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Party Function V: Line Dancing for Urban Singles

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Some good friends hosted a party at the notorious 810 RaveCave, an uneven and dusty dance dungeon where experimental moves are tested before introduction to the general community. HARIM, our resident DJ, crafted this mix for the event. Cool your nerves and listen up.

Download mix by right-clicking the following link:

Line Dancing for Urban Singles [2.1.2014]

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Party Function III: Adorning the Hearth

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Ladies and gentlemen…Sonic Landscapes and Jollyboy Entertainment hosted the first Party Function of the Year this past Saturday [10.19.13], the third in our Party Function series. On an uneven, subterranean dance floor, steady waves of music-lovers bounced and gyrated until the wee hours of the morning. HARIM and NICO G of the LQE collective traded back and forth with steamy sets ranging from soulful minimal to steamy deep house, with some techno and R&B thrown in. It was a great way to kick off this year’s installments in this evolving music series.

If you would like to hear the music played by these two incredible DJs at the party, you can download their sets here.

And make sure to check out more music music from the great artists who played last night…

HARIM – http://www.mixcloud.com/harim
NICO G – http://www.mixcloud.com/lqecollective

And hear music from the past two Party Functions…

I: https://soniclandscapes.net/2012/10/15/party-function-feat-erin_fm-haarschnitt-gtmmm/
II. https://soniclandscapes.net/2013/05/29/party-function-ii-feat-harim-erin_fm-haarschnitt/

Keep an eye out for more Sonic Landscapes Party Functions coming soon!

“Hasta la Mañana Siempre”

Adorning the Hearth

Party Function II [feat. HARIM + Erin_FM + Haarschnitt]

On [5.24.13] Sonic Landscapes and friends convened a second Party Function. Throughout the night three fantastic friends of the Sonic Landscapes mission [HARIM, Erin_FM, and Haarschnitt] spun some incredible dance music while the crowd bounced, sweat, and disrobed beneath a series of surreal projections. After a particularly saucy opening set by HARIM–who was also hosting the party at his incredible apartment perched atop the gorge–Erin_FM played a fat set of his signature brand of upbeat house music, followed by a steamy selection of tracks by Haarschnitt. HARIM returned to the stand to finish the night off, greeting the wee hours of the morning with some more energetic dance music. Sonic Landscapes thanks these radical DJs and all those who helped make the night possible.

All three live sets were recorded on site, and can be heard below, and downloaded here:

HARIM’s set 

Erin_FM’s set 

Haarschnitt’s set 

View some inadequate iPhone pictures from the night below:

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To hear more from these artists, point your browser to the following links:

http://www.mixcloud.com/harim/ [HARIM]

http://soundcloud.com/earmuffs [Erin_FM]

http://soundcloud.com/haarschnitt [Haarschnitt]

…and don’t forget to check out our last Party Function here !

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Long Live the People’s School [Ep. LXIII]

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Cornell University is extremely fortunate for its politically active and socially conscious student body. Nowhere is this precious resource more apparent than at the Spring People’s School, held tomorrow [the 18th of April] as a gathering to help foment the creation of an engaged community.

See below for the People’s School Communiqué:

The winter is for reflection. The public spaces are frozen over, the trees become transparent, and on a late night walk home from the library, we might be tricked into believing there’s no one else here. The biting winds urge us to introspection.

As it turns out, communities aren’t just built in the streets. They’re built at late night meetings in empty classrooms, at study sessions in dimly lit cafés, and anywhere else where people come together out of a collective purpose. Our houses, our studios, our seminar rooms, our libraries, and our student unions can all be spaces of transformation. After all, isn’t “the streets” just a metaphor for the spaces where we find each other? Isn’t the public just a euphemism for the place in which we make us?

Over the course of this long, harsh winter, we’ve all been building our community. Some with more success than others. For many of us, these communities have been our only support systems. Winter can be a time when the isolation, work, and pressure of life at Cornell comes to a head. It is often a time of self-doubt, suffering, existential crisis, and sleep-deprived delusions of inadequacy. The tediousness of our daily existence voices what many of us so take for granted that it never gets said aloud. We aren’t happy here.

And the “here” in that sentence may be unnecessary, because it doesn’t end when we graduate. The jobs we are being trained for are the jobs we already have. Deadlines, long hours, stress, and precariousness: such is the life we live; such is the life we look forward to. When you were told that college would be the best years of your life, you didn’t imagine how bitterly accurate that prediction was. But it is not inevitable. What will we demand from ourselves, from this world, from the system in which we are all involuntary participants?

We aren’t happy here.

The crucial word in that sentence is the first one. We. It is worth clarifying that “we” does not refer to a collection of individuals who all, individually, feel unhappy. Of course, there are students who do sincerely feel happy here. You may be one of them. But we is a statement of collective identity which by definition is more than the sum of its parts. It is important that while some of us may be content, “we” won’t be, because our happiness is bound up in the happiness of those around us; our liberation is bound up in the freedom of those with whom we share this community. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As long as there are underpaid, under-resourced, under-respected workers, survivors of sexual assault blamed for their own trauma, and students breaking under the pressure of their own absent future, we will not be happy. There is no social change without the word we. Because if we share a problem, then we can do something about it.

The spring is for action. It’s for taking public space, it’s for demanding a meaningful existence, and it’s for realizing we all felt the same in the winter. It means turning our isolation on its head by realizing that it is something that we share.

The spring means breaking down the barriers that keep us isolated: between ourselves and our neighbors, between the estranged communities at Cornell, between Cornell and Ithaca College, between students and workers, and between discussion and action itself. It means destroying false binaries, whether they are male/female, gay/straight, or deconstructing privilege/constructing solidarity in its place.

Last fall, we began the process of constructing a new world at the People’s School. In that spirit, we invite you all to converge once more, on the Arts Quad, to continue the community-building process we started at the beginning of the school year. Students, workers, faculty, and local residents are all welcome, because although it affects us in different ways, we all live under the same system. We will meet on Thursday, April 18, from 10:30 to 4:30. There will be a poetry slam on the Stump starting at 12:15.

And come May Day, when we say we’ll see you in the streets, we’ll mean it literally.

The Spring is Coming.

The Beginning is Near.

We have created this mix to celebrate the People’s School christening of the Springtime in the name of the forces of good. Sonic Landscapes highly endorses this event, and encourages listeners to come and participate in this wonderful day of solidarity and egalitarianism. See this link for the facebook page for the event and make sure to invite friends.

Click link below to hear this mix streaming

Click this link to download the mix

The Playlist:

Intro Sample: Nelson Mandela

1. The Anthem – Onra

2. Cops Oppression and Capitalist Propaganda – Al Quetz

3. Zombie – Fela Kuti

4. Land Of… – St. Germain

5. El Pueblo Unido (Upright Andy Remix) – Thievery Corporation

6. Washington Bullets – The Clash

7. Nwampfundia – Tshetsha Boys

8. Nissim (with Amir Yaghmai) – Gaslamp Killer

9. Mon Espirit Part En Couilles – Expression Direkt

10. I’m God – Lil B

Hasta la victoria siempre

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Episode 61: Thaw13: 90-132 [GTMMMM Megamix]

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Sonic Landscapes is very excited to release this week’s episode, a four hour megamix brought to you by Sonic Landscapes friend and [ir]regular, GTMMMM [the kid with the freaky Detroit beats hellbent on corrupting the youth like some kind of techno Charles Manson]. GTMMMM performed at our Party Function a few months back, tearing it up with this incredible set. When he offered to create an extended mix for the show, we jumped at the offer. So here it is, four hours of rhythm to punctuate the melting snow and emerging life…

GTMMMM writes of this mix:

“Friends,

As advertised, GTMMMM presents THAW85-130. Four hours of music to get you out of the winter. Mixed live. One edit, because the file was too big to export whole. This is actually good, however. Instead of rejoining the mp3s, I decided to split the mix at a sensible place. The first half of the mix is slow and gurgling, slowly moving from ambient music to blissed-out techno and the slightest hint of house. In the second half, things get a little weird, or rather, a little hard–straight-up 4×4 peak-hours techno, with a thawin’ twist or two.  

Each stands on its own, but I highly advise you to spend the next four hour block you’ve allotted to listening to music to listening to this thing! Or at least listen to the first part first. I think you’ll have fun.

Love, GTMMMM”

Rick click links below to download onto your computer, or simply click to hear streaming.

Thaw13: 90-132 [GTMMMM Megamix for Sonic Landscapes] Pt. I

Thaw13: 90-132 [GTMMMM Megamix for Sonic Landscapes] Pt. II

The Playlist:

  1. Vessel–Stillborn Dub
  2. Liebe-Skin/GTMMMM–Forever Overhead
  3. Conforce–Elude
  4. Robert Hood–The Wheel
  5. BvDUB–I never cried a tear
  6. Radiance–iii (edit) — Basic Channel
  7. Claro Intelecto–Control 110.22
  8. Luke Hess–Incorruptible
  9. Levon Vincent–Late Night Jam
  10. Quadrant–Untitled iii
  11. Imax–Concorde
  12. Xhin–Insides (Perc Remix)
  13. Funkinevil–Night (Original Mix)
  14. Skudge–Phantom
  15. Mike Dehnert–Limite
  16. Transversable Wormhole–Exotic Matter
  17. Yan Cook–Raven
  18. Claro Intelecto–Quiet LIfe
  19. Voices From the Lake–Mika
  20. Christian Loffler ft. Mohna–Eleven
  21. Luke Hess–Overcome Feat. Jeff Hess
  22. Bleak–Sixteen Crude
  23. A601-2–River Place
  24. Audio Injection–Dimmer
  25. Moerbeck–Bump & Run
  26. Moerbeck–Pleasure to Burn
  27. Tim Hecker–In the AIR III
  28. Shed–Day After
  29. Marcel Fengler–Twisted Bleach
  30. Anthony Naples–Moscato B
  31. Shifted–Cold Light (Sektor A)
  32. Audi Injection–Darker
  33. Wax–Wax 20002A
  34. Objekt–Shuttered
  35. RadioNasty–I had to Spank You (Ben Sims Acid Mix)
  36. A Made up Sound–Ahead
  37. Duke Dumont–Underground Persistence (Original Mix)
  38. Josh Wink–Are You There? (New Mix)
  39. Head High–Rave (Dirt Mix)
  40. Rivet–Metrist
  41. Rivet–Metrist (Marcel Fengler Redefinition)
  42. 42    Ben Sims–Something (Original Mix)
  43. Magnus–Act Two (Truncate Remix)
  44. Lucy–Kalachakra (DVS1 Eyes Open Remix)
  45. Abstract Division–Fierce Tension
  46. Norman Nodge–NN 7.4
  47. Peter van Hoesen–Axis Mundi
  48. Silent Servant–Demonstration
  49. Adam X–Navigational Shortcut (original mix)
  50. Advanced Human–Satellite Club
  51. Robert Hood–Drive (The Age of Automation) (Phase Nocturnal Mix)
  52. Mick Finesse–Frolic
  53. Planetary Assault Systems–Om the Def
  54. A Made Up Sound–Take the Plunge (Beat Mix)
  55. ???? THAW
  56. ???? THAW
  57. ???? THAW

Don’t forget to spread the good word! This kid’s a DYNAMO!  Hear more music from GTMMMM at his soundcloud.

Episode 60: Radical Sine [Mix]

Episode 60 GraphicSonic Landscapes is back after a weeklong break spent exploring the wonderful city of Istanbul–a place with fascinating sonic qualities, from the cosmic drone of the muezzin’s call to prayer to the heckling street vendors to three-legged cats fighting in the street outside our apartment.

We are now on the final leg of the academic year, a time to balance focus with enjoyment. This is a mix to help foment that equilibrium. It begins with a track from a newly ordained saint in the SL pantheon–Rick Ross–then moves into an hour of enchanting grime, minimal dub, and jungle from some of our favorite labels such as Berlin’s Hessle Audio, East London’s Tempa, and South London’s Hyperdub. These artists play with complex collaging and layering of bass to explore the less-traveled depths of the sonic spectrum, anchoring these explorations with captivating dub-inspired rhythms interwoven with surrealistic and alien vocal sampling. The mix starts off with some slower, hypnotic tracks from Burial, Blackwax, and Ramadanman, moving then to some faster and more upbeat grime and jungle from artists such as FaltyDL and Zomby.

This mix goes well with coffee, Bose headphones, Micron pens, and low light.

To listen to this episode, simply click on the link below to hear streaming or right click and choose “download linked file” to add to your iTunes…

Episode 60: Radical Sine

The Playlist:

1. Pirates – Rick Ross

2. Wind It Up [Inst.] – Mark Pritchard & Om’mas Keith

3. Distant Lights [Kode9 Remix] – Burial

4. Offkey – Blackwax

5. Drowning – Ramadanman

6. Zharp – LV & Okmalumkoolkat

7. Fat Larry’s Skank – Benny Ill, Kode9, & The Culprit

8. Night Hunter – Fist

9. Router – Pangaea

10. I Can’t Stop This Feeling [Pangaea Remix] – Untold and Pangaea

11. Phreqaflex – FaltyDL

12. Pillz – Zomby

13. Bad Dreams – SP:MC & Joker D

A NOTE FOR ALL ITHACANS: This Saturday a pretty amazing event is taking place at the Schwartz Center, called “DIY Electronics,” featuring performances by revolutionary electronic musicians and experimenters such as Silver Apples, Tonto’s Expanding Headband, and Electric Golem. Read more about the event here and spread the word!

Party Function [feat. Erin_FM + Haarschnitt + GTMMM]

On [10.12.12] Sonic Landscapes hosted its first Party Function. Throughout the night three fantastic DJs [Erin_FM, Haarschnitt, and GTMMM] spun vinyl madness and made us all sweat profusely on the dance-floor. After a brief set of disco spun by our friend Lexi, Erin_FM kicked off the night with a dynamic set of house music. Next, Haarschnitt, whose guest mix / interview with us can be found here, spun his steamy brand of R&B-infused house, leading into GTMMMM [God Told Me to Make Machine Music], who capped off the evening with a high intensity set of detroit-style techno.

All three live sets were recorded on site in their entirety, and can be found below. To download the set to your computer, simply right click on the link and go to “download linked file” or simply listen streaming by clicking on the link.

Erin_FM’s set Erin_FM Live Set [10.12.12]

Haarschnitt’s set Haarschnitt Live Set [10.12.12]

GTMMMM’s set GTMMMM Live Set [10.12.12]

View some pictures from the Party Function below:

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To hear more from these artists, point your browser to the following links:

http://soundcloud.com/earmuffs [Erin_FM]

http://soundcloud.com/liebe-skin [GTMMMM]

http://soundcloud.com/haarschnitt [Haarschnitt]

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