Not much to say about this video apart from how much talent this guy has! Seeing this up on stage rather than some of the lukewarm ‘live sets’ we see these days would be a seminal moment in anyone’s life… Ableton Live, three Launchpads, two APC20s, iPad TouchOSC and a couple of mics.
Ever thought about how to do your bit for charity using your mad DJ skillz? Neither did I, but that’s what Dance Aid is all about. Set up by two DJ’s, Wayne Eldridge and Mete Alpsakarya in 2006, the charity aims to help under-privilaged children in London by putting on exclusive club events and celebrity nights.
Phil from digitaldjtips.com doing his part...
So when I was invited by Phil from digitaldjtips.com to the event at Ministry of Sound on 27 May, I was quite surprised to have a form and a badge shoved in my face. I was going to take part in the attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for “the most DJs to consecutively mix one record each”. The last record was set by BBC Radio 1 Xtra back in June 2010. We needed 83 to beat. We had 100. No pressure, guys! Even the MoS cleaners got involved!
Me, holding the official certificate
Well, in one fell swoop, I managed to cross two items off my bucket list: breaking a world record and DJing the main room at Ministry. The only thing going through my head as I stepped up for my turn was “please don’t let me be the guy that messes up!”
I didn’t… and neither did the other 99 people taking part.
I know it’s fashionable to hate on Mau5, but whichever way you look at it, the man is as close to genius as you can get. I first heard this track when Joel did his first Mixmag CD, with Mark Knight’s ‘System’ on top. Just class.
The company have decided to go down the Google route of dishing out limited invites to allow for a slow ramp up of usage, with each new invite coming with two more to dish out.
Why is this good?
The old interface relies on a closed plugin created by Adobe (Macromedia originally, for you lot too young to remember). This makes it a nightmare for accessibility and pretty much excludes smartphone access. The site can also be slow to load and it is a lot harder to share a link to a track, release, artist or label page.
But there’s a mobile site!
Yes, but functionality is not nearly as intuitive, and frankly, listening to clips is a nightmare. The iPhone has an app for that, but with Android and other mobile OSes creeping up the usage stats, unifying the experience between desktop and mobile makes sense for everyone.
Is it any good?
Let’s hope so! I’m not sure how many people have access, but I’m sure we will hear soon enough.
What if I like the Flash site?
Good news then! Beatport have said they will keep both running indefinitely (or until people are used to the new one, I reckon).
A little bit of irony that didn’t escape me is that the page announcing the beta is filled with Flash videos from Youtube. Coinkydink or an inside joke? The site is meant to go live “Spring 2011″ according to the site. I guess that depends on how the testing goes.
I just want to take a moment to say thank you – from the bottom of my heart – to The Winstons. Without this obscure 60s Soul band, electronic music would never be where it is today. Never heard of them before? Yes, you have. Listen to the track Amen, Brother, released in 1969 as an obscure B side.
The Winstons – Amen, Brother
Now listen again to the six seconds, starting at 1:25.
What you hear is the most famous six seconds in music. Ever. this sample has been used by artists as wide ranging as Altern-8 to Amy Winehouse to Hixxy & Sharkey to NWA. And the most fascinating part is they never made a penny in royalties for their legendary sample. I guess you could say electronic music is based on “open source” foundations. If it sounds like I am over-excitedly talking this up, it’s because I am. This free-to-use clip deserves more praise than any one person can give to it.
The Amen Break
Now sit back, relax and watch 18 minutes of fascinating history… played from vinyl, of course.
The history of the Amen Break
So, from everyone in electronic music – fans, producers, DJs, record labels, sampler manufacturers – we thank you, Gregory C. Coleman, Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Sonny Pekerol, Richard Lewis Spencer and Phil Tolotta.
001. HEFTY – No Escape (Original Mix)
002. Mario Miranda, Daniele Petronelli and Audiocut – Aqua Marcia (Ricky Stone and Mikael Jonasson Remix)
003. Moenster – This Is For You (Robag Wruhmes Chukka Boot Rekksmoe Remix)
004. Marco Resmann – This Song feat Soucie Six (Original Mix)
005. Kane Roth – Souspicious Mind (Monoloc Remix)
006. Edit Select & Alex Smoke – The Retainer (Original Mix)
007. Alan Fitzpatrick – A Small Decline (Mark Broom Dubbed Mix)
008. Emptyset – Altogether Lost feat Cornelius Harris (Original Mix)
009. Kaiserdisco – Aguja (F.Sonik Remix)
010. Booka Shade – Regenerate (Pysh Remix)
011. Masomenos – 9 Balloons (Original Mix)
012. Amyn – Moonbird (Original Mix)
013. Tony Rohr – Sweat On My Tabla (Original Mix)
014. Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky And Sand feat Fritz Kalkbrenner (Original Mix)