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New ‘Swarm Intelligence’ DJ mix – Against the Grain

simonhayesAnother DJ mix to download from Berlin based label owner & producer Simon Hayes. If you enjoyed Simon’s previous Agentcast you’ll love his new mix entitled ‘Against the grain’ over at SwarmIntelligence.net. Plenty of Irish based labels representing. It’s full of energy and rolling beats, get downloading because it’s absolutely banging. Check out the track listing below.

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01. Throbbing Gristle – Seperated [Mute Records]
02. Scorn – Doors [Hymen Records]
03. Pan Sonic – Pan Finale [Blast First Petite]
04. Autechre – Pce Freeze 28i [Warp]
05. Dual Purpose – anx9i [30mil Recordings]
06. Surgeon – The Crawling Frog is Torn and Smiles [Dynamic Tension]
07. Exium – Fresh Meat [Nheoma]
08. Cynthia Stern – Follow (The Wee DJs Mix) [Input - Output Inc.]
09. Eomac – Unite [!Kaboogie]
10. Somatic Responses – Cymrojunk [Acroplane Recordings]
11. Moderat – Seamonkey (Surgeon Remix) [BPitch Control]
12. Unknown Artist – Ugandan Speed Trials B [DN]
13. Fran Hartnett – Sword & Shield [Forthcoming on Stasis Records]
14. Synapscape – Folded Sheets of Silver [Ant-Zen]
15. Bas Mooy – Bloedneus (Oliver Kucera Remix) [Audio Assault]
16. Obscurum – Dom (Reeko Mix) [Mechanisms Industries]
17. Bradley Strider – Untitled [Rephlex]
18. Autechre – 90101-5l-l [Warp]
19. Rory St John – Silence is Golden, Ductape is Silver [Unreleased]
20. Swarm Intelligence – Hcdoer [Unreleased]
21. Cabaret Voltaire – Lost Possibilities of Modern Dreams [Virgin]
22. Shane O’ Donovan – CFRmx2 [!Kaboogie]
23. Nonima – Antisocialite pt. II [Forthcoming on Stasis Records]

Invisible AgentAdded by: Invisible Agent | 22nd June 2010 1 Comment

Download Podcasts and DJ mixes the easy way

Do you want an easy way to download DJ mixes and podcasts?

You need Juice, an excellent program written by the fathers of podcasting Adam Curry and Dave Winer. Juice is a podcatcher, a podcatcher is piece of software that allows you to subscribe to a podcast or RSS feed. Juice will automatically download any new DJ mixes or podcasts as they become available, this is particularly useful if you decide to listen to many podcasts as it saves you from having to visit each individual website and download the podcasts manually.

There’s even more excellent features.

  • Synch it with your mp3 player so that Juice automatically loads your podcasts on to the player. Perfect if you running out the door. A whole bunch of new mixes for you to listen to on the go.
  • It supports Bittorrent and several other formats.
  • If the media player on the system supports it, the downloaded content is automatically added to playlists.
  • The content is kept on the local harddrive in nested folders, titled with the show’s name.
  • The system works on Mac, Linux and Windows.
  • An alternative to iTunes.

If you download this little gem, be sure to add our AgentCast RSS feed URL

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/AgentCast/

Happy listening!

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 13th June 2010 Leave a comment!

Pay for illegal music downloads?

copying kills limasThe Internet revolution is like the railway revolution of 200 years ago. New and excessive opportunities are available for everyone. The major record labels missed the 6.15 and while they stand freezing on the virtual platform they whine about ‘piracy’ and CD sales being down. They fail to point out that online music sales are increasing at an exponential rate. They state that the increase in digital sales has not made up for the decrease in revenue from CD sales. Let’s get one thing straight, video didn’t kill the radio star and the Internet is a powerful tool for musicians, event promoters and record labels.

Choice please

I’m surprised the entertainment industry hasn’t reported ground breaking news like ‘VHS sales down’. Well, that’s because VHS sales are up! Drops in CD sales are obviously not because the technology is archaic and well, absolutely rubbish. The fact of the matter is: large record labels don’t want to give the customer what they want, choice.

track-by-track purchases create a significant revenue shortfall: where in the past those consumers would have generated revenue equivalent to an entire album’s worth of sales, now they only offer a small percentage of that revenue.

Major labels don’t appreciate users who want to select a few tracks from an album. They force users to download the entire album. I’m sure musicians will argue that you must listen to their entire album to fully appreciate its magical journey. However, users should still have a choice.

Meanwhile, the larger labels continue to cloud the waters with complaints of revenue loss due to ‘online priacy’. Hopefully they’ll all stop stamping their feet soon and appoint executives who have a brain.

There’s a set of data that shows that file sharing is actually good for artists. Not bad for artists. So maybe we shouldn’t be stopping it all the time – Douglas Merrill, EMI’s newly appointed president of digital music group

Big brother is getting bigger

It seems Google, Amazon and Apple want to create a DRM cloud. They want to digitally watermark your downloads. Apple and Walmart are already using this technique to track users. Labels are demanding that a user can only stream music that is watermarked to their username a.k.a ‘dirty MP3s’. Change the username, or try to stream music that you’ve ripped from a CD, and those songs won’t play. Yes, it’s true, DRM is raising its ugly head again.

To make matters worse, major labels are making deals with large ISPs to offer music on tap. Dirty MP3s and dirty ISPs, I have a bad feeling about this….

One of the UK’s top ISPs is preparing to launch an unlimited music service that would see it pay record labels for songs illegally downloaded by its customer

Ironically, Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal face up to $6 billion in damages for pirating a massive 300,000 tracks. Seems you can have your cake and eat it.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 12th June 2010 4 Comments

After Vinyl: Staying in control

can-vinyl-last-foreverI love vinyl as much as the next old school audiophile. But at times temperatures in South East Asia soar in to the 40′s and humidity is in the 90′s. It’s clear that records were not built for this type of environment. Trust me, warping is confirmation. Records should be stored in a dust free, low humidity setting with a temperature between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius. Anyhow, there are no record shops selling 12″ vinyl in Phnom Penh and flying to Tokyo every month for a shopping spree is tempting but out of the question. It’s not easy to expand an existing collection.

Carry less, do more

I don’t intend to lug 40 Kgs of hardware and vinyl around to play a set. You can call me lazy, but the standard tools of my craft are packed away. Final Scratch, Tracktor and Mixxx are all fantastic inventions. But ditching just my record bag still leaves me with 20 Kgs of Technics plus the mixer to lug around. Even though it looks like vinyl is going to out last MP3s. Luckily for the mobile DJ, software and hardware developers have come up with new ranges of innovative gadgets to make our life easier. You can replace your record bag, turntables and mixer with just one box. No, it’s not an iPod.

USB DJ controllers

Similar to purchasing any new gadget this is going to take endless hours of research. Will it interact with my DAW? Does it need proprietory software? Does it have a motorized controller? Is it powered by USB? The list is potentially endless. There are 50+ offerings of DJ controllers from Reloop, Vestax, Numark, Novation, Stanton, Akai etc…and prices range from $99 to $1000+. This is going to be fun.

Research is king

It’s worth doing your research. For instance, the Vestax VCI300 does not run on AMD CPU powered computers. I’ve seen controllers without a cross fader (I’m certain the design engineers have a valid reason for this). Some hardware will only operate with 1 particular DAW, others will only run on Windows. It also depends on your DJ’ing style. There are specific controllers aimed at the turntablist or straight up house or techno DJ. These factors will whittle your list down rapidly. However, it’s most likely your will still end up with a hand full of equally dazzling gadgets battling it out for your number one spot.

It’s looking like it will take me another few weeks of research to find a solution that suits me. The biggest challenge will be finding a store that sells it in Cambodia. Wish me luck.

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 8th June 2010 1 Comment

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