August 30, 2005

The history of House music at

My love for Apple grows and grows each day. Today I went to to check something related to their new mouse and I found a link to this wonderful story about the foundations of House. It seems that a DVD about the Chicago House scene is on the works. The authors are Josell Ramos and Chip Eberhart, who used Apple software to create the DVD. Move your body !

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August 24, 2005

Drexciya speaks at Drexciya blog

I have found interesting things in a post at Drexciya Research Lab blog. The post is a compilation of different interviews with James Stinson. Some quotes follow:

  • "I got my first taste of techno around 1980-1981. I was a kid riding my bike with a small radio and Alleys Of Your Mind by Juan Atkins came on. I stopped my bike to get a better listen"
  • "We don't make songs based on a concept. We make the songs first and deal with the concept around the songs. The whole thing with the aquatic world was created due to how creative and innovative water is"
  • "(Ego free music)Right. Most definitely. And that's the way it should be. Because if you make music for any other purpose, it's not going to come out right. It's not going to feel free, you're not going to be able to create freely like you're supposed to. You'll be making music to survive, you'll be making music for phoney reasons. But if you make music because you love it and because it's in your blood, I think you're going to make some of the most beautiful things that anybody has ever heard"
  • "As far as I m concerned, Richie Hawtin, Moby, and all the rest of em can do what they want, but don t step into my house if you don t respect it. Don t even call what you do techno ! "

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August 13, 2005

Robert Hood: Wire to Wire

I have recently got this 2003 CD by Robert Hood. I think this is going to be one of my favorites yet. I appreciate the music that puts your head at work by following different layers of synths, but is also emotional and soulful. In his tracks, small variations take the listener from the beginning to a different ending without even realizing what's going on. They trap the listener in a delightful paradoxical situation of listening to something that is repetitive, but surprising.

Hood, with Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Sean Deason and others are transcending Detroit techno and taking it to new heights and to new audiences. These guys are really shaping the music of the 21st century, like Jazz artists did in the 20th. Who said techno is dead? techno mutates and will keep mutating. Techno has not even left its childhood.

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August 09, 2005

A quick way to track techno podcasts

I was tempted to provide a list of techno podcasts in the links section when I discovered Odeo. What Flickr did for photos, Odeo is doing for podcasts, including the use of tags for quickly finding items. You can find there not only podcast channels but shows as well.

So I added a link to the "techno" tag in the sidebar, pointing to and that's all. Enjoy the shows. I did not have the time to downloading all of them, so tell me how do you like them.

BTW, it would be nice if they provided a RSS associated to each tag. It seems that they are working on it.

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August 06, 2005

The role of DJ's as "RSS aggregators"

Information is not a scarce resource. The scarce resource is attention. That is why we all use these amazing new technologies like RSS readers, tags and search engines. The same happens in music, and, above all, in electronic music.

The economics of electronic music deserve more analysis, but you don't need to be Greenspan to realize that producing an electronic track is cheaper than paying a band of musicians plus renting an expensive studio. Among other important reasons, this is why so many electronic dance records are released per year. For instance, claims to receive 250 new titles a week. You need 20 hours just to listen a 5-minute track from each of those records. You need more than 4 days to listen those 250 records, assuming 25 minutes per record.

And here comes the role of the DJ as aggregator. Of course, not all those records deserve to be listened, and surely most of them are mediocre. A DJ, based on his/her taste, and the knowledge of his/her audience, selects the quality records and tests them in live mixes. The DJ, of course, does not listen everything, but searches for particular styles, labels, artists, etc. (these act like tags in technorati or

That's why we strongly need this role of the DJ's, at least in electronic music. They are the aggregators of the "music feeds" we are interested in. For example, for me, Laurent Garnier was my "aggregator" for the best Detroit Techno ever. DJ's were less needed in the past, where the number of published records was smaller in comparison. The only problem is that, at a high growth rate, soon we will need DJ's for finding DJ's. For now, trust the DJ!

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