Is experimental electronica in a rut?

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by Jarvisimon » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:42 pm

we experiment to learn, so I can't see how "experimental" electronica can be in a rut.

The rut comes from everybody copying everyone else, it's one thing to learn someone else's techniques but rather boring if that's all you're going to do, even more boring if you release tunes that sound like you've just learnt someone else's technique and want a part of their glory.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by eandersonase » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:48 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCw7a1kNvoc

not sure what your looking for but there is a lot of great new music going on

maybe try sound tribe sector 9 not really what you call experimental though
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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by djsynchro » Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:53 pm

Tonight I went to a "handmade music" event at Amsterdam's glorious STEIM (electro-acoustic music lab been kicking it since the 70's) man it was packed! Some cute chicks as well!

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by anybody human » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:46 am

djsynchro wrote:Tonight I went to a "handmade music" event at Amsterdam's glorious STEIM (electro-acoustic music lab been kicking it since the 70's) man it was packed! Some cute chicks as well!
Wow, double nice.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by 1nfinitezer0 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:06 am

eandersonase wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCw7a1kNvoc

not sure what your looking for but there is a lot of great new music going on

maybe try sound tribe sector 9 not really what you call experimental though
nice track, thanks. alwayss nice to find interesting idm/clicks n cuts/glitch.

what constitutes experimental electronica these days anyways? stutters and hyper-edits have been around forever,
is it the circuit benders that are now experimental?

my choices for current inspiring "experimental electronica" are:
fuck buttons
moritz von oswald trio

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by Lazos » Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:46 pm

I like some "experimental" stuff, but all multimedia performance gimmicks aside, I'd still rather pay money for a consummate musician(s) to perform sublime music on their real instruments any day or night.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by senator adam » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:31 pm

I feel like there is so much amazing experimental music out there that I can't keep up with it... which is a great thing. So many creative people can actually put forth there ideas without spending thousands of money on gear. You just have to wade through the all the crap to find it.

I'm so excited for independent (which covers experimental) music right now. It's flourishing all over.
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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by opus40 » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:32 pm

Lazos wrote:I like some "experimental" stuff, but all multimedia performance gimmicks aside, I'd still rather pay money for a consummate musician(s) to perform sublime music on their real instruments any day or night.
What constitutes as a "real" instrument?

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by senator adam » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:39 pm

Something that "keeps it real".
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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by Lazos » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:59 pm

Like he said :wink:

I think most on this forum understand what I mean. Don't get me wrong. I love lots of electronic music, and I love music technology and all the fascinating directions that it's headed. It's just that say a monome or lemur aren't in the same league (in terms of expressivity) as a violin or guitar or even hand percussion. If you disagree, then you probably don't play a "real" instrument. :wink:

To address the original topic, I'm not sure if it's in a rut, but like others have said: It's our job (if we so choose) to get it out, if it is.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by ethios4 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:27 am

Lazos wrote:I like some "experimental" stuff, but all multimedia performance gimmicks aside, I'd still rather pay money for a consummate musician(s) to perform sublime music on their real instruments any day or night.
And what if those musicians were playing a classical symphony? Who is the musician there? Is it the people holding the 'real instruments', or is it the dead guy holding a pen 200 years ago? Both?

My point is this : there are all kinds of different musical experiences, all with different strengths/weaknesses. To me, a DJ spinning records made by someone else is every bit as valid as a live band, or a classical symphony. There is an experience to be had with a DJ spinning techno that would be utterly impossible with a live band, or even live electronic musicians. Similarly, there is an experience possible with a live band that a DJ could never accomplish. I don't think either is any more 'real' than another. Similarly, there is an experience possible with multimedia that is not possible any other way.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by derzai » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:31 pm

ex·per·i·ment (k-spr-mnt)
n.
1.
a. A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
b. The process of conducting such a test; experimentation.
2. An innovative act or procedure: "Democracy is only an experiment in government" (William Ralph Inge).
3. The result of experimentation: "We are not [nature's] only experiment" (R. Buckminster Fuller).

Guess we're talking about definition number 2 here.

For me its all about conventions. You can talk about experimental jazz from the fifties e.g.

Which sounds very traditional and conformistic today.

Will there be new borders to transgress, dont know.

New and experimental tend to be conceived in the direction of more randomity, less structure, has been done too.

For me art is about expressing mood and ideas, and as long as there are new people with new insights we will have new music. That doesnt have to be experimental for me.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by ethios4 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:56 pm

I took a graduate class on 'experimental music' in college, and at the beginning had to present an example of experimental music. The weirdest thing I had heard at the time was Autechre, so I brought that in. Totally missed the point. In the classical world, 'experimental' means music which does not have a pre-defined outcome. John Cage's I Ching works or Milton Feldman's graphic scores, for example. Indeterminate works. An interesting angle on 'experiment'.

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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by derzai » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:09 pm

ethios4 wrote:I took a graduate class on 'experimental music' in college, and at the beginning had to present an example of experimental music. The weirdest thing I had heard at the time was Autechre, so I brought that in. Totally missed the point. In the classical world, 'experimental' means music which does not have a pre-defined outcome. John Cage's I Ching works or Milton Feldman's graphic scores, for example. Indeterminate works. An interesting angle on 'experiment'.
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Re: Is experimental electronica in a rut?

Post by 3dot... » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:06 pm

a new aphex twin album would be nice..
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