First off, the Sound of Shows are now a year old, woohoo happy birthday wooooo.
This month’s theme was decided 10 days before the date due to a bit of a change up, and aired on the 10-01. When deciding what to do for the theme I started looking into what the number 10 symbolised.
According to Pythagoras, the number 10 was the most important of numbers. “It is regarded as the most perfect, because it contains the unit that did it all, and the zero, the symbol of the matter and the chaos of which all came out; it then includes in it’s figure the created and the non-created, the beginning and the end, the power and the force, the life and the nothing…” the duality. (This quote is featured in the mix at 1hour2mins in)
I’m pretty fascinated with duality and the concept of Yin and Yang so it was exciting to portray this in a mix. I’ve shown this in a number of ways, the most obvious being that the first half of the show is relaxed, chilled, ambient music and the second half is lively, upbeat and music you’d listen to in a club. I did this because I wanted to show my experiences with music, from what I listen to at home to what I listen to out. Music both relaxes and energises me, it chills me out and then it fills me with excitement – the duality of music!
After the quote on Yin and Yang I play the Inside Out soundtrack at 29mins. Inside Out is one of my favourite films and it’s main storyline emphasis the idea that happiness and sadness exist alongside each other, they are codependent on each other. It’s such a lovely film and a beautiful and truthful message. After that I play Paths in Soft Focus by Savath & Savalas, one of my all time favourites. I think the song has two contrasting parts, the first being quite hard & rugged and it then breaks down to this lovely relaxing harp.
I was listening to Christ Air by Leon Vynehall (54 mins) on repeat whilst preparing the show, it reminds me of a dull wet and reflective day in the office. The same goes for Three by Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm (40 mins), a beautiful tune. Equally, Boogie Pro’s remix of Hud Mo (1hour40) was played on repeat leading up to the show as it made me really uplifted and happy.
As always, the mix features a few field recordings I recorded out and about during the preparation of the show. The first being a recording of my favourite busker in London (42 mins), this time spotted in Shoreditch – it’s the third time I’ve included him in the show (maybe I should tell him next time). A group of guys appeared from behind a wall and one of them started doing interpretive dance around him, it was pretty special. I included this because the last time I recorded him it was a lovely sunny day, this time it was cold and raining (contrast, duality etc.!)
The second recording was done on the same night (1hour55), I was out at a Dance Mania night at Dance Tunnel & whilst chilling in the smoking area ‘No Letting Go’ by Wayne Wonder came on in Voodoo Rays, a group of people were signing along so I went in and recorded it. This used to be one of my favourite tunes as a kid, it was a massive contrast to the music in the club and it was a great addition to the night!
The contrast in music form the first half to the second half is also reflected in the type of mixing. I play a lot of tunes I hear in clubs & stuff that would usually get me up and dancing. I included a few Dance Mania tunes probably because I as listening to it leading up to going out to see Parris Mitchell the night before this was recorded. I also wanted to do something a little different to my usual shows, I guess they are known for being quite ambient but I wanted to show the other side to my music tastes.