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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

MAGDA- LIVE AT TECHNIQUE, 2005
WOEBOT- 'BHANGRA SELECTION 2005'
SKREAM- 'AUGUST 05 MIX'
BANG- 'SHOOTING STAR'
DANIELE BALDELLI- 'PLUTON' (LOVELY COSMIC DISCO DOWNLOADED FROM THE MIGHTY ALLSEXISTAPE.BLOGSPOT.COM)
DANNY WEED- CREEPER.
DARKBOI, VORTEX, GRIMINAL ETC- 'UP AND COMING VOL. 1'


tired, so tired. but i must stay awake for Lost, as i am addicted. so till i can get my fix, why don't i inform and entertain you with a fireside chat about some music?

i didn't used to like Magda at all. she's part of M_nus, richie hawtin's label. she also has nice hair. when i heard her sets before, either recorded MP3s, or live at fabric, they were so dry and clicky that i couldn't really cope. (techno is a good lesson against the lazy gender stereotyping of female= soft and emotional- two of the biggest female DJs and producers, magda and Dinky, do some of the most relentlessly minimal and machinistic stuff out there. is machinistic a word? or...a neologism? let's hope its the latter. always forwards, never backwards as the saying goes...) .
so. but then i stumbled across this great mix, which you can download for no money whatsoever here:
http://www.technique.org.uk/music

and oh gosh, i should have been paying more attention to magda, it seems. this mix, a live recording of a club set, is almost embaressingly sensual, which is how i like my techno. heavy breathing and weird, cut up grunts and hiccups feature heavily and nicely messily. i also love the chicago-y, jack-y moments, with those hollow, cantering melodies.

i worry that i love techno too much actually. i think what happens is that when you listen to a lot of it, it actually reconfigures yr mind somehow, and from then on, yr thoughts beat at 120 bpm, so to speak...listening to techno, or more widely any house-derived 4/4 music, starts to be as natural as breathing. when i listen to techno, even techno that i don't really like, i still think: this is how things should be. i worry about this because, left to my own devices, i can easily spend hours listening to interminable techno mixes and, really, that can't be healthy.

but that's life as a man-machine. god i wish i was a man-machine. and Kraftwerk feel the same way

(about me, that is...).

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today i listened to danny weed's 'creeper' to remind me why i started on my obsession in the first place.
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But really it's all about
bang- shooting star

the most beautiful track to be played at the overwhelmingly beautiful happyhardcore church organ recital last week. a track that stopped everyone's (understandable) laughter, and made the crowd glance into each other's increasingly teary eyes...
if you haven't heard this, and you aren't downloading it from the link above, then you are needlessly denying yrself joy.

ok! off to go and watch Lost.


till tomorrow...

2 Comments:

Blogger ciaran said...

i'm glad i'm not the only one who experiences that feeling when listening to techno sometimes.

you are definitely on to something there.

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