Modistant: Free Reason 6 Combinator Instrument

We love to confuse around these parts. If you read last week’s Assignment you’ll know we urged you to spend the weekend making some of your own presets… and now here we are giving you one of our own?! Continue Reading

Tek Nalo G - The Prototype

Tek Nalo G – The Prototype

Amsterdam based producer and video artist Tek Nalo G demonstrates how two talents can combine to create something even greater than the sum of the two parts.

The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys

The mesmerising video does wonders for the track; The Prototype is a great example of an abstract video that complements the music, rather than just being an excuse to avoid a black screen. The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys and sticky, hot bass, and even at YouTube’s ugly 1080p the crispness of the stems shooting across the screen is captivating.

 

Sun Glitters - Everything Could Be Fine

Sun Glitters – Everything Could Be Fine

Fellow Englishmen will understand my high spirits over the past few days. As the days begin to finally get longer and warmer, the way our entire demeanours change is unmistakeable, and that change finds its way into every aspect of our lives, not least our attitudes to music and choices when creating it.

I get the feeling that my ears would receive this hazy, post dubstep LP from Sun Glitters entirely differently if we were back in November

I get the feeling that my ears would receive this hazy, post dubsteppy, future garagey, Burial reminiscent LP from Sun Glitters entirely differently if we were back in November, and I would hear the fuzz and cavernous vocal effects as a call to hibernation, thick clothing and burrowing in. In the light of the optimism that sunshine instills in my bones, I see brilliant sunlight, smell barbecues and feel grass on my neck, and long for the magic that ensues in the darkness of summer’s nightfall… Does the context in which we perceive sound affect our judgement when we make music too?

J*DaVeY - Evil Christian Cop: The MIstakes

J*DaVeY – Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistakes

There’s a nice subtle link here from my last piece about genre (Kings of the City’s Darkness); J*DaVeY’s Evil Christian Cop has a few different sounds in the melting pot, from the soft rock sounds of Nirvana covering Smells Like Teen Spirit new wave overtones of Lazy Daze all the way over to the wonkiest of wonky Trans – but it’s all held together with a certain brand of electronica that’s come from a very definite place.

all held together with a certain brand of electronica that’s come from a very definite place

Going further to illustrate my point is the way that so there are so many genre names for a huge sea of electronica with enough homogeneity to fit in the same boat – simply because the reference points that different people have come from to get to glitch hop/wonky/skwee/beats/gargotron provide counter points of equal distance. A few days ago, I asked how you approach genre; the de facto schema you use for the sounds, speeds, moods and atmospheres you aim for in your music may well benefit from a lateral step, but subconsciously is the end result almost pre defined?

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