Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Genre Research Project 70/1361: Horror Synth

Horror synth is a music genre that originated in horror film scores from the 1970s and 80s, such as those composed by John Carpenter and Goblin. These synthesizer-heavy scores utilized sharp, abrasive electronic sounds as well as eerie, haunting synth pads to create atmospheres that accentuated the dark, unnerving, violent or ghostly themes of their films.

Using modern computer technology as well as classic synthesizers, contemporary horror synth artists are influenced by and draw their inspiration from John Carpenter, Goblin and other composers of 70s and 80s horror synth film scores. These contemporary horror synth artists (such as GosT, Zombi, Défago, Tommy Creep, Umberto and Werewolves in Siberia) create music that retains the dark mood, atmosphere and cinematic style of the early horror synth composers but many also incorporate faster, highly danceable tempos into their compositions.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Genre Research Project 69/1361: Reggae

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, and the evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.

Stylistically, reggae incorporates some of the musical elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso , African, and Latin American music, as well as other genres. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure. The tempo of reggae is usually slower than ska and rocksteady. The concept of "call and response" can be found throughout reggae music.

The bass guitar often plays the dominant role in reggae. The bass sound in reggae is thick and heavy, and equalized so the upper frequencies are removed and the lower frequencies emphasized. The guitar in reggae usually plays on the off beat of the rhythm. It is common for reggae to be sung in Jamaican Patois, Jamaican English, and Iyaric dialects. Reggae is noted for its tradition of social criticism in its lyrics, although many reggae songs discuss lighter, more personal subjects, such as love and socializing.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

And with a spectral breath I'm begging to be freed

Pallbearer - "The Ghost I Used to Be" (Foundations Of Burden)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Genre Research Project 68/1361: Progressive Psytrance

Progressive psytrance (also referred to as minimal psytrance, psyprog, or simply prog or ‘minimal) is a style of psychedelic electronica developed in the early 2000s, developed as a sub-genre of psychedelic and Goa trance. Progressive psytrance combines the elements of minimal sounding progressive electronic music and complex developments of psychedelic music. Its heritage can be traced back to the developments of minimal techno, tech, and minimal house. The style of progressive psytrance can be described as generally darker and edgier than mainstream trance. It is also slower in tempo and is more progressive than melodic psytrance. Currently, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany have created the most renowned minimalist labels. In the last couple of years Australia has added its own artists and labels to the minimalist trance scene.

I'm your sweet little lovemaker

FKA Twigs - "Pendulum" (LP1)

Boner Jams '14

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Playlist for 9-18-14 (Possible Scottish Independence Edition)

Hey folks,

So Thursday, during my radio show, Scotland was counting the ballots from their vote to determine if they'd become their own independent country or not. In the spirit of this possibly historic event, I decided to play at least one Scottish band per block on my radio show. And while Scotland may have opted to remain part of the UK, we'll always have the three hour radio show where I could play Arab Strap without feeling like I was being unfairly dour.

Things that Are Square 9-18-14 (Possible Scottish independence edition)

(*) = New release

Belle and Sebastian - We Rule the School - Tigermilk

Camera Obscura - I Need All the Friends I Can Get - Let's Get Out of This Country
Daniel Johnston - Go - The Late Great Daniel Johntston
R.L. Kelly - Woke Up Feeling Sad - Life's a Bummer
(*) Karen O - Visits - Crush Songs

The Just Joans - Some Boys Are Bigger Than Others - 6.9 Love Songs
All Dogs - Farm - Slouch/All Dogs Split
Best Friends Forever - Ghost Song - Romance Conflict Adventure
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Survival - Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems and Such

Momus - "Nicky" - Circus Maximus
Palace Music - New Partner - Viva Last Blues
John Moreland - Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore - In the Throes
Birdcloud - Do What I Want - Birdcloud

(*) Shellac - Compliant - Dude Incredible
Jawbreaker - Accident Prone - Dear You
Fugazi - Merchandise - Repeater + 3 Songs
The Vaselines - Lovecraft - The Way of the Vaselines

(*) Death From Above 1979 - Cheap Talk - The Physical World
The Muslims - Walking With Jesus - Parasites/Walking With Jesus 7"
The Jesus and Mary Chain - My Little Underground - Psychocandy
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Mogwai - You Don't Know Jesus - Rock Action
Low - Dinosaur Act - Things We Lost in the Fire
Spiritualized - Broken Heart - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space
White Rainbow - Gilded Golden Ladies - Zome

Arab Strap - The Long Sea - The Red Thread
The Haxan Cloak - Excavation (Part 1) - Excavation
Matmos - You (RRose Mix) - The Ganzfeld EP
Wobbly - Flee You - Project Bicycle

(*) Aphex Twin - minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix] - Syro
Balam Acab - Oh, Why - Wander/Wonder
Boards of Canada - Telephasic Workshop - Music Has the Right to Children
(*) Jabu - Limosine - Kwaidan

(*) Rustie - A Glimpse - Green Language
Unicorn Kid - Boys of Paradise - Tidal Rave EP
(*) jj - Full - V

(*) Shabazz Palaces - #Cake - Lese Majesty

Friday, September 19, 2014

Genre Research Project 67/1361: English Folk Music

Folk music of England refers to various types of traditionally based music, often contrasted with courtly, classical and later commercial music, for which evidence exists from the later medieval period. It has been preserved and transmitted orally, through print and later through recordings. The term is used to refer to English traditional music and music composed, or delivered, in a traditional style. English folk music has produced or contributed to several important musical genres, including sea shanties, jigs, hornpipes and dance music, such as that used for Morris dancing. It can be seen as having distinct regional and local variations in content and style, particularly in areas more removed from the cultural and political centres of the English state, as in Northumbria, or the West Country. Cultural interchange and processes of migration mean that English folk music, although in many ways distinctive, has particularly interacted with the music of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It has also interacted with other musical traditions, particularly classical and rock music, influencing musical styles and producing musical fusions, such as electric folk, folk punk and folk metal. There remains a flourishing sub-culture of English folk music, which continues to influence other genres and occasionally to gain mainstream attention