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Solarstone was doing a 3 hour set at The Family Nightclub yesterday (21.10.2011). I couldn’t afford to miss this event, considering the fact that I’ve been listening to his works since I was 13-14.

Solarstone is a name of a project that started in the UK in the first half of 1990s. The group consisted of 3 producers back then: Richard Mowatt, Sam Tierney and Andy Bury. The lass two have left the project after a few years, so now the alias belongs to Mowatt himself. Solarstone has always been known as a pioneer in the UK trance music scene. He was among the first non-German trance-artists who became famous on an international level. His atmospheric downtempo sound made a huge influence on the genre during its peak in the 1997-2003 era.

Sadly, not many people know him here, in Australia. This is probably due to the downtempo nature of his production and mixes, which, unlike fast-paced upbeat electronic dance music, is incapable of getting much attention from the “general public” (those people, who aren’t particularly interested in EDM), plus, Solarastone’s peak popularity fell on the late 1990s and the early 2000s, which was before EDM has hit the mainstream in the US and Australia. Also, Solarstone’s style hasn’t change much since the early 2000s. It is still this nice, very atmospheric downtempo trance music. What esle would a trance-nerd like me need? So I went to the Family nightclub to see him performing live.

The entry cost was $15 at the door, but I came there  before 10 pm, so I got in for free. I was really worried that the place might get filled up with intoxicated 18-years-olds (sounds a little bit snobby and anti-social of me, I know, but they often spoil the atmosphere and occupy free space on the dancefloor, without knowledge and appreciation of the EDM-scene… okay, now that just sounded way too hipster-like!). The Family is a popular destination for people on Friday and Saturday nights, because of the prestige of the place (gosh.. I hate this word!). Interestingly, it didn’t happen. At 1 am, when Solarstone started his set, there were only about 50-70 people, the majority of whom were dedicated fans of his production. The rest left quickly (they probably got spooked away by the smooth beatless downtempo music that he started his set with).

During the first hour of his set, Solarstone was playing music from his Electronic Architecture 2 compilation album (his current World tour is about promoting this work, by the way). It was really nice and atmospheric. Surprisingly, it turned out to be quite danceable in the club environment. The visuals were incredible (start watching from 1:20).

Many people were dancing on the stage, right next to the DJ. There were no security or bouncers, no one was pushing. The conditions were perfect.

As the set progressed, the music started to become more and more upbeat. He was playing many classic tunes, such as “Made of Love” by Ferry Corsten, “Sun & Moon” by Above & Beyond, his own “Seven Cities”. The heat was slowly going up.

Soon, he started giving away free CDs and T-shirts with Electronic Architecture 2 logo. I got both the CD (it was a sampler of EA2) and the T-shirt.

I quickly changed the T-shirt from the one I came in to this new one and continued raving wearing the EA2 logo for the rest of the night. I used my old T-shirt to wipe the sweat off my face and neck. The fun was increasing exponentially.

One guy was sitting on his knees and literally worshiping the DJ! Many people joined him… I did too.

During the last hour of his set, Solarstone was playing epic and euphoric trance produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The legendary tracks, such as “Synesthesia” by The Thrillseekers, “Jump the Next Train” by Young Parisians (another alias for Solarstone) and many, many others. Everyone went ecstatic at that point.

He finished at 4 am.

I think that was one of the best clubbing experiences I’ve ever had. Like, seriously, it was amazing. Ferry Corsten’s show, to which I went earlier this year, was also great, but the club was so packed-up back then, it was hard to dance. With Solarstone and only 50 dedicated fans – it was like a cult with real raving to excellent trance music. Many trance DJs and producers have become more housey and electro-like in recent years, but Solarstone is still maintaining his production and live DJ-sets at a pure trance level. And that’s good. It gives you such an amazing experience!

So, to sum up: yesterday, I got into the club for free, got a free CD and a T-shirt, raved for 3 hours non-stop to a pure trance set delivered by very experienced hands and got a chance to interact with the trance legend himself. I left the club at 4:20 am, tired and happy. I couldn’t hide that idiotic smile on my face for the rest of the morning, until I got home and went to sleep.

It was such an Epic night!

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I’ve been practicing abusive eating before going to sleep every single night for the last week, or so.

When I come home from Uni (or work), I grab everything eatable I can find in the kitchen, I bring it to my room and start consuming it in bed, while watching something on my computer. Macaroni, pizza, garlic bread, tea, apples, oranges. Everything goes in within 15-20 minutes. Then I go back to the kitchen and get more food, and everything begins again. The cycle continues till I become completely exhausted and fall asleep.

I can’t blame myself for such behavior. That’s what my imaginary dietitians prescribed… Hmm.. well, to be honest, I often get this feeling that they weren’t actually addressing these diet instructions to me :/.

I’m so confused.

Just want to tell you a little bit about Random SMS Trivia, its purpose and some of the things I have to deal with in order to run it.

It all started about a year ago, shortly after I moved to an Optus plan with unlimited text messages. One night, when I was on the train, thinking about the structure of nasal cavity and the way it is connected with the oral cavity via nasopharynx, I came up with this stupid question: “Sometimes, when you laugh, milk comes out of your nose, but if you don’t drink any milk and it still comes out of your nose when you laugh, what can that be indication of?“. I decided to text this to a few people from my contact list, just to see what happens. It turned out to be fun.

I started sending random questions to the people from my contact list on a daily bases. It was really entertaining. Very often, the replies were so witty and funny, they were making me giggle out loud when I was in public. It seemed like the best time-killer ever.

After a certain time, one of the people, to whom I was sending these texts, suggested that I should make a list of the best replies and publish them on Facebook. I really liked the idea, so I went all the way back to the first message of that kind I send, traced all the replies I’ve been receiving from people, and compiled everything into a note, which I later published on Facebook. I named the entire thing Random SMS Trivia. I also decided to use an abstract reward system, in form of, so called, “ubies” (I came up with it, this word is random and doesn’t mean anything), which I was using as a measurement of how much I liked the responses (my personal favorite replies were receiving the largest amounts of ubies), and they also were making the compilation easier to read.

The feedback people gave me was generally positive, so I continued doing the thing.

I’ve managed to compile 2 volumes of Random SMS Trivia in 2010, and, I must admit, it was such a headache (working with hundreds of text-messages isn’t the funniest thing a person could do).

Also, the process of sending these texts to over 50 people itself required me to consider and deal with many different issues. The biggest problem I faced was that, while the majority of people seemed enjoying it, there were always a few who weren’t that enthusiastic about receiving these random questions every single day.

Some people were just politely asking me to stop sending them these messages, saying that the texts were too distracting for them, some were saying that they were offended by the fact that I send them these texts. People were asking me to stop for all sorts of reasons. One of the most hilarious explanations I’ve ever received was that their phone was too outdated and that there was not enough memory to store all the incoming SMSs.

I always satisfy such requests. Because the last thing I want is somebody’s stress levels jumping because of me.

Another thing that I try to keep in mind while coming up with these random questions is that they should be completely neutral, because you never know what some people might get offended by. It always saddens me when someone gets upset because of me, especially if I intend to do the opposite. I had a few situations when I was carelessly sending jokes to people about topics that were too sensitive for them, and then regretting not thinking carefully before doing so. I now always try not to sound like an as*hole and keep black humor at a minimal level (though, I’m still failing at this sometimes)…

After publishing the second volume, I finally installed the Group SMS app on my iPhone, which have been helping me managing my SMSing lists ever since. I don’t even know why it took me so long to find an application like this. It’s a real life saver.

I stopped doing Random SMS Trivia at the beginning of 2011, because people seemed to have lost all their enthusiasm towards it. In January, I was receiving only 2-3 replies per question, and those replies weren’t even funny. And it was too exhausting for me too, coming up with random nonsense every day, without getting any sensible results. So I just stopped.

It was only a few days ago when I decided to give it another shot. I now compile all the best replies and publish Random SMS Trivia at a higher frequency, every few days, so people can see the results instantly, which would, hopefully, keep them pumped for a little bit longer. Although, I’m not sure for how long I would last myself doing that. I’m still on my Uni-holidays, so I have some free time for the things like this. But the next semester is coming up, and I’ll probably become too overwhelmed by the study to keep Random SMS Trivia running at its full capacity.

Well, I’ll try to squeeze the most out of this during the next week :).

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As a bonus, here is a few SMS conversations I had with random strangers in the last two days (when I was obtaining these numbers from a person, I asked them not to tell me the real names of these people, because I was curious to see how the conversations will go if I don’t know who I am talking to… I only new that they were 17). These transcripts don’t fall into the category of Random SMS Trivia, so I’m just publishing them here.

So, I got a few random numbers, and I send them all a text from last year Trivia: “How do you impress a person who likes to shower at 3 am?” (sent at 9:34 this morning)

The first reply I received was rather instant. At 9:36 I got:

– Hahaha what kind of a question is that? Explain more
– This is an open-ended question, the type of question that requires a complex answer (not just “yes” or “no”). You were asked to list some methods that could be used to impress a person who likes to shower at 3 am in the morning. I think the question is pretty self-explanatory.
– Who is this by the way? 
– It’s me.
– Well that’s not creepy… I just don’t understand the relevance of what time they shower, and whether that is counted as a bad activity in your opinion. 
[they tried to call me]
– That was naughty of you! Did you know that my cell phone is hooked up to a 7.1 sound system, and that I have a cat who is suffering from insomnia!?!?!?!?!? He just managed to go into a cat-nap, and you woke him up by rocking our house with your call! Is that how you answer simple SMS questions!?
– Hahahaha! I was hoping to get an answering machine. Sorry to the cat, your fault anyway for being all mysterious haha. Are you sure you have the right number.
– My answer is positive. 
– Dennis was your name right ? [how the hell did they knew? was it my grammar that gave me away?] How did you get my number ?
– Glenn gave it to me. For the sake of LOLs.
– Who the hell is Glenn?
– He is the person who gave me your phone number. Wasn’t that obvious?
– You really need to quit being so condescending, I don’t know glenn, let alone a Glenn that has my number. Wasn’t that obvious ? 

I added this number to the normal SMSing list. 10 hours later, when I send them another question, I received this:

– go away dennis, ***** shouldn’t have given you my number, I’m not interested in your questionnaire game. 
– Who is *****?…. Seriously though… You sure you want me to exclude your number from SMSing list? 47 people seem enjoying these questions (about 20 of them reply regularly). I compile the best and funniest replies and publish them every couple of days. You sure you want out? 
– Absolutely. 
– *epic-sadface*
– GO AWAY! i don’t want to text you, I didn’t give you my number willingly! I really need to be sleeping right now. I don’t need my phone vibrating so often because of you. Id appreciate it if you delete my number. 

I liked the last message I received from them. :) Also, I only discovered who they were a few hours. Interestingly, they already deleted me on Facebook :).

The other convo I had with another random stranger went like this:

– Who on earth is this?
– Hello, my name is Dr. Zoidberg. How are you today? 
– I’m great thanks, your self? 
– Bad! I’m sad, forever alone and depressed!!! But what else is new!?!?!? *bursts into tears* Anyway… How’s school?
– Man who’s this really?
– Why do you think that I’m lying to you!? Leave me alone! Don’t text me again!!!
– Sorry man
[they tried to call me after that]

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These things can be really fun, can’t they?

Hi, my dear subscribers!

Just want to inform you that I’m not dead and that I haven’t forgot about this blog. I’ve just been really busy for the last week.

You know what Uni does to people. You spend all your day at campus, studying. When you come back home, you have to go through all your notes, do your homework for tuts and prepare for lectures (it’s good to spend a few hours reading about the stuff they are going to present, maybe take some notes, so you would be able to actually enjoy your lecture… being confident and relaxed).

Same goes for me. And when I feel like I’ve done enough work for a day, I can’t force myself to do anything substantial. All I do for the rest of my night is eating, facebooking and watching some freshly torrented TV-shows (or some documentaries on YouTube, in case if I’m really, really psyched about the stuff that we’re covering at Uni).

And during my day-off’s and weekends, if I don’t have any work-shifts, I usually behave in the same manner as my cat does:

So, yeah… Not much time for blogging left.

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I’ll try to post something here before Monday. Stay tuned.

Yesterday, I spend over 40 hours without sleep (my personal record is around 47… and it’s not that I’m trying to beat anything).

It can be interesting to observe my own condition during such sleep deprivations. It often goes by this 3-stage pattern:

1) 0-14 hours – normal condition.
2) 14-26 hours – “deep thinking” phase. At this stage, I always become interested in things. I just want to sit in front of my computer and read everything, from news to random Wikipedia articles. It’s like my brain is thirsty for knowledge. How productive can it be? I don’t know… What’s interesting, my sense of humor turns into something weird (for the lack of a better word). Today, I went through my yesterday’s Facebook activity (all the status updates I wrote with my iPhone, all the comments I wrote and all the online convos I participated in), and I couldn’t believe that I was cracking up because of that stuff yesterday. It doesn’t seem that funny to me now (read a convo about iPhone vs. everything else, as an example). It’s also important to note that my grammar suffers badly when I write long pieces of text in that state.
3) 26 and longer – the stage when I become annoyed by everything and start thinking about all the negative things. The annoyance by everything is probably due to the banal (and obvious) physical discomfort that I’m starting to experience under such sleep deprivation. And that serves as a reason for my nearly depressive mood. I also become more aggressive and could easily insult someone…

I’m not sure about the exact hormonal biochemical processes that my organism undergoes during sleep deprivations, but it’s obvious that it never serves me well. Sleep deprivation is bad, m’kay?

I think I would have to do some proper research on this topic while I’m doing my Psychology course this year…

Went to a gig last Saturday. Ferry Corsten was doing a set at Family Nightclub.

When I first heard about this (thanks to Facebook ads!) I purchased a ticket straight away. $35 was quite a low price to pay, in comparison to $90 that I paid for Tiesto’s show last year.

Ferry Corsten has always been one of my favorite artists. This Dutchman acclaimed his worldwide popularity back in late 1990’s, when he was working in the field of trance music. His works made in collaborations with various Dutch DJs (such as Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto) were constantly smashing dance charts all around the World.

He took a somewhat different direction from trance with the release of the album “Right of Way” in 2003, but his production has never disappointed. The man is certainly one of the World’s most talented producers and DJs in the field of electronic music (he hasn’t gone below the 9th spot in the annual DJ Mag’s top 100 DJ list since 2002, which serves as a good indicator of his steady success).

In 2010, he released two wonderful compilation albums, “Once Upon a Night” (Volumes 1 and 2) in which he mixed songs by other DJs and producers. The first compilation, which was released in March, have become my favorite work of 2010. I bought it via iTunes Store in June, and I still can’t stop listening to it. All the tracks are so good and they are so well mixed together.

Ferry Corsten’s current World tour is about promoting these compilations, and his Australian tour wasn’t an exception. I was so enthusiastic about this. Finally, I had a chance to listen to my favorite 2010 songs in a proper club atmosphere, along with the other works of one of my favorite musicians.

The club was packet almost to its full capacity. Ferry started performing at 12:30 AM. As expected, the first 5 or 6 tracks he played were taken from his Once Upon a Night compilations. Interestingly, he played a few remixes of some chill-out downtempo songs from the albums, which made them more danceable. I haven’t heard these remixes before, so I can presume that he made them himself exclusively for live performances.

Those songs were quite a warm up.

After about 30 minutes from the beginning, he started playing stuff that was a little bit harder and more danceable. For example, here I filmed the part when he played his rework of “Feelin’ Good” by Faithless (the full track name is “Faithless feat. Dido – Fellin’ Good (Ferry Corsten Fix)“). Sorry for the sound quality. It’s an iPhone 4.

The atmosphere was truly amazing!

But the real craziness kicked in when he began playing epic and euphoric trance. Here is the video of him playing “Something Wrong” by Russian producer Anton Firtich. I advice that you watch the first 2:30 of this clip. Note how tension is building up during the breakdown as the track goes up and up, until everybody is screaming, and then it just explodes. So crazy! That’s epic trance for you :)

And, straight after that, he played his own song called “Beautiful”, which is my favorite tune of 2006. It was a pure euphoria! Watch how everybody is singing the words “Everything is beautiful, let the music carry you. Maybe I’ll follow you forever (ever). Nowhere else I’d rather be when you lying next to me, let the music carry us together“, and then the track breaks down and everyone goes wild :). Also, the light effects were amazing.

I didn’t want to film anything else after that. I was just raving to his music. The tunes he played were Epically mad! His ultimate 2008 hit “Radio Crash” was amongst them, as well as 2003’s “Punk”, and many-many other awesome songs.

He finished at 4 AM.

Overall, the 3.5 hours of pure euphoria. The best clubbing experience I’ve had so far! :).

Ferry Corsten is truly a bad ass DJ! :)

In the main news.

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Animals, ChDV's life, Music, Polls, Rants, Technology

I’m going to be brief today.

Came up to this poster. This is so true.

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Bought a new set of earhones yesterday – Yamaha EPH-20.

I used to have Yamaha EPH-30 (2 times in a row), but the last pare broke 2 days ago, and I couldn’t wait so I bough these as a temporary solution. I’m not impressed. They don’t produce much bass, so some songs of The Prodigy and old Tiesto’s tunes don’t sound so well through these. Also, the overall quality is quite poor. I tried listening to Xpander by Sasha through these earphones, and I nearly vomited. It just sounded crappy in comparison to good old Yamaha EPH-30. I would have to buy something better as soon as possible. Jim Wang recommended me a set of Fischer Audio Eterna. I read some reviews. They look good. I will consider buying these in the next couple of weeks for around $85 (including shipment to Australia).

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I gained 3 kg in the last 8 days.

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I hate Australian weather! This heat is killing me. I can’t function normally in any temperature above 27 degrees C. I prefer staying at home these days, with air conditioner working on a full capacity. Unfortunately, I have to get out of here sometimes, money don’t grow on trees anywhere near our place, and I still need to purchase lots of stuff. Each trip to the city (or even to a nearby shop) is like a torture. The humidity doesn’t add any enjoyment either. I sweat like a dog, and the sweat doesn’t evaporate much, which reflects on my natural cooling mechanisms…. I’m looking at Weather Tab on my iGoogle at this very moment. It doesn’t promise anything good. This shit will continue governing Queensland for, at least, another 4 days. Hope I’m not going to die.

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Quickly.

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I’m planning to release the Random SMS Trivia (Volume 3) withing the next week. Then, I will have to make a looooong break. Only 2-3 people reply to these messages nowadays, and the replies have declined in quality. So, I would rather entertain myself in a different way for the next 5 months, or so.

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Also, I want you to read this:

http://www.djmag.com/top100/detail/2593

You might want to read this as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferry_Corsten

Now, watch this:

He is one of my childhood heroes. I’m just saying :)

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Oh! By the way…

Anyone keen on going to Family Nightclub tonight (Saturday)? The entrance is quite expensive this time. It will be $35 on the door. And the club will be packed to its full capacity, I bet it.

I know I’ll be there for sure ;). If you aren’t keen on spending such money for a club visit, don’t worry about me, I’m not going to be bored there, even “by myself” :).

Send me a text if you’re interested in going. You will not regret this. :)