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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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Hardcore memes.

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Internet, Just for LULz, Music, Psychology

It’s been a while since the last time I posted here. Now, when this Uni semester is almost over, I can promise to be a little bit more active on the web.

In this post, I just want to show you a few “Hardcore memes” images (as I like to call them), which I created while procrastinating during my pre-exams study week.

I tried to make them really nerdy and geeky. These memes are based on science and some other topics, which wouldn’t be interesting for most people.

This is Anti-Joke Chicken. She always begins with a joke set-up, and ends up saying something totally obvious and unfunny, which, in such circumstances, turns out to be hilarious as hell. This one is pretty straightforward, just telling the facts as they are.

This meme is relatively new. It always features an image of Fry (Futurama character), in which he looks hard into something, trying to tell the difference between two things. It’s most commonly used with the captions “Can’t tell if trolling or just stupid” to comment on ridiculous questions on Yahoo! Answers. Here, he implies that the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency look similar to what you might expect seeing in people who suffer from a clinical depression (in older people, vitamin D deficiency can cause symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease, in worst case scenarios). So, I would advice that you get outside more often and eat fish. :)

This is Hipster Kitty. She always knows everything before it gets popular or becomes known to public. You can frequently see this meme on the web with the captions like “Lady Gaga? Do you mean Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta?” or “I was a fan of Justin Beiber back in the times when he was only on YouTube“. I was trying to make this “hardcore” by targeting artists/bands, who aren’t known by most of the people nowadays anyway. Only a few trance-nerds would know a project named “Gouryella”, which was a collaboration between Tijs Verwest (Tiesto) and Ferry Corsten back in 1999. And even a fewer number of people would know that, before “Gouryella”, they already worked on music production together under the alias “Vimana”. Some might have heard of Vimana (the track “We Came” was a dancefloor killer during the late 1990’s), but not many people realize that it’s actually a trace-duo consisting of young Tiesto and Ferry Corsten.

Bill O’Relly is a famous American TV-host and political commentator (you can read more on the origin of this meme on KnowYourMeme.com). Gram staining is a method by which biologists classify bacteria either as gram-positive or gram-negative (by soaking them in chemicals, which react with bacterial cell wall and cause it to change colour in a certain way). This methods provides lots of vital information about the bacteria (e. g. which drug would be efficient at destroying them, how they might adapt to their environment, etc). I think it would be hilarious if O’Relly said that in scientific context.

And here is Xzibit boasting about APA (American Psychological Association) in-text referencing style, which causes headache for the majority of first-year Psychology students. Xzibit is doing so in the same manner as he was doing his presentations in “Pimp Your Ride” TV show on MTV a few years ago. Try to google “yo dawg” to see more images of this sort.

And here is a bonus Rage Comics style image I made a few days ago. It’s not “hardcore”, but I like it anyway :)

Stay Tuned!

3 mood upping songs.

Posted: April 29, 2011 in Music

Just want to share a few mood upping songs that I’ve been listening to lately.

Zoe Badwi – Accidents Happen

Generally, I don’t really like mainstream music, all this stuff that you can hear on the radio nowadays, it just doesn’t satisfy my tastes, in 80% of all cases. Zoe Badwi’s latest pop-house single, “Accidents Happen”, is amongst the other 20%. Maybe even amongst the top 5% of all mainstream songs on my personal awesomeness scale, and that’s awesome. This song is fun… no, really. It’s good.

Ferry Corsten – Feel It!

I’ve been a fan of Ferry Corsten’s music for about 8 years now. His latest single, “Feel It!” has been banging at my place quite frequently in the last 3 weeks. This song combines the traditions of good old Ferry’s style with the current house and electro trends in a best possible way. The emotions that this song provokes are similar to Corsten’s 2008 smashing hit “Radio Crash”, but “Feel It!” is less serious, which doesn’t reflect badly on the song. The track is so positive, so fun! It raises my mood instantly every time I put it on. Ferry Corsten is still one of the World’s best electronic music producers. I wish I could see him performing live again!

EnMass – CQ (Seek You)

This song is more serious than the previous two, and it’s also the oldest one (the track was released over 5 years ago, but it still sounds fresh). “CQ (Seek You)” by trance duo EnMass is a classic example of good Epic trace. It is featured in the A State of Trance 500 official compilation mix, about which I wrote a few days ago. “CQ (Seek You)” is one of the most uplifting tracks in the entire compilation. It’s not just a dance music, it’s an art.

Today, I purchased A State of Trance 500 compilation via iTunes. It came out right after the ASOT 500 World Tour, which was started to celebrate the 500th episode of Armin Van Buuren’s weekly radio-show. I paid $21 for a digital copy of it.

The compilation contains 5 separate mixes (1 hour 20 minutes each) done by Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz, Cosmic Gate and Andy Moor, plus all the original songs from these mixes unmixed.

Here is the full tracklist:

MIX 1 ARMIN VAN BUUREN
1. Gaia – Tuvan (Intro Mix)
2. Adam White & Andy Moor presents Whiteroom – The White Room
3. Above & Beyond – No One On Earth (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)
4. Arksun – Arisen
5. Galen Behr vs Hydroid – Carabella (Galen Behr vs Orjan Nilsen Remix)
6. Peter Martijn Wijnia presents Majesta vs DJ Shah feat. Adrina Thrope – Who Will Find Me In The End (Armin van Buuren Mash Up)
7. Enmass – CQ (Seek You)
8. Dogzilla – Without You (John O’Callaghan Remix) (Armin van Buuren Edit)
9. L.S.G. – Netherworld (Oliver Prime Remix)
10. Alex M.O.R.P.H. – Walk The Edge (Alex M.O.R.P.H. B2B Woody van Eyden Mix)
11. Robert Nickson – Spiral
12. Stoneface & Terminal – Stardust vs Dash Berlin with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren – Man On The Run vs Rex Mundi feat. Susana – Nothing At. All (Armin van Buuren Mash Up)
13. Sophie Sugar vs Sunlounger – Lost Together (Armin van Buuren Mash Up)
14. Selu Vibra – Divine
15. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia – Status Excessu D (ASOT 500 Theme)

MIX 2 PAUL OAKENFOLD
1. Grace – Not Over Yet (Robert Vadney Remix)
2. Interstate – I Found You
3. Peter Martin presents Anthanasia – Perfect Wave
4. Chakra – Home
5. Ascension – Someone (Robert Vadney Remix)
6. Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (Roman Hunter Remix)
7. Solarstone – Seven Cities (V-One’s Living Cities Remix)
8. Planet Perfecto – Bullet In A Gun (Nat Monday Remix)
9. Insigma – Open Our Eyes
10. Paul Oakenfold feat. Matt Goss – Firefly (Nat Monday Remix)
11. Paul Oakenfold – Tokyo
12. DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access

MIX 3 MARKUS SCHULZ
1. Interstate – Remember Me (Shawn Mitiska & Tyler Michaud Remix)
2. Audioholics – External Key
3. Perry O’Neil – Wave Force
4. Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000 (Markus Schulz Big Room Remix)
5. Rex Mundi vs Ronski Speed feat. Sir Adrian – The Perspective Space (Markus Schulz Mash Up)
6. Funabashi – Daylight
7. Probspot – Blueberry
8. Mark Otten – Tranquility  (Markus Schulz Coldharbour Remix)
9. Airwave – When Things Go Wrong
10. Albion – Air
11. Mr. Pit – Shana (Duderstadt Progressive Dub)
12. Elevation – Biscayne
13. Bedrock – Heaven Scent

MIX 4 COSMIC GATE
1. Viframa – Cristalle (Katana’s Intro Mix)
2. Darren Tate vs Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In
3. Young Parisians feat. Ben Lost – Jump The Next Train (Kyau vs Albert Remix)
4. DJ Ton TB – Dream Machine (Marco V Mix)
5. Basic Dawn – Pure Thrust (NU NRG Remix)
6. Cosmic Gate feat. Jan Johnston – I Feel Wonderful
7. Solar Stone – Solarcoaster
8. Pulser – My Religion
9. Rank 1 – Airwave
10. Plastic Boy – Silver Bath
11. Reeloop – Fucking Society
12. Cosmic Gate – Ultra Curve
13. Jurgen Vries – The Theme (Dumonde Remix)
14. Vincent De Moor – Fly Away (Cosmic Gate Remix)

MIX 5 ANDY MOOR
1. Rio Addicts – Crossroads
2. Ridgewalkers feat. El – Find (Andy Moor Remix)
3. Yilmaz Althanan – Eighties
4. RR Workshop – Electrolux
5. Super8 & Tab – Helsinki Scorchin’
6. Andy Moor vs Orkidea – Yearzero (Andy Moor’s First Light Mix)
7. Niklas Harding presents Arcane – Ice Beach
8. David West feat. Andreas Hermansson – Larry Mountains 54
9. Andy Moor – Halcyon
10. Lange feat. Sarah Howells – Out Of The Sky (Kyau & Albert Remix)
11. Lange vs Gareth Emery – Another You Another Me
12. Hammer & Bennett – Language
13. Maor Levi – Reflect
14. Rex Mundi – Sunrise In Ibiza (Drive Mix)

All the unmixed songs that are included in addition to these 5 mixes are in full length on a digital copy of this compilation, which is a major win (I still can’t forgive Tiesto for releasing that Magikal Journey compilation with 4-minute versions of his 9-minute hits.. damn you, Tiesto!).

The songs in this compilation are truly wonderful! So many 1990’s-2000’s classic trance tunes! Each track is a small masterpiece!

Overall, the digital version includes: 75 tracks (5 are continuous mixes (80 minutes each) and the other 70 are the original, unmixed songs from those 5 mixes), 889 minutes (slightly less than 15 hours) of total runtime. The best trance music in the history of industry. Just for $21.

It’s underpriced!

P. S. Here is the promotional video of ASOT 500 compilation.

The Sound of April 12.

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Music

Today all World celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the First Human Space Flight. I was going to write an essay, but… nah.. I feel too lazy for that :).

I’ll just put some music on instead. :)

 

 

 

 

HR 8938 Cephei

Posted: April 9, 2011 in Music

I posted the link to this video on Facebook before, but I just can’t get enough of it.

The atmosphere that this song creates is truly touching. Though the track is repetitive, it sounds so awesome. It’s somewhat sad and beautiful.  I can listen it all day.

Deadmau5, this geeky Canadian producer, did it again.

So far, HR 8938 Cephei is my favorite track of 2011.

Friday.

Posted: March 18, 2011 in Internet, Just for LULz, Music, Software, Technology

Humanity has come a long way through the 40 000 years of its existence. We’ve build cities and societies, developed economies and political systems, created Civilization and pursued the Science.

Our technologies have jumped enormously in the last couple of centuries. Scientists, engineers and mathematicians have been working shoulder to shoulder together, creating new inventions and advancing our society.

The Era of Renaissance and the invention of printing press that spread literature and scientific written materials all over the Europe, the Age of Enlightenment that gave use the steam engine and electricity! All the British, German and American mathematicians and engineers in the late XIX and the early XX centuries who contributed to the development of computer science and the subsequential invention of electronic computing machines. All the early programmers and software developers who made computers truly user-friendly, allowing Global computerization. All the DARPA engineers and Tim Berners-Lee who invented the Internet and the World Wide Web. All the big IT corporations who stimulated the growth of the virtual world – I thank them all for the MASSIVE progress our Civilization have faced.

All these inventions, all these advances and technologies, all of these came down together so I could show you this:

Today is Friday!!! Partyin’ partyin’ (yeah!). Partyin’ Partyin’ (yeah!). Fun fun fun!

Happy Friday, EvErYbOdY!!!!!!