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More creative than a dead mouse, anyway.

Draped in a glittering techni-colour dreamcoat and hiding somewhere behind an animatronic dick-face, it's Anklepants - lord of mutant bass and distorted pop electro.
posted by empath on Jun 9, 2014 - 12 comments

Artificial Intelligence

In 1992, the then-young independent British record label Warp Records launched a series entitled Artificial Intelligence. A foray into what the label called “electronic listening music”, the seminal chain of albums forever altered the way electronic music was viewed, written, and heard. At the time, most of the electronic music known to the public was club/rave/dance music. Though this had it’s place, Warp’s founders, Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell, had a vision of electronic music that could be listened to and enjoyed rather than only dance to.
Warp's Artificial Intelligence series revisted.
posted by jontyjago on Jun 6, 2014 - 30 comments

Get Turned Up To Death.

SNL asks: "When Will the Bass Drop?"
posted by empath on May 18, 2014 - 82 comments

Disney Dconstructed (EDM)

Like most people, my first thoughts upon hearing about Disney's EDM remix album "DCONSTRUCTED" was: "Oh dear God. This cannot end well."
posted by MechEng on Apr 22, 2014 - 17 comments

Fire up that loud

In case you haven't hert / Lil Jon is back / with a new track / about getting turnt / and a video so cray / it may make you lose your shirt // [& needless to say / its NSFW].
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 11, 2014 - 45 comments

Quicker Than A Ray Of Light

Sixteen years ago, on February 22, 1998, Madonna released her seventh studio album, Ray Of Light, followed the next day by lead-off single Frozen. Popular music and culture would never be the same. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Feb 17, 2014 - 91 comments

Daft Punk is virtually playing at my house.

BE-AT.TV features live DJ performances from around the planet. It also has a huge archive of shows. It's currently featuring live performances from the BPM festival in Mexico.
posted by empath on Jan 8, 2014 - 14 comments

Music's got me feeling so free

Reverse-Engineering Daft Punk's 'One More Time' [SLYT]
posted by schmod on Jan 3, 2014 - 29 comments

20 years of Essential mixes: a kaleidoscope of sounds

For younger fans of electronic music, the Essential Mix archive* is a time capsule that allows them to listen to sets that took place before they were born; for others, it’s a treasure chest of musical memories that allows them to re-visit the glory days. And what better way to celebrate 20 years than with a party? Rather than the usual broadcast from Tong’s studio, fans had the opportunity to join in on the fun at the Manchester Warehouse Project, with an absolutely stellar line-up pitting veterans of the scene back-to-back with rising stars. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 14, 2013 - 34 comments

the purity myth

Lately, it seems like everyone's talking about Molly: MDMA rebranded for a new generation of gyrators. However, Molly is much safer than Ecstasy, the electronic dance music scene's prior party favor, because it's pure. Right? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Oct 24, 2013 - 92 comments

"the laughing stock of the Internet and two music genres"

Engineer turns hardcore band into EDM nightmare after they fail to pay. [T]he engineer, known only as Dan, funnelled the “best 30 mins I’ve ever spent” into reworking the material and uploading the final product. What was surely meant to be a hard-hitting, passionate composition of brutal metalcore integrity is now a cringeworthy dance track.
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 23, 2013 - 51 comments

More than the slot machines

Gawker has some revelatory excerpts from a new New Yorker article [behind paywall] digging into the extraordinarily high-profit world of the EDM DJ in Vegas nightclubs. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Sep 25, 2013 - 172 comments

sssShawnnnn - Pizza Rolls (metal x EDM mashup)

"My friend Ian left his Midi Fighter 3D at my house, and I made something with it. :]"
posted by griphus on Aug 26, 2013 - 28 comments

Soundtrack to your Friday

London record label Black Butter have been spearheading a new wave of UK dance music. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 21, 2013 - 37 comments

The weight is off his shoulders

Anthony Moore, known as Romanthony, has died at age 46. [more inside]
posted by Taft on May 20, 2013 - 19 comments

Sounds & Spaces 001

“When I was doing my Post-Doc at UCL I used to go to the British Museum to relax, and work in the beautiful library there, so I chose the space for the mix. I wanted to capture the ambient atmosphere in the central courtyard, so I did some binaural recording to include in the mix. I also wanted to make the mix something of an exploration through history and ideas in line with the contents of the museum, so I brought in lots of disparate music spanning the centuries and continents. I also mixed it in a way to be like a journey though the museum, turning corners and regularly coming across something totally different and unexpected, with each track being like a different exhibit. Hence the name of the mix, in that, each piece of music almost has a visual content.” -- Max Cooper & The British Museum [more inside]
posted by empath on Apr 21, 2013 - 11 comments

It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

The new Will.I.Am single sounded very familiar to trance producers Mat Zo (previously) and Arty. But that's only one example of his serial plagarism of EDM artists: [more inside]
posted by empath on Apr 18, 2013 - 37 comments

Random Access Memories

With Daft Punk's new album coming out, The Creators Project is interviewing their collaborators about their careers, production and playing techniques and working with Daft Punk.
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • Todd Edwards
  • Nile Rogers

  • posted by empath on Apr 12, 2013 - 39 comments

    Infinitely Gentle Blows

    West Coast Rave Pioneer Scott Hardkiss has passed away. He put together one of the earliest must-have Essential Mixes in 1997, and produced some of the all-time classic rave anthems.
    posted by empath on Mar 26, 2013 - 28 comments

    You don't need a drop in every track

    "Even drum and bass works best when it's a constant, steady assault, those subtle changes that mark one track from the next being the bits that make Bermondsey boys on bail take their shirts off and twist their own jaws into "Z" shapes". Tongue-in-cheek Vice article on the new rave culture in the US
    posted by fatfrank on Jan 18, 2013 - 95 comments

    R_co's archive of EDM mixes on Soundcloud: "It's good to share"

    There is a universe of recorded DJ mixes to sort through, enough to keep you entertained and dancing for years. Souncloud user R_co fills a pocket of this cosmos with thousands of mixes and some live shows to stream and download, spanning styles and decades, from Bob Marley and the Wailers live in 1975, to a Shep Pettibone Mastermix Danceparty from 1983, Mark Farina live in Los Angeles, 1996, or Masters at Work live in Miami at WMC, 2003, and Carl Craig in Ibiza, 2012. [more inside]
    posted by filthy light thief on Jan 12, 2013 - 25 comments

    Baby Brosteps Towards The Elevator

    "This year, two monumental genres with decidedly global pedigrees arrived on our shores and attempted to crack the American pop code, with one enjoying far more decisive success than the other...One of those is definitely sexier and zeitgeistier than the other, but that doesn't always result in sustained cultural relevance."
    K-Pop, EDM, and Baby Brosteps Toward a More Global Pop Landscape
    posted by mannequito on Dec 18, 2012 - 33 comments

    We're a long way from Danny Wood's Zubaz

    BigBang, "Fantastic Baby" (slyt, K-pop).
    posted by Diablevert on Dec 14, 2012 - 42 comments

    My name is GRiZ

    GRiZ - Mad Liberation. Take a 21 year old bedroom producer from Michigan, raise them on the the internet with a near complete access to the history of modern music with a focus on electronic/dance and apparently you get this incredibly humanistic and cross-cultural album that's both homage, monument and appropriation of hundreds of influences in modern music in an incredibly dubby dubstep framework. (Free album download here.)
    posted by loquacious on Sep 5, 2012 - 67 comments

    Skin feels hot to touch... The light is bouncing off my face. The rush!

    Ayah Marar is Unstoppable [music video]. [more inside]
    posted by laconic skeuomorph on Aug 17, 2012 - 7 comments

    Oh that's tearing my heart out, I love that, just keep that going...

    BBC's Essential Mix has been running two hour DJ sets for nearly 20 years, usually continuous mixes of current club tracks. Nicolas Jaar took things in a decidedly different direction this week, with an eclectic mix of sound track music, jazz, hip-hop, IDM and pop music with just a sprinkling of deep house here and there. Truly essential listening.
    posted by empath on May 22, 2012 - 60 comments

    Where's the drop?

    The BBC Philharmonic and Nero present A Dubstep Symphony.
    posted by empath on Jun 7, 2011 - 39 comments

    "I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape.”

    "Trance music" is not a new phenomenon.  The ability for music to drive dancers into ecstatic frenzies has been known at least since Euripides.  The Shakers got their name from the ecstatic behavior they exhibited when dancing to their simple, repetitive hymns.  Voodoo rituals are built around complex, trance-inducing rhythms.  It was well known that trance-dancing can produce ecstastic states, but until the later part of the 20th century, and the invention of the 'extended dance remix', it was rare for commercial music to reach for it. [more inside]
    posted by empath on Feb 1, 2010 - 86 comments

    Straight from Detroit

    Techno Jeep
    posted by empath on Dec 17, 2009 - 18 comments

    A brief musical history of Garage

    In the waning days of the Disco era, Larry Levan crafted a new style of dance music, which, like House music in Chicago, came to be named after the nightclub where it was most played, the Paradise Garage. Garage music may have started with disco, but over the decades, it's evolved in some surprising ways: [more inside]
    posted by empath on Oct 27, 2009 - 62 comments

    Harder Better Faster Further.

    Daft Punk revealed in bootleg video at the 1996 Even Further festival. [more inside]
    posted by loquacious on May 10, 2009 - 31 comments

    Reach For the Lasers

    The bastard offspring of New Age, Techno, Industrial and Acid House, trance is one of the most popular and most maligned musical genres of the 21st century. Trance can be bombastic or delicate, psychedelic or rock and roll, spacey or deep, euphoric or dark, commercial or underground, lush or funky, melodic or monotone, hard or laid back. You can try making some yourself with this toy, or go in depth with this tutorial. You can find it online, but if you want to really experience it, you need to hear it at a club.
    posted by empath on Jan 16, 2008 - 184 comments

    Berliner Trance

    Berliner Trance. A 1993 documentary tracing the origins of modern trance music in East Berlin. Featuring interviews with many of the biggest names in trance, including a very young Paul Van Dyk, now currently ranked as the #1 DJ in the world.
    posted by empath on Apr 7, 2007 - 49 comments

    Travis Castillo's electronic music DJ and live PA archive.

    A massive collection of live DJ and PA sets of electronic music sorted by year and genre. Enjoy.
    (Coral Cache link. Please use this to help archive and propagate the files.)
    posted by loquacious on Dec 31, 2006 - 15 comments

    DJ Enferno

    DJ Inferno is a former world DMC champion, but he's taking turntablism to the next level. No longer content with 'two turntables and a microphone' he's added a whole suite of new gear to his sets, allowing him to remix songs on the fly. -- Crazy, With or without you, Another Brick in the Wall, ... More viceos...
    posted by empath on Dec 29, 2006 - 56 comments

    And my beat goes boom... tschak!

    WaxDJ.com - an excellent source for free downloads and streams of original electronic music mixes of all sorts, from seasoned pros to beginning bedroom amatuers, all told numbering in the hundreds or thousands. My current brand new favorite is the very diverse and well-versed Detriot/Chicago techno stylings of DJ Rubsilent. Recomended mix: Future Funk 23: (Direct MP3 link) (Streaming mp3 link) But don't let me divert you - search for your favorite local DJ or browse for new ones.
    posted by loquacious on Oct 11, 2006 - 19 comments

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