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Sunday, 22 April 2007

Approved by no-one...the sycophantic dreams of Colatron vol.1

Well, here we go, buckle yourselves in.

Here's the first mix I've ever made folks - and I kind of think it's a doozy.

Now, I'm no DJ and I've never used any kind of software like Acid Pro before, let alone spun the wheels of steel, but I like a tune or three, and I have a pretty extensive collection of CDs, MP3s etc. so after spending a couple of years hanging out on GYBO and having a few friends who are DJs (check out my mate Craig Neeld and - now he's a PROPER DJ!), I thought yeah, I wanna learn.
The idea was to produce a few tracks with some samples and my guitar but as I can't afford the expensive recording equipment, I thought scratch that, I'm going to put together a 'mix' or in this case the way it worked out, a soundscape.

This really is eclectic, although there are a few themes in there, and as with my legendary compilation CDs, I like to tell a story (as noted in the intro!). A weird messed up story, but a story nonetheless.

So there's something for everyone, mashup (a nod to my heroes, especially Mark Vidler - GHP who was my main inspiration for having a go), goa trance, classic trance, hands in the air anthems, ambient (big thanks to the lovely Louise Annette Smart, or "my lil' sis" for letting me use her haunting composition), folk, tracks that I destroyed my ankle dancing to in Thailand, bass thumping remixes, porno house, post-punk punk, my very own first attempt at a mash-up with the most beautiful track ever and an old skool vocal classic, and a sprinkling of the most ridiculous samples, public heath announcements and Vincent Price.

God, there's even three interludes with Captain Kirk vs. Uhura (with Spock getting a look-in later on), Nirvana meets Estonia via some monks, and an Australian all-rounder vs. the greatest acoustic duo today in a Led Zeppelin stylee.

If it sounds like a mess, bear in mind I came up with most of this mix whilst drunk. It did sound ok on playback from CD though. Apart from some of the suspect blends, and the N-Trance vocal blatantly not being in time or in key. hehe. Still, I got one decent beat mix done!

Here's the tracklisting below for those of you interested in that kind of thing:-
Intro - Why Don't I sing you a song?
Go Home Productions - Karmastition
Learn Italian With Fabio - Lesson 2
Dunproofin - Spin Spin Sean Paul's Burnin
William Shatner - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Nicehlle Nicholls - Theme from Star Trek
Poltergeist - Vicious Circles (Spirit Level Mix)
Underworld vs. Mory Kante - Dark & Long & Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix) [Colatron's havin it]
Two Amigos - Everybody Get Up
Gregorian Chant - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Rumal Noorkuu - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Libra presents Taylor - Anomaly (Calling your Name) [Granny's Epicure Remix '96]
Leonard Teale vs. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Stairway to Heaven [Colatron's had a drink mix]
Louise Annette Smart - Static Horizons
Aphex Twin - Heliosphan
Vashti Bunyan - Diamond Day
Flash Gordon/Prince Voltan - Boom
Groove Armada - Superstylin'
Dead Prez - It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop ( robot attack remix - extended mix)The Thundercats go potty-mouthed
Leonard Nimoy - Put a Little Love in Your Heart
New York Health Systems Auxiliary's Health Extensions - Masturbation Tips
Unknown - Siren (Sex Alarm)
Vincent Price - Pork Chops
Mclusky - Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Some Product - Sid Vicious is Dead
Colatron - Set Your Smokebelch Free (Sabres of Paradise vs. Maxence Cyrin vs. N-Trance)Outro - Who Wants to live forever?

And here's the link through to downloading it (it's a chunky file size at 88Mb, so fingers crossed you have Broadband, but then in 2007 who doesn't?):-

Also have some artwork on line for it, featuring guest star Dougie on the cover, and meself enjoying a ciggie on the balcony of a hotel in Paris (as you do)

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