13th June my birthday and my daughter’s birthday 17th. Soppy dad time I guess … yes, I love all of my kids and have such a collection of family and friends – I am truly blessed. Part of what I like to do is to create for them …
There is an aesthetic moment to be found almost everywhere and almost at any time – all it takes is a little imagination.
There is a world of intriguing joy to be found, sometimes at your fingertips, sometimes in imagination, and yes, sometimes distantly exotic …
My 100th upload
I love my family
Some people are a little surprised at my taste in music given my age and background. I enjoy music ranging from that music core to my youth – the soul, northern (DaveGodin was an old friend), ska, reggae, house of most styles, dnb, breaks, african music across the board, reggae of all styles, 2 step, chillstep and so on.
Here we have a series of the music videos I have enjoyed – a hipster, baroque pop, dream pop cum neo electroish pop type, a Belgian hip hop artists with roots on Rwanda, an Eritrean music video and a whole series of those created by me.
I had to search for music after popping into a local Eritrean restaurant. The food was good, the people great, and I enjoyed the music and tv playing. As I said at the time – I felt like going back to Africa.
It is interesting to note the differences in style between the various music videos. I would so love to make some videos with some of the Eritreans – seems it would be real fun.
Blogs so regularly concentrate on one or two related areas of interest. I am of something of a different opinion as you may have realised. I like to add a few resources here and there. Sometimes I like to add music, talk about those tunes, artists and events that I like. I ask myself is it at all wrong to combine all – design, art, resources, music – indeed anything that catches my eye, my ear, my interest, my imagination, my concern. Thus …
Adding suitable design or illustration to music – a single piece or a mix – makes a big difference. Mood and emotive qualities are part of the heartbeat of any music.
Designs to accompany the new Aromatiq mix.
The music as a whole – vocal deep dubstep, chillstep, intelligent atmospheric dnb has palpable layers and so a design scheme echoing that layering seems to fit. Nothing detracts from a project more than design which bears no real relation to what is presented. Imagery here is drawn from Mongolia, the palms nod elsewhere, water, desert, mountains all play a part.
The new mix from Silverback dj – futurhood av.
Drawing on tunes from nExow, Ghosts of Paraguay, mPulse, Submotion Orchestra, Sean Mackey, Phaelah and more. This is a far more vocal oriented mix than others in the series.
bits and pieces here from Krewella, Mitis, Foreign Beggars, the Ninetys, London Elektricity and more
nothing quite like a few dark and hard moments
Above you can find more of my chillstep dj mixes, below the music videos.
There is something I still find engrossing about particular forms of chilled and deep tuneage. Much as I love and will continue to love the big, the dark, the weighty and raucous tunes, there is something about the thoughtful musings to be found pre and post club.
… and here are some pieces arising out of a particular set of accidental musings from one sunday, senses of the industrial, the rural, the artificial …