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Top 5 Romanian Festivals
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...

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Juan Atkins – Digital solutions:
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...

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French Electro is Evergreen:
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...

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Music and Globalization:
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...

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The future of DJing: Funkanomics in the Focus
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...

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Endless Melancholy:
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...

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Music and globalization:
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...

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Slighter - Science of Noise
"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...

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