Sunday, 19 April 2009

A Little Bit of Oldschool

Just a few years before the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in the UK and long before the RAVE Act in the US, something special was going on. It sounded something like this:

Praga Khan - Injected with a Poison [right click to download]

Orbital - Chime [right click to download]

Of course, times changed, laws changed, and so did the music. In 1994, in protest of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994's ban on gatherings where music that has "succession of repetitive beats" is played, Autechre released Flutter on Anti EP which does not have repetitive beats, and sounds pretty damn sweet. Of course, Autechre advised to "have a lawyer and a musicologist present at all times to confirm the non repetitive nature of the music in the event of police harassment."

Other songs you may remember were in protest of this bill, such as Orbital's Criminal Justice Bill? and The Prodigy's Their Law. You know how it goes: "Fuck 'em and Their Law."

I could just post all those tracks, but I have a better idea. Instead of you listening to me, how about you go out there into the vast reaches of the internet and use what I've told you already to make some new discoveries? It'll be worth it, believe me.

- Kevin


Joe said...

Who would have thought that a track recorded on their dad's old cassette player would pave the way for Orbital to spend the next decade soundtracking Glastonbury's comedowns?

Kevin L. said...

Yeah I think people forget that if you do something new, innovative, and exciting you actually CAN get people's attention. Just look at The Prodigy: they started as some underground ravers nobody knew about. But they separated themselves from everyone else and the rest is history.