Posts Tagged ‘optimo’


April 27, 2010

The last night of Optimo (Espacio).
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Thanks to Ripped In Glasgow.


February 8, 2010

Towards the end of 2009 I had a car accident. My car was destroyed but thankfully my two kids were unharmed and I only suffered whiplash and a few bruises. The crash left me thinking a lot about my connection with the hunk of metal I spend  2 or 3 hours a day in during the week and sometimes even longer at the weekends. We often do long drives through the night to our gigs in UK and when abroad we’re regularly car passengers driving between cities or to and from airports. A lot of this time we’re running late, tired, stressed, staring vacantly out the window stuck in traffic or if we’re lucky, asleep. I thought it would be fun to podcast some tracks about cars and what they mean to us.

The mix is certainly not intended as a eulogy of the open road or a soundtrack to cruising the highway in search of your dreams. It’s not “driving” music, rather it’s a collection of favourite tracks and sounds about cars and driving. Clunk-Click every trip…

The podcast was recorded using turntables, then the levels balanced here and there in Protools. The mix contains 18 tracks and a few effects added for fun, lasts just under an hour and the download is 75mb.


MP3 Optimo – Podcast 4, Car Mix


July 27, 2009

The Optimo website is getting a make over, and the guys have started a new podcast series to celebrate. The first mix is aptly named Synth Summer Mix.


“Shortly the Optimo website is going to have a total revamp and finally enter the 21st century. There will be lots of new features and content and one of the things we are going to introduce is a series of podcasts to take us into the second decade of the third millennium.

These will range from mixes recorded at the club to radio type shows, spoken word, mixes of music that tickles our fancy, or anything else we come up with that we’d like to share.

The first one will be available as a podcast in a few weeks but we have decided to make it available as a Yousendit download in the meantime.

The podcast is called “Synth Summer” and is a selection of (guess what?) synth based music from around the planet. It covers a broad range of styles and a broad time span – from 1980 to some tracks that haven’t been released yet, and that may indeed never see the light of day. It is a dj mix but not a club mix. The flow is the way it is so as to be a listening experience rather than for the dancefloor, even though all the tracks are “dance” tracks. Wherever possible, as much of each track as possible has been included.

There is no tracklist as we think in this day and age with the abundance of mixes available on the internet that people often judge something based on the tracklisting rather than actually listening to it. If anyone really wants to know what a particular track is, we will be happy to tell them.

The mix was recorded using two turntables and a laptop. Wherever possible the original vinyl was used but some of the tracks don’t exist on vinyl. Track one (which we would like to thank Mr. James Holden for providing us with after searching for it for many years) only exists on a cassette from the early 80s so please excuse the fidelity, although it actually sounds pretty fab considering. A tiny bit of post mix editing was done as one of the tracks skipped during the recording and the levels were a little askew in a couple of places. The mix contains 17 tracks, lasts just over an hour and the download is a 192kbps mp3 and is 84.5mb.


JD Twitch – Optimo Podcast 1 – Synth Summer Mix