wow, i know i wanted a response from my post but this has gone a bit off-topic..
nick, i agree, ulrich schnauss "in a strangely isolated place" is a great album, he's certainly got his own sound. gotta hold my hands up here though, apart from FX and of course voodoo ray, i've never listened to any gerald.. any particular album i should try??
i used to be into the whole warp / afx / ae stuff in the early 90's but again, there's not much that grabs the attention now. i don't think it's just the music, it's the whole way the artists are presented, marketed, how they play live.. i've only seen autechre live once, albeit in a small venue, and they played the entire set in complete darkness, almost with their backs to the crowd. entertaining?? not in the slightest. there would have been no difference if i'd have just put on a cd and listened to it with the lights out. except i was about twenty quid lighter.
i think my whole issue is that there is no "new guard". no truly innovative act, who make great music, and more than that, are just interesting, worth following, do interesting things and are worth going to see live. i bought the mylo album last year, and reading the quotes from various mags on the front i thought i'd found the holy grail. man, was i wrong. "best dance album of the year". dance?? oh dear god.
and its interesting that the posts (the relevant ones at least
reveal that others of my age think the same, but the younger guys are more optimistic. to quote newbuild "i have no expectations.." well you should!!! these guys are earning more money than you because they KNOW you don't have expectations, so they can put out ANYTHING and it will sell.. here's a thing to try. please take this in the spirit it's meant but drop a couple of pills, listen to the prodigy "experience", altern 8 "full on mask hysteria", orbital "brown album", FSOL "accelerator" and of course 808 "ninety" and then tell me that quality e music is still being made. read everything you can about all these guys as well as the klf and the shamen, about their attitudes towards the music biz, about how they managed to be hugely successful without compromising one bit, or get dropped by their label because they didn't compromise, about the live gigs they put on, and then tell me that there are any truly interesting electronic bands around today.
in my last post i asked for any recommendations, for anything that has really amazed people this past year, and there have been a handful of suggestions. i think it's because there isn't anything (or people aren't that bothered). but i bet we've all still spent tens / hundreds (thousands, nick?
on tunes this year. i just think it's time to start asking why.
if anyone has actually read this far, cheers!
BTW souflex if you are still here, that picture made me laugh out loud! sorry markus..