The description of the choice of songs for this mix can be found in the original Top Thirty page. Shortly after making that mix, however, I found myself driving around thinking that, though I had numerous CDs of my earlier mixes, I didn’t have any CDs of my current mixes. This one, containing my top thirty tracks, would be ideal – but it was a hair under three hours long.
I did some maths. With 30 songs in 80 minutes, that gives each song 8/3rds of a minute – or 2:40 – to play. That would mean just highlighting the most catchy, recognisable sections – but it would be a challenge. And that sounded interesting.
It was hard work, let me tell you. Every second gained somewhere was lost somewhere else. When I slackened off and let both “Your Whole Life” and “Bulky Hero” go overtime, I had to unmercifully butcher the next six songs to make them fit. I had to go by a spreadsheet, since any sentimentality about how long I let each song play led to the whole thing blowing out. I tightened things until they squeaked. I did little tricks I’d never need to do in an ordinary mix – like upping the BPM on one track just slightly to bring it into line, or chopping the middle bit out of “Addicted To Bass” so that it can tell the whole story in two thirds of the time, or snap changing between “Domination” and “Dead Eyes Opened” because a fade was never going to work. I felt very slightly dirty at the end of it.
But mostly I felt very proud. It was a mix that I could listen to over and over and not get tired in the least. While bits of it felt kludgy, nothing felt like it was truly wrong, or out of place, and every bit of it was really enjoyable to listen to. Whether it’s a blast from the past or a new purchase I’m still proud of, I just really enjoy every bit of this mix.
Completed 21 Jul 2010
Total play length: 01:19:48
|1||Jean Michel Jarre||Oxygene 2||Aero remix||115.90||41:00|
|4||Boom Jinx||Come Play Perfect||130.00||20:00|
|5||JPL||Your Whole Life (Ljungqvist Always Lives Remix||130.00||31:00|
|6||Sonic Division||Bulky Hero||132.00||05:00|
|7||The Green Martian||Industry||135.00||17:00|
|8||Way Out West||Domination||135.90||38:00|
|9||Severed Heads||Dead Eyes Opened||Original Mix||132.20||30:00|
|10||Man With No Name||Vavoom!||136.00||10:00|
|11||Push||Tranzy State Of Mind 2002||Club Mix||138.00||30:00|
|12||Art of Trance||Madagascar||Ferry Corsten remix||137.00||55:00|
|14||Exposure||Magic Impuls||Original Mix||138.00||47:00|
|15||Galen Behr vs. Hydroid||Shift Of The Ages||138.00||00:00|
|17||Solar Factor||No Return||Original mix||137.00||21:00|
|20||Itch-e & Scratch-e||Sweetness and Light||Sound & Suthers at the Controls||140.00||32:00|
|21||Sasha Da Link||Meteor (Natlife Somewhere In T||140.00||21:00|
|22||Albert Vorne||A Leaden Day||M.I.K.E. Remix||140.00||34:00|
|24||White Overtone Wizard||Maya||147.00||09:00|
|25||Josh Abrahams||We Mess with Your Head||142.50||03:00|
|26||Sola Nova||A Visit To The Planetarium||Mannheim Mix||149.00||33:00|
|28||Josh Abrahams||Addicted To Bass||Original Version||82.50||54:00|
|29||Josh Abrahams||Addicted To Bass||Original Version||82.50||54:00|
|30||X-Dream||The 1st||Fluke Remix||180.80||08:00|
|31||Carbon Based Lifeforms||Epicentre||First Movement||106.40||57:00|
I welcome any suggestions, criticisms and recommendations for new music to listen to. I will consider doing specific mixes for people, but this is only a hobby. Hope to hear from you.