The show was recorded as a second attempt and whilst I was in a bit of a weird headspace. I had to rush to get to the station on time as my bike had got a flat tyre so I couldn’t cycle, and on my way to the tube station I had an argument with a guy who was shouting at his dog – so I wasn’t in the most calm of moods! But as usual with these shows, my mood affected how I was mixing and how i perceived the show to be / how it felt for me, which was what the whole theme is about!
Hector (Rafael) and I thought of the theme after discussing our friendship and how it came about. We both went to Uni together and I actually thought he was a bit of a dick at first (soz). turns out he was just quiet (he is actually v nice) and i was also probably a bit of a dick too! the whole point about perception is that it is extremely transient, so we both agreed that was a good idea for a theme.
I play a lot of samples from psychoacoustics videos, which largely influenced my mix. As with all the senses, there are so many different factors which alter your perception. For example, the tritone paradoxis something I’ve wondered for years but never known the theory behind it. I also play the 20Hz to 20kHz human audio spectrum video (it gets pretty painful!) and it’s likely a lot of us would have started and stopped hearing the frequencies at slightly different stages.
On a more personal note, I play a lot of tunes I used to love that I don’t really listen to any more – how I perceived them the first time I listened to and loved them, is so different to now, for example Pure Morning by Placebo used to be much more about the instrumentals when I was younger, but now after growing up a bit I can understand the lyrics more (also apologies for pressing stop on the CDJ lol, blame the bike / dog situation form earlier).
I play a tune by Murlo that he originally made for a short film about a chimp that becomes sentient (link to watch here). I heard the tune before I watched it, and we were chatting about how it’s interesting how you can try work out what’s happening in the film just by hearing the audio. It’d be interesting to watch it with the sound off too to further alter your perception of it!
There’s a load of tunes I’ve played at the wrong tempo to alter their perception, some old jungle tunes and an old fave of mine – Rockwell – DJ Friendly Unit Shifter. a lot of the rest of the mix is stuff that sounds a bit weird, where you’re not quite sure what the instrument is etc..
I end on a recording of a man playing a trumpet whilst on Königsee Lake in Bertchestgaden National Park, you can’t quite hear it was it was raining but the trumpet plays back a few seconds after due to the mountains surrounding the lake, it was really cool!
Perception was an interesting concept to approach – within electronic music specifically, my mind immediately went to how edits, sampling, and misutilisations of songs are instrumental to certain genres. I wanted to pay particular homage to New Beat (which was born out of playing the EBM record ‘Flesh’ by A Split-Second at 33 rpm instead of 45) and played some of my favourite 33rpm pitch-downs to demonstrate tracks in a new light – I’ve found this quite interesting with old trance and acid releases. Jungle is another genre that plays well with the treatment and I’ve discovered many an ambient or breakbeat track by bringing the >160bpm sounds to the 120-130 space.
Tracks such as ‘Work’ by MCMLXXXVII show how flipping multiple samples (‘Work It To The Bone’ by LNR and ‘Untitled’ by EQD) can deliver something referential yet unique. Perceptions of artists can also be shaped by their hit tracks and dominant A-sides that overshadow a release’s flip. I also wanted to take the opportunity to play some B-sides such as DJ Rolando’s Ascesión – the flip of the iconic Jaguar
Show artwork was taken by Rafael, moved a bit and then turned upside down 2 alter ur perception xo