Saturday, July 30, 2011
If you don't know about fractals there's some cool videos on youtube you should watch, but basically they are "self similar" patterns found everywhere in nature from plants to cell phone chips. I learned about fractals a while back and wondered about their possible application in music. I had my own ideas, but here's how some scientists in the late 90's went about it. They used a method involving L-systems, which is explained on their website much better than I could break down for you. They produced many different midi tracks using methods such as this, which one might say are more interesting than enjoyable, but I think there's definitely artistic potential here and it depends on the artist using these methods and how they use them.
Fractal Research (Hazard, Kimport, Johnson)-Erie chords by howlingcaliper
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
I really like the experimental direction the Flaming Lips have gone down in recent years. Now they collaborated with Lightning bolt on a limited Flaming Lips collab 12" with Lightning Bolt due out next week. This video is trippy and amusing to me. I love the vocals on this track.
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I was just listening to this song today and it occurred to me that a big part of experimental music/art requires being unattached from your work. Take this Negativland track for instance, if it were me, I would tend to resist "ruining" this cool, dark chord progression with lyrics about a bee flying into your lime soda, and try to write fitting lyrics in an expressionistic kind of way. Well, you have to be brave to try new things. And a sense of humor doesn't hurt either.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I'm not much for noise music or non-musical "screwing around", as much of what is referred to as "experimental music" seems to be, but I do like this tape loop from "Parable of Arable Land". Instead of using the loop as a foundation however, all the improve sounds are arrhythmic. The band dubbed this jamming style as "free form freak out."
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Woom on Hoof is part of a series of collaborative 7"s featuring guest vocalists singing self-composed lyrics and vocal melodies over a Deerhoof instrumental track. Side A features SF/NYC-based WOOM (Ba Da Bing) on Deerhoof's "Must Fight Current." Side B features the WOOM song "Quetzalcoatl's Ship" mixed by Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier. Available on Polyvinyl Records
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The first in a series of remixes on 12" vinyl will be released on Monday 4th July (or Tuesday in the US & Canada).
The series kicks off with Caribou remixing Little by Little, and a remix of Lotus Flower by Jacques Greene. The tracks can be downloaded here
Little By Little Caribou RMX by Radiohead
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Monday, July 4, 2011
I've always thought that the kind of sound collage that Negativland does is sometimes more like art than music, obviously with a sense of humor. Confirming their role as artists, their website has a lot of their different creative endeavors, including Negativland's album art and other visual art. www.negativland.com
12. Yellow Black And Rectangular - Negativland by eminn3m
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