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  • Writer's pictureKy Mi

New Toys

Updated: May 16, 2022

Electronic Music Australia ep.10 aired 9 May 2022

At least one track from this weeks' episode of EMA was inspired by a somewhat reckless purchase of a pair of Technics SL-1210 MK2 turntables.

As seems to always be the case, everything old is new again and vinyl has been steadily making a resurgence in recent times. The nostalgic crackles at the start of a record, the warmth of music played from vinyl for me, has a richness that digital music lacks. Watching the mesmerising spin of the records got me wondering - how the heck does that that make music?

Here's my very basic understanding - the grooves in the record are like encoding for soundwaves. Through the mechanical action of the spinning record and grooves and bumps in the record against the needle, electrical currents are created in a coil of wire which surrounds a magnet. The currents are representative of the soundwaves encoded in the record and then when they are amplified and put through the speaker, hey presto, you have music.

Nope, I don't get it either. But it's really, really cool.

An improptu trip into Brissy with my bestie started with a visit to Store DJ, an essential meal at the always brilliant Netherworld and concluded at Butter Beats where time disappeared into a musical vortex. This lead to the aquisition of what I thought was a pretty good find in Pendulum's Bipolar Vocal Mix of 'Hold Your Colour' and 'Streamline' on 12" vinyl.

So this was how a reckless purchase lead to inspiration. Released in 2005, Pendulum's 'Hold Your Colour' was this week's throwback. Pendulum were not the only Western Australian artists in this week's episode though, something I am very excited about. Also out of Perth - Pogo, an incredible music and video producer and his disco vibing 'The Boss'. I'm smitten with his album 'Cosmoluxe' released in January this year. Check it out! Nyoongar delivered even more goodies this week in the form of 'Bounce' from Sarco. I can't get enough of this minimal, techy heater which gets me going in all the right places.

Listen here or on Mixcloud or Soundcloud

My beloved home, the Gold Coast keeps delivering the goods, this week with psychedelic techno and dark progressive trance producer and DJ, Spyrax and his track 'Alchemic Wumbology'. I just love this track, and Spyrax (Henry Eden) has promised more juicy goodies like this are on the way. Stay tuned!

Josh Wood AKA Krafta sent in this week's listeners pick, Big Gamble's Extended Mix of 15grams & Ten Tonne Skeleton's track 'Lullaby'. I said it once and I'll say it again - this is a killer remix! I L O V E getting requests for the show and hearing your picks! So send them through either here or via the EMA socials.

Finishing at the start, a track so fresh that when it was sent to me it was literally unnamed, is Petrichor's 'Space boots for dance floors'. A new project from Audioshrine, let this track take you on an incredible journey as it opens this weeks' mix.

I'll leave you with this thought - apparently the warm quality of sound that comes from playing vinyl most likely comes from defects which actually causes distortions in the music. In essence, lower quality might actually sound better to some of us.

Electronic Music Australia airs every Monday on 105.7 Radio Metro at 3 am AEST. You can listen to EMA episode 10 on Mixcloud, SoundCloud and YouTube.

You spin me right round, baby!

Ky Mi x

  1. Petrichor – Space boots for dance floors

  2. Che Jose – Your Love (be alone)

  3. Pogo – The Boss

  4. Doppel - Drama (Eucalyptych Mix)

  5. Sarco – Bounce

  6. Spyrax - Alchemic Wumbology

  7. Pendulum – Hold Your Colour

  8. Big Gambles Extended Mix of 15grams & Ten Tonne Skeleton - Lullaby

  9. DJ Bose – Bombs Away

  10. Energee - Kaallii


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