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Now that I know a liiiiiiiiiittle bit more about electronic music (in that I just have a better idea of what I do and don't dig), I kind of want other people's opinions too.
Right now I'm listening to this thing I've had forever.. it's a compilation by Adam X , a sort of ... 'song journey of his day' sort of thing (that I'm listening to all out of order and probably destroying the point) .. but at the moment there is this goofy "synth-voice" song...and uh ... I'm ... kind of annoyed by it.
ANYWAY .
I'm going to do a lil track listing. If you have an opinion on the musician, the song, or uh ... what have you... (yes, I'll even accept you close minded "anything that isn't RAAAAAAAAWK suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuks" people and your scathing commentary. Hehe) feel free to comment, por favor.


A Split Second - Muscle Machine
Adam X - Long Drive Home
Beroshima - Domo Arrigato Mr. Roboto
Chaz Vincent - Dream Wave
Chris McCormack - The Maximalist
Cristian Vogel - Shoe Renounce Soul
DHS - House of God DHS RMX
Directional Force - One Thousand
Frankie Bones - It's Good for America
Front242 - Controvery Between
G-Man - Turtle
Galactica - Red Eyes Red Lights
Genie - Night at the Opera
Icarus - Nightfly
Kevin Saunderson - Powerbass
Keynotes - Let's Dance
Malaria! vs Chicks on Speed - Kaltes Klares
Reade Truth - Explosive Force
Russ Gabriel's Audio Specutrum
The Mover - Frontal Sickness
Vex - Vex

Most of these I really don't like... there are a few I need to listen to a few more times to decide.. but the vast majority of this strikes me as bad dance musicy stuff.
Like... it all belongs on the same "This is Techno!" not sold in stores compilation.
bleh.

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invasive
Jun. 22nd, 2002 12:46 pm (UTC)
I took a sample of the songs through Amazon. It seems like a lot of raw techno/hard house kind of stuff, but then he throws in 2 old-school-industrial tracks (Font 242 and Split Second) for reasons unknown to me. In any event, the raw techno of this album is very repetitive and hard by design. Not really my thing either...I listen to it in small doses, like gabber.

As you can guess, electronica comes in many different flavors. Is there a particular kind that you like?
maddening
Jun. 22nd, 2002 12:59 pm (UTC)
Hehe.. I'm not *completely* dumb about the topic.
I was keeping the labels nice and vague because I don't tend to pay too much attention to them... I just like what I like.

Off the top of my head, things I've enjoyed are.. well.. really far ranging, I think.
Uhm.. Download goes to the top of the list, Depth Charge, Deep Dish (even though it's house, it's *good* house), Air Liquide, Natacha Atlas, 808 State, Moloko, even some of the Tosca and definitely Johnny L...
It's really really not just one one thing.
I'm going to totally leave out the more industrial things here becuase, well, I *know* I like those.

I tend toward heavier, bassier sounds, dense layers...
The last genre of music I was *really* into was complicated "mathy" hardcore like Candiria and Dillinger Escape Plan. Complex, hard, melodic, nearly jazz-like in its composition.
invasive
Jun. 22nd, 2002 07:12 pm (UTC)
My tastes tend to be all over the map.
I like drum'n'bass like Dillinja and Usual Suspects; I dig some trance and club that you might hear on the Cream compilations; I love deep house and early acid house.
Lately I've been really getting into lounge and downtempo..stuff like Thievery Corporation and anything from Naked Music.
akadashi
Jun. 22nd, 2002 12:54 pm (UTC)
That CD would have been kinda cool 15 years ago (about when that Front 242 track was released), but most of it's pretty dated by now. A lot of the tracks are also representative of a style of techno that I never got too into, which was basically people in love with drum machines and synths (mostly the former) just for the sake of it. Make a simple electronic drum beat, maybe add a little dry echo, and if you're really feeling energetic, add some off-note synth sounds or repeat a sample or something.

Now DHS's "House of God" is a classic track, and I think it stands out from the others, and while I've always been a big Front 242 fan, the track on that CD is far from one of their best, even from that period. A few tracks like the ones from Icarus, Kevin Saunderson, and maybe A Split Second at least have some kinda interesting sounds in them, straying a bit from the cold factory-standard drums or the obligatory metallic bass/reverb, but they're still more background noise than tracks I'd really actively listen to.

And besides, the DJ's name is "Adam X". Come on. ;)

It's definitely not the crap clubby "What Is Love" kinda bullshit, but it's doesn't have much going for it in my opinion. I like minimalist techno/dance stuff now and then, but it has to have elements that work together. It has to still get your attention on a certain level, even though it's very sparse. This kind stuff just seems "light" to me a lot of the time, like they're demo tracks or somethiing.

But hey, I like Pizzicato Five so what the hell do I know.

Why do you care about other peoples' opinions, anyhow? Or are you just asking for recommendations?

And yes, listening to a mix CD out of order kinda kills part of the effect, but in this case I don't think it's making that much of a difference. ;)
maddening
Jun. 22nd, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
which was basically people in love with drum machines and synths (mostly the former) just for the sake of it. Make a simple electronic drum beat, maybe add a little dry echo, and if you're really feeling energetic, add some off-note synth sounds or repeat a sample or something.

So that's why I was mostly annoyed by it. Good to know. ::Nods::
A Split Second is alright.. but sounds like a demo.. doesn't feel uhm... *complete* ..
Most of the other stuff in the middle here annoys me. I don't feel like I'm listening to actual musicians... I feel like I'm listening to my friend Sam's lil "hey, I made a bunch of loops.. listen to them" tracks he did when he was attempting music again.


Now DHS's "House of God" is a classic track, and I think it stands out from the others,

I wasn't fond of that one either. The repetative boingy beat in the middle annoyed me. But the Clinton sample is funny.

A few tracks like the ones from Icarus, Kevin Saunderson, and maybe A Split Second at least have some kinda interesting sounds in them,

I've an icarus CD around here somewhere I picked up a couple years ago. In the right mood, I really dig it. But it's a very very rare "right mood". I already said something about a split second, and the Kevin Saunderson struck me with all that strange "random girly noises with star wars noises" crap that I don't like about a lot of housey stuff.

The Frankie Bones track is soooo repetative.. but it has this great Bush sample saying "every dollar I take is good for america". But the unimaginative drum thing and .. hehe.. he does that knob twisty thing you talked about fatboy slim doing.
hehe


And besides, the DJ's name is "Adam X". Come on. ;)

Hehe.. hey, I didn't buy the thing.

This kind stuff just seems "light" to me a lot of the time, like they're demo tracks or somethiing.

Exactly.
Like the feeling I get from listening to Juno Reactor.. it's just not quite... *finished*... But it's a hell of a lot further along than these things.

But hey, I like Pizzicato Five so what the hell do I know.

And I like Peter Paul and Mary, so what?

Why do you care about other peoples' opinions, anyhow? Or are you just asking for recommendations?

Hehe.. I just wanted to see what other people had to say. I already knew how I felt about this, I didn't need anyone to tell me.
But reccomendations are *always* welcome.

Of course, considering it's YOUR ftp I'm sucking dry at the moment, I don't think you really need to give reccomendations.
::grin::
I've heard most of what I like in electronic music while sitting in YOUR studio.
kaeren
Jun. 24th, 2002 11:34 am (UTC)
well girl. you asked for it.

i didnt recognize most of the names.
i did recognize 2.
-frankie bones (HATED IT)
-front 242 (i ONLY like their one album w/ female vocals, the rest I can live without.)

if you indeed continue to like similar stuff to what i like, then yeah. dont bust your hump trying to like this :) instead check out Add (N) to (X)'s cd "Avant Hard", and nearly anything at all by Boards of Canada.
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