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31
May
10

Light Of Day – The Rebirth Session Episode 189 (31st May 2010)

Better late than never, as they say!

The Rebirth Session Episode 189 (31st May 2010) – “Light Of Day”

Nitrous Oxide feat Aneym – Far Away (original mix) [Anjunabeats]
George Acosta feat Fisher – Tearing Me Apart (Gerry Cueto vocal mix) [Songbird]
Future Disciple featuring Hayley Parsons – Day Seeker [Songbird]
Victor Orange & Di – Together Forever (Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic remix) [Elliptical]
Craig Gallon – Upon A Time
CJ Peeton & Di – Love’s Tapestry (original mix) [Elliptical]
Alex Pich & Shinobi – Vega [Perceptive Deep]
Xtigma – Expectation [Neuroscience]
CJ Peeton & Di – Let Me In (CJ’s original mix) [Elliptical]
TrancEye & Sergey Nevone – Forbidden Siren (Sulaco remix)
Sensi presents Raven van Dark – Dying Day [Defcon Deep]
Anton Sonin & Amx featuring Sari – Never Go (Poshout club mix) [Timeline]
ReOrder & Dave Deen – Pure [Silent Shore]
Adam Tas featuring Sopheary – Say (Luke Terry remix) [Unearthed]
Oliver P – Lost Without You [Enhanced]
Defcon Audio featuring Julie Harrington – Lost In You (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon]
Kaimo K – Back Home [Apocalypse Red]
Electrovoya – Earth Rise (Mike Shiver’s Catching Sun mix) [Massive By Design]
Sandeagle – Polar Bear [Trance Allstars]
Chris Sundive featuring Irena Love – Alone (ReOrder remix) [Trance Allstars]
Jamie Walker – Elements [Defcon]
Med vs Neil Bamford – Light Up [Perceptive]
Space Garden – Sora (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon]
Oen Bearen & TrancEye – Phantasmagoria [SPX Digital]
Jamie Walker – Massacre [Defcon]
Defcon Audio presents James Alexander – Pluck Me Pluck You (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon Dark]
Filo & Peri & Alex MORPH vs Mauro Picotto – Ashley The Lizard (F1D0 mashup)
Ronny K. presents Advanced – T.A.S.H. [Blue Soho]
Darren Tate vs Jono Grant – Nocturnal Creatures [Mondo]

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Lazarus – “Light Of Day”

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28
May
10

Rise Above 036 (28th May 2010)

Rise Above 036 (28th May 2010)

Klauss Goulart – Frozen Walls [Istmo]
Xtigma – Expectation [Neuroscience]
Cold Blue – Orient Sun [Anjunabeats]
Mat Zo – The Lost [Anjunabeats]
Andy Moor featuring Carrie Skipper – She Moves (original mix) [AVA]
Sensi presents Raven van Dark – Dying Day [Defcon Deep]
Anton Sonin & Amx featuring Sari – Never Go (Poshout club mix) [Timeline]
ATM – Broken Dreams (Estigma remix) [Silent Shore]
Med vs Neil Bamford – Light Up (Avenger remix) [Perceptive]
Adam Tas featuring Sopheary – Say (Luke Terry remix) [Unearthed]

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21
May
10

Rise Above 035 (21st May 2010)

Rise Above 035 (21st May 2010)

Alex Pich & Shinobi – Vega [Perceptive Deep]
CJ Peeton & Di – Let Me In (CJ’s original mix) [Elliptical]
Victor Orange & Di – Together Forever (Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic remix) [Elliptical]
TrancEye & Sergey Nevone – Forbidden Siren (Sulaco remix)
Ronski Speed vs Rozalla & JvD – Everybody’s Night (Kaimo K Mashup)
ReOrder & Dave Deen – Pure [Silent Shore]
Defcon Audio presents James Alexander – Pluck Me Pluck You (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon Dark]
Abraham Leoga – Insolution [Unearthed]
Oen Bearen & TrancEye – Phantasmagoria [SPX Digital]
Space Garden – Sora (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon]
Med & Phil Metcalfe – January (Sly One vs Jurrane edit) [Defcon]

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14
May
10

Rise Above 034 (14th May 2010)

This show does contain a world exclusive – if you think you’ve heard Lost In You before you probably have, it’s one of James’s old tracks from 2004 remixed by loads of people but is being reworked for a full new package 😉

Rise Above 034 (14th May 2010)

Mandala Bros – Was It The Sunlight (dub mix) [Mandala Beatz]
Yenn – Monzen (Stoneface & Terminal remix) [Euphonic]
Alex D – Smashbox (Khaomeha & Stonevalley remix) [OG]
Kiholm – Lumpini Park (Nitrous Oxide remix) [Infrasonic]
Sandeagle – Polar Bear [Trance Allstars]
Redstar – Players With Soul [Monster Tunes]
Kaimo K – Back Home [Apocalypse Red]
Med vs Neil Bamford – Light Up (Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic remix) [Nu-Depth]
Karybyde & Scylla – Reflexions Of Light (Trance Arts remix) [Unearthed]
Defcon Audio featuring Julie Harrington – Lost In You (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon]
Tuomas J – Life Goes On (John Dopping remix) [Defcon]

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Rise Above 034

11
May
10

The Rebirth Session Episode 188 (11th May 2010)

Strange thing about this show is that during the recording of it, we got ourselves a new prime minister! It is admittedly a slightly longer show than normal, but the political side of things happened very quickly 😉

The Rebirth Session Episode 188 (11th May 2010)

Aerotek – Left In Midair (downtempo mix) [Transtechnia]
ADS featuring Di – Words That May Never Be Said (CJ Peeton intro mix) [Elliptical]
Allende – Tricky Waters (Retrospective mix) [Ava Blue]
Evgeny Bardyuzha – Hylea [Neuroscience Deep]
Craig Gallon – Upon A Time
CJ Peeton & Di – Let Me In (CJ’s original mix) [Elliptical]
Andy McAndersen – Shine (Dmitry Bessonov remix) [Only One]
Evgeny Bardyuzha – Changeful World (Affective remix) [Neuroscience Deep]
Tim Catrall – Atrium [Eyereflex]
Magdelayna – We Lived A Lifetime
Deportrance – Unforgettable [Trancesphere]
Mark Dior – Nothing Else Matters [Couture]
Adam Nickey presents Blue 8 – Eleventh Street (Ferry Tayle & Static Blue remix) [Enhanced]
Juventa – Dawnshaper (Parka remix) [Infrasonic Future]
Hodel & JP Bates – Mirrors (Sunny Lax remix) [Perceptive]
Suncatcher – Shoreline [Perceptive]
TrancEye & Sergey Nevone – Forbidden Siren (Sulaco remix)
Vast Vision – Sovereign (Fast Distance remix)
Joel Gershom – Purple Sunset (Dallaz Project remix) [Perceptive]
Imperfection – A Beautiful Tomorrow [Silent Shore]
ReOrder & Dave Deen – Pure [Silent Shore]
Sean Truby – Showdown
Space Garden – Sora (Jamie Walker remix) [Defcon]
Alan Wyse – Electrocloud (Liquid Vision remix)
Robbie Seed – Daria (Matt Skyer remix)
Lisko – Dead Voices (TrancEye remix)
ID – ID [Off The Rails]
Ace da Brain – Sunset [Venom]

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RS Episode 188 (320k)
RS Episode 188 (192k)

08
May
10

Live at Versatile (8th May 2010)

I’ve only ever been to a couple of all-afternoon events before and they’ve all been great fun, and the guys at Versatile in Manchester throw them every few months, a terrific excuse for some good old fashioned weekend fun 😀

A cracking line up of DJs and a great day out, and all for free! What more could you ask for?

Live at Versatile (8th May 2010)

The Killers vs Luigi Lusini – We Are Mr Brightside (Mufflerash mashup)
Espen Lorentzen – You Don’t Know [Silent Shore Deep]
Jer Martin vs DT8 Project – Ten Minutes To Destination (Victoria’s mashup)
Freefall – Skydive (Alphadelta’s 2010 rework)
Electrovoya – Whispers (Alphadelta remix)
Agnelli & Nelson – Everyday 2009 (James Alexander & The Defcon Allstars edition)
Med vs Neil Bamford – Light Up [Perceptive]
ID – ID [Defcon]
Binary Finary – 1999 (Gouryella remix) [Positiva]
Filo & Peri & Alex MORPH vs Mauro Picotto – Ashley The Lizard (F1D0 mashup)
Mark Eteson, Jon Prior and John O’Callaghan featuring Audrey Gallagher – Big Dynamic Sky (Lazarus mashup)

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Lazarus – Live at Versatile 08-05-2010

Couple of videos from the set:

07
May
10

Rise Above 033 (7th May 2010)

Rise Above 033 (7th May 2010)

Future Disciple featuring Hayley Parsons – Day Seeker [Songbird]
Ronski Speed presents Sun Decade featuring Emma Hewitt – Lasting Light (Jorn Van Deynhoven remix) [Euphonic]
Electrovoya – Earth Rise (Mike Shiver’s Catching Sun mix) [Massive By Design]
Afternova – Serenity (Andy Blueman remix) [Abora]
Chris Sundive featuring Irena Love – Alone (ReOrder remix) [Trance Allstars]
Ciro Visone & Luca Lombardi – Immenso (Ciro Visone mix) [Harmonic Breeze]
Med vs Neil Bamford – Light Up [Perceptive]
Sequentia vs Static Blue – Sacrifice (Sean Truby remix) [Digital Society Recordings]
Jamie Walker – Elements [Defcon]
Filo & Peri & Alex MORPH vs Mauro Picotto – Ashley The Lizard (F1D0 mashup)

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Rise Above 033

03
May
10

Back From The Dead Episode 121 (3rd May 2010)

Back From The Dead Episode 121 (3rd May 2010)

Nitrous Oxide feat Aneym – Far Away (original mix) [Anjunabeats]
CJ Peeton & Di – Love’s Tapestry (original mix) [Elliptical Recordings]
Phynn featuring Antonia from Jets Overhead – Hello Love [Black Hole]
Espen Lorentzen – You Don’t Know [Silent Shore Deep]
Mark Pledger featuring Melinda Gareh – Time Stands Still (7 Skies remix) [Solaris]
Alphadelta – Starboard [Defcon]
Andy Tau – Static (Sequentia remix) [Alter Ego]
Space Garden – Sora (AJ Hutch remix) [Defcon]
Kelly Andrew – Julietta (Suncatcher club mix) [Ask4]
Miikka Leinonen – Kingdom Fall (Rozza remix) [Alter Ego]
Haris C – Symphony [Factual]
Oliver P – Lost Without You [Enhanced]
Airsun – Butterfly [Blue Soho]
George Acosta featuring Fisher – Tearing Me Apart (DNS Project remix) [Songbird]
TrancEye – Baltic Waves [Nu-Depth]
Right Face – Spread [Levare]
Jamie Walker – Elements [Defcon]
Odonbat – Ray [Harmonic Breeze]
Filo & Peri & Alex MORPH vs Mauro Picotto – Ashley The Lizard (F1D0 mashup)
DK Project – Blue Skies (SoundLift remix) [Redux]
Emotia – Sequile (Ronny K. Emotion mix) [Defcon]

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BFTD Episode 121

01
May
10

Music That Doesn’t Exist

I can hear music that doesn’t exist yet. To me, this is probably the most amazing fact about the universe that there is.

As a keen fan of astronomy, physics, and the like (Michio Kaku allowed me to rationalise life in ways you wouldn’t quite believe) I can promise you that there is a hell of lot about the universe that’s amazing. But think about it. I can hear music that doesn’t exist yet.

If I could hear voices that didn’t exist, rather than music, you’d probably feel quite differently about me than you do, and would probably like a minimum of a ten-foot buffer zone just in case I happened to hear a voice that said KILL EVERYBODY. Not to worry though, I don’t hear voices. Well, except when I do, that is. 😛

Moving swiftly on, the point is that I hear music, and it’s this fact that has, throughout my life, gradually pushed me more and more towards the music industry. You probably hear music too, like when you’re thinking about your favourite song being on the radio and you absent-mindedly start singing or mumbling along to it. You don’t hear it as such, but your brain processes the information in more or less the same way as if you did.

There’s probably some fancy neurological explanation for all of this, perhaps one day some random supergeek who knows about these things will read this and enlighten us with their wisdom – in fact I really hope they do. Because I’d love to know where it comes from.

OK, theoretically speaking I do understand and accept that because there are a limited amount of notes in the octave there is a finite number of combinations in which they can be arranged, as well as a finite number of sonic frequencies that can make up the sound that they make at that note, and therefore it is absolutely undeniable that there is a finite number of tracks that can be made. Given that the majority of these combinations will be hideous to the human ear, you could argue that any “music” that I “hear” in my head is just the result of a highly advanced calculation going on in my brain at a subconscious level. I think I’ve already proven that my brain is quite happy enough to spend its’ time thinking about these things after all 😉 If I’m honest, a lot of that time has been whilst I’ve been mixing all the sets you can find on this website!

Anyway, you could still argue that because the potential for this combination already exists mathematically, the music I hear does already exist. But I still can’t help but feel this is a kind of soul-less explanation that somehow devalues the whole thing, rather as if I was saying that Shakespeare wasn’t special because one of those infinite number of monkeys with the infinite number of typewriters would have gotten there eventually.

Thankfully I don’t appear to be the only person in the universe with this musical version of schizophrenia. It’s quite a widely documented phenomenon, and I’ll wager that most songwriters, musicians, vocalists, composers, producers and the like, all have some variant of the same condition, and have gotten to where they are by translating this into actual music that does exist. Chances are I’ll also wager that it never quite sounds like they expect or want it to.

So either we’re all hearing things from the same meme-pool or we’re all calculating the same equations in our heads. But the thing I always come back to is that the music doesn’t exist yet. Not until we make it. But yet it does exist, otherwise we wouldn’t make it to begin with.

Sonic architecture is one thing – I confess it doesn’t interest me that much – which is very important in the act of actually producing music in the studio. It’s a vital part of making real music that does exist. But the music I can hear in my head involves none of that messy, technical process – after all, how could it, when it doesn’t actually exist yet?

If we assume that the music that I hear does not exist, it needs to be rationalised another way, and try as I might to do this, I think it all comes down to that it is the manifestation of the creative urge. My muse if you will. After all, it’s probably the reason I’m a DJ, the reason I sought out and eventually discovered trance, the reason I became a producer, and the reason I spend a lot of my free time running a label too. By contributing to the scene I’m not just satisfying my muse, I’m helping to define who I am. Because the music I hear is as much a constant in my life as anything else I can imagine, and in that sense it’s absolutely a part of who I am. From this, the only logical conclusion seems to be that being a part of this scene is something I’m supposed to be doing with my life.

Trance isn’t the only music that I hear – you probably wouldn’t believe some of it. When I was 13 I wrote a track in my head that at best you’d probably describe as industrial hardcore (it sounds a bit like a band called Cubinate I discovered later on), but I’ve never since been in a position to make it in the real world. It’s as real to me as any other track in my music collection, but I’m the only person in the world who’s ever heard it. Once when I was about 19 I was drunk and wrote a country and western song which just happened to occur to me over the space of about ten minutes – I still have the lyrics in my filing cabinet upstairs. As country and western goes, I still think it’s rather good. The problem is that I’ve no interest in the country and western scene, I don’t know any country and western bands, and nobody I’ve ever met has ever even admitted to listening to it. So how on earth would I ever be able to make it? But again, that’s another track which is still very real to me yet which doesn’t actually exist.

I read about string theory and M-theory, which demonstrate the idea that there are extra spacial dimensions in the universe (or multiverse, if you prefer) which our pitifully evolved beings aren’t able to see, manipulate, or prove exist (yet). I wondered if there was something you could also call memetic or conceptual space, where ideas and potential exist in their own realm, which we as homo sapiens occasionally access by accident without knowing how. After all, I’ve gone over the idea of the static, unchanging concept already in one of my earlier ramblings.

Cynics would point out to me (and they often have) that I shouldn’t over-analyse music and just enjoy it for what it is. Over-analysing things is, I believe, my life’s greatest failing, as I have an incredible ability to over-analyse the fun out of just about anything. Realising this, however, doesn’t change a thing. Because just like the music that doesn’t exist, over-analysing is just a part of who I am.

The universe itself is amazing, as I’ve already said, but I also find it quite humbling. How anything could possibly be so vast and so complex, so brutal and yet so beautiful – simply knowing that I’m a part of that makes me appreciate it all the more. And knowing that I’ll never understand it – even pedantic, little old over-analysing me – doesn’t bother me at all. With music, it’s much the same thing.

I don’t understand intricate music theory, or the techniques of advanced sound engineering. I’m baffled by the biological processes involved in the human ear, and there’s not anyone alive who understands the brain or why it processes the information in the way it does. None of that matters to me, because simply being in a universe (or multiverse) where music exists is enough.

If you believe in God, you could conclude that I’m this way because God made me this way, and hence I should pursue the music I can hear as if it were a gift from God. If you were a scientist, you could conclude that it’s partly my genetic potential and mainly the result of random chance. Either way, it seems to point towards the fact that being involved with music as I’m now doing is what I should be doing.

Every day I’m humbled by the comments of people on this website and others who say they love what I do. I’m eternally grateful for knowing that I’m able to bring people pleasure simply doing something that I love. This website is a testament to that, and I owe it to all of you who’ve ever listened to one of my sets or one of my tunes.

I do all of this for you, and I do it for myself too. I never thought I would be able to share it with other people who love it as much as I do.

As I’ve already said before, the only advice I can ever offer anybody about life is to be who you are. So if like me, you can also hear music that doesn’t exist yet, don’t let it go. Be who you are.




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