- massage special -
March 2001 here we are, next music massage is here.
There's definitely still something to say/hear about modules... The medium
brought us so much! Labels are still releasing on vinyl, and I'm sure we will
still be downloading modules in 10 years.
Anyway, Music is a continuum; with no arbitrary frontiers, just different
sounds and structures. I've tried to bring eight homogeneous pieces ranging
from techno, electro, idm and ambient, I hope
you'll enjoy the ride.
"scottish fold" by substance
A nice and soft tune by Substance to start. Sweet,
ethereal melodies played by bell-like instruments on a nostalgic but proud
tone. Subtily backed up by wooden-like instruments, giving the necessary
acoustic touch. And a 808 here just to let you know when to move your
head. Forget all your worries, relax and drift with the music...
"it was a feeling" by karl
lihagen (on Setup)
"it was a feeling" comes from the various unreleased numbers ep which is the last release
from setup (#14)
We're here again greeted by a bell like instrument (and a whistling
companion) but the tune here takes another turn: the bass line infuses more
life into the module and, with the soft-electro rythm, everything is tightly
packed in a nice plastic box. Simple but enjoyable.
.: "puppets own love song (nachtmusiek remix)" by jennifer (on Setup)
More and more electro, another release on Setup. A
banging electro-rythm. Scorched drones and a fleeing bass line. A very nice
addition to your collection of retro 80s music. (I'm sure G.W.B would love
"adancimi dinamice: b1" by r.pries+b.rosu (on _rohformat)
Getting more aggressive here, with one of my favorite _rohformat release. (both the ep and the tune) a pulsing
techno track surrounded by deep pads. Watch that intro, where the pads are
giving space for the percussions and, in one definitive move, the bassdrum and
the funky bass line.
"threethree (nowsix edit)" by h.kyllonen (on Kyoto
Now one of my favorite demotracks from last year, from 33/nahkolor, continuing on an
aggressive edge, being re-edited by h.kyllonen for
kyoto republik. It follows the typical minor chords intro
/ aggressive percussion / wall of sound schema, but who are you to complain?
can you combine lush harmonies and distorded percussions as well as that?
The whole ep (Fissura) is also worth an
"zilogue remix" by falcon (on Taho (ex mute))
Another demotrack remix, on Taho/Mute. This time by the famous falcon, who brought us (as always) a very solid
A memorable melody and a great selection of sounds conveying a lot's of
.: light bulbs by loke (on Voodoo)
Crushing light bulbs.. strange hobby. But that was for a good cause:
bringing us a module representation of the music of aphex twin/autechre and the
like. Addictive rebounds, too simple not to be intentional harmonies, and a so
welcome release after an unreachable climax.
.: "coan3" by ceniq (on Milk)
Milk is a label whose ep and albums are often top
quality. This one is one of my favorite ever released. "voq
ep" is very inspired by the sound of aphex twin, and coan3 is a perfect example. SAWII:ish pads painting
imaginary, dense landscapes. In which to drown yourself.