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  • Harvest (DJ set)

    Philip Age – Harvest (artwork by Alfons Mucha)I really enjoyed mixing this one – it’s pretty much an amalgamation of tracks I have found and enjoyed the most recently. It does not try to be super smooth or consistent: instead, it strives for being fun to listen to and exploratory. And I enjoyed the slower tempo, too.

    Philip Age - Harvest

    Download: Philip Age – Harvest (150 MB)
    Torrent: .torrent (magnet)

    Tracklist:

    1. Fatboy Slim – Praise You (Maribou State Remix)
    2. Purple Disco Machine – My House
    3. Trav & Volta – Sleazy Promise
    4. Komytea – Lines
    5. Trav & Volta – Heart & Soul
    6. Edu Imbernon & Triumph – Veranoski (Henry Saiz Remix)
    7. Dimitri Nakov – Fire In My Heart Ft. Cari Golden
    8. Derek Howell – Laughing It Up (Kassey Voorn Remix)
    9. Claptone – Wrong
    10. Dousk – Look Good Tonight
    11. Poison Pro & Miusha – Alien (Shingo Nakamura Remix)
    12. Fran Von View – Wake Me Up When Everything Has Changed
    13. Tube Berger – Imprint Of Pleasure
    14. Amber – Anyway (Mix 1)
    15. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)

    Added a simple NI Reaktor synth and 2 samples (Al Gore and Max Payne) for good measure.
    Play time: 1 hour 19 minutes

    Philip Age @ Atelier Laurent, San Francisco

    Today, I had the opportunity to play at this awesome venue in San Francisco. Thanks to everybody who made this possible! (You know who you are.)

    I really wanted to record the set, but of course I screwed up with the handheld recorder that I carry, so the recording is distorted. I’m still putting it here as a piece of evidence, but don’t bother downloading if you like your ears at all.

    Philip Age - Live at Atelier Laurent, San Francisco
     

    I played last so the set had to be kind of heavy, but don’t worry, I have lots of new, moody tracks that I can’t wait to put into a downloadable mix.

    Apollo DJ set

    Hey there! Here’s a new promo set by yours truly. All these 11 tracks are single-handedly worth the download, so download away!

    Philip Age - Apollo
     
    Download: Philip Age – Apollo (104 MB)

    Tracklist:

    1. Pig & Dan — Hooked
    2. Dousk — Dirty Teeth (Beckers Remix)
    3. Andre Sobota — One Day Out
    4. Booka Shade — Charlotte (Dubfire Remix)
    5. Fefo & Dario Arcas — Take Me Away (Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile Remix)
    6. Paul Allen — Rough Tone (Komytea Remix)
    7. Juan Demenicis — Remember The Future (Cid Inc Remix)
    8. Code Talkers — Relax a Little (Chris Fortier 40oz Remix)
    9. FM Radio Gods — Radiofone (Beckers and Hatfield Remix)
    10. Shiloh — Landmine Hopscotch
    11. Tom Middleton — Cicadas (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

    Plus: Authentic Apollo 11 samples throughout the mix.
    Play time: 1 hour 2 minutes.


    Introducing DJ’s Mate: an app for Android

    dj's mate icon [for now]I’m developing an Android application that I call DJ’s Mate. It’s still experimental, and ugly, and may never be really finished. But I thought I’d share it with you.

    How does DJ’s Mate work?
    Currently, it has a database of the tracks I like to play (100s of them). For all those, it knows their key (Camelot Wheel notation as seen in Mixed in Key) and for some of them it knows their DJ notation.

    Imagine I play back-to-back with someone. I know that the track my fellow DJ is playing is in A-Flat Minor (1A). I produce my Nexus One and start up this app.

    DJ's Mate main page listing all tracks with their respective info: artist, track name, remix name, dj notation, location and camelot wheel notation.

    (I know, it’s ugly.) It currently shows all my favourite tracks. But I want to filter just the tracks that are harmonically compatible with 1A (that is: 1A, 1B, 12A and 2A).

    I click on the top button and see this even uglier layout:

    Camelot wheel picker, where you can choose what Camelot Wheel notation you want to filter out.

    I pick 1A and come back to see just the tracks I need:

    DJ's Mate main page listing only the tracks compatible with 1A.

    (Click for larger.)

    For every track, I see the usual metadata (Artist, Name, Remix) and Camelot Wheel notation. I also see the name of the CD this track is on (“Pack 042”). For some of them I also see the DJ notation, which helps me to plan ahead when mixing. (More on DJ notation on the official page: http://www.djnotation.org.)

    Why I develop DJ’s Mate?
    If today’s DJs have any disadvantage in comparison with the vinyl DJs of the past, it’s probably the sheer abundance of tracks. In the 90’s, DJs came to a party carrying a case of about 50 vinyls. Today, the number of tracks available to a DJ at any given gig counts in hundreds.

    It’s a real pain to select the next track to play in these conditions. I believe that good DJing is mainly about great track selection, so I though I’d fix that.

    Does it work?
    It does. Listen to this mix: I mixed it last hour with the use of DJ’s Mate. I didn’t prepare the tracklist beforehand.

    Philip Age - DJ's Mate Mix

    Download here.

    The future of DJ’s Mate
    This is just the beginning, of course. The app will be able to sort the tracks better. It will be able to automatically generate tracklist of played tracks. It will show a handy screens with information on the two tracks that you want to mix, deriving additional useful information from DJ notation. It will have a webapp part where it will be possible to upload and change the database of tracks (I currently upload my database via an android resource – it’s inherent in the app itself).

    How can you help
    If you are interested in testing the app and if you own an Android (2.1+) device, just let me know. If not, but you still like the idea, please share.


    [UPDATE] I got a very interesting question from Phil Morse (of DJ TechTools):

    My only question would be how necessary this is. You can have key information display in your DJ software, and could have the notation in the comments ID3 tag. That’s what I do, anyway, more of less.

    Ok, here are my answers:

    • Key info is not enough. You need filtering when you have 300 *favorite* tracks. In practice, you don’t have time to look through all of them all of the time.
    • A lot of djs (I’d say vast majority) still use CDJs (because it’s still the standard at most clubs and still most reliable). And frankly, for the audience it’s more enjoyable to watch.
    • Many (incl. me) use Audio CDs because again, it’s reliable and no club fails to have at least a CDJ-100, while many still don’t have CDJ players with mp3 technology.
    • Even if you use Traktor or similar:
      • Having DJ Mate on a separate device allows for much better multitasking: you tweak a knob and move the crossfade while already looking up the track to play next. That’s essential for me.
      • Swiping through tracks on a device like Android is faster and feels much more natural than scrolling on the laptop. The form factor of an Android device is just better for this stuff and DJ Mate is designed from grounds up for searching tracks.
      • When playing back-to-back, you can’t use Traktor’s search when the other guy is playing.

    I’ll try to keep this post updated with other discussions.

    Philip Age – What Others Receive (Original)

    Today was a very productive national holiday here in the Czech Republic. I finished this little tech-house track that I built upon this spoken word by Daniel Donahoo. It’s CC-licensed: Attribution Non-Comercial (that means you can use it and remix it freely as long as you don’t make money on it). It’s called What Others Receive.

    Philip Age - What Others Receive
     

    Download the track here. It’s in A-flat minor (1A) D minor (7A) (correction by HarMonkeys, thanks!) and 130 BPM. The DJ notation would go something like this:
    -(-4:41)=(-4:12)#(-1:26)=(-1:11)-

    Let me know if you like it!

    UPDATE: Oh look, I uploaded it onto youtube! :)

    Two little tracks, for you

    Hey all, long time no see! Sorry for not releasing anything since August. I’ve been very busy and it seems I’ll stay that way till at least the end of year 2010.

    Anyways, I just found two tracks I almost forgot existed. The first one is my very maximalistic remix of the Pappa, Bonnici & Phil K track Blending With The Ether [original’s beatport link]. Please note that I don’t hold the copyright to the samples, so this is for personal use only.

    The other track is not really a track yet, just a demo of a little piece I was working on a few weeks back. Let me know if you like where it’s heading.

    Enjoy!

    Dave Seaman Tribute set

    Dave Seaman photoThis Saturday, I played a Dave Seaman-esque set at Oscillator. You may ask why the hell do I play another DJ’s music – well it’s because I love Dave Seaman’s mixes & tracks, but unfortunately I can’t afford to have him come to Prague. :)

    So I compiled what I think is the best of his production, plus the tracks I love on his Masters Series and Audio Therapy mixes.

    And because I’m pretty sure Dave Seaman isn’t going to release a Dave Seaman tribute set like this one, I actually think it isn’t that redundant, either.

    So if you like Dave Seaman’s music and if you loved his past mixes, I think you might enjoy this 1 hour set by yours truly. Download Dave Seaman Tribute set here (99 MB).

    Philip Age - Dave Seaman Tribute Set
     

    Tracklist – Note: Not all tracks are by (or inspired by) Dave Seaman:

    1. Fusion F, Come T – Responsibility (Shaker Remix) versus Hawaii – Pure (Acapella)
    2. Bedrock – Santiago (Dave Seaman’s Group Therapy Remix)
    3. Matt Rowan, Jaytech – Tomorrow
    4. Hernan Cattaneo, Soundexile, Tomomi Ukomori – Cripsis (Quivver Remix)
    5. Daniel Boon – Woop (Lutzenkirchen Remix)
    6. Jay Lumen – Morning Cocktail
    7. Dave Seaman, Funkagenda – Mighty Ming
    8. Josh Gabriel, Dave Seaman – Heyaah
    9. Dave Seaman – Gobbledygook (Funkagenda’s Repulse Mix)
    10. Infusion – So Soon (King Unique Remix) versus Hawaii – Pure (Acapella)

    Mixed this afternoon on 2 CDJs & a sampler.

    Let me know if you like it! Remember it was recorded in one take with no post-production, so it can’t be flawless – especially the volume leveling could be better. But hey, it’s not that bad, really.

    New harmonic mixing DJ tool for free

    This one’s for the DJs out there:

    If you’re mixing harmonically, you’ll often find yourself on the other side of the Camelot Wheel than you’d like to be. If you’re like me, your mixes tend to gravitate around E Minor (9A) and A Minor (8A). That’s because those 2 scales are used by a big portion of club hits out there.

    That doesn’t mean that there aren’t great tracks E-Flat Minor (2A), for example. Quite the contrary. The problem is that they’re too far away. It would just take too much time to get there — so you stick with the usual suspects.

    Here’s something you can do about it: make the transition in one single track. The problem is 99.99% tracks start end end in the same key. That’s why you need to make the track yourself.

    Here’s what I made today. It’s a little progressive house DJ tool called Space Hulk. It’s not mindblowing, but it’ll get you from point A (9A) to point B (3A).

    <a href="http://philipage.bandcamp.com/track/space-hulk">Space Hulk by Philip Age</a>

    [If you can’t see the player above, go here, listen and download.]

    Enjoy!

    Last night @ Chapeau Rouge club

    Just a quickie: last night was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, thanks everyone for coming and for dancing like crazy till 3.30am! Thanks DJ Random for playing 3 great progressive house sets. Thanks Chapeau Rouge for making this possible!

    There will be photos, apparently. Stay tuned!

    UPDATE: Here they are!

    Go to Chapeau Rouge’s gallery to see them all.

    Also: here’s a prep set I recorded the day before. If you liked what I played last night, you will love this set.

    Listen: Philip Age - Mono
    Download: Philip Age – Mono

    Cheers!
    Philip

    Monster (from the past)

    In 2006 in Japan, I recorded a promo mix from tracks I had been playing then. It was made on an Ableton Live setup – so it was full of added samples and the 73min mix consisted of as many as 19 tracks (that’s 3:45 per track).

    I didn’t know about harmonic mixing then. I hadn’t yet devised DJ notation. But by careful track pre-selection, I was able to come up with some pretty neat transitions and a really enjoyable set.

    The day before yesterday, I found the master CD in my old stuff. Unfortunately, it’s taken some damage since 4 years ago and I wasn’t able to find the original recording anywhere on my harddrives. Also, it seems I’ve lost the tracklist, and some of the tracks are now totally strange to me. UPDATE: I’ve found the tracklist! See below.

    But anyways, here it is: Monster. One of my earliest full-CD mixes. Made in Japan.

    Listen: Philip Age - Monster
    Download: Philip Age – Monster, .torrent

    Tracklist:

    1. Intro (see below)
    2. Hybrid – Know Your Enemy
    3. Bionic Rockers – Code 0320 (Higher Freq Remix)
    4. AFK – Dreamcache (Formulate Rmx) (Philip Age Edit)
    5. Hell – Je Regrette Everything (Superpitcher Mix)
    6. Hybrid – I’m Still Awake (Grayarea Mix)
    7. Perfect Stranger – What’s The Lineup
    8. Antix – Return of the Master (Antix Remix)
    9. James Holden – Break in the Clouds
    10. Afroboogie – Rock the House
    11. Sander Kleinenberg – The Fruit (Buick Project Mix)
    12. Hybrid – Dreaming Your Dreams
    13. HD69 – Smagged Out
    14. Hybrid – Altitude
    15. Moogwai – The Nord Song
    16. Oforia – Into Another Universe
    17. Son Kite – Catch
    18. Reefer Decree – Gone For Good
    19. Outro

    The intro track (#1) is a sample taken from Monster (モンスター), the anime series by NTV. I’m not a big anime fan but I really recommend this one. The other samples throughout the set are taken from all over the place.