Toronto Bans Electronic Dance Music! Is Mayor Rob Ford To Blame?

mayor-rob-ford-crack-photoToronto has banned electronic dance music.

The Toronto Star reports that city-owned buildings at Exhibition Place will no longer host electronic dance music parties, as a result of a 4-3 board vote on Friday. Advocates of the ban argue that it will make young people safer, saying that ‘drug and alcohol abuse among minors is rampant at electronic dance music (EDM) events’.

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who introduced the motion, said the use of MDMA and ecstasy is of particular concern, arguing “this is not what city property and taxpayers’ money should be use for.”

Opponents argued that the ban was bad for business, would drive dance music fans to unregulated underground events, and was driven by the friendship of notorious ‘crack-smoking mayor’ Rob Ford, above right, and Zlatko Starkovski, owner of the local Muzik nightclub. Continue reading

Silver Apples Made Electronic Dance Music Before EDM Was Even A Thing

This video, via THUMP, is a profile of Simeon Coxe of pioneering psychedelic electronic dance music band Silver Apples.

“I think the future is really ahead of us,” notes Coxe, “You’re going to see huge leaps in terms of what we accept as music.” Continue reading

Discrete Energy II

Max Million has released a new sound library, the second and final part of the Discrete Energy series:

Discrete Energy II provides the backbone for Glitch | IDM | Breaks or other forms of EDM music production.

Includes 443 MB of highly original and inspiring audio content. Every sample is as usable and fresh as humanly possible.

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The Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music

evolution-of-electronic-dance-musicThe Evolution Of Electronic Dance Music, edited by Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn, is a book that looks at the history of electronic dance music, through interviews with a variety of artists that helped define it.

The book is largely compiled from interviews published over the last 30 years, in Keyboard and Remix magazines. The artists interviewed are a ‘who’s who’ of electronic music: Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Juan Atkins, The Orb, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, BT, The Crystal Method and many others.

Because of the age of many of the interviews, they offer a vintage perspective. So, while some of the discussion is dated, it also often offers a contemporary perspective from the artists, early in their careers. Continue reading