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EP28 Electric Daisy Beats 2012: The Warm-up Mixtape

A Musical Mimesis of the Altai-Sayan region in context of Electric Daisy Carnival

Tuva is a republic within the Russian Federation that lies approximately 2,500 miles east of Moscow, in a sparsely settled land surrounded by forests and grassland. The Tuvans are in fact Turkic people. The Tuvan population is 300,000 occupying an area that extends roughly 500 miles east to west and 300 miles north to south. Tuvan herders have traditionally been animists, which means that they typically ascribe spiritual power to natural phenomena and pray to the spirits. The echo that results from singing close to a cliff, and the interactions of a human voice with the gurgling water of a brook or the swishing air currents of a strong wind, may be imbued with spiritual power.

Living creatures, no less than inanimate places or landscapes, manifest spiritual power through sound. The iconic imitation of natural sounds among Tuvans underscore the importance of sound as a physical stimulus and a mimesis of movement or physical expression, such as dance. Now, Tuvans don’t possess electronic music equipment such as a Pioneer CDJ-players or Traktor controllers hooked up to a MacBook. Instead, they rely on throat-singing which require a heck-load of laryngal tension and nasal resonance, much like an electronic phaser and cutoff filter — musically speaking, of course. [Skipping my shortlist of various styles such as sygyt ‘whistle’ (Tuvan word) and other weird-sounding onomatopoeic words.]

In the early 1990’s, Tuvan music began to reach an audience beyond Tuva itself through recordings and concert tours. Their ensembles capitalized on widespread interest in “world music”; jazz, techno and other avant-garde appropriations. The Tuvan territory, sitting in the mind-blowing Altai-Sayan region of Siberia, has a (nearly) identical land area of Nevada where Electric Daisy Carnival is taking place. The music in Tuva is one of many musical roots depicted in modern music, and yet another indispensable piece of musical history that has caused ethnic intermingling.

Below is my uzun yry ‘long song’ contribution to EDC 2012, with the New York (NJ MetLife Stadium) event on May 19-20 slowly approaching, and the main EDC summer event in Las Vegas lurking…


Peter Dundov & Gregor Tresher – Duo Tone
Aril Brikha – Glaciär/For Minou (Original Mix)
Aril Brikha – Palma (Original Mix)
Tony Kairom – Minimal Flute (Original Mix)
TJ Kong – Perfect 11 (Original Mix)
Kellerkind – Backflash (Original Mix)
Nicky Romero – Tension (Vocal Mix)
Rene Amesz & Ruell – Hope (Original Club Mix)
Beltek – Party Voice (Original Mix)
Chromeo – Needy Girl (Oscillator Z Remix)
Umek & Beltek – Firewalk (Original Club Mix)
Laidback Luke ft. Daniele Petronelli – I Need Your Loving (Daniele Petronelli Remix)

Download EP28 Electric Daisy Beats 2012
[96 MB | 70 min]

November EP26 Infinite Minimal Mix

This 74 minute long mixset starts off with Pryda and his Loaded, slowly transitioning into trashy and raw techno with a sample of the Underground Resistance-type of monotonous sirens that makes you go daft. 24 minutes into this frenzy mix, I let the German trooper Boris Brejcha wreak havoc with the track The Signal followed by Yeah! from his album My Name Is… (2010). Talk about monotonous awesomeness!

Halfway into EP26, I slowly turn the melodic roughness into a  mellow vocal and progressive track by Algorhythm ft. Vangosh with I Don’t Know How. This track truly has the colorful vocals that is borderline House. So it continues with…eh… what better than some Portuguese Tech House featuring Thom Eduardo and Dirty House Bastards with my own twist of the track Maluca. Brazil with love, as seen (and heard) on EP26 for January 2009!

The latin techno track soon fades into even more sweet vocals, now by OnePhatDeeva and the talented Aydin The Funki Chile, more widely known as A.T.F.C (Aydin Hasirci) with Bad Habit, mixed by Spen & KarizmaA few minimal and techy tracks later, I go all in for some Electro House, more precisely Daniele Sorrenti with the killer track Cyborg that is followed by one of my favorite minimal tracks. Let’s keep this gem a secret by not disclosing its name, alright?! Good news is that this mixset ends with Mario Miranda’s mix on Daniele Petronelli and his track Bukfeis that was released on the Italian No-Logik Records. There is a secret message about Facebook in the song. I will let you explore it in more detail, so check it out…

You can either listen on this DJ mix here, or download it. Enjoy!


Claude Vonstroke – Scarlet Macaw [and where is DJ Jurgen?]

This is the very first time I personally hear the Tech House and Electro DJ Claude Vonstroke playing a minimal track. The deep jungle-themed (sorry for my poor interpretation) minimal track called Scarlet Macaw was released today and really caught my attention when I pressed the play button at Beatport.
There are three tracks in the release; the Original Mix, Edgar Dirksen Remix and finally the Scarlet Macaw Unstrung which is a simple modification of the original mix (no strings etc). I really like the Edgar Dirksen remix, it’s highly experimental and still defines some mellow melodies throughout the song. The song reminds me of some dance track, but I can’t put my finger on which track it is. It might be some old trance track that had a similar melodic pattern. Maybe a Ferry Corsten track, or DJ Jurgen!?

By the way, where is DJ Jurgen at? I found two tracks at Beatport (Wicked Waves) which has been made by DJ Jurgen. And they were released on 2005-01-01. I am not convinced… the fact that he has retired from the Electronic Music business… that can’t be true! :| Okey, I am not t h a t worried. We still have plenty of talented fellows out there! :mrgreen:

And one more thing: I miss my blue Strictly Trance CD. I bough it in Holland. It was before 2000. Probably in 1999. The place was Rotterdam. That was the early years of me being introduced to the trance scene, and I started making some crazy rave music. I tapped the tempo and wrote it down on the CD folders. The early years of everything :)