24/September/16 Filed in: DJ Playaduster
dBMcast #172 / Curated by DJ Playaduster / September 2016
A sipping soundtrack for our teahouse, with musings on tea, love & CommuniTea from the Get Found crew
Aphex Twin "CHEETA2 mx800" / Tipper "Reverse Dross Maneuver" / James Hood "Sweet Acceptance" / Beatfarmer "Through the Night" / Dirtwire "YES" / Sol Rising "Harps and 808s" / Erothyme "Trails" / Random Rab "Each Other" / Wildlight "From the Ground Up" (acoustic) / CloZee "Aspara Calling" / BioLuMigen "Cosmosis" / Beatfarmer "Sea of Sound" / AtYyA "Fortress Of Light > / Shamans Dream + Bluetech "Breath Of Ma "(AtYyA Remix) / Goopsteppa "Bounce" / Nico Luminous "Werk It" / CloZee "The Path to Heaven" / Tipper "Peripherals.......Sorus" / Drumspyder "Heart is Like the Sea" / Ott. "16mm Summer Day" / bioLuMigen "we are the wind, we are the water" / SynchroniciTEA House crew musings / outro //
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21/December/13 Filed in: Guest DJ
Evan Snyder, aka Skytree, is a DJ / producer based in New York. He has been making electronic compositions for a decade, releasing nine albums including Knotwork, Wilder Forest, Windings of the Dragon Track, Sacred Singularity and a compilation of his music remixed by friends and fellow producers entitled Treemixes Volume One. Skytree's sound resists definition, as it blends together found sounds from urban and nature soundscapes, ethereal vocals, percussion and live instrumentation, dark synths and layers upon layers of winding, warping, luscious, low-end bass vibrations. His peers include other Sacred Bass purveyors including Kalya Scintilla, Kaminanda, Soulacybin, Erothyme, Space Jesus, Shwex, Whitebear, PhuturePrimitive, Aligning Minds and other visionary sound shamans who carefully craft bass music full of momentum, magic, mystery and intention.
His profile is on the rise as he has been playing a variety of transformational festivals and shows around the country, including Gratifly, Prism, Stilldream, 3DL, Autumnal Equinox at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Surreal and tour support for The Polish Ambassador, Kaminanda and others.
Last October, Skytree played a genre-defining set at Sonic Blossom at Cervantes in Denver, Colorado. Sacred Bass Sessions and Destination Burning Man are stoked to present an exclusive remixed and remastered version of the show, which includes a look ahead to his forthcoming 2014 release, Cirrus Sapiens. Inspired and intrigued by Evan's unique and moving sound, as well as the ideas and ethos that he broadcasts via his active social media presence, we engaged him in a lengthy interview to find out more about what is happening behind the music.
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Sacred Bass Sessions: Who were some of your musical influences growing up, and what’s something about your musical background that most people might not know about you?
Skytree: Since I was young I’ve listened to a pretty wide range of stuff and had influences from a lot of genres, many of which I’ve incorporated into my music at different times. In one of our emails you asked about Jazz, folk music, and Led Zeppelin, which was funny because I love all three. When I was little we used to listen to a pretty eclectic range of stuff on long road trips, or on my dad’s turntable by the fire. Sometimes it would be classic country western (I’m talking dusty old time cowboy music), other times it’d be New Age ambient meditation albums, Motown or progressive psychedelic Celtic folk rock. Electronic and atmospheric sounds were always my favorite though. In my teens I really got into industrial, drum and bass, IDM, dub, and 90’s breakbeat.
Something I haven’t mentioned in past interviews is that I really loved singing from an early age (in addition to banging around on pots and pans). I was really active in choir during middle school and high school, as well as several musicals, and did pretty well quite a few times at state competitions, that kind of thing. The only trouble is that I’m not particularly good at it now to be honest! I haven’t practiced in ages, outside of doing aums at my shows, chanting or singing ridiculous songs in the morning. So, I’m kinda intimidated by putting my voice back into my music. I have a few times, but it’s been looped and warped to make it more of an abstract expression. Using my own vocals again regularly is something that has to happen at just the right time and way.
SBS: What kind of films have had the greatest impact on you? What cultural leaders have influenced your thinking, from a childhood or adult perspective?
Skytree: This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but 80’s kids fantasy/sci-fi movies like the Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, the NeverEnding Story and the Explorers were a huge influence when I was a kid. Star Wars is of course pretty high up there as well. I’ve always loved movies that portray a dark strangeness in surreal beauty, using models and puppets over CGI…this aesthetic preference influences my music quite a bit actually.
dBMcast #120: Emancipated: The Music of Douglas Appling
Mixed by DJ Playaduster, February 2013
Music from Emancipator's three official albums, random singles & remixes and the "Emancipator Remixed" record. Vocal samples from The Untz podcast and The DoLab.
Soon It Will Be Cold Enough To Build Fires
Afterglow > Valhalla > Minor Cause
Bury Them Bones
Dusk to Dawn
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01/December/12 Filed in: Kaya Rainface
dBMcast #116: Beautiful World
Mixed by Kaya Rainface, November 2012
Music by The Polish Ambassador * Stephan Jacobs * Gladkill * Emancipator * Sugarpill * Michael Meneirt * SBTRKT * Paper Diamond * Russ Liquid * Andreilien * JoBOT * Bassnectar.
"Its a beautiful world we're livin' in…"
With this simple phrase repeated over and over like a mantra on the title track from Stephan Jacob's new album, DJ Kaya Rainface heard the possibility of a new mix celebrating the ephemeral glory of being alive on Planet Earth here at the end of the Mayan calendar.
"What happens after 12/21/12? Nobody knows! Will our world look different the next morning? Or will the changes all take place inside of us?" Rainface wondered in a recent conversation over steamy oolong tea. "Whatever goes down, 12/21/12 provides all of us a centering of attention, a cosmic quickening, and a chance to refocus our intention. I felt the call to create a mix that celebrated how fortunate we all are to be here, in this place, at this time. Beautiful world for sure!"
Elements that hold this musical journey together include 1.) heavy participation from the Headtron crew in California, including Sugarpill, Gladkill, Andreilien, Stephan Jacobs, Russ Liquid and JoBOT, 2.) an exploration of tracks that use the human voice in interesting ways: looping, mutating, glitching out, bending and folding and chopping singers' voices until they are barely recognizable as human, becoming instruments instead, disembodied androids offering fractured vespers, and 3.) an interconnected mosaic of midtempo tracks that marry intergalactic space travel, melodic beauty and deep, nutrient-rich bass whompage.
The Beautiful World Choir includes voices from Sade, Jay-Z, Yukimi Nagano, Linval Thompson and the glorious wispy vocals of Thao Nguyen on Emancipator's track "When I Go," which is presented here in a mashup of the original with the Michael Menert remix.
"The Headtron tribe is putting out some of the most interesting bass music happening today. They are way out there on the leading edge of electronic music, creating pretty, emotional music that also slays you with bass" Rainface mused, "I love how they are each distinct artists yet sharing a common aesthetic in making music. Putting them together in a mix made it really easy for me to keep the flow moving forward. It developed very organically. The mix knew what it wanted to be and I just helped facilitate its manifestation!"
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