Blogariddims Terminus

So today is the end of Blogariddims. Eleven of us have contributed ~6-minute mini mixes to mark the occasion and it all kicks off right here. Thanks again to Droid for asking me to be a part of this amazing series. I know it’s taken a lot of work on his part and I think it’s fair to say that the results have exceeded everyone’s expectations: 200 000+ downloads to date, a 23-hour Blogariddims orgy on WHRB Cambridge, and lots of positive responses from listeners. Out to all the contributors and thanks for putting me on to so much music I’d have never heard otherwise.

LINKS: Last post (Droid intro) / Next post (JEPM: Eden + Meme) / Audio link (Blogariddims 50 mp3)

Musical Astronauts

This piece is actually a much condensed version of something I’d been putting together for Rayna Modifyer’s Process podcast series. The idea there was a Sun Ra-laden sonic fiction adventure, inspired in part by’s Fusion Dub Blogariddims mix, but pulling together bits of futuristic disco (think Instant Funk’s ‘Dark Vader’), moog funk, and very early hip-hop, with grainy documentary parts layered in. Unfortunately, that fell apart. But the pieces gave me this.

What it is: Last winter, I finally got the chance to methodically read through just about every Afrofuturist text I’ve ever been able to track down, from manifestos and fiction to academic work. It was dark and we were being buried under more snow than the city had seen in forty years. Winter is the best time to hibernate on an alternate plane and one result was a new obsession with Sun Ra, whose records I began devouring with help from Ian down at Sounds Unlikely, and Graham Lock’s book Blutopia. Ra’s project is Alter Destiny, and he finds it between an Egyptian (not Israelite) past and a galactic future: the dawn of the Space Race. But before he was an aviator, Ra was strictly avian, named for a falcon-headed God, his space chants reworking celestially-themed Baptist sermons with Egyptian bird imagery. By the late-1950s, though, Ra had found that B-movie science fiction offered better vehicles for space travel, and so his bird-gods receded into the background.

This little mix stays with the birds. In the beginning it’s drums and forest singing together, then the calls detach into dub space and circuitry. Into the future, the beat comes back as a robot and so goes the bird. But then that fades into an unforeseen alter destiny in the shape of an urban samurai whose best friends are an obsolete communications technology.


Sun Ra – The Magic Sun (Phil Niblock, 1966)
Spring Morning, 31 Birdsongs (Peter Kilham, 1963)
Ruanda: Tambours Royaux (Infor Congo, ?)
X Clan – Earth Bound (4th & B’way, 1990)
Sun Ra – Voice of Space (Saturn, 1963)
Ed Rush – Bludclot Artattack Remix, Lick II (No U-Turn, 1994)
Field Recording
Funkadelic – Get Off your Ass and Jam (Westbound, 1975)
Fab 5 Freddy – Cuckoo Clocking (Wildstyle, 1982)
Ghost Dog (Jim Jarmusch/RZA, 1999)


0- Droid Intro blog post
1- Autonomic (6:01)
2- JEPM (eden + meme) (8:41)
2.1- JEPM (eden + meme)
3- Matt B (6:33)
4- Rambler (7:09)
5- Wayne (7:00)
6- Droid (7:44)
7- Gutta (6:02)
8- Heatwave (6:04)
9- Hal (8.01)
10- Flack (6:15)
11– Slug/Droid outro blog post

4 Responses to “Blogariddims Terminus”

  1. Taliesin Says:

    Hey Paul-
    I just wanted to send my appreciation for blogariddims- it was one of the first podcasts that i really got into. and they remain some of the best files on my computer… I wanted to send you my new mix- completed for the bassfaced blog.. I hope you like it- and when you have a chance to listen- shoot me an email with any thoughts etc…


    ( if you want the direct link you can have a listen at the mix is full of gorgeous new exclusives from some of my favorites- as well as recently released jams and some older stuff I’ve been feeling lately. Heres the tracklist:
    NGUZUNGUZU – HATE2WAIT (Kingdom Refix)
    “?????” – Kubo Remix
    Dev79 – In Ya Face
    CardoPusher – Low End Legacy
    Vybz Kartel – Empire Army
    Dead Prez – Politrikkks
    Wisp – Whisper
    Thark – Apatia
    BD-1982 – Seeing Orange
    Connor- Belles
    Aleister Crowley – Gnostic Mass
    Duran Duran Duran – Unholy Dracula Vagina Alien
    Flying Lo – RobertaFlack (feat. Dolly)
    David Banner – Shawty Say (feat. Weezy)
    Saigon – Come on Baby (Inst.)Bi
    Mali – Pale Twop
    Shit Mat – Big Ben’s Big Remix
    Jahdan Blakkamoore – Bus it Pon Dem
    Small Professor – Kelis

  2. Arni Says:

    Hi Paul,
    My name is Arni Kristjansson and am a research student at a university in Tokyo doing research into dubstep culture. I found you and your site through I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions regarding dubstep as a topic of an academic study. Would very much appreciate if you could e-mail me and I’ll send the (very few) questions I have.
    All the best,