Passive/Aggressive

ÅRSLISTE: 2011 according to Laurel Halo

December 19 2011

“If 2012 is the Apocalyptic Not-A-Fine-Day, then 2011 was the pre-game: where everyone’s participated in a U/Livestream session hiding out from hurricanes or riots or their responsibility and instead, intensely feeling or believeing something happening on the screen, DJs or protesters doing it for them, ‘long lost’ culture relics on YouTube or the brilliantly shaded Soundcloud waveform.

Music’s increasingly ‘hyper-‘ in 2011 – hyper-sentimentality replacing pain for a similar sensation, hyper-affectation replacing old music for new, hyper-mystery making anyone with a dick and a laptop a badman (aka music without a heart will always lose).

I found joy in the DIS Trance War that led dozens of producers to make their best actual (or approximations of) Trance anthems, Nick Weiss’s winning track using a Gabba kick and a sealing, peaceful message (“Can you really win a war? Where are the children? Who’s gonna teach them, tonight…”). Also in HDBoyz’ N’Sync-circa-1998 appropriation, Far Side Virtual and Replica‘s cutting up of our commercial brains and the grace of Julia Holter’s Tragedy.

LED contact lenses and dream scanning, Arab Spring, Occupy and other riots worldwide, politicians becoming increasingly idiotic (“We have to stop blaming the banks”) and loops again taking focus all dance on the periphery of 2011’s antiparticipatory collective conscience, gearing us up for what we can say musically and what we can do IRL in 2012.” (Laurel Halo, i Wire januar)

Laurel Halo – Hour Logic (Hippos in Tanks)

Mixtape: Oneohtrix Point Never

December 16 2011

Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) har lavet et mixtape, der mere eller mindre indkapsler den bølge af nye synthesizer-ambient musik, han selv er én af bannerførerne for. Der er en bred linie fra moderne kompositionsmusik, ambient og drone, avantgarde og til popmusikken på vej mod musikken i dag – og grundlæggende bliver Passive/Aggressive ved med at skrive om den, fordi det er i vores perspektiv er den nye musik, der har haft størst betydning i løbet af de seneste år.

Trackliste + download her:

Alvin Lucier – “I Am Stting In A Room (Taster’s Choice Edit)”
John Oswald – “Urge”
Dopplereffekt – “Z Boson”
Tim Hecker – “Untitled (3)”
Vidna Obmana & Asmus Tietchens – “4th Theme”
Frank Zappa – “While You Were Art II”
Jon Hassell – “Empire IV”
Michael Hoenig – “Voices Of Where”
Basic Channel – “Enforcement”
Screwball – “Screwed Up (DJ Premier Edit)”
Fennesz – “Rivers Of Sand”
Steve Reich – “It’s Gonna Rain”
Ariel Kalma – “Saxo Forest”
Bill Reddie – “Ascent Into Now (Excerpt)”
Bert Jansch – “I Am Lonely”
Alvin Lucier – “I Am Sitting In A Room (Shocking Conclusion)”

Introducing: Celeste/Inner Garden

Blog November 28 2011

Synthesizerkærlighed med hypnagogiske kvaliteter, forvrænget maskinel støj og synkoperede beats. Besatte, forvrængede og synkoperede videoer. Det eneste, jeg kan regne ud, er, at projekterne Inner Garden og Celeste er danske, fordi det er fra bloggen Vibrant Foam. Lidt ligesom Emeralds eller Oneohtrix Point Never.

Læs resten

P/A presents Ford & Lopatin

Blog August 28 2011

Ford & Lopatin tog navneskifte efter den umulige, nørdede Games “That We Can Play”-ep. Inden da havde Daniel Lopatin ild i sit projekt under navnet Oneohtrix Point Never, et noget mere art-anerkendt buldrende, analogt, elektronisk, stressende droneprojekt; så det engelske musikblad Wire skriver om det.

Man behøver ikke forstå, hvad Ford & Lopatin går ud på, måske. Det er surrealistiske hooks via samplede vokaler, cembalo, robotter og andre opklippede passager, mens melodien bliver spillet på elektriske guitar og et udvalg af syntetiske casio- og for mange MIDI-input, der lyder 27-30 år gammelt. Det er ofte her anmeldelserne slutter, men hvis man skal være retfærdig, er “Channel Pressure” (Mexican Summer/deres album*) langt mere detaljeret og undersøgende end at være fra 80’erne. Det er transcendental sarkasme.

Konklusion: Se!, det er spacetechno, hvor værktøjerne kan være analoge eller digitale, men hvor det handler om konstruere et groove, der er out of this world. Man skal svæve og være blæst.

*Bonusinfo: “It’s got a concept, even, with the songs forming a largely incomprehensible narrative concerning a teenager who resists evil technological overlords, though understanding that component of the record has virtually nothing to do with one’s enjoyment of these songs.”

Passive/Aggressive er vært for Ford & Lopatin på Ideal Bar den 15. september: (link). Musikvideotrix til “World Of Regret”:

Note to self: Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin) udgiver “Replica” den 5. november.

Oneohtrix Point Never