• http://www.facebook.com/alex.rios.3388 Alex Rios

    Hemoso!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.rios.3388 Alex Rios

    Hemoso!!!!

  • Adam Wohrle

    That is a badass rig sir. I am in awe lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603505374 El Albyn

    Holy shit. Well played! Greetings from Puerto Rico!!

  • Albert

    Really love how into it he is from start to finish. Also, the composition of the set was quite eclectic, kept me on the edge of my seat. Bravo.

  • http://twitter.com/salivationarmy The Salivation Army

    this is amazing, i don’t even have words right now, just awe. and also i just got a motivational kick in the pants to go back to building my lil 2 deck controller (just got arcade buttons from DJTT woo!)

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      awesome! make sure to post it on here, there’s no better place for constructive feedback :)

  • kebzer

    That was a very nice performance, but not in par with a DJ competiotin, sorry. Very few things were going on for a DJ routine, not a set. And this was a DJ battle after all.

    I would most definetely pay a ticket to see this guy live, but no way enter finals in an event like IDA, let alone place 5th.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      thank you, I completely agree; even though the show category is less about turntablism, there is no way I will ever get onto the podium with a set like that – as you said, it IS a DJ competition and not a beat battle. I just focused on what I can do, but I definitely need a partner to complete the skill set (I’m pretty sure I’ll never be a very good scratch dj, but I’ll certainly do my best to improve). thing is, I’ve been looking for the last 3 years without luck. there aren’t many people in my area, and doing this over a distance just won’t work…

  • Sheepdog

    Pretty cool skills no doubt, but that is not DJ’ing in any way – it’s more like playing an xbox or something.Calling it the German International DJ Association Championships is misleading at best and just plain wrong – controllerism is not DJ’ing – it’s button pushing.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      as I said to kebzer, I’m fully aware of the fact that a set like this will never get me onto a podium of a DJ world championship (unless I find a partner to complete what I obviously lack in scratching skills, but I haven’t been able to find one in 3 years). however, what I not agree with is your opinion on controllerism… it may seem like button pushing, but you’re just looking at the finished product. there is a lot of work involved in preparing your setup to do what you want it to do, not to mention the musical and overall composition. I’d say it is at least on par with the trouble a technical battle DJ has to go through :)

      • Sheepdog

        No doubt a lot of work went into it – I wasn’t having a go, you’re very talented, I just don’t see it as DJ’ing is all :)

        • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

          all good mate, I accept and appreciate all kinds off feedback :)

    • Fingerface

      what an ignorant ass. what he did in the video was choose songs (DJ) manipulate them in a mix (DJ) to make something new (DJ). think scratching and beatmatching make you some sort of superior being anymore? no

      what do you think knobs and kill switches on a mixer do? are you such a DJ purist that you dont use your crossfader? thats a controller too… elitist record DJ… i bet your set sucks balls man.

      sincerely, a mashup xbox player

      ps arkaei your shit is not ‘pretty cool’ it is amazing; keep innovating and you will keep leaving stupid people in the dust.

      • Sheepdog

        You’re so mature in your response, your momma did well – the guy has skills like I said, but it’s not DJ’ing.

        • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

          guys, guys… it’s all good, please don’t argue. as I said, I respect everyone’s opinion and I even agree that this is far from DJing. in fact, seeing as I produced the whole thing myself, this is more like a liveset. and I *do* lack the skills required to make it onto this podium because this *is* a DJ battle… but I’m not done learning yet :)

        • fingerface

          if you are convinced that tapping a drum button at the same rate/dexterity isnt the same thing as scratching with your hand at the same pressure/rate/dexterity then you need to go find a new forum to troll on; if you look at the title bar of your window it says DJ Tech Tools and they make and sell midi controllers for DJing…. wow you can hear the wind rushin over your head

    • GlassGodzilla

      I find the entire distinction moot. What I do find interesting is the importance you place the technicalities of the performance. The judges, crowd, and other performers thought his DJing was good enough to represent Germany in the World freaking Finals. No matter how hard I try to understand your point of view it just does not make sense.

      The fact that these superstar international DJs got together at a competition with no hostility and respected each other is whats important. They all understood that the music is about more than themselves or any recognition. That exact vibe, attitude, commitment to supporting creativity is what makes us DJs – not the techniques you used to get to that point.

      The entire nit-picking attitude you have is borderline ironic and detrimental to the entire “DJ” scene that you claim he is not a part of. There simply is no place for attitudes like this anywhere in the music industry. The fact that you dont even bother to explain why its not DJing besides “it’s button pushing” tells us all we need to know.

      I sincerely hope that no readers take your comment, attitude, or overall approach to DJing seriously. The distinction is beyond irrelevant. Shame on you, Sheepdog, for being a negative nancy.

  • rdale

    Big Ups! Congrats nice to see someone from the community doing their thing and getting some recognition.

  • Anonymous

    I am going to go look at places 1-4 and see what they did. Impressive stuff. I enjoyed your performance, because there were some nice WTF moments, like using the turntable tonearm to play a small melody thingy. Very nice touch!. And I really think if you had taken more than a week (a week only? really? honestly?:)), to make the routine a bit more complex in the sense that it is a bit more artistic (like hammering your own beats into a loop through a tweaker) and less playback (the polish voice/ lip syncing stuff), you probably would have finished a lot better. Keep up the great work!

    scamo

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, I can’t find the other championship videos. :(

      scamo

      • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

        IDA world has a youtube channel, it’s the same my video is on :)

        • Anonymous

          Hey thanks. Maybe I should have reworded that. I can’t tell which videos are from the winning acts. :) I can’t find the final results anywhere.

          scamo

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      you should really check out ALL the videos if you have the time, especially the technical category ones… all routines were ridiculously advanced this year! especially the Polish team (Steve Nash & Funktion) who took the world championship – pure awesomeness.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      yeah, it really took a week in total – but that’s almost entirely my own fault. during the last two years I’ve had to juggle a lot of stuff (as mentioned in the article), so it was really hard to make time… but I’m super motivated to do better and put in more work next year. thanks for your feedback!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Livewyr3 Justin Turner

    as someone who just got rid of 2 out of 3 controllers in their setup, this looks like beautiful overkill.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      thank you! I just love gear :) it’s bit of a hassle travelling with all this stuff, but man is it worth it in the end.

  • Gentleman Menace

    I was critical at first, not being able to relate to the music style. But geez! Your passion and technical excellence made me a believer! You are blazing new frontiers, and it excites me! You are an inspiration brother.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      thanks for the kind words! I would love to see more people compete in this kind of contest so the community can grow… there are so many super-skilled people out there, but for some reason only very few choose to show what they’ve got. the best thing is that this doesn’t feel like a battle at all – people just give their best and the atmosphere is very much like a family meeting. this time we had people from 13 countries, but I hope more countries join in next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luubiee.kootka Miko?aj Rudyk

    Duma rozpiera, wreszcie nasi. Gratuluje z ca?ego serca.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      Steve Nash & Funktion wygrali! lepiej nie b?dzie :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137292039 Ronald Edwards

    Much Love and Respect

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      thanks, same to you! :)

  • Tomek

    BRAVO POLSKA!

  • Spazer

    Very cool and creative. Great work on the flow and setup…. Maybe try a better genre and I would be really impressed, Ha. But that’s just me being biased about dubstep. Congrats though.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      haha yeah, I understand the dubstep hate a bit. a lot of releases sound like entries in a contest who can cram the most bullsh*t sounds in 1 bar :) there is a lot of crap out there, but I’m just learning myself. when I finally get around to releasing something, I welcome your judgement!

  • http://spencerthayer.tumblr.com Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

    FAR TOO complicated for me. I am getting more and more minimal in my DJ setup. But congrats, this is bad fucking ass.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      thank you :) what can I say, I just like it complicated…

  • https://www.facebook.com/pfister.techno Pfister

    ‘Only spent a week’ on the set-up/routine whilst holding down a full-time job? Hats off to you man, that was fantastic.

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      thanks… but I’m very well aware that this is a world championship stage, and being unprepared is bit of an insult to everyone involved. if I want to get on the podium some time in the future, I really need to get a grip ony my time management… and I will. going freelance is crucial… possibly less food, but definitely more music :)

  • bissler

    he crazy.
    but, damn, son, he good!!!
    and he definately won the nerd-competition, hands down!!!

  • ham

    What in the actual heck was that thing with the hands, so damn cool.

    • arkaei

      the theremin is one of the first analogue synthesizers which was developed by Russian inventor Lev Theremin (hence its name) and patented in 1928, then produced by Robert Moog in the 50s way before he built his own synths that we know today. it was re-released a few years ago. its antennas control pitch and volume, it creates a simple, continuous sound and is VERY hard to play, because the slightest change in hand position is immediately audible – but when you process it, you can inject some proper funk into that beast. I’ve also managed to make it sound like a super-distorted electric guitar while messing with it, so this is just the beginning…

      • ham

        major props dude, it sounded cool as hell, I would love to give that a go someday!

        • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

          if you happen to swing by hamburg some day, feel free to drop me a line. I like to have fellow geeks over, and I make pretty damn good coffee :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/rruel Ryan Ruel

          Theramin’s are neat. The sound you hear is not the sound of the instrument as he states, he’s using the Theramins output to modulate a parameters. Check out some Theramin YouTube videos. To actually play one as an instrument is REALLY hard, there are Theramin virtuosos out there!

          I had bought one to play with one, I actually set it up to control my DMX lights. The closer you got, the more red it got. Very neat.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nan-Creationss/100002223305645 Nan Creationss

            Hey, that theremin for lights is pretty clever!

          • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

            thanks @facebook-600657967:disqus :) the theremin I have does have CV outs and I’m looking to take advantage of that in the future as well. using it to control lights is a cool idea!

          • http://www.facebook.com/rruel Ryan Ruel

            Yeah, it was kind of neat. I used a MAX MSP patch that translated the ptich to MIDI notes. The resolution was pretty poor, but it worked!

            Another control system I have is MS Pinky. I’ve been meaning to try to setup (using their SDK) some sort of control system (for non-music stuff). I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do yet, maybe visualation control.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000038217348 Ed Paris

    you´re the man, ray!

    • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

      I wiggle my ears in respect and gratitude, dear sir.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrismjennings Chris Jennings

      Agreed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000412374804 Igor Warzocha

    Polacy na DJ TT, no no :)

    One question – isn’t there any easier way of syncing midi multiple apps under windows? Like midi ox? Or am I missing something?

    • arkaei

      yes, of course there is. but with all the stuff my machine had to deal with, I didn’t want to introduce additional variables at such a crucial point; an old-fashioned MIDI cable is a solid and reliable solution – and it’s super sexy, too.

      p.s.: nasi tu byli ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000412374804 Igor Warzocha

        True. Simple is good.

        Gratulejszynz ;)

        • http://www.arkaei.com/ arkaei

          dzi?ki :) k?aniam si?.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    What a setup, and performance, very cool! But, was I the only one distracted by the red tassel on his hat? I was totally getting hypnotized by seeing it rocking side to side ;)

    • arkaei

      it’s just for decoration (bad hair day, too). most guys on stage did something like that… Indonesia’s Ethnictronic Crew wore traditional outfits, France’s DJ Topic even donned a wig mid-set. it’s all part of the show :)