Community Digest – October 2007

Hello dearest readers. October is quickly coming to a close, so I believe it’s time for a recap of all the little things that happened this month! A lot of things happened that we didn’t really cover much, so we’re going to regurgitate them for you. Our readers. Our dedicated fans. All two of you. So here goes!

  • Ari “Protricity” Asulin is trying to make amends with certain sects in the community. He began by submitting to OverClocked ReMix in an attempt to patch things up with OCR. Prot also recently made an offer to assist VGMix staff in coding their new site. An offer which was refused by virt, who stated that the VGMix staff has had “EXTREMELY bad luck with volunteer programmers.” (An offer made by some members of ThaSauce staff to assist with VGMix was refused for the same reasons.) On a positive note, virt did genuinely thank Prot for the offer. Amends?
  • Mustin is still producing EPs and yes, he still wants your money.
  • Famous, or perhaps we should say, infamous remixer Sadorf was recently banned from OverClocked ReMix. The given reason? “General douchitude.” Surprising? It’s up to you to decide! Wait, you mean he’s unbanned now? Oh. Well then. Carry on.
  • last.fm listeners fell in love with OverClocked ReMixers after the release of Voices of the Lifestream. For several weeks, Mustin, JJT, Trenthian, and a few others were in and out of the top 5 movers at last.fm.
  • djpretzel has finalized the new OverClocked ReMix submissions standards. All remixes submitted from now on will have to adhere to those rules. Be sure to look them over!
  • It was recently noted that the soundtrack of the upcoming Super Mario Galaxy will be at least in part played by a live orchestra. You can check out a video of the orchestra at GameTrailers.com.
  • Last but not least, ThaSauce staff has begun the planning stage of some serious revisions to ThaSauce and other network sites. We’re trying to keep the planning and discussion open to the community, so you can let your ideas be heard in this ridiculous thread. Or.. anywhere in the forums, really.

So that about sums things up for now. If you think we missed anything else, please, SUBMIT some NEWS! In fact we’re always looking for more staff writers, so if you’ve got what it takes, let me or rama know!

Free Shit: c4, ocbalt, kim-i/o, binster

No big descriptions tonight, had 3 hours of sleep last night and must rest soon

c4_-_nuclear_love_powerhouse-(20k226)-2007. highly caffienated electronic music artist c4 (proc-records)
drives us crazy with his second release, nuclear love powerhouse! it
features two fabulous breakbeat-techno and a very nice ambient track.
you’re on the planet!
[soc note: this is released on the 20kbps Netlabel. It is supposed to sound like that]

Ocbalt – As Is EP
“A debut on Monotonik, then, for Finland-based electronic music artist
Ocbalt, with some delightfully bubble, vocoded tracks from his upcoming
‘Vintage Art’ album.

The full album should be out on a physical label pretty soon, but we,
luckily enough, get a digital EP to precede it, with the brief spoken
word ‘What Is Art?’ seguing swiftly into the surprising bleep-pop of
‘Bribe’, which showcases sweet multi-tracked vocoded singing and
super-catchy synths, all stutter-step.

The other two tracks are dead-on, too, with ‘As Is’ blasting a
little tarantella on drums before spooky synths wander in and looped
spaceman vocals wander across the top somewhere or other. Finally,
‘Okno’ has an odd spoken word loop to start out before some absolutely
delightful idmpop wanders into view, catchy and smart. ‘Ok yes’, Ocbalt
– and thanks for sharing with us.”

“[Kim I/O] –
Record Spins

Disco
damnation straight from Japan.”
^
DOWNLOAD
PXTONE TO LISTEN TO TH
IS RELEASE!

057 – Binster – Steve’s Lament (Reunion Mix)

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

– style : Electromelodic
– prog : Reason 3
– date : 26 okt 2007

That’s all for this week! Laziest column ever ever ever 😀 but at least there is content!

Bad Dudes EP: Zombies Rocked My Neighbors


The Bad Dudes (ie: Mustin and friends) have released a new EP entitled Zombies Rocked My Neighbors. Here’s a quote from the web site:

“The Bad Dudes are back with another EP of some freaky business for you all. It’s
Halloween and time to scare some kids. So we deliver unto you some scary tracks
(and well, some not so scary tracks, but they rock anyway). Put them on your
Haunted House playlists for the neighborhood kids or just freak out your friends
by locking them in the closet for a few weeks, not feeding them, and making them
listen to zyko. ouch. Enjoy this freaky business and we’ll deliver more sooner
than later.”

This album features remixes from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and more. To pick it up, check out the OneUp Studios web site.

Free Shit: Shnabubula, Nova Viator, Psylent Buddhi, Beatdrop

Four! Four items of interest this week!
Finally a mention of free music from someone besides me! Another Soundscape writes:
“Sam ‘Shnabubula’ Ascher-Weiss has released many albums of original musicArnoldAscher.com. Here you can find over 7 original albums, some chiptunes and piano
performances. A true goldmine. Sam’s work is highly enjoyable even
though it’s at times very spastic. Creative digital signal processing
should be his second name together with jazz. Go get this now! If you’re stupid and want to try something out before downloading it
all I recommend “She’s a grammar god” and “Community Knowledge”. Great
short albums. in mp3 format over at his webspace”

:3

Nova Viator – Rudi Rudi
many moons went by and all of a sudden an apparition appeared on the
horizon – a reinvented ‘luke the wizard’ no less, this time around
known as Nova Viator. A couple of huge releases suddenly arrived in the
inbox. Rudi Rudi is the more unconventional of the two, with 17(!)
tracks of uniqueness. I would say the best description of this release
is a patchwork of ‘shorts’ – ranging from 40 seconds to 6 minutes long,
all painting one bigger picture. All the tracks have something quite
epic, interesting and unheard before – the truly unique and odd to the
idm inspired masterpieces. this is the sign of a really nice release,
so take a deep breath and listen to the man who calls himself ‘Nova
Viator’.

Psylent Buddhi – Retrocede
Some nice goa/psytrance, with synthwork reminiscient of The Alpha Conspiracy [here] [and here] though by and far more straightforward and danceable, enjoyable for other reasons 🙂

Beatdrop – Burn Out (Neslo Remix)
Beatdrop – Get Down
THIS IS SHITTY MAINSTREAM DANCE MUSIC. Most of you know who Beatdrop is so I’ll spare the introduction and just say that he’s recently released two tracks this past week, both pretty high quality and enjoyable.

Free Shit: 20kbps, Ansi, Mikael Fyrek, William Fields, Platonist, Luke Williams

Okay, I skipped a week. Oops! I can’t remember what I was doing last Sunday night but it was more important than Free Shit. Anyway, there’s lots of stuff to cover, so read on!

20kbps rec.
I can’t remember how I came across this aptly-titled netlabel, but it’s an interesting objective, and I love labels with interesting objectives. Long story short, it’s a netlabel that releases all its music in mp3 format, 20 kbps. Listening to the latest release by Origami Repetika, it’s a nice, chill, but at times weird, acoustic guitar-driven EP. In 20kbps. In my mind, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for the “good old days” of the internet somehow, back when everyone had lossier-than-fuck RealMedia streams, and GeoCities or Homestead was the only free hosting you got. and there were no websites based on “social networking.” Why in my day, we used newsgroups and bulletin boards and we liked it. Well, we still like it. And I like this. Give it a listen if you have a guilty pleasure in lossy.

Ansiform – Satellite
The new ansiform release is, well, ambient. As usual. Nothing quite as interesting or unique as the last release, Gong Fog, but it’s still new material for those seeking refuge from the loud, beat-driven, overcompressed music world.

Mikael Fyrek – In Riots of Color They Spin
They spinnin’ nigga, they spinnin’! I haven’t heard a new Mikael Fyrek release for a while now, and it’s about time, ’cause his music is something I need more of. This particular release is both lo-fi and high quality at the same time. You’ll be hearing a lot of choir, piano, and bells interspersed with static, slightly dirty synths, and bitcrushed drums. It’s not melodic, more like “chordic” if that’s even a word, but the music focuses more on an instrumental and chordal progression rather than a melody, yet the songs are still just as memorable. At least to me.

William Fields – The Ruby-Leif
I was referenced to Kikapu by vinced, after he rejected Garden Art from Camomille, and was saddened that Kikapu was not actually accepting any demos for now. But I checked out some of the releases on the site and they did kind of remind me of my own music. The newest release by William Fields is driven by light beats and airy synths, with a bit of a random touch.

Dead Eros – Cycle EP
This new monotonik release is actually kind of like… idm pop. Fans of Lackluster or Transient [or me] will no doubt enjoy this a lot. Unlike distance/lackluster though, it’s downtempo but has more energy to it. Cute and fun to listen to. Likes long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners.

Platonist – Yarn of Wool (2oo7 Mix)
It’s that Platonist chip trance again! I’ve never heard the original but this tune has nice heavy beats for those untsfans.

Luke Williams – Per Diem
The concept behind this album is that he spent an hour on one song every day until he had enough. I’m glad someone else shares my enthusiasm for the one hour compo.

:V

New Protricity song on OCReMix! Amends?

Metal Slug 3 ‘Light ‘Em Up’ write-up:

So, of all the names involved in this flood, Ari’s might be the most
surprising; his relationship with the judges panel, the overall site,
and me personally has certainly had its ups and downs, putting it
tactfully. However, for the recent Content Policy discussion,
we needed his input, since he has a significant body of work on the
site. We talked on IM and I unbanned him from our forums since
everything seemed mellow and relatively copasetic, and thus far this
hasn’t proven a major mistake on my part. My Spidey-Sense tells me that
with time and distance tends to come perspective and objectivity, and
hopefully that’s the case on both sides. Regardless, he’s submitted a
badass Metal Slug 3 mix, so any past dramarama is really secondary if
not tertiary, as there’s some musical butt to be kicked.

This song is part of an “old school” flood on OverClocked ReMix. Other songs are still TBA. Stay tuned 😮