Mat Zo’s Radio 1 Essential Mix

Mat Zo’s Essential Mix. He’s one of the few remaining trance DJs I still follow. This mix is packed with different styles and really shows off his mixing skill.

Mixing technique and diversity is becoming harder to find recently, so this is pretty refreshing and exciting

Bonus: The Soundcloud page has the tracklist!!

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Social Groups and Intentional Community

Two years ago I was introduced to the concept of intentional communities. It happened through attending burns a burner related events. I realized that I have been part of few before hand, but never appreciated them as much I did the past two or three.

It’s a pretty bad ass concept… Hey we’re all into the same activities, we hold a lot of the same beliefs, share a lot of the same values, and struggle with a lot of the same challenges…. let’s all hang out and create an environment that helps foster the hell out of that and provide support for each other! The reward is amazing, but unfortunately making it happen is easier said than done.

The biggest factor that I’ve seen control the longevity and effectiveness of an intentional community is size (aside from the obvious compatibility factor). Starting with a small group is significantly more manageable. Things shift when you have a bigger number of people involved. What you were able to do with 15 people doesn’t work as will with 50. You figure things out, and you hit this sweet spot of harmony and productivity that is life changing to some… then the tempting part comes up:

“hey there’s 15 of us and we’re rocking the hell out of this and we are making amazing things happen. I wish there were more of us… we’d make even bigger things happen!”.

Sadly, we get carried away and overlook those scaling factors. The nice spontaneity turns into schedules. The white board of cool stuff to do, which we trust that anyone will get to when they can, turns into a chore list of accountability. The vision and dreams we started with age out, and a single sit down with beer and music to bounce ideas off each  other becomes almost impossible without an agenda. The all-inclusive cuddle puddle turns into cliques and consent circles. The need to say “keep this between us” increases because you wouldn’t be ok with everyone knowing anymore. All these small things happen gradually. and unless we have the long sight and awareness, it sneaks up on us. One day you take a step and you find yourself hanging on to the last bits of what used to be your home. You find yourself weighed down by all new challenges that are less fun. Drama makes its way in. We end up getting disappointed and broken in a way because this really beautiful thing we had is gone, along with half the people and relationships that made it shine.

After a number of laps around this cycle, I find that I have learned a lot. There are two ways this could go: You either make an active and well thought out effort to account for this from day one, or you let that boat float where ever it wants to go, and let it sink when it’s ready to sink. I have never been part of a community that attempted option A… maybe because the conception of these types of communities comes as a result of natural growth and a spontaneous “why the fuck not?”.

What I have a lot of experience with is option B. Many factors were different between the communities I’ve been part of, but the cycle was a whole lot of the same. I’m not sure if I’m jaded, but I’ve come to the point of skipping the disappointment when the boat sinks. Now I just grab my favorite things and favorite people out of there and jump off… with the hope and acceptance that it may hit the bottom and turn into an even better and more awesome thing. Like a gargantuan coral reef or something. Maybe it becomes part of an existing cool thing that morphs into a new and improved creature. Becoming even more alive than the boat and the people that were on it. Maybe it just dies and is never seen again.

My choice is that regardless of what happens, I’ll be happy that this boat existed. I choose to cherish and perpetuate the positive things about it, mend the injuries I got from it. Forget the pain but always look at the scars, and start looking around for the next group of motherfuckers who know how to build a better boat, this time with lasers and fire cannons and mirrors.

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Opiuo : Butternut Slap Part 3

Finally catching up with Opiuo’s 3rd Butternut Slap. A little less “loud” and more melodic than the first two, but still fantastically dancy and glitchy.

https://soundcloud.com/opiuo/sets/opiuo-butternut-slap-part-3

 

It is always surprising to me that Opiuo is not as big or highlighted in the electronic music scene (or maybe he is and I’m missing that). The man is a freaking genius! His sound is so unique that you can instantly recognize it where ever you hear it. He is an amazingly good sound editor, which is made more impressive when combined with his active tour schedule and amount of releases he puts out.

Check out more Opiuo if you are looking for a well balanced blend of glitch, funk, hip hop, melody, and BASS… all wrapped in mushy package of positive dancy vibe.  One last thing to mention is that, somehow, even though his is tunes and samples are obviously synthetic, the final product feels very organic and lively… something that makes for a neat listening and dancing experience

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What I’m Listening to Right Now…

One more quickie…

I’ve been listening to a lot of Headflux. Fantastic psybreaks with a lot of oomph. Check out his other stuff on his Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/hedflux/hedflux-grouch-lumination

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For Your Brain

For Your Brain

I’ve been away for quite some time. Here’s something snagged off of Reddit. It made my head hurt.

Click this link if the GIF is not working

https://lalirants.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/k8ozr.gif

 

 

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The Cube

Alright my good friends, I need your help. I have decided to push my boundaries this year and build an interactive art project. Here’s the run down:

Taylor Krebs and I are building 4 foot, functional, wooden Rubik’s cube! To add a collaborative kick to The Cube, we are going to replace the traditional plain colors on each face with 6 different paintings done by local artists.

The project is going to make its first appearance at this year’s Alchemy, but will continue to come out to future regional burns and other events. The Cube will be a live canvas for artists since we plan on having it repainted by each event.

The project raised some money at the Alchemy Art Fundraiser, but has not met its goal yet. The fundraising works like a Kickstarter: If we don’t make our minmum goal we don’t get any of the money we raised. So follow the link below and throw in a few bucks. What’s also awesome is that Alchemy will match each dollar that you donat. Help my first art project come to life!

http://www.alchemyfestival.com/art/fundraiser/online/project/cube

As a donor, you will be kept in the loop about updates, progress, and exclusive sneak peaks of how things are looking 😉

If you are an artist who is interested in adopting and painting a face of The Cube, shoot me a Facebook message or email Tareq(at)Euphoriaburn(dot)com and I will give you more details

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Ufabulum

Squarepusher is back with a fantastic album: Ufabulum. I’ve been listening to it a lot recently and it has been a nice switch from my current chilled, earthy IDM streek. Squarpusher has always had this unique jazzy/breaks sound with all the zaps and pews. Jam-packing his records with enough material and samples to make 2 or 3 records of standard density. To me though, I’ve always only been able to handle a few tracks at a time – his music can be exhausting!

This album has been an interesting change in pace. I have, for the first time, been able to comfortably listen through the whole things a few times within relatively small time. The first 3 tracks are slow enough where you can actually take some time to breath and digest everything, rather than have it flush through your head like a monsoon.

I’m sure the die hard fans are not very pleased with this release, due to how “soft” it has gotten compared to his traditional “USE ALL THE SCI-FI AND VIDEO GAME SOUNDS NOW!” sound. Still, It was a fantastically dark and eccentric treat for me. One review described it having “angry-jazz-droids-run-amok vibe”… I laughed my ass off.

If you have a minute, give it a shot. The man is a fucking genius and I promise it won’t be a total waste of your time (or maybe it will be, just tell me it was so I can giggle at you). Here are some links.

http://warp.net/records/releases/squarepusher/ufabulum

Speaking of which, Moogfest posted a link to the Dark Steering video on their Facebook. If that means that Squarepusher is on the bill, it will certainly make me exponentially more certain not to miss it this year.

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