Friday, July 13, 2012

so long, and thanks for all the ssgs


MNML SSGS began on 11 December 2007. While we definitely had plans when we commenced the blog, we certainly had no expectation that it would ever develop in the way it has. A lot of time, energy, thought, love and luck has shaped the path(s) MNML SSGS has taken in the intervening 4.5 years. It has been a weird and wonderful ride, but it is time to bring the blog to an end.

Even though the blog is closing, Chris will be continuing to fly the MNML SSGS flag in Tokyo through putting on more parties, doing some more DJ'ing and engaging in some other activities that he hasn’t quite worked out. The Sound Garden chill out parties will be continuing, with the next ones being on Sunday 22 July and Sunday 9 September. There is also another MNML SSGS club night at Module planned for later in the year on Saturday 17 November. For more information about these and other activities, Chris has set up a MNML SSGS TKY tumblr, which he will be regularly updating, and he will continue to operate the MNML SSGS twitter account. After some rest and time out, there are plans to start some new projects. He is not sure what, how or when these will occur, but Chris is not done with electronic music, that’s for sure.

PC intends to continue the critical and reflective trajectory of ssgs ‘in some form’ as yet undecided. It may well involve an online presence, but would most likely be heavily text-based, though in a way which, if it works against the medium, deliberately sets out to do so in a creative and productive way. It may also feature interviews, interactions with live events, even recordings, though more like PC’s semi-regular radio appearances. It would also emanate from Melbourne, though it could hardly be ‘Australian content’ in that horrible cultural cringe-responsive, cringe-inducing way. For this reason it will have no relation to any iteration of the ABC, living or dead. Likely as not, it will not be a blog; it will not have a comment box; it will not be called MNML SSGS – but it may embody its spirit, in some rearranged form.

The MNML SSGS blog may be complete, but we are interested in maybe finding a way to continue to connect the community of likeminded souls that we have found through doing this. In case that happens, we are creating a mailing list as a way of being able to update you of any future plans that may eventuate. There definitely will not be any regular emails, so in case you would like to subscribe, please do so here.

We will be leaving all the content of the blog online – including the mixes – and we hope that it will still have some use, either as a historical record of one particular take on electronic music between 2007 – 2012, or as a resource for people interested in exploring some of the sounds we have featured on the blog. We are proud of what is here and believe it has – in some small way – a certain enduring value.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to and supported MNML SSGS over the years.

MNML SSGS / Chris and PC

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Terre Thaemlitz Terre's Neu Wuss Fusion (2007 Archive of Silence Mix) from thisfatzoo on Vimeo.
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MNML SSGSが誕生した2007年12月11日から早4年半。

たくさんの時間、献身、想い、愛、そして良運によってかたどられたこの道のりを辿っていく過程で、私達は当初思い描いていた「愛する音楽、そして音楽シーンのために自分達ができること」のビジョンを遥かに上回る成果をあげることができただけでなく、何事にも変え難く貴重な経験、繋がり、そして想い出をもらいました。でも、戸惑いながら歩んできたそんな本当に素敵な時間にも終止符を打つ時がやって来ました。

ブログとしてのMNML SSGSは終わっても、クリスは東京を拠点にリアルでのMNML SSGS活動、そしてDJ活動を続けます。
チルアウトパーティーSound Gardenの次回とその次は7月22日と9月9日に開催するので、皆さんいつも通り奮ってご参加下さい!11月17日には2回目のMNML SSGS PARTYを前回同様渋谷のModuleで開催します。ゲストなどの詳細は追って発表します。今回も自信を持って一晩音楽をケータリングしますのでご期待下さい!東京での活動など、クリスからの諸々の情報共有のためにはこちらのtumblrを作りましたので是非チェックして下さい。MNML SSGSのツイッターアカウントも今までと変わらずクリスが更新していきます。

PCは、いわゆる「ミュージックジャーナリズム」や「ブログ」
という媒体からは離れるものの、何らかの形で思慮深く学術的な音楽にまつわる批評や考察をメルボルンから発信し続けていきます。まだ具体的に何とは決められていませんが、ラジオ番組への出演、ライブイベント、インタビュー、レコーディングなどを通し、ブログではなく、コメント欄もなく、MNML SSGSという名前でもない「何か」を通して今後もMNML SSGSの観念を貫き続けることには変わりありません。

定期的なコミュニケーションはもうなくなりますが、
今後のMNML SSGSの動向が明確化された場合や臨時のニュースなどを必要に応じて皆様にお届けするために、ニュースレターを設置します。興味がある方はこちらから購読して下さい。

ブログのコンテンツやミックスシリーズは今のままネット上に残し
ます。2007年から2012年にかけての一個人によるエレクトロニックミュージックの一解釈として、または私達がMNML SSGSを通してプッシュしてきた音を追求したい人のためのリソースとして、私達自身も誇りに思える、テキストとミックスから成る4年半の軌跡のアーカイブが今後も音楽愛好家やエレクトロニックミュージックに興味のある人達の目に触れ、役に立つことを願います。

最後に、MNML SSGSをサポートしてきて下さった皆様。MNML SSGSに関わって下さった皆様。改めまして、4年半もの間、
本当にありがとうございました。

MNML SSGS / Chris and PC
 

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Chris: ‘The end is important in all things.’

'When guests are leaving, the mood of being reluctant to say farewell is essential. If this mood is lacking, one will appear bored and the day and evening’s conversation will disappear.'
Yamamoto Tsunetomo

MNML SSGS was always an experiment of sorts – it was an attempt to make a critical intervention on our own terms. There has always been a critical intent in what we have tried to do, and by this I mean not simply offering criticism, but also providing alternatives, standing for something and trying to carve out our own particular (and personal) vision of what electronic music should be. This was never meant to be an open-ended project, however. Yes, we could keep publishing mixes, putting together the occasional think piece or round up and so on, but we have done all of this, and we have done it for quite some time now. In this specific format and structure, I doubt we can come any closer to achieving our core aims. A more basic reason why it feels like the right time for the blog to end is a very simple one: I am tired. I don’t have enough energy left for it. It is time to take a step back, rest and gain fresh inspiration so that I can find a new way to contribute.

It is quite difficult for me to really comprehend properly the distance I have travelled – physically, mentally, emotionally – between when the blog started and now. MNML SSGS commenced at the end of 2007 when I was in living in Canberra, and since then I have spent a couple of years in the UK before relocating to my current home of Tokyo. The blog was founded between 4 people. Dave: my oldest and closest musical friend, Cam: the person that joined us together and subsequently departed, and Peter: my very dear friend, sparring partner and trusted co-pilot. Dave has always been the silent partner in the back seat, Cam got out at some point, and Peter and I have driven the ssgs bus together the rest of the way. But the close personal relationships relating to the blog extend well beyond these 4 people: one of the most rewarding parts of doing MNML SSGS has been the many wonderful people I have had the chance to connect with over the years. A defining moment for me that sums all of this up was Labyrinth 2008. Arriving on my birthday, over the next few days I met the woman I am now very lucky to call my wife, and a number of people that have become some of my closest and most trusted friends. And though Labyrinth is the obvious reference point, through the blog I have been fortunate to connect with people literally all over the world. The majority of my musical life was lived in near isolation – pre-internet, in Australia and with only Dave to keep me company – so to go from that to a situation where I have been able to meet, engage and develop friendships with many like-minded people has been something I have really appreciated. 

The blog has been a powerful learning experience for me in many different ways. Musically, my tastes have changed and evolved over the years, as can be evidenced from the various posts in the archive. While some readers may have viewed MNML SSGS as a resource, for me it has been an incredibly good way for discovering more. I have learned more about music in the last 4.5 years than I have in the rest of my years combined. And during this time I have also found out - through trial and error - more about how the internet works, the power (and problems) of words and so on. There have been mistakes and missteps over the years, but this has all been part of the process. Another incredibly valuable lesson I have learned through doing the blog is simply what is possible. We built MNML SSGS from scratch into something that has had – in its own unique, limited way – some kind of ‘impact’. My point here is not to try to make claims about what we have done, but to hopefully leave our experience as something that others can benefit from. If you care about electronic music and you want to contribute, you can. It is not easy: it takes a huge amount of time, energy, persistence and much more, but it is possible for you to play your part. One of the great things about electronic music is that there is plenty of space to move and groove. There are lots of opportunities out there, and plenty of ways that you can make a contribution. And doing so does not simply mean making music or DJ’ing – the scene is reliant on so many other people: organisers, journalists, bloggers, label owners, and of course, those that buy the music and go to the parties. For years I wanted to be able to contribute more to the music I so dearly loved, but I felt I couldn't because I wasn't a DJ, producer or promoter. Eventually I found through doing this blog that there was a way I could do something and play my part. If you want, you can too.




The only thing left for me to say is ‘thanks’. Doing this blog has been an incredible experience and I feel deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed to it. We have been very fortunate to have had so many people support us – the artists, the labels, many other people in the scene, the various sites and blogs we’ve bounced off, official.fm and good ol’ blogspot, and, of course, all of you for listening, reading and engaging with us. There are many people I could thank individually, but they know who they are. I would, however, like to specifically thank my wife Yuri for all her love and support, as well as providing very valuable help with the Japanese translations on the blog and twitter. And most of all, I would like to thank Peter. I can honestly say Peter is one of the most truly excellent people I know and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to do MNML SSGS with him. This blog is as much about my friendship with him as it is about music. I’ll leave it at that.

Thank you ssgs. Catch you on a (non-existent) dancefloor again soon.

Chris

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PC: Stick a fork in it and turn it over – it's done

The passage of ssgs passing and past

This has been a real adventure. We started ssgs as an experiment for ourselves, and as a response to what we thought were the deficiencies of the way electronic music was being written about at the time. It was about finding a way to say... something we wanted to say... in a way we were comfortable saying. It was about making a space for this 'something to say', a space that didn't exist in the way most dancefloors do, but that was available because of the materials we had access to. But at the same time, I can only say all that retrospectively. It's funny how we have cultural frames for premeditation and preemption, but struggle with meditation and emption, and can barely conceive of postmeditation and postemption. There's a quote from The Man Without Qualities where Musil conceives the course of history as being like the passage of clouds that captures something important about this. He writes:
The course of history was therefore not that of a billiard ball, which, once it is hit, takes a definite line – but resembles the movement of clouds, or the path of a man sauntering through the streets, turned aside by a shadow here, a crowd there, an unusual architectural outcrop, until at last he arrives at a place he never knew or meant to go to. Inherent in the course of history is a certain going off course.
Processing ssgs: the starting and sustaining thereof

For me this is what the process was actually like, much more like meandering, bumping into music and people that interested or repelled us, ending up somewhere we hadn't expected, ending up defending something we only realised we'd built at the very moment we were engaged in fighting for it. I don't want to get defensive about the structure we've built, I think it's defensible. It's weaknesses and follies are all our own... I hope also it shows you that anyone can do what we've done, there's nothing special about any of the components, they're still all there. It's among the things I enjoyed doing the most, building something then defending it. I guess I never outgrew my Lego sets, and my particular fondness for re-building the castles contrary to the instructions. That's not what was challenging about the whole thing, I have to say...

It's not difficult to start a blog; many I know have started blogs, or talk about wanting to do so. It seems to be a common wish, still: start a blog, express yourself, reach a public, become something. That's what we wanted, too. And yet... what doing a blog over so many years has taught me is that it's much more difficult to keep going, to sustain things. There are moments of inspiration, and there is momentum, but often it's a matter of continuing when you're tired of the routine, impatient for new patterns (and hoping someone else will make them for you), or just plain old fashioned bored (especially of your own schtick). This can be doubly stressful when you're supposed to be the people providing an excess of passion and enthusiasm.

Boredom is also fundamental though, and not least of all to the future of any possible sustained storybuilding. And so is silence. But even then, to repeat, it's hard to sustain something... much harder than beginning it. The Spanish author Javier Marias talks about this: much easier to imagine something, to dream up a story, than it is to really sustain that vision, to see it through to the end. I wish the keyboards we use had a sustain pedal. We seem to need to keep hitting the same notes, with various attacks, in order to strike the kind of chords that might resonate in the space we made. Perhaps I should have done my piano practice, as mum instructed, instead of dreaming over Lego.




habit-forming ssgs (now with 30% more wrinkles)

A stone never acquires the habit of its trajectory. Not only are no two throws the same, they never tend, with repeated throwing, to form a habitual arc. Unlike us. That's another thing that makes ssgs different from stones. We're creatures of habit, and creatures of habit carry the scratches of their repetitive paths: 680 posts, to be precise - and god knows how many comments, how many words. It's easy to see now, as we end the blog, how note and passage worked, one by one, mix by mix, toward a collection of grooves that have deep relations to one another, that mix. The round and round of ssgs has made a lasting impression on me. Ssgs is in the mix for the rest of my life. Then again (again) I don't remember everything; I re-read the shit I wrote and I am actually surprised by myself: 'I said that?' Or, on the other hand: 'fuck, I've been saying the same thing over and over since we started, with only the tiniest variations.' Upon re-reading, I notice that some of what we wrote was okay, it didn't even make me cringe or flinch. This is as close to contentment as I ever am with anything I've ever written; I don't like the way this post is going... it sounds too much like... me...  

our pop crackle present: this beautiful ssg box

I can say confidently that most of the music we presented was really magnificent. In fact I'm quite astonished at how well it turned out. This is what makes the archives so precious. Now that all's said and done for the purposes of the blog, this is what I feel the strongest fidelity to. I'm very proud of the archive we've managed to put together, and the way in which, as a gathered thing you can put in the ssg box, it marks out a space in time that I am thankful for being a part of.

And most of all, finally: thank you for listening.

PC 





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89 comments:

  1. I've only been aware of the blog – and of course, the archive of mixes – for a year now, but it's been fantastic. Thank you for persisting long enough for me to have experienced even some of it.

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  2. In the life of the spirit there is no ending that is not a beginning.

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  3. What the first comment said:
    "Thank you."

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  4. Thanks SSGS.

    The writing, the mixes, the Dommune shows (including M. Fengler's amazing set today), the honest observations and opinions into great music and the environments in which it is experienced and processed are things I'm very grateful for.

    -davidm

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  5. Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done for the music we love, and helping me to shape my musical path. I have so many great memories tied to this blog (who can forget the infamous "Tokyo party report" post? Classic!), I can't even form an adequate expression of gratitude.

    It is more than apropos, then, that I will be seeing Dozzy for the first time in a little more than 24 hours. I will dance with just a little more bittersweet enthusiasm methinks.

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  6. Cheers lads. You put your heart into it and it showed, you should be proud of the community you built here.

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  7. Sometimes I wish that life was never ending
    But all good things, they say, never last
    And love, it isn't love until it's past

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  8. thanks guys, been meaning to send you this video since i first read the site
    http://youtu.be/v5EMiHs5JbM

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  9. a whole-hearted thank you from this side of the globe... exclamation mark...

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  10. I'm actually tearing up a little here, your influence on my tastes has been incredible. All the best for the future, I hope it's as fulfilling and interesting.

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  11. Having these mixes available to listen to at anytime over the last 4 years has made working life a lot more bearable. There is nothing like a well put together set to get me in the zone whilst performing the building part of web product design. Or as the driving background to a long run.

    The generosity of your time and love poured into this project shared freely with the world by both your good selves and the talented artists is as much recognised as appreciated.

    All the best for the future, I will be keeping an eye out for the next incarnation.

    Thanks and お疲れ様。

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  12. Many thanks for your great job and enjoyable mixes. Good luck!

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  13. Thanks for all the mixes. Here's hoping something rises from the ashes in the near future. Good luck all!

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  14. I've been trying to think of an appropriate message to leave you guys, but really, it's impossible.

    Suffice to say I don't think I would be in the wonderful position I am in musically without a great deal of influence from the ssgs, in terms of being exposed to new sounds, new people and new ideas.

    I'm looking into a month of straight DJ bookings which in lean ol' Sydney is no mean feat, and am just about to announce some pretty special things that should appeal to sdny and mlbn ssgs immensely.

    Neither of these two life altering (to me) events would have happened without that chance meeting with PC and subsequent hosting of my mix on this esteemed blog.

    I feel extremely honoured to be part of this canon and incredibly indebted to your generosity and support, both obliquely and directly.

    Much love, forevs n shit,
    MB

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  15. thanks SSGS. I can remember when you mentioned you were starting the blog on inthemix and it blows me away it was so long ago.

    carving out a presence in the bloggosphere is no easy challenge and you did it. well done!

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  16. well done, boys. thanks for everything.

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  17. Sad sad sad...
    Thank you for everything you gave to people, you gave to me, you made my journey take new passages and turns into unknown - the places i can call my home today.
    You will never be forgotten and always remembered, sadly i had never had a chance to meet you, the internet isnt the best form of discussions and you really brought many discussions and confusions into my head.
    Mix archive is a treasure, but not only mixes, the energy and the words of wisdom is a great example for other blogs (past present and future)..
    Thank you again, im sure i forgot to say something, but i hope one day i will remember and will be able to say those words.
    There wont be another mnmlssgs but lets hope for other people who can do what you have done.
    THANK YOU

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  18. THANK YOU FROM LONDON, YOU'VE SHARED SO MUCH BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WITH US !! xxxx

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  19. thanks for all that you have done. I am glad to have been a part of it and even more so that i actually got to meet and know you guys. all the best, john x

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  20. Thanks for the music, deep thoughts and the passion you guys shared over the years. After I discovered your blog, it has been an inspiration for me ever since. Good luck with your new projects!

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  21. wow. been reading since the wonderful detroit myth hating/creating series of posts, can't believe it's been over four years! thank you.

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  22. Thank you and so long boys !
    KR

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  23. Going to miss this space so very much! Much love and respect chaps, take a holiday - you deserve it! X

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  24. Thanks. That's all I can say. You changed my vision of music; my life too.
    Paul

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  25. i am very saddened by this, you will be truly missed :(
    i cant thank you enough for all the wonderful music all those years
    unfortunately all good things end at some point but thankfully music is everlasting (sort of)
    frwll ssgs

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  26. Thanks for everything, you guys have provided much illumination and your passion for this music comes out in the words you write. Take care, and I'll see you again I hope! :)

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  27. Thank you guys - it's always been a pleasure to follow your thoughts and output.

    See you elsewhere!

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  28. Guys, thanks for all your effort over the years. You have introduced me to a range of diverse and exciting sounds. Best of luck! x

    MattyP

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  29. Thank you for all that you have done over the years, there will be a great void left by the closure of this blog. All the best for future endeavours, I'm sure we haven't seen the last of the ssgs!

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  30. Well done gentlemen, and thank you!

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  31. Thank you all for everything you have contributed, you will certainly not be forgotten. Like others, I have only been aware of mnml ssgs for about a year, but it has certainly changed my perspective and I have learned so much. Thank you alone simply cannot do justice to your extraordinary blog. Peace to all of you and yours!

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  32. The SSGS entertained, infuriated, amused, made me shake my head and roll my eyes and I got some very cool music along the way. :)

    Maintaining a regular blog is harder than it looks and yis did a good job at creating your own style and character which is rare, and the lack of compromise has to be applauded even if I didn't always agree with tings here. I also felt it was time for you to stop, so I'm not really surprised by this either and I think it's the right choice, so fair balls. As difficult as it is to maintain these things, there's a part of it that is hard to want to let go too, but if yer not feeling it, don't bother.

    kenny/ISM (I'm signing this like a stoopid looking div cause i always balls up posting on here, I'm a real pro blogger)

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  33. I completely agree with the "Thank you"-comment. Nothing else to add... I think there are a lot of people out there who are really grateful for what you did these last five years or so.

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  34. thanks for everything, my mixes archive wouldn't be the same without yours.

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  35. Amazing work! Thank you so much, opened a lot of new musical doors for me!

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  36. Thank you for all the thoughts, music and mixes over the years. All of which have been thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking. Thanks again.

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  37. I cannot imagine my walks through the streets of Melbourne, to the train in the morning, without another ssg mix to surround me like a privileged bubble of music nowness, to lift and inspire me.

    THANK YOU

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  38. Thanks in advance SSGS peace

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  39. Thank you so, so much for everything. I've listened to hundreds of hours of ssg mixes, and you guys turned me onto spectacular DJ's like Dozzy, whom I had the pleasure of seeing in person in LA last night. Cheers to Chris and Pete and the rest of the ssgs gang!

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  40. More than just the music there was always a great intelligence behind the writing. If this blog comes to an end there's no reason not to comment on any other topics of the day. I'd read it.

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  41. Ssgs has been such an inspiration. I found this space in 2008 and at first didn't know what the fuck I was reading or listening to. In short, I didn't know what was good for me. Since then, I have grooved, grinned, sighed and cringed, and learned to soak in this special voice. Yesteryear this blog represented a challenge, and I had accepted it. Today, I look back and realize how influential this space became. In the few years that I religiously lurked this blog I have never left a comment. I leave this now to serve as a handshake and a thank you for what you guys contributed. Good luck and all the best from Diamond Bar, CA (USA).

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  42. Obviously, as being a regular reader/listener to your blog, I'm not too enthralled to read that mnml ssg is calling it a day!
    That being written, I'd like to thank you for the almost five years worth of information and entertainment, and I'd wholeheartedly like to wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors - whatever they may be...!

    dee3 @ Compiling a Network

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  43. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jof1uI7uAU&feature=related

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  44. ssgs - a debt is owed for all you've shared! thanks for turning me on to dozzy, n/e.s, nuel and countless others. i can understand the difficulty in carrying on, but you are truly leaving behind a space that i hope others will opt to fill.

    a question to my fellow readers - what other sources, blogs, podcasts do you all tune in to that might help bridge the gap for those of us who'll be pining after the loss of the ssgs? what else is out there that's pushing the boundaries?

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  46. a lot of work you've put in over the years, chris... at times i will admit the site took some turns into directions i didn't entirely agree with, but that's really what it's all about, isn't it? we all love this music in our own way, which is what makes it such an always evolving love, and often all-too winding road.

    over the years, you've done a lot to spread the word of the music you love in the best way you know how, and in your own very unique (and by now, well-known;) way, you've made a difference to a great many people, no doubt. much respect for that.

    and i'll always be honored i was the first mix... before i became a member of your so-called 'sad-sack ambient' brigade haha

    hope your road ahead is full of many great things, and i also hope it's one that will see our paths cross many a time...

    best to you and yours


    brock

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  47. MUCH LOVE AND NOTHING BUT THE BEST TO YOU ALL.

    Thank you for opening my ears and mind to so much powerful music that has and continues to shape me.

    <3

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  48. thank you so much for my fav music blog
    greet from russia
    peace

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  49. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE MUSIC YOU'VE EXPOSED ME TO :)

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  50. cheers! thanks for all the hard work!

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  51. It's been a wild and wonderful ride, all the best to the mnml ssg team and any future endeavors.

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  52. Your influence as content creators and communicators with the habit of not stone, but heart, has been what's brought me back so often. Not just the mixes. I actually read the words around them, the much needed context aside from the incessant desire for tracklists. What brings me back to the mixes has always been the mixes themselves. I never remember the tracks in them - just the arc described.

    Thanks must also be directed towards the artists, and evidently great people, that have supplied the mixes, interviews, etc.

    The experience of this blog - even if I didn't read all 680 posts, I've spent many hours reading and listening - has been profound in the way my perception has shifted and found an agreeable likeness in what's shared, in addition to the more experimental sides beautifully captured in these 'fnl' posts.

    So much could be said. Thanks for all of it.

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  53. All I can say to you is thankyou. A top blog all the way, run by knowledgeable and likeable people. It will be missed, and I truly hope you will continue in some form. Thanks for all the support you've given us recently, it is very much appreciated!
    Russ / Kone-R (Uncharted Audio)
    x

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  54. Everything has been already said, but also my deepest respect for this blog and the musical influence it gave me....
    SSGS Thank You and much love from Amsterdam!!

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  55. i don't really have much to say to all of this besides: THANK YOU ALL. these comments are all rather overwhelming. i feel very humbled and grateful for all the kind words and your collective support.

    i also want to really emphasise that the people we've worked with and engaged with were absolutely crucial in building mnml ssgs. i received so much energy and motivation from these connections. thank you.

    now rest, then the next step.

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  56. Thank you. you changed my vision on music, for better!

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  57. Thanks for everything.

    Re Boredom:

    "Boredom is mysterious and profound"
    - Erik Satie

    "If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all."
    - John Cage

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  58. thanks for all the beautiful music. the blog has been very inspiring and eye/ear opening for me. big hug!

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  59. What are we going to read now?! Its shit out there!

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  60. My interest in dance music in general really developed in summer 2008 after going to Exit Festival in Serbia. It was something that had never really clicked for me before but I found the shamanic quality of dancing all night to be a completely new and enveloping experience.

    I very soon after found this blog and it was here over the last 4 (!) years that I've really gotten an education in techno and dare I say the more spiritual side of electronic music in general.

    I've read every single post, many multiple times, listened to virtually every single mix posted, many becoming genuinely important to me and I've appreciated the effort and level of discussion present here.

    I've always found also the conversations dealing with what exactly dance music is meant to be fascinating. I live in Ireland and the clubs are shit. They close very early and the sound is often poor. I spend most of my time listening to techno while long-distance running or doing a bit of bedroom djing of my own and I respect the fact that over the years there were multiple posts here acknowledging the little talked about fact that a lot (most?) people don't actually listen to this music in a club context.

    For making me scratch my head, for educating me and for annoying the hell out of me sometimes I offer my deepest thanks, it has been a pleasure.

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  61. Thanks mnml ssgs for all posts, reports and support ! Everthing have a end... just the ssgs have 2 ! Peace from Prologue !

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  62. a little late to the party but anyhow; i'd just like to say how much you influenced my musical education in the past couple of years of reading the blog in such a positive way; your contributions here lead me to explore new possibility and encouraged different avenues of music as well as my thinking about the music i love. i will be keenly following any progressions in the future but i guess from here on i will have to be a little more proactive about my music. thank you once again and best of luck in the future.

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  63. THANK YOU!!!
    thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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  64. It's all been said but I'll say it again.

    You raised the standard for non-corporate music blogs by a mile what with your thoughtful selections and amazing mix series & you've introduced me to so many great new artists.

    You will be missed.

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  65. Thank you very much for sharing your passion and you've amassed a great archive that I will continue to delve into. brendan

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  67. Thank you guys!

    Thanks to Ssgs, Labyrinth crew, Donato, Peter and all the artists involved for building a complete next-level dimension of techno music!

    The contribution of ssg mixes is huge, so that nothing could be defined as end ,))

    Cheers!

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  68. What am I supposed to do now? Figure it out for myself?

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  69. Oh crap, I just discovered this blog today and though "What an amazing blog! Gonna have to follow it!" Then I notice it's finished.

    Why didn't I come across this earlier? :(

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  70. Great, great run fellows. Very interesting & enjoyable.

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  71. A void will be left that will impossible to fill. Amazing page, amazing mixes. Glad to be able to enjoy this over the past 3 or so years. All the best boys, with whatever the future holds.

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  72. respecto from Polando. GL with next projects

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  73. I'm really going to miss the mixes and your insights on techno. Good luck guys!

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  74. So what if I stumble upon a ssgs-worthy gem of an unknown dj and I want to bring him/her to the attention of this community?

    There's a Spanish fella I found on the Fehsbuuk who's just a bedroom dj and true lover of techno at this point, but his mixes are ON POINT. I have eight of them and they are all keepers.

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  77. I am not sure that you guys can truely grasp how important you were to your followers. For me, writing from Portugal, you were a link to a community that I am yet to find near me geographically... All the best in all your future endeavours guys, really do something and let us know!

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  78. Dark November days. Miss you guys.
    @PeenerMcWignog; can post it here, curious now;)

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  80. Chris, Peter and all contributors,
    Thank you so much.
    It was a fine project well done.
    All best in the future.

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