“This Music Makes Me Want To Slap My Sister’s Fat Bum!” – Kids On Skrillex

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This video, via noisey, features a bunch of adorable kids offering their honest opinions on the Skrillex track, Bangarang.

Some of the comments are dead-on and others probably make more sense if you’re six years old.

Along the way, they also offer their insight into why people like to go to nightclubs, drinking drinks to stay awake, what ‘the drop’ is and Skrillex’s ‘horrifying’ hairstyle.

Let us know what you think of their review!

via Tom at Waveformless, Buzzfeed


Lawrence Ball’s ‘Method Music’ Explores The World Of Generative Music Buried In The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’

Lawrence Ball‘s double CD Method Music is a new collection of generative music that’s inspired by ideas Pete Townshend has explored over the last 40 years, with his Lifehouse project.

Townshend’s Lifehouse had its origin in a sci-fi rock opera, written as a follow up to Tommy. One of the key ideas of the project was that the music would be customized to the characteristics of individual listeners. This was an underlying concept of The Who’s Baba O’Riley.

The original music Townshend wrote for Lifehouse was eventually released on Who’s Next and other albums. But Townshend has remained interested in the idea of music based tailored to listeners.

The tracks on Lawrence Ball’s Method Music represent a modern interpretation of these ideas. Ball implemented Townshend’s ideas using a computerized compositional system called he calls Harmonic Maths.

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Danoteck’s BEAT The Machine

Free Music Friday: Danoteck’s BEAT The Machine is described as “a fast paced Drum N’ Bass journey through the awakening of ‘Binary Emulation of Advanced Thought’ or B.E.A.T.- A Supercomputer that becomes self aware.”

But, while BEAT The Machine may be a drum and bass concept album, Danoteck doesn’t let the concept get the way of the music.

The album starts with about 10 seconds of deep synth drones. But about the time you think you put on a Hearts Of Space album by accident, Danoteck unleashes an unrelenting onslaught of machine gun rhythms and sub-shredding basslines. This is followed by an hour of face-grinding beats, heavy breaks and synth bass nastiness.

If you’re looking for something subtle, this probably isn’t it.

On the other hand, I listened to this while driving 200 miles across Western Kansas, and when I arrived at my destination, I was ready to break things with my bare hands.

You can download a few tracks from BEAT The Machine from the player above, or get the full album at Amazon.

Mathon – Terrestre (Vinyl + DVD)

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Mathon’s new release, Terrestre, is a unique album, both musically and in terms of the physical format.

Switzerland based Mathon is made up of Thomas Augustiny, Roger Stucki und Pete Leuenberger. They create cinematic ambient music.

The album comes as a vinyl LP + DVD combination. It’s worth noting that the LP is pretty sexy, as it’s pressed in clear vinyl. A DVD is also included, with digital versions of each of the tracks, remixes and videos for several tracks. It’s clear a lot of thought went into the presentation of this release.

The album features 6 tracks, 3 to a side on the LP. The music combines electronic sounds, acoustic instruments & environmental sounds.

Mathon says that “they took their mobile recording-studio into the mountains and they chose the earth as their main theme for the compositions. The coexistence of nature and civilization and also the contradictions between the two can be heard on Terrestre.”

The tracks mix fluttering ambient synth pads with: piano, violin and other instruments; subtle glitch effects and processing; and an assortment of unidentifiable creaks, scrapes and drones. At times, it’s a bit like George Winston had to do a gig in one of the slightly eerie landscapes of Brian Eno’s ambient classic, On Land. Other times, it has more of a meditative quality.

Though the music on Terrestre is described as ambient – it’s not necessarily music you’re likely to put on and ignore. This sonic landscape may make you wonder just what’s in the shadows, behind that tree or over the next hill. Continue reading

Eban Schletter’s Cosmic Christmas

Eban Schletter’s Cosmic Christmas is described as a yuletide odyssey – but it’s also bizarre theremin-filled exotica that’s likely to find fans among curmudgeons and send people hoping for a little old-fashion Christmas running from the room.

Schletter has a varied background – ranging from music for SpongeBob SquarePants to playing with System Of A Down or acting as the drummer for the all-girl band Stone Fox (dressed as the skanky “Debbie”).

While other artists are looking to the past, Schletter has created a concept album based on the idea that “a military satellite finds itself in the midst of a musical “transmission” which forces it to rethink its primary directive.”

The album doesn’t hit you over the head with the concept, though.

Instead, Cosmic Christmas combines original songs and instrumentals with modern electronic exotica takes on Christmas classics. There’s some great “spacey” theremin work on Schletter’s versions of Christmas Time Is Here, We Three Kings and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Continue reading

Glenn – Electronic Secret

Fans of the classic synth music of Jean Michel Jarre may want to get familiar with Norway’s Glenn Henriksen, aka Glenn.

He sent us a copy of his 2008 album Electronic Secret, a 10-part suite of electronic instrumentals that he describes as “Nice chill Electronic music with a touch of Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro, Vangelis ….”

In other words – his music is inspired by the late 70’s-early 80’s golden age of synth music.

Of the influences that Henriksen notes, the most obvious is Jarre. Henriksen’s obvious affection for Jarre’s music may excite some and turn off others, but, for fans of classic synth music, Electronic Secret deserves attention on its own merits. Continue reading

Rave – The Movie

Rave is a movie, from 2001, that tells the story of 6 LA kids that end up at a rave.

Here’s how the producers describe it:

A Rave is a Rhythmic Assault mixed with Visual Ecstasy and if you haven’t experienced one, you’re about to… It’s Saturday night in Los Angeles and 6 teenagers throughout the city are in search of the hottest Rave in the city– it’s the weekend and they’re ready to PARTY.

Over the course of less than one day, we see a portrait of these kids finding their way; their paths crossing in a universal setting…a big city with all the temptations, attractions and dangers.

Here’s my plot summary:

A bunch of kids decide on impulse to go to a rave.

They all end up either: dead, mutilated, or traumatized for life.

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