What makes a Junglist Mun…

Posted on 8 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, DnB, Drum'n'Bass, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, jungle, Music, Music Genre, Techno |

Dragged out ‘Even Angels Cast Shadows’ (Omni Trio) this evening. Wow, did that bring back memories. So beautiful. I used to listen to this sort of stuff lying in bed after a rave, pleading with my ears to stop ringing (doesn’t silence scare you?). It was like being grooved to sleep. It didn’t sway you from side to side, it just kind of ‘flowed’ you around.

Anyway, I have a question. How would you describe a jungle rhythm? It’s the sort of beat you need only hear a couple of seconds of and you’ve got it picked.

It’s kind of a busy rhythm, without being jarring. Kind of focuses more on the high-ends usually, and the tune is built around it. The tune’s the pretty skin of the body rhythm (in my opinion). It’s kind of a broken beat (the grandpa of many other styles). If anyone can think of a way to define it (to someone who has no musical knowledge), that’d be awesome.

Junglist Movement

Anyway, listening to Omni Trio also reminded me of when I used to fiddle with an old synthesizer. You’d pick the rhythm (usually samba or tango or something like that), then the tune would work around which ever note you played. I remember wanting to show everyone each new song I’d “written”, just by playing a new combination of notes with one of the different preset rhythms.

Aaaah, those were the days. All I needed was some sampled blues-ey female vocals and I would’ve had a hit album down in less than an hour! Well… a top 10 on the ‘Kate’s Family Charts’ anyway…

Track Details: Omni Trio – First Contact

If you like that, try: Omni Trio –  Artificial Life

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