Wednesday, October 04, 2006

...:::...i think, maybe, that it is the abstraction of unknown, unsourced sounds and the occasional intervention of describable ones that interests me most about electronic music. lacking a vocabulary for certain sounds, the ubiquitous terms such as "clicks" and "cuts" and "bleeps" and "blips" seem to have become a saturated standard in referring to the modulations found in this music...onomatopeias floating...from wiki:

In rhetoric, linguistics and poetry, onomatopoeia is a figure of speech that employs a word, or occasionally, a grouping of words, that imitates the sound it is describing, and thus suggests its source object, such as "bang" or "click", or animal such as "moo", "quack" or "meow".

and yet for all these sounds, which these words may begin to descirbe, there rarely is an actual object that is striking the noise: the source object. they are found abstracted in space and in reception. incommunicable and cause-less...lost and found in a binary dialogue, creating a beautiful friction...

the last two track in today's download are from luomo's (johanna ilvanainen, antye greie-fuchs and vladislav delay) forthcoming album on huume, titled paper tigers. it's due out on october 24th. if you like it, be sure to buy it when it's released...and in the meantime, for all you hungry little beasties...:::...

download: 061005-modyfier

adam marshall – hot spring (j hunsberger’s bring on the summer remix) : sep 2006 on new kanada
florian meindl – while you sleep : sep 2006 on respoal red
from karaoke to stardom – maguliadura : sep 2006 on rrygular
grindvik – mnemonic : sep 2006 on stockholm ltd
grindvik – monuments : sep 2006 on stockholm ltd
paul kalkbrenner – press on (joris voorn remix) : sep 2006 on bpitch control
pikaya – grune raufaser : sep 2006 on cadenza
simon baker – down & under : sep 2006 on infant records
stefan goldman – sleepy hollow (ame remix) : sep 2006 on innervisions
whirlpool productions – from disco to disco (wighnomys mittmikks remikks) : sep 2006 on great stuff
luomo – tease is over : oct 2006 on huume
luomo – good to be with : oct 2006 on huume


Blogger MY BEST FRIEND said...

Excellent taste! Excellent art! Excellent blog!

4:38 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

(i'm blushing)...what do i do with such flattery but say 'thank you'.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you !

You ask me if there’ll come a time
When I grow tired of you
Never my love
Never my love
You wonder if this heart of mine
Will lose its desire for you
Never my love
Never my love
What makes you think love will end
When you know that my whole life depends
On you (on you)
Never my love
Never my love
You say you fear I’ll change my mind
And I won’t require you
Never my love
Never my love
How can you think love will end
When I’ve asked you to spend your whole life
With me (with me, with me)

The association

2:58 AM  
Blogger modyfier said...

umm...i'm married.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous cnnr said...

great work sweet modyfier
what good clubs are there in SF playing minimal stuff? i used to live there, now in NYC where the Bunker keeps things interesting at the weekends

11:49 AM  
Anonymous moerex said...

Great selections, words, art (as per usual). Thanks especially for the sneakpeek Luomo trax.

It's hard to get away from the "bleep/bloop" stuff when talking about minimal electronica. My fave statement on that phenomenon is the name that Warp chose for their digital music store. Anyway, your post definitely highlights the need to come up with more inventive ways of talking about such music, which my fave music writers sometimes manage to do. ;)

12:13 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...


in sf: more event based then specific place, per say...the following consistantly churn out top-notch performances:

1. kontrol: (next saturday, akufen)

2. recombinant media lounge: (tonight and tomorrow night deadbeat vs. richard devine...all locals should make effort to attend)

3. cargo:

4. moxie:

5. blasthaus:


it's an interesting overlay: language to describe sound. it challenges and invents new ways of communicating feeling...i will continue to explore.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an annoying request/question: It says" download limit reached" when I tried to link to the download.

Is there going to be a repost?

I'd love to preview some of these tracks. You're pretty much batting .1000 as far a selections go. I'd love to check these ones before blowing the cash on the vinyl version.

Keep up the incredible work. Seriously.

12:00 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...

okay. not to be a pushover...but for all your downloading pleasure: the links HOT again.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're rad! Thanks a ton. I've actually heard the whole Luomo record, Paper Tigers. Really interesting record. I especially like the way that the album opens. It's definitely not Vocalcity, but he's shaping out a different sound for his Luomo project that feels more confident and comfortable than it did on The Present Lover. Anyway, thanks for re-posting the link.


11:06 PM  
Blogger ForwardEver said...

I like the fact that if you study the history of electronic music, it started as undefineable, genreless noises created by machines made by scientist-artists at places like MIT, Harvard and RIT. So its only natural that music would again become abstracted to the point that genres and the language of naming sounds becomes not as imortant as knowing how the sound makes you feel. That makes music the universal expression that it is: sound without a barrier surrounding and defining it. Its like the bird song I heard the other day--utterly uncapturable, and melodic. Further, when I went to review the Luomo album for the Gaurdian this evening, all I could muster is a passable description of how the album sits against other music in the house genre. So much for critics.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous mikel said...

i must revisit to download the set, im in a hurry to work again...

and visit all your linx!!


11:33 PM  
Blogger modyfier said...


from r. murray schaffer: "there are two basic principles of what music ought to the first of these myths music arises as subjective emotion; in the second it arises with the discovery of sonic properties in the materials of the universe..." interesting in thinking about sequencing. in thinking about an instinctual or reactionary 'feeling' (emotion) versus consciously exploring and 'finding' (discovery) a sound through objects. in the end, so technologies become palpable. we wrap digital sounds around us and give them weight...move through their discovery to find an atavisitic delight.


hurry hurry. i know that one. i glimpse through to this one from a busy life.

1:19 PM  

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