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    Default Haunted by Humanity/Technological abstractions of the human voice

    The ghosts of soul.

    Timbaland-era lone voices trapped in automated sound worlds. The spectral, shimmering translucence of garage voical samples. Reynolds notion of auto-tuned "hyper soul". Hardcores very different, hysterical hyper soul. Dancehall's squealing transhuman djinn. Rave's banshee divas. The Beatles pitch-shifted juvinalia.

    mourning a humanity lost in the burgeoning transhuman world.

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    the cutting off after the in breath of the "get you some more" sample is chilling. that 50's pulp eroticisation of strangling women.

    then "feel me". a woman screaming to escape the machine. her voice echoing and reverberating off of neon, elctronic walls. a million encoded voices at once. her voice sounds like in the matrix when you zoom in on someone and suddenly see all the green numbers. her voice pixilating because it hasn't buffered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    abjectly chilling this one. it's like trying to see a face through a condensation covered pane of glass. these emotions materialising and then dissipating as melodic lines are introduced and dropped.

    that ghostly vibrato and thin vibrato; like a holographic girlfriend. idealised, but also translucent and intangible. in love with an idea. the fictions we tell ourselves. and the deep anguish we feel knowing they're not true.

    another one where i used the word "chilling". not only does it suggest that i've got a very limited vocabulary, but also that in the trans-human world the very notion of humanity is rendered sinister. it also says that these ostensibly soulful vocal performances are cold. absent of the warmth a body can bring.

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    there's that thing about getting a shiver when you walk through a ghost.

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    compare and contrast:





    a fairly subtle bit of compression and reverb transforms her voice from being human to being this panoramic nature goddess wail.

    that kind of vocal treatment is a very neglected rave innovation, but a really important one.

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    take me to the toooooooooooop


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    swarming apparitions in the instrumental. it feels like they're stealing your breath away from you. it's being sucked out of you. or like depictions of a vaporous soul leaving a body.

    since kartel went to prison all his new vocals have had this very thin, distorted recording quality. an audible hallmark of his imprisonment.


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    voice becomes wallpaper and atmosphere. unhuman. textural not characterful.




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    I think even if you don't like his tunes, you kinda have to have Burial in here.


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    This one though.


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    speaking of angels:

    this one turns "must be talking to an angel" into a fiesta of faries. a parade of pixies:



    which is similar to the effect you get at the end of this:



    and also similarly impish to the tommy lee sparta's of this world

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    Who knew UK Funky was invented in '91.

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    never heard that tune before but that's insane yes

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    Keep the fire burning was by far the biggest tune on the Pirates when I first started listening. Never heard that mix though.

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