Sunday, 24 February 2013

Roots Two

Let me take you back to 1988. Electronic music is evolving and changing with it's newfound popularity. But like all trends they tend to be revisited at some point in the future, last time we covered the influence of Kraftwerk, Space and Giorgio Moroder on electronic music as a whole, this time we're shooting for something a little different. This release here has recently been rediscovered and labelled things like 'proto-vapourwave' and such, and yes I will admit it does have vibes not too dissimilar to vapourwave but it's just par the course for a ambient/new age record of that era, think Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene 12 years before this LP.

Now I'll admit that some parts of this LP have certainly not aged well and parts do sound incredibly dated. But once again this is an important reference point, as both a record of it's time, and to chart the influence it has on modern music, particularly vapourwave as a whole, hell OPN's label is even called Software.

The titles on this LP are pretty great, they have all that technological longing and mystique that was present on Kraftwerk's Computer Love, combined with this contrasting running theme of the coast. Like Kraftwerk's songs were about being hunched over your computer at night, and then this album sounds like it's made for a moody reflections montage in an artsy film before picking up around 3:40 or so in.

Software isn't some one-off side project either, the German due were at it and making albums until around 2000, with their last release ten years after Digital Dance in 1998. The title track follows the same pattern laid down by the previous one, ambient and hazy until around 2:40 when the drums come cascading in.

Finishing the coastal theme we have the final track that unlike any of the other tunes wastes no time getting the drums involved. There's some lovely sounds sprinkled throughout but they never stick around long, the same could be said of the LP as a whole, it is only about an hour long with 9 tracks. There is more than enough to go around though, the bold opening tune is a hefty 9 minutes 21 seconds long.

I do have a certain fondness for this type of stuff, after all raiding my dads tapes for stuff like this was what set off my interest in electronic music, and I can certainly see how it's effected the scene as a whole for sure. Cliché in parts? for sure but give it a try anyway, there's some neat stuff on there.

Marine Mood,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Glitch With Me

Hey Guys, bit of a deviation from my usual content today, for a project at University I'm running a series of workshops/tutorials on how to make glitch art both in actual classrooms and over my university blog, and I'd like you to contribute to the final outcome, which is a collection of things people have glitched with help from my instructions. Sound good? If you want to get involved please go and read my Glitch Art Tutorial post and follow the instructions there!

And just so I'm not leaving you hanging with no music, here are some of my favourite glitchy tunes to give you a little something to work by if you're making some glitched up goodness!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Electronic Lovin'

Well, it's that fateful day again. Lucky I went out the night before so now I have some video editing and some stuff to write up for Uni then huh? Regardless I'm gonna drop some tunes on you because I like procrastinating more than work!

HudMo lays down another of his annual slow jams mixes just in time for the 14th, not your conventional mix by any stretch of the means, apart from Mohawke dropping in some of his beloved gunshots here and there get ready for quarter of an hour worth of slow jams!

And some mo' selections from my catalogue for you. First is Sebastién Tellier with a bit from his fittingly titled Sexuality that has the honor of being produced by Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, one half of everyone's favourite french house duo Daft Punk.

I'll throw in my favourite remix too, Kavinsky's touch on the opening track from Sexuality is just brilliant, the intro to it is almost perfect. And fits right in with the rest of the album's sound quite comfortably unlike some of the other remixes, which is something I like a lot.

And finally, a couple of tunes from Canadian funk maestros Chromeo. Fancy Footwork is where they started to nail the sound they were going for, and it reflects in the explosion in popularity around that LP in comparison to their first. Here's an under appreciated gem from Fancy Footwork

And I'll end it with the final tune from that album, and something that wouldn't sound too out of place on HudMo's Slow Jams tape up there, but with a little more of a funk vibe to it. Make sure you stay tuned till the end to hear the bonus reprise of Tenderoni!

- Claude Van Foxbat