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Mathsmix20150212

Artist: DJ Noggin
Title: Mathsmix20150212 (Full mix)
Album: Full Mixes
Date: 2015
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The funny thing about this mix is that I started trying to figure out a formula I could use to quickly resample songs so they would mix together, because I wanted to make mixes fast, programmatically. I sort of started guessing (educated guesses you could say) what the formula would look like, and actually got pretty close on the first go…though I was able to refine the formula to make it more universal.

Anyway so I made this mix in Audacity using some new flacs I had ripped from vinyl and my newly discovered formula for beatmatching.

A week later Audacity released a new version that included the ability to do this formula built-in. I thought that was pretty cool.

This mix includes hits from, but not limited to:
Dub Taylor
James Blake (thanks Kyle)
The Rip-Off Artist
Heiroglyphic Being
etc, etc…

mathsmix20150213

A Deeper Understanding

Noggin – A Deeper Understanding

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Title: A Deeper Understanding (full mix)
Artist: DJ Noggin
Album: A Deeper Understanding
Date: 2012

This mix is seriously about 5 years in the making. Long ago, my homey Robsi asked me for a mix of extremely mellow house music that he could study to. Maybe you could call me a perfectionist, because here on the eve of the last test he might ever have to take, I feel the tracklist is complete. And I mean that – had I done it at any point prior, some of these excellent tracks would have been omitted seeing as they weren’t released yet.
It’s a subdued and melodic affair, straight to the dome, releasing tension amidst an omnipresent hope and optimism.
Put it on late night, put it on out of your mind, or do as intended, pop in the earbuds, crack open the law books, and get absolutely no studying done.
Includes hits from, but not limited to:
Shackleton
Sascha Funke
Ellen Allien and Apparat
Golden Boy and Miss Kittin
Safety Scissors
etc, etc…
Download: Noggin – A Deeper Understanding (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations

Trypset and Noggin – Broken Fences

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Title: Broken Fences
Artist: Trypset and Noggin
Album: Trypnog
Date: 2012

This is a track Trypset and I jammed out one February night, which I subsequently re-tracked, bounced to tape, yadda yadda yadda, named, and uploaded.
The name of this track comes from a couple inspirations:
– DJ Broken Fences is a name I always saw in San Marcos, and maybe the best DJ name I’ve ever heard (Trypset is a SM native)
– the recently mended broken fence in my back yard (yard party 2012 is on yall)
– sounds good, man
Alternate title is ‘The Ballad of Broken Fences’.
This is a mellow, trip hop, illbient, blunted style courtesy the mpc2000xl and some korg synth engine.
Recorded in Bryan, TX, Feb 2012.
Download: trypnog-broken-fences (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations remixes remixes and covers

Trypset – Dang Dog (Noggin Interpretation)

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Title: Dang Dog (Noggin Interpretation)
Artist: Trypset
Album: Ding Dong
Date: 2012

Remix of Trypset‘s track “Ding Dong”.
Lots of audio cutting / splicing / rearranging, and a healthy run through the 1/4″ reels.
Recorded in Bryan, TX, Feb 2012.
Download: Trypset – Dang Dog (Noggin Interpretation) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations Live Bootlegs mixes

DJs Dag-Nab-It y Noggin – Two Wild and Swanky Guys

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Title: Richards-Simpson Wedding / Cocktail Hour
Artist: DJs Dag-Nab-It y Noggin
Album: Two Wild and Swanky Guys
Date: 2011
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part b
Back in December, DJ Dag-Nab-It and I had the pleasure of being asked to provide the ambiance at a wedding here in town. The criteria was unique – keep it classy and make it feel like post-WWII.
Well we had a blast doing this one. Kind of a beautiful set up to the actual event as well – Dag-Nab-It scored some great records from Uncle “Smokey” Al Hanson (thanks Uncle Al), and I found the main record that was requested literally on the last dig I went on.
This weeks show includes hits from, but not limited to:
Herb Alpert
Henry Mancini
Ella Fitzgerald
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Various Pops groups
etc, etc…
Download: Dag-Nag-It Y Noggin – 01 – Simpson Wedding (right click and choose ‘save as’)
Download: Dag-Nag-It Y Noggin – 02 – Cocktail Hour (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown

EMHU – What is love

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Title: What is love (demo)
Artist: Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele
Album: cali demos
Date: 2008

Thanks Ethan.
Recorded in Palo Alto, June 2008.

Download: ethan-whatislove (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations Fade EP

Fade – Tired (demo)

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Title: Tired (demo)
Artist: Fade
Album: Fade EP
Date: 2003

More Brit-pop-avec-idm with Robsi. This one was pretty much done entirely in Reason, and I think we did most of it in one day.
Main thing about this is the vocoder…its like voices vocoded with delayed versions of themselves, guitar, drums, synths, the vocoder patches in this were like a cat’s cradle of patch cables (my favorite part about reason).
ps. and dig that we were doing the halftime drums before the brits were even doing it…well it was an accent back then whereas its like the norm nowadays.
Download: fade – tired (demo) (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations Instant Jams remixes remixes and covers

Karl Blau – Dark Sedan (Nog Acid Instrumental)

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Title: Dark Sedan (Nog Acid Instrumental)
Artist: Karl Blau + Noggin
Album: 24 Hour Song Rally
Date: 2011

yea and see, like today, I just feel like posting the instrumental acid version of my cover of Karl Blau’s ‘Dark Sedan’.
Thanks for the shirt, Karl.
See this post for details.
Download: dark-sedan-nog-acid-inst (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Fall Tape Instant Jams

Noggin – Let’s Go Downstairs (demo)

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Title: Let’s Go Downstairs (demo)
Artist: Noggin
Album: Fall Tape
Date: 2011

A taste of things to come…
Anyway, I can’t believe I did it…the Trackaday project is officially ‘over’, but its not like I’m going to quit making music (I should totally rep my host, Dreamhost, without whom none of this would have been possible…absolute best web service provider out there). I thought for a little while about killing Noggin, taking real gory pictures and coming up with some elaborate tale and maybe an arch-enemy to take him out, but I didn’t want to alarm anyone who actually knows me as Noggin in my day to day life. I’ll honestly probably keep posting as regularly as I can, but I’ll save the awkward ‘Holy crap can i use yer internet in the next 15 minutes!?!’ cause I was about to forget to post stuff for another time. Not to mention, I’ve still got a backlog that just didn’t see the light yet.
Suffice it to say, I’ve got a totally new set of samples working their way to the mpc (I get a lot of mileage out of an APS file), with the exception of yer standard 808s, 909s, all samples from coming from wax.
Whipped up on the mpc one night after installing the eb16fx card. For the record (very proud of this), my MPC cannot be expanded anymore. Yes, I could add the F-Rom, but that only fits if you don’t have the eb16 card, so my mpc is maxed out as it can get.
The majority entirety of this is using samples off old disco / r&b / jazz records (Ronnie Milsap could nail some drums with his style of dx7-country). The fx card really just makes an appearance for a touch of reverb and I think eq. Don’t sleep on that non-destuctive chop in the 2kxl via velocity->sample start and 16-levels.
Download: letsgodownstairs (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Homework

Noggin – Blue Heron

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Title: Blue Heron
Artist: Noggin
Album: Homework
Date: 2008

I had so much fun making this. First use of the 8-outs on the mpc, and really some of the most down and dirty I ever got with that machine. Roland MC-09 on the acid, some protools and UA reverb in there I believe – lots of UA compressors etc (what Up Jonathan hook it up with the box homey!!).
I have a connection with Blue Herons that I cannot explain. I first noticed this in 2008 when I confronted one waiting outside my apartment. Ever since then, I can’t help but feel like they are somehow watching my back when I least expect it. Maybe they are relatives reincarnated, or simply messengers sent from the other side. Either way, this one’s for the birds.
Download: 05 Blue Heron (right click and choose ‘save as’)