Tag Archives: Trance

3 jams I can’t get off my head right now

 

I can still distinctly remember the last time I went clubbing: summer of 2009 – just before my so-called depression era and the year-long absent period.

alex-morph-prime-mover-the-remixes-our-personal-picks-youredmBut for many reasons other than the brazen addictive nature of it, I can’t get trance out of my life.

It’s like therapy even up till now, and I suspect it will last for a very long time. I used to have a really (and I mean, really) wide variety of music on my playlist before trance came along.

Safe to say that I was a totally different person than who I am today. Either that or I’m simply breaking out off the extrovert shell I’ve carefully molded over the years.

But put me on a dancefloor this minute with progressive beats and sync a couple of vocal trance in the background, and I’m off the ultra-tense exterior I now put on every day.

Here are the bombs:

 
 

1. Eternal Flame (Solarstone Pure Remix)
- Alex M.O.R.P.H.

BPM: 136
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Record Label: Armada
USD 1.99 @ Beatport

This is my personal pick from the Prime Mover remixes bundle. I think I could last a full night’s loop of the tune. It’s pure bliss – as if you’re in another world. Like when I danced in heels for a straight 4 hours during AvB’s line up at the 2008 LoveFest Afterparty and remained euphoric throughout. Alex M.O.R.P.H. has a got dozens of remixes I’ve loved throughout his decade-long career, particularly nailing it on his B2B remix of DJ Shah & AvB’s “Going Wrong” with Woody van Eyden, as well as the more recent remix of The Thrillseekers’ super old hit (in trance history), “Synaesthesia“.

 
 

2. Strangers ft. Tove Lo
- Seven Lions with Myon & Shane 54

BPM: 128
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Record Label: Casablanca Records
USD 1.29 @ iTunes

Guess what, this is the first time I spotted a trance tune on a Hollywood movie soundtrack (“Strangers” appears on the “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” official soundtrack)! Also my first time listening to the vocals of Tove Lo, and she’s a different breed from MS54′s usual sidekick, Aruna, though equally ethereal. But I’ve been a longtime fan of MS54′s productions and remixes alike – I voted for them as one of the five spinners on DJMag’s annual Top 100 DJ voting for the last couple of years, though AvB’s still off the charts consecutively. I suggest you start educating yourself with their stuff by subscribing to their FREE weekly podcast, International Departures.

 
 

3. Go It Alone (Andrew Rayel Remix)
- Dash Berlin ft. Sarah Howells

BPM: 132
Release Date: September 2, 2013
Record Label: Aropa Recordings
USD 2.49 @ Beatport

I’ve been in love with Sarah Howells’ voice since Lange’s epic 2008 record, “Out of the Sky”. The Kyau & Albert-remixed version still gives me the chills. Though trance is starting to become mainstream today and I’m all nostalgic about the classics, this is one of the tunes that caught my attention throughout the build-up.

 
What about you? What have you been listening to lately?
 
 
 
 
 


Stace

 

Fitness Journal: What is circuit training?

2.3 mi run in 21:50 min (pace: 9’30″ / mi)

Music: International Departures with Myon & Shane 54 Episode 144

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Notes:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0avYw54WWE]

 

 

 

Great voice, great song. Aruna‘s vocals always give me the chills.

Which is why I especially love Episode 144 of the International Departures podcast.

Today, I ran more than I aimed for (I set a goal to run 2 miles yesterday), and my weekly mileage of the this week adds up:

2.01 + 3.03 + 2.3 = 7.34 miles

Great. Improvement so far ever since I keep count of my progress:

Week 1: 1.52 mi
Week 2: 3.79 mi
Week 3: 5.86 mi
Week 4: 6.93 mi
Week 5: 13.28 mi
Week 6: 7.34 mi

Hmmm…

 

 

 


As I’ve reviewed
, the mileage goal I set in the beginning of the week was a bit unrealistic. I honestly doubt whether I could achieve it. Factors affecting whether I can make it to the gym or not:

 

  1. Traffic jam - a notorious characteristic of my beloved hometown.
  2. Work demands - still getting adjusted to job workload; still in transition from school assignments to earning a living.
  3. Quantity of sleep - whether I have time to sleep more than 6 hours or not.
  4. Availability of transportation - does my mother need to use the car, or does my brother? I’m still waiting for my car to arrive next Tuesday.

 

 

Gotta solve problems now and complain no more. Hopefully our new and seemingly collected governor will sort out the problems in Jakarta. For one, our daily congestion.

In any case, I need to sleep longer. My quantity and quality of sleep determines whether I can think efficiently at work or not.

I don’t have a say on availability of transportation… I will have to better communicate the importance of my job to my mother, whose philosophy as a woman is still quite traditional.

This weekend, from 29 September until 1 October, I’ll be off to Bali! I promise to update you will loads of pictures :) I take this mini-getaway into account to think of how much I want to run this week, and…

 

My target mileage this week is 7.5 miles.

 

 

 
That seems achievable. This time, I’m actually confident that I can make it. It’s only a bit of an improvement, but it’s still an improvement. I can almost feel my spider-sense tingling. Ha.

Last week, we touched up on the principles of resistance training and the benefits of cross-training. A quick recap: Resistance training is any type of exercise that involves pushing or carrying an extra load. This requires the exertion of extra effort against any sort of resistance to strengthen and elongate the targeted muscle groups. The concept of cross-training is just adding any type of exercise other than your area of discipline into your routine. It’s as simple as that. By working different muscles, you can actually improve your overall performance in your sport.

I also brought up the term circuit training and how you can get creative about your workout when you do this type of exercise. But most would wonder: What is circuit training?

Circuit training is basically a time-efficient workout that is designed to work all of your muscle groups. Yes, it’s a total-body workout that requires the least amount of time to get you all toned up and fit.

In circuit training, you normally go to multiple stations to perform a combination of resistance exercises with frequent repetitions, along with short bursts of high-intensity aerobics. Most of the time, trainers and instructors will ask you to do active rests in-between each station.

Sounds challenging? It should be.

You should aim to go up to 60% of your maximum heart rate in order for the workout to be effective. It’s possible to do a whole circuit-training workout within 20 minutes, but remember:  With less time you have, the more challenging those exercise have to be for you.

And that means, always target your weakest spots.

For me it’s always around the lower abs, hips, butt and thighs. I also slouch a lot during the day, so my back is stiff too.

Let me illustrate an ordinary day of how I do my circuit training at the gym, followed by 10 minutes of stretching and cooling down:

 

 

 

15 reps of back extensions
25 reps of leg press
20 reps of combination shoulder press and bicep curls with dumbbells
15 reps of triceps extensions
12 reps of squats

10 reps of side-to-side squats (or forward and side lunges)

15 reps of back extensions
25 reps of leg press
20 reps of combination shoulder press and bicep curls with dumbbells
15 reps of triceps extensions
12 reps of squats

10 reps of side-to-side squats (or forward and side lunges)

15 reps of back extensions
25 reps of leg press
20 reps of combination shoulder press and bicep curls with dumbbells
15 reps of triceps extensions
12 reps of squats

10 reps of side-to-side squats (or forward and side lunges)

 

 

 

As you can see, you can pretty much design your circuit training using practically any kind of move. The most important thing is to have little rest and keep moving the whole time you are working out.

Anyone can benefit from circuit training.  The only disadvantage out of circuit training is if it’s performed by a bodybuilder.

Circuit training aims to build muscle endurance and cardiovascular fitness. This means it doesn’t bulk you up the way bodybuilders want their muscles to look. Instead, you work all muscle fibers, both your fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles, to achieve maximum benefits in all dimensions of fitness: strength, agility, speed, endurance, and flexibility. This explains why circuit training involves more repetitions using moderate weights, whereas bodybuilders normally lift heavier weights but in less repetitions (which only works fast-twitch fibers of the targeted muscles).

Personally I find that circuit training strengthens my mind by, literally, “pushing” away those negative thoughts I always load my head with and keep working on battling with those thoughts until I win.

Winning, to me, means never quitting. Winning means you solve your problems by facing it, dealing with it, and never back down from it.

 

“The best way out is through.” - Robert Frost

 

 

Overcoming mental blocks like that requires anyone to look at fear right in the face, so it helps if you train yourself to become stronger everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

Fitness Journal: 2 common terms often used in sports

3.03 mi run in 29:35 min (pace: 9’47″ / mi)

Music: International Departures with Myon & Shane 54 Episode 137

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Notes:

 

Andain’s “Promises” (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love mix), playing at 132 bpm (beats per minute), always pumps me up. Every once in a while, the beat triggers an unexpected energy, and I can suddenly dash from all the heavy huffing and puffing.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgcjjdSOjf0]

Honestly, I enjoy running longer better than faster but in intervals of walking/sprinting. I used to run a well-worth of mileage per week a couple of years ago, and I’m slowly remembering those memories I keep to myself when I wake up to greet the morning sunrise along the San Francisco bay.

Since I’ve decided to shift my focus from building a strong body to a performance that lasts longer, I decided to focus on never stopping to walk until I reach my goal distance. This builds endurance, not speed. I think speed will eventually follow once my body is used to running greater distances. I want to focus on increasing mileage volume per week now instead of being a watchdog of my pace at each workout.

Just 2 workouts and I’ve already built this much mileage:

2.01 + 3.03 = 5.04 miles 

I think, previously, I couldn’t even go as far as 2 miles in a single workout. I pushed the idea of immediate gratification (to unleash my inner moxie) away, and instead save it for later to push me at the last mile of a workout. It is desperate to run faster at the first mile after my warmup, but I said to it: “Calm down, my dear. You’ll be able to run for me in a minute.” And another minute, and another minute. From the outside, it might seem crazy to talk to yourself like that, but as human beings we need to tame our ego so that we’ll be able to run better for long-term success (though in this case, long-distance).

So, for the sake of persevering, I should’ve been more realistic… -_- Last week right after I finished my 10k race, I set a goal to run a weekly mileage of 13.25 miles. This week is also my first week being hired post graduation. I no longer hold 100% control of my time and it didn’t occur to me that I’m going to have to set more achievable goals as of right now.

The weekly mileage I ran 2 weeks before was a good 6.93 miles. I think I can make time for another 2 miles tomorrow to add up to a total of 7.05 miles this week.

This is what I’ve crossed off from my plan so far:

In addition to the 3 miles I ran today, I also added a 24-minute cross-training workout on the elliptical machine for my resistance training.

I know I’ve mentioned the term resistance training for quite a while now, but most non-runners are not very familiar with the concept. Same goes with the term cross-training.

Let me explain.

Resistance training is a form of strength training. That said, the goal is to build muscle strength on the targeted spots in which you perform your resistance exercise. An important component of resistance training is pushing against added force, or as most would say, “carrying a load”. This is completely different from running, where you completely rely on your body weight to move forward against the air.

Because I am shy at the gym (though it doesn’t seem so), I don’t like to perform my resistance training in the weight room (i.e. using dumbbells to perform certain moves for 24 minutes while L-men models are wondering what the heck is this little girl doing in the same room as they are), and I always use the exercise machines that are closest to the corner.

Anyway, that’s irrelevant.

The point is, there are many ways to perform resistance training besides on a single exercise machine. But I find that the elliptical machines especially work from your toes all the way up to your lower abs. Those are the muscle areas most women are weakest at, and it was effective for me to activate the dead muscles I have on my butt whenever I sit down for hours (or sleep) and read too much novels.

That said, you can actually get creative when planning to do a resistance training workout. Another term normally used in sports terminology is something called circuit training, which I’ll explain next time. But that is the creative part of designing how you want to do your workout. Ideally, it should be challenging enough, but the most important something is that you enjoy doing it.

My resistance training today is, simply, playing up the resistance levels on the elliptical machine. Let me give you a clearer picture of my workout just now:

00:00 – 05:00 - Level 7
05:00-06:00 - Level 14
06:00 – 07:00 - Level 7
07:00 – 08:00 - Level 14
08:00 – 09:00 – Level 7
10:00 – 11:00 - Level 16
11:00 – 12:00 - Level 8
12:00 – 13:00 - Level 16
13:00 – 14:00 - Level 8
15:00 – 16:00 - Level 18
16:00 – 17:00 - Level 19
17:00 – 18:00 - Level 9
18:00 – 19:00 - Level 25
19:00 – 20:00 - Level 24
20:00 – 21:00 - Level 23
21:00 – 22:00 - Level 22
22:00 – 23:00 - Level 21
23:00 – 24:00 - Level 20

It’s proven an effective way to build and maintain muscle strength for my lower-body. By adding this weight-loading exercise into my routine, I enhanced my overall running performance through working out the weakest parts of my body.

Working different muscle groups from the ones that you normally work is the most basic concept of cross-training. For swimmers who normally swim, it is beneficial for them to run once or twice a week, which will further improve their swimming performance by working more muscle groups than the ones they routinely use when swimming. Same goes for biking and hiking, golf and soccer, yoga and dancing, and many more combination of activities.

I believe every single person in this world loves a certain kind of activity. Be it for relieving work stress, giving you confidence, spicing up your sex life, or just making you feel good, I always encourage the people around me to go out and do it.

For me, it’s running – It’s a means to enjoy my time, to discipline myself, to clear my head, to liberate my mind, and free my soul.

I believe most hobbies and activities do the same for every one, and I sincerely urge you to get up from your desk and do it now, for health’s sake.

Muchaluva,
Stace

My A|X Music Series collection

Hey everyone. I just found out today that the full compilations of A|X Music Series are available for purchase on iTunes store!

I may be late to find out about this, but as you may have already know that I’m clearing up my stuff here in San Francisco to go back to Jakarta for good in less than 2 months! 10 August 2012!! So excited and I can’t wait for my summer semester to begin next week, and that I have to go through 3 major classes in less then  8 weeks. So psyched.

So, as I was clearing up my wardrobe, I found my old CD collections that I’ve consistently purchased at the retail store whenever I go shopping at Armani Exchange.

 
According to iTunes, the only ones I’m missing right now are Vols. 11 and 16, mixes done by Robbie Rivera and Fedde Le Grand respectively. Honestly, I’m a so-so fan for these DJs because they’re mostly doing house stuff, whereas these 4 volumes I have in my hand are straight progressive and trance tunes. But, for the sake of collection, I’m having a dilemma whether I should purchase the physical album for volumes 11 and 16 (through Amazon, or whatever way I can find) or just purchase the digital tunes on iTunes store.

Apparently, Vol. 17 is just out and you can download them from the A|X LIFE website. This time it’s 3 CDs, which is more than any other volumes from the series. I guess Tiesto’s working hard again to support his new family (He just got married a couple of years ago and has a daughter now :D).

I know I may not sound like a party girl or whatever, but dance music has just been like a drug for me (Check out my music page). I used to be that kind of girl back then in the late 2007s till at the end of 2009, I think. But, coming out of the nightlife scenes and events like EDC or LoveFest, the only thing that left behind in my life is solely the music, not the lifestyle.

I won’t touch anymore on that subject. I just want to share this wonderful collection to anyone who wants to know what classic trance sounds like, before David Guetta took over the spot as the #1 DJ on the DJMAG’s annual Top 100 DJ list last year and transformed trance into mainstream pop music.

I used to love David Guetta very much, though. I could never stop listening to this:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WA9NXXAntc]

 
Some of the old tunes that I still listen in these 4 volumes are the following:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Ti8NHX5wY]
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6bjyN0zVlg]
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R83guaJO1u8]
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Sp_6KilQ4]

Maybe it seems hard to believe, but listening to 120 bpm (beats-per-minute) tunes actually calms me down instead of making my adrenaline rush. It’s like bittersweet dark chocolate for the brain, I think. Without the calories of course.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Muchaluva,
Stace

MUSIC: Myon & Shane 54 feat. Aruna – Helpless (Alexander Popov Remix)

Label: Armada

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s413Yph10SU]

 

Heard on Trance Around the World with Above & Beyond episode #416 and International Departures with Myon & Shane 54 episode #119.

MUSIC: Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel (John O’Callaghan Remix)

Label: Garuda
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkohT6P4IKg]

 

 

Track now available for purchase at Beatport.

MUSIC: Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Animal Rights (Original Mix)

Label: Ultra Records

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_96bwMK-ec]

 

Track now available for purchase at Beatport.

 

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