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John Digweed and Nick Muir's partnership has been one of electronic music's most fruitful pairings, leaving a body of work that’s seen them become one of the world’s most highly regarded production duos. While science fiction and electronic music have intertwined at numerous points since the emergence of the genre – from Jeff Mills to Global Communication and beyond - together with bestselling author, John Twelve Hawks, Digweed & Muir have taken the relationship into new territory and the album, ‘The Traveler’, is the result of this symbiotic connection.

Hawks wrote his trilogy of ‘The Traveler’ novels while listening to Digweed’s mix albums and weekly radio show, Transitions. After contacting the UK DJ and producer and an exchange that crossed several years (for reasons John outlines below), they agreed to work together to bring Hawks works to life via a collaborative album, and with Hawks as the narrator. The end result saw Hawks travel to the UK in secret, (he lives ‘off the grid’, hiding behind a secret identity due to his beliefs regarding the intrusiveness of the modern state and digital society – themes that are central to his work) and recorded his spoken word contributions to accompany an electronic music soundtrack created by Digweed and Muir. The meeting took place in the “middle of nowhere”, Hawks then disappeared back to whence he came, and the three have had limited contact since.

‘The Traveler’ is a unique and fascinating album, providing a listening experience that exists far beyond the dancefloor – though the track ‘3B3’ will be released as a single including a picture disk format. The music draws the listener deep into the world of ‘The Traveler’, brought further to life by Hawks spoken word passages taken directly from the novel. The accompanying physical release features extensive sleevenotes and artwork, making it an extremely collectable item for fans and beyond.

JOHN DIGWEED SAID:
“It all started when a copy of the book The Traveler was sent to me from John Twelve Hawks publishers with a letter explaining that John had been listening to my Transitions Radio show while writing the book and wanted me to have a copy as a thank you. Due to my busy schedule it wasn’t until the following year when I was on holiday that I finally got a chance to read the book. From the very first page I was hooked and couldn't put it down until it was finished.”
Digweed continues:
“I left a little thank you message in Jan 2009 thanking John through his website and didn’t think any more about it. Fast forward to Oct 2010 when, in the course clearing out my junk emails, I came across a reply from John Hawks himself - which I had completely missed. You can imagine how I felt! I responded straight away and this is an extract from the reply I received:
“I just wanted to say that I've followed your career over the years and have always wondered if we could create a project together. Contacting you was not a casual action. I know what you've done. In fact, while I'm writing this, I'm listening to GU 006: Sydney. I played what I call the "dark" CD -- CD 1 -- hundreds of times while I was writing book two of the trilogy, The Dark River. I'm bringing it up because -- like any good DJ -- you were able to establish a building momentum, a mood and a climax. This is what any dramatic form does: a film, novel or play.”

“So I thought, why not mix genres? A telephone conversation was arranged with John on his satellite phone, conducted via his voice scrambler that he uses on all his telephone conversations. We agreed that Nick and myself would attempt a project consisting of music based on passages from the book and after some initial discussions, it was decided that John Twelve Hawks would be the narrator. This posed a problem however, as John maintains strict secrecy about his identity in order that he may express his ideas about modern day threats to personal liberty more freely. At first, a meeting with him seemed out of the question. So we tried recording his voice down the phone through his voice changing software, but it quickly became obvious that we would need to record him directly in order to ensure his narrated contributions were clear and fully audible.”

“We put this to John and he graciously agreed. We arranged a meeting with him, 'off the grid' as he puts it,
in the middle of nowhere. He duly arrived at the appointed time, obviously we can't say anything about this meeting, what he looked like or how he was as a person as this would betray his trust; however, all went well and we recorded his narrated passages which he delivered perfectly like the consummate professional he is. And then, after a few brief pleasantries, he was gone as quickly as he had arrived. We haven’t seen him since, nor spoken to him save for a few communications relayed on email from his protected account.

“His contributions have been treated and changed with software in a variety of different ways on the album and the original recordings of his voice have been deleted to further protect his identity. These measures may seem drastic but this is how he wishes to conduct his career as an author in relation to the subject matter he deals with and we completely respect that. He is a perfect example of how it is possible to operate within an underground culture and we are privileged and delighted to bring a musical perspective to his ideas.”


TRACKLIST:
1. First Line
2. Live Off The Grid
3. Am I Awake
4. Capoeira
5. Stay In The Present
6. The Traveler
7. The Truth
8. Battle
9. Find The Way
10. Damned By The Flesh
11. 3B3
12. We Are All Connected
13. Last Line

3B3 Preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456_jaL … CqPEDwmt4w
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Spark by John Twelve Hawks (9 Oct 2014)

For further information please contact:
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Tickets selling like hot cakes for this one over a third gone already so please don`t leave it too late to get yours.

We will also be hosting a very special pre-party for this event so for those of you looking for a meeting place,  stand by for more details.

John

After reading some of your begging and pleading posts.

I am willing to give this board another month if you lot can cobble together 2 moderators to control this board and allow it to be a pleasant place to visit.

Lets see if anyone wants the job and you can all agree they will do a good job

Thanks

John

I think it might be time to wrap things up on this board.

i am sure you guys will be able stay in touch somewhere for your banter, but my overall feeling is that there is too much negativity on here and new members are scared off after a few posts.

Thanks

John

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Some amazing parties and so many memories

Thank You

John


If you attended one of the Vagabond’s events during this year’s Winter Music Conference in late March, you might have noticed that at times the music sounded almost nostalgic, with some of the DJs peppering their sets with classic tracks that in retrospect were rife with sentimental meaning.

There was good reason. Those DJs were in the loop on what the public – and even the staff – didn’t know: This would be the final Conference for the Vagabond.

After six years, and amid recent rampant rumors, the popular Miami nightspot is officially closing its doors, effective today (Thursday, April 24, 2014).

“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that the time has come to bid farewell to The Vagabond,” says Carmel Ophir, the club’s heart, soul and co-owner, along with Rodney Mayo and British superstar DJ John Digweed. “It’s been a little over six years, and this chapter is coming  to a close. That doesn’t mean that the book is over, but this particular chapter is.” Unlike many other South Florida clubs that simply crashed and burned, the Vagabond’s demise is strictly for personal reason


The physical building located at 30 NE 14th Street in Downtown Miami is sold and will become a new venue with a new name.

“We are selling it, so I will leave the venue for the future operators to describe and disclose," Ophir said. "But it is sold, and there will be new operators with a new venue and a new name."“It’s been an incredible ride,” he says. “The artists and DJs who have played there over time have felt that they were at home there, and it just seemed to matter a little bit more on the soul and substance level, whenever they would play.Co-owner John Digweed, who played The Doors anthem “The End” to close out his final set at the Vagabond during WMC, was so fond of performing there that he recorded the performance and is releasing it as part of his “Live In…” compilation CD series. The three-disc “Live In Miami” set, subtitled “Last Night at the Vagabond,” drops May 26.


By Michael Hamersly

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For this weeks party we have decided to pipe the music from room 1 into rooms 2 & 3 to take some of the pressure off the main room and make it more comfortable for everyone.

We are down to are last few hundred tickets so don`t leave it to late to get yours.

Thanks

John

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mixlr.com/johndigweed  for some exclusive pop up broadcasts featuring the best of #Transitions

plus Show 500 will be broadcast live from here as well

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Full of coats ?


BedRob wrote:

glad you enjoyed it John, what was the cloakroom like ?

Top Night

Thanks to everyone who made it down

I loved it

John

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Cordoba

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Mar del Plata

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