nanaka vihara is a newly established meditation centre in the theravada buddhist tradition. i was lucky enough to meet the abbot, ven. dhammasubho during my retreat at pa auk tawya in myanmar and requested a short stay of residence there for meditation practice.
the following article will be published in a book about yogi’s experiences of different meditation centres in myanmar:
i came to pa auk with the specific intention of learning more about samadhi meditation and the jhanas. before this, i have only ever meditated according to goenka’s instructions which touch briefly on concentration before launching into vipassana based on physical sensations. from reading the maha satipatthana sutta i became convinced that right concentration according to the noble eightfold path is, at very minimum, the first 4 jhanas. with that in mind, i did my research via the internet and other meditators’ experiences and the name pa auk kept coming up as a place where yogis can learn all 40 samatha subjects as instructed by the buddha.
this is recording of a dj set i dropped at a great little night called natural selection hosted by kimon. it’s a very random & eclectic selection of friendly funk, remixes and mashups, dub, hip hop, reggae, glitch hop and nu funk breaks.
i’m off travelling for four months in se asia, so it was great to have a last shakedown with some of my favourite peeps and tunes.
1. peggy lee & ludacris – hallelujah (c@ in the h@ remix)
2. restless leg syndrome – britney spears
3. skittles – tip-i-cally
4. mix n blend – mercy feat yaelle trules
5. pupajim – international farmer
6. bo$$y ride – big booty gal
7. romare – your love (give me fever)
8. kromestar – dont make sense
9. bo$$y ride – original trap star
10. nerub – oglinda
11. alborosie – raggamuffin
12. craig mack – flava in your ear
13. odjbox – golden feat j5 & haynes
14. opiuo – trout snout
15. restless leg syndrome – ya nas
16. caspar – put a lid on it
17. funk ferret – whole lotta shizzle
18. beastie boys – ya dont stop (bnc fullshot)
19. palov – not a typical jamaican
20. dj alias – san francisco bay
21. the fritz – get it going on
22. too many t’s – ain’t it right (lewd behaviour & wbbl dub)
23. maceo & the macks vs m.o.p. – ante up the tracks (mix n blend one afternoon edit)
24. fort knox five – another message to rudy
25. caspar – charleston feat conscious
26. 7ft soundsystem meets fletcher in dub – evil bush doctor riddim
27. jstar – shake empty heads
28. the allergies – heartbreaker
29. danny byrd – red mist (featurecast remix)
30. toots & the maytals – hard to handle (stickybuds remix)
31. odjbox – otto croy
32. the funk hunters & skiitour – the plan
it’s with great pleasure that i announce the release of my new album. the project is called dhamma baby and the album is called laughing buddha bass and it’s your for free. after 2 years in the studio i’m finally happy with the finished product and i’d love to share it with you. so go on, don’t be shy, download it for free right now!
thanks to pete woo for the amazing artwork.
the first part is 74 minutes of deep space dub music, subsonic rumblings, glitched out melodies and frequencies from other dimensions. laughing buddha bass by dhamma baby part 2 is something a little unusual. with this recording you can learn the ancient mediation technique of feeling the touch of your breath, otherwise known as anapana sati. meditation has become a huge part of my life and i would like to share this with you. learn how to meditate by feeling the touch of your breath by dhamma baby i hope this music and the meditation gives you as much as pleasure as it has given me!
i’m loving the deep sound of drum & bass right now. here are a few gems i found from many nights lost deep in the jungle.
i put this little mixtape together for it came from the jungle, cape town’s longest running weekly drum & bass nite.
enjoy the download : )
01 break – love so true
02 die & break – tear down
03 enei – obsession feat mc drs
04 calyx & teebee – elevate this sound
05 calibre – smooth baby
06 chris su – disorientated
07 dub phizix & skeptical – marka feat strategy
08 netsky – love is gone (dub phizix remix)
09 break – something new (xtrah remix)
10 xtrah – discordance
11 btk – drop it
12 eastcolours – watch out
13 lynx & kemo feat alix perez – dangerous
14 spectrasoul – 4 points
15 octane & dlr – murmur feat break
16 enei – running feat georgia yates
17 dramatic & db audio – revolution groove
18 dub phizix – never been feat fox
i had an opportunity to jump up onto stage at rocking the daisies when another dj’s laptop died all of a sudden, oops! anyway, here’s some random dubstep, mashups and glitch hop that got pulled out of the bag for this impromptu set.
two of africa’s heavyweight dub champions take a once in a life-time adventure into the deep realms of dub. follow these two cape town audio-nauts on their escapade of spliffs and blips, as they journey from the deepest subsonic worlds to the land of psychedelic space echoes. fasten your sub and enjoy the ride.
music written & produced by fletcher & yves. mastered by matt @ timecode. wicked artwork handmade by luis tolosana.
if you were thinking about learning ableton live, now is the time. i have partnered with SAE cape town to bring you a humdinger of an ableton course. it’s 8 weeks long, 2 nights a week starting from 29 may 2012. i will be taking students starting from scratch, through the basics of audio and midi all the way to the complexities of producing finished tracks and remixes. all of this in a great environment. i look forward to be working in SAE’s state of the art mac’ed out classrooms and studios. click here for more information about the course and application details.
danny popper is a hooligan. he also likes to make very large pieces of art. he made this one for siemens on the durban beachfront for cop17. to show their commitment to the environment or something like that. danny asked me nicely to come up with a track for him for his video documentary. here’s the result of my time in the studio with guitarist, macro msg, from spain. the tune is called “dubsidedowntree”. i rather like it if i say so myself.
you can find out more about danny popper’s work on his website http://danielpopper.com
here’s my live dub set at ‘a taste of sonar’ in cape town. it was a wicked nite for me, i got to meet massive attack and modeselektor. but most importantly for me, i remembered to hit record before i started playing. i was the warmup for the evening so the mix starts from complete ambience and builds in intensity towards some heavy bass riddims. enjoy the deep dubs.
there is absolutely no point listening to this mix on your laptop speakers cos most of my basslines are subsonic. do yourself a favour and plug into a good pair of speakers.
to download from soundcloud, just click the little down arrow on the player. couldn’t be easier.
filastine is an interesting guy. what you might call a nomadic sonic terrorist. he travels the planet playing over 100 gigs a year dropping a heavy mixture of bass and eclectic global sounds with politically provocative video material. when i saw him live at a festival in reunion isalnd, he destroyed a shopping trolley on stage, mic’ed up as giant percussion instrument. he does not hold back when it comes to his socio-political views. the resulting cocktail is a heady brew of beat science and counter-cultutre propoganda. right up my street.
i was stoked when filastine approached me to do this remix for him, a track off his new album. the video was made at the sites of large scale natural disasters across asia. you can read all about the story here. it’s real.
my idea for the remix was to create my dub version to the original music video. i.e. use the original structure, but build and sound design my own tapestry of noise around the images. i would love to do more of this kind of hybrid remix / composing to video work.
wow this is a special one for me. sonar is coming to cape town for one night. i’m lucky enough to be included on a lineup with modeselektor. woah! if you know what i’m talking about, then nothing more needs to be said. if you don’t, then words are fairly useless. you’ll just have to come and listen for yourself. trust me.
i’m going to be starting the night off with a selection of handcrafted deep dubs. my live setup integrates ableton live, analogue delays, some bionic scratching on turntables and drum pads triggered by step sequencers. take a listen and download for yourself.
this night is a small taste of the original sonar festival in barcelona – the pinnacle of global electronic music festivals.
omnidirectional love machine is the result of my fascination with subtle psychedelic soundscapes that keep evolving organically into new shapes and forms thru the use of low frequency oscillators. it’s deep space music, echoes of an other worldly language filtered thru technology and a haze of sweet smoke. sit back and listen to the soundtrack of an unmade science-fiction film, enjoy the throb and pulse and wobble of my dubby universe. this is a new direction for me, i hope you enjoy.
listen and download the 3 track EP from bandcamp for free.
this is definitely one of my favourite festivals of the year. wicked lineup, gorgeous venue. and the fact that they’re kind enough to hold it on my birthday weekend every year also slightly influences my opinion.
as with all the best festivals in cape town, you don’t have to subject yourself to 3 days of trance, the redbull custom made soundsystem will be on site, hosting the best in urban beats, dub and techno.
the internet is a beautiful thing, don’t you think. just found this video on youtube. mr sean baker, whoever he may be, has mashed up my tune, dreadlox dub, with the british tv series rastamouse.
this is the reason i don’t believe current copyright laws are that useful to creative people. technically this is illegal. but it’s brilliant and should be encouraged! art does not happen in isolation, but through constant re-interpretation of existing ideas. that’s why i will be releasing all future work under a creative commons license which encourages sharing, remixing and mashups as long as the sources are credited and it is for non-commercial purposes. if this kinda thing interests you check out more at www.creativecommonsza.org.and for a giant library of creative commons media check out www.archive.org
here’s an exclusive mix i made for the xxxl bass show on muthafm.com, quake and microstripe’s last show on the legendary cape town radio station.
it’s full of hard hitting beatz, everything from glitch hop and ragga to drumstep and krunk funk. not for the faint-hearted looking for something nice & relaxing to listen to.
01 Son Of Kick feat RQM – From Here
02 The Streets – Going Through Hell (Diplo Remix)
03 Camo UFOS – Bashment Crue (Urban Assault drumstep remix)
04 Terry Lynn – Streetlife (WILDLIFE! Mix)
05 Bandish Project – Chase (Distrikt drumstep remix)
06 Two Fingers – Fools Rhythm
07 ill.Gates & Samples – Crystal Math
08 Schlachthofbronx – Wave & Wine (Toddla T remix)
09 Mix n Blend – Full Retard
10 Roots Manuva – Who Goes There
11 Jam Jarr – Krunk Jaw
12 ill.Gates & Ana Sia – Extraordinary Rendition (feat Chris Sia)
13 Koan Sound – Funk Blaster (Original Mix)
14 ill.Gates, Opiuo & Vent – TriLLogy
01 Flying Lotus – Beginners Falafel
02 Cypress Hill – Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk
03 1000names – Pocket Calculator (Lynx & Hellrazor Remix)
04 Mimosa – Drippin
05 Modeselektor – Fake Emotion [Dabrye Remix]
06 Liquid Stranger – His Fully Automatic Wheelbarrow
07 Om Unit & Kromestar – Solar Cycle
08 Tipper – Outsideinsideout
09 The Orb – Reefer Spin In The Galaxy
10 DJ Krush + Sly & Robbie – The Lost Voices
11 Blend Mishkin – Mafia
this is a great project i’m involved in. i spent my school years in the eastern cape, so xhosa has always been my second language, albeit with limited vocab and hilarious grammar. i wanted to brush up on my xhosa skills a few years ago, so i found some beginners classes run by ubuntu bridge. there i connected with the rather mad schoolmaster, teacher and all round fun guy, quite a white ou.
apart from his xhosa teaching skills, he’s obviously got some film and drama background somewhere because he wrote the song, scripted, directed, acted in and produced a music video with a small team and an even smaller budget. this is the result.
as you can see, my role is beatz, music production, and occasional cameo roles as a tennis umpire.
we’ve played a few gigs together from the mad hatter’s festival of the flamjangled tea party, all the way to a crowd of rastas and foreign girls at teba’s birthday bash in gugulethu. every time the response is the same: big smiles from the audience. and massive love from any xhosa speakers in the crowd.
this is what happens when you throw him into a random taxi on kloof street at rush hour.
you’ll be happy to know we’re in the process of writing more tunes. the process goes something like this: quite a white ou records himself rapping acapella on his phone, emails that thru to me, i stretch the vocals into time in ableton live and build a phat beat around his voice. then he comes to the studio and we re-record the vocals properly and i keep mixing and tweaking until everyone is happy. i do enjoy the possibilities of digital technology.
watch this space for more quite a white ou tunes.