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08/24/2017

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While not really my cup of tea, it is fun to listen to, and especially with your notes explaining what will happen in the music next. I'm constantly amazed at the music out there that I am completely unaware of. Fun post, Rob!

I found this fascinating. I'm definitely of the "it all sounds the same" school regarding this kind of music, while at the same time recognizing that there must be some skill involved in producing it. The analysis is really interesting.

I like the lady's voice on the first track.

Interesting to read what Allmusic says about it. That whole scene is very strange to me.

http://www.allmusic.com/album/tranceport-mw0000045672

Stu, I like the idea of the voiceover -- it's the content I find silly!

"That whole scene is very strange to me."

One of the bartenders at a local watering hole I frequent is a d.j. of this type of music. He knows I like some of it and thus likes to talk about it, but when he gets on a roll I lose him very quickly.

It would be interesting, if one had more or less unlimited time, to take a tour of all the sub, sub-sub, and sub-sub-sub genres. Seriously, a lot of them really do sound the same to me. There is one called hardcore (not to be confused with hardcore punk) which kind of has a death metal sensibility. It's intended to be scary and it is.

Have a taste of this and see if you can imagine dancing to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zNwQgZ70kU

I have a very good CD, Intensify, by a duo called "Way Out West" that is considered "progressive trance." It's not totally unlike the links I included but it's somewhat more complex and not as straightforwardly danceable.


I had that on my "check it out" list at eMusic, on your recommendation from a while back. Never got around to it, and recently eMusic got themselves a nice shiny much-improved web site from which most of the content has disappeared. "Most" from my point of view, anyway. My list of potential purchases was pretty much literally decimated.

There is also an artist who goes by the name Chicane whose albums have a nice mix of faster and slower material. My favorites are Behind the Sun and Giants. Among other things he's done a really good Clannad remix ("Saltwater") and a couple nice Sigur Ros covers.

Nice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET1-6Bef9xU

Although I always sort of chuckle when that bass (?) drum starts, and I realized listening to this that it's because I still associated it with disco.

I mean "drum" of course, not drum. :-)

I'm curious about how this stuff is produced. I even watched a short video about it on YouTube once but I didn't understand it. A guy zipping around clicking and dragging stuff in software.

"A guy zipping around clicking and dragging stuff in software."

I use audacity for audio production. I'm sure it would easy to do sampling or snippets and create something like this. I should try it.

I'm not so sure about "easy." Audacity is pretty bare-bones, or at least it was when I tried it 5 or 6 years ago (not for this kind of stuff, just recording). I think these guys use software that automates a lot of basic operations. Although I don't know if that existed 20 years ago, when Tranceport was produced.

A tutorial, so-called--i.e. presumes knowledge of the software, which seems to be called Nexus 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO5u7hNA1mo

"Although I always sort of chuckle when that bass (?) drum starts, and I realized listening to this that it's because I still associated it with disco."

Very true! I sometimes have that same feeling with certain songs. And some of the more electronic sort of disco (remember Giorgio Moroder?) definitely anticipates it. I can remember losing interest in Kraftwerk in the late 70's when they moved into dance music territory, but I'll bet if I went back and listened to that stuff now I'd probably like some of it.

I have several Kraftwerk albums from that period and hadn't thought of them as dance music, though I guess I can see the connection. Haven't heard them for a while though.

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