Project Lavrador: Week 3

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14. Jan. 2012, 23:20


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Week 3: Acid Electronic, Rock in Deutschland and Cantillation

Day 15 -
Day 16 -
Day 17 -
Day 18 -

Day 19 -
Day 20 - Neue Deutsche Härte

Day 21 -

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Day 15: Acid Techno

Not too ethnic for now as I'm just about to check out a lot of acid electronic at this point. At least I have some breathing room, it's hard to find material for some of the more obscure genres.

To Represent:

F.U.S.E. - Dimension Intrusion

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HEowAmId6Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqf-08lvy3k

Wikipedia:
Richard (Richie) Hawtin (born June 4, 1970, Banbury, Oxfordshire) is an English-Canadian electronic musician and DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno's second wave of artists in the early 1990s and a leading exponent of Minimal techno since the mid 1990s. He is best known for his abstract, minimal works under the alias Plastikman, a pseudonym he still uses today.

Hawtin is known for DJing minimal techno sets making use of laptop computers and digital mixing equipment. In May 1990, Hawtin and fellow second-waver John Acquaviva founded the Plus 8 record label, which they named after their turntable's pitch adjust function.[1] In 1998, Hawtin launched Minus records.[2]


5.9/10

I generally like a more laid-back techno album but this is generally fitting in between that and regular techno with an added psychedelic veil. There's something about this album that felt stale half the time and there was no added justice with that massively repetitive 13 minute track. I think I just stumbled onto a bad example because there still is a bit of promising stuff in there otherwise. I'll check somewhere else next time.

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Day 16: Acid Trance

To Represent:

Juno Reactor - Transmissions

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=111em_3JgWQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SeidY5hQUU

Wikipedia:
Juno Reactor is a musical and performing act known for the cinematic fusion of electronic, orchestral, and global music. Central to the project is Ben Watkins and his collaborations with a constantly changing ensemble of musicians from across the world, including percussionist Mabi Thobejane from South Africa, along with countrymen Amampondo, Eduardo Niebla, Steve Stevens, Greg Ellis, Taz Alexander, Ghetto Priest, Sugizo, and recently Yasmin Levy. They also collaborated with composer Don Davis for the musical score of the film The Matrix.[1]

8.4/10

Now that was nice. Quick-footed, very spacey, very trippy, like some sort of proto-psytrance perhaps? Somewhat reminds me of modern EBM (I guess I can see where they get it from now) and I like the drifting psybient track at the end.

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Day 17: Acid House

To Represent:

808 State - ex:el

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc7woB10Xn0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxoFUiihvr0

Wikipedia:
808 State are a British electronic music outfit, formed in 1987 in Manchester,[1] taking their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine and their common state of mind. They were formed by Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson, and they released their debut Newbuild in September 1988.[1]

The band secured commercial success in 1989, when their song "Pacific State" was picked up by BBC Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies.


7.7/10

The soul and funk obtained from regular house into the depths of an acid sound. Quite good, quite varied. The second-half of this album is where it really started to stand out for me.

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Day 18: Acid Croft

Okay. I actually have some prior knowledge to this genre, and I enjoy most of it. Something bizarre about how well Celtic music and electronic music work together.

To Represent:

Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 2: Release

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZfMix6olic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXk2GpvWGmM

Wikipedia:
The Afro Celt Sound System is a musical group which fuses modern electronic dance rhythms (trip-hop, techno, etc.) with traditional Irish (Celtic) and West African music. It was formed by Grammy-nominated producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, and is considered to be something of a world music supergroup, often featuring a wide range of guest artists on their albums.[1]

Their albums have been released through Peter Gabriel's Real World Records, and they have been cited as the second best-selling band on the label, exceeded in sales only by Gabriel himself. Their striking live performances have often been the highlights of the WOMAD concert festivals. They signed a contract with Real World for five albums, of which the 2005 release Anatomic was the last.[2]

After a number of festival dates in 2007, the band went on hiatus. In 2010, they regrouped to play a number of shows (including a return to WOMAD [3]) and announced a new album, Capture.[4]


7.4/10

Pretty much what I can expect for the genre, though it's odd to hear some vocals for the genre and it can feel a little bit "Broadway-y".

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Day 19: Neue Deutsche Welle

Consider this a movement than a genre, and will treat it as such. Non-folk genres that specify an origin in its title usually gets a bad rep from me. regardless...

To Represent:

Grauzone - Grauzone

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmOMCigWRUw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCOQtgeGUjA

Wikipedia:
Grauzone (German for grey area, [ɡʁauˈtsɔːnə]) was a band from Berne, Switzerland active in the early 80s.

6.7/10

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Day 20: Neue Deutsche Härte

Another genre I have knowledge on, and unlike Neue Deutsche Welle, it has a consistency and therefore considered a legitimate genre. Did much of all Rammstein, not interested in Oomph!, going after a new band under my spectrum. What you get from this genre mostly is a very electronic heavy industrial rock that usually focuses much on rhythm that tries to ignite a danceable vibe.

To Represent:

Unheilig - Das 2. Gebot

Wikipedia:
Unheilig [ˈʊnhaɪ̯lɪk] (German for "Unholy") is a German band with various pop and electronic influences. The band founded in 2000 and now principally consists of singer Der Graf (German for "The Count"), with his live musicians Licky, Henning Verlage and Potti.

8.4/10

Might see myself uprating to a 9 with more listens. It's more than standard Neue Deutsche Härte, focusing a lot more on melancholy, a dark impressionable atmosphere and a good feel for melodies rather than just pairing guitars and electronics to riff it out. It's chorus reliant but it works so I don't really care. Might be my best Neue Deutsche Härte discovery since Mutter. Great representation.

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Day 21: Cantillation

Jewish chants. I don't know what to expect. This is probably in the lines of poetry (claiming on what the genre is saying), but I'm more than happy to try this at least.

6.3/10

Hard to rate honestly, hard to work with much in here since I don't speak the language. This isn't something I consider spoken word. It's chanted in various sung pitches with an organ to accompany it in the background. These are primarily for religious purposes at the end and since I have no possibility of obtaining the primary objective of this album, this will be considered in the same way as the Byzantine album by Sœur Marie Keyrouz and entirely rely on the chanting... not something I feel comfortable rating.

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