Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jega - Spectrum

sorry for my long absence, i was on a cruise (!)

here is some classic (and classy) aphex-esque idm (the artist was/is friends with richard (d) james, from what i have heard). all song on this album are great, and many (with a few drum-machine exceptions) show a great amount of effort splicing and juggling and destroying old funk loops. this album is a wonderful example of what some early english idm was like, and why it was so great :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

An Anthology Of Noise And Electronic Music - First A-Chronology

a bit odd for this post, as this is not a singular album, but a collection of albums, an anthology, of noise and electronic music. a must have for any lover of noise and experimental electronic music, this anthology (of 6 different parts, the first is the only one i feature here because, well, its the first) is a very complete set of works, detailing a very complete history of the evolution of experiments in electronic music and noise. many artists, from sonic youth, to john cage, to evolution control committee, all make an appearance in this collection. this collection is a great introduction to the vast world of the eclectic electronic (heh).

Friday, June 17, 2011

Benn Jordan - Pale Blue Dot: A Tribute to Carl Sagan

benn jordan, otherwise known as "the flashbulb", is a great electronic musician, known for his insane programmed beats that don't (usually) utilize any drum loops at all. However, while he is usually categorized under the genre of "drill n' bass", he released this album not too long ago in honor of brilliant astronomer Carl Sagan, and, in this album, in which he chooses not to use his well known pseudonym, he also chooses to step away from his frantic style of music for which he is generally known. in this album, beautiful ambient soundscapes, appropriately space-y leads, and minimal drum patterns create a majority of the great atmosphere throughout this album (with several major exceptions in style and instrumentation, but you will have to listen to understand completely).

though this is definitely not the general style the flashbulb is known for (though, neither was his latest album, "Love as a Dark Hallway", which can be categorized as jazz, more than electronic music), it is very nice to hear jordan experimenting with other styles and genres, and his professional and complex sound remains consistent throughout these experiments.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yasunao Tone - Solo for Wounded CD

glitch/noise music made by scratching a cd, in the same way a dj would scratch a record. cuts, pops, and retriggers, along with the noisy sound of the data being transfered, create a very interesting electronic atmosphere, as long as you are not easily annoyed by repetition.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Les Rallizes Dénudés - December's Black Children

obscure (but influential and awesome) japanese noise rock with simple chord progression and insane feedback and vocals... its hard to explain, really.

warning to listener: beware, this music has a possible risk of making the listener high entirely through sound.

i... am not joking. 0_0

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Tape-Beatles - The Grand Delusion

pioneers in sampling, layering, and having a complete disregard for all musical copyrights ever made, the tape-beatles were the first musicians (other than negativland, and perhaps john cage) to create music categorized in a genre known as soundcollage, or plunderphonics, if you'd rather call it that. they used analog tape recorders to steal from pretty much everything, often messing with it, and blending it with other samples, nearly beyond the point of recognition. they also experimented with other forms of media, notably a very interesting audio-visual technique that involved 3 or more projectors overlapping each other's images (seen below), creating visual collages almost as strange as their audio ones!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ryoji Ikeda - 20' To 2000 - Variations For Modulated 440Hz Sinewaves

a conceptual piece by Ryoji Ikeda, an experimental/glitch electronic musician who has had some very interesting ideas throughout his career (this being no exception!). this piece is an exercise in very limiting minimalism, focusing entirely on rhythm and dynamics, and totally ignoring timbre (texture) and pitch, by using the purest sound that can be synthesized, the sine wave, at 440Hz, or A (above middle C). an interesting listen, but probably not something you'd listen to more than once unless you are VERY into conceptual art and very extreme minimalism.

p.s. use stereo headphones for this piece! the interplay between the left and right sides makes up one of the main features of this album, and without it, the piece becomes even more repetitive :P

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Venetian Snares - Cubist Reggae

ok, i understand many of my readers have a strong aversion to anything by venetian snares (for some weird reason), which is why i haven't posted anything by him here yet, but i must say that this is quite different from snares' usual amen break slicing madness. harshly chopped samples from reggae music intersect with warm analog sounding synths and strange chanting to create a very unique sound that one would definitely not expect from aaron funk. a very enjoyable ep, whether or not you like funk's previous works.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sonic Youth - Sister

a great introduction to noise, using a traditional rock setup (despite some very un-traditional guitar tunings!). pioneers in punk rock that are a bit underrated.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers

mike paradinas, of µ-ziq and kid spatula, and richard d james, of aphex twin and afx, get together and make an album. awesome ensues.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Doc Colibri - Voulez-vous danser?

some intense braindance from france (that rhymed!)

not as entirely loop focused as some other artists, doc colibri tends to use more drum machines and glitchy device sounds, along with samples from french media, to make his music. his tracks ("danse avec les nains" in particular) even involve him giving his own freakish take on the genre of dubstep. very much worth the download, which you can get/stream legally for free from over here!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Residents - Gingerbread Man

concept album by the residents with some really great (and really bizarre) lyrics. this originally had some sort of computer program to go along with the album with freaky avant-garde graphics flying all over the place, but i find that the album is great even without it. "everything was okay before mtv" :)