No fooling, you can win a real copy of the uber-psychedelic Ubarpedia!
One of the most eclectic and adventurous — not to mention banging — releases of the last few years, Ubar Tmar’s Ubarpedia encompasses remixed versions of familiar stormers (CD1), all-new and unreleased material (CD2), and one hell of a crazy extended jam (CD3). While other established artists have streamlined and simplified their music for wider appeal, Takeshi has been running in the opposite direction, consistently upping the challenge since his debut in the late nineties. The resulting works can’t always be assimilated in the first listen, but for those who like the deeper end of the psychedelic pool, they’re always worth dipping into.
The discs have seen only minimal wear and tear, and come with the original Japanese booklet. In order to part with my lovely copy, I’ll need at least eight entries; hopefully there will be a lot more! To sweeten the pot, two runner-ups will receive a ‘mystery’ prize; not quite as plush as Ubarpedia, but I think you’ll be fairly happy with it.
To enter the contest, simply make a killer psychedelic dance mix, and send it to me through the form marked ‘Submissions’ at the top of the page.
Here’s some other guidelines you’ll want to follow:
* This contest is multi-genre. While you most certainly can use Goa trance, you can also use practically any style, whether that’s techno, trance, experimental, or that collection of early seventies space disco in your great-uncle’s attic.
* I’m especially keen on hearing: 1. retro sets, natch; and 2. new music that somehow has an ‘old school’ feeling. For the former, think pre-2000 as a general guideline. The latter is, of course, totally subjective, and I won’t try to dictate the terms of it. On the contrary, I want your personal definition.
* The focus should be on rhythmic electronics. Some beatless/non-danceable music is fine, and can even add a lot to a set, but use it at your own discretion. Similarly, non-electronic music, like rock or tribal, can be incorporated, just as long as there’s a good helping of beats and synths in the mix overall.
* The minimum length is 60 minutes (no maximum).
* Include in your description of the mix: who you are, what sort of music to expect, and why you chose it, along with any other details you find relevant.
* Format: your mix must be encoded in 320K MP3.
* Only one mix per contestant.
* The deadline for submissions is September 20, 2014.
A few additional hints:
* Don’t be afraid to experiment. Mix things up, stylistically or chronologically. Throw in that track you always wanted to, but never thought it would “fit”. Dig deep, go obscure, get playful.
* Mix at a level you’re comfortable with. A well-programmed set is of the essence; flashiness isn’t. If you’re a deck wizard by nature, go for it! But don’t think that you have to load up your mix with tricks to get it noticed. Often, less is more.
* Play what you love! A set mixed with passion will almost always beat one without.
Disclaimer: Because of the eclectic nature of this contest, I absolutely reserve the right to compare apples and oranges. 🙂 My final choice will be completely subjective.