Since we have records of human history and emotions related to these pieces of memory, darkness has always been associated with negative aspects of life, or something that has to be feared if we look into popular culture purposefully avoiding a couple of subcultures that depict darkness as desirable.
Kynes's EP makes part none of the above. Inside Outside Energy is like the sonic recreation of light, or to be more precise, the lack of it. It reveals the beauty of darkness and imperfection, which is highly refreshing in a world where the majority of the scene is rushing towards the cleanest and most sophisticated sound. Say, while Classixx's "Hanging Gardens" is California sunshine, Inside Outside Energy is like hanging out in Deus Ex's Lower Hengsha.
It underlines the state of mind of accepting, understanding and enjoying of what one can have at a given time as limited by the constraints of the web of interactions and conditions we simply refer to as life. While for some the...
Once in a while a song just grabs you and throws you into a state of mind which is hard to describe, but all too familiar for each and every one of us. You put it on repeat and pray to whichever god you're into at the moment that you will not get tired of it like you did with the last one. You will.
Taro is the final song on Alt-J's debut studio album, An Awesome Wave. Fitting name for the album... and boy does it end on a high note! Now, I love the track for several reasons. It's an incredibly well put together song from a technical point of view, the highlight definitely being the riff starting at 1:17 (which is played by tapping the strings with an insulating tape).
The melody - bewitching as it may be - only counts for half of the song's genius. Newman opens by painting a picture of Robert Capa's, the famous war photographer's, last seconds as he steps on a landmine in Indochina.
"...very yellow white flash
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like rags"...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...