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TUNE STRANGLER FOR 8 YEARS

Doing things to music for fun. Now profit. How ambition doth poison all.

WHAT'S CRANKY RABBIT DONE RECENTLY?

Not that you care, as long as your pets were left out of it

3 April 2020: A little bit electro, a fair whack of Italian releases. Bit of a BPM shift but it all worked.

27 March 2020: That sinful jazz devil music, two hours of it. Padlock your daughters! (If they're into that sort of thing.)

20 March 2020: Trance, trance and more trance at The Ark. Not psy this time around.

13 March 2020: Kiwi selecta selects Kiwi alternative, indie stuff. I actually enjoyed this one.

6 March 2020: A set of two halves that night.

THE LATEST MIXES

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WHO IS CRANKY RABBIT?

Aside from being a perfectly normal freak...

The tl;dr version: The Cranky Rabbit has been "doing things to music" since 2011, streaming online from his Paraparaumu, NZ home. Delighting mostly in house, dance, and what he calls 'pub-pleaser' pop and rock, with musical tastes 'deformed' by Radio Massey in 1990, you can expect some surprises in his sets!

Seriously though, I'm an aspiring DJ of some forty-eight summers, ready and intent on getting out of the bedroom and into the party. Or pub. Ears opened to a wider range of music than supplied by commercial radio in 1990, thanks to Massey University's student radio station, my tastes tend to the wonderfully weird and interesting. And, naturally, I want to share them with you. Aided by Penny the Surprisingly Musical Netbook, a +2 Numark Mixtrack Pro II of Sturdiness, and a Novation Launchpad which wishes to remain nameless, I'm ready to do just that.

As well as sets of dance music, or that pop-rock mix I call 'pub-pleaser', I have also presented sets of Latin American music, jazz, metal, trance, and a few other styles. My mixing tends to the basic crossfade, loop and EQ work - 'A good DJ shuts up when the music's speaking' - but I'm not a jukebox.

Current goals include producing my own tunes, improving skills, saving up for improved DJ kit (with lights and speakers and everything!), and retaining my remaining sanity.

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THE STYLES OF CRANKY RABBIT

Something to upset everyone, rest assured

What styles do I play? Well...

ELECTRONICA

Trance, EDM, club, electro and tropical house... Cranky's been spinning this every week Saturday evenings. Now exploring drum and bass, downtempo and glitch from places like SUBBASS and Adapted Records. If that's too energetic I'll throw some chill in there for ya.

POP/ROCK/ALTERNATIVE 70S-90S

Ahh... where it all began. Radio Massey 1990, so expect a mixture that could go from rockers like AC/DC and Accept to NZ tunes from Split Enz, The Chills or Chris Knox, and Eurythmics, ABC and even... Disco!

50S ROCK AND ROLL

All the oldies! Rock around the clock in blue suede shoes before you have to hit the road Jack.

LATIN AND WORLD

Some of my favourite stuff to listen to. Latin salsa, or African tunes from Wodaabe band Etran Finatawa, Middle East and Asia... let's explore.

PUNK AND OTHER WEIRDNESS

My tastes tend to be eclectic. Well out there indie and alternative? Hardcore punk? Heavy metal? Christmas music from hell? Yeah, I've probably got that.

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GIG GUIDE

You may need to book in advance. To complain about the noise.


  • Saturday: Adult Venue The Ark, Second Life, 6pm-8pm NZT

Every Saturday night, I'm streaming the tunes in Second Life at The Ark, Quarabia, and have done for well over five years. Normally electronic dance music, but sometimes I change theme. As it's an adult furry venue, you'll need an adult verified SL account. Or you can wait for the set to be uploaded to Mixcloud.

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ORIGINAL TUNES

Making music is harder than it looks.

Beach Musings is a laid back chiller I made for a Cymatics contest. I didn't win, thanks to Instagram stripping the sound out of the video for no obvious reason.

Knock Me Your Lobes is my best release so far. A weird thing I think of as "Beatnik House", with snatches of Lord Buckley and other beats. We're all bongo drums in here.

The follow up is this oddball drum and bass Beat thing I call Mad Pad. The cover shot is of my Second Life avatar, taken at the notorious beatnik hangout, The Pen.

I've also been doing experiments in drone and modular synth madness via Automatonism, under the name invisibl nudist, and my favourite of these is Choke Points Of Biography.

A Bandcamp store will be coming once I'm more confident in my music making ability.

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CONTACT

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Paraparaumu Beach
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 281 0935
Email: dj@crankyrabbit.nz