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What on earth is EDM?
The phrase ‘LOL’ has bludgeoned to death the delightful act of TRULY and physically laughing out loud. It has reduced an emotion to 3 letters. The phrase EDM has ripped the heart out of electronic dance music and objectified it to a measly 3 letters!
How would you define EDM? No, it’s not Environmental Design Management!
Wikipedia has it down as ‘electronic music primarily for use within a night club setting, or in an environment that is centred upon dance-based entertainment’. The article goes on to mention mainstream popular music and I think that this is the key to EDM.
Pop Music EDM Culture
As big artists such as Madonna have made attempts at bringing ‘underground’ dance music into the pop realm, a dance music sound has become more popular in the mainstream media and the charts. The use of computer technology has been embraced more heavily in the production of various tracks and the glamorization of DJ’s has been marketed to the mainstream; with the likes of Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk being shown as ‘god-like’ figures who earn too much money! (see article below) Then Deadmau5 comes along and makes some noisy bleeps and grinds, reminiscent of my Spectrum 48k loading up. This entire facade is marketable and has therefore received the tag EDM. (Note: Many of you might not realise that computer games took 5 minutes to load, they were on cassette tape and made a disgusting shreiking sound with blips and screeches as they loaded)
Death of EDM
In the interests of maintaining some level of intelligence I request that the phrase EDM never makes the crossover into the underground dance music scene. I don’t ever want to hear anyone talk about EDM in any clubs I consider as decent, or I may complain to the NCO.
Yes, Night Club Owner!
Exactly, that sounds remarkably stupid, and so does EDM. You get the point, so lets just drop it there.
- Tiësto tops Forbes’ dance music rich list (guardian.co.uk)
Filed under: News Tagged: Dance music, DJ, EDM, Electronic dance music, rant, Tiësto
Music Man Records, 2012
Robert Hood reinforces his mastery of techno’s outer reaches on this third volume of Nighttime World, some seventeen years after the first one. Albums like this reveal the futility of pigeonholing records. The tracks here range widely in tempo and style, but they all retain the nuance and musicality of Detroit techno at its best.
“The Exodos” sets the tone with cool strings and sci-fi phaser blasts. Tight snares and twinkling treble make appearances, yet the track remains lulling. Surprisingly, considering its title, “Motor City” is set to a house tempo and based on a 303 squelch. The percussion is intricate, and a dark, funky piano line eventually joins to great effect. “Better Life” is, for lack of a better term, “intelligent.” Sophisticated synthesizer work builds to an arpeggiated apex. The bass is simply monumental.
“The Wheel” is sparse yet erotic. Grunts and bass pulses give way to languid piano chords. “Black Technician” is the first track with a traditional, heavy kick drum, yet it brims with life. Chimes and hiccups dance as static bursts joyfully. Snares hit right above the listener’s head. It’s as if Hood is embracing the crowd.
As difficult as it is to follow “Black Technician,” “Learning” admirably attempts to top it, with sweeping strings and organic electronic burbles. Lush synthesizers and complex percussion harken back to the Artificial Intelligence compilations.
The rapid, mid-octave bassline on “Drive (The Age of Automation)” is straight out of the eighties, while “Torque One” is deep and clubby. Out of all of the tracks on the album, these two seem the most simple. “Hate Transmissions” is early nineties-style minimal acid. Screams punctuate a series of carefully constructed breaks as the track changes subtly over ten minutes.
Slow, tinny air raid sirens provide a surprisingly effective backdrop for a ballad on “Slow Motion Katrina.” The bass-heavy beat is almost hip-hop, while the piano melody verges on classical. “Assembly” crunches along with filtered chord washes and a heavily processed vocal snippet. “A Time to Rebuild” is tightly packed with huge bass, jittery handclaps, and an organ call to action. Notes bend heavenward.
Solvoid is a mystery shrouded in a riddle. Three brilliant EPs have appeared from this artist online in the last several months, each one a tricky mixture of two-step, electro, breaks, and 8-bit arpeggios, with hints of the mystic, the playful, and the divine. As with Athena, they seem sprung fully-formed from the head of their creator, and yet there’s almost no discernible information out there about who he (she? they? it?) is. The level of technique and process in the releases point to someone who has been around the block a few times, but just what they might have done before is unclear. And the surprising responses I got back to my interview questions cloud the matter more.
But you know what? That’s awesome. Here’s a creator who just wants you to listen, believing that personal information is completely separate from that experience.
Listening to Solvoid’s clean-but-intricate production, you get the sense that you are moving through a neon maze, each burst of tones setting off sonic events that skitter off on their own paths. But the steady skipping pulse keeps it together, and when you let yourself sink into it, it’s like wrapping your head around a sacred geometry whose purpose is to make you dance.
All the Solvoid stuff we know to exist is contained within the collage below, all of it available for free. What we do know about Solvoid we find in three places:
Note: that SoundCloud page also does say “Berlin,” which … okay, doesn’t narrow things down much. -Ed.
So, read on if you want to become even less enlightened, although perhaps ultimately wiser and at least entertained.
Questions for Solvoid
Are you Burial?
Burial of whom? Did someone die?
No, really, are you Burial?
Burial is the outmoded death ceremony of an obsolete culture. Instead, I would hope for my particles to be scattered amongst the spiral arms of NGC 3294.
If you’re not Burial, who are you?
An Earth philosopher called Nietzsche once said, “I am one thing, my writings are another.” The same holds true for recorded music. Yes, I played a role in its creation, but ultimately, each song becomes its own living entity: going places I’ll never go, meeting people I’ll never know, taking on meanings never intended. Besides, the true source of music is cosmic, and I am merely a function of the universe at large. I could not exist without a billion untold events that led to my birth. Similarly, my hand in manifesting this music is subject to innumerable factors beyond my awareness, ability or control. Music is a manifestation of the universe itself: the unique expression of an infinite process. Everyone already knows me.
If, as I think might be the case, you’ve put out music before, why the focus on this “new” sound? What are you exploring?
Solvoid was initiated to explore a unique field of quantum interpenetration in a distant quadrant. Devastation struck – a disaster that changed the project’s course forever. We since learned there are basic assumptions about reality that hold us back from the truth. Solvoid was developed as a mechanism to expose these hidden phenomena.
Any plans to sign these EPs to a label? Or is Bandcamp where they will remain?
When your hours are spent threading the dark latticework of infinite flux, traditional infrastructures serve little purpose.
Any further Solvoid material in the works? Remixes or further self/non-self releases?
If a northern wind continues to howl for nine consecutive nights, look to the brightest star of Boötes – then you will have your sign.
Who would win in a fight, El-B or Horsepower Productions?
We are all manifestations of the same endless process; beyond this essential foundation, nothing lasts. Why fight?
CDM contributor Matt Earp, aka Kid Kameleon, is a San Francisco-based DJ, promoter, writer, blogger, historian, archivist, and fan of electronic music.
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