Finn Johannsen – Nippon Mobile Music Part 3

Posted: January 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Mixes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Mixes recorded for RBMA

Part 3


Finn Johannsen – Nippon Mobile Music Part 2

Posted: January 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Mixes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Mixes recorded for RBMA

Part 2


Finn Johannsen – Nippon Mobile Music Part 1

Posted: January 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Mixes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Mixes recorded for RBMA

Part 1


Playing Favourites: Quarion

Posted: January 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Features | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

> Sound Dimension – Granny Scratch Scratch (Soul Jazz)

This is a 70’s reggae track by Jackie Mittoo. It’s almost Minimal, very basic.

True. It’s got some Techno appeal, it’s just rhythm. That’s what I like about this Dub stuff, there are so many things you can recognize that were used later on in electronic music like House and Techno. Dub was so important for that.

So these ancient production techniques are still valid? There seems to be a direct line from Jamaica to today’s productions.

Yeah, I listen to Dub. I don’t listen to a lot, but I like some of it. But I like to use the state of mind of Dub in my music. It’s more a musician thing. I like to use the techniques of it. I’m getting more into the music, too. It’s amazing, the way they were mixing the bass and the drums in the 70’s. Really crazy.

They also put some emphasis on just doing tracks, not songs.

It really is the basis of what came afterwards, from Hip Hop to House to Techno. Drum and Bass also, of course. They all took elements from Dub, that’s really interesting.

> Yukihiro Takahashi – Walking To The Beat (Pick Up Records)

The next one is by Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Yukihiro Takahashi. A Synthpop track.

It is interesting. It has this kind of proto-House feeling. What I really liked was this crazy soprano sax solo at the end. It is almost like Free Jazz, for 30 or 40 seconds, and then it stops. That was quite bold.

I think he actually wanted to do some kind of pop hit though. The singer on this record is the one from the 80’s pop group Icehouse for example. But for a pop hit it is probably too weird.

I think the harmonies are built up quite traditionally, but this solo part really surprised me. It is almost like New York ‘s Post Punk era. Trying some new crazy stuff.

Maybe you should use some sax solo in a House track.

Well, I used to play sax in the past.

Really?

Yeah, for a long time. But I kind of really got tired of the sound and I don’t think I’m going to use it. But you never know. I started playing Alto Saxophone when I was 13 years old. I had tried piano a few years ago, but I wasn’t so much into it. I don’t remember why I chose saxophone, but I remember I wanted to do a wind instrument. With the saxophone, I learned to play jazz and I absolutely loved it! I began rehearsing with a few bands, mostly Jazz or Funk groups. When I discovered DJing, I was instantly hooked and I started playing less and less saxophone, until I quit around 2001. DJing, collecting and discovering music became more important for me. I dabbled into production around 1996, but got a home studio setup two years later. I remember that my main reason for producing was that I found that certain records were lacking something or were arranged in a way that I thought was not so effective. I was thinking “Hmm, the producer should have put this part first” or “the chord there doesn’t sound nice although the beat is dope”. After a while I just thought I should make my own tracks.

I remember that a lot of the early Deep House tracks used the same sax sound. Really flat and synthetic. They seldom used a real saxophone, always this cheap sound effect.

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Interview: Motor City Drum Ensemble

Posted: January 9th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Artikel | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Die Divenschnipsel und die wohligen Flächen können bei vielen Trittbrettfahrern der House-Wiederkehr nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass sich der aseptische Grundklang nur schwerlich mit den tradierten Grundfesten des Sounds vereinbaren lässt, und sich entsprechend auch nur rudimentär von der Preset-Beliebigkeit der TechHouse-Schwemme der letzten Jahre unterscheidet. In der Flut solcher Missverständnisse ragen schon seit geraumer die Produktionen vom Stuttgarter Boy Wonder Danilo Plessow heraus, der eben genau jene notwendige Emotionalität und Dreck in seine Tracks impft. Die Geschichte mit House und dem Feeling halt.

Wobei es eigentlich seit der Teenie-Genese von etwa Ron Trents Frühwerk nicht weiter verwundern sollte, dass jemand in jungen Jahren schon dieses Feeling aufweist. “Das Thema mit dem Alter ist zwar schon in Inverse Cinematics-Zeiten überstrapaziert worden, aber trotzdem: ich habe schon sehr früh angefangen, Musik zu machen. Erst am Schlagzeug, dann mit billigen Software-Sequencern. So sind die ersten Releases auf Pulver entstanden. Durch Jazzschlagzeug und die Liebe zu Hip Hop und das Finden von Samples begann die Suche nach Jazzplatten. Ich bin in einer Kleinstadt mit nur einem Plattenladen aufgewachsen, aber da der Typ auf Death Metal spezialisiert war, konnte ich mit Schülergeld an einige Schätze kommen. Unter meinen ersten fünf LPs waren John Coltranes “Love Supreme”, The Awakening auf Black Jazz Records und auch Moodymanns “Silent Introduction”, wobei mir letztere erst mit 15, 16 Jahren, nach dem ersten Clubbesuch, so richtig als Meisterwerk bewusst wurde. Das war noch in den Anfangszeiten des Internets, d. h. man hatte noch nicht die Möglichkeiten in Sekunden an jedes Release zu kommen, war auch gut so. Ich hatte also nur meinen kleinen Mikrokosmos aus wenigen Platten, die ich immer wieder hörte, und ich hatte Glück, die richtigen für mich zu erwischen.“ Read the rest of this entry »