What an amazing party at the Bedrock ADE party at Melkweg on 17/10/14.
Great sets from Guy J & Pig&Dan. Here is a clip of me in the mix with one of the
best light shows i have seen in years, Who needs LED, CO2 and confetti when
something like this can blow your mind.
What an amazing party at the Bedrock ADE party at Melkweg on 17/10/14.
Must have been a good night i did not play the 16Bit lolitas
Anyone notice the inflatable shark stuck on the DJ booth? Found that to be a good touch by whoever did it, added to the surreality of the night. The 16Bit Lolita's track sounded good with that Funky Green Dogs sample "Deep in my soul", probably the only tune I recognised.
Back for another great party at Melkweg alongside
Tickets available here
http://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/135265 … nl_melkweg
Topic: ‘Spark,’ the Latest Dystopian Novel From John Twelve Hawks (1 replies, posted in General Bedrock Discussion)
OCT. 5, 2014
By JANET MASLIN
“Spark” is an even better introduction to the abundant dystopian talents of John Twelve Hawks than “The Traveler” was, maybe because it’s less gimmicky and does not include a heroic breed of fighters called Harlequins. And maybe because Mr. Twelve Hawks (probably not his real name) has become a much better writer since “The Traveler” kicked off an elaborate Orwellian trilogy that, thrillingly as it began, eventually bogged down in subplots and digressions.
Clearly exhilarated by the fresh start that “Spark” affords him, this author creates a much simpler premise that forges a breathless action plot out of many of the ideological tenets of the “Traveler” books. Its main character thinks of himself as a Spark inside a Shell since undergoing a drastic Transformation. Translation: He had a bad motorcycle accident and believes that even though his body can still walk and talk, he is in fact dead. His idea of a good time is to nail a stake to the floor, attach himself to that stake by a string and walk in perfect circles.
No, that’s not the exciting part of “Spark.” And neither are any of the traits that put our hero (who goes unnamed as he narrates most of the book) in the realm of high-functioning autism. He hates being touched. He experiences no emotional responses other than curiosity, boredom and disgust. He has programmed his phone with photographs of 80 faces, each one signifying a different human response, like joy or pain or fear, so that he can tell what reaction he is eliciting in others. He has the perfect job qualifications for a hit man, and that’s the occupation he has fallen into.
So when we first meet him, he is at a stakeout in Brooklyn, watching a Russian businessman named Peter Stetsko park his car. “Look right. Look left. No one was in the street. I walked over to the car, held up the phone, and compared Stetsko’s photograph to the reality in front of me,” he tells us. “Then I raised my weapon and shot reality in the head.”
As in earlier books by Mr. Twelve Hawks, this protagonist lives in an ominous, technology-dominated world where machines aid or spy on all aspects of life. Sometimes, they can do both, and the few free souls left in society fear that a takeover by artificial intelligence isn’t far away.
There are “bash mobs” and Luddite gangs that arise to rebel against the forces of technology, spying and totalitarianism, freedom fighters who like nothing more than stomping on the equivalent of Google Glass. Mr. Twelve Hawks, who has become famous for his anonymity, publishes treatises on these matters at wespeakforfreedom.com, which is embraced by the good guys in this book’s plot.
At first, we follow the hit man around the globe as he goes from assignment to assignment, describing the physical experience of being an automaton in the spooky new world. It is a dystopia in which money buys everything, especially youth; the main markers for the poor are now signs of aging even more than signs of starvation. The hit man observes all this unquestioningly and takes his orders from a woman he knows mostly long distance. Since he is exceptionally crafty at executing these jobs, part of the fun is in watching him improvise. One very worthwhile detour involves his taking voice coaching to acquire a lower-class British accent so he can pose as a workman to get onto an estate outside London by claiming to be a delivery man for something called Jolly Good Fellows. What corrupt mogul would say no to that?
The woman who coaches him has a beloved dog. And dogs turn out to be the hit man’s first soft spot. He rates them highest on the pyramid of life-forms, and his archenemy is a fellow hit man whom he once caught savagely torturing a canine victim. This, like every bread crumb Mr. Twelve Hawks drops during the course of this story, will come to matter greatly.
Midway through the book, it becomes apparent that the main character — who is beginning to think of himself as Jake, his pre-accident name — is regaining his humanity. That Spark is beginning to catch fire. It’s possible to pinpoint the moments in the story when his amorality is pushed too far, or the man inside him is actually moved, or he just tastes something that has flavor; one way or another, the robotic killer begins to think about what he’s doing. Because this man was always very, very smart, the part of the book that puts his brain to full use truly gallops.
Mr. Twelve Hawks sets up the battles in “Spark” as more than simple combat. His appeal lies in his pairing of one system of belief against another and letting them duke it out. There is someone here who tries to justify actions with this: “Everything that goes on in the universe is a physical process that involves boson particles that have an integer spin such as one or two, and fermion particles that have odd, half-integer spins.” By everything, this person means everything. Whoever is on the other side of the argument must hear it out and can’t dismiss it out of hand.
And how many dystopian thrillers give René Descartes a significant role? Descartes’s “Cogito, ergo sum” comes up repeatedly as a matter of crucial important in a world where artificial intelligence grows more powerful every day. Does the fact that a computer thinks means that it exists? Think you can answer that easily? Not so fast: John Twelve Hawks would like to spend a lot of “Spark” mulling that over with you.
The book’s cover art is unusually intricate. Here’s why: The artist is Michael J. Windsor, whose credits include “The Da Vinci Code” and other work by Dan Brown.
By John Twelve Hawks
I hope you have not been losing any sleep over this.
When i last looked it was not trending on twitter so I think I am ok
Colwick Hall NYE 93/94
They had to put a board over the decks as condensation was dripping of the tent ceiling going on the records, decks and mixer thats why I am ducking down in the shot
And that haircut has finally become fashionable
Was that pic off the Cd taken at The Conservatory in Derby? Always wondered where it was.
Topic: John Digweed & Nick Muir - Gigawave ( Fairmont Remix) OUT TODAY (6 replies, posted in General Bedrock Discussion)
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.”
“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.”
1. First Line
2. Live Off The Grid
3. Am I Awake
5. Stay In The Present
6. The Traveler
7. The Truth
9. Find The Way
10. Damned By The Flesh
12. We Are All Connected
13. Last Line
3B3 Preview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456_jaL … CqPEDwmt4w
Spark by John Twelve Hawks (9 Oct 2014)
For further information please contact:
email@example.com 020 8996 1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org 020 8996 1521
Topic: John Digweed / Nick Muir / John Twelve Hawks - 3B3 (4 replies, posted in General Bedrock Discussion)
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
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.
Topic: Tosca - Stuttgart ( John Digweed & Nick Muir remix ) (5 replies, posted in General Bedrock Discussion)
Some amazing parties and so many memories
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