[Past Perfect] Volume 2 – A journey through the past

So what is that?

Anyone born in the early ’70’s ​​(or earlier) has experienced this era when House and Techno established themselves on the worldwide charts and became one of the biggest and most successful music movements in history. Computer technology and synthesizers made it possible to create a hitherto unknown music, which at the time was still pressed onto records (or acetate), so that you could mix this music as a DJ in clubs, at a time when the CD was the most important musical medium of the time.

I have fully experienced this time, both as a clubber and as a DJ. For me, this incredible and crazy journey started in 1992, and shortly afterwards I also put on the first records myself. Now more 25 years have passed — a quarter of a century — and for me the music of that time has not lost its strength at all. Of course, many memories are linked to it, some of which I think back with sparkling eyes. We were young, we were free (at least we had that impression), and the drugs were excellent, I’ve been told…*

*I do not want to promote drug use. Please handle drugs carefully! Best not to start it. But if, then be careful.

I have been able to make countless friendships in the scene over the last 25 years, and I know some of my closest friends from that time. My own career as a musician grew out of the tender beginnings of this music. I grew up with rock music and always wanted to be a rock star before, suddenly I discovered a completely new music that I initially did not like. Electronically produced music was not my thing, I only liked handmade music, that was the “real deal” for me. But it didn’t take long before this music cast a spell over me.

What did I do here?

In the last few months, I have picked out records that I consider the most important and best of that time. Here and there I had to ask friends if they could provide me with digital recordings from vinyl, because I did not own much of the material myself anymore. After I had everything digitally available, I carefully (re)mastered each track, always staying close to the original, I didn’t want destroy that special “feeling” of that time. Not that it’s much important to you, probably, but I also pitch-corrected tracks that were slightly “off key”, partly because of unstable vinyl recordings or issues with the production itself. Back then not everything was 100%, especially not when producers used analog synths.

After improving the music, I made a DJ mix out of it in my studio. And the result is now available to you, as a lossless FLAC file. You have never heard that music in a better sound quality!

That’s why I call this mix series “Past Perfect”, because that’s what it is for me. Talking about “series”… this is the second and final installment. Here is the first one.

Tracklisting

  1. GusGus – Purple [Rough Trade Germany 4AD]
  2. Planisphere – Deep Blue Dream [Music Worx]
  3. Exit EEE – Epidemic [No Respect Records]
  4. Bedrock – Heaven Scent [Bedrock Records Pioneer Records]
  5. AMbassador – The Fade (Oliver Lieb Remix) [Kickin Records]
  6. Thomas P. Heckmann & Marc Romboy – Ultra Vixens [Le Petit Prince]
  7. Rank 1 – Airwave [Urban Kontor Records]
  8. At The Villa People – Open Your Eyes [La Musique Fait La Force]
  9. Paul Van Dyk – For An Angel (PvD’s E-Werk Club Mix) [Polystar]
  10. Sunday Club – Healing Dream (Paul Van Dyk’s Inner Mind Mix) [Stress Records]
  11. UNKLE – In A State [Global Underground]
  12. Albion – Air [Platipus]
  13. Deep Cover – Breakthrough [Hope Recordings]
  14. Gouryella – Gouryella [Black Hole Recordings]
  15. Paganini Traxx – Zoe (Timo Maas Mix) [INCtraxx]
  16. Planisphere – So Many Ways (Force Mass Motion Remix) [Music Worx]
  17. DJ Misjah & DJ Groovehead – Acid Energy (Special Acid Edition) [Vision Soundcarriers]
  18. Pete Lazonby – Sacred Cycles [Metronome Container Records Hamburg]
  19. DJ Gogo – Anjuna [Cyber Records]
  20. DJ Quicksilver – Bingo Bongo (Club Mix) [Club Tools]
  21. Art Of Trance – Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix) [Platipus]
  22. Niels Van Gogh – Pulverturm [Kosmo Records]
  23. Johan Cyber – Crash (Funk Function Groove Mix) [Bonzai Records]
  24. Meat Katie – Next Life [Kingsize]
  25. Natious – Amber (Silk Remix) [Amato International]
  26. Der Dritte Raum – Hale Bopp (Raumgleiter) [Kontor Records]
  27. Underworld – Dark And Long (Dark Train) [UnderworldLive]
  28. Smith & Selway – Move [Intec Records]
  29. Armin Van Buuren – Blue Fear [Nebula]
  30. BT – Mercury And Solace (Dub Mix) [ZYX Music]
  31. B.B.E. – Seven Days And One Week (Club Mix) [Urban]
  32. Paul Van Dyk – Out There And Back [Urban]
  33. Energy 52 – Café Del Mar (Nalin & Kane Remix) [Edelpitch]
  34. Emmanuel Top – Acid Phase [Sub Terranean]
  35. AWeX – It’s Our Future [Plastic City]
  36. Breeder – Tyrantanic (Slacker’s Kingdom Come Mix) [Songbird]
  37. Tilt – I Dream (Tilt’s Resurrection Mix) [Lost Language]
  38. Z2 – I Want You [Platipus]
  39. Space Frog – X-Ray (Follow Me) [Energized Records]
  40. Space Frog Feat. The Grim Reaper – I Feel Ur Pain [Energized Records]
  41. Taucher – Waters [Dogondke Media]
  42. Ramirez – Sueño Latino [DFC]
  43. Ayla – Ayla (Taucher Remix) [Club Tunes]
  44. Space Frog – Lost In Space ’98 [Energized Records]
  45. Mikerobenics – Julika (Pascal F.E.O.S. Remix) [Pull The Strings]
  46. Transa – Enervate [Perfecto]
  47. Incisions – Beyond Motion [Vicious Circle Recordings]
  48. Junk Project – Miralaca [Boxed (3)]
  49. System F – Out Of The Blue [Avex Trax]
  50. Jam & Spoon – Follow Me! [La Musique Fait La Force]

Also, check this Spotify playlist that contains a lot of the music above: ingovogelmann.net/pastperfect

[Past Perfect] Volume 1 – A journey through the past

Before I start describing what I did here I feel the need to thank a few people that — in one way or another — accompanied me on my journey of the past 25 years, be it just as a producer, DJ, friend, influencer, collaborator, promoter, partner or mentor. In no particular order:

  • Marc Mitchell & Stuart King (Sunday Club)
  • Robert Babicz
  • Oskar Mitrowski (with whom I produced the first tracks)
  • Ramon Zenker (legendary producer behind almost all of the dance music hits of the 90’s and beyond) & wife Selda Zenker
  • Olaf Dieckmann (Wippenberg)
  • Orhan Terzi (DJ Quicksilver)
  • Jens Lissat
  • The Polish crew of 1996 (you know who you are)
  • All L2 Music artists
  • Dave Seaman
  • Luigi Paglialunga
  • Gianni Di Muro
  • Brent Lawson (Pro B Tech Music)
  • Mitch Alexander (Release Promo)
  • Josh Abrams
  • Erik Ludwig (TRIBEHOUSE)
  • Sarah Bremner
  • Alejandro Coloma (Stylecharts)
  • Barry & Sara Whittaker-Gilbey (Mara)
  • Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia (Deep Dish)
  • Andry Nalin
  • Sasha
  • John Digweed
  • Nick Warren
  • Eddie Babbage
  • Sam Gracie
  • Ludger Aretz

So what is that?

Anyone born in the early ’70’s ​​(or earlier) has experienced this era when House and Techno established themselves on the worldwide charts and became one of the biggest and most successful music movements in history. Computer technology and synthesizers made it possible to create a hitherto unknown music, which at the time was still pressed onto records (or acetate), so that you could mix this music as a DJ in clubs, at a time when the CD was the most important musical medium of the time.

I have fully experienced this time, both as a clubber and as a DJ. For me, this incredible and crazy journey started in 1992, and shortly afterwards I also put on the first records myself. Now more 25 years have passed — a quarter of a century — and for me the music of that time has not lost its strength at all. Of course, many memories are linked to it, some of which I think back with sparkling eyes. We were young, we were free (at least we had that impression), and the drugs were excellent, I’ve been told…*

*I do not want to promote drug use. Please handle drugs carefully! Best not to start it. But if, then be careful.

I have been able to make countless friendships in the scene over the last 25 years, and I know some of my closest friends from that time. My own career as a musician grew out of the tender beginnings of this music. I grew up with rock music and always wanted to be a rock star before, suddenly I discovered a completely new music that I initially did not like. Electronically produced music was not my thing, I only liked handmade music, that was the “real deal” for me. But it didn’t take long before this music cast a spell over me.

What did I do here?

In the last few months, I have picked out records that I consider the most important and best of that time. Here and there I had to ask friends if they could provide me with digital recordings from vinyl, because I did not own much of the material myself anymore. After I had everything digitally available, I carefully (re)mastered each track, always staying close to the original, I didn’t want destroy that special “feeling” of that time. Not that it’s much important to you, probably, but I also pitch-corrected tracks that were slightly “off key”, partly because of unstable vinyl recordings or issues with the production itself. Back then not everything was 100%, especially not when producers used analog synths.

After improving the music, I made a DJ mix out of it in my studio. And the result is now available to you, as a lossless FLAC file. You have never heard that music in a better sound quality!

That’s why I call this mix series “Past Perfect”, because that’s what it is for me. Talking about “series”… this is the first installment. I have hundreds of more material from back then, so stay tuned for more.

Tracklisting

  1. Junk Project – Composure [Universal Prime Breaks]
  2. Mara – Coming Down [Choo Choo Records]
  3. Schiller – Ruhe (Humate Remix) [Zeitgeist]
  4. Fingerfest Inc – Autoporno [Yoshitoshi Recordings]
  5. Brother Brown – Slap Me Some Skin [Yoshitoshi Recordings]
  6. Hardfloor – Acperience 1 [Harthouse Germany]
  7. Lowriders – Part 1 / Beat Rising [OneStar Recordings]
  8. Ramirez – ¡Hablando! [DFC]
  9. David Alvarado – Blue [Strive]
  10. Microwave Prince – Cyclic Evolution [Le Petit Prince]
  11. Robert Armani – Circus Bells (Hardfloor Remix) [Djax-Up-Beats]
  12. Van Bellen – Let Me Take You (On A Journey) [Suck Me Plasma]
  13. Luzon – The Baguio Track (Bedrock Mix) [Renaissance]
  14. Doi-Oing – Blue (Airport EP Mix) [Northern Exposure Recordings]
  15. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing (Sunday Club Unofficial Remix) [CBS]
  16. Halo Varga – Future! [Hooj Choons]
  17. Three Drives – Greece 2000 [ZYX Music]
  18. M. Accorsi & J. Bassetti – Until The End [EQ [Grey]]
  19. Desert – Moods [Stress Records]
  20. K-Lab – In The Lab [Undiscovered]
  21. Visions – Coming Home (Sunday Club Remix) [Stress Records]
  22. Tekara Feat. Lucy Cotter – Breathe In You (Tekara’s M&M Dub) [Black Hole Recordings]
  23. Jam & Spoon – Odyssey To Anyoona [JAM!]
  24. IiO – Rapture (Deep Dish Space Remix) [Made Records]
  25. Medway – Release (Lexicon Avenue Remix) [Hooj Choons]
  26. Jimpy – Talkin’ (Tarrentella Vs. Redanka Remix) [Star 69 Records]
  27. Brothers Love Dubs – 1-800-Ming [Kismet Records]
  28. Energy 52 – Café Del Mar (Three’n One Remix) [Edelpitch]
  29. Cevin Fisher – Music Saved My Life (Pete Heller’s Groove Jet Moment Mix) [Maxi Records]
  30. Regal – Acid Is The Answer [Involve Records]
  31. Miro – The One I Run To [Global Underground]
  32. Weekend World – The Word [Boxed]
  33. Tilt – Seduction Of Orpheus (Tarrantella Vs Redanka Remix) [Hooj Choons]
  34. G-Pal Presents Ghos – I Can See The Lights [Klik Records Swift Records]
  35. Stephane K – Numb (Meat Katie Remix) [Global Underground]
  36. Emmanuel Top – Turkish Bazar (Original Club Mix) [Kosmo Records]
  37. Hydrogen Rockers Feat. Mayte – Musica (Hydrogen Dub) [House Tempo]
  38. Desert – Feelings Run So Deep [Stress Records]
  39. Sasha – Xpander [Deconstruction]
  40. MRE – The Deep Edge [Hooj Choons]
  41. New Order – Blue Monday (Hardfloor Mix) [London Records 90]
  42. Seal – I’m Alive (BT & Sasha Mix) [Warner Bros. Records]
  43. Sunday Club – Healing Dream [Stress Records]
  44. Art Of Trance – Monsoon [Platipus]
  45. Sultan, Stephanie Vezina – Nightvisions (Feat. Stephanie Vezina) [Global Underground]
  46. Jimmy Van M – Sanctuary (Jimmy Van M At Sanctuary Mix) [Bedrock Records]
  47. Ian Wilkie – Guten Morgen (Vocal) [Hope Recordings]

Also, check this Spotify playlist that contains a lot of the music above: ingovogelmann.net/pastperfect

The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books

Seriously, read this:

… within several decades after Trump’s presidency has ended, the looming effects of ecological disaster due to human-caused climate change—which Trump not only denies but is doing so much to accelerate—will be inescapable. Desertification of continental interiors, flooding of populous coastal areas, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, with concomitant shortages of fresh water and food, will set in motion both population flight and conflicts over scarce resources that dwarf the current fate of Central Africa and Syria. No wall will be high enough to shelter the US from these events. Trump is not Hitler and Trumpism is not Nazism, but regardless of how the Trump presidency concludes, this is a story unlikely to have a happy ending.

Source: The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books

An Analysis of 80's Music

I recently did an analysis about 80’s music for a client (yes, I do stuff like that). It’s actually a very detailed and vast analysis that took me quite some time for research and putting the results together, but I decided to take out some of the things that I thought would be most interesting for you (and me).

Also, I limit this version of the analysis here to the US American Billboard charts, as the US has by far the biggest market for music on the planet, almost 10 times bigger than the #2 in the game, which would be China. That fact alone is stunning, if you ask me.

Here’s some results:

3 Most Charting Artists (in the Top 100)

1: Madonna (1.6%)

madonna

Most successful song: “Like A Virgin” (Keynote: E-Flat minor / Tempo: 120 BPM / high energy)


2: Hall & Oates (1.5%)

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Most successful song: “Maneater” (Keynote: B minor / Tempo: 89 BPM / normal energy)


3: Michael Jackson (1.4%)

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Most successful song: “Billie Jean” (Keynote: F-Sharp minor / Tempo: 117 BPM / normal energy)

Personal note:

“Billie Jean” is one of the very few songs by Michael Jackson I really like. In fact, I love this one only. It has a perfect groove, perfect songwriting and arrangement. No surprise it was so successful.

I knew Madonna and Michael Jackson would be in the Top 3, but Hall & Oates?? And even higher than MJ, who had the most #1 hits in the Billboard charts in history, by the way? I must have been sleeping under a rock … really surprising.

Energy

Calm music (ballads, downtempo etc.): 20.8%
Typical/normal energy level music: 46.2%
High energy music (dense sound layers, uptempo): 33%

3 Most Used Keynotes

1: A major (8.3%)
2: G major (8%)
3: A minor (7.7%)

That didn’t surprise me really, although I saw G minor on top. Top selling rock acts like Pink Floyd or Dire Straits wrote most of their most successful songs in G major. In the basic Pop music field, it seems like A major dominated.

3 Most Used Words in Titles

1: you (18%)
2: love (14.7%)
3: me (13.7%)

Put that together and you have “You Love Me”. Nice. Yeah, the 80’s were — still — dominated by “love” in combination with “you” and (logically) “me”. I haven’t done research on that now, but I’m sure the most used words don’t look very much different today, apart from “love”. The 80’s were definitely pretty cheesy.

  • Average tempo: 116.5 BPM
  • Average track length 80’s: exactly 4:00 minutes
  • Average track length today: 3:58 minutes

There was a peak in duration in 1992 (4:15 minutes) and a low in 1959 (2:22 minutes). From 1969 on, the duration of songs was steadily rising, until 1992. From there it went down towards 4 minutes again.

Poll

Why Frank Sinatra Was The Man

Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra gave an interview for Playboy Magazine in 1963, and it’s pretty stunning. During the interview he was asked:

If you think you’re stepping over the line, offending your public or perhaps risking economic suicide, shall we cut this off now, erase the tape and start over along more antiseptic lines?

And he said:

No, let’s let it run. I’ve thought this way for years, ached to say these things. Whom have I harmed by what I’ve said? What moral defection have I suggested? No, I don’t want to chicken out now. Come on, pal, the clock’s running.

I have to say, I never liked his music, but this man has become one of my heroes today. Because he’s absolutely right, and he’s had some balls.

But here’s what the interview is about, actually:

I don’t believe in a personal God to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice. I’m not unmindful of man’s seeming need for faith; I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle. The witch doctor tries to convince us that we have to ask God for help, to spell out to him what we need, even to bribe him with prayer or cash on the line. Well, I believe that God knows what each of us wants and needs. It’s not necessary for us to make it to church on Sunday to reach Him. You can find Him anyplace.

And:

There are things about organized religion which I resent. Christ is revered as the Prince of Peace, but more blood has been shed in His name than any other figure in history. You show me one step forward in the name of religion and I’ll show you a hundred retrogressions. Remember, they were men of God who destroyed the educational treasures at Alexandria, who perpetrated the Inquisition in Spain, who burned the witches at Salem. Over 25,000 organized religions flourish on this planet, but the followers of each think all the others are miserably misguided and probably evil as well.

But read for yourself.

Music for the history books

I will never get over the fact that they’ve quit: VIBRASPHERE. I’m sure people will listen to this in 400 years, and it will still sound fresh and new:

Quote:

We are very sorry to inform you that we have decided to close down the Vibrasphere project. This is due to several reasons, but mainly we feel it is time to move on to other projects within the music. After all 12 years is a very long time for any music project. We are very grateful to all the fans, promoters, labels, djs and other people that has supported us in the past 12 years. We have many great memories from these years and sincerely hope that at least some of you will remember our music also in the years to come.

Guys, if you happen to read this post … please, come back. You’re leaving a big emptiness where you’ve once filled it up with wonderful inspiring music.

DJing back then

DJing has a long history in German speaking countries. The 2 videos below are from Austria and the former German Democratic Republic. Very insightful. This was kind of a serious business and profession back then! 😀

German language only, of course.

Austrian DJ school

Kind of a “DJ meeting” in former Eastern Germany, where DJs where called “Record Entertainer”

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