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Idyllic nature meets heavy beats on an emerging Paris label

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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We talk about the idea that online democratization should be unearthing new musical gems — but you have to find them first. CDM contributor Zuzana Friday is scouring the Web, looking for the collectives and labels and artists who stand out of that virtual noise. First up: Paris’ Lpc.

With the growing popularity of contemporary (post)techno, there have been many collectives, platforms and labels forming around the globe who want to promote and share their own angle on this music, its aesthetics and its attitude. Amidst that overwhelming superabundance, one of the collectives that genuinely deserves your attention is a Paris-based Lpc, aka La petite compagnie. We already shared Aquatic Life, a beautiful oceanic video of theirs; now let’s check them out in detail.

Lpc is an independent label founded in 2012 by a small collective of friends who met in the south of France. They’ve dedicated the project to the memory of Antoine Debens, who they call “their faithful friend and former president of the association.” So far, Lpc consists of duos Keadz and Monochrome and two solo artists, XVII and Mas, who all name-check influences like labels Stroboscopic Artefacts, raster-noton, and 12k, and artists like Yves de Mey and Samuel Kerridge.

In the productions on Lpc, various elements of techno, dubstep/post-dubstep, and deep dub techno meet ambient and ethereal, organic atmospheres — a mix of inspiration from contemporary techno titans and nature. Those natural aesthetics are interwoven with field recordings in the sound, but also in the images they choose for promotion and music videos. The visual side of the label is run by Mas, who shares his inspiration in photo albums dominated by black-and-white shots of trees, forrest, and sky.

Keadz blurred

Mas

Nature for Lpc means “purity, timelessness, and simplicity,” says member Tarek Iked, “and that joins the idea of beauty that we have. Nature is very inspiring for us. When we are in a countryside, listening to nature’s sounds, we don’t have the impression that someone is talking to us — in contrary to music made by humans. Nature’s sounds are random and unpredictable, they vary constantly, and that’s what makes them beautiful.”

Opening Ceremony// Abyss from LPC on Vimeo.

In Paris, Lpc runs parties called Ceremony, each themed with headings like like “Abyss,” “Night,” and “Desert.” “We choose the themes so that the image and sound are completely inseparable,” says Ikeda. “By defining a theme, we have the feeling that the artists we’re inviting make a special performance for this occasion. We also noticed that artists like to be given a sort of restriction, because it awakens their creativity.” Records take themes like this, as well.

The previous compilation, Quiet Sum, aimed to “transform summer’s rest and quietness into music.” The compilation is the work of a group of friends, retreating together to the countryside to produce the music. Lpc’s next release deals with chosen artists’ perception of silence. It will include tracks by Elle from Hypnus, Fjäder from Full Panda Records, Lpc artists, and Paris’ Hydrangea, whose album Dawn Lights I also highly recommend.

Was 4’33” an inspiration? “Of course we know John Cage’s work, but it didn’t directly inspire us,” says Ikeda. “This album was an opportunity for the different artists to reveal their personalities through the meaning of silence. It was also a way to create something homogeneous and linked. For the moment, we have most of the tracks, and we can say that there are no blank records. But in case we would have received something like this, we would have probably keep it as it is.”

With the positive feedback for Monochrome’s fourth EP by artists like Cio d’Or, Cassegrain and Edit Select, the awareness of Lpc’s artists and activities slowly grows. But with such beautiful work, this is a label to watch.

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lpc

http://soundcloud.com/la-petite-compagnie

https://www.facebook.com/PetiteCompagnie

keadz.bandcamp.com

quietsum.bandcamp.com

Keadz
soundcloud.com/keadz
on.fb.me/1iKgWE9

Monochrome

soundcloud.com/monochromemusique
on.fb.me/IcD3EN

XVII
soundcloud.com/lpcxvii/mix-i

mas
soundcloud.com/mas111

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female pressure’s techno compilation is heavy, required listening

Friday, August 14th, 2015

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This is a compilation of female artists, but that’s not — at first — why it’s worth mentioning. I would write about this particular compilation anyway. It’s dark; it’s heavy. It’s full of names you probably don’t know but should.

The compilation is out now on Bandcamp from Barcelona’s inventive and adventurous label Different is Different Records.

If techno isn’t your thing, skip straight to Electric Indigo’s crackling granular universe, “109.47 b.” Susanne Kirchmyer is a master of turning granular instruments into rich ambient landscapes of sonic color and shape, and this is eight and a half minutes of that. (More experimental sounds on their way to CDM, too, soon, so don’t think this is Create Techno Music — it’s not.)

if techno is your thing, this is a map to artists who are worthy of more attention. They’re each of them veteran DJs in different ways, from different corners of the world. This is a testament to the surprising diversity of the female:pressure network: just by hanging a welcome sign on the door for women artists of the world, extraordinary stuff rolls in. (It doesn’t hurt that people like Electric Indigo serve as nodes, attractors to a web of artists with some experience and skill — and their friends of friends, and so on.)

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I’d say music like this is flying “under the radar,” but I know better — the radar too often isn’t switched on in the first place, let alone doing a full sweep. Women making music suffer because of that. So, too, do other groups. You get lost because of identity politics or economic strata or geography or just don’t know people who know people who can get you noticed. And sometimes, and I’m sure this is true of many of you reading this, you get lost just because you’re weird and different, even though that should be wonderful.

Music isn’t a meritocracy, partly because there isn’t a quantifiable way to measure its worth, but also because the entire industry measures worth on other things. It pre-judges what it thinks will be popular. To some extent, that’s inevitable or an acceptable evil. But to some extent, it’s inexcusable. At the end of the day, our job as press or selectors or musicians or just listeners is to actually listen.

So do listen to this, and if you don’t like it, you know we have more music around the corner.

Female : Pressure by Various Artists

Once you’ve listened, let’s talk about where it is arguably worth putting this “female” label on this release.

Let me share a personal frustration. I still can’t believe how often I hear these sentiments. I hear “women don’t want to produce,” or “women don’t care about being so technical,” or “women make music but that doesn’t mean they care about production.” With techno, especially, I hear it sometimes from people I normally agree with — “oh, women don’t really want to make techno music.” Or “techno is masculine music.” (As if some women don’t also sometimes like loudness or aggressive sounds or bass or whatever it is this is supposed to mean.) Or “that’s mostly appealing to boys.”

It’s just a lie. And the repetition of this lie is a crime, because it robs individual women of making the choices they want to make. Hey, if they hate techno and hate technology, that’s a choice, too — they can record a banjo solo on a tape player and that’d be fantastic. But that’s why generalizations aren’t victimless crimes: they’ve made that choice for you before you even have a chance.

I don’t expect all female artists want to identify themselves as female. But for those who do want that, I think it’s worth letting people know about it, so lies don’t continue to spread.

Some topics deserve debate or discussion. But some topics deserve just more music, and more loudness. And this one, whether you like it or not, I really like. So I’ll turn it up loud.

Postlude: this is techno, and it’s labeled as a compilation of female artists. Not everyone is comfortable with these labels. So I really look forward to getting to participate in a conversation at Ableton’s Loop event. It’s organized by female:pressure, and features one Electric Indigo (with some other great people):
Defy or Classify: Electronic music beyond genre [Ableton Loop]

How we define our identities, musically and otherwise, is a huge part of what we do as artists — all artists. And I think it’s also a place where a lot of us find ourselves limited and frustrated. So I am humbled to join this group of people talking about it, and it’s a conversation I will absolutely bring back to CDM so you can share in it, too.

From top, images (via artist Facebook): Red Pig Flower atFar East Film Festival, Udine, Italy; photo Fabrizio Cenci. And Paula Cazenave, applauding Pelacha at FABRIK in Madrid. Photo tilllate.es.

https://didrec.bandcamp.com/album/female-pressure

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Empress Heavy

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Read more about Empress Heavy at MusicRadar.com


Designed as a source of high-gain tones, the Heavy from Canadian firm Empress features two independent channels (one with slightly more gain) that can either be voiced similarly so one acts as a boosted version of the other, or can be set up for two quite different sounds.

“Each channel has a selectable noise gate with a choice of natural or aggressive settings”

Each channel sports gain and output knobs, a weight knob that changes the character of the low end, and a mid knob that offers a powerful 10dB of cut or boost at a frequency (500Hz, 250Hz, 2kHz) selected by a switch above it.

Each channel has a selectable noise gate with a choice of natural or aggressive settings, while the whole output can be tonally tweaked by high and low shelving filters.

Whether you want to scoop out some midrange or add girth to your high-gain distortion, the Heavy will cater to your needs, with or without the noise gate to keep hiss in check and your riffing tight and controlled.

Read more about Empress Heavy at MusicRadar.com




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You Should Listen to Fuzzy Cut-up Goodness, Heavy Techno from Annie Hall [Detroit Underground]

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Annie Hall — Random Paraphilia EP PROMO from annie hall on Vimeo.

Spanish-born, Windsor-based producer/DJ Annie Hall is always something special, a gift to techno and experimental music.

Pushing her digital sound to the edge, she can sharpen her sound to glitch, fuzz, but always with a sense of warmth and intimacy. It’s cut tightly, but manages to tread techno-electro paths in its asymmetrical grooves. There’s never an absence of forward motion: like one of those crazy new robotic insects, all the complex kinetic action somehow makes it sprint.

And then, as she does this summer, she can head straight into the best possible, dubby, dark techno, spinning, swinging basslines grinding hypnotically in the shadows.

She’s on … too many labels to remember. She’s working with Kero on Riverside Manufacturing (RVSD), making limited vinyl. And she’s all over the planet, one of those rare relentlessly evergreen artists.

Somehow today I found myself revisiting the promo for the 2013 EP at top, Random Paraphilia, which reveals some of her IDM-ish side. It’s just splendid, with remixes by Richard Devine, Gerard Hanson aka E.R.P, and Valance Drakes. See the video at top, with perfect hyper-future-broken-glitch motion graphics by dmas3.

And then there’s what she’s cooking up this summer, the “Overlook” EP on Torque, with remixes by Truncate (U.S.A.) and Aiken (Spain):

Find them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/torquemusic — and grab the record on Beatport.

So, let’s just get through the middle of the week by queuing up more, shall we?

Think Stormtroopers more than Diane Keaton when you hear her name. And don't expect her to give up any rebel secrets, really. Photo of the artist, courtesy the artist.

Think Stormtroopers more than Diane Keaton when you hear her name. And don’t expect her to give up any rebel secrets, really. Photo of the artist, courtesy the artist.

From 2012 — though to me, her sound holds up any old time — she coupled a gorgeous remix of Scan7′s “Mental Reaction” with an eerie, hyperreal iPhone film of the Detroit People Mover.

Scan7 — Mental Reaction — Annie Hall remix from annie hall on Vimeo.

That impromptu film became the basis of another motion graphics masterpiece by Dmas3, for the remix Valance Drakes “DSM-5″ on the same Random Paraphilia EP.

Annie Hall / DSM-5 Valance Drakes rmx. DU™ from dmas3 on Vimeo.

All of this tends to glitch, hard-edged intersections of digital surfaces colliding, images deteriorating into flurries of pixels, rhythms fashioned from hyperactive electronic transformations. If it seems to lend itself to real-time exploration, that’s just what Johannes Poell of Austria did, working in the gaming environment Unity 3D.

IGNITE from Johannes Poell on Vimeo.

IGNITE is an audio-reactive realtime environment built in unity3D.
it was realized in a cooperative effort with the almighty orihaus! noctuelles.net
It utilizes Richard Devine’s remix of Annie Hall’s track Bandit 28930 to drive animations, camera movement, …
(for this particular incarnation shown here).
oh and… this is a 25fps capture of a 60 frames per second realtime demo.
(hardware would actually allow more, graphic card caps at 60.)
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soundcloud.com/richarddevine/richard-devine-remix-annie

CPU’s video for “Symphora” takes these sots of geometries and makes them more fluid, with equally pleasing effect:

Annie Hall — Symphora from CPU on Vimeo.

But we can do techno, here, too.

In a podcast this month for Japan’s Seven Lounge, she does techno properly — dark, odd, minimal (in a good way), heavy, and with an unmistakable echo of the Detroit sound.

Or there’s the podcast for Reclaim Your City, which might transport you to one of her sets in Berlin’s Tresor or Berghain.

Or go still darker yet with a Dystopian Rhythm podcast from earlier this year:

Or hear her podcasting for aforementioned label Torque:

Tracklisting:

01.Tunnel_the ritual(corbin davis remix)
02.Ryogo Yamamori — closing
03.Aiken — Eternal Dreamer
04.The Plant Worker — Gamma 04
05. Exium — Fenomen
06. Rene Walther temple of mind (virulent remix)
07. Bodies_in_Pawn — Null (Project 313 Version)
08. Jose Pouj — Occipital (Reeko remix)
09. Garret Dillon Knock original
10. Spherical Coordinates — scjkn-09(Original_Mix)
11. Adam Jay & DJ Shiva — Impossibilities (Ground Loop Probably Remix) [Bonus Track]
12. Mark Broom & James Ruskin — No time soon
13. Christian Wunch Mutation
14. Logotech — Verschrauben
15. Drumcell — Rooted Resentment

In quieter, more candid moments, here’s Annie Hall on her way this summer in a Tokyo tour, in another mobile-documented video made collage. Gentle glitch ambience “Remind” by Direkt Jive, also on Detroit Underground, is a perfect soundtrack to Japan, somehow.

Tokyo with Oto, Lena and Hisashi 2014 from annie hall on Vimeo.

Bringing us full circle, you can grab the Random Paraphilia on Bandcamp:

RANDOM PARAPHILIA by Annie Hall

IDM never died. It just glitched, then evolved, got still more beautifully corrupted — and we got sick of the acronym.

I’ll finish with this, because the track describes the ideal studio setup:

“i made this track last night using Max\MSP, Monome 64, Reaktor5 and beer. Enjoy”

Word.

Hope to see her back here in Berlin — or get to Detroit/Windsor one of these days.

http://anniehall.net

Follow her on SoundCloud for the latest — https://soundcloud.com/annie-hall-dj

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Drumdrops releases “Mapex Heavy Rock Kit” – Kontakt 5 pack, Multi-Velocity Pack, Single Hits Pack, Drum Replacement Pack and All Samples Pack

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Drumdrops has released the Mapex Heavy Rock Kit. Available to buy as five separate packs, this kit is based on the Mapex Saturn Kit which is a favourite for many rock drummers. This is a great soundin [Read More]
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Q&A: what are some great rap songs with catchy beats and heavy bass?

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Question by socrmaniac1921: what are some great rap songs with catchy beats and heavy bass?
I have over 1,200 songs on my ipod, the majority being rap/hip-hop and I need some new songs to listen to and expand my library even more! What songs have heavy bass and catchy/good beats as well? I’m ok with any songs, no matter how old or new, just stick with the same genre.

Best answer:

Answer by breeee
Gucci this gucci that by the OMG GIRLZ

What do you think? Answer below!

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Sunday, January 13th, 2013

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Heavy Rain: Top 10 Harrowing Decisions

Friday, January 4th, 2013

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Pro Tools Instrumental Screen Plays – Heavy Synth (Beat Maker) Instrumental Beat Rap Video

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

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NI Massive Heavy Excision Style Dubstep Bass Tutorial w/Preset In Description

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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