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YleX Tiistain Tanssi-ilta 30.09.2008

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DJ Orion @ YleX – Tiistain Tanssi-ilta 30.09.2008

Tiistain Tanssi-ilta tracklist
01. OneWorld – Isla Blanca (Avanti)
02. Claes Rosen – What’s Up Tonight (Add2Basket)

03. 16 Bit Lolitas – Goodbye Pluto (Bits & Pieces)

04. Komytea – Professional Killers (AnjunaDeep)
05. Cid Inc – The Grill (Lank remix) (Tolerant)
06. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme (2008 Re-Edit) (Nocturnal Groove)
07. David West – Hello Piano (Sebastien Leger remix) (Mistakes Music)
08. Electrobios, Sheeple – Map Quest (Blendbrank remix) (Witty Tunes)
09. Thomas Feijk – Toaster (Richard Davison remix) (Finity)
10. Placebo & David Bowie – Without You I’m Nothing (Brothers In Rhythm remix) (Elevator Music)
11. Hybrid – Formula of Fear (Distinc’ive)

Tiistain Tanssi-ilta links

DJ Aki A.
Competing With Free
Nokia Comes With Reservations
News | Interview with Chris Lake
MySpace Music Hype Begins
MySpace Music – does a 180 on indie artists and abandons one of the greatest opportunities for new music models in exchange for 21st century payola
Guy J – Esperanza (Artist Album)[Bedrock Records]
Spinnin’ Records launch release podcast
Hidden Ambient Music in every Windows XP
Photo: Mr.A @ Danceteria
Tunnelvision ysäribileet
Kovat kotibileet
Moby, Underworld and Dalai Lama team up for Tibet
Reclaim the Streets – Helsinki2002
Ravin’ Remotely
New Luomo album in October

Listen Tiistain Tanssi-ilta again on YleX Areena (works in Finland only):

Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ KLUBITUS
Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ IRC-GALLERIA
Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ FACEBOOK
Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ YLEX

The anatomy of Tiistain Tanssi-ilta

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The misassumption of running Tiistain Tanssi-ilta is that it doesn’t take much time. When I started working at YleX in the beginning of the year, Orkidea, OlliS and Leena all told me that running a well planned show bi-weekly is going to take hell an amount of time. I did believe them, but still I was surprised how much work it actually is. Here’s the short anatomy of one Tiistain Tanssi-ilta show:

– Tuesday – one week before the show
Compiling the first version of the tracks selected to the upcoming show. Writing the press announcement about the upcoming featured artist. Making possible interviews. Writing and scheduling a blog post which includes the press release and setting it to go live on Saturday or Sunday.

– Thursday/Friday
Mixing and mastering the final one hour version of the show. Fitting in the pre-recorded parts such as Featured Artist and possible interviews. Archiving an mp3 copy, leaving the .wav file for broadcasting.

– Saturday/Sunday
Releasing the info about the upcoming show all over the web. Sending the tracklist and press announcement to YleX. Listening through the one-hour mix at least once for the manuscript writing purposes. Writing and scheduling the blog post which includes the tracklist and the selected music news from the past weeks. The blog post goes live on Tuesday 21:55.

– Monday
Going through the tracks and gathering the Teosto information. Sending the reminder to the next Featured Artist. Making the manuscript for the next day’s show (I’m pretty used to this already, but it still takes more than one hour to do).

– Tuesday – Tiistain Tanssi-ilta
Heading to Pasila about 1,5h before the show. Writing the Teosto information for every track played in the show: Track name, Artist name, Artist’s real name, Country, Year, Label, Catalog Number, Original Track Length, Played Track Length. Setting the Yle Areena to work correctly and to broadcast Tanssi-ilta on-demand for the next week. Plugging the laptop to the YleX mixer, setting the mics and jingles ready, playing the show, making the voice-overs live. Leaving Pasila about 5 minutes after the show. Checking that the show information has gone live as planned on the blog and on YleX services.

– Wednesday – (two weeks before the next show)
Searching for new music for the next show and sorting out news for the next show start. These two go on daily for the next two weeks and take a pretty significant amount of time. Sending a reminder to the next featured artist, if not gotten a pre-recorded voice-over and the featured track yet. Informing about the past show, posting through the forums and social media. Answering the emails and feedback. Having a couple of days “free” and starting from the beginning again :)

I once counted that you use easily a full work day (8 hours) for the routines mentioned above. If an interview is included, you can count 2-3 hours extra work and all these hours definitely do not include searching and listening through the new music, which easily takes in average 1-2 hours a day.

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
-Colleen C. Barrett

YleX Tiistain Tanssi-ilta 05.08.2008

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DJ Orion @ YleX – Tiistain Tanssi-ilta 05.08.2008

Tiistain Tanssi-ilta tracklist

01. Oasis – Falling Down (Chemical Brothers remix) (Big Brother)
02. Morgan Page – The Longest Road (Beetseekers remix) (CDr)
03. Chymera – Parelo (Jody Wisternoff remix) (Brandnewvibe)
04. Blue Room Project – Velo City (Fletch remix) (it:is)
05. Oceanlab – Miracle (Fletch remix) (AnjunaBeats)

06. Deck Jagger – Tears In Rain (CDr)

07. James Doman – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Soul Avengerz remix) (Positiva)
08. Claes Rosen – Mystify (Dinka remix) (Discoteca)
09. V-Sag – Feather feat. Alexandra McKay (Phatjak remix) (Unide Audio)
10. Kris Benton – Final Race (Flash Brothers remix) (Baroque)
11. Super8 & Tab – Elektra (AnjunaBeats)

Tiistain Tanssi-ilta links
Muusikkoparin suunnanmuutos
The Ground avasi
Biisivieras Syna
How long should music copyright be?
Aril Brikha attacks Shlomi Aber for ‘rip-off’
Teosto korotti ravintolataksoja lainvastaisesti
Nintendo Unveils Wii Music
Prodidy reissues old albums

Listen Tiistain Tanssi-ilta again on YleX Areena (works in Finland only):

Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ KLUBITUS
Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ IRC-GALLERIA
Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ FACEBOOK
Tiistain Tanssi-ilta @ YLEX

New name.

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Happy news. Yesterday at around 13:00 I got married to my long time girlfriend Melanie. With about 70 close friends and relatives we spent an amazing day and shared the intercultural closeness and happiness – and the music :) Thank you to everyone remembering our day and sending us your greetings.

From this day on my name is officially Juska Wendland. My old email addresses keep working and will be re-directed to the new ones, but if you want to be sure, you can always find the up-to-date contact information here.

Jaytech to Finland!

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Australian Jaytech is coming to Finland this autumn.

If I would need to mention my TOP3 nu-sound producers today, the list would definitely contain Jaytech. The young Australian wizard has just released his amazing debut album “Everything is OK” and has been named as Above&Beyond’s favourite warm-up DJ on their tours. His new tracks like Pepe’s Garden and Groove Nova and older like Genesis and Tomorrow as well as the joint productions with Matt Rowan are such a bliss to hear and play. His sound influences today’s progressive house and trance strongly (check his podcast) and I can guess this is just the start, according to his Inthemix interview.

Jaytech is currently touring all around the world and finally landing to Finland this October. It’s a moment not-to-miss.

DJ Orion – From Rural to Urban

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Here’s a small package for making the holiday smoother, the sunshine hotter and the glass of wine tastier. It’s a 74min chill-out mix, music from artists like Planet Funk, Zero 7, Boards of Canada, Slowhill, Ulrich Schnauss, Banco De Gaia, Dousk, Groove Armada…

Planet Funk – Piano Piano
Zero7 – Look Up
Goya-Project – Klezmatic
Boards of Canada – Hey Saturday Sun
Ulrich Schnauss – Between Us And Them
Slowhill – Come Back As A Butterfly
Mosaik – Cumulus
Slowhill – Thursday
Mosaik – Noa Lake
Banco De Gaia – Sheesha
Trentemoller – Miss You
Ulrich Schnauss – Blumenwiese Neben Autobahn
Dousk – Anagram
Doris Days – To Ulrike M. (Zero7 remix)
+ Bonus track

>> Orion – From Rural to Urban

Thoughts about the climate change.

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I guess (or hope) everyone’s already aware of the climate change report which was published yesterday. The panel concluded that it was at least 90% certain that human emissions of greenhouse gases rather than natural variations are warming the planet’s surface.

So we should act.

But doesn’t it feel a bit odd to buy a energy light saving light bulb when currently there are over 2500 coal mines in China and dozens (or even hundreds) more are being built every year?

No wonder people are thinking that the actions of one individual do not count.

But it’s worth remembering that even though you’re thinking your actions won’t count, it still is a bigger bad when you won’t do what you easily COULD do.

Selection of reactions to the climate change report.

Current U.S. actions to address climate change. (.pdf)

Light bulbs

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Global warming seems to be more and more regular topic on the daily news, at least here in Finland. I wonder when the yellow press realizes its commercial potential. Think about it: “Global warming ruined David Beckham’s holiday in Greenland: ‘Where’s the snow?!'”. Top seller! ;)

Seriously speaking – people tend to think that fighting global warming takes a lot of time, money and the deeds of one individual just don’t count on a large scale.
But wrong – you can (and should) just start by changing your light bulbs.

Yes, light bulbs. Replace your old bulbs with CF Bulbs (Energiansäästölamppu, in Finnish). Today.

Changing the bulbs is
1) the easiest way to reduce our dependence on oil.
2) the cheapest way to cut down the amount of greenhouse gases
3) a direct way to prevent new power plants to be built
4) it IS cheap, actually every bulb will cost itself back in less than four years

VIA: 1, 2, 3, 4

P.S. If you’re a blogger or a media person (which anyone can be these days:), consider spreading the word. It’s not only mediasexy, but it makes the world a bit better place, too.

2006 look-back.

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To start the double-o-seven properly, I guess it’s time to sum up some of the moments of the past year.

Left Rovaniemi behind and moved to Helsinki. Getting a possibility of being part of Misc Management and working with some of the nicest guys in the southern electronic music scene has been more than delightful. The future looks exciting.

Got a possibility to travel a lot. Loved the Birkweiler wine fields. Saw Belfast, both sides of it.

Graduated. Wrote the Pro Gradu about Flyers in Electronic Music Culture.

After waiting for 11 years, finally saw Underworld live. Also enjoyed the Unity 10th Anniversary, both being the highlights of this year.

Finished remix of EBTG’s “Missing” and a remake of Innerself’s “Gautama”, released seven DJ-mixes and a couple of radio sets. Buried Worldwide Mix Selection podcast project and concentrated on DJ Orion’s podcast with a plenty of hi-quality guest mixes from Finnish artists.

Disliked Teosto and Gramex. Enjoyed some very good movies. Got sentimental while moving away from the north and couldn’t help looking back.

Experienced some very nice gigs such as Spinni in Tampere, Choon! in Turku, Rio88600 in Sotkamo and Sunburn in Kalajoki to mention just a few. Got new friends and got together with the old – humble, simple and honest people, who I – once again – just can’t give enough credit.

Made a new year resolution last year not to involve in any event production or promotion in spring 2006 – and got hands on way too many projects. Expecting the same to happen this year again.

Culture shocks

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After the relaxed years in the Finnish outback, Rovaniemi, last night must have been really the first experience of living not only in a different city, but also in a different world here.

See also some photos:

The first news from Helsinki

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The week has passed incredibly fast. It’s been all about moving, doing the infamous vinyylijumppa to the second floor without any elevator and piecing together new furniture.

I guess carrying the music collection around was some sort of a last temptation to forget the vinyl, convert everything to CD-format and save your back from breaking before your 30th anniversary. I’m sure there was someone whispering to my ear “How much would that weight in mp3-format…?” when I climbed up the stairs with the 40kg vinyl cases.

Now after four full moving days quite much everything is done and we’ll be heading to Germany for nine days on Monday. I managed to finish most of the stuff on my todo-list despite the hurry:

First of all, after building up the new DJ-setup (which must be the best I’ve ever had what comes to sound and comfort) I recorded Spinni’s 10 Year Anniversary Mix. Spinni celebrates their ten year old way through the Tampere club history (more info here) and this “official” mix more or less describes the sound of the event’s second day. Techy progressive, breaks and trance in spirit of the oldskool, with a couple of fresh exceptions. Those who are subscribed to the podcast should get the mix any time soon, but you’ll find the link on the forums and Spinni’s website a bit later, too.

I visited Danceteria, DTM last night. Good way to get the first touch to Helsinki clubland – the place was crowded and atmosphere high. I shot restlessly a couple of photos while meeting new people and I have to say I felt pretty welcome – there were really nice people around.


The future looks bright. In October I’ll be heading to Northern Ireland for a week and before that I’ll hope to have some announcements to be made about some club and music related things. Oh, and nearly forgot – New York City based fitness radio station Exercise Radio starts to air some mixes of mine on their exercise related shows. It seems that vinyylijumppa isn’t the only way to get fit with vinyls ;)

And as a postscript: It’s never too late to start to love music. Or too early…
Heavy music has young fans...


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I promised earlier to confirm when everything’s set for moving away from Rovaniemi. So this is it, 100% confirmation. I’ll be heading to Helsinki on the first of August. Interesting autumn ahead.

I think now it’s time more or less to look back. These five years have been incredible in many ways. Here’s a Short Story of the Northern Club Life – the electronic music scene in Northern Finland 2001-2005 as I remember it. Thanks to all of you who were involved in a way or another – you know why :)

Back. And away again.

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Typical Finnish juhannus. Relaxed.


I’ll still confirm this 100% later but at the moment it seems that I’ll be leaving Rovaniemi behind on the 31.7. Yes, for good.
So after July there will be nothing but Helsinki Scorchin’ :)

Gradu valmis :: Flyer – Valtamediaa marginaalikulttuurissa

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Flyer – Valtamediaa marginaalikulttuurissa

Pro Gradu on valmis. Flyer – Valtamediaa flyerikulttuurissa on ensimmäinen suomalaiseen flyerikulttuuriin perehtynyt työ, joka tutkii flyeriä nimenomaa mediailmiön näkökulmasta. Gradu on nyt ladattavissa .pdf-formaatissa.

Mikä on flyerin historia? Entä tulevaisuus? Toimiiko flyereiden katujako? Mistä flyereitä löydetään? Millaista kuvakieltä flyereissä käytetään? Millainen on flyerin elinkaari? Miten Etelä- ja Pohjois-Suomen flyerikulttuurit eroavat toisistaan? Millainen on flyerin suhde muihin medioihin?

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Gradu painoon

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Flyer – valtamediaa marginaalikulttuurissa menee painoon 13.03.2006. Pieniä viilauksia pitää vielä tehdä, mutta tiettyä rentouden tunnetta on jo ilmassa.

Scannasin gradua varten muutamia flyereitä hyvällä resoluutiolla ja uploadasin ne muun kokoelman jatkoksi Flickriin. Varsin työläiksi osoittautuivat vanhat Labyrinth-flyerit, jotka joutui scannaamaan osissa ja liittämään jälkikäteen Photoshopilla yhteen. Nyt on hyvä mahdollisuus käydä lataamassa itselleenkin hyvälaatuiset digikopiot legendaarisista lakanankokoisista flyereistä. Niitä ei tietääkseni aikaisemmin ole netissä juuri liikkunut.

Tsekkaa kaikki graduflyerit. Kahdella sivulla muunmuassa Screen-, Labyrinth-, Miau!-, Illusions- ja Time Tunnel-flyereitä sekä muutamia one-off-tapahtumien flaikkuja. Enjoy :)