GOETIC MIRROR (aka TYLER MADDEN; Dogs on Walks)
Current top 5 tracks:
Mikhail Glinka, "The Lark"
"Evgeny Kissin is sometimes too dramatic for me as a pianist, but here that is perfect because he projects the melody in the beginning, so that when everything becomes more complex in the end, the melody is still intelligible."
Ralph Vaughan Williams, "The Lark Ascending"
"I don't know what Europeans find so intriguing about larks, but they sure do write beautiful songs about them. This composition is very important to me, but I dislike almost every rendition on YouTube. This one is the least offensive. I don't like it when the violinist gets too involved in the melody—it should float."
Johann Strauss II, "Myrtle Blossoms"
"A waltz written for a Hapsburg wedding, 'Myrtle Blossoms' is delicate and forceful at the same time. Viennese aristocrats couldn't get enough of their beloved Strauss (the younger), and would go wild dancing to any new composition of his. I can't imagine the reaction to this special piece. I love it because it doesn't follow the typical waltz progression."
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, "Hymn of the Cherubim"
"I first learned of this composition from Werner Herzog's Bells from the Deep, in which it is only mentioned, not played. A woman claims to hear echoes of this famous Russian hymn coming from the legendary sunken city, Kitezh. This version best captures the depth of the male vocalists."
Dmitri Shostakovich, "Waltz No. 2"
"Shostakovich is often difficult to understand, but his 'Second Waltz' is timeless. In this piece, one can take a reasonable bite of his whimsical attitude, which is usually bitter and tough to swallow. This version has terrible audio quality, but is accurate."
Crew/label affiliation: "Negative Vibes Only (defunct). I have no current affiliations, because people won't engage with me. I am too intimidating, or some shit. I run a private Facebook group called Slipped. I've done podcasts for MOTOR, Deep Club, Mirror&Web, and Research. I've also done guest spots on C89 and Orphan. I have DJed out at the club for Grounded, Loving Touch, Research, Looters, The Lodge, Mirror&Web, and Cheap & Deep (now Zoom Zoom). I don't really know what counts as an affiliation. Nobody likes me."
Styles played: "I can play a variety of styles, but they all revolve around techno. I will settle for nothing less that the finest techno out there. Sometimes it's slow, other times fast. Often you'll hear me play a lot of acid, but tribal techno gets my goat, too. I'd say minimal, but people don't understand what that means (not sorry not sorry), and I can't be bothered to get didactic on the masses. I have my own understanding of minimalism, which has nothing to do with form, and everything to do with the materials, skills, and popularity points that are available to you. I can make anything sound like techno—that's what a master does. You heard!!!!! I've been spinning for over a decade, and listening to this music for two decades. Come for me."
Events organized: "Dogs on Walks is a monthly event (and eponymous DJ duo with Cody Hammer) that happens at PRŪF Café & Bar on S. Jackson. We're having a rough time this month. Stay tuned, though! I have that Facebook group, Slipped, and we're gonna do a podcast. I've tried to get nights at Kremwerk but a certain gatekeeper doesn't like me."
DJing philosophy: "I DON'T USE HEADPHONES. I AM THERE WITH YOU, INSIDE THE MUSIC. RAW AS FUCK, UNPREDICTABLE. MASTERFUL. SPONTANEOUS. CHALLENGING. NOT FOR EVERYONE. A DIRECT REFLECTION OF ME. PAINFUL AT TIMES. INTENSE. BUT ALSO BEAUTIFUL AND DELICATE. PRECISE. METHODICAL."
Worst request: "Never."
Upcoming events: "Dogs on Walks is a monthly event at PRŪF Café & Bar featuring the DJ duo of me and Cody Hammer (No Nonsense. Eclectech). We have a guest each month—Paris Siris (of JamRat) and Lord Phatrick have both blown our minds with great selections and energy. It's a fun, wild time!
"We just switched from first Saturdays, to third Saturdays, because we were bullied off that date.
Apparently there is a 'Seattle Church of House Music' calendar. Fucking whatever—that calendar is for basic people to find trash music, and we aren't house music. Not sorry not sorry. I don't know if we are doing it this month, because third Saturday is too close to Christmas. So, I guess, stay tuned..."