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From The Digital Sweatshop
The Music, Art and Travels of Alan D. Oldham a.k.a. DJ T-1000.

The Art of Transformation.

Friday, September 22, 2006



Here's a little info about each track on my new CD on my new label xfive. It's available now. Just scroll down click one of the buttons to order direct before it gets into stores. Also distributed exclusively by Crosstalk.

Alan D. Oldham. Nico.
I have a good friend in Berlin named Nico a.k.a. DJ Dry. This one's for him. Gotta also give a shoutout to his production/DJ partner and another good friend, DJ Dash.

Detroitrocketscience. Sounds Like Space.
The idea of this track was to play behind my gallery openings, installation music. The original version of this track was 20 minutes long. At first I wanted to put it out just like that on one CD. For this project I shortened it to 8 minutes.

DJ T-1000. Elektroberlin.
Electro in Detroit was really hot because of Aux 88 and the like and I wanted to see if I could make a track like the ones I was hearing. Elektroberlin is a real company in Berlin (obviously).

DJ T-1000. The Five Fighting Styles of the Four Elements.
When the rave scene was hot in the '90s, every party had a drum & bass room. I used to go there when I finished my set just to see what the hype was about. The kind of d&b the kids were into was too noisy for me, though. They'd jump around and go insane. I was into cooler stuff like Photek (first album; "Solaris" was bunk) and LTJ Bukem.

Alan D. Oldham. The Intuitionist.
Years ago, these people called me about doing some music for a CD-ROM they were putting together on the Heidelberg Project in Detroit, an urban art installation by Tyree Guyton. In true Detroit fashion, the CD-ROM never got off the ground, and the Heidelberg Project was eventually bulldozed by the city even though it garnered worldwide acclaim (much like Detroit Techno itself). The music remained, though. The title is from a book I was reading at the time by Colson Whitehead.

Alan D. Oldham. Dissolve.
Me doing an ambient soundscape with no beats. It's the only one I've ever made in my whole catalog.

Detroitrocketscience. Phaedra.
An attempt at a lowtempo reinvention under a new psuedonym. I was in a dark place when I made that track, but I try to turn darkness into beauty.

The Inside. Cosima.
This is a preview of my new trip-hop project, The Inside. Next time you hear it, it'll have vocals on it. I want to make a full-on studio record with real songs (vocals, verses, choruses, changes), real album cover, big studio post-production, the whole bit. No techno.

The Inside. Vamp.
Interlude track from the same album in progress.

DJ T-1000. Tonight.
My stab at some Massive Attack-style stuff with a rock edge. I did this track soon after "Mezzanine" came out. That album killed me dead. Plus it was in the heyday of Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Hooverphonic, Tricky and all the cool, moody trip-hop groups of the late '90s. I still love that sound, very dark and cinematic. Nothing new has come close in my opinion.

A quick word about the album cover. I always wanted to do a Blue Note-type piece but it never happened for one reason or another. I figured that I didn't know how much longer I'd be making CDs, so now's the time. I told designer T. Linder "Blue Note" and this is what he came back with. A lot of people have been very positive about the design and I'm really happy with it.

So have a listen and leave some comments.

-AO :: 10:51 PM ::

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