Category Archives: DJ mixes

New DJ mix – best of 2023

My usual end-of-year wrap for Utility Fog is to do two or three shows. It's settled on three lately: one show for "vocal" music ("songs", so to speak), one for sound-art and experimental stuff, and one for "beats" ("dance music", if you will).
And I've put the third one together as a DJ mix the last couple of years.

I'm pretty happy with this year's! All beatmixed, harmonically mixed, layered… tempos from house/techno through dubstep/140 to 160 to jungle, d'n'b & even a bit of breakcore.
You'll dig it!

Stream on demand from the FBi website, where I've tagged up the timestamps as close as possible.
If you wanna listen from the comfort of your own listening-device, here's a sneaky download.

20 years of Utility Fog!

Not raven news, but me news.
I started my radio show Utility Fog on Sydney's new community radio station FBi in August 2003. The station turned 20 last week, which makes Utility Fog 20 years old too.

The earliest solo electronic works of mine date way back to 1997, but raven as cello & electronics has not existed as long as UFog has. All the music I've consumed and proselytized on UFog, and all the musical connections I've made, have fed directly into the music I create, whether on cello or laptop, solo or with Tangents, FourPlay, Black Aleph, Haunts etc.

On Sunday just gone I tried to cram those 20 years into 2hrs of radio. I wrote an essay on the playlist too, which can be found here (the standalone Utility Fog blog) and here at FBi's website, and you can listen back at both links too.

DJ mix for Absorb

Hey, here's a DJ mix I did for Kavil @ Absorb, a Naarm-based internet radio show, label, event and more – check the show out on Skylab Radio, check the brilliant first compilation out on Bandcamp. Huge thanks to Kavil for inviting me!

The mix is called state of my head right now. It's a a "heady" mix of head-nodding beats, sound-art, varieties of experimental song, jungle, noise and more.

Kavil / Absorb · E11 – Peter Hollo: State Of My Head Right Now

If you want to listen to this on your preferred device, hit me up for a high-quality download.

Made on a Pioneer DDJ-1000 with rekordbox on 30/01/2023
Track times are when the track first drops – tracks are heavily overlaid, and some are only heard mixed through another track.

[00:00] amorphous androgynous – swab
[02:05] An Avrin – Clodhopper
[04:06] Blawan – Blika
[05:34] Tristan Arp – Oddkin
[07:13] Lila Tirando a Violeta & Nicola Cruz – Cuerpo que Flota
[09:45] Atrice – Invertebrate
[10:59] مريم صالح, تامر أبو غزالة, موريس لوقا = maryam saleh, tamer abu ghazaleh, maurice louca – الشهوة والصور = el shahwa wel soarr
[13:14] Lia Kohl – Moon Bean
[14:57] luigi archetti / bo wiget – stück 17
[19:11] Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden – Other side
[19:32] Lea Bertucci – Brass (II)
[23:10] Neinzer – Cause Pan Tact Insoluble
[26:22] Sijya – Another Thing
[28:36] Putrika – Monologue
[32:24] dgoHn – Ninnyhammer (Djrum Remix)
[35:32] dgoHn – Invisible Sandwich
[36:00] Wordcolour – Babble
[38:00] Olivier Alary & Johannes Malfatti – I Can't Even See Myself
[40:56] Fatak, Romance Relic, Tettix Hexer – To The Beauty Of Being
[45:25] Burning Star Core – Beauty Hunter
[46:40] Sightless Pit – Calcified Glass (feat YoshimiO & Gangsta Boo)
[48:32] Beatrice Dillon – Workaround Two
[52:47] YATTA – Fully Lost, Fully Found
[56:04] raven – Tivoli cottage, night-time

Cover image is a painting by Max Ernst. It's called "Young Man, Troubled by the Flight of a Non-Euclidean Fly" which I think is as awesome as the artwork itself.

New DJ mix – Tooths Takeaway 005 (Root Canal Surgery mix)

The lovely Martin Peralta of Tooths asked me to do a DJ mix, and accidentally praised me for the eclectic nature of my Utility Fog playlists.
I have finally put it together (live in Traktor, after a bunch of practice runs) and I think it's pretty ace! And it's as eclectic as fuck.
It's just called Tooths Takeaway 005, but I've dubbed it the Root Canal Surgery mix.

Here's the Tooths post, and you can listen here:

Tooths T/A 005 – Utility Fog by Tooths on Mixcloud

You can also download the mix (~ 120 MB)

Full tracklisting/timings:
[00:00] Swans – Sex God Sex (live, 2011)
[04:19] Objekt – The Goose That Got Away
[05:17] Sunship Feat Warrior Queen – Almighty Father (Vocal Mix)
[06:53] The Bug feat. Flowdan – Stampin
[08:30] Dokkebi Q – Hardcore Cherry Bon Bon
[11:30] Dro Carey – Foes, Gallons n Fathoms (overlaid earlier)
[12:35] Filastine – Colony Collapse (with Nova)
[17:25] Dictaphone – Rattle feat. Mariechen Danz
[23:00] Child – Bad Timing (overlaid over most of the Dictaphone track)
[24:30] Zammuto – Harlequin
[29:25] Four Tet – Glue of the Other World (overlaid over most of the Zammuto track)
[31:16] Can – Vitamin C
[34:24] Manyfingers – You're No Siren feat. Chris Adams & Liz Sharkey
[38:24] Hrvatski – Apostle
[41:59] Richard Youngs – Fire Horse Rising
[44:29] Azealia Banks – 212 ft. Lazy Jay
[46:08] Oceania – Mantra
[48:35] Icarus – Dumptruck Cannibals (version 029)
[50:50] Shoeb Ahmad – The Orchids
[54:18] Charles Hayward – Fifth Of November
[60:36] Swans – Sex God Sex (live, 2011)

Home – a journey by DJ mix

Angela & I are becoming first home owners this week, and in celebration and amongst the madness of moving (boxes everywhere, last-minute delays, culling of vinyl and even *gasp* CDs), I've compiled a special DJ mix for the occasion.

I love making radio and I love creativeness, so DJ mixes are a natural for me. The last one I did was freeform in terms of theme, and I tried to give it a great flow despite great diversity.

There's certainly a lot of diversity here too. I've taken the theme of Home literally — it's 20(ish) tracks, every one of which has the word "Home" in its title. Other than starting with "Leaving Home" and ending with "Coming Home to the Sun", the flow is purely music-driven. I've allowed a lot of the songs to go pretty long, because it's meant to be a bit of a journey and it's entirely self-indulgent. Full tracklisting below.

Download it here:
Home – journey by DJ mix [53:50 / 92.4MB]

[00:00] The Chemical Brothers – Leave Home
[01:45] Blitter vs Hrvatski – Nuclear Cats Get New Home
[03:50] Colin Stetson – Home
[06:08] Various Production – Home / Various Production – Home (edit)
[09:51] Pop Will Eat Itself – Home
[13:15] Hood – Home Is Where It Hurts
[16:59] Clint Mansell – We're Going Home
[18:28] Depeche Mode – Home (Jedi Knights Drowning In Time Remix)
[19:50] The Flashbulb – Hometown UFO
[22:48] David McComb & Adam Peters – Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on
[26:08] Broadcast – Message From Home
[28:00] Savath + Savalas – Journey's Homes
[29:22] John Fahey – Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
[31:40] Shearwater – Home Life
[35:58] The Twilight Sad – That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy
[39:45] Peter Broderick – Not At Home
[42:23] b.fleischmann – A Letter From Home
[43:28] Block Party – Where Is Home? (Burial Remix)
[45:27] Arthur Russell – Home Away From Home
[46:07] David Holmes – Coming Home To The Sun
(with thanks to Leonard Cohen & Phil Spector for bonus bit)

Here's a slightly ugly way of playing in page via Mixcloud, because Soundcloud are waaaay too assiduous about pursuing copyright:

Home – a journey by DJ mix by Raven on Mixcloud

(see above for download link!)

DJ mix for Micronations – "Nanostates"

I've done a DJ mix for Andrew Tuttle aka Anonymeye's Micronations mix series.
Unfortunately his hosting provider of choice, the redoutable Soundcloud, are watching over us, and refused to accept my mix because they recognize one of the (shortest) excerpts as copyrighted. Way to go. So you can download it instead from here:
Micronations mix series: Raven – Nanostates

And here's the blurb and tracklisting. Please enjoy and if you do, please spread the word!

Peter Hollo takes you on a world tour of his current musical listening – plus a few classics that slipped in because they sound so good.
Sounds you might hear on his late Sunday night show Utility Fog on Sydney's FBi Radio, plus an as-yet-unreleased remix of his infamous FourPlay String Quartet.
We we we so excited.

[00:00] Omara Portuondo – La Sitiera
[01:42] Atom™ feat. Tea Time – Love Story
[03:01] Die Antwoord – Fish Paste
[03:26] They Might Be Giants – The World's Address (Joshua Fried Remix)
[04:40] Colin Stetson – Fear of the unknown and the blazing sun feat. Laurie Anderson, Shara Worden
[07:02] Shit&Shine – Fuck You Folk Singers
[08:47] NoMeansNo – It's Catching Up
[10:33] Himuro Yoshiteru – Start It
[13:04] B.Dolan – The Reptilian Agenda
[14:59] Sage Francis – Dance Monkey
[16:24] Chilly Gonzales – Never Stop (Rap) / Never Stop
[18:29] Chilly Gonzales vs Busta Rhymes – Dangerous (from Chilly Gonzales' Pianist Envy mixtape)
[20:36] The Bad Plus – Never Stop
[24:12] PIVIXKI – Konx
[24:55] Igorrr – Brutal Swing
[26:13] Simo Soo – I Smashed My Face (Collarbones remix)
[27:42] Collarbones – Closer
[29:58] James Blake – Footnotes
[32:25] FourPlay String Quartet – You've Changed Your Tune (Cleptoclectics remix) [forthcoming]
[34:47] <ends>