So… this is happening. Silent Servant doing a live set and DJing. Plus some of Japan’s finest. Get ready for a night of forward thinking techno. More info soon.
I was kindly invited to put together a mix for the Dimension series. It’s quite an interesting approach they’ve taken: rather than a (semi)regular podcast, they instead prepare and curate a collection of mixes that are separated into 7 “A” and 7 “B” sides presented in succession. I am part of the 2nd edition. My contribution is a mix I made a few months ago. It continues my exploration of ‘drone and bass’ in my DJ sets. Whereas the other mixes I have posted lately were recordings from club settings, this one was made at home. As a result, there is a bit more drone than bass, as it is more geared for that kind of environment. It was a fun and interesting process to put together. They will be providing a tracklist for it at the start of September.
Sensate Focus vs Heatsick – Y
Kevin Drumm – Just Lay Down and Forget it
Autechre – Vi Scose Poise
Laraaji – Cave (Bee Mask version)
Dalhous – Active Discovering
Some Truths – Some Truths 10
Acre – Live Take
Outer Space – Liquid Systems Functions
Keith Fullerton Whitman – Stereo Music for Serge Modular Prototype
SoiSong – Kabuki Chop
Chora(S)San Time-Court Mirage – Blues Dhikr Al-Salam (Blues Al Maqam)
Compound Eye – Archaic Atmosphere
Outer Space – Crixa 5925
Pitreleh – Enclosure Wave Ramp
Dopplereffekt – Hyperelliptic Surfaces
CoH – Vainio
Peder Mannerfelt – Lines Describing a Circle
Vessel – Misery is a Communicable Disease
Unicorn Hardon – Persian Cats
This Saturday we are returning to Cafe de Rope in Hayama for what will be our 3rd beach party there. This is definitely one of the best beaches near Tokyo, it’s not an accident that the Emperor has his beach house just down the road. Maybe if we are lucky he’ll stop by and join us for some chilled beats… So you’ve got a beautiful beach, a lovely and relaxed beach house cafe with friendly staff, and us providing ambient and chill out all afternoon. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, we’ve also got our good friend Wata as the guest DJ, providing another reason to attend. So come down and join us for a fun day at the beach.
Pitchfork have just announced a new series of events that ‘will focus on composers of extreme sound’. And the extremely clever name they’ve come up with for this party is “Tinnitus”. Yes, tinnitus as in that hearing problem that often comes from hearing loss and listening to too much loud music. Music so extreme that it fucks up your hearing? Wow. That must be cool! Yeah, well, except it is not. At all. Tinnitus and hearing loss are really important issues in electronic music that are rarely discussed. But this is something we do need to worry about. Too many people simply do not take care of their ears, whether DJing or partying. Given how severe and permanent the consequences can be, it is vitally important we all start being a bit more careful.
A few years ago I got a pair of custom fitted earplugs and it is honestly one of the best purchases I have ever made. I now carry them with me all the time, and it is very rare for me not to use them at a party. My biggest regret is that I was not smart enough to start using ear plugs earlier. To anyone who DJs or regularly attends parties, I strongly, strongly urge you to buy a pair of ear plugs. And if you can’t afford custom ones, you can get normal ones pretty cheaply that work ok. Whenever I go to a place like Berghain, where the music is so loud, it scares me to think that there are people in there for hours on end without protecting their ears. It just isn’t worth it…
We really need to be taking better care of our ears, and promoting awareness of the very serious dangers that come from listening to too much loud music. Given this, it is very disappointing that such an influential site like Pitchfork is doing something as stupid as glamorizing hearing loss. There are plenty of words or expressions they could have used to convey the idea of an extreme / powerful experience, calling these parties “Tinnitus” is dumb and unnecessary. Last year DJBroadcast published a good artice about DJs and problems with tinnitus. And it is worth noting that Pitchfork published a short piece about it earlier this year. But we need to be talking about it a lot more. We really need to increase awareness. I hope other sites will follow their lead and write more on this important topic. And I really hope Pitchfork gets its act together and realizes calling a party “Tinnitus” is a fucking stupid move.