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    Source Direct

    The Hertfordshire / hardcore continuum thing always tickles me, being from that county. The area they drive through looks very similar to the kind of place I grew up. Who else is there Herts wise? Adam F I think... Omni Trio... Moving Shadow is in Stevenage. Goldie moved there. I believe he...
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    Who are your favourite philosophers?

    well if you'd ever seen a photo of this bloke, then you'd know better torrid affair = swapping tapes of ECM records
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    Who are your favourite philosophers?

    long time ago i used to know a philosophy postgraduate who - after i expressed a fondness for Friedrich - loftily informed me that you couldn't understand Nietzsche without a/ reading all the classical literatures, Roman, Greek myth, philosophy, plays etc, and then B/ all the western philosophy...
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    spotting the gang on youtube

    treasury of nuum stuff + stray oddities generously donated to the commonweal by yrstruly https://www.youtube.com/user/SCWReynolds/videos?view_as=subscriber not sure i've ever commented on a video though
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    junk wax

    there are ways you can turn the internet - youtube, discogs, etc - into a stay-at-home surrogate for the record shop. similar effects of randomness, stumbling across stuff you never knew existed. but without the tactile element of sifting. the smell of the record store. or the libidinal pay off...
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    junk wax

    When I used to frequent ILM a bit (ages ago, pre Dissensus i should think) I started a thread on Least Collectible Records and the results were interesting, there were different answers from UK and USA. E.g. the Brits would bring up No Parlez and Bros and things like that. Globally, I should...
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    Simon Reynolds

    If they just listened to the teacher, though, they'd end up producing jazz, surely? Like Wynton Marsalis or Courtney Pine. And clearly, something else has come out as the end-product - in Detroit's case. So they are listening to multiple teachers, or just playing truant. There's loads of 70s...
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    Simon Reynolds

    well it's a bit like jazz in jungle / drum & bass - it's about a certain kind of instrumental texture (electric Rhodes, double bass), and certain kinds of chords and key changes - rather than the actual jazz procedures like improvisation, or everyone taking a turn to solo. some of the Red...
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    Simon Reynolds

    I do find with that contingent that it's almost comical, the insistence that Detroit techno had no influence from Europe, that it was this self-sufficient black tradition. There are scores of quotes from Detroit people going about how much they loved Kwerk, Euro synthpop (also Yellow Magic...
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    Simon Reynolds

    Well, not just to get up their noses - I also thought it was true.
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    Simon Reynolds

    The only thing I would change about that passage now is that I think I was little unfair to Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page - who innovated on the electric guitar and definitely took the blues influence in new directions. They weren't blues purists (In that sense it's even better as an analogy, since...
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    Are political events and large-scale disasters now the only form of collective experience?

    i was thinking something similar, that politics is the remnant of the mainstream, all that's left of a monoculture in a weird sort of way except that it's two monocultures that are welded together - because following the same timeline of events, controversies, battles, etc - yet seeing them...
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    Library Music

    Trunk did a great comp of the Studio G label some years ago - some of it just impossibly luxuriant sounding - and then oddball psychedelic nonsense like this James Harpham tune
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    Library Music

    there's amazing library - weird sound contraptions, industrial mekanistik drones, pure poignant loveliness - and then stuff that is like air freshener, or sub-music, like not fully developed, splinters of an uncompleted movie score this is a really nice bit of oceanic stuff out of Italy...
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    Rave music that sampled the sixties

    Somebody in the Suburban Base Boogie Times milieu had a copy of the Woodstock album, or maybe it was someone's dad cos there's also this sample at the start is Grace Slick addressing the crowd as Jefferson Airplane come onstage as the sun's coming up "Alright fans ,you have seen the heavy...
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