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28 Oct 2011

A letter from the 2011 edge.
 Post-Dubstep »
A documentation of the dubstep genre beyond the Rusko/ Skrillex/ Deadmau5 fuckery. Don't take the term seriously. Kornelia987@gmail.com

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13 Sep 2011

What's the point to "Nearby" in G+ Mobile, if all the posts are from me, or they're reshares of my posts by people on the other side of the world?

And why don't people geo-tag their posts, in general?
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01 Dec 2012

Picture the scene. It's christmas week 1964 and the Windsors are back in their castle. Charlie has done a mix tape of his favourite bands. Anne has organised some canapes and lashings of ginger beer. They've invited all their mates from Benenden and Gordonstoun. Andrew and William are a bit young so they're only allowed in till bed time. It's all Beatles and Stones until Charles puts on House of the Rising Sun. At that point the purple hearts and the contents of the detective's hip flask properly kick in. I'll leave the subsequent 16 year old debauchery in the "Crimson Room" to your imagination.

http://history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/discotheque-enters-english-language.html
Discotheque enters the English language: 1960-66 »
Thanks to Google news and other archive searches it is possible to date reasonably accurately when words came to be widely used, at least in printed form. I believe the term discotheque (which literal...

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In praise of Massive Attack
With the release of a re-mastered version of Blue Lines, it's time to treat yourself to a trip-hop binge and listen to Blue Lines, Protection and Mezzanine in one hit, back to back and then finish off with a blast of No-Protection. They were of course rubbish after Mezzanine so there's no need to revisit the other albums! Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

Don't, whatever you do, read the Pitchfork review of Blue Lines or you'll start thinking that the whole Bristol Trip-Hop movement was just a derivative UK version of Chicago, Detroit and NY hip hop and rap. Yea, right, whatever.


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Things to make you go "WTF?"
Yet another example of retromania weirdness, as a band do a show around a complete set of "The one who used to be called Prince's" Purple Rain
http://thequietus.com/articles/10853-amanda-palmer-the-grand-theft-orchestra-new-years-show-purple-rain

Is this a trend? Beck, Flaming Lips, and others making not quite perfect copies of famous albums or performances.
http://retromaniabysimonreynolds.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/beck-retromania-art-versus-craft.html
http://retromaniabysimonreynolds.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/wow-what-great-piece-on-afterlife-of.html
This isn't quite the same as the Tribute Band although that seems to be a much bigger thing than I remember. Whatever it is, it's certainly Hauntological!
http://www.scoop.it/t/hauntology
The Quietus | News | Amanda Palmer To Play Purple Rain In Full »
Palmer set to play Prince's magnum opus at New Year's show in New York

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28 Nov 2012

bOing-bOing's gift guide. I'll take one of each please!
http://boingboing.net/2012/11/28/giftguide2012.html
Gift Guide 2012 - Boing Boing »
Is That All There Is?,. o. I discovered the work of Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte before I read Hergé's Tintin, even though it's now clear to me that Swarte's style was inspired by Hergé. But I would ...

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Clubbing in Shanghai
http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1568
This is not Shoreditch! Makes me wonder what clubbing in Kazakhstan might be like and I might just have a route to find out.

Hey, Bruce, you need to add that RA article to your occasional "Musica Globalista" tag.
http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/category/musica-globalista/
Clubbing in Shanghai »
The Chinese metropolis has never had a club culture before, but as RA's Sanjay Fernandes explains, that's slowly changing.

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26 Nov 2012

So, is there any truth in the rumour that Skrillex is playing the Glastonbury Sat night closing slot on the Other stage.
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Eagerly awaiting this album.
http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17445-jummy/
"Art-House". How is this not a thing, yet? Amazingly, it's barely used on last.fm with only about 10 taggers. Compare http://www.last.fm/search?q=art-house&type=tag with all these myriad variations and sub-genres off House music http://www.last.fm/search?q=house&type=tag
Gerry Read: Jummy »
The 20-year old British art-house producer's debut reveals a dedication to haze and clutter mostly absent on his early singles. Mixing big, wet drum sounds with short, cloudy bursts of piano and mumbl...

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25 Nov 2012

Ben Hammersley's speech to the IAAC, last year.
Stumbled across this article again due to a technical quirk of my news reading. And while re-reading it I discovered this wonderful slogan that comes straight out of the Situationists!

Expect everything. Expect it on your own terms.
My speech to the IAAC | Ben Hammersley's Dangerous Precedent »
Ben Hammersley's speech to the IAAC, given on the 6th September 2011

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23 Nov 2012

Retrophagísta, The Retrophagists, Retrophagy.
An imaginary (currently) art movement that uses the deliberate and conscious consumption, rumination, recombination and regurgitation of the past to create the future and the new.

A positive counterpoint to the negative, expensive ugliness of the cocaine decision that is Retromania. That just mines the past out of a fake hip nostalgia or cynically recapitulates the past for profit without adding anything new except context.
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Unknown #001-004
I was irritated by the name, by how hard it makes it to find any information in the usual places. And this is a great review Angus, with a point elegantly put. Especially the last line. "Well, sadly, some of them just aren't very good."

Except that, I like all the tracks that I've heard so far. It's inoffensive IDM armchair dance music. It's well put together. It may be lacking in pizazz but it's not bad. 2/5 seems a bit harsh. It gets 3.5/5 from me.

There's a strong possibility that Unknown is actually Ryan Vail from N Ireland. Perhaps after the hype of "Unknown" Ryan will emerge under his own name. I've been trying to find his Colours EP to see if that's any good or different.
Review - Unknown - #001-#004 »
Remember "Sicko Cell"? Remember how we all huddled around forums and YouTube comment threads as if they were oil drum fire pits in an urban wasteland, trading rumours, speculating, stoking the flames?...

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22 Nov 2012

This.
A Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs »
We now bow our heads as Uncle Bill leads us in A Thanksgiving Prayer.

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A more than usually fascinating interview with Bruce Sterling. http://stirling-westrup-tt.blogspot.fr/2012/10/tt-bruce-sterling-atemporality-and.html

The core argument is that modern life has taken on an atemporal quality in that the sheer quantity of mankind's creative noise is making socioligical cause and effect hard to see. Along the way he looks at questions around the difference between the reality of 1955, analogue remnants of 1955, digitised renmants of 1955 and 1955 as seen though the usual historical revisionism of both popular culture and historians. One aspect I think is missing in the argument is the effect of exponential growth in content. We are both creating quantities of content and forgetting it along an exponential growth curve. So content from 1955 is becoming a smaller and smaller part of the whole at that same exponential rate but also it is viewed through the filters of the ever increasing pile of content produced between then and now where half of all that content is less than a year old, 3/4 of it is less than 2 years old.

I really want to paraphrase one sentence in the article, thusly:- One tires of this corny new-media rhetoric where things are always pre-fixed "post-, future-, new-, or neo-" Of course they are post and future and new, but not for long.

Bruce has thing about Brazilian Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagics. This was an art movement starting in the 1920s in Sao Paolo that consciously ate European and American influences in order to ruminate on them and then regurgitate them as something new. More recently the abravanista movement around musical artists such as Suba and Cibelle have resurrected this idea. This plus the inimitable Simon Reynolds make me want to coin another neologism based on his ideas around retromania and hauntology. I think we need "Retrophagy"; The conscious consumption of historical ideas and approaches as source material for rumination, combination and then regurgitation as something new. This is not the laziness of simply repeating or glorifying the past for profit but rather the deliberate use of it as part of the creative process.

On which subject, this is one of the better interviews with Simon for explaining what he's on about. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/is-our-retro-obsession-ruining-everything/ via http://boingboing.net/2012/11/19/is-our-retro-obsession-ruining.html
[tt] bruce sterling: atemporality and social networks. »
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20 Nov 2012

The analog culture destroyed by digital culture does not come back. Commenting has been disabled for this article

((( Why? Bruce Sterling has a lot of worthy things to say but there's always a rejoinder. However, Wired apparently doesn't think its safe to let anyone talk back. )))

Meanwhile, the old intermediaries were forced out via dis-intermediation and replaced by the new intermediaries in the great internet re-intermediation. Told you so.
The analog culture destroyed by digital culture does not come back | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com »
*Let's face it, buying this guy's magazine might be a good idea. http://www.thefader.com/2012/11/19/arthur-founder-jay-babcock-on-the-magazines-return-t

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Dear artist,
Please make me feel again like I did when I consumed my first piece of your art.
Yours etc., a typical vampiric consumer.
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18 Nov 2012

Damn, this is some good stuff. Looking forward to "Relapse" due next week.


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Ultraísta is a pretty cool name for a band. Adding ísta to a word adds a frisson of danger, conjuring mental images of Che Guevara and other romanticised revolutionaries. Which means there's a word in here somewhere combining future(s), edges, hipsterism, "post", Modern and ísta that we can use to accentuate our smugness of knowing and seeing just a little more than the average joes. (grin!) So what are we, Modernístas? Futurístas?

Ultraísta - Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)


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In Soviet Russia, Bass Drops You!

SeeAlso: http://insovietrussiajokes.wordpress.com/
SKRILLEX @ DUBSTEP PLANET III! ARENA MOSCOW! »
08.12.2012 SKRILLEX @ DUBSTEP PLANET III! ARENA MOSCOW!

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