Monday, July 27, 2009

Epiphany Hardstyle mix - free download!

a. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
b. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization"

I just had a listen to some of the older stuff in my iPod, one of them is an experimental mixtape i did in 2008, perhaps the last Hardstyle mixtape i ever did (i now have my fondness of proggy techy trancier stuff - still enjoy the hard stuff but not as much as i used to - yes i am getting old i know).

It was particularly interesting because it was my first experiment with digital mixing, coming from vinyl and then CDJ's i was interested to know what the fuss with ableton was all about, i was also experimenting with harmonic mixing and wanted to know if the formula was applied to HARDSTYLE what would happen - it turned out pretty damn good!

The mixtape made back in 2008 is a 74 minute sonic mayhem of 20+ tracks, constant hardstyle mash-up, featuring tracks by the usual suspects the Headhunterz, Noisecontrollers, Technoboy, Zatox, Dark By Design and more... I did not put up a tracklist so that there will be an element of surprise when listening in. This was my first and only mixtape i ever did in Ableton Live.

WARNING! For those who dont know what "Hardstyle" is, This mixtape is over 150+ BPM of constant audio assault, very hard and fast, definitely not for the faint hearted!

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The mixtape is called "epiphany"
what was the epiphany?
One: Well, it was that mixing on ableton was not for me. The thought of having to beatwarp all my tracks before being able to mix them in ableton is a bit annoying. Of course in Traktor you also need to do beatgrids but you dont really have to - you can still mix manually without without the beatgrids, you just lose some of the features. I spent almost an hour beatwarping the 20+ tracks i used in this mixtape, it was not very fun. These days i can achieve the same result with Traktor + Timecode, so i guess Ableton would be just a production tool for me instead of a djing one.The mixtape turned out really nice though, if you dig Hardstyle/Hard-Dance then it's a must-listen!