Sunday, September 21, 2014

Very in-depth piece on PC Music (as in QT et al) by Philip Sherburne, although whether you should even go deep with something so determinedly shallow as the PC Music aesthetic is debatable. But then these sort of operations are never content to just be blank, are they? They can't resist showing how thought-through and conceptual the whole thing is.  Pointing out the references, the  precursors, the intent....  Just like the art world.

This one is even more Lola-like than "Hey QT"



Also reminds me of Sally Shapiro a bit.

This next one doesn't content itself with simple simulation, goes for the old push-to-extremes / distorting mirror approach, beats so hyper-eclectic and epileptic they never settle into a groove, sounds so cute and so shiny they hurt your ears....



Reminds me - in ludic-parodic spirit and some of the actual sonic techniques of mutation and disfigurement - a little of The Residents, or Morgan Fisher's Hybrid Kids project






PC also crop up in this new Adam Harper piece "The Online Underground: A New Kind of Punk?" at Resident Advisor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

QT Qs




It's like Lola from Charlie and Lola grew up and she's now at the age for texting and crushes and first dates.

Like "Never Ever Getting Back Together" with English vowel sounds and intonation.

Q about  QT  and her "divisive" label PC Music.

Since kitschadelic pop already exists in the world, abundantly, what does simulation-kitsch actually add by way of surplus value?  A layer of reflexivity, studied inauthenticity, of meta-manufacturedness?  But the faux-real already exists, with Taylor Swift and other TeenNick Top 10 fare?  Can K-pop, so denatured it's practically animation, be surpassed on this front?

This is the same question I have with vaporwave, with James Ferraro's takes on rap / R&B, and so forth.

The Jeff Koons question.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

dark and smooth



Mystery tune identified, 21 years later!

The track that starts here at 9.43 with MC OC riding...



And also (with different, nearly as excellent, MC - Det? - riding) here at 31.05:




Ment 4 Bass = DJ Phantasy + DJ Lee. Engineer: Alex Reece.

Another incredible track by Phantasy:



And this one done with Gemini:



This one too




And -  I never knew this - Phantasy was half of DJ's Unite, as on the original Energy Flash CD