Rollercoasting (Part 1)

By: Nick Southall

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Posted 02/21/2006 - 08:57:32 AM by :
 An intriguing division into the vast vault of thingness ellipts your column this week into two invalid classes. That of the authenticity debate - a chasm & a quagmire, one & the same. A mind that is like looking for a needle in a haystack where the mind is both needle & haystack, separated by illusion, that of sound. Music. Would human emotion seem as authentic by any other name? Does a heart beat in regular time? Does an intention get lost during its travels to the nerve-ends of fingers? These kinds of questions repeal the false claims your friends were making, but bend back a solipsistic argument in return - how can one embrace a machine like one embraces a lover? Here`s a simple analogy - that of the massage chair? It`s scientically knuckled to sufficiently knead your back but once you`ve been to Thailand could you ever go back? Yes, of course, but you`d be like that fool in Supersize Me.
Posted 02/21/2006 - 11:46:17 AM by pabanks46:
 Back in '96 I made a similarily blind purchase, not having owned any Miles Davis prior, and picked up On The Corner. 300+ (counting bootlegs) discs later, I too go back now and then. My jazz epiphany followed my own dance epiphany that occurred 2 years earlier w/ I Care Because You Do. Cheers to buying shit on a whim!
Posted 02/21/2006 - 11:46:53 AM by pabanks46:
 *300 Miles discs... if you're a Davis trader, get ahold of me.
Posted 02/21/2006 - 12:34:25 PM by :
 Wax on, wax off, Disexist.
Posted 02/21/2006 - 07:05:09 PM by Zarklephaser:
 pabanks46: Are you talking about 300 records later in general, or 300 Miles records later? Nick: Fantastic piece. Possibly my favorite you have written.
Posted 02/21/2006 - 10:41:43 PM by Hone_Heke:
 Yes yes, we`ve all had dance music epiphanies. It`s always the same...something in the music asks "Listening were you? Why me? Tell me why you were listening when the sound of wind was wound thus wound was wind of sound. The `when` coming from both, from coming, sus speakers us, simul simul simul coming from both speakers when why, the sound you listened to did kick in, then thicken thistle, then whistle fizzle, then puff! You`re so low, you`re lonely, only skimming the shallow surface of a swallowing drone, a mellowing tone shifting you into a merry delirium, a malady, a soft shoft drifting off `go-inside-yourself` state. Were those first words you heard `Can`t you remember being conceived? This is the most memorable moment of your life!` from an invisible binary source, direct?` Well it confused me, but I for hope your sake, it didn`t confuse you. Heck no, plants music, drum & bass...made by pacemaker makers making your heartbeats pace race past the post driven pip by pop a pip kind pop of pip biological pop front pip wheel pop drive. Though when though when di when sected though disected de when and dicomsected and decompart and mental comdepart lies come decompartmentalised, you realise you get wowed somehow and serenely addicted." Ahem.
Posted 02/21/2006 - 11:40:39 PM by pabanks46:
 300 Miles records later, Zarkle.
Posted 02/22/2006 - 01:51:51 PM by J_R_K_:
 great article. in my opinion, the divide between electronica and rock is approach. plenty of sequencer/programmers own a guitar but can only play one note at a time, maybe even less. plenty of guitar players own a drum machine but have only programmed one basic rock beat and use presets the rest of the time. things like garageband and the bass guitar have made it a little more simple to help the other side see how music works. it's really easy to copy and paste a breakbeat, and it's really easy to learn an open chord, but complex things like programming a jungle break or writing an arpeggio takes time. there have been moments, like refused "new noise" where everything lines up perfectly and make it all worth while.