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Mood Mixing

Mood Mixing

Mood mixing is a DJ’s mixing technique developed by DJ Richard Prado (Artimix), Mood Chart first appeared in this website in 2009.

Mood mixing is a DJ’s continuous mix between two pre-recorded tracks that are the same or similar mood level index (or energy level index).

The primary goal of mood mixing is to create a DJ mix that has smooth and continuous mood flow. The mix set is treated as a living whole, with ups and downs energy level controlled by the DJ with the use of mood level index.

Mood Level Index:
Beat mixing uses BPM index;
Harmonic mixing uses Camelot Key code;
Mood mixing uses mood level index.

Two songs may have same BPM and Key but yet they can not be mixed well together because the mood is not right.

Each song in the DJ’s crate is given a mood level index indicating the song’s energy flow, for example, from 1-10 (or 0-9 which will be the same but easier for renaming filenames), with 1 being a chillout song with no drum beat, 10 being extreme hyper hardcore and other level descriptions in between like “building up”, “taking off”, “on flight”. The DJ has to define a set for himself and stick with his own set of definition. Some songs may have multiple energy level indexes in different parts, just like some songs can have multiple BPM and some songs can have multiply Keys, the DJ may note this in the song’s description tag and use the parts wisely in his mix.

Mood Chart:
With the use of computer mixing software, the track list together with the mood level index can easily be recorded (may also contains time data). These data can be easily put in a spread sheet and generate a raw chart. The DJ can then fine trim the chart to reflect the mood flow of his DJ set. The Y-axis for the mood level and the X-axis can be time or track number.

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