Monday, May 30, 2011

Some people say thank electronic music cannot bring emotions, but this is something I definitely disagree with. Venetian Snares has very many albums focused on dark themes. This song right here comes off his album "Rossz Csillag Alatt Szueletett", which is a huge mixture of breakcore, classical, and drill n' bass. The glitchy sounds over strings during the climax of this song are dark, frantic, and intense. I would have to say this an album that opens people more to electronic music and helps them really get a glimpse of what music really can be. Many people could never think that classical could go together so well with this type of music, but here it does.

On another one of the Venetian Snares release, "My Downfall", you'll get a larger undertaking into this music. The album isn't as heavy, but it's definitely darker, slower, and even at times depressing.

Just wanted to throw some albums out there for you guys. Check them out sometime if you're interested.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Well Tuned Piano by La Monte Young

I haven't updated in a while, but today I'm going to talk about a piece of music that spawned most minimal music. La Monte Young's masterpiece, "The Well Tuned Piano" is over three hours long of nothing but slow piano that comes back and forth with beauty and intensity and holds some of the first characteristics to drone music. It can be a challenging listen to some, but for me I don't see how people could think of it that way. This piece to me is very easy listening and perfect to play when you need something to help you focus.

Lately when I've been working on some of my art I've played this and notice how this piece really helps inspire atmosphere and helps me paint out what I'm wanting, but in some way I can also see the music piece itself inside of the paintings.

This album is a journey through space and places you haven't ventured yet. Let it take you there.

This is only a fifth of the piece by the way.

Monday, May 23, 2011

d|p 1.1 by Basinski

"Disintegration Loop 1.1 consists of one static shot of lower Manhattan billowing smoke during the last hour of daylight on September 11th, 2001, set to the decaying pastoral tape loop Basinski had recorded in August, 2001. Shot from Basinski's roof in Williamsburg Brooklyn, this is an actual documentary of how he and his neighbors witnessed the end of that fateful day. It is a tragically beautiful cinema verite elegy dedicated to those who perished in the atrocities of September 11th, 2001" - Off the youtube video.

Now I don't know about you, but I find the idea of this pretty brilliant. William Basinski is an experimental ambient artist who releases tons of albums that are all unique in their own way, but it's his collection of albums entitled "The Disintegration Loops" that stand out most for its unique concept and story behind it. The song above has also been the cure to my insomnia for a while now. Slowly, this piece falls apart more and more towards the end and it almost feels hypnotic in a way, just as if a part of you is being destroyed while listening to it. This is not only a relaxing and beautiful work of art, but also very mourning and somber. 

Try it out sometime. I recommend just lying down in your bed with this playing. It'll take you places if you let it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dead To A Dying World - S/T

I don't know how the audience here that looks at my blog will react to this, but I'm going to take a chance and talk about this group anyways.

Dead To A Dying World is crust metal band that's unique in its own way. Unlike most bands that play this heavy, they use a cello and switch between male and female vocals. The two tracks on this album that go over ten minutes are the ones I would describe atmospheric, which bring this sense of complete bleak chaos to you. The other track I would describe is more like punches to the face.

This is definitely the heaviest album I've heard all year. Not only that, but the best debut album that's came out in 2011 too. Maybe even the best metal debut in the past two years. If you're into heavy and experimental music than this is for you.

Friday, May 20, 2011


P.O.S is a conscious rap group fronted by Stefon Alexander. He's released three albums so far and is also part of the rap group Doomtree. His style is confrontational, at times in your face, but can also be sort of nice just to chill to. Also, the beats man. His beats are creative, abstract, and different. There's a huge combination of things that makes him unique from other rap artists. Below is a song of his which definitely proves how creative he is lyrically and with his beats.

Hope you enjoy. Check out his latest album "Never Better" whenever you can! You don't want to miss it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Boris (2011)

Boris has released a total of three albums this year; two which go in a completely new direction of their music and one that goes back to the heaviness of their old albums. Now, I'm not that big of a fan of their experimental pop electronic stuff, but I do like the idea that they've been able to play so many different genre's now. They can range from heavy stoner metal, doom drone, noise rock, sludge, psychedelic, to even J-pop.

What I really like is the new album they've done called Heavy Rocks. They've already had one album with the same name that was released a while back, but this isn't a remake or anything, but more of a follow up to the previous album that was released back in 2002. It has it's heavy moments, but I wouldn't call it any more extreme than it's 'prequel'.

You can hear the entire album below on NPR.

Click here.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

And now for something completely different

The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra is exactly what you think it is. They make all of their instruments hand made with vegetables and sometimes improvise with tools like screwdrivers. I've always been interested in bizarre music and I think this goes beyond that. It's sort of hard to keep a straight face watching this video, because just the idea of what they're doing is too funny for me to handle.

I have one of their albums that was released last year entitled 'Onionoise', which if I may say, is a very organic album. Literally. This music is extremely out there and I recommend it for anyone who's looking for something that will blow their mind.

It's also good music to play when stoned.