Ever since I first recorded bits of mixes off radio – mainly Triple J’s ‘Mix-Up’ and 4ZZZ’s ‘Crucial Cutz’ programmes – I’ve always had a soft spot for that music. It’s the music that I remember most clearly bonding me to the trance, techno and psy-trance genres. No longer did I have to feel kind of half-satisfied with rock, pop and bits of ‘dance’ music – there was music that I could really love, that gave me the feeling of energy and power that no other music does.
And ever since I first spliced those bits of ‘transcription’ tapes together into the first two of my ‘Transcriptions’ mixes, I’d wanted to find those tracks, buy them and mix them for real into my own mix. I knew I was never going to be as good as those DJs at the time – Nik Fish, Adrian Van Ray, Ken Jensen, Jen-E, Michael Kidd, and Peter Mogg on 4ZZZ – but I wanted to be.
Gradually I found tracks. Lots of searching and listening, endlessly retrying SoundHound and Shazam to get matches, asking friends to identify tunes… it took a long time. I owe a huge debt to Peter Mogg for actually announcing what those tunes were, which I carefully noted down afterward – no-one else did, and how is an up-and-coming punter supposed to find those tunes again? Sadly, there are still quite a few tunes I have no ID for at all – if you want to try your hand at the unknowns in mixes 4 and 5 be my guest!
Finally, in late 2020 I started assembling the mix. While I liked the idea of following the pattern of my previous reworks – start and end with the same tracks but rearrange everything else to blend better – the ambient pieces just deserved to go at the start, and build up to a rocketing hardcore finish. Quite a few tracks, including those ambient ones at the start, don’t feature in the Transcriptions mixes but came from recordings from that time so I got to include them. There are still a few tracks that I would have loved to put in but haven’t identified, and a few that I have that I don’t really feel the same emotion for any more and left out. I was tempted a few times to add in other tracks not from those recordings from that era that I love, but I took them out again after just finding them mentally incongruous with that one pure objective of a homage to Australian FM club radio in the late 1990s.
(Also, I just discovered in July 2022 that the tune I’ve always known as “Information (Tremble Mix)” is actually the Original mix. So it’s still a work in progress, apparently!)
So here it is! Enjoy!
Completed 3 Feb 2021
Total play length: 03:21:38
|1||Sabres of Paradise||Haunted Dancehall||In the Nursery Mix||77.30||05:48|
|2||Cosmic Baby||Cosmikk Trigger 5.0||Unreleased 1992||138.90||10:14|
|3||Squelch||Crash||Danny Howell's Original Mix||135.00||12:53|
|4||The Infinity Project||Ego Shredder||140.00||06:46|
|5||Masaray||Time Traveler of Trance||137.80||13:08|
|6||Total Eclipse||Toxic Caterpillar||139.90||07:03|
|7||Juno Reactor||Guardian Angel||142.90||07:28|
|8||Humate & Rabbit in the moon||East||Rabbit in the moon remix||133.60||09:39|
|9||assign||1998.7.16 Tokyo||Jurgen Driessen Presents Assign||140.50||12:45|
|10||Sunday Club||Winds of Change||Part 1||141.10||08:55|
|11||Way Out West||Domination||135.90||08:38|
|12||Virus||Sun||Man With No Name Remix||135.80||06:57|
|13||Severed Heads||Dead Eyes Opened||Spooked||134.00||09:06|
|15||Cygnus X||The Orange Theme||Ferry Corsten Remix||145.00||07:03|
|16||De La Ray||Superangel||140.90||05:13|
|17||Sola Nova||A Visit To The Planetarium||Mannheim Mix||149.00||07:33|
|19||Adrenalin Drum||The Hypnotiser||149.90||06:58|
|20||Gamma Loop||Stagmato Seven||142.60||07:22|
|21||Lords of Octagon||First Adventure Trip||151.80||07:58|
|23||The Dentist||Global Phases||Phase V||150.80||05:02|
|25||Cenobyte||Future World||Future Mix||159.80||06:26|
|26||Virtual Symmetry||Information||Original Mix||152.10||08:23|
|29||Alien Factory||Get The Future Started||163.90||07:55|
|30||DJ Hooligan||Rave Nation||Perplexer Remix||165.00||05:43|
|31||Cenobyte||Tales From The A-Side||Byte Mix||162.20||06:01|
|33||Mikado||Feel The Bass||Rave The Bass Mix 1995||173.40||04:40|
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.