The Helsinki drop out mix

Somewhat as a forerunner to the peace of mind in Brussels mix. The Helsinki drop out mix is also a bit slower but a lot more punchy with harder tunes.

Recorded while sat in the city centre of Helsinki, watching people go by. Enjoy!

  1. Tenshi (Magdelayna’s Resurrection mix) – Gouryella
  2. Empty Cities, Dead Ghost (Chronosapien remix) – Fictitious Riceboy
  3. Big Sky (Agnelli & Nelson remix) – John O’Callaghan feat Audrey Gallagher
  4. Circles – Robert Nickson
  5. Everythings been written – 8 Wonders
  6. Hello (Jerome Isma-Ae remix) – Above & Beyond
  7. Kubrick (Extended mix) – Jerome Isma-Ae Alastor
  8. Out of the Blue (5am mix) – System F
  9. The Wave 2.0 (Extended mix) – Cosmic Gate
  10. Crayons (Leama and Moor remix) – Starkid
  11. Torrent – Dave 202
  12. The Game (Extended mix) – Fatum

The Peace of mind in Brussels mix

Recorded in Brussels while taking the Eurostar, while thinking about mental awareness week at work. Nicely relaxing with a slight edge.

Enjoy…

  1. Empty Cities, Dead Ghost (Chronosapien remix) – Fictitious Riceboy
  2. Big Sky (Agnelli & Nelson remix) – John O’Callaghan feat Audrey Gallagher
  3. Bulgarian (Signum remix) – Travel
  4. Drifting away (Lange sunset dub) – Lange feat. Syke
  5. Casino Fire – Matias Faint
  6. Tears (Protoculture remix)- Markus Schulz pres. Dakota
  7. Crayons (Leama and Moor remix) – Starkid
  8. Sister Sister – Sister Bliss
  9. Floyd – Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor
  10. Key of life (Marlo remix) – Ohmna feat. Nurlaila
  11. Made of love (Extended mix) – Ferry Corsten feat. Betsie Larkin
  12. Peace of mind (Myon & Shane 54 summer of love mix) – Above & Beyond feat. Zoe
  13. Peace – Yves Deruyter
  14. Indigo – 4×4

Plex’s future, without its server?

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Plex recently announced they were making major changes and that we should be excited about Desktop AF. What wasn’t said was the media server is being killed?

Years back, the most common Plex implementation was to attach a home theater PC (HTPC) to a TV to stream media. With the proliferation of cheap streaming devices like the Chromecast, Apple TV, and Fire TV, almost no one bothers with HTPCs anymore. Thus, Plex is retiring the TV interface with the launch of its new desktop app. This will, no doubt, upset some Plex fans nonetheless.

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Upset? Absolutely and its now in direct competition with Kodi too.

I’m now in the market for a alternative to Plex. Originally I was looking at Emby a long while ago but frankly I don’t want to switch to another freemium product.

Jellyfin and Triton look good but its early days.

Jellyfin is a personal media server. The Jellyfin project was started as a result of Emby’s decision to take their code closed-source, as well as various philosophical differences with the core developers. Jellyfin seeks to be the free software alternative to Emby and Plex to provide media management and streaming from a dedicated server to end-user devices.

TRITON is a media pipeline that aims to go one step further than services like Jellyfin and Plex provide. Media is fetched from a magnitude of supported protocols (HTTP, S3-compatible, Usenet, etc), converted into multiple different quality levels, and then uploaded to a S3-compatible storage provider. This enables cheap storage and ensures that buffering is never a problem.

Lots more research is needed, including a look at what others are doing with the Plex announcement. Although I did find Ampache and Airsonic which could be useful for my mixcloud issues. Imagine if they were federated too?

Changes to the experience of mixcloud for free listeners

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Stormy rain clouds are coming?

As you may have noticed I use Mixcloud for uploading my DJ/Pacemaker device mixes. It works quite well because they upload the whole track with a few restrictions and you can listen to the lot anytime. I use to upload them to soundcloud but that didn’t work out too well.

Mixcloud has been pretty good to me but recently I noticed some changes coming into effect.

Some changes are coming to Mixcloud’s free playback experience. As a valued creator of the Mixcloud community, I’d like to personally notify you in advance about why we’re doing this.

We need to make some changes in order to keep running a legal platform in line with our licensing agreements, and a platform that is truly sustainable for the long term. Please read this open letter from myself and my co-founders to understand why and how these changes contribute to building a fair and sustainable streaming model that supports artists. I’ve summarized this for you below:

What’s changing?

Free listeners will only be able to seek forwards while listening to a show.

Free listeners will be able to listen to the same show maximum 3 times in a rolling two-week window.

Free listeners will not be able to listen to shows that feature more than 4 tracks by the same artist or more than 3 tracks from an album.

There more but its clear the pressure is on. Its nothing personal about mixcloud, they have to make money and its pretty fair. But I can’t help but  wondering about dataportability, because although I’m less concerned as I have all the mixes complete with track-listings and mix art on my machines backed up (The only thing I would like is the tags and some of the timings which I may not have directly).

I’m  wondering where I would go if I did move on?

The copyright filter would kill uploading to youtube and archive.org. I wonder if theres a decent alternative which is part of the dweb? The closest I can see is peertube, but its focused on video. To be fair I have enough bandwidth to host my own mixes on a instance of peertube…. Maybe something for a rainy weekend?

Cruising at 35000 feet mix

I was able to rescue one of my mixes from a flight from Helsinki. Its a little rough and ready in parts but theres some excellent tunes and mixes. This one needed a lot of work because the crossfader was in the wrong place for critical parts of the mix.

At just under 2 hours it certainly a long musical ride into trance

Enjoy!

  1. Empty Cities, Dead Ghosts – Fictious Riceboy
  2. Big Sky (Agnelli & Nelson Remix) – John O’Callaghan Feat. Audrey
  3. Gallagher
  4. Bulgarian (Signum remix) – Travel
  5. Hello (Jerome Isma-Ae remix) – Above & Beyond
  6. J’ai Envie De Toi (protoculture remix) – Armin Van Buuren presents Gaia
  7. The Oblivious – Muhamed Sherief & WAAJII
  8. Journey (extended mix) – Iversoon vs. Alex Daf vs. Glus
  9. October winds (deep care november mix) – Six Senses pres Electric Nova
  10. Labyrinth (Paul Keyen remix) – Lee Cassells
  11. Please Save Me (Push Remix) – Sunscreem Vs Push
  12. Love stimulation (Pvd love club mix) – Humante
  13. Resound (Original Mix) – Thomas Bronzwaer
  14. Shadow World (Original Mix) – Thomas Bronzwaer
  15. Refused – Mark Sixma & Jerome isma-Ae
  16. Rapid eye (R.E mix) – Circa Forever
  17. Orange sky – Signalrunners presents Syndica
  18. The Pride in Your Eyes (Martin Roth Remix) – Tillmann Uhrmacher

Bringing down Skopje super mix

My last mix from Skopje and its a long one with lots of cool tunes. Recorded while in Skopje but I had to piece the mix together as it was in 2 pieces after my pacemakerdevice battery ran out. Suspend doesn’t last as long as I was expecting it seems.

The mix has beatmatching flaws but mainly due to loud noises while walking about. Generally its varied mix and well worth listening to with some old and new tunes mixed together.

Enjoy!

  1. Echoes (FloE edit) – Andski
  2. Beauty hides in the deep (John O’Callaghan remix) – The Doppler effect
  3. Gaurtlet – DNSProject
  4. Heal – Electrique Boutique
  5. J’ai Envie De Toi (Protoculture remix) – Armin Van Buuren pre Gaia
  6. Labyrinth (Paul Keyen remix) – Lee Cassells
  7. Kalopsia (Monogato’s Filth remix) – The Bizzard
  8. One little arab – Matt Darey
  9. Massive Motion – M.I.K.E
  10. Opium – Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor
  11. Into the Danger (M.I.K.E remix) – M.I.K.E vs Andrew Bennett
  12. Prosac – Dj Tomcraft
  13. Kinetic 99 (Commies full edit mix) – Golden girls
  14. Rewind (Mikkas Remix) – Emma Hewitt
  15. The Oblivious – Muhamed Sherief & WAAJII
  16. Whites of her eyes – Simon Patterson
  17. Running up the that hill – Markus Schulz Presents Dakota Featuring Bev Wild
  18. Intution (Martin Roth remix) – Marninx pres Ecco
  19. Valhala (Tonerush remix) – OneBeat
  20. Love Stimulation (PVD love Club mix) – Humate
  21. Totem – Rodrigo Deem
  22. Hello (Jerome Isma-Ae remiix) – Above & Beyond
  23. Brush Strokes – Simon Patterson
  24. Delores – Indecent Noise
  25. The Evil ID – Max Graham
  26. Desoolee (Radion 6 remix) – Disfunkton
  27. Mass Noise 2015 – Fred Baker & Seb B

Dont be afraid in Dublin mix

Really enjoyed this mix, which was recorded while walking around Dublin one day. It includes quite a few familar tunes and some completely new ones. I found a lot of street art in Dublin including the house with “Don’t be afraid” written on the side.

All recorded on the Pacemaker Device as usual but I did need to make a few tweaks to fix the pauses as I walked around and crossed roads, tram tracks, etc. Let me know what you think on Mixcloud.

Enjoy!

  1. Electronic toy – Tomcraft
  2. Whites of her eyes – Simon Patterson
  3. Eclipse – Neo
  4. Suru (Martin Roth Electrance remix) – Super8 & Tab
  5. Daisy – Sander Van Doorn
  6. Voema – Ferry Corsten
  7. Brush Strokes – Simon Patterson
  8. As One – Daniel Kandi and Martijn Stegerhoek
  9. Dark side of the moon (Marc Simz remix) – Ernesto vs Bastian featuring Susana
  10. Cuckoo – Jon Mangan
  11. Ephemeral – Nakhiya
  12. Innocente (Mr Sam remix) – Delerium
  13. The Labyrinth (part one) – Moogwai
  14. Eternity (Armin’s rising star mix) – Alibi
  15. Intution (Martin Roth remix) – Marninx Pres Ecco
  16. Neba – Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella

The b-sides of Edinburgh mix

This pacemaker device mix is done during a very busy train ride to the Edinburgh fridge festival. Its a long one at 1 hour 52 minutes, certainly not the longest I have mixed but its a good one. The mix is full of tunes, which I don’t normally play or if they are the alternative mix (b-side)

Photo credit for Gavin Proc’s picture which is used as the cover.

Enjoy!

  1. Chant a Tune (Jeremy Olander Remix) – 16 Bit Loltas
  2. Energy Flash (Graffiti on Mars remix) – Joey Beltram
  3. Frosted (Foreign Force Remix) – Kyamoto
  4. Rain (Cosmic Gate Remix) – Armin Van Buuren Feat. Cathy Burton
  5. Language (Original mix) – Hammer and Bennett
  6. No Fear (Fredrik Miller Remix) – Chapter XJ
  7. Iker – Bigtopo
  8. Lift – Sean Tyas
  9. Forest – Andrew Wu
  10. Jonas Steur – Castamara
  11. Key of Life (MaRLo remix) – Ferry Corsten
  12. Nocturnal delight – Matt Darey
  13. Elusive (Garry Maguire remix) – Paul Trainer
  14. Suru (Martin Roth Nu-Style remix) – Super8 & Tab
  15. Infected (Stephane Badey Remix) – Mark L
  16. Unprepared – Marco V
  17. Hold that sucker down – Jerome Isma-Ae
  18. Fragile – Oliver Lieb
  19. Dropzone – Liam Melly
  20. Aumento – Joey Beltram
  21. Earth Shaker – Sushi
  22. Airtight (Extended mix) – Rafael Osmo
  23. Don’t leave me (Club edit) – Activa and Giusepe Ottaviani

Running the labyrinth mix

New mix recorded on the pacemaker device while on the plane back from Madeira. Big fan of the labyrinth (part one), even if I got a take down for it when uploading a mix to Soundcloud. I found the other mixes good too, especially the new paul keyen remix. Likewise I love jerome isma-ae’s remix of Placebo’s Running up the hill. Hence running the labyrinth mix.

Enjoy!

  1. Eternity – Ferry Corsten
  2. Running up the hill (jerome isma-ae bootleg) – Placebo
  3. Cuckoo – Jon Mangan
  4. Humming the lights – Armin van Buuren pres. Gaia
  5. Intution – Marninx Pres Ecco
  6. Running Up that Hill (Extended Mix) – Markus Schulz Presents Dakota Ft Bev Wild
  7. The labyrinth (part one) – Moogwai
  8. Stella – Jam & Spoon
  9. Labyrinth (paul keyen remix) – Lee Cassells
  10. Into the unknown – Yves Deruyter
  11. Super cool – Tempo Giusto, Jace Headland
  12. Megalodon – Dash Berlin
  13. Language (Santiago nino dub tech mix) – Hammer and Bennett
  14. Reflection (extended mix) – Ferry Corsten
  15. The labyrinth (part two) – moogwai
  16. Dissolve – Simon Patterson feat. Sarah Howells
  17. The Dark Knight – KhoMha
  18. Summer_Melodies (Frequence Remix) – Frequence
  19. Empty Cities, Dead Ghosts (Chronosapien Remix) – Fictitious Riceboy
  20. Daemoni Miserere – Dr. Clarke

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zoxcleb/12708086944/

Sleepless in Sarajevo the mix

While on my work trips places, I do love getting out my Pacemaker device and doing a mix. Sometimes I even record the mixes, like this one which I recorded while on the plane from Sarajevo to the UK via Germany. It not the best but fun to do regardless. There was a mix I did start to do which was more tech trance with lots of deep dark beats, but it got cut short due to the plane landing. Expect that to be redone on my next flight to Portugal.

Its sums up the intense amount of work we did in Sarajevo and the huge lack of sleep I had getting up at 6:30am almost every day; but it was so worth it.

Here is the playlist and you hear the whole thing on mixcloud.

  1. Air – Paul Echo
  2. Delores – Indecent Noise
  3. Brush Strokes – Simon Patterson
  4. Grotesque (Alex MORPH and RAM mix) – RAM
  5. Voema – Ferry Corsten
  6. Valhalla (Tonerush remix) – OneBeat
  7. Black is the colour (Coco and Green Remix) – Cara Dillion vs 2 Devine
  8. Super Human – Andrew Bayer feat. Asbjrn
  9. Running up that hill (extended mix) – Markus Schulz presents Dakota
  10. Megalodon – Dash Berlin
  11. Sweet Little Girl (Voolgarizm Remix) – Mario Piu
  12. Shadow World – Thomas Bronzwaer
  13. Labyrinth (Paul Keyen remix) – Lee Cassells
  14. Time (dub mix) – Paul webster feat. Angelic Amanda
  15. Nebula One – WarrenK
  16. No Fear (Phil Dinner remix) – Chapter XJ
  17. Higher State – Genix
  18. Impossible Love Story (R-Edit) – Marvin Gahan Feat. Jane Pick
  19. Seven cities (V-one’s living cities remix) – Solar Stone
  20. Unchained – Diego Morrill

Always trust in new trance, the new pacemaker mix

Its been a while since I uploaded a new pacemaker mix, mainly because I have been so busy and also listening to a bunch of new trance tunes. This was recorded on the way back from York on a train recently.

A mix with all new tunes with a classic reminder of the past… Always trust in new trance

  1. Trust – Ferry Corsten
  2. Down (Francesco Sambero Remix) – Kyau & Albert
  3. Cuckoo – Jon Mangan
  4. Delores – Indecent Noise
  5. No Fear (Phil Dinner Remix) – Chapter XJ
  6. Unchained – Diego Morrill
  7. Running up that hill (Extended mix) – Markus Schulz Presents Dakota Feat Bev Wild
  8. OBE (Extended mix) – Vadim Bonkrashkov
  9. Follow you – Ferry Corsten
  10. Sweet Little Girl (Voolgarizm remix) – Mario Piu
  11. Valhalla (Tonerush Remix) – OneBeat
  12. Impossible Love Story (R-edit) – Marvin Gahan Feat. Jane Pick
  13. Seven Cities (V-One’s living cities remix) – Solar Stone
  14. Valhalla (After future Remix) – OneBeat

Deep in the hawkdale valley mix

There was a mix I did while in Iceland which got me excited while walking around the streets of Reykjavik. It was nick named Reykjavik freezing after the Helsinki scorching tune from Super8 and Tab.

While on the Golden circle tour, I spent a bit of time redoing the mix on the coach back from the Haukadalur valley, the home of the geyser (also known as hawkdale). Everything worked and although this mix is far shorter than my usual mix lengths, its a good energtic mix with a combination of Trance, Tech-Trance and Dubstep. I especially love the mix of DJ Culture into Amino Acids (they worked just too well)

Hopefully you will find it as exciting as I did mixing it. Heres the complete playlist

  1. Rage Valley by Knife Party
  2. Torque (Klauss Goulart remix) by Grube Hovsepian
  3. The End (Beatman and Ludmilla remix) by Hyper
  4. Stealth Bomber (Chris schweizer mix) by Bryan Kearney
  5. Higher State by Genix
  6. Whites of her eyes by Simon Patterson
  7. Dj Culture (Joey Beltram remix) by Kevin Saunderson & Joey Beltram
  8. Amino Acids by Tau-Rine
  9. UFO by Shogun
  10. Mass Noise 2015 by Fred Baker & Seb B
  11. Ecstasy by Eddie Makabi feat.Einat
  12. Centipede by Knife Party

The silent generated power mix

Orange Sky

Another mix for those keeping up… This one is a more chilled mix, which I’ve been playing with on my recent travels. Theres some new tunes and some very old ones for your listening pleasure. Love those times with the pacemaker device

Its a nice mix ramping up and down in places, but I especially love the last 2 tracks Mass Noise and Generate, which don’t mix well but work so well. Talking of tunes which don’t mix… Anomaly is a great tune but a bloody nightmare to mix, seems the bpm shifts quite a bit. Anyhow, what a tune! Enjoy!

  1. Fractal – Bednar
  2. Troy (Push remix) – Sinead O’Connor
  3. Arisen – Arksun
  4. Prosac – DJ Tomcraft
  5. Mirrors – Trilucid
  6. Body Of Conflict (Cosmic Gate Club Mix) – Cosmic Gate
  7. Call the Galaxy Taxi (Martin Roth Nu Style remix) – Plastic Angel
  8. A Thousand Beautiful Things (Gabriel And Dresden Tec – Annie Lennox
  9. Anomaly (Eeemus’s Higgs Boson Remix) – Gordey Tsukanov
  10. The Strings That Bind Us – Arnej
  11. The Day Before – Basil O’Glue, Gordey Tsukanov
  12. Mass Noise 2015 – Fred Baker & Seb B
  13. Generate – Eric Prydz

Patterson’s panic attack is the 89th most listened to Techtrance mix

panicattack mixcloudI will be honest and say this surprised me in my email recently. Originally I got a email saying Patterson’s panic attack mix was the 95th most listened to mix in the tech trance chart but at the time of wring this, its now 89th. I think this might actually be the first time one of my mixes has ranked in the Mixcloud charts, that or the chart feature is still kind of new.

Of course you can help by listening to it and sharing

Patterson’s panic attack mix

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Different kind of mix this time… I decided seeing how I enjoy Simon Patterson’s tunes quite a bit, especially Brush Strokes and White of her eyes. Its time for a bit of mega-mix using his tunes. Someone said to me listening to his tunes is like the perfect driving or running music, as it feels very pacey.

I imagined running like zombies run, then stopping to catching my breath with some chilled tunes.

However Mixcloud has warned me,

You have 5 or more tracks by the same artist. This upload may be disabled for listeners in the following countries: USA

Well that Copyright and DRM for you. I scratched the edge and now can feel some of the pain. So I got around the problem by renaming Simon Patterson to a few other names.

Here’s the proper playlist, enjoy!

  1. F16 – Simon Patterson
  2. Panic Attack – Simon Patterson
  3. White of Her eyes – Simon Patterson
  4. Brush Strokes – Simon Patterson
  5. Us – Simon Patterson
  6. Prosac – Dj Tomcraft
  7. No one ever dreams – Astral projection
  8. Arise – Victor Ruiz & D Nox
  9. Circles – Robert Nickson
  10. Adagio for Strings – Dj Tiesto