Today is a great day, and one that I have personally been looking forward to for a very long time. Firstly, it’s our Ray‘s aka Arkaei‘s birthday — #happybirthdayrayday. And to commemorate this auspicious occasion, Ray has finally unleashed his new thing. The most amazingly named GEAR.PORN (neither of us have any idea how this domain was still available either) is a place where Ray will explore all manner of DJ and production topics, and live stream about it via a weekly Twitch broadcast. Expect Ray to stray into related areas such as video and VR too, an area that he excels in, and is a regular at festivals and tech conferences showing off his expertise.

Ray is a mad scientist. He sees your lines and jumps right past them to make gear do things it isn’t supposed to. And even when those lines are somewhere past conventional thinking, Ray finds a way to step over them and make tech do things that sometimes even the designers didn’t think possible.

A classic example of how he works — he flew over to shoot some videos in the old Worxlab. I’d just taken delivery of the Akai Pro AMX and AFX. They sat on my desk for a matter of minutes before Ray has stolen them and embedded them into his already vast setup. And it wasn’t spurious either — he had a valid use for them outside of simply plugging them into something for the hell of it. A word of warning — if you leave anything with a USB port hanging around, Ray will have it doing something musical in double-quick time.

And it’s this thinking that drives gear.porn. If you’re expecting bland identikit walk-throughs of the stuff that everyone else is doing then you’re going to be sorely disappointed, or indeed pleased that he isn’t doing that. He’ll deliberately bend and twist popular units to do crazy stuff — equally he’ll go out of his way to get obscure and expensive units, and showcase the magic than can be done with a little prodding and poking as only Ray can.

Here is Ray’s own description of what gear.porn is all about.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Ray is fiercely independent, and wants gear.porn to pay its own way rather than have paid content masquerading as impartial thought. To this end, he’ll be setting up a Patreon account that will offer different levels depending on just how much you want to support his unique content and style. Details of that will be released soon.

It would be a great help if you could like and share the assorted gear.porn social media outlets. It’s a game that none of us like to play, or even ask you to play, but it genuinely helps get the word out.

TWITCH  •  INSTAGRAM  •  YOUTUBE  •  TWITTER  •  FACEBOOK

A PERSONAL NOTE

Firstly, gear.porn isn’t a DJWORX project. This is Ray’s baby from beginning to end. That said, we’re always here to help him achieve his goal, and will support him however we can. He’s likely to have content on there that’s of interest to some of you, and we’ll link to it when necessary.

Bottom line — Ray is family, and by extension so is gear.porn. We’re supporting it, and we’d love it if you did too. And I’m including the industry in that. Send him your stuff and let him work his magic.

BIG UP RAY. BIG UP GEAR.PORN.

SO… ABOUT THE WINNING OF STUFF

Ray is a brand ambassador for German computer company Schenker, and also affiliated with the Sample Music Festival in Berlin. And smashing these together has created a new battle called “20 Bars of Awesome“. The nutshell version is that you use a laptop to create a set of just about anything you like. It just has to be 20 bars long i.e. 2 bar intro, 16 bars of full-free “holyshitfuckyeahness”, and a 2 bar outro.

This is the very essence of what gear.porn is about — push the boundaries, break the rules, and fuck shit up. Laugh in the face of arbitrary rules, and take a huge dump on the level playing field. All you have to do is impress Ray, and you could be in with a chance to win a beast of a Schenker laptop and get flown to the Sample Music Festival in August to perform live on stage.

If that interests and challenges you, read the proper rules here.

More pics to make you drool


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