Friday, July 10, 2009
I first encountered Serato Scratch Live
at a house party a couple of years ago. I had lugged in a stack of about thirty records—the other DJ lugged in his laptop, this little box…and his entire rig. My first impression of the device basically amounted to, “That’s neat. Looks simple enough and it’s obvious that things have come a long way since Final Scratch. But, hey, buddy! Your 128k constant bit rate MP3s sound like shit!”
Last Sunday, however, I saw the same gear in the hands of someone who actually had decent, recently-downloaded tracks instead of a scattered collection of crappy dance music remixes from the late 1990’s. Lo, I am impressed!
This got me thinking about some of the excuses I’ve given myself in the past for not “going digital.”
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I served two tours of duty during the Martian Automaton Riots of ‘34. My first was spent as a combat medic. After three months of leave, I returned to duty as part of a mobile surgical hospital unit.
The bots may not have been flesh, but their methods of warfare could be every bit as sadistic and cruel as those of any human who ever lived, and the psychological operations in which they engaged were highly effective. It was the standard stuff: mutilated corpses, torture, live burials – that kind of thing. But while the soldiers fought them tooth and nail, the automatons waged a technological war against our systems on Ares and back home on Terra. The souls of the men and women killed were destroyed by the machines, never to be recovered. So people were terrified, even those of us soldiers who knew death and who knew that the machines were just playing at our fears.
Posting regularly is the most important key to getting traffic to a new blog. Well, my blog is intended to contain short stories and DJ mixes, and since I have been neither writing nor spinning records regularly, it seems we may have a teensy little problem with content.
Also, today is my first day of class after a decade-long lapse in enrollment in college. I dropped out, never finished—now I’m 30 years old and going back. My one class this semester, Introduction to Psychology, is a 16-week course condensed into 5 1/2 weeks, and not being in the ebb and flow of this business yet it’s difficult for me to say what time I’ll have available to commit to these jams here.
So, until I get some new stuff working here in a week or two, I’ll be posting stories I’ve written previously and whatever mixed sets I can drag up from my old hard drives. Once I get a good idea of how traffic is flowing, I’ll work out a schedule and stick to that. My goal, ultimately, is to help keep your Internets reliably entertaining during your business week.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
If you are in Austin and you got nothin’ against good times, check this out:
I saw Peter Bjorn and John at the Levi’s Fader Fort during SXSW and was immediately and summarily impressed. If the Fort is any indication, production value at these jams will be excellent. Click the link to RSVP!
Thanks to everyone who came out Sunday night! Yeah, thanks…all… (counts on fingers) five of you guys. You are special, you are loved, you are decent, and you are hardcore for coming out on a Sunday night after a weekend already crammed full of partying and revelry.
It was a night of first-time-in-a-long-times for me. In addition to playing out for the first time in years, I climbed a steel rung ladder to get to the DJ booth. When’s the last time you climbed a ladder, anyway? If you’re an office zombie by day like yours truly, it has probably been some time.
I also met a DJ named Loki (last Loki encounter: July 2002), and I got a close look at Serato, some tech I haven’t really examined since playing like three tracks at a house party in Seattle a good piece back.
Anyway, I must have done something right, because Cam has invited me back to play again soon. Details here when I know them!
Friday, July 03, 2009
This Sunday, I’m guest spinning/opening up for DJ Handsome Cam at Back Alley Social! This is my first gig since moving to Austin from Seattle almost a year and a half ago. In fact, now that I really do the math, this will be my first live gig in probably four years. Dang.
So I’m pretty alright in the living room on my own rig, but can I keep it together on a system which is large?
I don’t know, but know what? I bet you don’t know, either. So I guess we should all just show up and see what goes on.
Back room (entrance on Lavaca). Music starts at 10. No cover. 21 and up. Come say hi!