Monday, October 29, 2012

Throwback Monday 10.29.12 - "Looking for the Perfect Beat" Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force

The Soulsonic Force (also referred to as Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force) are an American electro-funk and hip-hop ensemble led by Afrika Bambaataa who helped establish hip-hop in the early 1980s with songs such as "Planet Rock". They were also influential in the birth of the electro movement in America and helped pave the way for modern dance music. In 1982, The Soulsonic Force and Afrika Bambaataa released a single called "Planet Rock". The song borrowed musical motifs from German electro-popBritish rock, and African-American disco rap. All the different elements and musical styles were blended together; and in doing so, offered hip-hop as a new vision for global harmony. The song became an immediate hit and stormed the music charts worldwide. Their most well-known songs are "Planet Rock", "Looking for the Perfect Beat" and "Renegades of Funk" (which is one of the earliest political-conscious rap songs, alongside Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's "The Message"). The Soulsonic Force feature on the title track of the Freestylers' debut album We Rock Hard.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

"The Message" - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

"The Message" is a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It was released as a single by Sugar Hill Records on July 1, 1982 and was later featured on the group's first studio album, The Message. "The Message" was the first prominent hip hop song to provide a lyrical social commentary. It took rap music from the house parties to the social platforms later developed by groups like Public Enemy, N.W.A., and Rage Against The Machine. "The Message" is a social narrative that details the struggles and difficulties due to living in poverty in the inner-city. In addition, it embodies the distress, anger, and sadness an individual experiences when confronting these inequalities. The description of various social and economic barriers followed by the mantra “don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head” exemplifies that it is not just the disparity in opportunity that is oppressive but also the emotional response that is debilitating. It is frequently referred to as the greatest record in hip hop history and was the first Hip-Hop record ever to be added to the United States' National Recording Registry of historic sound recordings. Though not the first in the genre of rap to talk about the struggles and the frustrations of living in the ghetto, the song was unique in that it was set to a slower beat, refocusing the song on the lyrics over the music.
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Throwback Monday -10.22.12 "The Robots" by Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk (German pronunciation: [ˈkʀaftvɛɐk], meaning power station) from Düsseldorf, Germany, is an influential electronic music project that was formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970, and was fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music.

Kraftwerk's musical style and image can be heard and seen in later electronic music successes such as Gary Numan, Ultravox, John Foxx, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Human League, Depeche Mode, Visage, and Soft Cell, to name a few. Kraftwerk would also go on to influence other forms of music such as hip hop, house, and drum and bass, and they are also regarded as pioneers of the electro genre.[43] Most notably, "Trans Europe Express" and "Numbers" were interpolated into "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force, one of the earliest hip-hop/electro hits. Techno was created by three musicians from Detroit, often referred to as the 'Belleville three' (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson & Derrick May), who fused the repetitive melodies of Kraftwerk with funk rhythms.
Kraftwerk discography
Kraftwerk (1970)
 Kraftwerk 2 (1972)
Ralf und Florian (1973)
Autobahn (1974)
Radioaktivität (1975)
Trans-Europe Express (1977)
Die Mensch-Maschine (1978)
Computerwelt (1981)
Electric Café (1986)
Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Throwback Monday - 10.15.12 - "Come To Daddy" (official video) - Aphex Twin

Come to Daddy is a 1997 EP by electronic music artist Richard D. James, commonly known as Aphex Twin. James describes his work like this: 
"Come to Daddy came about while I  was just hanging around my house, getting pissed and doing this crappy death metal jingle. Then it got marketed and a video was made, and this little idea that I had, which was a joke, turned into something huge. It wasn't right at all."
This video was directed by Chris Cunningham and filmed on the same council estate where Stanley Kubrick shot many scenes in a A Clockwork Orange.

Come to Daddy was named the number one video of the 1990s by Pitchfork.                 information from wikipedia

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Video work inspired by and created for "Ultimately Always 4 (Maryann by Adam Douglas)" by Mixmaster Noah Massey of Astronaut Disco. 

This work conveys the impression of a distant memory that is in and out of focus but the full, clear remembrance of the distant memory never happens. Additionally this memory is observed through an equally obscured digital filter or device which is the only way to view it. Notice the cyclical repetition to the memory with changing variations, each struggling to give a clearer interpretation of the memory. 

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Throwback Monday - 10.1.12 - "Aruca" - Medicine

Medicine was an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991. Formed by guitarist Brad Laner, the band featured a number of different line-ups throughout its career before disbanding in 1995. The band reformed briefly in 2003, as a duo including Laner and Shannon Lee.

Medicine signed to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label in 1992. With a signature guitar tone, created by running guitarist’s Brad Laner’s guitar through a Yamaha 4-track recorder, Medicine’s music managed to distinguish itself from some of the more ambiguous endeavors of the shoegazing movement.
Pitchfork Media has hailed Medicine as the closest thing to being an America answer to My Bloody Valentine.