I wrote a feature about my love affair with my Roland TB-303 Devil Fish for Bonedo, in German language. Non-German 303 fans may wanna check the videos.
New arrivals at the microglobe Spreadshirt shop: Peace 4 All art shirts by Andreas Hachulla. The designer of the microglobe label covers created a unique artwork edition
You’ve been asking for it and here it is: the official microglobe merch shop, with shirts, hoodies and stuff sporting the logo of my label microglobe.
Happy New Year to all of you here! Keep floating on in 2019!
Official Video of Brothers In Raw – Ach So (Frogman Records, 1998)
German label Permanent Vacation released a new Schöneberg remix by label co-founder Tom Bioly aka TB, which is included on his Night Heat EP. It’s slow and cool and very true to our Marmion original from 1993.
My concert at “S3kt0r UFO” at Funkhaus Berlin is on YouTube now. Smashed!
909originals did an interview with me. And it became a long one.
Someone uploaded my Microglobe tune “High On Hope” to YouTube, with video coverage from the legendary first X-Mix-1 video,
Bonedo asked me to write about my love affair with the Roland SH-101.
Watch Mijk van Dijk’s transition from DJ Hyperactive’s “Wide Open (Len Faki Edit) to George Morel’s “Are You Tripping”, filmed by Jesko Straub at Berlin’s club “Suess. War Gestern”, November 3rd 2018.
Wow. Force Inc./Mille Plateaux is back. I’ve had the honour to contribute two tracks to their first new compilation “Ultrablack Of Music”.
Peter Kirn of createdigitalmusic.com pointed me on this wonderful advert for the Yamaha DX100 synthesizer, a truely iconic piece of music instrument history. The “Solid Bass” sound found in the Yamaha FM 4-operator synths like the TX81Z, the FB-01 or the DX100 made songs like Lil Louis French Kiss and Blackout as well as Format’s Solid Session and of course Marmion’s Schöneberg. This synth has also been heavily used by the first and second wave Detroit guys (Strings) and throughout early House & Techno. Since it has been leaked that the late Roger Troutman loved to use the DX100 with his Talkbox for those iconic Zapp vocals, demand for second hand DX100’s has reportedly been going through the roof. Looks like people wanna buy that sound to create the music that inspired them. But: why did we all use it, “back in the days”? Because we knew it would be a future classic? No! Because it was the best synth available back then? Hell, no! 😀 Just because it was cheap. And it was available. And it was inspirational. Because you can create great music with ANYTHING! So go out and find your own inspirational synth and work it. But first: please enjoy this 80s flashback ad. 😉 More iconic 80s synths...read more
Now this was summer 2014. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Especially the last week was a nice payback for some unnecessary cold and rain before. 22 years ago around this time, I was waiting for the release of the Summer Remix EP of my Microglobe track High On Hope. And I just found this interview on my computer, that I gave to I don’t know who a couple of years ago about the making of the Long Hot Summer remix.So this episode of Sunday Music is more like a background interview about one of my early works than a musical suggestion for your Sunday. However, I’m high on hope that you will find this entertaining as well. 😉 Why did you call it High on Hope (Long Hot Summer Remix)? The track was a remix of the original High On Hope track which was released as MFS 7019 in 1992. I did the original track in 1991. The beautiful hook melody that is featured heavily on the Long Hot Summer Remix appeared only at the very end of the original track. Before that I had only done harder techno productions and that was the spirit in Berlin in 1991: harder and faster. Maybe I shied away from using that melody too much at first. However many people encouraged me to put it in the focus of a remix and that was the intention of the Long Hot Summer Mix. How old where you when you made it? 28. What was some of the instruments and equipment you used? It was mixed on a Roland 24-channel mixer with a simple 3-band-EQ. I had a cheap Alesis compressor in the master bus. Sequencing was done by an Atari 1040ST with Cubase. I worked a lot with samples in those days, most drums also came from the sampler which was a Yamaha TX16W, best RAM value for the buck in those days. Do you remember how long it took to be mixed and mastered? I was working on several mixes at the same time and it took a while, maybe 2 weeks. I was still a student in those days and could only work on my music in the night time and on the weekend. Mastering was done by Wolfgang Ragwitz in the mastering studios of MFS on one afternoon. Can you remember what studio it was mixed at? In my studio that I shared with my friend Johannes Talirz. It was basically a collection of second hand gear that we bought whenever we could afford a new item. Very homerecording standard. What was the keyboard you used in this track? I don’t remember anymore, which other synths were used on that particular track. But other gear I used a lot on those days were a Yamaha TX81Z, Roland D-110 and my faithful Roland Juno-106. I still have these synths today. The track was recorded directly on 2-track DAT, that’s why there are of course no stems or audio files of individual tracks. Did you use a TB303 in this track? Obviously the bassline is a Roland TB-303 which was muted and modulated live during the mixdown. I had to mixdown many times until I had finally recorded a version that did not clip and where the 303...read more
What would you do if you were a stupid-rich US-american Hip Hop mogul, who has achieved everything already? Maybe team up with one of the most talented Tech House producers, create a complete album and get it out for free on Beatport? Well, this is what Guy Gerber und Puff Daddy did. And the album “11:11” is pretty good. Mijk van Dijk wishes for more such collaborations and introduces in the 18. epsiode of his show music 4 the microglobe also the title track of his spanking new Bleibtreu EP produced with Indian Techno mogul Rummy Sharma in New Delhi and Berlin. And also the rest of the show is dominated by power duos like: Marc Romboy & Stephan Bodzin! Dr. Motte & Gabriel Le Mar! Trinity & Beyond! Javi & Luiz Garayalde aka Kyodai! Alfie Granger-Howell & Nick Harriman aka Dusky! André Crom & Chi Thanh! Hooray for the art of cooperation. Because: „We are the microglobe!” Live on BLN.fm on September 18th, 18:00h CET (German presentation) Cuebase-fm on September 18th, 21:00h CET (Englisch presentation) and XLTRAX.com on September 18th, 11 pm EDT (Englisch presentation). English version as heard on cuebase-fm & XLTRAX in September 2014 Music 4 The Microglobe #18 (September 2014) by Music 4 The Microglobe on Mixcloud German version as heard on BLN.fm in September 2014 music 4 the microglobe #18 – September 2014 by BLN.FM on hearthis.at Playlist: 1. Trinity & Beyond – Rotating Matter (Teho Remix) – Cinematique 2. Bela Brandes – Victims And Winners – Ritter Butzke Studio 3. Marc Romboy & Stephan Bodzin – Kerberos – Systematic 4. Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy – Terminal K – Rumors 5. Chaim – Underwater – Visionquest 6. Crom & Thanh – Mando – OFF Recordings 7. Ian Pooley – The Begining (Dub) – Innervisions 8. Few Nolder – IF (Alternative Version) – Connaisseur 9. Nooncat – 4.2 – Eighteenthirtyeight 10. Dr. Motte & Gabriel Le Mar – Fever (Pascal FEOS Remix) – praxxiz 11. Citizen Kain feat. Morgane Zélia – The Way (Bohn Remix) – BluFin 12. Vince Watson – Sonar – Poker Flat 13. Smash TV – Chrystal Moth (Rodriguez Jr. Remix) – Soulfooled 14. Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Bleibtreu – BluFin 15. Solee – Lost (Neo Romantic Trance Rework) – Boxersport 16. Dusky – 4T4 – Anjunadeep 17. Kyodai – Konbanwa – Local Talk Weitere Infos hier: http://microglobe.de/radio/m4tm And here’s the DJ mix without presentation: Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix September 2014 by Mijk Van Dijk on...read more
This is a fine example of our fast and forward internet society: produced in New Delhi and Berlin, either physically sitting in the same studio or swapping files across the web, my friend Rummy Sharma from India and myself produced 3 tracks, that will be released in late September on friendly BluFin Records from Cologne. While the tracks were still in the mastering process, we were road-testing the EP and especially the track Restless performed extremely well in our shows. So we decided: hey, let’s do a video edit. So I sat down with 2 beers, my MacBook and my trusted V-Moda headphones on my kitchen table and cut the club version with not many hesitations into a video-friendly 4:30 minutes version. And while having my first coffee the next morning I already noticed that it was up on Rummy’s Soundcloud. No better proof for approval needed, right? 😉 So please show some love on Rummy’s Soundcloud and if you please a bit on mine too. 😉 I hope you are anticipating the video for this as much as we do! “We have top men working on it right now!” (one of my favourite quotes from the Indiana Jones movies) (And this post incl. upload to my Soundcloud took me longer than to do the actual edit,...read more
I played the closing set for this year’s New Healing Open Air Festival at Badesee Preddöhl in the beautiful North-East German region Priegnitz. I played my favourite deep and melodic Tech House tunes and presented all the 3 tracks of my upcoming “Bleibtreu”-EP (with Rummy Sharma) right in the middle of my set. Out late September on BluFin Reccords. I finished my set with a new yet unnamed track, a first appetizer to the sound of my forthcoming label microglobe productions. Stay tuned! 😉 You can listen to the whole DJ set >>HERE<< on my Mixcloud. Mijk van Dijk DJ Set at New Healing Festival, 31.08.2014 by Mijk Van Dijk on Mixcloud Playlist: 1. David Sonido – Thought Is Everything (Color Ray Remix) – Electronic Tree 2. Solee – Lost (Neo Romantic Trance Rework) – Boxersport 3. Stephan Hinz – Beer Muscle – Kling Klong 4. Superpitcher – Delta – Kompakt 5. Butch & Hohberg – Rebirth – Otherside Music 6. Alex Niggemann – Earth Symphony – Last Night On Earth 7. Gardens Of God – Glük – BOSO 8. Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants – BOSO 9. Safeword – Elephants – Mobilee 10. Mineo – Turn Out The Lights (Jamie Jones Remix) – Hot Creations 11. Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Restless – BluFin 12. Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Impact – BluFin 13. Mijk van Dijk & Rummy Sharma – Bleibtreu – BluFin 14. Gardens Of God – Ys – Ellum Audio 15. Chaim – Blue Shadow – Rumors 16. Mijk van Dijk – The City Rain – Parquet 17. Alex Niggemann – Materium – Poker Flat 18. Gardens Of God – Fen – BOSO 19. Tale of Us & Vaal – Concor – Life And Death 20. Ten Walls – Ankaris – Life And Death 21. Tale Of Us – Obscure Promises – Renaissance Recordings 22. Ten Walls – Requiem – Life And Death 23. Mijk van Dijk – new track – microglobe...read more
Long in-depth interview with Mijk for Thomann’s videoblog page and C-Tube with deep and personal questions and revelations for Mijk’s fans – if they can read German…… Read the full interview...read more
1. Alex Niggemann – Earth Symphony – Last Night On Earth 2. Gardens Of God – Glük – BOSO 3. Kerri Chandler – Bar A Thym (O&A Remix) – King Street Music 4. Edit Revenge feat. DJ Roland Clark – I Surrender (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) – noir music 5. Audiojack – Traction (Lauer Remix) – Tsuba 6. Grum – The Touch – Heartbeats 7. Oliver Schories & Joris Delacroix – Palm Tree Memories (n’to Remix) – Der Turnbeutel 8. Rummy Sharma – Face Down – Circle Music 9. Audio Units – Memory Replay (Color Ray Remix) – Sinnmusik 10. Joyce Muniz & Kiki – Bad Girls – Exploited These are Mijk van Dijk’s DJ charts for August 2014 as submitted to Resident Advisor and as featured on Mijk’s radio podcast show music 4 the microglobe on BLN.fm (every third Thursday 6 pm CET), cuebase-fm (every third Thursday 8 pm CET) and XLTRAX (every Thursday 11 pm...read more
How do you call this melodic, deep, supple sound by acts like Alex Niggemann, Gardens Of God, Ten Walls or Gui Boratto? Deep House? Progressive Techno? Future Trance? Superpitcher, Lauer, Color Ray, Patrick Chardronnet, Nacho Marco, Grum, n’to and Butch & Hohberg take the same route and Mijk van Dijk spins them for you in the 17th episode of his podcast show music 4 the microglobe. Also adding some House and Techno flavours by Joyce Muniz & Kiki, Louis Osborne & Jamie Anderson and Flug. And he asks the question: “Have we lost the human touch?” Don’t forget: „We are the microglobe!” Live on BLN.fm on August 21st, 18:00h CET (German presentation) Cuebase-fm on August 21st, 21:00h CET (Englisch presentation) and XLTRAX.com on August 21st, 11 pm EDT (Englisch presentation). English version as heard on cuebase-fm & XLTRAX in August 2014 Music 4 The Microglobe #17 (August 2014) by Music 4 The Microglobe on Mixcloud German version as heard on BLN.fm in August 2014 music 4 the microglobe #17 – August 2014 by BLN.FM on hearthis.at Playlist: 1. Newworldaquarium – Thousand Oaks – Ostgut Ton 2. Audio Units – Memory Replay (Color Ray Remix) – Sinnmusik 3. Superpitcher – Delta – Kompakt 4. Butch & Hohberg – Rebirth – Otherside Music 001 5. Alex Niggemann – Earth Symphony – Last Night On Earth 6. Gui Boratto – Joker – Kompakt 7. Edit Revenge feat. DJ Roland Clark – I Surrender (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) – noir music 8. Gardens Of God – Glük – BOSO 9. Audiojack – Traction (Lauer Remix) – Tsuba 10. Raw District feat. Ladybird – Those Lies (Nacho Marco Acid Instrumental) – Brique Rouge 11. Joyce Muniz & Kiki – Bad Girls – Exploited 12. Kerri Chandler – Bar A Thym (O&A Remix) – King Street Music 13. Flug – Count In – Amazone Recordings 14. Oliver Schories & Joris Delacroix – Palm Tree Memories (n’to Remix) – Der Turnbeutel 15. Grum – The Touch – Heartbeats And here’s the DJ mix without presentation: Mijk van Dijk DJ Mix August 2014 by Mijk Van Dijk on Mixcloud More info...read more
When I was working with DJ Hell on several common productions in 2007, I suddenly heard bells in my mind. This happens quite often in totally different situations: suddenly a sound or a melody strikes my mind like a comet and I wonder where I know this from. Those heavy dark bells would not leave my mind until I finally remembered a few days later, where I knew this from: André Fischer aka ADSX, with whom I am connected until now through our Liquid Sky Berlin family gave me some promos of Laiki Kostis’ label Cyclotron back in 1991. One of them was a white label with a dark ambient tune. There was “Phobia” written on the white label and the voice on that tune pleaded in a bittersweet voice “Silence! Let me have silence!” I always used to love that tune, started sets in the 90s with it and always found it hard to mix the next record into that track. I decided to create a beat edit in Ableton, where the beat would come in just where I want it, to make it easier to mix. I played that edit to Hell and he loved it immediately. Hell wouldn’t be Hell, if he would not think of how to work with this discovery in a creative way. So he contacted Pink Elln, the original producer of that track to receive clearance for a release of the 1991 original and a 2007 DJ Hell-Remix on Gigolo Recordings. Credits on Discogs. We produced this remix in my Deerpark Studio, which was situated next to the St.Matthias cemetery in Schöneberg. I was working there during the second half of the 00s. We wanted to create a remix, that felt like an extended Old School trip but preserve the sublime sonic feel of the original. So we opted for that deep and moving Bobby Konders House bassline and a typical arpeggio sequence. We also sneaked in other sounds that we both love, like those pitch-bended Derrick May-like strings. I also love the artwork of the cover, it reminds me of night moth. Listening to this, I think I should start a set with this track once again. Phobia – Phobia (DJ Hell Mix) (2007) P.S.: André Fischer send me this link with other hard-to-find versions of the original. German Groove Magazine wrote this review: Phobia ist ein Pseudonym von Tobias Freund alias Pink Elln. 1991 veröffentlicht, gehört das Ding in das Pantheon Frankfurter Techno-Bretter. Und der hier vorhandene „Silent Remix“ von Atom Heart ganz ohne Diskussion zur 1992er Standardausrüstung von Sven Väth. Zwecks Update legt der oberste Gigolo legt selbst Hand an und zimmert einen Housetrack der ganzen alten Schule. Fast so, als hätten sich Bobby Konders mit Echolot, Nick Holder und Kevin Saunderson zum Kiffen getroffen. Hut...read more
Just recently I received a promo of a new compilation called “ELECTRI_CITY – ELEKTRONISCHE_MUSIK_AUS_DÜSSELDORF” full of old gems by Düsseldorf based bands from the 70s and 80s like Der Plan, La Düsseldorf, Harmonia, DAF, NEU!, Die Krupps, Liasons Dangereuses and more, to be released soon on Grönland Records. Also on this compilation is a track by Michael Rother, Michael used to be a founding member of Kraftwerk and played in several very influential bands like the forementioned NEU! and Harmonia. The biggest impression on me however made his first solo album Flammende Herzen from 1977. As a school kid I would discover a lot of new music in the Mediathek of our local library, where you could listen to and even borrow and take home vinyl records and compact cassettes. The library collection had a great impact on the development of my musical taste, since it was there, where I first discovered music off the beaten track/ radio. Like a lot of so-called German Krautrock, which wasn’t really big on German radio in those days. I was especially impressed by the beautiful strange and harmonic sounds of Flammende Herzen and tried to play the title song on my acoustic guitar, wondering, how I could make it sound like Michael Rother. And almost exactly one year ago I finally had the chance to play with Michael Rother live on the Telepathic Bubblebath Open Air Jam in Berlin along with my friends Harald Blüchel aka Cosmic Baby, Dr. Walker, Omsk Information as well as FM Einheit, Cem Oral and many others.What an amazing experience to jam with one of the musicians that really broadened my musical mind, when I was a young kid looking for guidance. Read my review on this amazing festival >>HERE<<. This is Michael Rother’s first great solo album on YouTube. Still amazing now. Enjoy! This is a YouTube version of Michael Rother’s also great second solo-album Sterntaler. And while you are at it: here’s more exciting old music from Düsseldorf for...read more