On occasion of the fullest of our sister moons, a dedication to the supralunar entity.
An improvised & ongoing series of freeform techno/house/electro mixes that have been recorded as the extraterrestrial transmissions dictate. Tracks are drawn from recent releases but also from the archives. No prepared mixes, no sync, beatmatched live on two Technics SL1200 turntables with Mackie d4.Pro mixer.
ION STORM (006): living.myth
ION STORM broadcasts interstellar techno, future house & offworld ambient from the vaults of TOBIAS.DJ. Prepare your space voyage with occult sounds drawn from 20+ years as a technoculture catalyst and turntablist. The mission — to invade consensus reality with an all-out assault of alien frequencies. Some sex in zero gravity included. Occasional interplanetary guests from the technosphere and label [ IOSOUND.ca ].
== TRACKLISTING ==
1 There’s signs of group hysteria in the passengers. Hunter S. Thompson The Gonzo Tapes: Gonzo Gridlock 1973–1974 (Disc Four) 2008/01/01
2 How Many Times Brian Johnson Time Will Tell [THOUGHTLESS 080] 2013/01/01
3 Limited By You Shlomi Aber The Doppler [BE AS ONE 041] 2013/01/01
4 New York Dreamer (Alix Alvarez Remix) Shlomi Aber Chicago Days, Detroit Nights (The Remixes Vol. 2) [OVUM 9010-5] 2011/06/20
5 Paint It Black (Coyu Remix) Pig and Dan Paint It Black EP [SUARA 058] 2012/01/01
6 IP Mirrors Kassem Mosse Think & Change [NONPLUS LP004] 2013/03/11
7 Pruitt Igoe (or version) Kangding Ray OR [RASTER-NOTON 123] 2011/01/01
8 Foolish Games Feat Moggli Shlomi Aber Foolish Games EP [BE AS ONE 038] 2012/01/01
9 Checkpot (Echonomist Remix) Marcus Meinhardt Checkpot [UPON.YOU 055] 2012/01/01
10 Wear It Well Locked Groove Heritage [HOTFLUSH 038] 2013/01/01
11 For These Times Four Tet Think & Change [NONPLUS LP004] 2013/03/11
12 Time Will Tell Brian Johnson Time Will Tell [THOUGHTLESS 080] 2013/01/01
13 Damdamm Basti Grub Defected In The House Miami 2013 [ITH 50CD] 2013/01/01
14 Gemini Safety Scissors In A Manner Of Sleeping [BPITCH CONTROL] 2013/01/01
15 Coefficient J. Phlip Dirtybird Players (Part 1) [DIRTYBIRD 087] 2013/01/01
16 Dog River The Mole Dog River EP [NEW KANADA 31] 2013/01/01
17 After Five Terrence Dixon The Parkhurst [THEMA 022] 2011/01/01
18 Destroy, She Says Clarian Chemical Gardens EP [VISIONQUEST 024] 2013/01/01
19 Suspended (Extended Version) Terrence Dixon The Parkhurst [THEMA 022] 2011/01/01
20- U (Unfinished) Clarian Chemical Gardens EP [VISIONQUEST 024] 2013/01/01
21 Aile Mut Saschienne Unknown [KOMPAKT CD 98] 2012/01/01
22 For Her.. For Him Marcus Meinhardt Eden Garden EP [KATERMUKKE 032] 2013/01/01
23 Overture Shlomi Aber Rough Steps [DESOLAT X016]] 2012/01/01
24 Progress (Alland Byallo Remix) Safety Scissors Progress and Perseverance EP [BPitch Control 268] 2013/01/01
25 Legionnaire Rennie Foster Legionnaire [THOUGHTLESS 081] 2013/01/01
26 Stay High Baby Maceo Plex High & Sexy EP [ELLUM AUDIO 001] 2011/01/01
filmed live, one take, @ QC Studios in Montréal.
film & concept by TETSUOMI ANZAI, who imagined positioning this footage alongside that of a pianist & a conductor to demonstrate the fluidity of expression marked by the hands — regardless of the instrument. blog post on the filming.
“I hope to release a DVD of the final footage in the near future”.
—- (It only took 10 years to get it online.)
Camera shaking courtesy of the Rat Man; and yes, the crossfader broke around 2 minutes in. Deep bows to my compadres of the era: all those at SAT, Casa del Popolo, Mitchell @ intr_version, NAW, Bruno @ Laïka, and with those I shared the decks & stage, Fishead, Daniel Gardner, Johnny Ranger & the Mole.
ION STORM (001): comatose (I)
== mixed by tobias.dj ==
(( a barrage of electronic particles ))
ION STORM broadcasts interstellar techno, future house & offworld ambient from the vaults of TOBIAS.DJ. Prepare your space voyage with occult sounds drawn from 20+ years as a technoculture catalyst and turntablist. The mission — to invade consensus reality with an all-out assault of alien frequencies. Some sex in zero gravity included. Occasional interplanetary guests from the technosphere and label IOSOUND.ca.
This is a mix to drink absynthe too. Living in Whistler is an exercise in musical & cultural isolation. I should’ve realised that trying to play music such as this in a “dude? where’s my skis?” culture was a lost cause. Even as I held down a residency at the Savage Beagle (in Whistler Village), attracting European djs & househeads (and filling the upstairs bar with head-nodding patrons), I couldn’t convince management (nor other local DJs/promoters) that what I was doing was worthwhile—or even popular elsewhere. “It’s hot in Berlin!” I would say—but it would matter not. Whistler is not the place for risk-taking mixing, subtlety, or experimental approaches to dancefloor semantics. So I present to you my manifesto of house music, mixed with abandon, and without precision.
This mix dives deep into minimal house & abstract rhythms. The psychedelic, drifting effects of ketaminimal, held for long, drawn out mixes, warps the head. I can dance to shit like this for hours.
This was the first mix I released where I used a Digital Vinyl System (Traktor Scratch). All manual beatmatching, and no prepared records.
This mix gathers a few strains of my becomings as a DJ, namely minimalist strains of deep house and dub techno dating back to the mid’90s. Though my mixtapes from the late ’90s were hard as nails, I began by djing deep house @ Sugar Refinery (RIP), with Robby Luv Dub as my adopted mentor. I often mixed deep house with dub techno at the post-rave Sunday sessions and loft parties of the era. This mix touches upon a few of those records, though keeping this side of the techno aesthetic (a retro deep house mix is still to come). Still vinyl, still unprepared.
A two-part recording hammered out with longtime collaborator DJ Construct, over a long night of molasses beats, retro-new-wave, and modern deep techno and electro… nothing prepared, all improvised, with thick malts in the glass.
In honour of the events we’ve played together, I’ve posted a selection of images from the 2002 series at Video-In.
The second existential journey into ø, the state of nothingness, barred & slashed, desire denied, but throughout, with strange & redeeming forays into minimalist house, taking cues from Detroit’s unswerving faith in the redemption of techno. With vinyl from Hardwax. No prepared records.