Oct 22, 2019

RhoDeo 1942 Light Fantastic

Hello,

 “If you want to find
the Secrets of the Universe,
think in terms of
Energy, Frequency and Vibration.”
– Nicola Tesla

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Sound Healing, through various techniques and technologies, is the educated and conscious use of the energy of sound to reach identified goals and promote wellness in the human system – including the expansion of consciousness. Sound Healing is founded on the premise that all matter is vibrating at specific frequencies. Science has proven that sound, or vibration, has a strong impact upon substance. For example, the study of Cymatics has shown how sound creates geometric patterns in matter. Dr. Emoto has proven that sound changes the molecular structure of water. However, more importantly, sound changes consciousness. Many ancient civilizations and modern indigenous cultures have used sound to heal and access higher levels of consciousness for thousands of years.

There are a wide range of techniques that utilize sound as a tool for change. The most common and basic use of sound is for meditation and relaxation. Chanting, toning and overtone singing are some of the most powerful methods for resonating sound throughout the body. The use of nature sounds and natural instruments, such as crystal bowls and tuning forks, have specific healing frequencies and harmonics. Drumming and rhythm are now used by corporations to release stress and build team consciousness. Shamanic drumming takes people into altered states of consciousness. Sound is now being using by clinical psychologists to help children with certain learning disabilities. Binaural beat frequencies are used to entrain people into very specific states of consciousness. Sound is used to alter brainwave states to help people with sleep disorders and facilitate creative expression. Listening to one’s own root frequency enables an individual to create a more centered and grounded awareness within their life. The technique called Bio-Tuning uses root frequencies and binaural beats, played back through a sound table, to entrain people into specific brainwave states. Sound and music are also used to help with difficult life transitions, including birth and death. The medical community also uses sound and music in a variety of applications such as: during surgery to relieve pain, to break up gall stones and to relax muscles using ultrasound. Doctors are now finding the resonant frequency of organs in order to help vibrate them back into a healthy state. Perhaps most exciting is cutting-edge research that shows how sound might be used to disintegrate diseases such as cancer.

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Produced by Scott Tuttle (Sound Healing Institute graduate) . This is an extremely relaxing meditation with waves of male voices mixed with Tingshas and other ancient instruments.
This flac works really well as background music. You could leave it on all day (even when you aren’t home to cleanse your place). With full attention it puts you in the zone.



Monks Sound Healing Meditation ( 25min flac     150mb).

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An important component of every scientific theory is that it must be falsifiable: if it disagrees with observations, it's wrong, no matter how elegant or beautiful it is, to paraphrase great physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. Unfortunately, it's not the way how contemporary cosmology, astrophysics and fundamental physics work for decades. Instead, every time the existing theories disagree with observations, the scientists make up more and more exotic explanations, instead of questioning the theory.

The Electric Sky poses valid questions about observed phenomena and official explanations in contemporary astrophysics and cosmology conflicting Maxwell's Theory of Electromagnetism. It offers alternative and straight forward interpretations, based on a very solid body of knowledge confirmed by observations and experiments without resorting to any exotic explanations impossible to confirm or falsify.

The Electric Sun, a lecture by Donald E. Scott PH.D., retired professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.






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 the 1st part of the 2nd sc-world tale Light Fantastic..... N-Joy

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Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.

Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which Pratchett wrote an average of two books a year. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff became the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-readership novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days. The final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death.

Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.

In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. He later made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust (now Alzheimer's Research UK), filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the condition for the BBC, and became a patron for Alzheimer's Research UK. Pratchett died on 12 March 2015, aged 66.


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Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle. The books frequently parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology, folklore and fairy tales, often using them for satirical parallels with cultural, political and scientific issues.

Forty-one Discworld novels have been published. The original British editions of the first 26 novels, up to Thief of Time (2001), had cover art by Josh Kirby. The American editions, published by Harper Collins, used their own cover art. Since Kirby's death in 2001, the covers have been designed by Paul Kidby. Companion publications include eleven short stories (some only loosely related to the Discworld), four popular science books, and a number of supplementary books and reference guides. The series has been adapted for graphic novels, theatre, computer and board games, and television.

Newly released Discworld books regularly topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, making Pratchett the UK's best-selling author in the 1990s. Discworld novels have also won awards such as the Prometheus Award and the Carnegie Medal. In the BBC's Big Read, four Discworld novels were in the top 100, and a total of fourteen in the top 200. More than 80 million Discworld books have been sold in 37 languages

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The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. It was published on 2 June 1986, the first printing being of 1,034 copies. The title is a quote from a poem by John Milton and in the original context referred to dancing lightly with extravagance. The events of the novel are a direct continuation of those in the preceding book, The Colour of Magic (the only Discworld novel to follow on in this manner).

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Setting

The story takes place on the Discworld, a planet-sized flat disc carried through space on the backs of four gargantuan elephants – Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon and Jerakeen – who themselves stand on the shell of Great A'Tuin, a gigantic sea turtle. The surface of the disc contains oceans and continents, and with them, civilizations, cities, forests and mountains.

The Light Fantastic begins shortly after the ending of The Colour of Magic, with wizard Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage falling from the Discworld. They are saved when the Octavo, the most powerful book of magic on the Discworld, readjusts reality to prevent the loss of one of its eight spells, which has resided in Rincewind's head since his expulsion from Unseen University: Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage end up in the Forest of Skund. Meanwhile, the wizards of Ankh-Morpork use the Rite of Ashk-Ente to summon Death to find an explanation for the Octavo's actions. Death warns them that the Discworld will soon be destroyed by a huge red star unless the eight spells of the Octavo are read.

Several orders of wizards travel to the forest of Skund to try and capture Rincewind, who is currently staying with Twoflower and the Luggage in a gingerbread house in the forest. In the subsequent chaos, Rincewind and Twoflower escape on an old witch's broom, while the Archchancellor of Unseen University is killed when his attempt to obtain the spell accidentally summons the Luggage on top of him, crushing him to death. His apprentice, Ymper Trymon, uses the opportunity to advance his own power, intending to obtain the eight spells for his own good.

Rincewind and Twoflower run into a group of druids who have assembled a "computer" formed from large standing stones, and learn of the approaching red star. As Twoflower attempts to stop the druids from sacrificing a young woman named Bethan, Cohen the Barbarian, an octogenarian parody of Conan, attacks the druids. Twoflower is poisoned in the battle, forcing Rincewind to travel to Death's Domain to rescue him. The pair narrowly avoid being killed by Ysabell, Death's adopted daughter, and as they escape Death's Domain, Rincewind learns from the Octavo itself that it had arranged for its eighth spell to escape into his head, to ensure the spells would not be used before the right time.

Rincewind and Twoflower travel with Cohen and Bethan to a nearby town, where the toothless Cohen leaves to have some dentures made for him, having learned of them from Twoflower. While he is gone, Rincewind, Twoflower and Bethan are attacked by a mob of people who believe the star is coming to destroy the Discworld in response to the presence of magic. The trio escape into one of many shops that sell strange and sinister goods and inexplicably vanish the next time a customer tries to find them. The existence of these shops is explained as being a curse by a sorcerer upon the shopkeeper for not having something in stock. They are able to return to Ankh-Morpork via the shop.

As the star comes nearer and the magic on the Discworld becomes weaker, Trymon tries to put the seven spells still in the Octavo into his mind, in an attempt to save the world and gain ultimate power. However, the spells prove too strong for him and his mind becomes a door into the "Dungeon Dimensions", home to all manner of eldritch creatures. Rincewind and Twoflower manage to kill the now-mutated Trymon, and Rincewind reads all eight of the Octavo's spells aloud. This causes eight moons of the red star to crack open and reveal eight tiny world-turtles that follow their parent A'Tuin on a course away from the star. The Octavo then falls and is eaten by the Luggage.

Twoflower and Rincewind part company as Twoflower decides to return home, leaving the Luggage with Rincewind as a parting gift. Cohen and Bethan also leave to get married. Rincewind decides to re-enroll in the university, believing that with the spell out of his head, he will finally be able to learn magic.


Terry Pratchett -  Light Fantastic part 1,2 ( 68min mp3     31mb).


01 Light Fantastic 1  34min
02 Light Fantastic 2  34min


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previously

Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 1 ( 69min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 2 ( 69min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 3 ( 68min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 4 ( 69min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 5 ( 66min mp3     36mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 6 ( 69min mp3     36mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic movie ( 97min avi     698mb).
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Oct 21, 2019

RhoDeo 1942 Re Up 210

Hello,


8 correct requests for this week,1 too early,  1 unavailable (aetix-roots),  1 double (same artist) , whatever another batch of 33 re-ups (10.5 gig)


These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to Octoberr 20th... N'Joy

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5x Sundaze Back in Flac  (Muslimgauze - Abu Nidal-Coup D'Etat ,  Muslimgauze - Intifaxa, Muslimgauze - Zul'm, Muslimgauze - Veiled Sisters sis 1, Muslimgauze - Veiled Sisters sis 2)



5x Sundaze Back in Flac (Steve Roach n Vir Unis - Body Electric, Steve Roach - Light Fantastic, Steve Roach n Metcalf-Serpent's Lair, Steve Roach n Metcalf - Offerings From The Underworld, Steve Roach - The Dream Circle)


3x Aetix Back in Flac ( Dinosaur Jr. - Dinosaur, Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me, Dinosaur Jr. - Bug )



4x Aetix Back In Flac (Godley & Creme - Consequences,  Godley & Creme - Consequences 2 , Godley & Creme - L , Godley & Creme - Freeze Frame)



4x Grooves Back in Flac (Gil Scott-Heron & B.Jackson - It's Your World,  Gil Scott-Heron & B.Jackson - Bridges, Gil Scott-Heron & Jackson - Secrets, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - 1980)



5x Friedman & Friends  Back in Flac (Drome - Corporate , Nonplace urban field - Nuf Said, Friedman - Cant Cool, Yello - Remastermix, still in ogg Xao Seffcheque - Ja-Nein-Vieleicht)



3x Sundaze Back in Flac ( VA - The Future Is My Melody Vol.1 , VA - The Future Is My Melody Vol.2, VA - The Future Is My Melody Vol.3)



4x Grooves NOW in Flac (MFSB - Gamble Huff Orchestra, MFSB - Mysteries Of The World, VA - Philadelphia Roots, Philadelphia Int Records - 40th Ann. 01 )


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Oct 20, 2019

Sundaze 1942

Hello, Brexitus be blessed, he giveth the populus ludere sine fine., however the bread could run out...



Today's artist is the recording alias of Magnus Birgersson, an electronic musician, composer, and sound designer from Gothenburg, Sweden. Birgersson's music spans the genres of ambient, IDM, downtempo, and psy-trance, and he has also composed numerous video game soundtracks, the Swedish electronic music artist is better known by his stage name Solar Fields, As of 2019, he has released eighteen albums, and has also scored all interactive in-game music for the Electronic Arts game Mirror's Edge as well as its sequel, Mirror's Edge Catalyst. His latest album, Origin#03, was released on 1 June 2019.......N-Joy

I expected much more interest in Magnus' work he deserves it, hence i post this Discogs comment here "Wow, I definitely missed the bus on this guy, but in the last couple months, I have become well familiar with his material, and I have to say, it is just epic. Lots of percussive ambient, but with enough atmospheric pads to really flesh out the tracks and give his music a spacey but also emotional quality. Seriously, track after track after track, Solar Fields is just a joy to listen to."

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Gothenburg-based Swedish composer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist Magnus Birgersson created Solar Fields in the late 1990s. Birgersson was raised in a musical family and began playing piano and synthesizers in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s he began combining synthesizers with computers. In addition to his ambient work, he has also been a guitar player in rock bands, a pianist in jazz funk bands, and keyboard player in drum and bass bands."

Under the moniker Solar Fields he composed 15 albums and appeared on over 60 various compilations. His first solo release was an ambient album named Reflective Frequencies, released on Ultimae in 2001. This was followed two years later by Blue Moon Station , which also included downtempo and trance, and was designed as a single fluid story.In late 2005, Solar Fields composed Leaving Home and Extended, the latter being a limited edition. His fifth album EarthShine, launched in 2007, featured more upbeat soundscapes blending morning trance, progressive, psychedelic, tribal and ambient music. This up-tempo album was warmly received by the progressive and psytrance scenes. This led to Electronic Arts and DICE commissioning Solar Fields for the in-game score for Mirror's Edge, a first-person action adventure video game released worldwide on November 14, 2008. The soundtrack was included in the VGC's "Top 20 Original Soundtracks in Gaming".

The following year, Solar Fields composed Movements. The album was ranked in the top 10 of best albums by Echoes listeners. The album Movements was also used as the soundtrack for the indie game Capsized from the small Canadian studio Alientrap in 2011. It remains his most popular album to date. In 2010, he used the harmonies and melodies of Movements in a remix album titled Altered - Second Movements and started the Origin series, four albums which aim to present archives and unreleased songs. Until We Meet the Sky and Random Friday were composed in parallel. In 2013, he released the second album in the Origin series, Origin #02.
He released his demo song "Cluster" later that year. His song "Pulse", along with a remix of it by Airwave, was released on June 30, 2014 by Joof Recordings;

 In 2014 Birgersson started his own label, Droneform Records, and released a series of digital compilations featuring updated, remixed, and remastered tracks from his catalog; the albums were titled Red, Green, and Blue. On September 30, 2015, it was confirmed by DICE and Birgersson that he was creating the in-game score of Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, and that he had been working on said score for twelve months as of the aforementioned date. More releases on his own label now Ourdom (2018) followed by a third edition of Origens, Origin#03 (2019)

Magnus has collaborated with Vincent Villuis, a.k.a. AES Dana, on H.U.V.A. Network and T.S.R. in the company of Daniel Segerstad and Johannes Hedberg from Carbon Based Lifeforms.



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EarthShine is definitely that EarthShattering, revolutionary trance album you would barely find anything similar to. There is nothing like it, neither before, nor after was released. It's in the league of its own. It's been 10+ years after the release, but even still you can barely come up with a trance music like this. Regular trance is clubby, has that common, generic patterns of build-up->breakdown->climax->folding scheme. Earthshine is not clubby in that particular sense. It's musical, and that's what makes it particularly amazing. You don't listen to 'trance' music here when you listen to this album. You listen to Music, which stylistically falls some where around – and embraces – Trance, Ambient and any other possible technical terms. It's not about generic sonic structures peculiar to generic trance, Magnus has definitely laced his soul in here which resulted in musical Stories. Each track has character, original and expressive in its own way.
This is what Profound trance sounds like. Trance with lush atmospheres, straight-out, sober and powerful. After more than 10 years after the release, these two are eternal classics of the genre for me – and I've had plenty to pick from. Needless to say that first listens upon revealing this album back in the days days nearly got me astonished and shocked. This is not an ordinary Trance album. It stands out. A true trance and true musical album.



.Solar Fields - EarthShine ( 535mb)

01 Summer 8:31
02 Kick Back 8:53
03 Black Arrow 10:02
04 Brainbow 11:22
05 Spectral Nation 12:02
06 Adjustment 9:49
07 February 9:42
08 Cruise 9:05

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This is another cornucopia of soundscapes and dreamworlds inside the minds eye. He maintains the chord progression archetypes that have given him his sound, while expounding in new and unique ways with how the tracks are layered and fuse. The detail and direction in every track is unparalleled. In Movements Solar Fields has one-upped himself; who'd have imagined he could blow Leaving Home out of the water like this?. Overall this album is another knockout



Solar Fields - Movements (flac 458mb)

01 Sol 7:44
02 Circles of Motion 8:09
03 Discovering 11:04
04 Sky Trees 7:05
05 The Stones are Not Too Busy 9:21
06 Dust 5:01
07 Das Bungalow 5:33
08 Feelings (Album Edit) 7:12
09 Patterns 4:08
10 The Road to Nothingness 6:46
11 Breeze 7:35

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The menu music titled "Introduction" on of the most sublime pieces of electronic music ever put to track. While its more or less an instrumental remix of the pop song "Still Alive" Lisa Miskovsky (which the soundtrack is more well known for), Solar Field's instrumental version exemplifies their prestigious sense in production, arranging, and synthesis. Hard to put into words but the moment that bass line drops, it all just makes sense and the whole piece revolving around that simple but indescribably tasteful melody makes every moment of this track pure bliss. The biggest portion of the album is of course the the music for each of the levels in the game. Rhythmically its uptempo DrumN'Bass-like music but with Solar Field's smooth psybient timbrel palette at play and it works magnificently in matching the pace of the game while also matching the clean futuristic metropolis aesthetic of the visual style. In game its effective background music, outside the game its just good background music. I personally like Kate and Shard the most out of these tracks. If the whole album was as exquisite as the Introduction track, this would be an easy 5/5. Still a very good soundtrack that well compliments an extremely creative and visually enriching game.



Solar Fields - Mirror's Edge (Original Videogame Score)   (flac 507mb)

01 Introduction 5:34
02 Edge & Flight 6:55
03 Jacknife 6:25
04 Heat 7:01
05 Ropeburn 7:15
06 New Eden 7:52
07 Pirandello Kruger 7:08
08 Boat 7:30
09 Kate 7:13
10 Shard 7:16
11 Lisa Miskovsky - Still Alive 4:34
12 Still Alive (Instrumental) 4:29

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Origin #1 is a superb collection of Magnus's music. It shows and evolution of his taste and talents, and his ability to always deliver textures and soundscapes that transport the listener. Automatic Sun is by far my favorite track from Origin #1. My only complaint is that it is too short... I have everyone of Solar Fields discs, and though some take some time to get to know, the more I listen to them the more I come to realize Magnus may just be a genius. Origing #1 took no time to get comfortable with. From the moment I heard Silent Walking, through Unite to the punctuation of that statement in Bigger Stream I was hooked. Almost There, Next Waiting, Embraced and Going In, to me, all serve as a preamble to Automatic Sun. The previous four tracks completely stand on their own merits, but when taken collectively with Automatic Sun as the conclusion to the sentence, it is nearly perfect in my mind. Reborn and OCT then finish the journey and it all ends up nicely at a point where if you start the music over again from the beginning, you can listen to Origin #1 for weeks on end.



Solar Fields - Origin # 01   ( flac   431mb)

01 Silent Walking 6:39
02 Unite 9:23
03 Bigger Stream 6:15
04 Almost There 7:16
05 Next Waiting 7:40
06 Embraced 7:25
07 Going In 7:48
08 Automatic Sun 3:30
09 Reborn 9:09
10 OCT 15:50

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Oct 18, 2019

RhoDeo 1941 Grooves

Hello, first the most amazing breakthrough in bioscience this century Bacteria contradict Darwin New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest' for groups of bacteria. Bacteria make space for one another and sacrifice properties if it benefits the bacterial community as a whole. The discovery is a major step towards understanding complex bacteria interactions and the development of new treatment models for a wide range of human diseases and new green technologies. Humans are colonized by many microorganisms; the traditional estimate is that the average human body is inhabited by ten times as many non-human cells as human cells, but more recent estimates have lowered that ratio to 3:1 Some microorganisms that colonize humans are commensal, meaning they co-exist without harming humans; others have a mutualistic relationship with their human hosts. Fact is without bacteria we and all other life on earth wouldn't exist, but we are human animals that thinks they know better..winner takes it all. Ah yes it's like the EU vs UK with the latters survival strategy not very promising for most of its inhabitants but then they have been conditioned to worship their winners for a 1000 years.....



Today's Artists are arguably one of the most critically acclaimed and influential groups of all time, they brought their own brand of politics and sonic innovation into hip-hop in the 80s, and some would say, changed it forever.Their first four albums during the late 1980s and early 1990s were all certified either gold or platinum and were, according to music critic Robert Hilburn in 1998, "the most acclaimed body of work ever by a hip hop act  ...... N Joy

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 Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap group of the late '80s and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time. Building from Run-D.M.C.'s street-oriented beats and Boogie Down Productions' proto-gangsta rhyming, Public Enemy pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically and politically revolutionary. With his powerful, authoritative baritone, lead rapper Chuck D rhymed about all kinds of social problems, particularly those plaguing the black community, often condoning revolutionary tactics and social activism. In the process, he directed hip-hop toward an explicitly self-aware, pro-black consciousness that became the culture's signature throughout the next decade. While Public Enemy's early Def Jam albums, produced with the Bomb Squad, earned them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they continued to release relevant material up to and beyond their 2013 induction.

Musically, Public Enemy were just as revolutionary, as their production team, the Bomb Squad, created dense soundscapes that relied on avant-garde cut-and-paste techniques, unrecognizable samples, piercing sirens, relentless beats, and deep funk. It was chaotic and invigorating music, made all the more intoxicating by Chuck D's forceful vocals and the absurdist raps of his comic foil, Flavor Flav. With his comic sunglasses and an oversized clock hanging from his neck, Flav became the group's visual focal point, but he never obscured the music. While rap and rock critics embraced the group's late-'80s and early-'90s records, Public Enemy frequently ran into controversy with their militant stance and lyrics, especially after their 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back made them into celebrities. After all the controversy settled in the early '90s, once the group entered a hiatus, it became clear that Public Enemy were the most influential and radical band of their time.

Chuck D (born Carlton Ridenhour, August 1, 1960) formed Public Enemy in 1982, as he was studying graphic design at Adelphi University on Long Island. He had been DJ'ing at the student radio station WBAU, where he met Hank Shocklee and Bill Stephney. All three shared a love of hip-hop and politics, which made them close friends. Shocklee had been assembling hip-hop demo tapes, and Ridenhour rapped over one song, "Public Enemy No. 1," around the same time he began appearing on Stephney's radio show under the Chuckie D pseudonym. Def Jam co-founder and producer Rick Rubin heard a tape of "Public Enemy No. 1" and immediately courted Ridenhour in hopes of signing him to his fledgling label.
Chuck D initially was reluctant, but he eventually developed a concept for a literally revolutionary hip-hop group -- one that would be driven by sonically extreme productions and socially revolutionary politics. Enlisting Shocklee as his chief producer and Stephney as a publicist, Chuck D formed a crew with DJ Terminator X (born Norman Lee Rogers, August 25, 1966) and fellow Nation of Islam member Professor Griff (born Richard Griffin) as the choreographer of the group's backup dancers, the Security of the First World, who performed homages to old Stax and Motown dancers with their martial moves and fake Uzis. He also asked his old friend William Drayton (born March 16, 1959) to join as a fellow rapper. Drayton developed an alter ego called Flavor Flav, who functioned as a court jester to Chuck D's booming voice and somber rhymes in Public Enemy.

Public Enemy's debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, was released on Def Jam Records in 1987. Its spare beats and powerful rhetoric were acclaimed by hip-hop critics and aficionados, but the record was ignored by the rock and R&B mainstream. However, their second album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, was impossible to ignore. Under Shocklee's direction, PE's production team, the Bomb Squad, developed a dense, chaotic mix that relied as much on found sounds and avant-garde noise as it did on old-school funk. Similarly, Chuck D's rhetoric gained focus and Flavor Flav's raps were wilder and funnier. A Nation of Millions was hailed as revolutionary by both rap and rock critics, and it was -- hip-hop had suddenly become a force for social change. As Public Enemy's profile was raised, they opened themselves up to controversy. In a notorious statement, Chuck D claimed that rap was "the black CNN," relating what was happening in the inner city in a way that mainstream media could not project. Public Enemy's lyrics were naturally dissected in the wake of such a statement, and many critics were uncomfortable with the positive endorsement of black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan on "Bring the Noise." "Fight the Power," Public Enemy's theme for Spike Lee's controversial 1989 film Do the Right Thing, also caused an uproar for its attacks on Elvis Presley and John Wayne, but that was considerably overshadowed by an interview Professor Griff gave The Washington Times that summer. Griff had previously said anti-Semitic remarks on-stage, but his quotation that Jews were responsible for "the majority of the wickedness that goes on across the globe" was greeted with shock and outrage, especially by white critics who previously embraced the group. Faced with a major crisis, Chuck D faltered. First he fired Griff, then brought him back, then broke up the group entirely. Griff gave one more interview where he attacked Chuck D and PE, which led to his permanent departure from the group.

Public Enemy spent the remainder of 1989 preparing their third album, releasing "Welcome to the Terrordome" as its first single in early 1990. Again, the hit single caused controversy as its lyrics "still they got me like Jesus" were labeled anti-Semitic by some quarters. Despite all the controversy, Fear of a Black Planet was released to enthusiastic reviews in the spring of 1990, and it shot into the pop Top Ten as the singles "911 Is a Joke," "Brothers Gonna Work It Out," and "Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man" became Top 40 R&B hits. For their next album, 1991's Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black, the group re-recorded "Bring the Noise" with thrash metal band Anthrax, the first sign that the group was trying to consolidate its white audience. Apocalypse 91 was greeted with overwhelmingly positive reviews upon its fall release, and it debuted at number four on the pop charts, but Public Enemy began to lose momentum in 1992 as they toured with the second leg of U2's Zoo TV tour and Flavor Flav was repeatedly in trouble with the law. In the fall of 1992, they released the remix collection Greatest Misses as an attempt to keep their name viable, but it was greeted to nasty reviews.

Public Enemy were on hiatus during 1993, as Flav attempted to wean himself off drugs, returning in the summer of 1994 with Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age. Prior to its release, it was subjected to exceedingly negative reviews in Rolling Stone and The Source, which affected the perception of the album considerably. Muse Sick debuted at number 14, but it quickly fell off the charts as it failed to generate any singles. Chuck D retired Public Enemy from touring in 1995 as he severed ties with Def Jam, developed his own record label and publishing company, and attempted to rethink Public Enemy. In 1996, he released his first debut album, The Autobiography of Mistachuck. As it was released in the fall, he announced that he planned to record a new Public Enemy album the following year.

Before that record was made, Chuck D published an autobiography in the fall of 1997. During 1997, Chuck D reassembled the original Bomb Squad and began work on three albums. In the spring of 1998, Public Enemy kicked off their major comeback with their soundtrack to Spike Lee's He Got Game, which was played more like a proper album than a soundtrack. Upon its April 1998 release, the record received the strongest reviews of any Public Enemy album since Apocalypse '91...The Enemy Strikes Black. After Def Jam refused to help Chuck D's attempts to bring PE's music straight to the masses via the Internet, he signed the group to the web-savvy independent Atomic Pop. Before the retail release of Public Enemy's seventh LP, There's a Poison Goin' On..., the label made MP3 files of the album available on the Internet. It finally appeared in stores in July 1999.

After a three-year break from recording and a switch to the In the Paint label, Public Enemy released Revolverlution, a mix of new tracks, remixes, and live cuts. The CD/DVD combo It Takes a Nation appeared in 2005. The multimedia package contained an hour-long video of the band live in London in 1987 and a CD with rare remixes. The studio album New Whirl Odor also appeared in 2005. The "special projects" album Rebirth of a Nation -- an album with all rhymes written by Bay Area rapper Paris -- was supposed to be released right along with it, but didn't appear until early the next year. The odds-and-ends collection Beats and Places appeared before the end of 2006.

In 2007, the group released an album entitled How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?. Public Enemy's single from the album was "Harder Than You Think". Four years after How You Sell Soul ... , in January 2011, Public Enemy released the album Beats and Places, a compilation of remixes and "lost" tracks. On July 13, 2012, Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp was released and was exclusively available on iTunes. In July 2012, on UK television an advert for the London 2012 Summer Paralympics featured a short remix of the song "Harder Than You Think". The advert caused the song to reach No. 4[ in the UK Singles Chart on September 2, 2012. On July 30, 2012, Public Enemy performed a free concert with Salt-N-Pepa and Kid 'n Play at Wingate Park in Brooklyn, New York as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series. On August 26, 2012, Public Enemy performed at South West Four music festival in Clapham Common in London. On October 1, 2012 The Evil Empire of Everything was released. On June 29, 2013, they performed at Glastonbury Festival 2013. On September 14, 2013 they performed at Riot Fest & Carnival 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. On September 20, 2013 they performed at Riot Fest & Side Show in Byers, Colorado.

In 2014 Chuck D launched PE 2.0 with Oakland rapper Jahi as a spiritual successor and "next generation" of Public Enemy. Jahi met Chuck D backstage during a soundcheck at the 1999 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and later appeared as a support act on Public Enemy's 20th Anniversary Tour in 2007. PE 2.0's task is twofold, Jahi says, to "take select songs from the PE catalog and cover or revisit them" as well as new material with members of the original Public Enemy including DJ Lord, Davy DMX, Professor Griff and Chuck D. PE 2.0's first album People Get Ready was released on October 7, 2014. InsPirEd PE 2.0's second album and part two of a proposed trilogy was released a year later on October 11, 2015. Man Plans God Laughs, Public Enemy's thirteenth album, was released in July 2015. On June 29, 2017, Public Enemy released their fourteenth album, Nothing Is Quick in the Desert. The album was available for free download through Bandcamp until July 4, 2017

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Sometimes, debut albums present an artist in full bloom, with an assured grasp on their sound and message. Sometimes, debut albums are nothing but promise, pointing toward what the artist could do. Public Enemy's gripping first album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, manages to fill both categories: it's an expert, fully realized record of extraordinary power, but it pales in comparison with what came merely a year later. This is very much a Rick Rubin-directed production, kicking heavy guitars toward the front, honing the loops, rhythms, and samples into a roar with as much in common with rock as rap. The Bomb Squad are apparent, but they're in nascent stage -- certain sounds and ideas that would later become trademarks bubble underneath the surface. And the same thing could be said for Chuck D, whose searing, structured rhymes and revolutionary ideas are still being formed. This is still the sound of a group comfortable rocking the neighborhood, but not yet ready to enter the larger national stage. But, damn if they don't sound like they've already conquered the world! Already, there is a tangible, physical excitement to the music, something that hits the gut with relentless force, as the mind races to keep up with Chuck's relentless rhymes or Flavor Flav's spastic outbursts. And if there doesn't seem to be as many classics here -- "You're Gonna Get Yours," "Miuzi Weighs a Ton," "Public Enemy No. 1" -- that's only in comparison to what came later, since by any other artist an album this furious, visceral, and exciting would unquestionably be heralded as a classic. From Public Enemy, this is simply a shade under classic status.



Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush The Show  (flac   299mb)

01 You're Gonna Get Yours 4:05
02 Sophisticated Bitch 4:30
03 Miuzi Weighs a Ton 5:44
04 Timebomb 2:55
05 Too Much Posse 2:25
06 Rightstarter (Message to a Black Man) 3:49
07 Public Enemy No. 1 4:41
08 M.P.E. 3:44
09 Yo! Bum Rush the Show 4:26
10 Raise the Roof 5:19
11 Megablast 2:51
12 Terminator X Speaks With His Hands 2:13


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Yo! Bum Rush the Show was an invigorating record, but it looks like child's play compared to its monumental sequel, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, a record that rewrote the rules of what hip-hop could do. That's not to say the album is without precedent, since what's particularly ingenious about the album is how it reconfigures things that came before into a startling, fresh, modern sound. Public Enemy used the template Run-D.M.C. created of a rap crew as a rock band, then brought in elements of free jazz, hard funk, even musique concrète, via their producing team, the Bomb Squad, creating a dense, ferocious sound unlike anything that came before. This coincided with a breakthrough in Chuck D's writing, both in his themes and lyrics. It's not that Chuck D was smarter or more ambitious than his contemporaries -- certainly, KRS-One tackled many similar sociopolitical tracts, while Rakim had a greater flow -- but he marshaled considerable revolutionary force, clear vision, and a boundless vocabulary to create galvanizing, logical arguments that were undeniable in their strength. They only gained strength from Flavor Flav's frenzied jokes, which provided a needed contrast. What's amazing is how the words and music become intertwined, gaining strength from each other. Though this music is certainly a representation of its time, it hasn't dated at all. It set a standard that few could touch then, and even fewer have attempted to meet since. "Don't believe the hype, it's just a sequel". And that's what made Public Enemy such a valuable listen in their early era. It was a group that understood it never mattered what the media said, it was all about the streets and the idea of "being real". Public Enemy was the idea of an MC deconstructing the idea of what rap should be, and a production team deconstructing the idea of what rap could sound like. Ironically, or perhaps appropriately, the factors of media would begin to dilute this group's performance going forward - especially once Flavor Flav and Professor Griff were disseminated from the group, or at least circumcised - but this is an album worth it's own hype (excuse the term) in gold. And that's really all that needs to be said



Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back .  (flac   404mb)

Side Silver
01 Countdown to Armageddon 1:41
02 Bring the Noise 3:47
03 Don't Believe the Hype 5:20
04 Cold Lampin With Flavor 4:13
05 Terminator X to the Edge of Panic 4:30
06 Mind Terrorist 1:18
07 Louder Than a Bomb 3:37
08 Caught, Can We Get a Witness? 5:03
Side Black
09 Show Em Whatcha Got 1:57
10 She Watch Channel Zero?! 3:50
11 Night of the Living Baseheads 3:16
12 Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos 6:25
13 Security of the First World 1:22
14 Rebel Without a Pause 5:05
15 Prophets of Rage 3:15
16 Party for Your Right to Fight 3:27


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At the time of its release in March 1990 -- just a mere two years after It Takes a Nation of Millions -- nearly all of the attention spent on Public Enemy's third album, Fear of a Black Planet, was concentrated on the dying controversy over Professor Griff's anti-Semitic statements of 1989, and how leader Chuck D bungled the public relations regarding his dismissal. References to the controversy are scattered throughout the album -- and it fueled the incendiary lead single, "Welcome to the Terrordome" -- but years later, after the furor has died down, what remains is a remarkable piece of modern art, a record that ushered in the '90s in a hail of multiculturalism and kaleidoscopic confusion. It also easily stands as the Bomb Squad's finest musical moment. Where Millions was all about aggression -- layered aggression, but aggression nonetheless -- Fear of a Black Planet encompasses everything, touching on seductive grooves, relentless beats, hard funk, and dub reggae without blinking an eye. All the more impressive is that this is one of the records made during the golden age of sampling, before legal limits were set on sampling, so this is a wild, endlessly layered record filled with familiar sounds you can't place; it's nearly as heady as the Beastie Boys' magnum opus, Paul's Boutique, in how it pulls from anonymous and familiar sources to create something totally original and modern. While the Bomb Squad were casting a wider net, Chuck D's writing was tighter than ever, with each track tackling a specific topic (apart from the aforementioned "Welcome to the Terrordome," whose careening rhymes and paranoid confusion are all the more effective when surrounded by such detailed arguments), a sentiment that spills over to Flavor Flav, who delivers the pungent black humor of "911 Is a Joke," perhaps the best-known song here. Chuck gets himself into trouble here and there -- most notoriously on "Meet the G That Killed Me," where he skirts with homophobia -- but by and large, he's never been so eloquent, angry, or persuasive as he is here. This isn't as revolutionary or as potent as Millions, but it holds together better, and as a piece of music, this is the best hip-hop has ever had to offer.



Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet  (flac   394mb)

01 Contract on the World Love Jam 1:49
02 Brothers Gonna Work It Out 5:03
03 911 Is a Joke 3:17
04 Incident at 66.6 FM 1:37
05 Welcome to the Terrordome 5:25
06 Meet the G That Killed Me 0:44
07 Pollywanacraka 4:13
08 Anti-Nigger Machine 2:39
09 Burn Hollywood Burn 3:04
10 Power to the People 3:48
11 Who Stole the Soul? 3:52
12 Fear of a Black Planet 3:42
13 Revolutionary Generation 5:43
14 Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man 2:46
15 Reggie Jax 1:35
16 Leave This Off Your Fuckin Charts 2:31
17 B. Side Wins Again 3:45
18 War at 33 1/3 2:07
19 Final Count of the Collision Between Us and the Damned 0:48
20 Fight the Power 4:42

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Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black has traditionally been Public Enemy's under-rated classic, the one that the fans love but nobody ever talks about.  It's a weird situation, because there is no reason why this shouldn't be famous - it comes straight after two classics, Professor Griff's sacking gives it a backstory worthy of both tabloid scandal and broadsheet debate, it sold well, and it's got at least one song, in the Anthrax-featuring reworking of "Bring tha Noize", that has enjoyed regular airplay and exposure since release. If there is an explanation, it's that Apocalypse 91 is a different beast to either Fear of a Black Planet or It Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.  The production has changed hands, with The Bomb Squad moving into an executive role and newcomers The Imperial Grand Ministers of Funk handling the bulk of the work - their sound is less dense and less harsh than The Bomb Squad's, moving instead to something more basic and more obviously indebted to soul and funk.  That means that the one thing that was most obviously special and unique about P.E. is gone; the music on Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black, while pretty great, is music that could concievably have been made by any number of producers. No matter, though - Chuck makes up for it by bringing his usual fire, while even Flava Flav sounds pissed off.  Public Enemy were always an angry group, but Apocalypse 91 may well be the album where they were most direct about it, raging at racist language ("I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Nigga"), slavery ("Can't Truss It"), the media's hypocrisy when it comes to alcoholism ("1 Million Bottlebags"), and even finding time to take potshots at targets as seemingly harmless as De La Soul ('that nigger over there, who try to keep it yesteryear, the good old days - the same old ways that kept us dying?  Yes you, "My Myself & I" indeed, what you need is a nosebleed').  The song that last lyric comes from, "By the Time I Get to Arizona", is the greatest song they ever released - it's an absolute monster.



Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black (flac   381mb)

01 Lost at Birth 3:49
02 Rebirth 0:59
03 Nighttrain 3:27
04 Can't Truss It 5:21
05 I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Niga 4:23
06 How to Kill a Radio Consultant 3:09
07 By the Time I Get to Arizona 4:48
08 Move! feat. Sister Souljah 4:59
09 1 Million Bottlebags 4:06
10 More News at 11 2:39
11 Shut Em Down 5:04
12 A Letter to the New York Post 2:45
13 Get the Fuck Outta Dodge feat. True Mathematics 2:38
14 Bring Tha Noize with Anthrax 3:47
   

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Oct 15, 2019

RhoDeo 1941 Magic 7

Hello,  with roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (pronounced approximately as "chi"), translated as "life energy". With roots in ancient Chinese culture dating back more than 4,000 years,[citation needed] a wide variety of qigong forms have developed within different segments of Chinese society: in traditional Chinese medicine for preventive and curative functions; in Confucianism to promote longevity and improve moral character, in Daoism and Buddhism as part of meditative practice; and in Chinese martial arts to enhance fighting abilities. Contemporary qigong blends diverse and sometimes disparate traditions, in particular the Daoist meditative practice of "internal alchemy" (Neidan), the ancient meditative practices of "circulating qi" (Xing) and "standing meditation" (Zhan zhuang), and the slow gymnastic breathing exercise of "guiding and pulling" (Dao yin). Traditionally, knowledge about qigong was passed from adept master to student in elite unbroken lineages, typically with secretive and esoteric traditions of training and oral transmission, and with an emphasis on meditative practice by scholars and gymnastic or dynamic practice by the working masses and these days the West facilitates more segmentation.

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Qi Dao, taught by the Qigong Master Lama Tantrapa, is a complete system for a reader to enhance their energy awareness, kinesthetic awareness, and overall well being. When taken at face value, the physical instruction will strengthen your body, expand your range of motion, increase coordination and uplift your wellbeing. When taken at FULL value, Qi Dao is a system that will increase your vitality and expand awareness both of yourself and of the world around you - forever .
The movements are unique in that they are formless. Constant attention is given to stabilization, alignment, and the holding patterns that can arise if no attention is given to posture. Also, much attention is given to the awareness of energy as it relates to how you hold yourself and the movements that allow you to direct energy in a given direction.

The book is very well written and nicely organized. There are pictures showing the postures and movements. The metaphysical aspects of Qi Dao are explained in simple language and a reader can start implementing the instruction immediately - such as the differentiation between attention and intention. Both people of great physical ability, and those with limited abilities will find Qi Dao valuable. The movements are generalized and allow you to focus on movement awareness (kinesthetic), and the increase and flow of energy throughout your body. I, like many others, have a tendency to want to be perfect in my replication of a particular movement or instruction. Qi Dao is unique in it's instruction as it doesn't provoke our inner perfectionist. You'll feel content in focusing on the 'feeling' that the movement gives you instead of whether or not you're moving in exact replication of what is demonstrated - as is many times the case with Tai Chi and other forms of Qigong. I'm grateful that a 27th generation lineage holder took the time to distill the foundational principals of his art into a delightful read that will give just about anyone a higher level of self actualization, authenticity, and general wellbeing in their lives.



Lama Somananda Tantrapa - Qi Dao - Tibetan Shamanic Qigong The Art of Being in the Flow ( PDF 166 pages   16mb).

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“Learn Qigong Meditation” is is a program designed for anyone at any level, whether you’re just starting to meditate, or you’ve practiced other meditation systems and you’re looking to deepen and expand your practice. Its a 7-week program taking you right from the start with the basics, progressively through to more advanced practices. This program puts together practical and effective techniques from the wide array that noted guru Kevin Schoeninger has researched, studied, and taught.This course has been 15 years in the making. The techniques have been refined and the presentation simplified to give you the benefit of 3000 years of Chinese research in a program that relates to our experience of stress in Western culture today.

To wrap up, here are 3 reasons why you’ll love qigong meditation:

-You’ll Reduce Stress! The key ability you’ll discover is how to shift from a mode of stress, anxiety or tension into what I call a “core energy state” which is a state of relaxed, clear, present awareness. That’s an ability that will benefit all of us, just from a psychological or well-being standpoint.
-You’ll Enjoy Great Physical health! Qigong meditation is phenomenal for your physical health. According to Qigong theory, any illness or injury in the body is the result of a disruption or restriction of life energy flow. Qigong meditation specifically works with the pathways of life energy through the body and through the internal organs to open up a smooth Qi flow, or a smooth life energy flow through the body. The health benefits of that are phenomenal.
-You’ll Enjoy Deeper Spiritual Development! You will learn to focus clearly, concentrate your mind and develop your powers of spiritual intention by following the exercises.



Qigong Meditation ( mp4     421mb).

01 Intro.mp4
02 Normal Abdominal Breathing.mp4
03 Reverse Abdominal Breathing.mp4
04 Embryonic Breathing.mp4
05 Two Gates (Laogon) Breathing.mp4
06 Laogong Breathing.mp4
07 Yongquan Breathing.mp4
08 Four Gates Breathing.mp4
09 Grand Circulation Breathing.mp4
10 Meditation Recovery Exercises.mp4

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Wal Thornhill: The Saturn/Earth Connection and Our Place in the Universe | Space News



In part one of this presentation, physicist Wal Thornhill began his analysis of one of the most significant space discoveries in recent memory. The history and origin of the gas giant Saturn, and indeed the entire solar system, including our own planet is not what we’ve been told. Planetary scientists recently made the astonishing discovery that water in Saturn’s satellites and rings is remarkably similar to the water on Earth. As Thornhill explained, this discovery was explicitly predicted nearly three quarters of a century ago, by the scientific heretic Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky. In this episode, Thornhill outlines his own successful predictions for discoveries in the Saturnian system, including Saturn's moon Titan.



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Today, the movie The Colour of Magic..... N-Joy

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Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels.

Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which Pratchett wrote an average of two books a year. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff became the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-readership novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days. The final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death.

Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.

In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. He later made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust (now Alzheimer's Research UK), filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the condition for the BBC, and became a patron for Alzheimer's Research UK. Pratchett died on 12 March 2015, aged 66.


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Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle. The books frequently parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology, folklore and fairy tales, often using them for satirical parallels with cultural, political and scientific issues.

Forty-one Discworld novels have been published. The original British editions of the first 26 novels, up to Thief of Time (2001), had cover art by Josh Kirby. The American editions, published by Harper Collins, used their own cover art. Since Kirby's death in 2001, the covers have been designed by Paul Kidby. Companion publications include eleven short stories (some only loosely related to the Discworld), four popular science books, and a number of supplementary books and reference guides. The series has been adapted for graphic novels, theatre, computer and board games, and television.

Newly released Discworld books regularly topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, making Pratchett the UK's best-selling author in the 1990s. Discworld novels have also won awards such as the Prometheus Award and the Carnegie Medal. In the BBC's Big Read, four Discworld novels were in the top 100, and a total of fourteen in the top 200. More than 80 million Discworld books have been sold in 37 languages

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The Discworld novels contain common themes and motifs that run through the series. Fantasy clichés are parodied in many of the novels, as are various subgenres of fantasy, such as fairy tales (notably Witches Abroad), witch and vampire stories (Carpe Jugulum) and so on. Analogies of real-world issues, such as religion (Small Gods), fundamentalism and inner city tension (Thud), business and politics (Making Money), racial prejudice and exploitation (Snuff) are recurring themes, as are aspects of culture and entertainment, such as opera (Maskerade), rock music (Soul Music), cinema (Moving Pictures), and football (Unseen Academicals). Parodies of non-Discworld fiction also occur frequently, including Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, and several movies. Major historical events, especially battles, are sometimes used as the basis for both trivial and key events in Discworld stories (Jingo, Pyramids), as are trends in science, technology, pop culture and modern art (Moving Pictures, Men at Arms, Thud). There are also humanist themes in many of the Discworld novels, and a focus on critical thinking skills in the Witches and Tiffany Aching series.

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Setting

The story takes place on the Discworld, a planet-sized flat disc carried through space on the backs of four gargantuan elephants – Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon and Jerakeen – who themselves stand on the shell of Great A'Tuin, a gigantic sea turtle. The surface of the disc contains oceans and continents, and with them, civilizations, cities, forests and mountains.

Synopsis The Colour of Magic

The story begins in Ankh-Morpork, the biggest city on the Discworld. The main character is an incompetent and cynical wizard named Rincewind, who is hired as a guide to the rich but naive Twoflower, an insurance clerk from the Agatean Empire who has come to visit Ankh-Morpork. Initially attempting to flee with his advance payment, Rincewind is captured by the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, who forces him to protect Twoflower, lest the tourist's death provoke the Agatean Emperor into invading Ankh-Morpork. After Twoflower is kidnapped by a gang of thieves and taken to the Broken Drum Pub, Rincewind stages a rescue alongside the Luggage, an indestructible, enchanted and sentient chest belonging to Twoflower. Before this, Twoflower convinces the Drum's barman to take out a fire insurance policy; the barman subsequently attempts to burn down the Drum to claim the money, but ends up causing a fire that destroys the whole of Ankh-Morpork. Rincewind and Twoflower escape in the chaos.

Rincewind and Twoflower travel towards the city of Quirm, unaware that their adventures on this journey are actually the subject of a boardgame played by the Gods of the Discworld. The pair are separated when they are attacked by a mountain troll summoned by Offler the Crocodile God. The ignorant Twoflower ends up being led to the Temple of Bel-Shamharoth, a being said to be the opposite of both good and evil, while Rincewind ends up imprisoned in a dryad-inhabited tree in the woods, where he watches the events in Bel Shamharoth's temple through a magical portal. The pair are reunited when Rincewind escapes into the temple through the portal, and they encounter Hrun the Barbarian, a parody of heroes in the Swords and Sorcery genre. The trio are attacked and nearly killed by Bel-Shamharoth, but escape when Rincewind accidentally blinds the creature with Twoflower's magical picture box. Hrun agrees to travel with and protect Twoflower and Rincewind in exchange for heroic pictures of him from the picture box.

The trio visit the Wyrmberg, an upside-down mountain which is home to dragon-riders who summon their dragons by imagining them, and are separated when the riders attack them. Rincewind escapes capture but is forced by Kring, Hrun's sentient magical sword, to attempt to rescue his friends. Twoflower is imprisoned within the Wyrmberg, and because of his fascination with dragons, is able to summon one greater than those of the Wyrmberg riders, who he names Ninereeds, allowing him to escape captivity and save Rincewind from being killed in a duel with one of the three heirs of the Wyrmburg. Twoflower, Rincewind and Ninereeds snatch Hrun, but as they attempt to escape into the skies, Twoflower passes out from the lack of oxygen, causing Ninereeds to disappear. Hrun is saved by Liessa, but Rincewind and Twoflower find themselves falling to their deaths. In desperation, Rincewind manages to use the Wyrmberg's power to temporarily summon a passenger jet from the real world, before he and Twoflower fall into the ocean.


The two of them are taken to the edge of the Discworld by the ocean currents and nearly carried over, but they are caught by the Circumfence, a huge net built by the nation of Krull to catch sea life and flotsam washed in from the rest of the Discworld. They are rescued by Tethis the sea troll, a being composed of water who had fallen off the edge of his own world and onto the Discworld, where he was subsequently enslaved by the Krullians. Rincewind and Twoflower are then taken by the Krullians to their capital, where they learn that the Krullians intend to discover the sex of Great A'Tuin by launching a space capsule over the edge of the Disc, and plan to sacrifice Rincewind and Twoflower to get the god Fate to smile on the voyage, Fate insisting on their sacrifice after they caused him to lose the earlier game. Rincewind and Twoflower attempt to escape, but end up stealing the capsule, which is launched with Twoflower inside, the tourist wishing to see the other worlds of the universe. Rincewind is unable to get into the capsule in time, and falls off the Disc alongside it, the Luggage following them soon after.

The story segues into the beginning of The Light Fantastic; the two books can therefore be seen as one two-volume novel.



Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic movie ( 97min avi     698mb).


The Colour of Magic   97min

 with
David Jason ... Rincewind
Sean Astin ... Twoflower
Tim Curry ... Trymon
Jeremy Irons ... Patrician
Christopher Lee ... Death
Terry Pratchett ... Astrozoologist 2
Brian Cox ... Narrator

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previously

Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 1 ( 69min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 2 ( 69min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 3 ( 68min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 4 ( 69min mp3     38mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 5 ( 66min mp3     36mb).
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic part 6 ( 69min mp3     36mb).

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Oct 14, 2019

RhoDeo 1941 Re Up 209

Hello,  Vettel fucked up his start, Bottas and Verstappen had a blinder, alas Verstappen who was well past Leclerc got run of the road by that nasty always winning piece of ass, and instead of being black flagged for deliberately running another driver of the track, he was alowed to continue and came in 7th. Clearly Ferrari riders seem to have to comply to a very different set of rules. Meanwhile Bottas who had been faster as Hamilton all weekend was alowed to win, before Vettel who didn't find his mojo until the end when he had to keep Hamilton at bay.



11 correct requests for this week,1 too early,  1 unavailable (aetix-roots),  1 double (same artist) , whatever another batch of 41 re-ups (13.8 gig)


These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to Octoberr 13th... N'Joy

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3x Roots Back in Flac (VA - Ghana Soundz, VA - Ghana Special I, VA - Ghana Special II)


3x Sundaze Back in Flac ( O Yuki Conjugate - Sunchemical, Second Nature - Second Nature, Doug Wimbish - Trippy Notes For Bass )



5x Sundaze  Back  in Flac (Muslimgauze - Citadel,  Muslimgauze - Maroon, Muslimgauze - Fatah Muhammadunize, Muslimgauze - Fatah 2 Tajik and Persian Blind, Muslimgauze - Fatah 3 Chechnya Over Dub)



3x Beats Back In Flac (Kevin Yost - Hypnotic Progressions , Freeland - Now & Them, Troubleman - The First Phase)



5x Sundaze Back in Flac (Tuu - One Thousand Years,  Tuu - All Our Ancestors , Tuu - Invocation-Archive, Tuu - Mesh, Tuu and Nick Parkin - Terma)



4x Sundaze  Back in Flac (Steve Roach - Empetus , Steve Roach - Western Spaces, Steve Roach - Desert Solitaire, Steve Roach - The Sound of the Earth)



5x Aetix Back in Flac ( Spacemen 3 - Sound of Confusion , Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription, Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire , Spacemen 3 ‎- Dreamweapon, Spacemen 3 - Taking Drugs to Make Music 2 Take Drugs 2)



2x Around the World NOW in Flac (Corvus Corax - Cantus Buranus, VA - Middleages Special II (Sonic Seducer) )



4x Aetix Back in Flac  (Thompson Twins - A Product of ...,  Thompson Twins - Set , Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick, Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick Bonus )


4x Sundaze Back in Flac ( Wall Of Voodoo - Dark Continent, Wall Of Voodoo - Call Of The West, Wall Of Voodoo - 7 Days In Sammytown)



4x Sundaze Back in Flac (  cv313 - live,  cv313 @D.E.M.F. (After Party In 2008), cv313 - Beyond The Clouds [Reprised], cv313 - Seconds To Forever [Reprised] )


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Oct 13, 2019

Sundaze 1941

Hello, it's amazing what such a huge tropical Typhoon can do and here i am watching the Grand Prix qualifying, the weather is fine bit windy the track cleaned by the enormous amounts of rain that lashed it in the past 24 hours, the 1st session saw 2 red flags Magnussen looked reparable, but Kubica simply crashed his car, he's become bitter after his miraculous comeback into F1 at Williams with a dud car became a joke . Anyway Vettel got pole with Leclerc 2nd, Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen and Albon on 6th latter  surprisingly in the same time as Verstappen, clearly Max's less downforce strategy didn't work.



Today's artist is the recording alias of Magnus Birgersson, an electronic musician, composer, and sound designer from Gothenburg, Sweden. Birgersson's music spans the genres of ambient, IDM, downtempo, and psy-trance, and he has also composed numerous video game soundtracks, the Swedish electronic music artist is better known by his stage name Solar Fields, As of 2019, he has released eighteen albums, and has also scored all interactive in-game music for the Electronic Arts game Mirror's Edge as well as its sequel, Mirror's Edge Catalyst. His latest album, Origin#03, was released on 1 June 2019.......N-Joy

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Gothenburg-based Swedish composer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist Magnus Birgersson created Solar Fields in the late 1990s. Birgersson was raised in a musical family and began playing piano and synthesizers in the 1970s. In the mid-1980s he began combining synthesizers with computers. In addition to his ambient work, he has also been a guitar player in rock bands, a pianist in jazz funk bands, and keyboard player in drum and bass bands."

Under the moniker Solar Fields he composed 15 albums and appeared on over 60 various compilations. His first solo release was an ambient album named Reflective Frequencies, released on Ultimae in 2001. This was followed two years later by Blue Moon Station , which also included downtempo and trance, and was designed as a single fluid story.In late 2005, Solar Fields composed Leaving Home and Extended, the latter being a limited edition. His fifth album EarthShine, launched in 2007, featured more upbeat soundscapes blending morning trance, progressive, psychedelic, tribal and ambient music. This up-tempo album was warmly received by the progressive and psytrance scenes. This led to Electronic Arts and DICE commissioning Solar Fields for the in-game score for Mirror's Edge, a first-person action adventure video game released worldwide on November 14, 2008. The soundtrack was included in the VGC's "Top 20 Original Soundtracks in Gaming".

The following year, Solar Fields composed Movements. The album was ranked in the top 10 of best albums by Echoes listeners. The album Movements was also used as the soundtrack for the indie game Capsized from the small Canadian studio Alientrap in 2011. It remains his most popular album to date. In 2010, he used the harmonies and melodies of Movements in a remix album titled Altered - Second Movements and started the Origin series, four albums which aim to present archives and unreleased songs. Until We Meet the Sky and Random Friday were composed in parallel. In 2013, he released the second album in the Origin series, Origin #02.
He released his demo song "Cluster" later that year. His song "Pulse", along with a remix of it by Airwave, was released on June 30, 2014 by Joof Recordings;

 In 2014 Birgersson started his own label, Droneform Records, and released a series of digital compilations featuring updated, remixed, and remastered tracks from his catalog; the albums were titled Red, Green, and Blue. On September 30, 2015, it was confirmed by DICE and Birgersson that he was creating the in-game score of Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, and that he had been working on said score for twelve months as of the aforementioned date. More releases on his own label now Ourdom (2018) followed by a third edition of Origens, Origin#03 (2019)

Magnus has collaborated with Vincent Villuis, a.k.a. AES Dana, on H.U.V.A. Network and T.S.R. in the company of Daniel Segerstad and Johannes Hedberg from Carbon Based Lifeforms.



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The first album by Solar Fields reminds me very much of a soundtrack to some sci-fi PC game from the 90s. Not any in particular one, just the overall sound and mood. This album is a good fusion of downtempo and IDM. He became more ambient with later releases. The obvious influence of space is apparent here with the artwork and track titles (Red Vortex). I'd say I enjoy his later work better but this is a very worthy humble beginning. Tracks like Blue Light and Inherit Velocity really get me in the mood to watch a sci-fi movie with their deep, space-like rhythm. This is still chill but with edge. Likewise Zone 12 easily provides atmosphere for a daze, but one for floating, not vegetalizing. Outlined Surfaces likewise.



.Solar Fields - Reflective Frequencies ( 427mb)

01 6.7 4:21
02 Floating Channels 7:45
03 Self Transforming Experience (First Movement) 3:47
04 Blue Light... 4:06
05 ...Red Vortex 4:45
06 Echoing Spectrum 4:28
07 Inherit Velocity 2:39
08 Zero Rotation 7:06
09 Overlapping Particles 5:26
10 Self Transforming Experience (Second Movement) 7:04
11 Zone 12 4:30
12 Nea 3 2:46
13 Outlined Surfaces 7:48
14 Breathing Neutron Empire 6:02

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Overall, Solar Fields' sophmore album is slightly more upbeat than "Reflective frequencies". First of all, it sounds more down to earth to me. The spaced out attitude and far reaching sounds and effects have been toned down in favor of more straight forward trance; warm and analog melodic leads, occasional 4/4 percussion and a flow to the album which makes it an awkward listen to go through while in a horizontal posistion. Don't get me wrong though, the ambience is still here, though, just that it has been carefully blended with broken beat patterns, sounds of falling rain, old school goaesque melodies and other interesting stuff. It just may be that "Blue moon station" is Magnus Bigersson's most experimental piece of work, with a broader amount of territory covered than on his other albums. It's a quality listen throughout, but my main gripe with it is how the tracks have been arranged. I mean, placing fast tracks like Magic Eye and Infection 268-7 halfway through the album, just before the dubbed out and deep Magnetic Air is a glorious misstep. Just when you think the music would pick up, it sits back down. Majestic Feeling is so swell though. It starts out so erratic and uncontrolled with rabid percussion, only to transform into a mesmerizing ambient tune. And Solar Fields pulls it off with the same ease I eat my cereals with every morning. At the six-something mark he introduces this waterfall sound, and then after a while, the initial percussion is brought back into the track. Ah, the beauty! The title track has tribal drum programming with subtle melodies throughout, while Planet Zoo relies on quiet percussion with hypnotic and gentle melodies freely floating around. Third Time (A Version) follows in the footsteps of Planet Zoo, with a winning combination of light drum kicks colliding with superb melody work. "Blue moon station" is a worthwhile listen, especially for those who want more challenge and ecclectic attitude in their downtempo, which goes beyond beatless drones or spiritual 'mantra' stuff eager to sound enlightened, or whatever.



Solar Fields - Blue Moon Station (flac 465mb)

01 Confusion Illusion 6:59
02 Elevator Sunshine Girl 6:00
03 Cosmic Dessert 5:58
04 Magic Eye 8:00
05 Infection 268-7 8:32
06 Magnetic Air
07 Majestic Feeling 9:32
08 Blue Moon Station (album version) 7:31
09 Planet Zoo 6:59
10 Third Time (A-version) 6:23
11 Swimming With Stones 6:55

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This is an abstract, spacey album. It's full of light, airy, ethereal, and wistful sounds, often changing and difficult to grasp hold of. As they swirl around, moments of stronger intensity and clarity phase in and out. It's a treasure and one of Solar Fields' best, although it's not his most easily digestible. Compared to "Extended", previous albums are somewhat harmless chill-out/psy-chill stuff. It's not "dark" ambient by any means, nor creepy or scary. Simply beautiful music with depth. Highly recommended, a beautiful, if enigmatic album.



Solar Fields - Extended (flac 417mb)

01 Air Song (8 AM Version) 16:39
02 No Answer 9:34
03 Station 5 10:31
04 Winter Sun 8:33
05 Combinations 16:01
06 A Place to Think 5:59
07 Detection (Far and Extended) 12:37

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This could well be considered his Magnum Opus thusfar. Despite that many of his other albums feature well-constructed seamlessness, beauty, and terrific atmosphere, no other inspires me sense imagination as much as this one. Like the first ten tracks are a character's rememberings of home - each representing a different place or event, then the last one represents the fear in actually having to leave it. Speaking non-conceptually, NO other 80-minute album feels as short as this one. It flows so well, and with each track having a very distinct and colorful sound, it's easy to get to know this album and fall into it.

Speaking song-specifically, Time Slide uses the fader aweseomely. Insum is a winding road with no recognizable chorus and definitely feels like a piece of "plot development". Magnetosphere and Stereo Hypnosis are groovy-sweet-metallic songs with fun broken beats. Air Song is just amazing and my favorite song of his. It is also a good example of the way Solar Fields can use progressions. Cocoon Moon has a sly beat that I can't not groove to, and it wakes me up after Air Song has put me to sleep. But, then Monogram puts me the rest of the way into dreamworld with it's consistency. It flows like calm lake waves. It is so unchanging and subtly soothing, after a while it starts to sound like there's no music playing at all. Times are Good is another very relaxing track that seems very reminiscent of childhood with what sounds like noise from the fair. I love the implementation of acoustic guitar, as well. And Leaving Home is certainly the dark spot on a mostly light-hearted album. The moaning faders are very unsettling, and the introduciton of acoustic drums makes for a powerful finish.



Solar Fields - Leaving Home   ( flac   431mb)

01 Home 4:41
02 Time Slide 5:01
03 Insum 8:23
04 Star Fruit 1:05
05 Magnetosphere (Star Fruit Part 2) 2:44
06 Stereo Hypnosis (Magnetosphere Part 2) 4:08
07 Air Song 12:21
08 Cocoon Moon (Glastonbury Festival 2005 Mix) 10:36
09 Monogram 15:44
10 Times are Good 7:41
11 Leaving Home 7:27


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Oct 11, 2019

RhoDeo 1940 Grooves

Hello,


Today's Artists are an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1983 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell. They are widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture and one of the most famous hip hop acts of the 1980s. Along with LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, the group pioneered new school hip hop music. They were the first group in the genre to have an album certified gold and to be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were the first to earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985), the first to earn a multi-platinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986), the first to have their music videos broadcast on MTV, and the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The group was among the first to highlight the importance of the MC and DJ relationship. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them #48 in their list of the greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, the group was named "The Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time" by MTV and "Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time" by VH1. In 2009, they became the second hip hop group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2016, thanks to making the industry lots of money , they received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. ...... N Joy

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More than any other hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hardcore rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of rap. With their spare beats and excursions into heavy metal samples, the trio were tougher and more menacing than their predecessors Grandmaster Flash and Whodini. In the process, they opened the door for both the politicized rap of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions, as well as the hedonistic gangsta fantasies of N.W.A. At the same time, Run-D.M.C. helped move rap from a singles-oriented genre to an album-oriented one -- they were the first hip-hop artist to construct full-fledged albums, not just collections with two singles and a bunch of filler. By the end of the '80s, Run-D.M.C. had been overtaken by the groups they had spawned, but they continued to perform to a dedicated following well into the '90s.

All three members of Run-D.M.C. were natives of the middle-class New York borough Hollis, Queens. Run (born Joseph Simmons, November 14, 1964) was the brother of Russell Simmons, who formed the hip-hop management company Rush Productions in the early '80s; by the mid-'80s, Russell had formed the pioneering record label Def Jam with Rick Rubin. Russell encouraged his brother Joey and his friend Darryl McDaniels (born May 31, 1964) to form a rap duo. The pair of friends did just that, adopting the names Run and D.M.C., respectively. After they graduated from high school in 1982, the pair enlisted their friend Jason Mizell (born January 21, 1965) to scratch turntables; Mizell adopted the stage name Jam Master Jay.

In 1983, Run-D.M.C. released their first single, "It's Like That"/"Sucker M.C.'s," on Profile Records. The single sounded like no other rap at the time -- it was spare, blunt, and skillful, with hard beats and powerful, literate, daring vocals, where Run and D.M.C.'s vocals overlapped, as they finished each other's lines. It was the first "new school" hip-hop recording. "It's Like That" became a Top 20 R&B hit, as did the group's second single, "Hard Times"/"Jam Master Jay." Two other hit R&B singles followed in early 1984 -- "Rock Box" and "30 Days" -- before the group's eponymous debut appeared.

By the time of their second album, 1985's King of Rock, Run-D.M.C. had become the most popular and influential rappers in America, already spawning a number of imitators. As the King of Rock title suggests, the group were breaking down the barriers between rock & roll and rap, rapping over heavy metal records and thick, dense drum loops. Besides releasing the King of Rock album and scoring the R&B hits "King of Rock," "You Talk Too Much," and "Can You Rock It Like This" in 1985, the group also appeared in the rap movie Krush Groove, which also featured Kurtis Blow, the Beastie Boys, and the Fat Boys.

Run-D.M.C.'s fusion of rock and rap broke into the mainstream with their third album, 1986's Raising Hell. The album was preceded by the Top Ten R&B single "My Adidas," which set the stage for the group's biggest hit single, a cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." Recorded with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, "Walk This Way" was the first hip-hop record to appeal to both rockers and rappers, as evidenced by its peak position of number four on the pop charts. In the wake of the success of "Walk This Way," Raising Hell became the first rap album to reach number one on the R&B charts, to chart in the pop Top Ten, and to go platinum, and Run-D.M.C. were the first rap act to received airplay on MTV -- they were the first rappers to cross over into the pop mainstream. Raising Hell also spawned the hit singles "You Be Illin'" and "It's Tricky."

Run-D.M.C. spent most of 1987 recording Tougher Than Leather, their follow-up to Raising Hell. Tougher Than Leather was accompanied by a movie of the same name. Starring Run-D.M.C., the film was an affectionate parody of '70s blaxploitation films. Although Run-D.M.C. had been at the height of their popularity when they were recording and filming Tougher Than Leather, by the time the project was released, the rap world had changed. Most of the hip-hop audience wanted to hear hardcore political rappers like Public Enemy, not crossover artists like Run-D.M.C. Consequently, the film bombed and the album only went platinum, failing to spawn any significant hit singles.


Two years after Tougher Than Leather, Run-D.M.C. returned with Back From Hell, which became their first album not to go platinum. Following its release, both Run and D.M.C. suffered personal problems as McDaniels suffered a bout of alcoholism and Simmons was accused of rape. After McDaniels sobered up and the charges against Simmons were dismissed, both of the rappers became born-again Christians, touting their religious conversion on the 1993 album Down With the King. Featuring guest appearances and production assistance from artists as diverse as Public Enemy, EPMD, Naughty by Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Neneh Cherry, Pete Rock, and KRS-One, Down With the King became the comeback Run-D.M.C. needed. The title track became a Top Ten R&B hit and the album went gold, peaking at number 21. Although they were no longer hip-hop innovators, the success of Down With the King proved that Run-D.M.C. were still respected pioneers.

After a long studio hiatus, the trio returned in early 2000 with Crown Royal. The album did little to add to their ailing record sales, but the following promotional efforts saw them join Aerosmith and Kid Rock for a blockbuster performance on MTV. By 2002, the release of two greatest-hits albums prompted a tour with Aerosmith that saw them travel the U.S., always performing "Walk This Way" to transition between their sets. Sadly, only weeks after the end of the tour, Jam Master Jay was senselessly murdered in a studio session in Queens. Only 37 years old, the news of his passing spread quick and hip-hop luminaries like Big Daddy Kane and Funkmaster Flex took the time to pay tribute to him on New York radio stations. Possibly the most visible DJ in the history of hip-hop, his death was truly the end of an era and unfortunately perpetuated the cycle of violence that has haunted the genre since the late '80s.



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After the disappointing sales of Tougher Than Leather (which still went platinum), Run-D.M.C. felt that their style was becoming out of fashion and they noticed how fast hip-hop was moving ahead of them. What did they do? Jump on whatever trend there was for the moment with 1990's Back From Hell. They try their hands at some more groovy style of hip-hop. They use much more profanity, their lyrics are still braggadocios with a positive message here and there. Run and DMC are not having quite the same great chemistry as before and are nowhere as energetic as before. The production is just too soft for their style and doesn't quite fit but then again I can't blame them. Their style was going out of fashion and even if they'd try something new, they would most likely be ignored. There are still some good material here, so don't sleep. It's just nowhere close to matching their previous four albums or even the followup. Back From Hell doesn't rescue them from going to the hip-hop hell, it just buries them there as it was a commercial failure and they became one of the fastest "old news" pioneers in the extremely fast moving hip-hop world. Still, they are pioneers that deserve much love and therefore, this album is still worth looking into.



Run DMC - Back From Hell  (flac   347mb)

01 Sucker D.J.'s 0:50
02 The Ave. 4:01
03 What's It All About 4:48
04 Bob Your Head 3:47
05 Faces 4:27
06 Kick the Frama Lama Lama 3:09
07 Pause 4:38
08 Word Is Born 2:53
09 Back From Hell 3:01
10 Don't Stop 4:37
11 Groove to the Sound 3:34
12 P Upon a Tree 0:44
13 Naughty 4:08
14 Livin' in the City 1:03
15 Not Just Another Groove 4:19
16 Party Time 4:34

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By 1993 the hip hop world had come a long way from where it was when Run-D.M.C. first hit the scene nearly a decade earlier. Sampling had become an art, rap had become hugely commercial, and the gangster life dominated. What's surprising is how well these guys did adapt. The album that precedes Down with the King (the mostly wretched Back from Hell) is bad and a bad imitation that doesn't sound sincere. I don't know how much more convicing they are on this outing talking about guns and bitches and the like, but it's more fluid, it's more confident, and it's a pretty good record. Make sure to check out "Big Willie" with its amazing guitar solo from Rage guitarist Tom Morello and "Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" the production of which apes Dr. Dre quite nicely.



Run DMC - Down With The King .  (flac   302mb)

01 Down With the King 5:02
02 Come on Everybody 4:30
03 Can I Get It, Yo 3:31
04 Hit 'Em Hard 2:53
05 To the Maker 0:24
06 3 in the Head 3:29
07 Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do 3:08
08 Big Willie 4:28
09 Three Little Indians 3:07
10 In the House 3:38
11 Can I Get a Witness 3:36
12 Get Open 3:52
13 What's Next 4:04
14 Wreck Shop 3:13
15 For 10 Years 0:38

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Being one of the most beloved hip-hop groups ever assembled has certainly become a double-edged sword for Run-D.M.C. As one of the culture's most influential groups, the names of Run, D.M.C., and Jam Master Jay immediately garner a certain degree of well-earned respect. Conversely, it has also put the trio under an incredibly intense microscope, a dissection that will become more exacerbated with the shameful Crown Royal. With virtually no input from D.M.C. (he appears on a sparse three tracks) Crown Royal spirals so recklessly into contrasting segments that it's easy to forget you are even listening to a Run-D.M.C. record. Lacking any discernible sense of direction or continuity, the once cutting-edge trio has seemingly lost touch with its original fan base. They miserably play the role of alternative genre rockers on "Rock Show" (featuring Stephan Jenkins) and "Here We Go" (featuring Sugar Ray). And though tracks with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst ("Them Girls") and Kid Rock ("The School of Old") may eventually strike a chord with TRL fanatics, the groupings lack ingenuity and conviction. So what's left for the fan who was weaned on Run-D.M.C.? Not much! Sure, they throw the hip-hop populace a few bones on "It's Over" (featuring JD), "Queens Day" (featuring Nas and Prodigy), and "Simmons Incorporated" (featuring Method Man). But even these mediocre offerings are not nearly enough to satisfy any of their loyal supporters. If hip-hop has proven anything since its inception, it's that few MCs or groups age gracefully. Hopefully, with its legacy still somewhat intact, Run-D.M.C. will now trade in the shell-toed Adidas, fat gold chains, and leather pants for a long overdue and deserved bow.



Run DMC - Crown Royal  (flac   320mb)

01 It's Over feat. Jermaine Dupri 3:40
02 Queens Day feat. Nas & Prodigy 4:18
03 Crown Royal 3:13
04 Them Girls feat. Fred Durst 3:33
05 The School of Old feat. Kid Rock 3:20
06 Take the Money and Run feat. Everlast 3:48
07 Rock Show feat. Stephan Jenkins 3:14
08 Here We Go 2001 feat. Sugar Ray 3:21
09 Ahhh feat. Chris Davis 4:21
10 Let's Stay Together (Together Forever) feat. Jagged Edge 3:19
11 Ay Papi feat. Fat Joe 3:16
12 Simmons Incorporated feat. Method Man 4:56

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After releasing the rightfully ignored Crown Royal, his pioneering group Run-D.M.C. ended in tragedy with the murder of Jam Master Jay. Toward the end, mounting issues -- including a medical condition affecting his voice -- made him consider suicide. Then he's rescued by music only to be blind-sided by the news he's adopted. Reflecting on all he's been through, DMC is 100 percent genuine on Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll, but he's heartbreakingly lost his voice, his lyrical skills, and his awareness of the music scene around him. His solo debut sounds like the most contrived rock and rap blends that major-label execs declared the future of music back in the mid-'90s, with touches of P.M. Dawn at their most woeful and indulgent. The opening "Watchtower" finds Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd sterilely interpolating Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" while DMC clumsily offers the first of many "what's gone wrong with the world?" raps. "Just Like Me" with Sarah McLachlan -- whose song "Angel" saved DMC's life, according to the man himself -- follows the same blueprint, but this time it's worse, with an interpolation of Harry Chapin's "Cat in the Cradle," sitars, and thin, maudlin lyrics all drowning in excess. Checks is nothing if not ambitious, but it only works when it decides to just hang out and have some fun. "Lovey Dovey" with Doug E. Fresh is a light weekend track that nails it, while "Machine Gun" brings the album into the 21st century with Ms. Jade and Sonny Black effortlessly delivering one of the album's few street-worthy moments. Also of note is Rev Run's guest shot on "Come 2 Gether," a painfully uneven effort for longtime fans, with Run holding back but still outshining his partner. The best thing you can say about this letdown is that DMC's commitment to changing the world and opening eyes is admirable and attractive, but sadly, his skills are blunted and he's not up to the challenge.



DMC - Checks Thugs and Rock n Roll (flac   381mb)

01 Watchtower feat Josh Todd 3:54
02 Freaky Chick 3:46
03 Just Like Me feat. Sarah McLachlan 4:52
04 Lovey Dovey feat. Doug E. Fresh 4:56
05 Find My Way feat. Kid Rock 4:58
06 Machine Gun feat. Gary Dourdan 4:52
07 Cold feat. Ms. Jade 4:12
08 What's Wrong feat. Napoleon 3:45
09 Cadillac Cars 4:39
10 Only God Knows 4:18
11 Come 2Gether feat. Rev Run 4:16
12 Sucka Sucka 4:16
13 Good Bye feat. Lil Mizzo 4:56

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