• True Nature

    24 Mar 2010, 1:15

    "True Nature" is my latest DJ mix project. It's a 216 minute mix divided into 5 Volumes - Self, Civilization, Media/Politics, Earth, and Spirit. Each volume consists of songs that fit into the theme of that volume. It's a kind of audio journey through ever larger spheres, starting with the individual self (me); moving into civilization (where the self resides); into media/politics (a kind of "culture cloud" created by the civilized world); then earth (home to civilization and life); and finally spirit, the ether in which we all float.

    The 5 volumes are available to listen to or download at my website,, as well as at the Internet Archive. Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments.

    [Edit: Also, if anyone wants a hard copy please hit me up through my contact page and I'll be glad to send along a limited edition CD and a pack of the new custom vinyl stickers I've been making]
  • Recommended Reading

    20 Jul 2008, 4:55

    I've been reading a book called Sound Unbound, edited by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky). It's a great read, lots of excellent material about sampling and digital music and culture. I highly recommend it! Along the same veins as his Rhythm Science (also includes a CD mix of great tunes by DJ Spooky), but more about the remix than about flow. It's a collection of essays, as opposed to Rhythm Science's sole authorship.

    Next on the "to read" list is The Pirate's Dilemma by Matt Mason. Sounds like it should be another great book on how "youth culture" (punk, hip hop, P2P downloading, technology, etc.) is affecting our current capitalist system.

    Also recently read: Jeff Chang's Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop Culture.

    All of these book are highly recommended for anyone interested in sampling, hip hop, youth cultures, and tech culture. Along with these I would add Joseph G. Schloss' Making Beats, Tricia Rose's Black Noise, anything by Saul Williams (including the Dead MC Scrolls and all of his poetry books), Ego Trip's Big Book of Rap Lists,and anything by William Upski Wimsatt (especially Bomb the Suburbs).