shit, people besides me! See you in 2 weeks.

Free Shit: tronic koi, zainetica, speak, distruc, p&j comp., regantor, et al

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tronic_koi_-_hot_kog-(20k229)-2007. tronic_koi
(which is short for ‘heaven or the kingdom of god’) from nagold,
germany debutes on 20kbps with a poignant downtempo ep fitting
consummately to current november days. seven drop-dead gorgeous
mini-tracks, somewhere between ambient and electro, are waiting for
you. tronic_koi is also known as kristellar.
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pic by h0l

Message>>
A Monotonik debut from UK-based electronic music artist Distruc, whom
you might know from releases on Hippocamp and his co-founding of
Japanese electronic japesters the Freeta Corrective, as well as his
debut physical album ‘Clip & Glide’, released on Australian label
Artists Known As.

In any case, his debut EP for us, ‘Junctions’, is a
satisfyingly crunchy set of almost electro-tinged, pure headphone
listening idm, which we continue to cherish like we’re Gollum, and
‘Path’ sets it up beautifully, all loops of life and whooping drums.

All of the long, flowing tracks work wonderfully, but ‘Unlock’ is
another highlight, with mechanical percussion and sweeping chord
repetition, plus a surprisingly funky robotic bassline at play. Things
finish out with ‘Crossings’, another bass-heavy jam through Detroit vs.
idm super-pure sine wave skronk – and we are happy.

Download Distruc’s ‘Junctions EP’ from:
1. “Path” – (d/l archive.org support.nl scene.org)
2. “Unlock” – (d/l archive.org support.nl scene.org)
3. “Slumber” – (d/l archive.org support.nl scene.org)
4. “Crossings” – (d/l archive.org support.nl scene.org)

..or download the entire release [.ZIP link], stream, or review the track at its Internet Archive release page.

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Gimme the cuteness! i want it!!

[pj001] — 2007-09-19
We are proud to present: Pantoufle Tagada
Some words about it:

We’ve
been taking our time to contact artists we appreciated to be sure to
deliver some lovely tunes that would definitly give the artistic line
of this netlabel.

So here we are with our first release named “Pantoufle Tagada“, a nice launching compilation for the sake of cuteness

The cuteness will transport you on a pony ride from Purusha’s
(Ogredung) progtoytronica to papercutz’s (Apegenine) childtronica, from
Doroasako’s progressive folktronica to El zoolÛgico’s pizzicato ,
passing by Original Recipe’s (Vinyl Republik) fresh pianopop to
kaneel’s (Camomille, Ogredung) “joie de vivre” glitchtronics, vim’s
(Monotonik) spring melodies to fah’s (Ronin) analog cute-acid without
forgetting surasshu’s (Apegenine, Camomille) electro music with video
game gimmicks while balùn people (Aerotone) are coming up with their
cutey electropop and dot tape dot (spar.RK, NatureBliss) rejoins with
his toy harp and trumpet experiments. In the meantime, makunouchi bento
(Camomille, Ogredung, One) will delight your ears during a sweet and
tender music box interlude for your christmas parties while Nej will
come up with some sweet electropop and treacle (BEE Records) will bring
back the groove to some cutetronica.

this compilation will act like the exact time-travel machine you needed
to bring you back some childhood reminiscences, so we hope you’ll enjoy
this 55 minutes long launching compilation as much as we enjoyed
setting this all up.

download and enjoy:

[track 01] Purusha – Rabirabi
[track 02] dot tape dot – farpa (toy harp & plastic trumpet serenade)
[track 03] Doroasako – Je reviendrai
[track 04] Makunouchi Bento – Two Mechanical Snowghosts
[track 05] Original Recipe – Puppy
[track 06] Nej – Tell You
[track 07] Balùn – Alicia
[track 08] El zoolÛgico – Penguin and Sea Lion
[track 09] Vim – That Smell of Spring Rain
[track 10] kaneel – Pyjama Lapin
[track 11] Surasshu – 5 a.m.
[track 12] Treacle – Stereotape
[track 13] Fah – I Hope You’re Happy With Me
[track 14] :papercutz – Lembras-te?

download the whole release here
download the whole artpack here
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PiSTON SOURCE
DOWNLOAD
PXTONE TO LISTEN TO THESE RELEASES!

2007.11.24 (PS026) [Regantor]
– The Mark of Cake
Three
delicious sandwiches and a cake for dessert.

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061 – Platonist – Electropic Heat

EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Electropic Dance
– prog : Schism Tracker CVS
– date : 23 nov 2007

060 – Void Pointer – The Arlect

EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Chill-Out/Tech
– prog : Renoise 1.8
– date : 16 nov 2007
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louisville chill sessions vol 1
23.11.2007 10:13:07
now available as download

as premiered on di.fm
the louisville chill session vol 1 – mixed by xerxes

1. deep forest – sweet lullaby (ambient mix)
2. bliss (feat lisbeth scott) – reveal
3. i awake – inferno
4. jon hopkins – contact note
5. cell – erasing pluto
6. sinead o’conner – troy (schiller mix)
7. carbon based lifeforms – world of sleepers
8. ulrich schnauss – goodbye
9. jaia – desert walk
10. gary jules – mad world (alternative version)

enjoy 🙂
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#227a-227f Zainetica / Winter Comes [stream]
Its been a fair old while since we had Zainetica featured on the
Collective, mainly due to the fact that ‘Winter Comes’ is an ep that
can only be released once a year and unfortunatley the release schedule
didn’t permit release in 2006 – so, finally, after a slight delay of
one year (!) we have a suitably winter themed ep for this time of year.
Mellow beats and grooves and some cool retro ambience as the tracks
melt into one another. Slight industrial tints here and there, a spot
of elektro and you have what makes a curiously interesting and
enjoyable release. Listen and bathe in the cold light of Zainetica.

download whole ep as ogg (.zip)
download album art download whole ep as mp3 (.zip) whole ep (.mp3) mirror

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#228a-228f Speak / Mindsplit [stream]
Branching off in a completely different direction now @ Kahvi.
Something entirely refreshing comes in the form of a six track ep from
guest artist mindsplit. The ep is a dub oriented blast with elements of
ethnic percussion, idm and electronica and reggae beats. Slow paced but
interesting and diverse, Mindsplit sets the mood for the kahvi
‘christmas release week’ which will be happening from 17th to 21st
december. One release each day until the official kahvi christmas
release which will be released on friday 21st. Enjoy some cool and
dubbed vibes.

download whole ep as ogg (.zip)
download album art download whole ep as mp3 (.zip) whole ep (.mp3) mirror

Free Shit: Eeben, Shnab, Hertzca, piston source comp., Freeman, Keith303

Didn’t have enough stuff for 1 week, but now there’s plenty of material for the two weeks since the last Free Shit. Read on!
Aleksi Eeben – Five Fish Fingers
People who have been following my free links for a while should know about Aleksi Eeben (formerly known as Heatbeat) by now. His stuff ranges from crazy and spastic, to groovy, to total relaxation. This short EP does all of that, and is a sort of tribute to Debussy’s birthday which was a few months ago [it was created a while ago but is just now released on kahvi]. I’d recommend this if you’re a fan of Shnabubula, who in fact just released…

Samuel Ascher-Weiss – Ender’s Game
…a soundtrack inspired by characters from the popular “Ender’s Game” sci-fi book series, a story which I enjoyed quite a lot throughout my youth. This particular music by Shnabubula is a really cool mix of orchestra and some light electronic synths, with an incredibly creative dynamic composition that is totally unique to Sam. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like this, and it’s still cool as hell. Highly recommended [even if you haven’t read Ender’s Game yet… which you should].

hertzca_-_true_this_is_totally_untrue-(20k227)-2007. “time for true values! germans twinkling star in elektro-sky, Hertz-CA. (head of abulia concepts)
is back with a more than an hour live-mix of her own terrific swinged
up stuff, rife with bleep noises, squealing sounds and eclectic plop
rhythms. make up your minds!

(PS024) [Various
Artists] – 8-bit Tsunami

more 8-bit breaks from the only .ptcop netlabel ever, piston source. all the regular cool artists on this one
DOWNLOAD
PXTONE TO LISTEN TO THIS RELEASE!

Two new releases on Reunion, both really freaking good:
059 – Freeman – Way Out

EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Progressive/Chill-Out
– prog : Fruity 7
– date : 9 nov 2007

058 – keith303 – Evaluate Your Life

GuestRelease
EU Mirror (thanks to GaMeBoX)
US Mirror (thanks to SGX)

– style : Drum & Bass
– prog : Renoise 1.9rc2
– date : 2 nov 2007

And that’s all for this fortnight! I might stick to a bi-weekly schedule as there will be more content per column, but that’ll depend on how productive the week is :).