Posts Tagged ‘music video’

The last couple of years have made humanity seem more divided than ever, like there are ideological and cultural barriers that seem insurmountable. Despite this perception, we are all one species, we share 99.9% of our DNA and anything that seems to divide us is actually minuscule compared to everything that we share. The most upsetting thing (at least to me) about the rise of divisive ideologies is that we now actually have the tools to create an amazing world for all of us. There are enough resources for everyone to be fed, clothed and even entertained, if we could only get over the thousands of barriers of self-interest that prevent that happening.

This track is a different type of retro inspired music to the electroswing and vintage remix stuff I’ve been working on recently… 90s inspired euphoric dance. When I was just a baby and started sneaking into clubs, it was one of the first electronic genres I got into. It wasn’t long before I was into darker, more complex stuff too but nothing else quite gave the same big joyful release. I know it had its cheesy moments but it created that feeling of togetherness that permeated the clubbing community like nothing else. I know a lot of people dismissed that as a product of drugs or alcohol but I’ve been to enough sober raves recently to know that its actually just acceptance and the shared enjoyment of music that makes us feel that way. Dancing is an ancient act, one of our oldest rituals (and probably the oldest form of exercise). Perhaps when we dance together, it allows us to touch that thread of commonality running through our history

 

As you might expect I’ve used a lot of oldschool elements for this one with pumping bass, soaring pads and big arpeggios. I’ve made a suitably retro video to go with it  (with some help from Touchdesigner, zGameeditor visualiser and Blender). The track is a free download so grab it here:

PLUR – D

 

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I’ve always been fascinated by Fractals, mathematical oddities that create ordered chaos and patterns that mirror themselves on many scales. I couldn’t explain the maths behind them but they come up in all sorts of contexts from producing (pseudo)random melodies in grooveboxes to modelling chaotic systems such as the weather.

One particular reason that makes me love them though is their power to create artwork, often surreal mulicoloured alien looking and captivating all at once. Back in my DOS freeware days I used to use fractint to create 2D renders (I remember hitting the colour cycle button and watch as everything turned into a crazy trip of flowing gradients). Recently though I’ve discovered some excellent freeware for making 3D ones or Mandelbulbs as they are often referred to.

They make great backing visuals for tracks and I’m working on creating a library of them to VJ live with

If you want to try making some of  your own check out the excellent Mandelbulb 3D (huge number of variety/features but a little daunting) or Mandelbulber (A little more limited but perhaps a bit easier to start off with). Both are completely free … I ❤ the internets 😉

PLUR – D

Did another dastardly device build a couple of nights ago. This time it was a wrist mounted smoke machine – I thought I’d do a build video as I knew I could put it together in 1 take. I hadn’t used Drillbit for any videos yet (despite releasing it 6 years ago!) and I really though the sound matched the speeded up assembly. Anyway … Enjoy 🙂

The whole build only took an hour and was a good laugh. Its basically just tubing, valves and a hand pump to suck gas out of an e shisha, so as well as looking crazy good (or just crazy) it also makes the room smell of caramel (other flavours available). I might get one of those cloud vapes to up the smoke output and once I build the laser glove for the other hand, its going to look insane

PLUR, D

I love spectral glasses. I’ve been taking them along to clubs for years because of the way they can instantly make even the dullest looking club lights into a sea of wonderful morphing colour.

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(not that I think Koko is a dull venue, it’s one of my favourites in London, but the sign looks so damn cool in rainbow vision)

It was only logical that when I was thinking of what I should have as my first piece of official Dataphiles merch that these instantly came to mind. As I’m still promoting Steampunk Cybercrunk I went for a cogs ‘n lasers design. A lot of the diffraction specs you can buy online have quite umm ‘bright’ designs, and I wanted to make something a little sleeker and more club appropriate

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Also apart from taking your night out to the next level and making you night bus ride home beautiful, they also fit over any mobile phone or compact camera lens to let you take #spectralselfies. Or make your own #spectralwalk like this one

They’re available here on eBay, and I’m shipping them worldwide. If you’re in London though, keep an eye on my twitter and facebook feeds, you might be able to grab some free ones while I’m out and about.

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I also realise that some people may have come here because you’ve got a pair of glasses yourself or met someone wearing them… If so welcome, its lovely to have you here, you can stream all of my tracks for free (and use the discount code from the glasses) here

Peace, Love, Unity, Respect –

Dataphiles

PS, if you want a bulk order of glasses, so you and all your friends can have an awesome night out, drop us an email at contact@dataphilesmusic.com