Thursday, 9 July 2009

JD Twitch - Optimo Podcast 1 - Synth Summer

I reckon if I was forced to only listen to one DJ for the rest of my days, desert island style, then that person would be JD Twitch. Over the years he's astonished me with his inventiveness and mixing ability - always has a surprise or two up his sleeve.

This podcast promises to be the first of many, and will eventually be put up on the iTunes store (I think), but in the meantime here's a preview courtesy of the Echatio forum.

Here's the accompanying blurb:

"Shortly the Optimo website is going to have a total revamp and finally enter the 21st century. There will be lots of new features and content and one of the things we are going to introduce is a series of podcasts to take us into the second decade of the third millennium.

These will range from mixes recorded at the club to radio type shows, spoken word, mixes of music that tickles our fancy, or anything else we come up with that we'd like to share.

The first one will be available as a podcast in a few weeks but we have decided to make it available as a Yousendit download in the meantime.

The podcast is called "Synth Summer" and is a selection of (guess what?) synth based music from around the planet. It covers a broad range of styles and a broad time span - from 1980 to some tracks that haven't been released yet, and that may indeed never see the light of day. It is a dj mix but not a club mix. The flow is the way it is so as to be a listening experience rather than for the dancefloor, even though all the tracks are "dance" tracks. Wherever possible, as much of each track as possible has been included.

There is no tracklist as we think in this day and age with the abundance of mixes available on the internet that people often judge something based on the tracklisting rather than actually listening to it. If anyone really wants to know what a particular track is, we will be happy to tell them.

The mix was recorded using two turntables and a laptop. Wherever possible the original vinyl was used but some of the tracks don't exist on vinyl. Track one (which we would like to thank Mr. James Holden for providing us with after searching for it for many years) only exists on a cassette from the early 80s so please excuse the fidelity, although it actually sounds pretty fab considering. A tiny bit of post mix editing was done as one of the tracks skipped during the recording and the levels were a little askew in a couple of places. The mix contains 17 tracks, lasts just over an hour and the download is a 192kbps mp3 and is 84.5mb.


JD Twitch - Optimo Podcast 1 - Synth Summer

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Paul Allen said...

I've seen them quite a few times down here in London and they are always amazing. I saw Twitch at T-Bar the other week and he played an absolute blinder.

Next Saturday at Cable is set to be another cracker; Weatherall and Optimo on the same bill. I saw them back-to-back at Fabric last summer and it was one of the best nights of my life; I don't think I've been quite the same since.

Thanks for this; off to give it a listen in the gym.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering, you got any old Twitch and Brainstorm mixes from Pure you could post up here??

andy said...

love that boards of canada edit of midas touch ;)

Anonymous said...

what is the first track? awesome mix.

pone said...

are there any new episodes of this podcast? can't find it on optimo's page.

Moggieboy said...

No new ep's yet. Far be it from me to suggest that they tend to get a bit lazy with such things, but I'm sure it will appear sometime soon. Will find out. I'll fire it up when it appears...

shooshbang said...

Gah! Can anyone tell me the track (whose vocals hit on 10:20~)? Can't figure it out...!!