April 28, 2006

Costello and techno. Just found this old quote.

I am talking about Elvis, not Donacha, of course. I can't imagine how people with some taste and supposedly open to music can say crap like this:
"Costello: Techno? What is Techno? It sounds horrible when you hear it in your car. It's music that's out of control. They're hits to dance to when it's hot. Like these Ibiza compilations. I saw an advertisement on MTV for this disc and there were a ton of Englishmen dancing. Everything very ridiculous. I suppose that it's music for young people. I don't know. If you go to Ibiza, you feel the heat and you dance with it, all the same fun. But if you listen to it in the car, you can't even drive. It sounds like a vacuum cleaner. It's not music for listening, just dancing."
It is sad, because I really like (liked?) Costello back in the 80s, when I was a post-teenager. After "Blood and Chocolate" I lost interest in his career, geared towards the crooner side...
It is fun how some stars from the pop-rock circus hate electronic dance music, and how ignorant they are about it. Probably they are in a parallel universe and can't understand what's really going on and how things are now so different from their young days. Anyway, the history of music is full of quotes like this. Here is an old quote by Sinatra on Elvis (the real Elvis, now):
"Rock is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons. By means of its almost imbecilic reiteration it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth."
Years later, Sinatra and Elvis sung together in a duet. Maybe Costello is phoning Sven Vath right now...

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April 07, 2006

The D in HDR

The D in HDR
Originally uploaded by UrbanTiki.

Amazing image from detroitean photographer UrbanTiki. To me this photo sounds like Sean Deason or Carl Craig. UrbanTiki has done it again. Congratulations.

April 01, 2006

Video: Derrick May on the birth of "Strings of Life"

This is probably one of the best moments in the history of techno and electronic music. Derrick May talks about the creation of "Strings of Life". He says it was almost by accident, but the result was so good that it even scared himself !

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