For those of you who have no idea what that means, it means:
“Whoa, hell must be freezing over, 4 mixtapes from Flight Facilities in a month!?”
Now prepare yourselves because this is going to be a long post.
If you’re not the reading type, just back out now. We won’t be offended. However if you appreciate music, history and music history you may want to read this.
So back in about late April/early May, we agreed to be the triple j Mix Up EXCLUSIVES residents. We were offered September or October.
We chose October, knowing the more time we had, the better. “Why?” We definitely didn’t hear you ask. Well we’ll tell you why!
triple j required 4 mixes. Each 1 hour long.
We figured we could have put together 4 mixes of music we loved, but by the fourth one, we’d be scraping the barrel.
We’re pretty picky about which music we use, hence why we only do 1 or 2 tapes a year… so doing 4 mixes in one month had to be special.
We decided to make things as hard as we could for ourselves while adding some novelty to the project. We had such a good response to our Paris Social Club 70s set and chose to follow that lead.
So here it is:
4 mixes, 4 decades of music, in the order in which it came out.
Each set represents the music of 10 years and moves chronologically through time.
The first mix is 1972 – 1982.
The second, 1982 – 1992
Third, 1992 – 2002
And lastly, 2002 – 2012
THE FIRST 3
What sort of research did this require? Well, firstly it demanded the reading of 30 years worth of music charts. Cross referencing 3 different charts (100 songs in each chart – 300 songs per year – 9000 song names in total) with Wikipedia release dates. We also read Wikipedia Music pages for individual years, singles and looked at YouTube compilations too. We also checked the dates on old songs we loved that sat in our iTunes.
Wikipedia Music for specific years
The 2002 – 2012 mix required a flick through the old record collection, checking the dates on the records, a cross reference with discogs, a LONG browse through iTunes and a dusting of our greatest dance floor memories both in front of, and behind the decks.
BUT HERE’S WHERE THINGS GET RIDICULOUS…
We also decided “Hey, let’s make this even harder than it needs to be”, so we read through 40 years of Wikipedia and found the major events in history. Things like the Nixon Watergate scandal in the 70′s, the toppling of the Berlin wall in the 80′s, the end of apartheid in Africa in the 90′s, the capture and conviction of Saddam Hussein in the 00′s and A LOT more.
Wikipedia Major Events of Each Year
THE EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENT OF DEATH
Once we had these major events, we copied them into text documents along with YouTube URLs that correlated to these major events. We’re not kidding when we tell you that the image below is a screen shot of the actual documents with tracklistings, options, URLs, time markers and alternatives for videos.
We then recorded the snippets of audio from the YouTube videos into Garageband (and yes, we know you can just download the audio but we were ripping from videos that were sometimes an hour or more long). We have watched literally days worth of historical YouTube footage.
YouTube audio samples
Once we bounced it from there, we sat the audio in the project on top of songs that were in the music charts at that particular point in history.
Basically, you can hear what people were listening to when the major events of the world occurred. Alongside all these tunes are some exclusive modern day edits from the likes of Tim Fuchs, Rocco Raimundo. Some exclusive edits from us (plus even a few bootlegs), and of course, just to keep those old mixes a little bit modern, a bunch of classic edits from greats like Todd Terje, The Revenge, In Flagranti and more.
We had no idea how long and complicated an idea this would be. In fact, we’d go as far as to say it was a terrible idea to undertake given the unexpected level of research that was required (unbeknownst to us at the time).
We weren’t overly strict about the release dates of the music. Most of the songs are done in 1 year blocks (a song released in January 1986 may appear after a song in December 1986 – so sue us!). We’re sure a couple of you higher-brow-than-thou listeners will be able to catch us out on a few occasions. We were off by about a year on one or two tracks every now and then (usually depending on release date vs. charting date vs. album release). You’ll have to forgive us for those indiscrepancies. But matching the tempo as well as the history was a link that one would usually never, logically, have to establish while doing a freakin’ mixtape. Anyway, there you have it. That’s what we’ve been working on since May as well as several other singles, remixes and tours.
Prepare yourselves triple j listeners, and of course listeners of the world. We’re taking you on a musical history lesson of the last 40 years.
Each mix will air on Saturday nights throughout October, at 9pm Sydney, Australia time. So bust out those world clocks everybody, because you can listen to them live online right here:
INTERNATIONAL LIVE LISTENING TIMES:
New York: 7am Saturday Morning
Los Angeles: 4am Saturday Morning :-/
London: 12 Midday Saturday
Paris: 1pm Saturday
(we’ll be posting facebook and twitter updates close to airing times to give everyone a chance to tune in)
NOTE: We’ll be posting these mixes to our Soundcloud for free download eventually but not until triple j’s approval in, at earliest, November. We’re very excited to share them with you – but for now, stream them from the triple j website