Haszari Live at the Library

As part of NZ Music Month I was invited to play in the Dunedin Public Library. Because I love libraries, and this one (a marvellous concrete construction) in particular, I jumped at the chance! And of course I'm generally obsessed with the idea of playing electronic music live.

Cue a month or so of fervent anxious work getting a set together. Because this was a 20 minute slot, I felt that I could pull out all the stops and make this as complicated as I wanted. Over the last wee while I've been making lots of little loops so I had a bunch of material to play with.

The first time through (I had two slots booked - a Sunday morning and a Thursday after work), I had a technical problem, and had to play a (boring old, not even live mate) DJ set instead. In the intervening time I dusted off a custom nodejs websockets OSC UI thing to replace the bits that didn't work (studiomux providing OSC-over-lightning cable). This worked great, turning the iPad into a wireless pattern-trigger controller.

On the laptop I used SuperCollider as a MIDI pattern sequencer and also to play back texture samples. This all fed into Logic Pro X where the synthesis, effects and mix happened (with lots of params assigned to hardware knobs).

Here's the recording - great background music for reading perhaps? Hope it's as much fun to listen to as it was to put together :)

Tracklist:

  1. Like So (live dub)
  2. Maenyb (live dub)
  3. Nevozo (live dub)
  4. Janura Crossing (live dub)

Threw down this mix of recent and not-so-recent tracks the other day. It gets a bit progressive and also sci-fi spacey, so the title is a nod to the classic and/or cliched "disk jockey taking you on a journey" trope. Of course the galaxy destination name came from wurd.

Journey to Zyhaca by Haszari on Mixcloud

Tracklist

  1. DFRNT - Turning Back
  2. Qvarz - Bodywork
  3. Agoria - Scala
  4. Audiojack - Blackout
  5. Bowski - Balloon Brain
  6. Lindstrom - I Feel Space
  7. Goldie - Kemistry (Justin Martin remake)
  8. Third Son - Recondite
  9. Solee - Ice
  10. Groove Armada - Stevie Latenight
  11. Chaim - Summer Rains
  12. Johannes Brecht - HOLLA
  13. Maribou State - Bricks
  14. Haszari - Maenyb (ruff dub)

I first heard about Baobinga when hunting around Sydney for records in about 2004. Everywhere I went there was this record emblazoned with a clearly Metallica-inspired logo. Eventually I must have picked it up and loved it.

What's not to like? Superb breakbeat sample, lots of sharp filter motion, a horrible dirty reggae/jungle bassline, and prominent sirens - I still get chills listening to the initial drop. Baobinga put out lots of other good stuff, but this is the highlight for me.

This is one of those tracks where I immediately want to hunt down more like this, and 10 years later it's still unique. Let me know if you find something approaching the sound of this!

Also let me know if you know what bashment is.

Update: he's now going by the alias Sam Binga.

Deotoise by Haszari on Mixcloud

Tracklist

  1. Saytek - 20 Years
  2. The Writer's Block - Don't Look Any Further
  3. LO'99 & Marshall F - Take Me Back (LO'99 VIP)
  4. Disclosure - Fool For You (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs remix)
  5. Audiojack - Indigo
  6. Djuma Soundsystem & Shades of Gray - Madness (Hallo Halo remix)
  7. Double Agent - Bounce & Shake
  8. Caldera - Morning Traveller
  9. Hannah Wants - I Refuse
  10. Siles & Aboga - Second Assault
  11. Nikolozi - Counter (Juan Tellez remix)
  12. Helena Hauff - Severe Slash
  13. Toddla T & Danny Weed & Jammer - I Don't Wanna Hear That (Mella Dee remix)

The Nomad is running a remix contest for his forthcoming album 7.

It seems there's nothing that gets me fired up quite like a remix comp. I heard about this on Saturday afternoon, grabbed the stems, and finished the mix that evening. Pretty happy with that given that I've not completed a track/remix in about a year!

The original is a hip-hop track featuring UK artist Lotek. I've bumped it up a bit (0.3), resulting in a dark bass-house slash vocal-breakbeat thumper. Best thing about this: the vocal. Huge fun layering a nice beat under that flow.

Anyway, have a listen to the track and let me know what you think. Also check out all the other remixes in the soundcloud group.