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Greetings fellow space warriors!

I promised some new material from the Viper Pilot flight school and munitions works a few days ago, and now I deliver the goods. I’ve concocted a rockin good set of electro and mashup tracks. To my ears, the mixing is pretty tight and the tracks flow really well from on to the other, so I hope y’all will enjoy.

This is more than just a ‘DJ set’ of tracks played one after another.  There’s plenty of chopping and cutting up of tracks going on and other nifty tricks.  As an extra surprise, there are a few ‘mini-mashes’ in the set, which should provide some additional enjoyment, like when you unlock a bonus level in Super Mario or something.

Surgeon General’s Advisory: It’s nearly two hours long, so set aside some time for a listen.

Download the mix set, as a zip file which includes album covers:

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Viper Pilot – Electrolysis (205Mb)

Tracklist:

1. The Prodigy – Spitfire (FakeID’s Evolution)
2. Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened (Reopened)
2a. Green Velvet – La La Land
3. Soulwax – NY Lips
4. Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
4a. ElectroSound – Trans-London Express
5. Audio Bullys – We Don’t Care (Sicilian Dub)
5a. The Grid – Swamp Thing
6. Divide & Kreate – Temperaturized
7. Gorillaz – Dare (Soulwax Remix)
8. Nirvana vs Adam Freeland – Smells Like Teen Spirit 2003
9. Planet Funk – Who Said
10. Superfluid – Knucklebusters
10a. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (Acapella)
11. Fischerspooner – Just Let Go (Thin White Duke Remix)
11a. The Rapture – Whoo! Alright – Yeah… Uh Huh
12. Mylo – Muscle Car (Freeform Five Remix)
13. Digitalism – Jupiter Room
13a. Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You
14. Gary Numan featuring Afrika Bambaataa – Metal (Richard F. Extended Dub)
14a. Bachman-Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
15. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit
16. Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis
17. Viper Pilot – Sexiest Ride
18. Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch (Tom Neville Remix)
18a. Young MC – Bust a Move
19. Fatboy Slim – Champion Sound (Krafty Kuts Remix)
20. Max Sedgley – Happy (Plump DJs Breaks Remix)
21. The KLF – What Time Is Love? (2005 White Label Breaks Mix)

Modern Mechanix is ‘the blog of yesterday’s tomorrow’. Over there, you’ll find all sorts of wonderfully goofy visions of the future from articles culled from publications of the past.

Thanks to Modern Mechanix, today I’ll extract some choice statements from ’40 Years in the Future’ which was in the November 1968 issue of Mechanix Illustrated. Of course, the full article is worth reading, as is the rest of the site.

The car accelerates to 150 mph in the city’s suburbs, then hits 250 mph in less built-up areas, gliding over the smooth plastic road. You whizz past a string of cities, many of them covered by the new domes that keep them evenly climatized year round.

Infected Mushroom – Cities of the Future (Violet Vision Remix) | download

Computers not only keep track of money, they make spending it easier. TV-telephone shopping is common. To shop, you simply press the numbered code of a giant shopping center.

Hexstatic – Home Shopping | download

No need to worry about failing memory or intelligence either. The intelligence pill is another 21st century commodity. Slow learners or people struck with forgetful-ness are given pills which increase the production of enzymes controlling production of the chemicals known to control learning and memory.

Deltron 3030 – Upgrade (A Brymar College Course) | download

Yeah, so I write a lot about robots. Sue me.

And let us not forget to also praise the robot overlords in our music.

Superfluid – Dance Like a Robot | download

Styx – Mr. Roboto | download

DJ Zebra – The Robots Dance | download

Add N to (X) – Metal Fingers in My Body | download

EDIT: It’s gone now.  I didn’t like it, in the end.  Something didn’t sound quite right.

A long-overdue new mashup from me today. I’m not entirely sure that this track sees the end of the drought, but there should be another release from me later this week.

Today, on offer, a mash of the following:

The Art of Noise – Camilla: The Old, Old Story
Rammstein – Stripped
The Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)

Viper Pilot – Camilla’s Stripped for Cash | download

Some of you will be well familiar with Chad of the Bizarre Hands, a sometimes ally in my war against the intergalactic forces of bad music.

Unfortunately, he has been a champion of the limp-dicked synth-atrocities of Air for as long as the fleet’s archives go back. This tiny rift is what has led to some of our adversarial (and amusing) misadventures, such as when the two of us spearheaded a joint task force to abscond with some audio artifacts from Omicron Persei 8. Of course, we all remember the end of that episode, where I was left with nothing to show for the mission other than a few scars, a bruised ego and one less set of strike force pants, while Chad dashed away with a box set of CDs by techno-softcock Herbert (his seemingly-good intel had indicated we’d be uncovering a treasure trove of early moog works on vinyl – that sneaky Chad!).

As documented elsewhere, I have been forced to recant my earlier belief that Air are nothing more than ‘The John Tesh of techno’. While sifting through iTunes on shuffle, “Ce Matin La” graced my ears – which I mistakenly assumed was a groovy, chilled b-side from The Go! Team. Ooops. Imagine my surprise at seeing not only the likes of tepid surrender-monkey music, but that I had enjoyed it. Oh well.

Air – Ce Matin La | download

Air – Kelly Watch the Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix) | download

The Go! Team – Bottle Rocket | download

I hate being late to the party. Okay, technically I’m not, but radio station Triple J has been flogging the shit out of DJ Lobsterdust’s hella-good mashup “It’s Fun to Smoke Dust” before I got a chance to share it with you.

I first heard this way back on November, on the Radio Clash podcast. Back then, it was an exclusive to Radio Clash, but now you can score a copy of your own. Check out the track for yourself.

DJ Lobsterdust – It’s Fun to Smoke Dust | download

Today is a sad day today for those of us who look to tomorrow – Arthur C. Clarke, one of the world’s greatest authors, has passed away in his adopted homeland of Sri Lanka.

Famous not only for his fiction (which includes the short story The Sentinel, which was the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey), Clarke also applied his talent to real-world applications, having detailed using geosynchronous satellites for communication way back in 1945.

It’s good to see that not only the science fiction world has reported on Sir Clarke’s passing but the mainstream media are taking note as well. The ABC and CBC both reported on this, so I suspect the passing of a great visionary of humankind has made the news around the globe (okay, maybe not in China). Of course, this made the headlines over at the usual scifi stalwarts, io9 and Scifi Wire, but I’m surprised that the ABC and CBC articles are far longer and more detailed.

I could go on, but I’ll refer you to Wikipedia and the news outlets for more information.

Some few months before his passing, Sir Clarke recorded a message and posted it on Youtube. It’s wonderful to watch – the man is amazingly forward-thinking and has the good of the entire planet in his thoughts.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s 90th Birthday Reflections

 

News from back home, soldiers!

The civilian press at ABC Online has an article that lists some of the lesser-known facts about life on the International Space Station. It’s obvious enough that living in a tin can orbiting the Earth will require some adjustment to the normal way we go about accomplishing daily tasks, but it’s not often you get to read about how the more mundane tasks have to change.

Two facts culled from the article, with soundtrack:

You can’t do laundry in space – water’s way too valuable to waste on it. So, astronauts wear the same high-tech/low-stank outfit for the duration of their mission.

They Might Be Giants – Dinner Bell | download

Food is the most valuable currency in space. Who takes money with them to somewhere where you can’t buy anything? When that last visit from a resupply ship seems to have been in the distant past, everyone starts to hoard their chicken parma.

team9 – The Money Song | download

(Yes, team9 again. Sue me.)

Wired has a gallery online of some far out nanoscale imagery. View the whole gallery for more images of things that are retardedly small – and way cool to look at.

Interpol – A Time to Be Small | download

The American Film Institute is doing some big television special in June, giving us their top ten films in a number of different categories.

I wasn’t able to use my uber-l33t skills to hack into their website to download the list of nominated sci-fi films, but thankfully the Sci-Fi Channel’s news wire has a list of the 50 films nominated in the science fiction category.

Something Viper Pilot can use his uberness for, however, is to dissect the shit out of this list and cull the chaff.

Disclaimer: I’m not necessarily saying these are bad films – in fact, I’m quite fond of Alien and Star Wars – but they just don’t meet the Viper Pilot criteria for science fiction.

Alien – Sorry, guys.  It’s just a thriller/horror movie set on a spaceship.

Independence Day – Are you kidding me?  Aie.  This hurts my brain, and brings the quality of their whole stupid institute into question.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome –  Mad Max 1 or 2, sure, on the whole “what if man uses the fruits of technology to fuck everything up?” tip, but 3?  What the hell?

Men In Black – A Will Smith comedy does not ever get to be called science fiction.  This made it in but I, Robot doesn’t?  Poop.

Star Wars IV – Don’t even start.

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