...neural bytes... 

. . . my personal ramblings on stuff . . .





 

Showing category "DJ stuff" (Show all posts)

Mixmag going nuts and maybe purposely stirring the dance music worlds pot again... (producers definitions change)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, November 3, 2013, In : DJ stuff 



The label of tech-house is a load of bollocks...

It looks like Mixmag are at it again, and what better way to stir the proverbial fire in the proverbial bellies of a significant portion of the dance music worlds people than to say some seemingly miss-informed things about tech-house music. Here's my sort of rant on it in response...
  
The boundaries of a so called tech house genre are so damn broad. In fact the last time I checked there are sounds from many genres that fall under the tech-house...

Continue reading ...
 

If this had been done 10 or 15 years ago I'd have maybe been excited...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : DJ stuff 


In situations when there might not be any CD players, MP3 players or computers to use, I guess there always the good old vinyl on turntables. Sure a vinyl turntable is not likely to crash unless its duff and needs servicing, but ultimately all these stated means of playing and mixing music (including vinyl turntables) all require electricity to function as well as some sort of audio system to pump that sound that they produce out of. They would all be useless as part of a party soundtrack mak...

Continue reading ...
 

Why is EDM more of a niche thing in the US compared to hip-hop?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : DJ stuff 


I'm not exactly sure, but if I were to take an educated guess as an observer, I wouldn't put it down to a hip-hop message of urban oppression blighting a mass population that can be identified with in the purest sense as a general thing, especially in this day and age. There's no denying that hip-hop was once a pure expression of descent and disdain encapsulating much of everything that was wrong resulting from inner city urban oppression, deprivation and poverty for black communities within ...

Continue reading ...
 

I'd bring my Technics vinyl turntables with me where ever I went if they weren't so damn heavy and big to also seriously eat into my luggage allowance, but...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, April 4, 2013, In : DJ stuff 

photography : Eksovichea Tito Hak
 
...4 deck implementation over 2 Blackberry Playbooks with the Pacemaker app?

In theory if they sorted it on the Pacemaker software front to allow for the linking of 2 Blackberry Playbooks via USB cable this could work.

doing it Without an external mixer (would need software modification)...

For a four deck setup without need for an external mixer you'd have to have a mirrored music collection/"record box" to each of the two playbooks so that you could actually d...

Continue reading ...
 

Rolling stone announce their top 25 fav DJ's

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, November 22, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 

"Reeewiiiind my selector!" That's usually when the MC (usually whilst imitating an afro Caribbean or mockny afro Caribbean blend accent if they don't actually naturally have one) tells the DJ spinning the tracks 'n' dubs to rewind the track and start it over. What's the difference between a DJ and a selector within a D'n'B, UK garage and Dub step music mixing context?  

 

 

A little flawed in reason

 

If a credible DJ was that big, surely they wouldn't necessarily need to announce it a...


Continue reading ...
 

This is directed at the "turntablists" out there who don't like the term "DJ" being applied to them...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, In : DJ stuff 



I very much see your point, but here's something to consider. I know the discipline of scratch DJing is a lot more demanding beyond a regular mix DJ's requirements for the style, much of it is also done for the sake exhibitionism to demonstrate highly co-ordinated precision like dexterity with sounds and music etched onto a disk of plastic/vinyl record. I'm not about to get into how someone should mix and what justifies talent. But the term DJ does originally mean "Disk Jockey". The vinyl rec...
Continue reading ...
 

Why DJing has a DJ culture that surrounds it... (continuing on)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 

DJ culture, what is it and why does it matter? In fact what is a DJ? In the purest sense its just someone who selects, curates and plays music. Meaning someone that doesn't even seamlessly mix/blend music via the many different methods specific to certain styles into one long continuous stream of music for people to enjoy can still be a DJ. Radio DJ's that play music as an integral part of their shows are very much what the above describes. 


 

But if you're not a radio DJ generally doing this ...
Continue reading ...
 

Other general reasons as to why the SYNC button won't spell the end of DJ culture or a large part of the skill required to be a DJ when mixing

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 
As ever it depends which style we're talking, but regardless of style there will always be the presence of musical phrases in the music with various cycle lengths and with varying degrees of complexity. People coming from a musical or music production background would probably be more readily able to identify these for even greater DJ mixing ability. Then of course you also have those coming from a purely DJ background (of a progressive/blended mix style) who might be a little more observant...

Continue reading ...
 

The new flagship CDJ2000 Nexus has a SYNC button on it! Is it the end of the world and mankind?!! (...at least for DJ's and all those into DJ culture)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, September 8, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 
The new flagship Pioneer CDJ2000Nexus is soon going to be released and one notable feature that’s going to be included on it for the first time ever is a SYNC button.  DJ controversy! I've never used CDJ's in my life and I don't think I'll be using the new 2000Nexus anytime soon either for many reasons (not that I wouldn't if I could), but does it spell the end when the industry standard in all clubs "seem" to be making it easier for any punter to beat mix by potentially just being able to...

Continue reading ...
 

One word, profit… (...a million and one ways to do exactly the same thing with different models and brand names, maybe too many?)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, September 7, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 
In a perfect world much of the DJ equipment that gets released wouldn't get released at all if it replicates exactly what another piece of gear can do for the same price. At one time it was the case that many of these other companies niches was to provide a means of doing the same thing for less as they constantly improved the quality of their products over time. In fact it even got to the point where the actual quality of their products improved so much that they were very comparable to (if...

Continue reading ...
 

My vinyl collection didn't have a touch on Mr Peel's, but my stance on DJ's who can't DJ with vinyl?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, August 18, 2012, In : DJ stuff 


I was reading something about a Facebook meme. To this day I still don't get what a meme is having read and viewed numerous explanations as to what one was. 

Anyhow this particular meme was to do with "when is a DJ actually a DJ" and the snobbery that surrounds it relating to DJ's that can't actually DJ with vinyl. 

The problem is that despite the fact that the use of vinyl in clubs is near dead (unless you're a scratch DJ), there's still plenty of it with many collectors of it. Whilst living i...

Continue reading ...
 

I promise...Last bit about the DJ polls

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, August 17, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 
With rekordbox you don't even need to use autosysnc since you can sort all the cue points and BPM rates for your tracks before hand as most pro-DJ's would do as standard before a gig. Meaning there'd be little reason to actually beat-match at all on the new CDJ's. It would just essentially be a case of hitting a button to get it to your pre-set start points and starting at the right time in sync to then nudge it a little till its locked. No beat-matching required.
  
The iPod and iPhone gen...

Continue reading ...
 

The idea that Big name DJ's that still in actual fact are able to deliver quality in their DJ performances aswell as productions should be excluded from the top 100 or top 40 because they have corporate links?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : DJ stuff 


Well think of it this way, the BBC is in fact a corporation believe it or not, however they're forever championing new talent and a rich diversity of new sound in a big way whilst investing heavily in promoting free events too along side having a presence at the paid for events by other promoters and organisers.

Then you have other well established big name DJ's who have started and own some very cool fringe record labels with lesser mainstream sounds away from their main record labels that mo...

Continue reading ...
 

Another take on the whole thing of the top 100 DJ antics (... as reckoned by Rankingz BETA)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, August 12, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 
 Okay, I was going to ditch this after seeing the listing by RA's reckoning, but it only seems a little more relevant having seen what the real time online readouts are saying about it via Rankingz.  Hopefully it should maybe place a little more context on it. Do I reckon some of the figures could be rigged? Yeah maybe, but then again you'll still all no doubt descent as appropriate about it in a weird karmic kind of way. My take? Possibly relatively accurate if you look past the figures and...
Continue reading ...
 

Top 100 DJ's, depends who you ask...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, August 12, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 
With the lead up to this years top 100DJ's  DJmag polls I was going to put down a long winded spot about my take on the previous results from the previous and soon to be potential results of this years. But after coming across this as suggested reading it was pretty much resolved without my having to say very much at all. General annoyance all kind of fell away, but at the same I will still add the DJ mag top 100 still has its relevance, just not within the same context as this does to my mi...
Continue reading ...
 

It depends if you're talking about the listening experience or the DJ experience…(…and if you're talking about the DJ experience what did you lust for before getting into it?)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : DJ stuff 

 my 1210Mk2, she's looking a bit worse for wear but at the time she was mechanically sound.
 
 
DJ mix culture within the context of a progressive blended constructed DJ set

I grew up at a time when DJ culture was all about two turntables and a mixer as far as the tools for mixing was concerned.  But ultimately it was the easiest way at the time to mix and blend music into a continuous cohesive listening experience to allow people to dance for hours at a time with the technology that was availabl...

Continue reading ...
 

DAW overkill Precision & Lenovo Portable workstation i7 Refreshes (...cue mad with power laughter)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Monday, September 20, 2010, In : DJ stuff 

It might be worth keeping in mind that there's nothing else on the market like the out of Stockholm post concept and now available to market Pacemaker as a device to compete with it.
 
But then again a Laptop and pro digital all in one mixer solution would better be compared to other similar hardware solutions as a more appropriate means of comparison in terms of a professional full sized solutions beyond a two turntable metaphor and not the Pacemaker. The reasoning being that they allow you to...


Continue reading ...
 

Vinyl Turntables vs Pacemaker continued (How do you get power to any other kind of device that uses batteries?)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, In : DJ stuff 

 

I thought that it would have gone without needing to be said, but as with many other devices capable of running on batteries its still perfectly possible to use the device in conjunction with its mains adaptor that comes supplied with it plugged into the device and a mains outlet for a constant power supply. Meaning you could go for as long as you liked or was capable of with a live mains outlet present to use. Not to mention that its actual electrical power consumption would be significan...


Continue reading ...
 

Beyond two turntables & wireless iPad Ableton Control

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : DJ stuff 


Ok so after that little high resolution eye opener about why its time to move on in terms of the two turntable metaphor thing for most folk that aren't really looking to be scratch turntable technicians and just want to be able to beat match tracks whilst mixing seamlessly and progressively, I still have to admit that I still generally prefer something a little more substantial that allows me to do much more for my main rig. But it looks like someone else already informed you in advance with ...
Continue reading ...
 

The contextual truth behind Vinyl turntables vs. the Pacemaker for the kid wanting to party and a piece of the DJ/club culture thing?

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : DJ stuff 



The DJ's 2 turntable metaphor

I've covered this in a similar vain before however here it is with a little more context. I remember hearing stories of impromptu mass illegal raves and crazy house parties in my youth all in the name of keeping the party vibe and the music that went along with it. The music they played was mainly electronica, sample based and used a progressive style of mixing and blending using only two vinyl record turntables, a mixer and lots of heavy to carry 12" vinyl record...


Continue reading ...
 
 
 

L  o  n  d  o  n   ,   U  .  K   . 




 

 
Make a Free Website with Yola.