After a while one cannot just listen to music and enjoy it, as the mind has to race through all the previous knowledge, to wrap the sound somehow around pre-existing ideas and ideals about music. Regardless my laziness that halted the release of this short article, Jim-E Stacks' "Deadstream" still sounds fresh and manages to overload my previously mentioned layers of criticism. The magic was to be found in what it evoked, which, to be specific, was an interview I made with the French hip-hop guru Guts. He said that music is like cooking. You mix all the inspirations like ingredients that you can find lying around. In this aspect, Jim-E Stack had a Gordon Ramsay moment.
"Deadstream" is just another slap for genres that long stood as a pivotal point for experts and fans alike to argue about, as it blends ingredients seamlessly from all across the audible range. Some elements such as broken beats, a soft indie rockish voice and the future bass like soundscape are a no brainer to spot,...
After being stuck between the gears of corporate pocket filling, meat-grinding machine and wannabe scientific paper making for good months, one night I found myself hanging out, riding high in the realm of colorful, photon filled concrete walls and banging beats. IT just happened so, that I've stumbled upon Danaga. I've been kind of aware of the fact that he has earned a name for himself in Romania's second most vibrant electronic stronghold, namely Cluj. As our paths crossed on the stage, this interview was bound to happen. We met for a coffee to have a pre interview chat, we weren't even sure how does the other person exactly looks like, but luckily, both of us were late in the best way, so we didn't had to ask stupid questions from total strangers The "chat" that followed was aimed to be a rough sketch for the interview, but it turned into a long and layered discussion, leaving the written interview to feel like a sketch, giving some space up to your imagination to link the...
1. TreasureFingers - Shiny Toy Guns Fading Listening (Treasure Fingers Epicwave Mix)
2. Chrizz0r - Blissful Happiness (Instrumental)
3. Andy Voight - Lightning Storms
4. Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (LIFELIKE Club Remix)
5. HomeSick - 2weeks
6. Shotrcircles - Fallin'
7. kynes - automatic empathy 4
8. Highroller - Music Sounds Better With You (Reworked)
9. Moloko - The Time Is Now (Blanilla Remix)
10. Takser - Captain Murphy's Journey To Find The Magic Mighty Morphin Dolphin
May the good vibes spread around the world.
Also, don't forget to chech out my previous drug compilations! part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6
Image credits: Lipatov
Selection by Kado
The problem is, EDM has become such a huge complex phenomenon, that describing it with white and black is almost impossible, yet many music fans and journalists are putting it into one of these boxes. The last drop in the glass for me to lay down these words was an article on Electronic Beats titled "Does playing vinyl legitimize EDM DJs?"
In order two answer this question, first of all, we have to be crystal about what EDM is. Contrary to the popular belief EDM is not just BigRoom House and Trap. EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music, which covers anything from Synthwave to Dub-Techno. Drum and Bass, Jungle, Goa-Trance and Splittercore are no different as they all fall under the same umbrella. So where all this confusion came from?
You can't say that a Transporter is a VW,
but a Polo is notIt's simple, people like to believe what they hear, rather than doing a bit of research into the field. So I did. EDM emerged around 2010 when electronic music had really made its foothold in...
Since its debut in Detroit in the late 80's techno has become one of the most influential styles of dance music. It pops up at the most unexpected places and it influences people you'd never think of. As techno grew bigger it found new strongholds, escaping the decaying motor-city. Berlin became the new techno capital, whereas Berghain is the new White House. The effects of this place on the scene are significant at least. The culture that grew around it and the people that are being sucked in by it have gradually turned techno form a harsh futurist statement to a sophisticated neo-classical perfectionist craft.
As I was wandering the fields of Airfield Festival, I already knew that I will have a chance to absorb a bit of all I've described above as the veterans of Berghain like Ame and Mathias Kaden were about to hit the stage. What I didn't expected was the passion and talent that accidentally crossed my paths. I was looking for moments to capture with a crappy lens on my camera,...
There were countless occasions in my life, when things on the far side of the screen looked so damn good, that I wanted to be sucked in on the USB port and to never come back. There were also times, when I was glad there was a power button and I had the choice to leave the room for a couple of hours. Sure, cruising around Los Santos is one thing, but wandering the deserted school corridor in FEAR is totally different.
Anyhow, there are some very special moments for those who adore both gaming and dance music. Finding an awesome dance club in a video game always adds a few extra hours to the gameplay. Therefore I made a list of my favorite video game clubs, where I just love to hang around regardless how many times you hear a single song on loop and there's not much to do besides mission related interactions. Before jumping onto the top 5, it is important to mention that this list might have been longer but as Kane and Lynch: Dead Man and Max Payne 3 feature two awesome looking...
I used to say that Romania is always somewhat five years behind the western world of which it wants to make part of so badly. Also I had to admit, that this lag isn't about technology or way of life. We have superfast internet, smartphones with countless cores, many ridiculously overpowered expensive sport cars and a bunch of shopping malls so you won't miss out on Zara's latest collection. The point where Romania falls behind is adopting trends and styles at large. The whole point of throwing this piece of mind at you is because I might think that the Romanian festival scene had proved me right.
Somewhere around 2010 Big Room House made its foothold in the music world, its simple but highly energetic sound catapulted by events like Tomorrowland into the minds of the masses. This was also the very point when "electronic music" definitely took over the world of music festivals. Some four years later, namely in 2014 people in Romania really got into making festivals and the number of...
1. Please tell a bit about yourself, the description are kind of short of info:
I'm Mathias Kaden, I'm from the East part of Germany, I live very close to Leipzig and I've started in 1995, quite early when I was young because in my area the house and techno scene started very early so I got in touch with music very early. Then I started to try to DJ, I've tried to buy my first turntables, I tried to mix and everything. I had my first gigs when I was 17 – 18 in Germany and around Germany and then it evolved step by step. Now, 17 years later I'm still into music, traveling around the world.
We also have our own label "Freude am Tanzen" it started in 1998 and I have my other label called "Vakant" where I released my first album in 2009. Three months ago I released my second album on "Freude am Tanzen".
I'm not the most active producer, but I'm DJing a lot, and now with the new album I'm doing a live tour. I got a little bit tired of playing music from other people, so basically I'm...
Even though the summer is almost over, the new release of Ackermann & Erlenbrunn simply called "Salt Water" will keep the relaxing tone of the sea in your speakers for quite a while. Soft keys and pads spiced with samples of waves washing golden shores creates a homogenous and pleasant sound. The soft waves sound just like another "instrument" in the repertoire of the track.
Sands is smoothly progressive till a point, where it changes suddenly. The kick drums on "Sands" feel a bit too heavy after 2:10. The transition from levitation to dance grade beat is too sharp. That wouldn't be a problem if the song weren't as smooth as it is along the way. That shift is just too energetic compared to the rest of the release. But that's really just looking through the microscope with maxed out zoom to find something that should be a bit better. Aside from that, this release is a perfect fit for a digital chillout collection. There must be a new breed of music junkies who are just as...
Many parents worry for their children. They fear for their future carrier, they wish to keep them clear of drugs and they want them to have a good life. The question is, what parents should do to guide their children towards an ideal career? If one's familiar with doublethink giving the right drugs to their offspring might very well be a good idea. The question poses, which drugs should be handed over to the kiddo so it won't do harm and even if it does to a certain degree, it will be a warranty for further creative development.
For Guts's mother the question was a no brainer. Music became the drug of choice and the currency to pay for stuff was nothing else but good grades. "I think this is the best drug she gave me" admits Guts. As the time flew by and the record stack grew with each passing minute it was showing much resemblance to what a young black man had in the late 70's somewhere in a rundown apartment of the concrete jungle of the Bronx. "Funk, Bob Marley but the half of it...
When audiophiles are looking at phones as music playback devices they are always very cautious since they can certainly recall a "bad taste" in their ears as a result of some built in sound compressor.
Now the agony is over. While Beats headphones have turned out to be overrated, and maybe the same goes for their software coming with some phones and laptops, Marshall the iconic AMP manufacturer aims to make its own smartphone, called London.
The London features two front facing speakers, two audio outputs and a dedicated M button, to put the music as close as possible to the user. Otherwise it is a conventional Android smartphone featuring a 4.7-inch, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. The battery's not the biggest we've ever seen, 2,500mAh, but it is removable and there's also a microSD card slot for adding extra storage.
Some might say that the hardware is outdated, but those who say so miss the point of this phone. It's all about the music. The...
As far as humanity can recall dangerous voyages had to be done to discover new wonderful lands. However Kalkbrenner's "Florian" sunk just after leaving the docks and there weren't any storms nearby.
"Cloud Rider" feels like the German version of Avicii's "Wake me up" In fact it the story that goes through three songs and three video clips begins with a socially handicapped person who doesn't have a single friend and for some reason he's unable to speak, or to use the internet. If someone with all these disabilities can make a good or even correct track, it has really high chances of becoming an internet sensation in no time. The artistic representation of the desperate music producer is trying to be deep, but the scenes that aim to generate empathy are ridiculously over-exaggerated and so awkwardly set up, that the viewer will feel empathy for the victims of Florian's attacks. I surely wouldn't let a stranger walk up to me to put a headphone on my ears without asking.
Some say he's the EDM star of Transylvania, some just simply love his banging craft and some say that he's selling out.
The question is, what's it like to run a full time career in a place where the vast majority of dance hungry people are toddlers on the fields of electronic music, and the tough core of the dance community consist of unforgiving deep heads, who take music very seriously.
In order to take a look inside his world, we asked him a couple of questions hoping to find out what's it like to be the ball in the Pinball Arcade of the Romanian dance scene. Also, we might get a better understanding of what the ball is made up, and why it behaves the way it does.
• The M-Pill. For those who don't know who's Shiver, Alex, Raul and Ethylen, what's one should know about the man behind the names?
• Shiver: A 10 year old kid in a teenage body dancing even when music's not playing.
• The M-Pill: Where and how did you found the teleport to the universe of music? What made you to return...
Things are getting crowded over here and I've got something growing strong in me. That very thing is the feeling that there's no need to go abroad to see the all the artists on my bucket list. Airfield Festival is another addition to the Romanian festival scene that is working hard to make my head spin when trying to recall all the gigs I've been to. Somehow it slipped underneath my radar last year, and quite frankly, I didn't hear anyone speaking about it, maybe I know the wrong people (my mom always told me so). Since the first edition was held in 2014, it seems that the crew had the time to figure out the magic trick, or the money to pay the right agency to do a decent social media campaign, so the wannabe journalist can get another target lock.
It feels like the organizers don't have the treasure of Atlantis like the peeps making "Untold Festival" or the enormous army of Booha and Boiler trained professional organizers like "Electric Castle", but they do have some cool stuff up...
Yes, it was the third edition of Electric Castle Festival, held between 25 – 28th of June on the mighty grounds of the Bontida Castle. I was there for the third time and finally, I think I might just have the required know how to tell you if it was any good. Why do I say that? Well, because the first time I was there in 2013, I had very little expertize about festivals, and also Electric Castle, just like I, was a newbie. In 2013 I wrote a short blogpost about that experience which was no more than an uncontrolled, written outburst of "OMFG, that was bleed - *ukin' – tastic". The second year I have been working more than one should during the event, so I did a brief review about what I've stumbled upon running around plugging in and out tons of wires. Finally, this year turned out to be a bit more relaxed so I almost had the time to check out everything.
bleed - *ukin' – tasticJust like in 2013 and in 2014, the vast majority of the festival goers and the attending journalists are...
The Glitch Mob is the thing right now, taking its foothold on the commercial festival scene. After tweaking glitchy sounds for more than a decade, Edit, Ooah and Borela have found their way to the hearts and ears of the masses. They're playing gigs all over the world, their latest album, "Love Death Immortality", was a huge success, so it is safe to state that The Glitch Mob have made something new that became an instant success. Yet at Electric Castle, Romania's major festival, people at the main stage were leaving an hour into their gig.
Why's that strange? Because the place was packed with people both at Parov Stelar and Fatboy Slim, in the pouring rain. During Rudimental every square meter near the main stage was packed so tightly that one couldn't fall over even if drunk as a lord. With Netsky it was the same. So if it wasn't raining and The Glitch Mob was doing a very decent set, then why was it so unpopular? Of course, they were still playing to thousands of people, but...
Looking further down the line, it becomes clear that every action has a reason, even if it lurks in the shadows. These reasons should vary from anything between "off the scale" grade creative outbursts to the desire to make money. The ways used by the musicians to reach this very goal always has a huge effect on the audience, even in the case of the coziest and cheesiest summer hits. And if music has the capability to make the listener feel in certain ways, than it seems absolutely correct to look at music in terms of function and use.
This kind of view might help people to cristalize, to put their theories on solid basis as to why some music could be considered bad (degenerative, harmful), while other tunes can be considered healthy, educational, contributing to society in some ways. I had a chat with Christophe "Antipop" Hetier of Telepopmusik, to see what are his views on viewing music from the perspective of role and function.
1. What do you think, what is the role of music in...
Without too much of a hype Nicolas Jaar's new album "Pomegranates" came out for free. There are no tricky sign up and give away your data tricks included in the process. A link has been posted to Jaar's Facebook profile that will launches an automatic download after clicking it.
Maybe Jaar will follow the footsteps of artists like Gramatik, who is a major character in the campaing for free music.
Download the album instantly by clicking this link.
Posted by: Kado
Music is what feelings sound like. Electronic music being the offspring of engineering, has very little relation to emotions in this regard. As the mind is expands, the technology is crawling forward, and the grounds where emotions grew for centuries are vanishing into the abyss, as the molecules and atoms fall apart under the scope of science. Actions, reactions, causes and reasons arise, ripping emotions into shreds.
Where is the new breeding ground for emotions? There has to be, in the very things we do, in what we cherish, based on the very facts that has been dug up. The body that has been shaped by thousands of years of evolution to endure continuity, is thrown into the gears of an ever changing and shaping machinery, driven by the accumulative power of reason. Survival is difficult, change is more challenging than ever, right when it's the mostly needed.
Gears and souls brake under the pressure of change, it hurts, it's scary, it feels like the doomsday of humans, but some...
Joel Zimmerman is well known for his hilarious online rants, for a good reason. From time to time he nails things point blank. Ten Walls have proved Joel's theory about the gravitational pull of the dance scene, by firing shots at the gay community that contributed massively to the creation of the dance music industry as we know it. "The Loft" was the first dance club ever, where the first DJ mixer of all times have been used. Naturally, The Loft was a gay club, so as the Paradise Garage, not to mention Larry Levan, the resident DJ of Pradise Garage, who was a pioneer of DJing and prodcuing. He was also the mentor and good friend of Frankie Knuckles (the grandfather of house). Before you start wondering about the sexual orientation of Larry, he was also homosexual.
To put it in a simple way, the disco scene had created the spark that blew up the electronic dance culture worldwide some ten years later. 30 years isn't a long time, but it's enough to make an award winning producer, who...
Once awakened there's no room for escape, since all of its systems are fully reloaded in a blink of an eye, and it does pretty serious damage.
The Prodigy has never been a synonym for cute music, but "The Day is my Enemy" is even harder, darker, and filthier compared to their previous releases. Time happens and we're getting older by each passing day - maybe this is the same exact thing felt by The Prodigy. It's a middle finger aimed at physics and its weird habit to let only experience time as it flows forward. My rebel years are kind of over, standing closer to 30 than 20, but "The day is my Enemy" still awakens the rebel inside me. It is perfect to slap kids used to cheesy house in the face, to pull down the faders and scream "In your face". It just grabs all the empathy, and forcefully induced patience and kindness by the scruff and throws them off a 5th floor balcony. It makes you go like "This is it, let's fucking rock".
someone above 40 can make you scream "Let's rock" As a...
Botnit is an 80's inspired synthwave producer from Boston. Blending the old and the new, combining warm, nostalgic tones with structure and styles found in today's music.
Compared to many other synth albums, Vivid Memories is not an Akira themed Flashoworx-like thing, nor a Drive influenced Action Jackson kind of cocaine filled dream, but a pleasant place to be in, where your car transforms into a DeLorean, all the lights turn into Far Cry Dragon Blood like magenta, and your PC becomes a Tron-like arcade.
The vocals also aim to amplify the warm, accepting nature of the album, by dropping topics such as the spread of the video games, CD's and drugs in a peaceful and understanding manner. This voice comes as a long-awaited refresh in the era when each and every piece of content tries to stick out in a controversially attention-seeking, overly exaggerated way. When everyone is shouting, a calm voice always feels good and relaxing, and this is where Botnit nails it. The warm flow goes...
There was a single major festival called "Peninsula", serving a wide range of audience. As demand for electronic music grew, the lineup followed. By 2013 Peninsula became an electronic music festival, but by then it was clear that it's doomed.
The self-proclaimed journalist is happy Luckily the backup came the very same year in the form of a brand new festival called "Electric Castle", shocking the national scene in the best possible way. The medieval castle spiced with classy electronic vibes took the lead, becoming THE major festival in Romania. Now it's 2015 and we got another newbie knocking on the door of the festival goers. "Untold Festival" is in the ring, already flexing its muscles for the festival showdown. The self-proclaimed journalist is happy because it's show time in many ways. It's show-time partly because both events have internationally recognized headliners, partly because there will be two big festivals in a town that barely has 500.000 residents and partly...
We love to watch the blood of the Aliens as it burns its way through the spaceship, we love to trip balls and we also like the twisted noise of the 303.
Acid house is like a fundamental building block of the house universe. There's not much of it on the surface, but the acid sound emerged among the very first subgenres of house and it's still here. It's so far from spotlight that finding "The Art of Acid" was a bit of miracle. Looking at "Modulations: Cinema for the Ear" (brilliant movie, recommend) for the zillionth time had its result. It took 20-30 seconds and a bit of onscreen text to find Hardfloor's "The Art of Acid". As it turned out, it was quite a big find with 10 tracks on the album which is kind of rare these days.
"Analogue Bubbletea" kicks you out of your chair The first two tracks are a good treat if you haven't heard acid since ages or, if you're younger, never. "Necessary Roughness" is a reminder from the era when Phuture's "Acid Trax" was banging on the dance floors...
For those who haven't seen it, it's a classic example of an 80s action movie, where cars blow into bits after a few shots, there's barely any need to reload weapons, the pretty lady gets kidnapped, and the hero beats the hell out of the antagonist after barely escaping his demise.
Videogram took the sound and the images of this classic to create a retro-futuristic "EP" lost somewhere between synthwave and dark electro. Taking the sound and the atmosphere into account, the comparison to the recently released Hotline 2 Miami soundtrack is inevitable. These tunes would fit perfectly in an 8bit style game that would feature the pixelated reincarnation of Cobretti. The vibrating noise and the chaotic percussions would create a perfect setting for smashing thugs with their own axes.
The clip is okay, and it strengthens the position of the EP as a flashback, but there's hardly any more pros about it. In fact it is barely an EP, since none of the tracks are longer than two and a half...
Of course, this whish mostly remains a dream, since installing any kind of DAW comes with a steep learning curve, while all you want to do is to push some buttons to make some music. If you've been dreaming about it, than this is your chance.
All you got to do is to push colored squares to enyoj the outcome, and there is no need for any kind of specific knowledge, it's 100 % noob proof, so even I was able to make good sounding stuff. Click on the picture and give it a shot!!!
P.s. if every piece of advertising was this entertaining, we would simply have no time for anything, but to do something crazy while smliling our asses off.
As electronic music grew from a basement in the suburbs of Chicago to a worldwide phenomenon, reshaping the dance culture and industry, it became the breeding ground of many controversies and debates. If you're reading this article you probably know a lot about it, even if you were living under a rock on Mars in the last 30 years. The screams of fanboys and the angry mumbling of deep-heads can be heard from other galaxies as well, I suppose.
listening to the repetitive sound of Satan There's a lot of talk on the commercial vs. underground topic. Non-music people or if you will it put that way, common people refer to the underground as a dangerous place where the kids your parents warned you about meet to do drugs and other socially "unacceptable" and "dangerous" things while *listening to the repetitive sound of Satan*. On the other hand there is the commercial bunch, who in the eyes of the "underground" are some Regular John's and Janes listening to something that is barely music...
There are many definitions, but my favorite is the definition of Marilyn Manson, who says that art has to be a question mark.
I'd add that art has to push boundaries and to do so it has to grant you a freedom of choice. What do I mean by freedom of choice? Here comes the tricky part, and most probably the only part, the core of my idea about art and its effects.
I will start with the very basics to build up this idea from the ground up, in order to be as crystal as possible. We, humans start off in with a blank sheet. We have a functional brain that is perfectly useless without inputs. As we get more and more of these inputs that transform into information on the way will create our perception of the world. First we get simple ones, like breasts mean food, Lego Duplo is fun and if we kick the wall our legs will hurt and so on. Later, just like a good MMORPG, everything gets harder. The inputs will get more and more complicated, slowly but surely creating what Reggie Watt calls a...
The thing is epic, but the music plays an essential role in giving you the ultimate feel.
I've chosen tracks and not pieces of movie score because it is not the same to write something specifically for a scene or to find a good tune and to make it a perfect match with the rest of the material. Last but not least the most of the movie scores couldn't stand on their own, while you can throw a track on your iPod and the memories of the epic scene will be flashing right in the front of your eyes.
Here are a few tracks that stood out for me in one way or another:
1. The Matrix Reloaded, Zion Party: Fluke - Slap It
2. Blade, bloodbath scene: Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix)
3. Line of Sight, rush for the missed checkpoint: The Slew - Robbing Banks
4. Tomb Raider, defending the manor: Fatboy Slim - Illuminati
5. Black Hawk Down, Irene: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Voodoo Child
6. XXX, Concert assassination scene, Rammstein - Feuer Frei
Do you have any favorite scenes...
The car industry and Detroit are no different. But there is something that makes a difference and that is the sound of a decaying city, techno.
Detroit was the place to be in the 50's and 60's with a skyrocketing car industry and a rapidly developing infrastructure. The only problem was that the quick growth had turned into a steep decline beginning with the oil crisis of the 70's, not to mention the growing racial tensions and the riots that followed. The city has never made a recovery, in fact in 2013 it became the biggest city in the US to file bankruptcy.
And here's the twist. A declining city gave birth to something that is growing ever stronger with no signs of stopping. Juan Atkins, considered the godfather of techno, may have become a pioneer of a revolution that is slowly happening on a global level. There's a widespread saying that after the body dies the spirit lives on, and this might very well be the case right now.
After a long break Juan Atkins took Model 500 out of...
It's entirely possible that no one has ever said this, but everyone feels it who's close to synth-wave. Whether it be Kavinsky, or Miami Nights 1984 just to mention the biggest names, they all come down to these weird and highly mesmerizing essentials.
"Testarossa" is the gateway to synth and synth based IDMAction Jakson's "Testarossa" might be the best representation of the scene right now. It's not the most outstanding synth-wave production, but it has a balance of all the components that make the retro futuristic dream what it is. I'm just sitting here ignoring the fact that I should let my cat inside, since I want to hear another track, I want more of that pulsating vibe, and ultimately I want to find the words for it. And yes, it maintains that synth-induced, constantly uplifting coma. As I said it before, it gives you a speck of everything. It's magic, just like Kavinsky's "Drive"; it is energetic such as M.O.O.N's "Crystals", and it's dark like Perturbator's "I am the...
You give up after listening to hundreds of mediocre tracks on soundcloud, you retreat to facebook for a bit of relief, and BAAAM. You click on a link from a friend who's notorious for finding "off the scale" music, and all of a sudden you're in paradise.
The Blackwood EP is breathtaking in an intelligently mean way. Progressive and atmospheric breaks are something that you don't hear on every corner. In fact it's deep down in the underground right now. It wasn't always like this: in the mid-late 90's, when progressive and atmospheric breaks were sort of well known, Hybrid and Way Out West being the most important influences as far as the internet can tell. Almost two decades later the scene is on the rise once more. It is a flourishing scene with Labels like Morphosis or artists like Slighter, Dave Gluskin, E.F.G., and many more.
If you consider the above mentioned "ingredients" mixed together as a cake then the Blackwood EP is the cherry on the top, or the strawberry, because I...
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to the cursing of the mechanic while trying to reach bolts in the stupidest places while replacing a light bulb. But you've bought that car for a reason, isn't it? It is very likely that the reason for buying a French car can be traced back to things like character and design.
So let's talk sound design. Regardless of what kind of party it is, everybody loses their minds when it comes to "Technologic" or "We Are Your Friends". As we commonly like to refer to it, "French Electro" is always king. We all tend to know what it is, how it sounds, and how much energy we get while listening to it. Of course, to be technically correct what we refer to as French Electro is a large scale ranging from French Touch House to Justice-like Electro-Trash madness. If you look a bit further there is Etienne de Crecy making something that no one understands, or Lifelike who is making top-notch electro-synth.
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to...
Whether you like it or not, there are no exceptions from the rules of physics in any way. What do I mean by cheap way of entertainment? Getting drunk, getting high, and doing any other thing that takes no effort and knowledge, causing a fake sensation. Of course, we all need to transcend sometimes to clean out all the spam and expired notifications from our own operating system. Yet there is one thing that causes some minor flaws in the system. That problem is that people are getting stuck at the cleaning phase. As we all know, even the most delicious of foods and heavenly good tasting beverages can turn into curse for those who have too much. Yet some decide to do this, using their free will to turn some of the coolest substances into something that makes them miserable.
Why? Because they are looking at having fun as a one way thing. Having or "absorbing" fun while doing nothing in return will always lead to getting stuck in loop. This is where the music and a bunch of other...
Since then everybody is making hip hop for a whole bunch of different reasons. The movement that once took violent gangs like the "Black Spades" off the streets to transform them into one of the most influential organization on the scene (Zulu Nation) has turned Iggy Azaela. Or not. Despite the flood of flashy mainstream Hip Hop, the voice of criticism and self-expression is still out there.
Guys like GucciGhost or Hospin are the voices of the black community criticizing both themselves and the system in order to highlight problems, to solve problems, and to entertain. Despite having all these thoughts in my head I had no intention in writing an article, but I ran into Mally's single "Shine". "Shine" is where commercial hip hop should be. It sounds damn good, it's addictive, it's not spoiled, it's cliché free, and it also has something to tell (The Sundance Kid also deserves a patting on the back for his work on the track).
After hitting repeat for like a million times, I was in to...
In a recent article about music and globalization, I wrote about the shift in cultural trends at a global level, which are having a direct impact on the electronic scene. I've chosen Japan because that's where the sun rises. Isn't it? So my articles will follow as the sun is rising...
Putting aside all my personal motivations, Japan is a place where, no matter where you look, or even if you don't look at all, you're going to stumble into some weird stuff. Why would anyone drive a car sideways, and why would anyone make cartoons with huge monsters owning skinny girls? The answers to questions like these would be long and mostly useless, even if I had the knowledge to understand them to the greatest extent.
Yet, we tend to enjoy the gifts of the Japanese culture a lot. But how does Japanese electronic music sound like? It sounds like early synthpop; it also sounds like French electro, and it also could be hard trance. Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sinichi Osawa, and Yoji Biomehainka stood...
As a form of art and as a profession, DJing relies heavily on technological advancements. From the introduction of the first DJ mixer "Rosie", to the latest flagship model of Native Instruments "S8" everything has a huge impact on the DJ-world.
At first it was just two turntables and a mixer. Everything was done manually by the DJ. There was no BPM counter, nor Sync and every DJ was carrying a huge collection weighting a ton to each gig. Compared to that, today we have CDJs, programs and countless controllers with zillions of buttons and options, but the whole stuff can fit in a regular backpack (at least most of the time).
(Please note: The video is not about Funkanomics but showing the heart of the deabte that we're discussing about)
You might ask what's interesting about this as this is only evolution. The tricky part comes with the fast pace of music-related gadget evolution. This pace was so rapid that in 40 something years the industry went from turntables to laptops and...
When it comes to dark music we prefer to think of brutal sounds, nightmarish tempo and screaming vocals. For me, tracks like these are just like the most common daemons using the most conventional methods to scare our very souls into the endless abyss of fear. If you want something more you have to seek the dark intelligence, where it's not about random spooky stuff, but something that comes from deep inside. So I gathered some tracks that I consider the best dark intelligent ones. Sit back and enjoy.
1. The Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady
2. Slighter - Outbreak
3. Soulwax - E Talking (Hybrid remix)
4. Loco & Jam - Medusa
5. Psure Psyon - Though Case
6. Dub Phizix and Skeptical feat Strategy - Marka
7. Q.G. - Six Feet Under
8. Perturbator - Raining Steel
9. Gesaffelstein - Pursuit (and the whole album - Aleph)
10. Social Kid - Heart Energy
In interested in more compilations check out Top 10 Free Downloads, Top 5 Electro Bangers and The Best Progressive Breaks of 2013-14
After an Ultra Miami headliner, Avicii was hospitalized, Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 took his place to rick-roll tens of thousands of people at the main stage. While everyone was expecting BigRoom and "Wake Me Up" the mau5 dropped a heavy parody of Martin Garrix's "Animals". If that wasn't enough he decided to go full techno for his entire set. The set was shared all over and everyone who knows the scene a little, was bursting in tears laughing his ass off. Well played Joel, well played.
2. Dillon Francis invades social media with "clips" that'll make you shit your pants while ROFL. He comes up with the most unexpected outbursts in the most various ways. Even when he sounds serious he ruins it in the last couple of seconds. GEENIUS. (See the best one's on his facebook)
3. Steve Aoki tries to sue Wunderground only to make people laugh harder at him. Wunderground's response to Steve's Lawyer is as hilarious as it could be.
4. Traktor launches its new flagship model the S8....
Orwell was a genius and I hate him for it, which means I love him as well. Taking this state of mind a bit further we arrive to my method for reviewing music. I try to be as objective as I can, projecting my deepest and most understandable self into characters that can be understood by anyone, who speaks English. In order to achieve that, I have to cut lots of cultural ties that link me to my surroundings, to be able to hear and speak the world's collective emotions.
Why this personal rant stands as an introduction for something that should be a review? Just bare with me for a sec, and you'll see that it is more of a review than anything else. LeVant's craft is cool, because it drives you as it pleases and not how you try to experience it. When I was listening to "L'Extase" for the first time I was covered with goosebumps and that's something you don't feel on a regular basis. The mixture for making goosebumps consists of a well-organized, warm, and experimental noise with a bit of...
And if it comes to time killing what can be better than playing old games with your old friends?
I have no idea what's the magic of Christmas but if something has magic that is playing old stuff that reminds you of your childhood and your former self. You find an old CD somewhere and let it go. But it's not just a game, since it has a soundtrack as well, a soundtrack that might surprise you. I loved car racing games and two of my childhood favorites were Need For Speed Underground (the very first one) and Juiced. As a kid I felt like both of these games were milestones for my gamer self. The NFS had totally revolutionary graphics and it offered illegal street-racing with tuning. All these with the experience of seeing the first Fast & Furious was a kind of magic. Meanwhile Juiced wasn't the prettiest princess of the gaming industry but it had very "good" physics for that time and for an arcade. I can't forget how the AI failed every time with the Viper while I was driving as...
You can do what I did for instance. It's not much, but it's something. For many it is quite impossible to buy every tune, but here's what you can do. I don't have too much money since I'm pumping all of it into The M-Pill Magazine to keep it up and running, hoping that it will give me back something someday but... It's Christmas time so I took 10€, I transferred it to my card and went shopping to the closest music store that was right in my browser and it felt awesome. You should do the same.
it's like a small wonder to find anyone buying tunesWhy am I writing about something like this? Well, consider this. In Romania and in any other country with same conditions it's like a small wonder to find anyone buying tunes. There is absolutely no reason to believe that the average consumer will ever buy something from Beatport or any other online store. They get along just fine by using Soundcloud and Youtube. But the thing that really grinds my gears is the attitude of the DJs. I know...
You're listening to piano and the feeling is overwhelming. If thinking clearly it is obvious that soundcloud has all sorts of music, but it mostly offers electronic stuff, especially for someone like me who follows "generic" electronic music producers.
the feeling is overwhelmingAnyway, it feels awesome so you have to look at the profile and here comes the surprise. Endless Melancholy is hailing from Ukraine, Kiev which is a bit surprising. What the average westerner knows about Ukraine? What a guy who's living right next to Ukraine knows about its musical scene? Not much. All we know about Ukraine that it is has Chernobyl, it is almost like Russia and in the last couple of months it was and still is the place of turmoil in Europe. The news are all about riots, unrest, war, killings and a downed airliner. The last thing that would be associated with Ukraine is this really-really smooth breathtaking music. Of course, there are guys like Jon Hopkins or Tycho, and this craft has very...
The great composer Vangelis was most definitely touched by the significance of the Rosetta's mission, so he took he translated his feelings to music right the way. I've already released an article with the sounds that were recorded by the landing unit on the comet, but since I've seen no signs of anyone sampling it. And here is one of the greatest composers who feels what needs to be done.
You got yourselves a lesson dear bedroom producers.
For those who don't know who is Vangelis here's a very brief review of his work that was posted by the ESA to the video description.
"Vangelis, the world-renowned musician, has composed this piece of music especially for ESA and inspired by the Rosetta mission. Vangelis's music is often linked to themes of science, history and exploration, and he is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander, and the use of his...
Yet sounds are omnipresent in our reality and we can alter it to our greatest pleasures. People from all around the world have tried to grasp the essence of music by saying things like: "Music is what feelings sound like" or "Everything owes its existence solely and completely to the sound". All of this can be true and false at the same time.
My best guess is that music is something beyond our contemplation, since we enjoy it, but we don't know why and in the same time it transcends, bends time and it has the force to unify people from all across the globe and maybe, but just maybe from all the palces where humans will live in the future. Some could say that all this chatter comes down to nothing, but here is the very proof to show you, that music indeed it is a magical thing.
There is no better example for showing this than to show how it could change lives for the best. It could turn a violent street gang like the "Black Spades" of Bronx into a group known of its merits for...
Yes, you're not mistaken, that is the birthplace of the mighty Dracula. Dracula is a cool guy, so now he's into festivals and what else should suit him better than Electric Castle.
The Electric Castle festival got its name for a very good reason. It is situated in an old castle located at a small village called Bonţida in the North-Western part of Romania. Regardless of that is easy to get there since the castle is only a 30 minutes' drive away from Cluj which is an Eastern-European youth's paradise. Dracula is feeling very comfortable since he doesn't have to use his wings because Cluj has an airport, he can cover the rest of the trip with a bus and the old castle is filled with classy vibes and lots of hot young women.
the line-up made many music-heads wet in an instant2013 was the very first year and the event took the Romanian festival scene by surprise since the line-up made many music-heads wet in an instant. The second edition not just lived up to the expectations, which were...
The interesting thing about these styles is that one does not necessarily have to be British to produce UK garage, nor French to make French-touch house. It all comes down to the sound.
Why can anyone pinpoint these genres as heard? It's quite simple. As far as history can tell different groups off people from all around the world had their own unique way for expressing their art. This art was defined by their surrounding and the conditions they were living in. All in all cultures were mostly far from one another so they developed in different ways. These differences were present all across the history. There were also similarities in music but that was only limited to the technology available for musicians in a given moment of history.
USA was the perfect breeding ground for electronic musicAs time was passing by a few things came along that defined the music of a given region. These were the major artistic styles of the past decades, the spread of religion and the rise of...
There's a never ending debate about what should be in focus for the music biz. Art or Money? Some are surfing on waves of money while some need a daytime job to make a living. There is a gap of creativity between these groups regardless of the fact that not all super rich DJ/producers are sellouts and not all bedroom producers are making gold. In the previous article lines were clearly drawn between art driven and "McDonald's" music with the help of Lifelike. Now that we see the tip of the iceberg it is time to stick our heads in the shallow water in order to capture fragments of something that might be really big. We could only guess the size underneath the surface.
The first article ended with questions about what should be the correct path for a DJ or a producer to balance his craft to earn some money and to express musical visions at the same time. I realized that the best way to map this uncharted topic is to talk to producers and DJs from each side. So I found a couple where...
All physical is just plain impossible and also stupid. From a financial point of view it might sound appealing but just try to imagine the environmental damage that would be done by manufacturing billions of vinyl LP's, cassettes and other physical mediums on a daily basis.
It is also easier for young, upcoming talents to upload their music to Soundcloud or Bandcamp rather than looking for a record label who might or might not agree to release their music for the first time. Digital music is also very easy to reach and almost 100% user friendly. The quality is also decent regardless of what some say about the compression of MP3s. If a 320kbps MP3 is not enough than you can go for FLAC, AIFF or WAV. That's the point where the difference between the quality of digital and analog becomes irrelevant for the majority of us. Not because there's absolutely no difference, but because your average sound system is not enough to make you hear it. It is also important to mention the fact that...
Some are still having flashbacks about an F1 Williams Renault with Rothmans badges on it, others have memories of the most beautiful women of their lives and some are becoming super excited when speaking about their all-time favorite mixes.
So I, Kado (the founder of the M-Pill, nice to meet you lads), have gathered the mixes that I was listening to for the most of the time as my passion for music began to grew off the grid in late 2009 and after. There should be more mixes but I've decided to cut to the chase by selecting only a few of my most beloved mixes from 2009 till early 2014. Since I've founded my magazine things went haywire and my music consumption skyrocketed, so stay tuned for more mix compilations.
Here are the mixes:
Photo credits for cover: Juniper Shuey "Untitled"
Everyone is listening to some kind of music. Or at least they tend to believe that. The reality tough, which is a though one, is that many of them are merely listening to anything that can be referred to as music. When it comes to small built-in speakers there is no music just some distorted airwaves labeled as sound. Things like that and a lot of other factors could turn one of the most pleasing hobbies into a pile of... So here are the things that ruin music:
1. Small built-in speakers. iPads, laptops, phones and cheap radios can always freak you out. Right now, you're probably about to say something like "My iPad sounds real nice" ... and you'll be lying to yourself to the greatest extent.
2. If you go somewhere and there's music don't start listening to something else especially if both of you are using loudspeakers. Also if you go someplace where two different kinds of music are playing at the same place and it isn't controlled by a DJ than run as fast as you can. (Some DJs...
At a point something slaps your ears and all of a sudden you're floating. Midsun's track Megathron did the same for me. It is filled with a bunch of things I love. The strange electronic sounds twist your brain but it's not glitchy, it's not chaotic. It's well organized and nicely paced on four on the floor beats. I would refer to it as uber-high energy progressive house.
Everything is just fine until I have to mention the miraculous way of finding the track which is impossible to recall. It was a mere miracle. As I heard it, just as any other music junkie would do, the first thing was to find Midsun and to like / follow him as a sign of support and to get more awesome tunes, obviously. This is where the problem is. I didn't manage to find Midsun on any kind of social media. The record label is up on facebook but the average or the slightly above-average music consumer is very-very unlikely to follow a record label.
No matter how brilliant they are, it is very unlikely for them to...
The comet seems to be emitting a 'song' in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet's environment. The song is emmited at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing, which typically picks up sound between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording.
Original data credit: ESA/Rosetta/RPC/RPC-MAG. This sonification of the RPC-Mag data was compiled by German composer Manuel Senfft
These days it's about the money, according to some. These people also like to over-emphasize the fact that all is worse than ever. It's not. By looking at the history of music there was no era when there weren't any interests crossing the path of musicians. In the Middle Ages music had to serve the Church, later on it was serving / obeying the system, or it just simply had to meet the expectations of a given era. Today's western musicians are free of the grasp of these forces, but they have a new element to deal with. By the 21st century money became the most powerful unifying force for mankind and music alike.
Money gives one the tools to make a living and the amount of income is a very powerful feedback. Yet money is only a mere tool which aids an artistic industry that experiences freedom like never before. Some of this artistic freedom comes from scientific discoveries and advancements that are constantly demolishing outadted governing principles. Money buys software, hardware...
Yet it was five years ago. Five years is a long time in the history of electronic music. In the last two years the scene went crazy and grew into a multi-million-billion-zillion industry. It was like a big boom of the electronic music that expands only in the head of the average (non-musichead) population.
grew into a multi-million-billion-zillion industry Despite all these storms of changes we still sing "Sky and Sand" with heart. This is very rare when it comes to electronic music as soundtrack. There are other ones as well, like the soundtrack of the Matrix or Blade and the new Tron, but you don't see one standing on every corner of you social media universe.
Berlin Calling is the contemporary ars poetica of the German scene. The atmosphere and the sound turned many young heads including mine. Back than I was one of those guys who listen to everything with a very-very tiny knowledge regarding music whatsoever. Right now my head is stuck in its upper layer and I'm desperately...
An uprising takes place in Eastern-European countries. Romania could be considered one of the new wave pioneers with artists like Petre Inspirescu, Rhadoo, Ada Kaleh, Raresh and Horace Dan D just to mention a few. Before anyone would misinterpret what I'm saying, I'm totally aware of the presence of other big musical subcultures based on straight four on the floor beats like Detroit techno, the German tech scene and so on and so for. The only thing is Romania, amongst other nations, went crazy on this line. New venues appear every year and all of these are sold out with prices like 3 bucks for a water in a country where the average wage is about 500$. The other interesting thing is the significant role of the upper ten in the rise of the minimalistic culture.
What are the reasons behind this huge success? I as a non-digger of this genre was fueled by the curiosity to find out what makes this kind of music so appealing to so many people worldwide. The situtation was obvious, for me...
As you can read it in a previous review, Slighter's album Science of Noise came out quite a while ago. "Pathways" was one of the many tracks featured on the album. The album wasn't for the faint-eared. "Pathways" featuring R. A. Desilets was one of the easier ones, considering the fact that the whole album is an audiophile playground.
I've never ever thought that I could imagine Pathways playing at a techno crazed German venue but now I canThe new EP aims to bring this track even closer to the general public, to you and me. The EP contains four remixes of the track and ohhh booay the remixers did a great job. Springa's remix stands out by miles for me, but that doesn't mean the other three are worthless. All four tracks have their own unique atmosphere but if I have to list them I would stick to the order as they follow one another on the EP. Maybe they were listed following the very same principles that I had in mind when deciding which is better.
I've never ever thought that I...
You can feel that in the sound. There are tons and tons of new noises to grab your attention. It would be a major mistake form me to label this good or bad. It is how it is, musical evolution is something far greater than us. Mostly the reasons for my statement in the previous paragraph is that many non and music-head people are telling that there is no new music and nothing compares to the good old times and blah-blah.
Breakbeat hardcore had everything I love such as electro driven sounds, acid spicing and breaks of course This is where Lee Coombs steps in. Lee has been around the breaks scene for quite a while. During 2014 he was releasing EP's and singles with another producer Costas G. It took me quite a while to find them and to gather the power to wirte the review, but it's worth it.
Breakbeat hardcore or rave music was the phenomena that made the people of England go crazy over electronic music. Breakbeat hardcore had everything I love such as electro driven sounds, acid...
What makes us like or hate a certain track and what are the reasons behind our decisions. Are we making the good choices when there is so much music out there?
Here are some points that could help you to select what's the best for you:
1. No memories involved. Memories are important to all of us and we are attached to them. Just like everything else music is linked to memories and vice versa. The thing is though that some memories can be linked to any kind of songs because of a situation and there is no guarantee that the song reaches the absolute bottom line of quality. I too have songs like that stuck in my head, but it is very important to know that sweet memories and quality music are far-far away from one another. Consider this normal.
2. It has to make you move without realizing it. A nice tune always makes you move. Slight head-banging and constantly moving legs are the sings that your body is aware of the music even if you're paying attention to something else.
3. Shiver and...
As soon as you look away from the attention seeking stuff, you'll find a very rich Russian underground culture. The electronic music junkie of this era doesn't know much about the Russian electronic scene aside from names like Lady Waks and places like Kazantip.
the spirit finding freedom in the body of the creatorYet, they have a very unique music scene that's worth to be checked out. As I was wandering around on soundcloud I've found an awesome tune on someone's favorite list. That was Fraktone's track called "Cave". I was mesmerized so there was nothing else to do but to get in touch with this guy. I had no idea what to expect. It turned out that the music world is refusing to let me down and I met Fraktone who is super friendly and some other guys as well. I was amazed how he immediately recommended me some of his friends work rather than showing off with his own craft.
I've chosen Mahaon and Fraktone to interview based on their craft. They both make weird and good sounding...
You cannot hear the kick of the bass because the only thing that comes out of the speakers is a distorted roar. It could happen in the most of the clubs and almost all of the improvised venues suffer of this disease.
2. The music is way too "underground" when the crowd is not. It's okay to play tech-house for an MDMA soaked crowd for 12 hours but for non-diggers and random party goers it's just a flat four on the floor beat with some random sounds. This thing also stands for dark music and any kind of musical extremism. Every style has its own place and time. If someone messes up this placing and timing a lot of people are going to have a bad time.
3. Overpriced water. When you pay 3 bucks for a water, while a beer or a coke is 2 bucks, than something is messed up real bad.
4. Free entry. It mostly attracts some "low life" people who'd you like to avoid.
5. Lack of security personnel. I don't have to explain this one I guess.
6. There is no wardrobe or it has a reduced capacity....
It was the music of Beatman & Ludmilla that kicked me over the edge and now I've found the latest EP of DiiSTORTiiON.
Breaks with a heavy electro vibe and guitar are the perfect compound that kicks you in the face and all you can do is to beg for some more. When you're out of motivation and the crows of depression are circling around your head, this is the very stuff you need. At least this is the stuff I need.
turn a fully depressive and unproductive day into a workaholic daydream It has everything that makes it equal to the music of Beatman & Ludmilla that turned my head towards the world of music. This EP, or three tracks, or whatever you want to call it gives the instant extra power that is needed to turn a fully depressive and unproductive day into a workaholic daydream.
Besides that I cannot wait to hear these tunes on the dancefloor. Instant mind and ear-blowing will occur only to be followed by days of moving like Quasimodo because of the damage done to the muscles...
I don't have an Xbox One and neither my close friends so I was only watching reviews about the game and almost all the reviewers emphasized the great soundtrack. That was enough for me to watch some gameplay footage on youtube. As I heard Tensnake while watching someone cruising on the coastal roads of France I knew that the soundtrack really has what it takes to make you forget about your desk and to feel the stitches on the dash of the Purrari.
There was only one question left which was if the soundtrack can stand on its own as a pack of delighting sound drug. Despite having the positive answer in my head I had to make sure. So I did. Right now I'm listening to the soundtrack for the 4th time which has a significant meaning in the case of someone like me who listens to so much new music daily that there is very little time to replay older tracks.
The soundtrack really has what it takes to make you forget about your desk The selection of music goes all the way from indie rock to...
When I've found this EP I was in kind of whatever mental state. I couldn't listen to the whole EP. I found it disturbing for my soul at that time. The sounds were very unusual themselves and the way they were put together was odd. Despite all of the above the spark was being ignited inside of me. I knew that I had to listen to it a couple of times.
That was somewhere in the noon. I was doing my daily household work, had a nap and stuff until the point where the day was turned into dawn. I decided to listen to it before I go to sleep. It was a unique experience.
It's like philharmonics on heavy drugs, or philharmonics in a parallel distorted universe. The way that the pieces of the musical puzzle are put together is something that I've never heard before. For the first time it appears to be horrible, like it is falling apart, but if you have the patience to grab the essence than you will discover the magical side of Burial's music.
It's like philharmonics on heavy drugs, or...
Synthesizers are the backbone of electronic music since the 50's. New tracks still show signs of the sound effects first introduced as features of the MiniMoog back in the 70's. As the synthesizers became popular with the spread of the Minimoog a new genre was born with a distinctive mark of being almost entirely made up of synth sounds.
Not surprisingly the style was named as synth. Much creative. Jean Michel Jarre was and still is the first highly popular synth artist. He begun to make a name for himself in the 70's and even to this day he has some pretty amazing concerts all around the globe. (Synthpop came from the same place but as music and sound it became something totally different.)
The pulsating vibe creates a perfect set for a retro-futuristic cyberpunk worldSome ten years later the 80's have made its mark on art with blurry Ferrari F-40s', the Knight Rider series, the Back to Future saga, the Blade Runner and a whole bunch of other stuff that formed the era to the shape...
It's enough, let's talk music. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, here are some of the very best progressive breaks that I've found during 2013 and 2014. The date is not referring to the actual release of the tracks it is just the time period when I've found these pearls. I don't say that it was hard-hard work, but it took days of browsing and some luck the click accidentally on some links to find these tracks.
Yet again, too much text. So I'll let my keyboard rest,
here are the tracks, sit back and enjoy.
Last but not least, there is Douglas Horvath's track called "Would you make toasts with me". Good luck finding it.
We are thinking about things to come if not organizing memories. The bottom line is we are not living in the present. But here's the solution! Many say that creating a time machine is impossible. But if that's true I shouldn't exist. The articles are a state of the art example for that. Sometimes I head towards the future and sometimes when it doesn't feel right I head back right into the past. This method bypasses our struggle between past and future only to find the present of any given time. Riight now I'm only taking a tiny leap backward to find a cure for our flow hunger, which is Hotline Miami.
Video games are a great way of getting back into the flow. There are plenty of them with some very creative and talented guys somewhere in an office turning caffeine into code. In some cases they create a playlist for the game that'll blow your mind, even without the game. This is the very case.
the sound withstands any attempt to use labels for describing it The sounds are in perfect...
So what do I do when I don't understand some sort of music? I kick it over the edge shouting shii.... Wait, that's not me! As I was killing my time on twitter and listening the music of my followers I bumped into a guy called Munchkin who turned out to be a bedroom trap producer with some cool tunes on his soundcloud profile. As we were chatting it became clear that I'm talking to someone who's doing his craft by heart and not because it's so trendy and let's throw some samples into a new Ableton project and voila. He had to be the guy to answer my question about trap.
It's enough of my thoughts let's learn how to trap from the man himself, Munchkin.
I got into the world of electronic music way back in the day with Aphex Twin. I was listening to house and DnB, later I moved onto dubstep then I heard trap. After I heard trap for the first time it was a match made in heaven because I always listened to the "dirty south" types of rap like T.I with those low 808 kicks, tons of hats and...
Why do we hate certain sounds that are loved by others and vice versa? What is the definition of taste? How do music heads approach music and how do average non-music people approach music? These are just a couple of questions that were troubling my mind lately and they are just a bit too much to be answered in one article, but I'll try. Now or never.
There is a certain type of music that should be considered as an act of domestic violenceThe music that one likes or at least listens to has a strong relation with the individuals' place in the cultural web of the society. No matter how we look at society, a certain cluster of people that is selected by geographical location is made up of smaller clusters of subcultures. These subcultures divide people based on their financial wealth, looks, intelligence, religion, nationality and so on and so for. A person lives in a matrix that is drawn upon him or her by this mixture of values that originate from the subcultures of which she or he...
There is really not much out there on the web about Gangsta House but the sound. A few days ago I was on the fourth tab on Google's search results for Gangsta House but I couldn't really find anything but mixes and songs. As days was passing by and I skipped a few on writing the article. After picking up the thing again three days later I found significantly more hits on the topic, so the scene is evolving by the passing day and the duo responsible for the whole phenomena are marching towards fame.
The French DJ – Producer duo Amine Edge & Dance are the guys to look for The French DJ – Producer duo Amine Edge & Dance are the guys to look for. Considered the pioneers of G-House or Gangsta House they have already made an Essential Mix on Pete Tong's highly popular radio show. Of course they have a huge underground prominence by now in France and the UK. I'm very curious to see them a couple of months later if the style gets adopted by the commercial scene. If this happens I...
Visuals were immediately there to support electronic music as it came out from the experimental stage and it was shown to larger audiences. In the very beginning The Throbbing Gristle used disturbing imagery to assist their weird sound in dislocating the line of thought of the audience.
Since then the whole scene went on steroids and got huge. With the exponential development of the technology the visuals scene grew into a high-end playground for gearheads with an artistic touch. They are always somewhere near or on the stage setting parameters and pushing copious amounts of buttons. Despite that one can have fun at a party without even realizing and paying attention to the work of man and machine that elevates the atmosphere into another level.
they are attracted by what has to be done
and not what by awaits if they can achieve success
Who are the people behind the visuals and how are they doing it? I would like to introduce two guys, Plus and Lamaskier. Making visuals started out...
It's not just about the mind-fuck you get, it's about the fever that is transmitted to your body. Some sounds are enough to get your mind high but that's it. They are the tracks that you want to listen to while lying on your sofa with your cat.
But there is another side. The side that makes your mind climb the highest of peaks and rockets your body into motion. The ultimate raving experience, for me at least. Fluke's Risotto hits the bullseye of this category.
It is the sound of sex mixed with dancing
in the meanest place that a mind can create
Absurd is the first track and it just kicks you over the edge of a very deep (high?) rabbit hole. It is the sound of sex mixed with dancing in the meanest place that a mind can create.. These sounds always remind me that back then, at the dawn of electronic era people went to parties not because of the fame of an artist, not for picking up chicks, not to get drunk as hell but to enjoy the music, THE SOUND.
This is the very sound that brings...
After giving birth to the sound of acid, deep and many other highly influential sub-genres house took on the 21st century as well. After the millennia electro house was the new sound which morphed into Dutch House by 2009-2010. From this point came the one thing that managed to highjack the ears of millions turning electronic music from a partially underground scene into the most popular genre in the history of mankind. BigRoom House took over a festival scene at a ferocious rate pulling in even those into the vortex of festival fever who were never ever interested in this sort of things. In the same time the term EDM came along to cover those expressions like electronica, electronic music, electronic who the hell knows what under one term, electronic dance music.
From this point came the one thing
that managed to highjack the ears of millions
People love cool sounding abbreviations like KFC, NFL, THC and so on and so for. It was only a matter of time before the popular music was...
7 years ago (next month to be exact) Radiohead did the same thing with In Rainbows. Screams of "Omg! we're doomed!" began. A year later Nine Inch Nails did the same with The Slip... And certain people took to the streets with their "END IS NEAR" signs... Yet here we still are, enjoying music, and there's plenty of it. Tell me again how vinyl record plants can't keep up with the DEMAND for physical vinyl presses* again?
Ask yourself, who's behind this outcry? Chances are, it's a musician who's music we've forgotten about (and chances are, it wasn't great to begin with.) Others following suit are most likely in shitty bands, that can't get anyone to listen to them... NOT because people don't care about music, but entirely because THEY MAKE SHITTY MUSIC. Stop projecting your creative failure onto the rest of us please, be better at your craft instead.
Great music is still being made, bought and sold, I'd say some of the BEST music I've heard in my life so far has been in the last few...
Today we live the era of electronic music. Everyone is becoming a DJ, a producer or most likely both, which is a bit messy as I see it. In this madness heated by CDJs and controllers one might ask that where the live performers are, who will follow Depeche Mode or The Prodigy in their footsteps. Well, ladies and gentleman, they are here. Daft Punk had made "Random Access Memories" with live instruments, Adam Freeland is defining genres with his new band called The Acid and so on and so for. It is only the EDM media that wipes everyone clean with a huge load of news about cake throwing, vodka drinking and Ferrari crashing edm peeps.
cake throwing, vodka drinking and Ferrari crashing edm peeps
When I have looked up from the screen of my laptop to go out and actually live I've bumped into a new live/electronic band that was formed not even a year ago just "next door". It is called StereoTrombone and the funny thing is that I sort of knew the guys who came up with the whole idea. DJ...
But before discussing it some insight might be needed about the previous works of Slighter for the sake of better understanding his craft.
Slighter latest album the "Science of Noise" is a strange creature and a musical challenge. It didn't surprised me that it evolved even further into something that is far beyond the well-known shiny surface of the sea of music.
The most of us are just swimming on the surface of the music. Some submerge after taking a deep breath too look around what's underneath. But these are shallow waters and there is light. By going deeper and deeper one finds itself in the twilight zone and this is exactly where "Science of Noise" is. There is no sense in going deeper. It is cold, it is dark, and it's dangerous.
The most of us are just swimming
on the surface of the music
These dark, cold, unknown places are filled with dangers, new stuff and a heck of an adventure I might add. This is the point where the whole thing turns from hobby into profession and a...
The vibes and beats of Perturbator make the perfect setup for a trip back to the future. In no time you wake up somewhere standing on the balcony of a mile high skyscraper wandering into the dirty mass what appears to be a city. As the cheap neon lights give the city a fake red aura, you feel yourself as a natural part of the glooming night. But you block your HUD, all you want to do is to wonder into the distance. You might have memories that you never had before. As the music sneaks into your brain and it goes deeper and deeper a whole new world is emerging in the front of your spiritual eyes.
Steampunk, lasers, weird colors, cyborgs, sky-high cities, gray skies,eternal gloom covering the city For a moment I want to turn away from the album itself to talk about Perturbator's track called electric dreams. This tune takes you to the static retro-futuristic bedroom of a citizen living in new Hong Kong up on the 231st floor. You look around, the room is all quiet, and the only sound...
Writing is different though. A written text is not aimed towards anyone and it also gives more room for thoughts to clarify themselves. So I don't feel like I'm hurting someone with contradicting his or her theory.
These days it happens that some say that there is nothing new in music
So you hear that there's no real talent and there are no new genres of music. Than you hear At Dawn We Rage and you realize the exact opposite of this misbelief. It is also important to mention here that a certain mindset and background knowledge is required to see that point. But I don't want to dig into that, since that topic will be discussed in detail in a future article.
Back on At The Dawn We Rage their music is a delightful mix of everything. They have some awesome trap remixes along with some smooth cocktail of chillout and deep house. Despite the huge stylistic spectrum of their music each and every track has something in common, which is a smooth and well-paced vibe. Using these sounds the...
House, acid house and breakbeat was melted into one giving a unique sound that defined the electronic scene till the mid 90's. For those who considered 4/4 too organized and saw hip hop as something too loose breakbeat hardcore was the real thing. The pumping basslines, the uplifting vocals and the energizing vibes made the illegal rave scene such a phenomenon in England that police had to intervene on a high profile. It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything.
It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything Than evolution came along and breakbeat hardcore became the feeding ground for new styles like oldschool jungle, bigbeat, Uk garage and Drum and Bass. Breakbeat hardcore became a part of the past and by today is only knew by the people who were living it or those who get stuck in the world of the music like me and many others. The fact is that mainstream music consumers and...
My musical life took a sudden turn when my aunt who was a teenager at that time moved to us. I was listening to tons of music with her like The Prodigy, Pink Floyd and many others. Jean Michel Jarre became my favorite. I was 3-4 years old. The sounds of his albums had a great impact on me. Then I turned eight and my parents have brought our first TV. From that point I was listening to any commercial music that was on the screen. That was in 1998 – 1999. I was listening to virtually anything except for folk music
Jean Michel Jarre became my favorite. I was 3-4 years old As time was passing by, I was listening to Britney Spears, Eminem, Scooter, Dj Alligator, Dj Bobo etc. Jean Michel Jarre fell out of my view. After finishing elementary school, I started to attend parties and started to drink as well. In my teenage years I just thought that partying is about drinking and getting laid.
Than the day that changed my life forever had arrived. I just turned 19, I have finished High School...
I equate this to entering an art store to argue over which paint brush will paint you a better painting: If you can't paint, there's not a brush that an art store can sell you to make you paint like Renoir. The same is true for any tool used to make art, be it software or whatever. A tool in the hands of an artist becomes great because of the artist, and never the other way around. People who take the time out of their day to make statements about DAW "X" being better than DAW "Y" are simply attempting to justify their own choice, their money spent, and their own investment to learn/use that choice. Usually this argument will include something about how their favorite producer uses the same, and that MUST make it superior.
Yet the rebuttal to that is counting the numerous artists who've championed rudimentary software to make their art: "I hear Burial uses only Audacity" or "Liam Howlett used mainly Reason to make Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned"...
But honestly, who cares...
Electronic music and mostly electronic dance music which rules the majority of parties is mostly about banging you hard. Which is good and I like to be banged as well. The problem kicks in when it's all about the banging. Sometimes I feel a desperate need to hear more organic like sounds so I can rather dance than rave. Raving is a huge part of my life, but I guess we all know that even the finest of foods can become a nightmare if you get nothing else to eat.
Sometimes I feel a desperate need to hear more organic like sounds so I can rather dance than rave From time to time I feel like I'm sucked in by that raging electronic vortex generated around the dance scene. Which has evolved because of a complex phenomenon generated by both the Dj's and their crowds. So Dj's shouldn't just play electronic music, just because of Djing is related to electronic gadgets. Dj's should play any kind of music that matches their perception of good music and their crowd is enjoying it as well.
As the vibe hits the frequnecy of your brain you're going to rush to your device to see what the heck is that track.
If this had happened than you are in the zone already. The instincts take conrol and you just start digging like a mad man. The „worst" scenario for me that could happen is that I find a single track. The best scenario is when I find a new underground record label and an album that adds something to my personality. This is the very case with „Evolved Breaks" released by Morphosis records.
The music is from producers that you've never heard
of but all these sounds crafted into one is something
that can be considered a true masterpiece
The music is from producers that you've never heard of but all these sounds crafted into one is something that can be considered a true masterpiece. These masterpieces of the musical existence are hard to find in the endless dimension of music. But the search is the part of the joy. The feel of the exploring always pays off. Some might...
From a perspective I divide music into two categories. There is the sound of the underground and the the sound of the mainstream. Both has its pros and cons and it is damn difficult to have a sound that can be consumed easily and in the same time not to make it sound like a zillionth rip-off of the current mainstream wave. This is the very point where the style of the underground remains but also opens up for the non-diggers. A few years ago Skrillex blew up the dubstep scene, now Diplo took moombathon to a whole new level and there is The Glitch Mob holding the door handle. This album cloud be the blow for The Glitch Mob and for glitch as a genre to conquer the world. They have also managed to renew their glitch experience without turning the whole thing upside down. If you just hear it somewhere for the first time and you've heard Glitch Mob before you can guess that it is their work.
Before we had into the world of the sounds let's make everything crystal clear about your music...
The movie "It's all gone Pete Tong" released in 2004 is the Holy Grail of that feeling. If you haven't seen it yet you got to act fast. It is a basic element of the clubbing culture. Every frame, every word and most importantly every tune underlines that. Where the name Pete Tong is present you have a very big chance to find sweet cherries. This movie is no exception.
Disc 2 is the real deal The soundtrack is divided into two discs. The first disk contains the background music, which is truly meant to be background. It's good but it's not what we're looking for. Disc 2 is the real deal. As you hit play and one track follows the other you will feel the need to get to a pool party at least. Now you might think that house from 2004 is outdated, but you know, good music never gets old. It's like a BMW E30. A couple of years have passed but the stuff still has the rock n' roll in it. In fact it has more. Since you don't really hear house like this a lot nowadays it is quite refreshing....
I've been to a loads of places and I've heard tons of DJs playing. I bet that you're in quite the same situation and for the most of the time you know what is going to happen. You can tell the direction the music is heading to, you feel the length of the loop in advance and you also know when the drop comes. When you go to a big festival with famous headliners than the thing is different. That's because those headliners that people use to adore are no DJs, they are producers forced by the EDM scene to act like DJs. They play their own tunes a zillion times in zillions of versions. Sometimes you hear the original, sometimes you hear a good remix and sometimes you hear a shitty remix. The bottom line is that they are not disc jockeys. But then who can be considered a good DJ?
But then who can be considered a good DJ?
A good DJ makes art out of the mixing of the tracks. The way one track follows the other and the feel of hearing parts from different tracks simultaneously gives the...
"Science of Noise" is one of the links that connects the listener to the sounds of the unique, untouched by business universe. The album takes the listeners for a ride of twelve tracks. The first half of the album is there to calm the disturbed consciousness by escaping the lights of those messy constantly flashing worlds. It's so peaceful and sweet that if you're tired while listening to it you will fall asleep instantly. The first time when I was listening to it and writing about it I was instantly sent into the dream world, literally. I wanted to write, but ultimately the music was writing my dreams. So I was trolled by the music. Music – Me 1-0.
connects the listener to the unmapped universe of sounds With no doubt "Above Ground" was the one track that knocked me out. Even now, after ten hours of sleep I find it hard to resist the temptation to close my eyes and to wander off just to fall asleep again. And then "Pathways" grabs you with the sound of magic. As soon as you open...
The love of music is a completely different level though. I guess the difference between the two sides lies in the level of consciousness in one's approach towards music.
We all need something that vibrates on the frequency of our very souls This consciousness is observable in one's habit of filtering music. Why is that important? Why shouldn't we listen to anything that comes our way? What should be the points of relevance when labeling a tune cool or shitty?
Since music is a very subjective thing it might sound cruel to talk about standards which could be used as guidelines for one to label music. There is one thing thou that no one can deny. Our thoughts are driving our lives. They defines us and our actions which shape the world that we're living in. Since humanity has gained the ability to think we should pay attention to every little detail that impacts our lives. Music is one of those "details" that can and will influence the behavior of people. It can be composed to trigger...