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Saturday, November 18, 2017

In defense of electronic music

In defense of electronic music

I saw this post on the front page yesterday http://imgur.com/gallery/3qSZpsH, and although I know the quote is fake, a lot of people seemed to share the sentiment. While some people jumped to the defense of modern electronic music, I often see posts about how music has lost it's 'soul' to electronic effects. This is not the case. I hope this posts gives people a chance to hear the potential of the modern electronic musician outside of the mainstream garbage that pollutes the airwaves these days.

In defense of electronic music

My favorite musician of all time, and he is still only a kid. Only 20 years of age, he has only released a handful of original tracks, as well as several remixes, and probably his most famous track, a 39 song live mashup called 'Pop Culture' that he made when he was only 17 (link below). As well as creating his own sound, Madeon has also produced songs for Coldplay, Muse, Lady Gaga and Two Door Cinema Club. He combines disco beats with a glitchy style of writing, with powerful melodies and fantastic mixing. His is currently working on his first album and if his previous work is anything to go by, it is going to be incredible.

Pop Culture Live Mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTx3G6h2xyA

Pendulum – The Island (Madeon Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7iESu2XuCU

Technicolor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vois0RMtPHE

In defense of electronic music

Despite being an absolute troll and douchebag, Deadmau5 is one of the greatest electronic musicians of this generation. Deadmau5's skill lies in his use of analog synthesizers. If you watch any of his home studio sets on Youtube you will know what I mean. Analog synthesizers are different to digital ones in that they have to wired up manually and parameters are not changed automatically. They also take up a hell of a lot of space. His music is slow moving and atmospheric, and his chord progressions tend more towards classical music than regular house music.

Strobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84TYi3FOMlU

All I Had: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHgOXA0d2Fc

Avaritia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpspgp3QQqo

In defense of electronic music

Look at all those wires! LOOK AT THEM! The man has some serious skills.

In defense of electronic music

No defense of electronic music would be complete without this duo. I don't think they need much introduction so here are a few of my favorite Daft Punk songs.

Digital Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOngRDVtEQI

Tron Legacy Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYJBcr1LDg4

Da Funk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1ZqN_VFhdo

One More Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBhQbmPwH8

In defense of electronic music

One of my favorite electronic acts at the moment, Disclosure are an English house due comprised of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. They have already gained some commercial success with singles "Latch", "White Noise" and "You & Me". At 22 and 19 years of age, this duo is definitely one to watch.

Latch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93ASUImTedo

White Noise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkk2H3Ztrfk

You & Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vM8ePGuRM

You & Me (Flume Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT6J33_-LNw < Possibly the best remix I have ever heard in my life. If you have decent speakers, get this on and enjoy music at it's best.

In defense of electronic music

Netsky is a drum and bass producer from Belgium. He first came to my attention when I heard his remix of Madeon's song "Finale". Ever since then I have been in love with his music. Powerful basslines and melodies combined with with driving drum and bass beats make Netsky one of my favorite acts at the moment. He often performs live with two drummers on stage.

Puppy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU4cnelEdi4

Finale Remix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q1Y1O9DBhQ

Eyes Closed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nutzDtjnMNg

In defense of electronic music

Squarepusher is a unique electronic act who started way back in the early 90's. Combining traditional instrumentation with electronic sounds, he has created a unique sound that pushes the sonic boundaries of electronic music.

Drax 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KX3Sb6-WIY

Red Hot Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13HM-bmKW2U

In defense of electronic music

A fantastically mysterious act, Crystal Castles is comprised of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Their experimental style of music and chaotic instrumentation has earned them lots of critical acclaim. Their best know track is a cover of 80's glam rock band Platinum Blonde's sing "Not In Love" which features vocals from The Cure vocalist Robert Smith.

Not In Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32udqal_lyQ

In defense of electronic music

Another picture of Alice Glass, just because… well… wow….

Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/VaYPh

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18 Responses “In defense of electronic music”

  1. MadGeneral
    July 2, 2017 at 1:20 am

    You can make great music with a computer, but pressing play on a laptop will never be a proper performance.

  2. tehslendermanz
    July 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    The problem with the “Freddy quote” is that most are too lazy to find good music. They’ll eat up the mainstream shit and complain anyway.

  3. MajorBringdown
    June 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    They are indeed. It seems that some older DnB artists have recategorized their music as dubstep even though they still do the same stuff

  4. DebatedNothing
    June 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Yay for the “let’s hate dubstep” bandwagon. It’s good music, maybe not the most sophisticated electronic genre, but it’s good all the same.

  5. Daye04
    June 30, 2017 at 3:54 am

    And holy shit, Alice Glass is entertaining to watch live 😀

  6. Valkor
    June 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6C7rtmhVl8 Rregula & Dementia – Loose Control

  7. Valkor
    June 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BiJIJofNDQ Exorcist, Imprintz & Kloé – Dusk

  8. vongreezly
    June 27, 2017 at 4:45 am

    You didn’t even mention Richard D James…….. Shame on you

  9. MajorBringdown
    June 25, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Wouldn’t say it’s bad, but not really good either and to me it will always be kinda like Drum and bass lite or Pop and bass or DnB for kids.

  10. DebatedNothing
    June 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Depends on the artist and track, some of it is only considered dubstep because of the guy who made it. Electronic genres are weakly defined.

  11. MajorBringdown
    June 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    http://youtu.be/N9pOq8u6-bA Then there’s this guy, who said everything possible with conventional instruments has been done already, in 40’s

  12. JustWaitingForACake
    June 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! The real artists are the ones who make their live shows different to their albums and actually do something onstage

  13. PseudoDoc
    June 21, 2017 at 5:52 am

    To me a raw guitar sound beats anything.

  14. mutatedseabass
    June 21, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Absolutely massif.

  15. chattery
    June 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Fuck Skrillex, fuck dubstep and fuck Deadmau5. Daft Punk, Crystal Castles and electro swing are great though.

  16. JustWaitingForACake
    June 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I can only apologize

  17. EdgyLitirmor
    June 17, 2017 at 4:19 am

    +1 for Squarepusher and Netsky. Port Rhombus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko7rmygHI9Q

  18. ahoypollloi
    June 14, 2017 at 8:11 am

    The quote you saw was *its, Mr. President. FFS

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