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I'm stoked to be back to working on advanced media players and UI techniques. I just wrapped up a two year client gig which overlapped and followed several years of heads-down focus on Android app development at our cloud.tv project.
I spent all winter putting this mix together. It was inspired by the music I heard at Robot Heart at Burning Man 2015. There was a wonderful, reverent mood to the music - but with enough energy to make you want to move.
This is a mix I was working on in 2014. I was experimenting with a lot of wonderful yet distinct sounds which flow well together here, but also pushed the energy around a bit too much. Ultimately, Apex was a stepping stone that followed my EDM phase of Titan et al and was put together before Vanilla Sky.
The Kontrol S4 MK2 is by far the best DJ controller I use. It's fast and intuitive and lets me play around without a lot of work. The one issue I face while doing prep mixes is that it's cumbersome to add my first beat grid marker and fix autogain - particularly while I'm mixing (and recording) live. These settings traditionally require jumping to my trackpad to change UI views and make adjustments.