The weather turned out to be perfectly timed. After a downpour around 2:30pm, the clouds parted for a couple hours and let 11 of us to wander the back part of Schinkelbuurt.
We had some technical problems with AmpMe, so halfway through I was live mixing on the app, instead of just playing my pre-recorded mix. Unfortunate, but fun still. For DRIFT 004, I have a couple of new approaches to syncing the soundtrack we’ll try.
You can still check out the music mix (along with track list/buy links) in its entirety here:
Here are some snapshots by other drifters:
Sunday, July 23 at 15:00 • Schinkelbuurt, Amsterdam
Bring your earbuds, a camera, and your fully charged phone. Meet in front of the Electric Tram Museum at Amstelveenseweg 264, 1075XV. We’ll explore the back alleys and pathways of Schinkelbuurt, snap some photos, and listen to a set of synchronized walking tunes. We can end the DRIFT with beers at Butcher’s Tears.
Subtropical was the theme of DRIFT 002, which took place last night, on a fittingly warm summer solstice in the Indischebuurt area of Amsterdam Oost.
The music focused on Indonesian gamelan and other Asian-inspired minimalist, electronic, and ambient sounds. Also in the mix is a new tune by Elk Test, and an ambient track by me.
Plans are already underway for DRIFT 003 — date/time/location/theme coming soon.
Due to the hot weather, let’s meet at 20:00 tomorrow rather than 19:00. We’ll take advantage of the cooler temperatures and shade later in the evening. Still meeting in front of Badhuis Javaplein. See you there!
I went to an art performance at the Stedilijk today that promised, in part, a 20 minute group power nap. It proved to be some dumb posturing bullshit with no actual napping on the agenda. I came home and made a soundtrack to the public sleep that should’ve occurred.
Excerpt from a longer 30 minute session.
Last Monday night, I was invited to spin an hour of my favorite recent vinyl finds over at Red Light Radio. I had a blast and am looking forward to my next appearance on Monday, August 14, from 9–10pm.
Here’s a recording of my set from Monday:
Wednesday, June 21 at
19:00 20:00 • Javaplein, Amsterdam
Bring your headphones, a camera, and your fully charged phone. Meet in front of Badhuis Javaplein, and let’s explore Amsterdam Oost to the synchronized sounds of Indonesian and Asian-inspired minimal music and other surprises.
Thanks to all the participants in DRIFT 001. We had a fun time on a sunny Sunday afternoon wandering around Noord. The technical setup was mostly a success (using AmpMe as the broadcast app).
As the first experiment, I think it was a success. Everyone seemed to get a kick out of giving themselves permission to wander around, letting the feeling of the music, or the small details of a previously overlooked street guide their movement. I did notice a couple things I’ll do differently next time, too.
For instance, I’ll make sure to bring extra earbuds, and I think next time I’ll plan the drift in a little more densely urban area, where the ambience can change more rapidly. I’d like to try a drift late at night, or early in the morning, as well. Lots of theme variations I’m thinking of too (photo drifts, drifts where everyone is on a group earbud call, letting the group wander a little more loosely while keeping in communication). Lots of fun things to try.
Here’s a SoundCloud link to the soundtrack to today’s drift. Enjoy:
I made a new flyer for the first Drift this Sunday, and will be posting them up in a few places around town today.