Sunday, April 12, 2020

Icebergs & Albatrosses (But Mostly Penguins)

I have a new book online.  This one is a photo journey through the Drake Passage and on to Antarctica.




Imagine a journey from South America's Cape Horn, through the Drake Passage (also known as the Sea of Hoces), and on to rugged and majestic Antarctica. You'll see stunning views - ice, snow, mountains, water, seals, whales, and penguins (plus several dozen other types of birds and animals). You might think that it is possible to get tired of those views, but the author disagrees. This edition is a collection of photographs taken during two weeks on a Russian icebreaker vessel, including time spent camping on Antarctica itself, sleeping in the snow. For the few that have experienced similar voyage, it's the adventure of a lifetime. For those who dream of making this trip someday, these photos will be a tantalizing hint of what is to come.


Here is a link to the print edition.  This is Amazon's Canadian subsidiary, but you can just change the country code extension in the URL to find the book on your own version of Amazon:



Here are links to the various digital editions, which are priced at only $3.99 Canadian ...


(In Google Books, you may have to change the setting from "Flowing Text" to "Original Pages" on some devices in order for the content to display correctly)


You can learn about my other books at:  www.jonathanclark.ca

Enjoy!


Friday, April 10, 2020

Berlin - Techno Track with free Ableton Project & Stems Pack downloads

Francis & I just finished up a new techno track recently, called Berlin.  We're offering free downloads of the track, and also of the Ableton project files and a Stems pack.

First, here are two versions of the track.  The structure of both is the same, although I prefer the instrumentation and mixing/mastering on the Self Isolation Remix:







Now if you're a producer/remixer and you're looking for access to the Ableton project or the Stems, we have them set up in Dropbox.  Go to my public account at djbolivia.ca/dropbox and then look in the "Bolivia's Remix Projects" folder.  There are four archives there for Berlin.  The two Ableton archives have the same contents (despite different archive sizes), but we wanted to make them available as both RAR and ZIP archives, because some people prefer one type over the other.  Same deal with the Stems, both archives have the same contents.  There's also a rich text file that gives a bit of basic info about the source files, ie. things like key, tempo, external effects and processing, etc.

If you make a remix, feel free to share it online, but please use the following for a filename format:  "Urban Francis & Bolivia - Berlin (Your Remix Name)"

Finally, here's a video:



Check out more tracks by Urban Francis:







Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cancellation of Ultra Music Festival

It's been interesting over the last few days to watch the reaction to the cancellation of the Ultra Music festival in Miami.  The cancellation was due to the coronavirus, and it was big news since it was one of the leading music events to proactively cancel this year's show.  With 170,000 attendees last year, it's a pretty major event.  The festival was supposed to take place on March 20th through 22nd inclusive, to coincide with Miami Music Week, and was cancelled on March 5th.  Actually, I should clarify, the festival was "postponed" for a year, so the same DJ's that were scheduled for this year will play next year, and peoples' tickets for this year will be honoured next year.

Most of the reaction on social media was one of unhappiness from DJ's and from attendees.  As a DJ, and someone who enjoys attending music festivals, I understand that.

I also have a fascination with studying infectious diseases.  I think that really started around fifteen years ago when I first read a book called The Great Influenza by John Barry.  That book piqued my interest, and although I'm not a medical professional, I started to read more about disease outbreaks.  There are dozens of books available about this subject, and I've probably read them all.

First of all, here are a few basic facts that people should be aware of before I continue this post:
1.  The virus and the disease that it causes have two different names.  Most people refer to this as the "coronavirus" outbreak, but that's not really the most accurate term, since coronaviruses are a group of viruses, and the one we're having a problem with now is a specific type.
2.  The current virus is called SARS-CoV-2.
3.  The disease that it causes is called COVID-19.
4.  The effects of the disease can be fairly similar to influenza.  However, COVID-19 is not the same as influenza.
5.  Handwashing and social distancing are great precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When the cancellation was announced, the main reasons why people were upset included:
- The epidemic had not yet hit Florida.  At the time, only one case had been identified anywhere in Florida, and it wasn't in Miami.
- Many people who contract COVID-19 experience the same symptoms as a cold or flu.  The mortality rate is low, especially for the demographic of most festival attendees (young adults).
- Influenza already kills tens of thousands of people each year in the US, and festivals aren't cancelled due to influenza.
- People already have travel booked.  Those people will still end up going to Miami to party, rather than wasting their flights.  The parties will just be more spread out.
- Disneyworld often gets more than 100,000 visitors per DAY to their four theme parks, and they aren't closed.


To be honest, these are all valid arguments!  But speaking as someone with a hopefully unbiased look at the situation (since I wasn't going to this year's festival), let me make some suggestions about each of these five arguments, and why I think the festival organizers did the right thing (even if it was the city that forced them to cancel).

1.  "The epidemic had not yet hit Florida."  Agreed.  At the time of closure, the number of confirmed cases in the US was so low that only about 1 in every four million people were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.  However, I've studied infection rates of various diseases for years (which is irrelevant).  More importantly, qualified medical professionals and infectious disease specialists have done the same thing.  The potential for explosive spread of COVID-19 is quite high.  I think in a few weeks, once we reach the period during which the festival was supposed to take place, there will be hundreds or even thousands of confirmed cases in Florida.  At that point, people will look back and admit that the decision to cancel was wise.  Already, in the 3 days since the cancellation, Florida is up to 14 cases.  Although the infection rate could slow down, this also has the potential to explode.  Here's a good website to monitor:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html
Edit, March 21st:  The Festival would be taking place right now if it had not been cancelled.  And yes, there are over a thousand confirmed cases in Florida.  Considering the difficulties in getting people tested, there are probably more than ten thousand actual cases.

2.  "The disease is not much different than a bad cold or flu."  Agreed, for some people.  However, this isn't entirely correct.  Worst-case reports in some regions indicate that as many as 20% of people "require" hospitalization.  So there are a lot of salient points arising from that.  First, even if that number is highly exaggerated, a large scale infection will completely overwhelm medical facilities in even the most advanced health-care systems.  This means that some people in critical condition who really need advanced medical care will die, due to lack of resources.  Although data is incomplete, there are indications that the mortality rate of people under the age of 50 is probably quite "low" at only around 1%.  However, in a worst-case scenario, 60% of the population could eventually get this.  Actuaries would point out that if 60% of 170,000 people come down with COVID-19, and the mortality rate is 1%, that means that about a thousand attendees would die.  That's a number that is unlikely, but it's not impossible, and shouldn't be ignored.  Although young people in excellent physical condition are at lower risk than the general population, some people in their 20's and 30's are dying.

3.  "Influenza already kills tens of thousands of people each year, and festivals aren't getting cancelled."  Agreed.  I don't think a lot of people realize the true global impact of influenza, which killed an estimated 34,000 people in the US in 2019 (plus half a million hospitalizations).

4.  "People already have their travel booked, and will still go to Miami to party."  I agree.  Cancellation will not mean that nobody shows up, and nobody expected that would be the case.  However, cancellation of the festival does mean that LESS people will show up.  It also means that people will be more spread out, and thus any community transmission will be reduced.  It may not be possible to avoid an outbreak, but it's possible to reduce the size of the outbreak, and that will help everyone in the long run.

5.  "Why isn't Disney World closed too, since they get as many attendees?"  Rather than using Disney World as a justification for why Ultra should have been allowed to proceed, perhaps Ultra should be used as an example of why Disney World will have to consider closing.  It would not surprise me if Disney World was closed by the time Ultra was supposed to take place.  And if it's not officially closed, I am pretty confident in saying that if the spread of the infection continues on the trajectory that I expect, Disney World will become a ghost town anyway as people voluntary avoid crowds.  Since Ultra was cancelled, SXSW was also cancelled.  I'd expect cancellations in the next few months from a number of other festivals, such as Coachella, Electric Daisy, the Governer's Ball, and more, if the outbreak continues on its current trajectory.  And what about the Olympics?
Edit, March 10th:  Coachella is now affected.
Edit, March 20th:  Pretty much everything (except the Olympics) is now closed or cancelled.  And the Olympics will probably be cancelled within days.  Countries are being locked down, and those that haven't been, should be.

Ultimately, this isn't about a single event.  This is about trying to proactively limit the spread of a significant infection, before it gets out of control.  It isn't about stopping an infection; it's about trying to slow it down to give the health care sector time to mount a better defense.  Will it be possible to have vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 soon?  Maybe eventually, say in about 12-16 months time.  Massive resources around the world are being thrown at this goal.

In a major epidemic, the first goal is containment.  That genie may be out of the bottle soon, as we're starting to see evidence of "community transmission," which means that people are getting it from sources that can't be traced.  That's not good.

Ultimately, I think that our best hope is to slow down the epidemic.  Eventually, there's a good chance that many of us will get COVID-19.  Diseases are a part of our natural lives.  If we can slow down the epidemic, our health-care systems are less likely to be overrun, which means that the cases in critical condition are more likely to get the resources that they need to survive.

The United States in particular has what is considered to be a world-class healthcare system, but when you're not a US citizen and you can look at it from the outside (as I can), it's easy to see the flaws.  The US is the only major country in the entire world without free and universal health care.  In this day and age, that's unbelievable.


I'll leave you with three thoughts:

1.  Social distancing has proven to work, repeatedly, in this and previous epidemics for many different diseases.  As COVID-19 cases become more prevalent around the world, expect more voluntary and forced social distancing.  Governments in various countries will try to implement various degrees of distancing, including various types of travel restrictions, quarantines, and lockdowns.  This may seem unlikely, but trust me, you should expect this.

2.  The best thing that we can do individually to help minimize the spread of SAR-CoV-2 is to practice basic sanitary measures, including frequent handwashing, and avoiding contact with others if you're starting to get sick.

3.  In the US, where there is no free and universal health care, many potential cases are not getting tested for two reasons:  ineffective leadership, and because testing isn't free for many people.  The number of cases is therefore probably being heavily under-reported.  The US currently has the highest fatality rate of all major case clusters (countries with 100+ cases), at almost 5%.  But this is most likely due to one of two factors:  (1) either under-testing means that there are more cases than anyone knows about and therefore that mortality rate is currently artificially high, so the real rate is lower; or (2) more people are dying in the US than elsewhere because there is no free and universal health care, therefore many victims can't afford proper medical treatment.

Edit, March 10th:  The mortality rate in Italy is now higher than the US, at 6%.



Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sponsor Tree Planting

Although I'm posting this in my music blog, this is not music-related.  This post is related to my other work doing reforestation in Canada.  It's important because planting trees is significant for the planet.  And coincidentally, my seasonal work planting trees is what has let me spend so much time over the years doing DJ'ing, music production, and creating training videos on YouTube.

Most of my tree planting career has been devoted to planting trees as part of a long-term cycle of harvesting wood for the pulp and lumber industries in Canada.  Various organizations cut the trees, then myself and other planter go into those areas and plant new seedlings there.  This type of work is very much like farming, although on a much longer time scale between crop rotations.

I've always wanted to set up a separate company which focuses on planting trees that will never be commercially harvested in the future.  And recently, I finally made that happen.  To capitalize on the very well-known website (Replant.ca) that I've been running for many years, I called the new company "Replant.ca Environmental."  I'm building this company along with Laura Monk (one of my key planting friends) plus a couple other experienced associates from my west coast reforestation work.

Replant.ca Environmental focuses on planting trees for carbon capture and environmental reasons.  We're building community forests and forest reserve areas in Atlantic Canada which will be protected from future commercial harvesting activities.  The company is run on a donation/sponsorship model, and addresses the desire of many global citizens who want to make a small contribution to help fight climate change, but who might not be able to do things like tree planting near their own homes.

This year (2019) is the first year that we've been operating this business, but we expect to grow it well past 150,000 trees in 2020, and to more than double that number in 2021.  Ultimately, we hope to enable a serious contribution toward the global goal of planting one trillion trees, to fight climate change.

If you're a music fan who has appreciated any of the music that I've shared, or if you found this post because of a link from one of my YouTube tutorials, thanks for reading this far.  If you'd like to show some support for my music work, I'd really appreciate if you could check out our website for Replant.ca Environmental, share the website address with some of your friends, and consider making a small donation toward the planting of some trees.  It is the many small donations that we get from readers like you that are making a very big difference in helping us plant as many trees as possible!

Here's a link to our site:   replant.ca/environmental

Thanks so much for your support!
 - Jonathan Clark (DJ Bolivia)








Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Live at Mount Funky Music Festival

A few weeks ago, I played a set at the Mount Funky Music Festival in Nova Scotia.  This is the seventh year that the festival has been hosted, but the first time that I had been able to play or even attend.

It has been a while since I've accepted a request to play a set.  I was hesitant to accept this gig too, especially since I only found out about it 72 hours before the show, and since I was in British Columbia at the time.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Canadian geography, Nova Scotia and British Columbia are pretty far apart (about 5000 kilometers), as they're located on opposite coasts.  However, I had a short three-day gap in my schedule, so I decided to put in an appearance.  And I was really glad that I did!

Incidentally, the reason that I've been pretty low-key on the DJ scene and YouTube production scene for a few years is because I've gotten even more heavily involved in reforestation than I was even just a few years ago.  For instance, last winter, I released three planting-related books on Amazon, which you can find if you want to visit my new author website:


Also, I've recently started another reforestation company, but instead of focusing on post-harvest industrial scale reforestation that is mandated by government policy, this one will rely on the generosity of global sponsors who donate money to have trees planted solely because it's good for our planet.  Check out this website if you're interested:



Anyway, back to the music.  Unfortunately, the stage wasn't recording all the DJ sets that night, and I forgot to bring a personal audio recorder.  So I'm not able to share a recording of my set.  However, for those of you who were interested, here's a set list:

01.  Frank Kid - Happy Funker (Original Mix).
02.  Enrico Sangiuliano - X Pollination (Original).
03.  Adam Beyer & Mark Reeve - Nine Of You (Original).
04.  Shake Inc. - Reaktor (Alex Senna).
05.  Diego Lima - MadaFuckers (Original).
06.  Phonista - Union Square (Original).
07.  Christian Smith - Blast Off (Victor Ruiz).
08.  Umek - Incinerator (Original).
09.  Umek - Mechanical Blade (Original).
10.  Hoxton Whores - Stand Myself (Kevin Andrews Remix).
11.  Hoxton Whores - Welcome To The Whorehouse (Hoxton Whores Burlesque Club Mix).
12.  Jay Lumen - Warehouse Trip (Original).
13.  Jhony Rivers - Zerotonin (German Agger Remix).
14.  Vic Ben - Return (Djahir Miranda Remix).
15.  Alberto Ruiz - Room (Original).
16.  Urban Francis & Bolivia - Hijack (Original).
17.  DJ PP - Has To Be Done (Handzoff Remix).
18.  Clark Fable - Midnight Marauder (Milo Zanneti Remix).
19.  Olivier Giacomotto - Bipolar Star (Victor Ruiz Remix).
20.  Rydel - Beat The Men (Original Mix).

Incidentally, here's a video for Hijack, a track that I did with Urban Francis, which I played in the middle of the set.




Anyway, the festival was a great time, and I was really glad to be back DJ'ing again.



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If you appreciate the content that I've shared in my blog posts and youtube videos, I'd really appreciate in kind if you could show some support by donating a few dollars to help sponsor tree planting, in order to help fight climate change. I'm very involved in this type of work at my own reforestation company, which builds community forests and forest reserve areas to help the environment. Find out more at this link:

replant.ca/environmental







Saturday, September 15, 2018

SHG Radio Show, Episode 365

Welcome to this edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show which originated on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but then expanded to distribution on other terrestrial and internet-based radio stations), and which is also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks very occasionally feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on tech-house and techno, and a small amount of progressive, trance, & minimal. Due to the mix of styles, you may hear combinations of tracks that wouldn't normally be featured together in a DJ's live set, but this show is intended to feature various styles of electronic/dance music. Liner notes for this episode (SHG 365) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

I should point out that when I make these shows, I mean for them to be a journey. I pay a lot of attention to the programming, and to the development of energy levels. If you're a first-time listener, you might think that the start of the show is quite tame, on the slower and "deeper" side of house or techno. However, give it time. Pay attention to how the styles change throughout the mix, and how the energy builds. Sometimes, I'll be very erratic and jump around between several genres, just for fun. Sometimes, I'll do a particularly dark show, with a heavy emphasis on techno. Most of the time however, you'll find a mix of mostly deep house or minimal or deep techno for the first third of the mix, building into a more upbeat section of tech-house through the middle, perhaps building up to some energetic tracks at the end, which often trespass into the realm of more contemporary house. Don't treat the show as a collection of individual tracks ... think of it as a cohesive experience; an hour-long aural journey of reflection and beats. And don't be shocked when I jump around between sub-genres of house and techno, to keep you wondering what will come next.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.




Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Here's a Direct Link to this week's show:
http://www.chma.fm/Bolivia_-_Subterranean_Homesick_Grooves_365.mp3


Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




Here are Track Listings for episode 365:

01. Bolivia & Francis - Dreamers (Original Mix).
02. Aitor Ronda - Tweezer (Original Mix).
03. Archie Hamilton - Confusion (Original Mix).
04. Darius Syrossian - Moxy (Original Mix).
05. Kinnerman - Horns & Hats (Original Mix).
06. Andrew Meller - Insomnia (Original Mix).
07. Township Rebellion - Moses (Original Mix).
08. Victor Ruiz - Voyage (Original Mix).
09. Olivier Giacomotto - Bipolar Star (Animal Picnic & Aaryon Remix).
10. Hidden Empire - Black Beauty (Original Mix).
11. Flug - Ego Games (Original Mix).




Here's a free download link for the first track on this mix (click on the down arrow on the SoundCloud widget):






Subterranean Homesick Grooves is a weekly specialty EDM music show with a basic weekly audience base of about 1500 listeners per week through podcasting, direct downloads, and distribution on a small number of internet-based radio networks, plus another hundred or so listeners through SoundCloud, and an unknown number of listeners through terrestrial FM broadcast. If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes. And if you're interested in learning more about DJ'ing or music production, check out Jonathan Clark's extensive and very popular series of YouTube tutorials. There's a full & organized index of all the videos at:
djbolivia.ca/videos.html

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx









Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        About.Me: about.me/djbolivia
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca
        MixCloud: mixcloud.com/djbolivia
        DropBox: djbolivia.ca/dropbox



You'll notice a Facebook or Blogger comment box at the bottom of this post. Let me know which tracks you liked best from this mix, or give me any other feedback! It's always nice to hear from people who are listening to the show from around the world! Here's a map showing all the places where people have listened to Subterranean Homesick Grooves in the past month:



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If you appreciate the content that I've shared in my blog posts and youtube videos, I'd really appreciate in kind if you could show some support by donating a few dollars to help sponsor tree planting, to help fight climate change. I'm very involved in this type of work at my own reforestation company, which builds community forests and forest reserve areas to help the environment. Find out more at this link:

replant.ca/environmental







Tuesday, February 6, 2018

SHG Radio Show, Episode 364

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to distribution on other terrestrial and internet-based radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks very occasionally feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on tech-house and techno, and a small amount of progressive, trance, & minimal. Due to the mix of styles, you may hear combinations of tracks that wouldn't normally be featured together in a DJ's live set, but this show is intended to feature various styles of electronic/dance music. Liner notes for this episode (SHG 364) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

I should point out that when I make these shows, I mean for them to be a journey. I pay a lot of attention to the programming, and to the development of energy levels. If you're a first-time listener, you might think that the start of the show is quite tame, on the slower and "deeper" side of house or techno. However, give it time. Pay attention to how the styles change throughout the mix, and how the energy builds. Sometimes, I'll be very erratic and jump around between several genres, just for fun. Sometimes, I'll do a particularly dark show, with a heavy emphasis on techno. Most of the time however, you'll find a mix of mostly deep house or minimal or deep techno for the first third of the mix, building into a more upbeat section of tech-house through the middle, perhaps building up to some energetic tracks at the end, which often trespass into the realm of more contemporary house. Don't treat the show as a collection of individual tracks ... think of it as a cohesive experience; an hour-long aural journey of reflection and beats. And don't be shocked when I jump around between sub-genres of house and techno, to keep you wondering what will come next.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.




Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Here's a Direct Link to this week's show:
http://www.chma.fm/Bolivia_-_Subterranean_Homesick_Grooves_364.mp3


Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




Here are Track Listings for episode 364:

01. Urban Francis & Bolivia - Skyscraper (Ozsone Remix).
02. ANOTR - Love Can Do (Extended Mix).
03. Ferreck Dawn - Wilderness (Original Mix).
04. CamelPhat - Gypsy King (Original Mix).
05. Pirupa - Gawd (Original Mix).
06. Gorgon City - Grooves On The Vinyl (Extended Mix).
07. Bart Skils - Ocean Drive (Original Mix).
08. Several Definitions - Driving Bassline (Original Mix).
09. Olivier Giacomotto - Bipolar Star (Victor Ruiz Remix).
10. Anna - Hidden Beauties (Original Mix).
11. Amelie Lens - Follow (Original Mix).
12. Cirez D - The Accuser (Original Mix).




Here's a free download link for the first track on this mix (click on the down arrow on the SoundCloud widget):




Here are links to either personal websites, Facebook pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above.



Urban Francis (Canada)
Ferreck Dawn (Netherlands)
CamelPhat (United Kingdom)
Pirupa (Italy)
Gorgon City (United Kingdom)
Bart Skils (Netherlands)
Several Definitions (Switzerland)
Olivier Giacomotto (France)
Anna (Brazil)
Amelie Lens (Antwerp)
Cirez D (United States)
Victor Ruiz (Brazil)



Subterranean Homesick Grooves is a weekly specialty EDM music show with a basic weekly audience base of about 1500 listeners per week through podcasting, direct downloads, and distribution on a small number of internet-based radio networks, plus another hundred or so listeners through SoundCloud, and an unknown number of listeners through terrestrial FM broadcast. If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes. And if you're interested in learning more about DJ'ing or music production, check out Jonathan Clark's extensive and very popular series of YouTube tutorials. There's a full & organized index of all the videos at:
djbolivia.ca/videos.html

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx









Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        About.Me: about.me/djbolivia
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca
        MixCloud: mixcloud.com/djbolivia
        DropBox: djbolivia.ca/dropbox



You'll notice a Facebook or Blogger comment box at the bottom of this post. Let me know which tracks you liked best from this mix, or give me any other feedback! It's always nice to hear from people who are listening to the show from around the world! Here's a map showing all the places where people have listened to Subterranean Homesick Grooves in the past month:




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If you appreciate the content that I've shared in my blog posts and youtube videos, I'd really appreciate in kind if you could show some support by donating a few dollars to help sponsor tree planting, in order to help fight climate change. I'm very involved in this type of work at my own reforestation company, which builds community forests and forest reserve areas to help the environment. Find out more at this link:

replant.ca/environmental







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SHG Radio Show, Episode 363

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to distribution on other terrestrial and internet-based radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks very occasionally feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on tech-house and techno, and a small amount of progressive, trance, & minimal. Due to the mix of styles, you may hear combinations of tracks that wouldn't normally be featured together in a DJ's live set, but this show is intended to feature various styles of electronic/dance music. Liner notes for this episode (SHG 363) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

I should point out that when I make these shows, I mean for them to be a journey. I pay a lot of attention to the programming, and to the development of energy levels. If you're a first-time listener, you might think that the start of the show is quite tame, on the slower and "deeper" side of house or techno. However, give it time. Pay attention to how the styles change throughout the mix, and how the energy builds. Sometimes, I'll be very erratic and jump around between several genres, just for fun. Sometimes, I'll do a particularly dark show, with a heavy emphasis on techno. Most of the time however, you'll find a mix of mostly deep house or minimal or deep techno for the first third of the mix, building into a more upbeat section of tech-house through the middle, perhaps building up to some energetic tracks at the end, which often trespass into the realm of more contemporary house. Don't treat the show as a collection of individual tracks ... think of it as a cohesive experience; an hour-long aural journey of reflection and beats. And don't be shocked when I jump around between sub-genres of house and techno, to keep you wondering what will come next.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.




Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Here's a Direct Link to this week's show:
http://www.chma.fm/Bolivia_-_Subterranean_Homesick_Grooves_363.mp3


Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




Here are Track Listings for episode 363:

01. Zahra & Cera Alba - Taking Over Me (Tiger Stripes Remix).
02. Noir, Cari Golden & Victor Ruiz - I Am (Original Mix).
03. Bebetta & CIOZ - Jello (Original Mix).
04. Gene Farris, Riva Starr & Dennis Cruz - Play (Original Mix).
05. Darius Syrossian - Fugazi Land (Brett Gould Remix).
06. CamelPhat - Hangin Out With Charlie (Original Mix).
07. DJ Wady & Patrick M - Hulk (Camelphat 2017 ReFix).
08. Solardo - On The Corner (Original Mix).
09. Julian Jeweil - Forum (Original Mix).
10. Metodi Hristov - Sirius (Original Mix).
11. Victor Ruiz - Stardust (Original Mix).
12. Slam - Like This (Original Mix).





Here are links to either personal websites, Facebook pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above.



Cera Alba (United Kingdom)
Cari Golden (United States)
Victor Ruiz (Brazil)
Bebetta (Germany)
Gene Farris (United States)
Riva Starr (United Kingdom)
Dennis Cruz (United Kingdom)
Darius Syrossian (United Kingdom)
CamelPhat (Unknown)
DJ Wady (United States)
Solardo (United Kingdom)
Julian Jeweil (France)
Metodi Hristov (Bulgaria)
Victor Ruiz (Brazil)



Subterranean Homesick Grooves is a weekly specialty EDM music show with a basic weekly audience base of about 1500 listeners per week through podcasting, direct downloads, and distribution on a small number of internet-based radio networks, plus another hundred or so listeners through SoundCloud, and an unknown number of listeners through terrestrial FM broadcast. If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes. And if you're interested in learning more about DJ'ing or music production, check out Jonathan Clark's extensive and very popular series of YouTube tutorials. There's a full & organized index of all the videos at:
djbolivia.ca/videos.html

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx









Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        About.Me: about.me/djbolivia
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca
        MixCloud: mixcloud.com/djbolivia
        DropBox: djbolivia.ca/dropbox



You'll notice a Facebook or Blogger comment box at the bottom of this post. Let me know which tracks you liked best from this mix, or give me any other feedback! It's always nice to hear from people who are listening to the show from around the world! Here's a map showing all the places where people have listened to Subterranean Homesick Grooves in the past month:




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If you appreciate the content that I've shared in my blog posts and youtube videos, I'd really appreciate in kind if you could show some support by donating a few dollars to help sponsor tree planting, in order to help fight climate change. I'm very involved in this type of work at my own reforestation company, which builds community forests and forest reserve areas to help the environment. Find out more at this link:

replant.ca/environmental







Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SHG Radio Show, Episode 362

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to distribution on other terrestrial and internet-based radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks very occasionally feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on tech-house and techno, and a small amount of progressive, trance, & minimal. Due to the mix of styles, you may hear combinations of tracks that wouldn't normally be featured together in a DJ's live set, but this show is intended to feature various styles of electronic/dance music. Liner notes for this episode (SHG 362) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

I should point out that when I make these shows, I mean for them to be a journey. I pay a lot of attention to the programming, and to the development of energy levels. If you're a first-time listener, you might think that the start of the show is quite tame, on the slower and "deeper" side of house or techno. However, give it time. Pay attention to how the styles change throughout the mix, and how the energy builds. Sometimes, I'll be very erratic and jump around between several genres, just for fun. Sometimes, I'll do a particularly dark show, with a heavy emphasis on techno. Most of the time however, you'll find a mix of mostly deep house or minimal or deep techno for the first third of the mix, building into a more upbeat section of tech-house through the middle, perhaps building up to some energetic tracks at the end, which often trespass into the realm of more contemporary house. Don't treat the show as a collection of individual tracks ... think of it as a cohesive experience; an hour-long aural journey of reflection and beats. And don't be shocked when I jump around between sub-genres of house and techno, to keep you wondering what will come next.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.




Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Here's a Direct Link to this week's show:
http://www.chma.fm/Bolivia_-_Subterranean_Homesick_Grooves_362.mp3


Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




Here are Track Listings for episode 362:

01. Dennis Cruz - Mad (Original Mix).
02. Oliver Huntemann - Rotlicht (Original Mix).
03. Jamiroquai - Superfresh (Solomun Remix).
04. Teenage Mutants - Palais (Original Mix).
05. Chus & Ceballo - Now Or Never (Original Mix).
06. Audiojack - Opposite Forces (Original Mix).
07. Mihalis Safras - One Stop To Babel (Original Mix).
08. Latmun - Funk Off (Original Mix).
09. Riva Starr - The Wickedest Sound (Original Mix).
10. Enrico Sangiuliano - Astral Projection (Original Mix).
11. Alan Fitzpatrick - Rhino (Original Mix).
12. CamelPhat - Gypsy King (Original Mix).





Here are links to either personal websites, Facebook pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above.



Dennis Cruz (United Kingdom)
Oliver Huntemann (Germany)
Teenage Mutants (Germany)
Chus & Ceballos (Spain)
Audiojack (Ibiza)
Mihalis Safras (United Kingdom)
Latmun (United Kingdom)
Riva Starr (London)
Enrico Sangiuliano (Italy)
Alan Fitzpatrick (United Kingdom)
CamelPhat (Unknown)
Solomun (Luxembourg)



Subterranean Homesick Grooves is a weekly specialty EDM music show with a basic weekly audience base of about 1500 listeners per week through podcasting, direct downloads, and distribution on a small number of internet-based radio networks, plus another hundred or so listeners through SoundCloud, and an unknown number of listeners through terrestrial FM broadcast. If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes. And if you're interested in learning more about DJ'ing or music production, check out Jonathan Clark's extensive and very popular series of YouTube tutorials. There's a full & organized index of all the videos at:
djbolivia.ca/videos.html

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx









Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        About.Me: about.me/djbolivia
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca
        MixCloud: mixcloud.com/djbolivia
        DropBox: djbolivia.ca/dropbox



You'll notice a Facebook or Blogger comment box at the bottom of this post. Let me know which tracks you liked best from this mix, or give me any other feedback! It's always nice to hear from people who are listening to the show from around the world! Here's a map showing all the places where people have listened to Subterranean Homesick Grooves in the past month:




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If you appreciate the content that I've shared in my blog posts and youtube videos, I'd really appreciate in kind if you could show some support by donating a few dollars to help sponsor tree planting, in order to help fight climate change. I'm very involved in this type of work at my own reforestation company, which builds community forests and forest reserve areas to help the environment. Find out more at this link:

replant.ca/environmental







Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SHG Radio Show, Episode 361

Welcome to this week's edition of Subterranean Homesick Grooves™, a weekly electronica-based radio show presented originally on CHMA FM 106.9 at Mount Allison University in Atlantic Canada (but expanded to distribution on other terrestrial and internet-based radio stations), and also distributed as a global podcast through iTunes. The show is normally programmed and mixed by Jonathan Clark (as DJ Bolivia), although some weeks very occasionally feature guest mixes by other Canadian DJ's. The show encompasses many sub-genres within the realm of electronic dance music, but the main focus is definitely on tech-house and techno, and a small amount of progressive, trance, & minimal. Due to the mix of styles, you may hear combinations of tracks that wouldn't normally be featured together in a DJ's live set, but this show is intended to feature various styles of electronic/dance music. Liner notes for this episode (SHG 361) can be seen below.

Para la información en español, vaya aquí.

I should point out that when I make these shows, I mean for them to be a journey. I pay a lot of attention to the programming, and to the development of energy levels. If you're a first-time listener, you might think that the start of the show is quite tame, on the slower and "deeper" side of house or techno. However, give it time. Pay attention to how the styles change throughout the mix, and how the energy builds. Sometimes, I'll be very erratic and jump around between several genres, just for fun. Sometimes, I'll do a particularly dark show, with a heavy emphasis on techno. Most of the time however, you'll find a mix of mostly deep house or minimal or deep techno for the first third of the mix, building into a more upbeat section of tech-house through the middle, perhaps building up to some energetic tracks at the end, which often trespass into the realm of more contemporary house. Don't treat the show as a collection of individual tracks ... think of it as a cohesive experience; an hour-long aural journey of reflection and beats. And don't be shocked when I jump around between sub-genres of house and techno, to keep you wondering what will come next.

By the way, if you're looking for DJ mixes in styles other than progressive/tech-house, check out www.djbolivia.ca/mixes.html. That page has a number of mainstream/top40 dance mixes (the "Workout Mix" series), as well as some deep house, drum and bass, and other styles.




Here's our Podcast Feed to paste into iTunes or any other podcatcher:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/shg

Here's a Direct Link to this week's show:
http://www.chma.fm/Bolivia_-_Subterranean_Homesick_Grooves_361.mp3


Older episodes of the show are not directly available from our main servers anymore, to conserve space for more recent episodes. However, all older episodes have been posted individually on SoundCloud, and also in archives of 25 episodes apiece (convenient for bulk downloading) from DJ Bolivia's Public Dropbox folder. That Dropbox link also has folders for individual tracks and remixes, project files and stem collections for producers who want to make their own remixes, videos, and other material. You don't even need to have a Dropbox account to download files from it.


Here’s a link so you can listen to the show or download it from SoundCloud:




Here are Track Listings for episode 361:

01. Phonique - Elitess (Smash TV Remix).
02. Enrico Sangiuliano - Blooming Era (Original Mix).
03. Between Strangers - Whiskey Peaks (Filterheadz Remix).
04. Age Of Love - The Age of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix).
05. ANOTR - What Time Is It (Original Mix).
06. Darius Syrossian - Fugazi Land (Original Mix).
07. Christian Smith & Harry Romero - Jungle Life (Original Mix).
08. Sandy Rivera - I Can't Stop (Dario D'Attis Remix).
09. Danny Howard - Xamena (Original Mix).
10. Jiggler - Stairs (Original Mix).
11. Luigi Rocca - Muse (Original Mix).
12. Mihalis Safras - Raygun Rave (Original Mix).





Here are links to either personal websites, Facebook pages, or [usually] the SoundCloud pages for a few of the original artists and remixers/producers listed above.



Phonique (Germany)
Enrico Sangiuliano (Italy)
Darius Syrossian (United Kingdom)
Christian Smith (Sweden)
Harry Romero (United States)
Sandy Rivera (United States)
Danny Howard (United Kingdom)
Luigi Rocca (Italy)
Mihalis Safras (Greece)
Dario D'Attis (Switzerland)
Filterheadz (Belgium)



Subterranean Homesick Grooves is a weekly specialty EDM music show with a basic weekly audience base of about 1500 listeners per week through podcasting, direct downloads, and distribution on a small number of internet-based radio networks, plus another hundred or so listeners through SoundCloud, and an unknown number of listeners through terrestrial FM broadcast. If you're a radio station programming director, and would like to add Subterranean Homesick Grooves to your regular programming lineup, contact djbolivia@gmail.com for details. We currently release SHG as an advance download to a number of stations globally on a weekly basis (at no charge), and we welcome inquiries from additional outlets.

Go to the Mix Downloads page on the main DJ Bolivia website if you'd like to check out a number of our older shows, or visit our SoundCloud page for individual tracks and remixes. And if you're interested in learning more about DJ'ing or music production, check out Jonathan Clark's extensive and very popular series of YouTube tutorials. There's a full & organized index of all the videos at:
djbolivia.ca/videos.html

We also have a file containing complete track listings from all of DJ Bolivia's radio shows, studio mixes, and live sets. The PDF version can be viewed from within your browser by clicking directly. Both the PDF and the Excel versions can be downloaded by right-clicking and choosing the "save link as" option:

View as PDF file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.pdf
Download Excel file: http://www.djbolivia.ca/complete_track_history_djbolivia.xlsx









Follow Jonathan Clark on other sites:
        Twitter: twitter.com/djbolivia
        SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/djbolivia
        YouTube: youtube.com/djbolivia
        Facebook: facebook.com/djbolivia
        Main Site: www.djbolivia.ca
        About.Me: about.me/djbolivia
        Music Blog: djbolivia.blogspot.ca
        MixCloud: mixcloud.com/djbolivia
        DropBox: djbolivia.ca/dropbox



You'll notice a Facebook or Blogger comment box at the bottom of this post. Let me know which tracks you liked best from this mix, or give me any other feedback! It's always nice to hear from people who are listening to the show from around the world! Here's a map showing all the places where people have listened to Subterranean Homesick Grooves in the past month:




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If you appreciate the content that I've shared in my blog posts and youtube videos, I'd really appreciate in kind if you could show some support by donating a few dollars to help sponsor tree planting, in order to help fight climate change. I'm very involved in this type of work at my own reforestation company, which builds community forests and forest reserve areas to help the environment. Find out more at this link:

replant.ca/environmental