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Dance Music Streams

Posted on 17 August, 2008. Filed under: beats, Breakbeat, breaks, chillout, Dance music, Disco, DJ, DnB, Drum&Bass, Drum'n'Bass, Electro, Electro House, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, eurodance, funky house, Goa, Goa trance, Hardcore, hardcore music, hardcore techno, Hardstyle, House, house music, lounge, minimal, minimal electronica, minimal house, Music, Music Genre, progressive, Progressive House, Psychedelic trance, psytrance, Trance, tribal house, Uncategorized, vocal trance |

Listening to radio streams of the latest music is a great way to discover new songs and artists. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a little difficult to figure out the name of a song in a big stream, particularly when there is no compere involved.

Well, to solve that problem, I recently came across a site that streams radio stations from around the world AND provides a full listing of all the tracks – it’s called 3FL Radio.

The section I am most interested in at the moment is the list of Digitally Imported streams. Digitally Imported is a site that streams electronic dance radio music from around the world. It has different streams for different styles, which makes it great for both getting to know a style and for listening to what’s currently happening with a particular style. Some of their streams include:

  • Breaks
  • Chillout
  • DJ Mixes
  • Drum and Bass
  • Electro House
  • Eurodance
  • Funky House
  • Goa Psy Trance
  • Hardcore
  • Hard Dance
  • Hardstyle
  • House
  • Lounge
  • Minimal
  • Progressive
  • Trance
  • Tribal House
  • Vocal Trance
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Conversion through Remix

Posted on 13 May, 2008. Filed under: beats, Dance music, Disco, disco house, Electronic Music, Garage, House, house music, Music, remix, speed garage, UK Garage, Uncategorized |

One way alot of people seem to get in to electronic music is through hearing dance remixes of songs they already like. I remember aaaages ago when Shanks and Bigfoot brought out their infamous ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’. One of my friends had bought the single and had it at a party.

Ofcourse, Track 1 got played over and over (insanity of youth, I know), but at one stage someone let the CD keep playing and all the remix versions started up. It was great. At this stage in life, not alot of my friends were familiar with dance music, and some found it a little intimidating. As far as they were aware, dance music was just loud doof-doof, whistles and disconcerting chipmunk-sounding vocals. 

It was this sort of remix that moved dance music in to their (and my) domain, and allowed them to get to know (and in most cases, love) the different styles of it. Remixes gave them the music they already loved, recognised and felt comfortable with. They didn’t have to move completely out of their comfort zone to get a little taste.

So next time you come across someone who would really benefit from getting to know a particular style, but they’re having trouble seeing the light, maybe work them around with a couple of remixes. It’s worked for me.

Track details: Shanks & Bigfoot– Sweet Like Chocolate (Ruff Driverz Vocal)

If you like that, have a listen to: Ruff Driverz – Shame

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Come to Aphex Twin!

Posted on 17 May, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, beats, breaks, chillout, Dance music, DJ, DnB, Down Tempo, downtempo, Drum&Bass, Drum'n'Bass, Electro, Electronic art music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, experimental, House, house music, IDM, industrial, Music, Music Genre, Psychedelic trance, psytechno, psytrance, rave, Techno | Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had one of those days, where everything that comes up on your playlist reminds you of one particular artist? Like…
“oh, that beat reminds me of artist X”.
“Hey that sound reminds me of artist X”.
“Wait, I’m sure artist X has a few tunes like that”.

Well, over this last weekend alot of the tunes I’ve been listening to seem to remind me of (that wacky Irish camper himself) Aphex Twin. Yet I haven’t listened to one actual Aphex Twin song in months!
Richard David James - Aphex Twin

What I have been listening to though is a variety of jungle, hardcore, drum’n’bass, ambient and psytrance. Could it really be that Aphex Twin sounds like all of these?

One of the artists I listened to was Boards of Canada. They have that kind of ambient, IDM, experimental feel to them. And they are all words that you can definately apply to Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works?).

I also listened to some of The Knife, that Swedish synthpop pair who have some pretty warped sounds, with hints of mainstreaminess. Hmm, also Aphex Twin-ey (Richard D. James?).

And finally, there was some good ol’ Infected Mushroom. To me, there are some very similar beats, rhythms and mix-ups between the two.

You know, I think I may even go so far as to say, a journey through Aphex Twin is a journey through a vast array of electronic music styles.

Track Details: Aphex Twin – Window Licker
Track Details: Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
Track Details: The Knife – Like a Pen

If you like those, try: Aphex Twin – Digeridoo
Aphex Twin – Polynomial-C
Boards of Canada – Music is Math
Boards of Canada – Kid for Today
The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health
The Knife – Heartbeats

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Minor – the key to my heart

Posted on 16 May, 2007. Filed under: dark ambient, dark electro, dark progressive house, dark psytrance, darkcore, darkstep, darkwave, DnB, Drum&Bass, Drum'n'Bass, Electronic Music |

I adore minor keys. They’re not discordant or jarring. They’re just… more melancholy? Darker?

I’ve been trying to quantify what it is that gets me about them. I studied music for almost a decade, but I still can’t say exactly what it is. So (as per usual) I went snooping around the net looking for someone else to say it for me.

“In the German theory by or derived from Hugo Riemann, the minor mode is considered the inverse of the major mode, an upside down major scale based on (theoretical) undertones rather than (actual) overtones (harmonics).
Minor scales are sometimes said to have a more interesting, possibly sadder sound than plain major scales. The minor mode, with its variable sixth and seventh degrees, offers nine notes, in C: C-D-Eflat-F-G-Aflat-A-Bflat-B, over the major mode’s seven, in C: C-D-E-F-G-A-B. The interval strength, or lowest possible location in the harmonic series, and thus consonance and “stability”, of minor triads is less than that of major, which interprets major as more “stable”, a major triad being found in the 4th, 5th, and 6th harmonics of a pitch, while the minor being the 10th, 12th, and 15th. This may explain the Picardy third, the use of a major tonic chord at the very end of a composition in minor, since it would be more stable and thus conclusive.”

Yes, couldn’t have put it better myself!

I will make one generalisation though. The majority of dark-genre songs (ie. dark drum’n’bass, dark breakbeat etc) are based on minor keys. The majority of happy or uplifting genre songs are based on major keys.

I’ll find some and show you soon!

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Electronic Music Genre UPDATE 2 

Posted on 29 April, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, Breakbeat, Disco, Down Tempo, Electro, Electronic art music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Hardcore, House |

Just quickly letting you know that I have updated a few of the ‘Electronic Music Genre‘ pages, namely Ambient, Breakbeat, Disco, Downtempo, Electro, Electronic Art Music, Hardcore and House.

Some of the information on these pages is very brief, but I will be updating everything continuously. In the mean time, continue to check out all the related blog posts.

The rest of the genres will be covered shortly, so don’t forget to check up regularly!

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Leftfield – genre mashup

Posted on 25 March, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, beats, Dance music, Down Tempo, downtempo, dub, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, House, house music, Music, Music Genre, progressive, Techno |

During dinner a little while ago, I dragged out Leftfield‘s Leftism album. I love it. It particularly suits any down tempo kind of activity (eg. dinner, study, sleep, work).

Anyway, I was asked what genre it was. Well, at first I thought ‘down tempo/tech’. But then again, it’s kind of ‘dub-ey’. And is ‘down tempo’ even used any more? Isn’t it more ‘ambient’?

Well, here is how the style of Leftfield has been described:

“Electronica artists who were pioneers in the field of intelligent dance music and progressive house. Were the first to fuse house, dub and reggae. Their down tempo style inspired the genre recognised purely as ‘leftfield’ (also known as ‘chillout’).

The album Leftism is said to be a blend of dub, breakbeat, and techno especially called “UK-dub”.

Laaarvley! I realise it’s probably a bit of an ask (and a slack-arsed one at that) to have each artist fit nicely in to a specific genre, but what I WOULD like to have are set specs for the styles – something universal and consistent.

In the meantime, I guess I’m just going to have to sit back and enjoy. Oh, it’s a hard life…

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