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DJ For Hire

Postby gyre » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:31 am

Since I would like to improve the level of music on the playa, I have decided to offer my services as a DJ.
I will bring my extensive collection of music with me and set up in your theme camp and not play my eclectic mixes.
I will not play them on your art car.
I will set up shop under spots on your stage and not play.
You can wrap me in elwire and bathe me in strobes and I will continue to not play.
I will continue to not play the entire week.
I will watch real things going on and enjoy them.
I will ride on and enjoy your art car.
I will enjoy the people in the camp.
I promise not to play anything all week.
My gift to you.

(I will give everyone in the camp my special 8 hour version of Funkytown consisting of the same thirty second loop subtly phase shifted in each variation for the entire eight hours. This is for the ride home. You are not required to play it.)
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Postby thirt33n » Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:43 am

very funny gyre.
today i played a "gig". as most of my "gigs" are this summer, just for the money. I do the usual cover bullshit songs, have a few originals thrown in for the few people who come to see me and hang still. Today was a lake bar outside gig. on breaks there is music. constant music.

I made an announcement that i was about to play my very favorite song and it was just 1 minute long. I've actually never done it before but today it was perfect. It was a minute of nothing. We all listened to the wind and the boat motors and the kids in the water and the huckleberry lemonades going down.


...my favorite song.


next i played "shook me all night long"
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Postby gyre » Sun Jul 20, 2008 3:09 am

Lake sounds....nice.
One of my favorite pieces has harbor sounds in UK with people on the docks talking, spaced with some instrumental guitar.
I like to mix in animal and natural sounds.
I think the french called it musique concrete, to make music of natural sounds.
I love the beer tab opening to the King of the Hill theme.

Nothing is worse than those idiots that try to add music to every nature documentary and news show with good quality audio already.
In some cases obtained at great cost!
Is there a class teaching that?
They used to add music to nature shows because it was impossible to get live recording.
Does anyone want to watch a video of the surf and have it drowned out by someone's dreary unimaginative meanderings on guitar?

Less believable, I have seen this done to drown out race cars and fireworks!!!
What's the thought process there?
"We've managed to get a pair of Neumann U87s in the right place to get the audio!
Let's cover it up with elevator music now!
Instead of a Lancia shifting at 19,000 rpm let's hear '
Soliloquy to Slit Your Wrists By'."
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Postby Captain Goddammit » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:55 am

I will hire you!
As a DJ, can you tell me the difference between techno, house, trance, electronica, etc.?
Do you not play all of it?
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Postby Box Burner » Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:14 am

Do yo specialize in anything? Like maybe not playing rap music?
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Postby gyre » Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:05 pm

I can not play any variety of music, including all the varieties of rap, hiphop, bunnyhop, bicoastal, whatever.
I can explain all the varieties I won't play.
Techno is usually the same song repeated endlessly, though I do have some interesting acoustic and vocal techno I can bring and not play.
Some dance music dates back to sixties discothèque stuff that was made specifically for the clubs.
Though this is almost forgotten, much of the dance varieties track back to this.
My collection dates from the beginning of recording history to this millennium.

I can refuse to play all types of folk and international music too.
I have a bagpipes mix that gets a lively response from the neighbors when used to greet the dawn.
I could not play that in the morning.
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Postby Rat Bastard » Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:15 pm

Gyre...

I'd rather hear funkytown over and over all week then that one popular break beat track played everyday, all day by every DJ and MV on the playa. I love BM for the diversity. However, the lack of diversity in music is rather noticable. I got mad compliments last year for playing Jimi Hendrix and Led Zepelin. Not that I stick to classic rock for the week but the people have spoken!

Can't wait to see you MV out on the playa. Hope you don't have any mechanical problems and that it runs like an American Dream all week!

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Postby gyre » Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:09 pm

I think I could make Funkytown last a week.

There is a reason we are so happy to hear that forgotten song in a strange place.
That emotional connection is why they have muzak.

Maybe that's a good reason to play something new out there?

Something gained, something lost?
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Postby JezebelinHell » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:12 am

Could you come to our camp and not play Sandstorm? That song ruined a night of perfectly good dancing a few years back. Yeah yeah, there was a dust storm going on and I'm sure DJ Douchebag thought he was being REALLY clever, but once that fucking song starts I'm pretty much done for the evening
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:08 am

i think that was paul oakenfeld..last year he laid a big fat stinky egg at entheon, too.....some dj's just dont know when not to play......sandstorm, yup.....almost so bad it's good, but not quite.
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Postby Sensei » Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:57 am

Let's get to the bottom of this 'controversy', shall we?

I've got five bucks that says you guys can't dance for shit.

Honestly. White people....
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Postby Kinetik V » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:07 am

It's good to know there are others who have choked on too much "sandstorm" being played. I used to love it...now it's akin to listening to fingernails scraping across a chalkboard.
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Postby chiefdanfox » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:12 am

Shit seems like a silly thing to dance for. I could see the sign on dirty cardboard: "Will dance for shit".
Nonsense.
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Postby thirt33n » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:27 am

Sensei wrote:Let's get to the bottom of this 'controversy', shall we?

I've got five bucks that says you guys can't dance for shit.

Honestly. White people....


..speak for yourself homie. and bring that 5 spot.
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Postby ZaphodBurner » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:30 am

Great post. Going to Burning Man and not hearing Oakenfold/Tiesto-ey trance is like going to NOLA during Mardi Gras and not hearing Iko Iko or Hey Pocky Way.

I'd be disappointed. Beats the piss out of the 24x7 '80s dance comp that our neighbors were playing last time. I guess that's the problem; Southern Sun is a wonderful song, but if everybody in New Orleans played nothing but Iko or Da Saints 24x7, you'd have to pay extra to request those songs at Preservation Hall. Which, quite often, you do. (Cover bands ought to put a $100 surcharge on Mustang Sally or Freebird requests.)

BTW, here's what I'll playing around my camp this year. We're leaving the Tiesto, Moby and Oakenfold at home 'cause if we want to hear any of it all we'll have to do is turn our music off:

Sky Cries Mary http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tl8h7hmNYsk&feature=related

The High Violets
http://www.myspace.com/thehighviolets

The Bella Low
http://www.myspace.com/thebellalow (Pouring)

Jollymon
http://youtube.com/watch?v=p4HwTOvVfow&feature=related

The Black Angels
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nhiEIUhnF9A
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Postby ragabashpup » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:33 am

I can't dance well but I try anyway. I love to move I can't help it and if it bothers other people they can look away ;)
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Postby thirt33n » Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:42 am

ZaphodBurner wrote:. (Cover bands ought to put a $100 surcharge on Mustang Sally or Freebird requests.)



add
brown eyed girl
sweet home alabama
old time rock n'roll
brick house
play that funky music
and margaritaville

....playing these song are a large part of why i'm able to afford the second half of august though.
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Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:01 am

Dude, can you play Inna Gadda Da Vida? The version with the drum solo?
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Postby Pink Daddy » Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:21 am

A lot of people have told me and campmates that the reason why they enjoy the Exploratorium isn't the cool stripper pole in the middle or the black lights or the rope lights... but the fact that we play music that you DON'T normally hear on the Playa. A lot of our cruising music isn't electonic at all. We encourage improv stripper performances. You are more prone to get that with Motley Crue's 'Girls, Girls, Girls' than Tiesto's 'Traffic'.
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Postby Box Burner » Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:53 pm

AntiM wrote:Dude, can you play Inna Gadda Da Vida? The version with the drum solo?


Yeah! play Inna Gadda Da Vida! :)
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Postby gyre » Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:02 pm

Is there a version without a drum solo?

I have a rare 70s disco mix with added bass and no vocals.
It seems to be all drum solo.
About 47:38 long.
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Postby ZaphodBurner » Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:34 pm

thirt33n wrote:
ZaphodBurner wrote:. (Cover bands ought to put a $100 surcharge on Mustang Sally or Freebird requests.)



add
brown eyed girl
sweet home alabama
old time rock n'roll
brick house
play that funky music
and margaritaville

....playing these song are a large part of why i'm able to afford the second half of august though.


One of our campmates will agree with that. Not long ago somebody dropped $200 on the piano for him to play "Sweet Child o' Mine." So he did.

I have a friend who is hosting a karaoke camp this year. He's big into brown eyed girl, mustang sally, etc. Really nice guy. He's gonna be over in the 3 o'clock area, and so I'm gonna be at around 9.
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Postby AntiM » Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:42 pm

gyre wrote:Is there a version without a drum solo?

I have a rare 70s disco mix with added bass and no vocals.
It seems to be all drum solo.
About 47:38 long.


There's a cut version for radio play; no drum solo. When I was a teen, I'd call up the local country radio station and request it about once a week. They hated me. In the innocent days before caller ID and Star69.
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Postby Rat Bastard » Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:38 pm

You all are gonna love my iPod's collection. Find me on the rolling brick house. I got mad compliments from someone last year for playing Jimi. Sha, like of course I'm going to play what I like. I like good music. All kinds.

Love break beat but not the same three tracks 24/7.

I can't find "Sandstorm" in my memory. Anyone got a link to an MP3 so I know when to projectile vomit along with y'all?
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Postby gyre » Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:17 am

Did they play it , Antim?
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Postby Box Burner » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:51 pm

So gyre, what camp did you finally not play at?
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Postby gyre » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:59 pm

I didn't play at all of them.

I still get the occasional thank you letter.

I don't know if I'll have time next year.
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Postby betrdanevr » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:08 pm

:D :D
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Postby gaminwench » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:41 am

Gyre - you didn't play at our camp last year, and we're sooooo thankful we'd like to invite you to not do it, again - but LOUDER this time, k?
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Postby Sail Man » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:40 am

Gyre, if you want you can come by Kidsville and not play your eclectic music there either. Oh, and we have trampolines, but you don't have to play on those as well. :D
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