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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. Unfortunately, the US, it's let's just say... a bit behind in that department. If you ever hear such music on the radio, or even in the street, let me know (for instance, in Australia, I heard great Trance in even a waterslide park of all places, and in Europe you can easily get EDM/Trance on broadcast radio).
Since 2004 (it's not 2016), the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here, and we're lucky to have at least one or two big Trance parties per year, so yeah!
With San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.

Over time, I've seen many of my favorite DJs across the world, whether it was locally, in New York City, Canada, Australia, and of course Ibiza, and at Halloween 2004, I finally attended some great local parties that proved that you could get the good stuff locally too (even if all the artists came from other countries :-).

Over the years, I also got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once:



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2014/05/01 Armin Only San Jose
π 2014-05-01 00:00 in Clubbing
Armin Only in San Jose, 15mn from where I live? OMG, really? My last Armin Only was in 2007 in Holland, and I had to fly there, so needless to say that I bought the tickets 6 months early when they went on sale, and I was definitely looking forward to it.

This Armin only was only 5h instead of the crazy 9h30 he did in 2006, but honestly it was better because it was 5h of great tunes one after another, no filler songs.
Once you add the live artists and performances, it was pretty fantastic. You can see a summary here:

Next, a few auto-awesome pictures from G+:








And then the real pictures, many courtesy of the 30X zoom on my point and shoot camera:

























And before I ever had the time to get bored, it was over. A great evening, really:



You can see all the pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106981743284611658289/albums/6008858861620954449

and some fancy 'G+ story' there: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarcMERLIN/posts/4PLxf9Ew1Rt

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2014/05/01 Down The Rabbit Hole Of Trance
π 2014-05-01 00:00 in Clubbing
I was listening to Armin's Essential Mix from 2013, another great one you can listen to many times :)

It starts with some movie bits from a Sci-Fi movie I didn't know, and that felt wrong :) I wrote down some of the lyrics so that I could look them up later:

Offset 2mn:

  • we are locked in the event horizon
  • Thank you smitty
  • stark give me a read
  • the reactor is still hot, we have several radiation leaks
  • do I have pressure?
  • there is no gravity, reactors are offline
  • brought most primary systems online
  • Offset 10mn:

  • brought most primary systems online, for now
  • stark, what's our status?
  • the antenna array is totally fried. We've got no radio, no laser, no high gain, no one is coming to help us
  • Offset 19mn:

  • She's all right, it's ok. You're safe now
  • Justin! Cooper!
  • They're fine, they're with us
  • Offset 28mn:

  • Look, if what the ... tells us is true, Othis ship has been on the boundaries of our universe of known scientific reality. Who knows where it's been, what it's seen, or what it's brought back with it
  • Offset 2h27:

  • I need to be on that ship
  • Once we secure the ship, we bring you on.
  • I'm sorry, this is unacceptable, I need to be on that ship.
  • Once we secure the ship, that's the way it is. I need you to guide us from the comm station, this is where I need you. Help us do our jobs.
  • I took note of the script bits, plugged them into google and of course it was a known Sci-Fi movie that someone went through the trouble of entirely hand transcribing, so my search was easy.
    The movie was Event Horizon, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119081/ , which was an enjoyable watch.

    But that wasn't the end of it, some lyrics in that ASOT were different:

  • At 43mn: Do you know what your problem is? You got nothing to do in your life. Why don't you get a job? Do something... be a nurse.
  • At 2h: We'd like to discuss something that if of interest to all of us here. You have a problem Tony, we have a problem.
  • That didn't take too long to trace to Scarface. I need to watch this again :)

    Last but not least, 1h24mn in,there was a nice quote which I could tell was from Morgan Friedman, and I traced it to Shawshank Redemption, which I had but apparently had never watched, so I watched that too. Great movie.
    "I look back at the way I was then... I young stupid kid that committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him, I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are...". Oh, and at the very end of the mix:

  • We just have to put it behind us... move on.
  • I'm done. Everything stops.
  • Nothing stops. Nothing...
  • Then, while watching Shawshank Redemption, I heard this other great piano tune I already knew, Thomas Newman - Brooks was here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmjqO7DD14I
    Of course, I had heard it in other Trance mixes before, it's an awesome piano track. Interestingly, the track is called "Compass and Guns" in the movie soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v04F8_sHLJk

    So I went from trance to movie, which then brought me back to other trance, full circle. I like how it all pieces together, thanks to a few google searches :)


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