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Archive for January, 2012


I always liked dubstep (Burial, in particular) — which is FAR from the case for me for most electronica genres — but i only started really liking it recently. Of all popular electronic-music genres I’ve heard, it resonates most strongly on an emotional level for me. (Some ambient and drone stuff gets there too, but […]

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm by rachmiel · Permalink

The Creative Force

We all have it. Everyone/everything has it. It’s just a question of removing the crap that gets in the way of it, right?

Posted on January 14, 2012 at 10:07 am by rachmiel · Permalink

The Rhythmic Divide

I grew up loving the complex, jagged, unpulsed rhythms of the post-Webernian Euros: Stockhausen, Xenakis, Boulez, etc. They were, and continue to be, as — or often more — satisfying to me on a purely rhythmic level than pulsed/metered beats. Naively, I assumed that most progressive music fans also loved aperiodic rhythmic flows. Now, after […]

Posted on January 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm by rachmiel · Permalink


Contemporary electronic music is plagued by near-universal adherence to boundaries and rules: the 4/4 dictum, standard half-dozen effects, groove fascism, dumbed-down melody and harmony, limited sonic palette, and so on. Trembling before rules stifles compositional chance-taking, which causes the dreaded “same old, same old” effect. It’s too rare these days to listen to a new […]

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 7:25 am by rachmiel · Permalink