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Goodbye Offaudio

Offaudio - 2004 - 2011

The Offaudio saga ends here…

After about 7 years of brilliant service to the techno- & net-community Offaudio came down with some server issues. What many didn’t know, was that during it’s downtime the plans to continue Offaudio were being discussed. I was informed of this much earlier, but didn’t want to leak information that wasn’t decided just yet, and thus potentially incorrect. (Actually, my hopes were that Offaudio would stay, but alas.)

You can read the note on Offaudio.com.

Sixty-nine releases is not a small feat, 69 releases from many different techno producing artists such as Dessben, Numbtone, Kuniaki Takenaga, Raphy Beltre, Ilya Zonov, Unai Maleski, Monokao and Killminimal. Arguably, all top-quality releases worth every single bit of your bandwidth.

I featured these Offaudio releases in pretty much any show I did, Holland to Japan. And also feature heavily in my promotional DJ-mixes, on Mixcloud or right here on these pages. When I had a day of rest during my trips to Japan, Offaudio tracks were usually the first I’d add to my playlist(s) for the day, on my iPod and when preparing for my next DJ-set.

What will remain is the memory, and of course the actual files (tracks) that still carry the Offaudio logo, the many tracks on your hard-drive, and possibly floating in your cloud-service somewhere.

And with that we say farewell to (in my opinion) the best Techno net-label yet..

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Offaudio 69 – MC94 – Distances 7CA

More Tech-step darkness in this Offaudio release, at varying tempos as well. Offaudio’s move towards a new sound in techno-land has it’s roots firmly in the (off-beat) Techno ground of the last decade. But combined with the Dub-step craze of lately this sound could become a crossover appreciated by both Techno and Dub-step-lovers.

I wonder how this new sound will turn out… Offaudio is promising big things to come..

Check it out here! You can find the download link below.

These tracks are released under: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported

Download here: Offaudio 69 – MC94 – Distances 7CA

Offaudio 68 – Dessben – Doss por Cuatro

The latest Offaudio release coincides with the newest version of the website; Offaudio 5.0

I’ve got the scoop on this one! Before the launch tomorrow (it’s out now), this is the only place where you’ll be able to hear this release. I’ll add a download link tomorrow after the release. (Done, check the player.)

Dessben, ruler and overlord of the dark techno force that is Offaudio. I found the label through research for my own label Prowess Records, trying to find out how other net-labels operate. I listened to over 20 gigs of music while looking for deeper meaning behind the Creative Common licenses. Offaudio delivered, and I’ve been following their releases ever since.

These tracks are released under: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported

Download here: Offaudio – Dessben – Doss Por Cuatro

Tech-step is the name of the style Dessben chose for his latest EP. I would have called it off-beat techno, something I haven’t heard in a long time. But, the influences from dub-step are obviously present and sets the EP apart from most ‘off-beat techno’ I played before. The dark brooding sound of filtered saws and looming deep basslines to drag you further into the experience combined with sound-effects and breaks remind me of Leftfield, experimental producers from the UK who combined techno, dub, and breaks into their own sound.

Though I’m not a dub-step enthusiast, I, for one, welcome this new tech-step sound into the evolutional gene-pool that is electronic music and it’s plethora of sub-genres. Where D’n’B listeners looked back for new inspiration and found it in dub-reggae, this, to me, feels like taking the concept and looking back to the break-beat oriented sound of Electro-funk from Detroid. It’s more like the former rather than the latter, but it gives an industrial feel which I haven’t heard in techno for quite a while. I’m loving the rhythmic beats and basslines and with 8 tracks on the EP, I feel spoiled. Gimme moar!

And if an exclusive review wasn’t enough, Dessben was so kind to give me a first look at the new design of the Offaudio website. Version 5.0 of the site is going to be unveiled to the public tomorrow (along with the new release) and it’s looking slick. Very clean, useful and still good to look at.

There should be a picture of Offaudio 5.0 here... If not, check if you're using IE and if so dump it for Firefox, Opera or Chrome.

The new website and EP will be launched tomorrow, Wednesday the 30th of June, 2010.

Offaudio 67 – KillMinimal – Learning To Say No EP

Sometime ago Offaudio already teased us with a little taste of things to come. It tasted good!

Now that Offaudio 67 is finally released, it’s time to check it out and share the music. When I started playing the EP, I thought Tweetdeck was going crazy! There’s a sound in the first track that sounds very similar to the sound the application makes when a new tweet appears.

My favorite track is “K De”, deep dark sounds with a lot of atmosphere, what’s yours?

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Bye 2009, hello 2010

You were great. I will always remember you.

  • マキちゃん
  • DJ Workshops
  • Prowess Records
  • 日本

In another post I explained who (and why) my favorite DJ of 2009 is. In this post I’ll tell you about my favorite track of 2009. It’s shear beauty, it’s great production; melody, synths, vocals. And to me, essentially, it’s emotional value:

We listened to this song together in the car, an route to Himure in 滋賀 (Shiga) with お母さん behind the wheel. I already loved this song for personal reasons, but at that exact moment in time I realized, with a lump in my throat: “I don’t want to go home. I wanna stay here with マキちゃん forever. We were counting down the days till we could finally spend time together. Now that we are, I don’t wanna go!”

2009 was a brilliant year. I have good hopes for 2010, but, this year was special in so many ways. Unexplainable, I can’t put it in writing. So, without further ado I’ll let the music and my favorite track of 2009 do the talking.

Gui Boratto – No Turning Back

Of course, there were many more great tracks produced this year. Offaudio had some brilliant releases, Lele’s Marble EP was the best electro I’d heard in a while and my own productions have finally started to sound like release worthy. (Yes, yes, very soon, I’m sorry for the delay!) I’ve finally been able to toy around with real hardware, the MC-303 and TR-606 and the already brilliant Korg DS-10 found it’s big brother; Korg DS-10 Plus. Not too mention how kind Ableton Live has been to me the past months.

2009 was hard work and it had it’s downs. But the good memories outweigh the bad in so many ways. Thank you 2009, with you in the back-pocket, I can only imagine how brilliant 2010 will be. Thanks so much 2009 and please send me a postcard when you think of me.

Empire Of the Sun – Walking On A Dream

マキちゃん, I will be back soon…