Saturday, January 12, 2008

Testing the breaks

Deep cut
I’m learning more about breakbeats, sometimes listening to, but also through talking to people. It comes out of a digitally-infused subculture, in which the source music is often downloaded and remixed with samples and softsynths. Apples are the preferred platform for doing this. Most of the stuff I’m borrowing comes from live sets, often freebie CDs given away as part of the DJ promotion. I’m not up to partying just yet, but I’m hooking in to Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, and Def Inc. Am I getting all neurotic about my age, I hear you ask? Probably:What’s your neurosis allowing you to do that you couldn’t do otherwise? asks Richard Ford…

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