That’s the focus of a multi-website discussion that’s erupted in the last few days, with some writers lamenting the state of electronic dance music and it’s frequent focus on sex and, at least according to some, misogynistic views of women.
Throughout the heydays of disco, house and techno, clubs were places where working class, gay and ethnic minority groups could enjoy a freedom of expression denied to them in the ‘outside’ world.
The political value of the dancefloor was in the construction of a social space where the rigid divisions of dominant culture ceased to apply. Gender, sexuality, race – they were irrelevant when subjected to the carnival of sound, light and substances.
Finlayson goes on to argue that those egalitarian days are gone, asking “What ever happened to rave utopia?”:
It’s fairly common these days to see images of conventionally attractive women being used to promote music from a scene which is supposedly mistrustful of ‘image’.
This is soft porn with a sheen of arty respectability…..
Saturday Synth Porn: This is a quick demo of Yuri Suzuki’s Urushi Musical Interface – a gorgeous electronic music controller that looks a bit like it was left behind by aliens for Jean Michel Jarre to play.
The Urushi Musical Interface is a project for Collacqueration: Designed in the UK – Lacquered in Japan exhibition at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. The instrument is a touch panel musical interface which “uses principle of gold inlay.”
Check it out and let me know what you think of it! Would you give up a more traditional keyboard to try something new like this? Continue reading →
Imogen Heap is an award winning artist with Ivor Novello and Grammy awards to her name. Respected among her peers and adored by her fans, she truly embraces both modern technology and traditional instruments in her creative process.
D16 Group has introducedSyntorus Double Path Analog Chorus:
D16 set out to create a plugin which would have a rich analogue chorus similar to the effect found on classic synthesisers like the Solina, Synthex or Juno. This new effect is called Syntorus and is the latest addition to the Silver Line of plugins.
Syntorus has a unique sound which will add richness to any instrument it is used on. Synthetic basses and leads will come to life. It will also add extra depth and lushness to acoustic instruments.
If you’ve really been aching to see Ms March with a monster synth, the APC crew has got you covered.
While the site of a large modular synth, a Roland TB 303 or a Fairlight CMI III is titillation enough for most synth freaks, the 2010 APC calendar goes a step further.
Here’s what APC’s Simon Iddol has to say about their 2010 calendar:
The calendar itself is a limited edition (500 copies) A3 sized wall calendar featuring legendary synths like Fairlight CMI III, Roland TB 303, PPG Wave, EMS AKS or Roland Jupiter 8.
Our aim is to create a calendar like this in every year and to do something for the music world like the Pirelli calendar for the car world.
If every garage has a hot chick VS cool cars calendar, than every studio needs our calendar.
The model is a world famous Hungarian striptease dancer and model Dorothy Black.
The politically correct side of me thinks that they should have balanced out the gear photos featuring the “world famous Hungarian striptease dancer” with some shots with a hunky naked guy – but photos of naked guys with monster synths would probably kill the vintage synth resale market on eBay forever.
The calendars are $30 via PayPal. Details at the APC site.