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It’s not all about shaking your ass at clubs, there’s also staring at your computer. Each Thursday RA bookmarks links best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This is what caught our eye this week:
Death in Detroit:
DJ and producer Aaron Carl’s blog
would be fascinating anyway because he writes well and, unlike a lot of musician’s websites, it’s up close and personal. But it’s also pretty shocking – people keep dying in it. First there was his April 11 entry
which begins “Yesterday I received some terrible news. My cousin Sharee was shot and killed by her husband. He then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide…” Jesus. Our thoughts go out to you and your family, Aaron-Carl. But it gets worse: last week
Aaron-Carl found out that he’d died himself. Such is life in Detroit I guess. After a car accident, he came home to find his friends all gathered for the funeral party, candles lit, his music playing softly in the background and letters of condolence in his inbox. Rest in peace, Aaron. And keep on jacking.
Behind the scenes at the DEMF:
Still on a Motor City tip, the Beatz by the Pound dance column at Stylus Magazine
has published an eye-opening account of one man’s quest to volunteer for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The anonymous writer's lowdown: the organisation was shoddy and the promoters seemed to have gone out of their way to hire the nastiest staff possible. The public perception that the trouble-plagued festival went off without a hitch this year takes a bit of a drubbing in the review
which is cunningly titled 'The 3-Day Paxa Hau-To Guide to Becoming a Paxa-Ho.'
Club competition is hotting up in Legoland. If you were a little plastic man and you wanted to go raving, at first your choices were limited to superclubbing at The Brick Rave
. Those in the know could check out DeeJay Bricks & the Brix Breakers
who take it back to the old school with mad turntable skillz but RA's favorite so far is the Dutch and gabbariffic The Oh Lego
on You Tube, which has clocked 735,860 views and counting...
Peek in the studio:
One for the gear geeks. American electronic music rag XLR8R profiles the Get Physical stable in its June edition and it's available to read online. The interviews
with Booka Shade, M.A.N.D.Y, Chelonis R. Jones and DJ T. are okay - there's a rundown of Booka Shade's early history which includes topping the charts writing and producing for girl group No Angels - but what really gets RA’s motor running is a list of Booka’s favorite studio techniques and software. All the hats on ‘Mandarine Girl’ were done on a Minimoog softsynth!
So you wanna be a DJ? Better brush up your wpms not your bpms as it looks like typing is the new beatmatching. An article
in Wired magazine this month reveals a new form of DJing taking off in London known as livecoding where programmers frantically write scripts of code that generate sounds and musical motifs in front of a audience. Livecoder and art student explains the concept: "By describing a musical idea in code, we're describing it at a higher level than if we're entering notes into a sequencer. I've tried sequencers and found it a slow, difficult, maddening way of doing music. There's an atmosphere of musicians being subservient to software. It really limits the kind of music that can be made." [via Metro]
Punk techno troublemaker T. Raumschmiere is most known for spicing up his DJ sets with stage dives off the speaker stacks and his 2003 schaffel hit Monstertruckdriver
. Turns out he's a bit of a gamer, too. Those with lots of time on your hands might want to polish up your mindless clicking skills because highest score after July 9 on the cute shoot ‘em up game on his website
wins a T.R survival pack (music, t-shirts, posters etc). The game
itself is pretty goofy – looks like he coded it himself. [via energylab.de]
Transmission ends. If you have any interesting links that you think might fit here (no promo spam please, we beg you), post them in the forum or send them to us at info (at) residentadvisor.net with the subject line 'Essential Clicks'.
RA bookmarks the best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This week: Lego parties, livecoding, behind the scenes at the DEMF�
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Thanks for the Aaron Carl blog link.
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^^^ I read about that this morning, infra-red apparantly....
(link is dead Paul)
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Thank, nice articles
It's better to burn out than fade away!
RA bookmarks the best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This week: Flying dogs, the history of house music, and Villalobos bites back...
It’s not all about shaking your ass at clubs, there’s also staring at your computer. Each Thursday
bookmarks links best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This is what caught our eye this week:Uncontrollable monster:
Techno star Ricardo Villalobos
doesn’t have a webpage and checks his email only once a month. So why doesn’t he like the Internet? In a new interview
with Japanese site Higher Frequency Villalobos calls the web "an uncontrollable monster”. In particular, those notorious snaps that did the rounds last year are still
on his mind. Ricardo reacts: “Sure I am sweating, but I am just closing my eyes and he takes the photo in this moment. Then he puts the photo on the internet, ‘Look how fucked up Ricardo is!’ Then people call me two weeks later, ‘Ricardo, I am really worried about you. I saw a photo on the internet’. Fuck off, you know me. Every normal intelligent person in the world knows that this photo was taken exactly in the moment where my eyes were closing not because I was completely fucked up.” Blinking or baked, that is the question. Don't look here for the evidence though - we're too kind to link to it.Let there be house:
Some wag has posted the whole of 'Pump Up the Volume: A History of House Music' to Youtube where you can watch it
in easily digestible nine-minute chunks. The three-part documentary series originally aired in the UK in 2001 and it’s very informative, especially on the origins of the genre in Chicago (we love the DJ lesson from Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk). The latter parts skew more towards a British perspective (The Hacienda, raves, acid house) - this is a must-see for dance music fans. Apologies for the YouTube link. We’d like to buy the DVD, but it ain’t for sale. [via bootness]Techno school:
Red Bull Academy go around the world teaching youngsters how to DJ and produce, and they put the evidence
up on the net for our pleasure. But these aren’t your usual boring music lessons: take a look at the schoolteachers – Atom Heart
, Carl Craig
, Ewan Pearson
, Larry Heard
, Mathew Jonson
, Michael Mayer
, Morgan Geist
… The interviews cover DJing, producing, the business and other bits and bobs. The transcripts have the info but check out the videos or you’ll miss the best stuff like Mathew Jonson's
amusing 100-mile-an-hour description of his studio setup – he’s the very picture of an obsessed techno scientist.Wish you were here:
His music wasn’t electronic, but it was psychedelic, and the influence of one of the originators of the genre looms over the more transcendental end of dance music even today. Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett
died this week at the age of 60. Sadly, Barrett’s life was testament to the perils of drugs – his experimentation with LSD led to a mental breakdown, his expulsion from the band and eventually a permanent withdrawal
from public life. For twenty years his whereabouts remained one of pop music’s great mysteries, until he was tracked down
to his mother’s house in Cambridge where he’d been living as a recluse. The psychedelic prime of Barrett-era Floyd is captured here
where you can see Syd performing with Pink Floyd and doing battle with an old square of a telly presenter. Rest in peace, Roger Keith Barrett.Dogs in space:
Poney Part 1 was released waaay back in 2001 but it was included on his 2005 album OK Cowboy and if the video for it slipped under your radar this year, or if you’re a dog lover, or if you just love freaky shit, check it out
. The vid was directed by the Pleix group out of Paris who have a swath of other clips at their website
including efforts for Plaid
, Basement Jaxx
and Kid 606
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ROFL @ Ricardo's reaction to that photo
Are Norwich the most givesy football team on Earth? Answers on the back of a postcard
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my favorite Syd Barrett anecdote
Barrett came into what was to be Pink Floyd's last practice session with a new song he had dubbed "Have You Got It, Yet?" The song seemed simple enough when he first presented it to his bandmates, but it soon became impossibly difficult to learn: as they were practicing it, Barrett kept changing the arrangement. He would then play it again, with the arbitrary changes, and sing "Have you got it yet?" After more than an hour of trying to "get it," they realized they never would.
RA bookmarks the best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This week: MSTRKRFT, Perlon and an Oxfam shop...
It’s not all about shaking your ass at clubs, there’s also staring at your computer.
bookmarks the best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This is what caught our eye this week:Politics of Dancing:
Ibiza Voice interviews Paul Van Dyk
, who has a thing or two to say about the "death" of dance music, downloading and trancing in the Middle East. You might think Van Dyk's brand of trance might be all about the euphoria, but he shows why titled his last couple of mix CDs ‘Politics of Dancing’. Van Dyk on his recent gig in Lebanon: “I was there last Saturday in an even bigger venue, 12,000 plus, the promoter said. Again, it was a celebration of being respectful to one another, peaceful living. And then two days later, these same people get attacked by the Israeli army force, which completely overreacted. It's crazy.”Once in a Lifetime:
Wannabe remixers would do well to check out this site
where you can download the 24-track master tapes of David Byrne
and Brian Eno’s
seminal 1981 collaboration ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’, rated for being one of the first albums to meld ‘world music’ with electronic beats. And if you’re happy with the results, you can post them up to the site for other remix freaks to listen to. As Byrne and Eno put it: “You are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like.” So far 179 bedroom producers have uploaded their takes on the album.Finders Keepers:
Once a week this blogger
heads down to the Dalston Oxfam Shop, snaps up a bunch of cassette tapes for a few cents and uploads them for our pleasure. The locals of Dalston seem to be heavily into late eighties R&B and early nineties house, and there’s a few unexpected gems to download. What a concept. There's also great lost eighties videos posted like spleen-rupturing Bobby Brown
dances which take us waaaay back. Why bother paying through the nose for rarities when there's an Oxfam Shop down the road? And your pennies go to a good cause, too. (via blissblog) My milkshake:
'Easy Love' is the latest single from dance rock flavor of the month MSTRKRFT
and the video (quicktime) (youtube)
is worth a squiz. We don't know about the music, they’re nowhere near as good as the French competition at this kind of thing, but the video is a laugh, if somewhat not safe for work. MSTRKRFT is a project from Jesse Keeler of rock band Death From Above 1979
and their getting a lot of press these days. But hey, who are we to complain, if it get new kids into the clubs it's all good, especially if they’re making videos as eye-poppingly audacious as this.Minimal Man:
Longtime minimal techno advocate and Wire magazine critic Philip Sherburne pens a column for American indie rag Pitchfork which is always a worthwhile read. This month
he backgrounds Berlin label Perlon in an article reprinted from German dance magazine Groove
. Philip also has a blog
that’s worth bookmarking if you’re of the techno persuasion. In his latest posts he learns to love Ibiza (not surprising given the minimal invasion on the island this year?) and spills the beans on the Synch Festival in Greece, where it seems he was won over by rock and roll. Nice photos, too.
RA bookmarks the best features, opinions and websites out there in the electronic music community. This week: who wrote Rej, the trials of Frankie Knuckles and the Guardian goes raving...
Rave is dead, long live rave:
The Guardian’s on-again-off-again attitude to dance music continues. The busting of illegal raves has made nice headline grabbers
this summer, complete with farmers interviewed beside their haystacks: "I never expected to see anything like this in my lifetime here." But even though rave has given way to rock
, it seems illegal raves are “back” in media terms, so they dutifully sent out a reporter to one of these newfangled revival
raves to see. Don’t worry, ex-Mixmag editor and Franz Ferdinand fan Alexis Petridis interprets it all for us: it seems people aren’t going for the music now, but for “outlaw cool.” But hang on, didn’t you give up on dance music years ago? Can you play something…better?
In a slightly grumpy interview
with Jonty Scrufff, we learn that house music originator Frankie Knuckles a) hates Rudy Giuliani, b) often visits the street that’s named after him and c) doesn’t take kindly to requests. “I like being close to the crowd, but not so they can disturb me,” says Knuckles. “I would say that probably 90% of the people understand that, but there’s that 10% who don’t, who think the purpose of me being that close to them is so they can bother me while I’m working. The minute they destroy my whole head and ruin my evening, then the rest of the night becomes work, and it’s awful.” How I made Rej:
DJ Mag techno scribbler Richard Brophy has the lowdown on Âme’s techno hit ‘Rej’ at his blog Test Industries
. Apparantly the track was originally a collaboration between Âme and Rajko Mueller, better known as Isolée. Ame said that after working together on a track for a few weeks, Isolée didn’t like what he heard and jumped ship, leaving Âme to finish the project on their own. We wondered what it reminded us of! ‘Rej’ sees a rerelease soon on mega-label Defected, so brace yourself for another onslaught…Retrofuturism:
An “educational” film posted at YouTube in three parts explaining electronic music to the Pong generation. Half analogue synth porn and half still-stuck-in-the-seventies nostalgia, it’s very
bizarre to see electronic instruments treated as such otherworldly, mysterious objects. The videos show that attitudes to electronic music might have changed (as have the hairstyles), but the fundamentals behind the technology haven’t. Creepy. Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
. Baplab Blogger:
Ocular Spectra has posted
an overview of NYC’s Baplab Festival last month. He didn’t stay for the techno at night, but he pointed and clicked at some of the more art-tastic daytime offerings, which included audience participation zippers, interactive Saturday Night Fever dancefloors and top-10 radio towers. Best of all, Ocular really knows his f-stops from his lens caps – beautiful photos. Hence the name?
i was just reading the Guardian's article abt the new raves near Kent.. n couldnt digest the fact the kids down there were loving 'pshycedelic' more than house,techno or prog..
is it actually creeping like that in the underground scene in the UK? or is it just the very young ones who are plugging into that genre?
n found this statement by the british govt. banning raves so weird:
----"This led to the Criminal Justice Bill's clauses banning gatherings of more than 10 people listening to 'music characterised by a succession of repetitive beats'.----
at dance music!
tools.. recently banned raves in goa, they are always fighting to curb down the raves in the UK, they do the same shit in oz n elsewhere too.. the bombing in lebanon finished whatever party scene was there! it all sucks!
maybe a massive war or revolution will make the world realise there are bigger problems on this planet than 'dance music' and 'E'..