Archive | December, 2012

Violent/

12 Dec

Over the years Jamaica has seen much violence and power clashing. Starting from the early years as Spanish colony with the eradication of the Taino and Arawak tribes, then the British takeover and then finally independence in 1962 which led to violent outbreaks between the People’s National Party (PLP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).Both parties are said to be affiliated with Jamaican posses in Kingston, New York and other major cities of the world. Within Jamaica, these groups are very similar to gangs and also take on many such tasks as drug distribution and gunrunning. However there are also gangs that clearly state, that their motivation isn’t of political background. The gang leaders can supply the communities within their area of influence with jobs and housing, yet are expected to have positive results during the votes for the affiliated party.

The actual murder rates peaked in 2005 and thus were considered “highest in the world”.Since then murders have only slowly started to decline in total. One major factor among this rate is the strong homophobic drive within Jamaica, where openly being gay can lead to being shot in the street in broad daylight.
Another very important aspect is the deportation of Jamaican born US criminals back to their homeland. Due to this Jamaica has received many unwanted outlaws that have in addition lead to an increase of gang related violence.

There has been a tight bond between the US drug market, being one of the largest in the world and the Jamaican suppliers for a long time. Formerly Jamaica was well known for Marijuana, which has now been widely outdated by cocaine and crack.
Many traditional Reggae, Ska and even Dancehall artists have stated their disliking of this modern trend among the youth of Jamaica, yet are missing the influence to promote a change.
The original drug of the Rasta culture which was meant to create harmony, unity and love has been abandoned and other means determine the way of the younger generation today.

Heart/

10 Dec

There is evidence that one falls asleep in the train or car more easily due to the rhythmic, repetitive sound of the motor or the thumping and rattling of the tracks. Similarly the sound of certain music beats seem soothing and relaxing. The generally accepted theory on this is based on the fact, that the nature of these sounds is very similar to the human heartbeat and could just enforce the personal perception. It may in fact even subconsciously remind the listener of the maternal rhythm of the heart in the womb. Keeping this in mind one can actually lead the audience through the night and enhance the musical experience.

In some music genres this is more the case than in others. It is hard to pin-point each musicians individual intention. Yet one can surely say that Goa, Psy and Trance music is specifically aimed toward creating a feeling of shelter and comfort. This is not only done by using “natural” beats but also by sampling anything from water and wind to wildlife within the tracks.

To many these musical styles are strongly affiliated with esoteric cult and drug-use, which may not be completely wrong. This music however even bears welcome rhythm to those not under the influence due to the relaxing beat and atmospheric sound.
Some of the music however seems much harder and faster yet is only based on the same beat at a higher rate. There the distinction from Drum and Bass,Bass and Techno often doesn’t seem that far off and can be hard to define.

Some people do actually even manage to fall asleep to this music, when sound and listener are ideally tuned to each other.

The following track is from a German Psy-Trance DJ from Hamburg. Neelix has become quite well known over the years for his live performances and well produced pieces of which this is a good example.

 

Public Enemy/

7 Dec

True Hip-Hop has it’s roots in Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk and other parts of the Afrocentric culture. In particular the cradle of birth is set around the United States although many other countries have a rich history of outstanding artists as well.
This music genre and subculture always had its focus set on revolution, equality and freedom, as did its predecessors.

Today we see much more diversification. The classic Hip-Hop has mostly been consumed by Rap, and it is becoming more difficult to find modern original Hip-Hop artists. In Germany the former Classics such as Eins Zwo, Dynamite Deluxe with Samy Deluxe or the Absolute Beginners have been outdated by newcomers like Cro, The Orsons or Marsimoto. Whether these are even comparable, set aside even sharing the same playground is highly debatable. The upcoming and young are mostly Students with entirely different approaches to life and life’s lessons than its older companions. Therefor the ideals and messages promoted through the music are often divergent. The new era of Hip-Hop has to some degree lost its momentum and has merely become a nice past-time activity for people who think they have something interesting to say.Of course the course of time changes the music as well as it’s listeners. So it can be argued that this development is completely normal. However to some degree the old-school has been lost and surely could use reviving.

Not only has Hip-Hop brought up outstanding musical talent. The aspect of poetry can’t be overheard when listening to tracks from old-school virtuoso Jedi Mind Trick or Cunninlynguists.
Behind every good track lies a message which is spread through true and pure rhyme. In some cases this can be compared to people who actually call themselves Poets. The distinction between acceptable information and mere shit-spitting should of course be done by the audience although deeply entangled in virtual media and social network it is hard to determine whether the listeners are still capable of making this decision.

Harmony/

6 Dec

There are many different genres in the music landscape of today. But even in days long past us the listener was overwhelmed by the brilliant and most extraordinary creations of the musical genius of that time. Also the likings of the ear have changed over time, which has given rise to the variation we see in the music of today. Ranging from neo-classical,traditional compositions to minimalistic, down-beat Electronica one can never quite predict what might come next.

However one small aspect of music has stayed with the audience throughout time – The Harmony.
Whenever such harmony is heard it leaves the listener with a sense of understanding, self-realization or plain awe. The set of certain notes triggers a feeling within, that can’t quite be described in total since it relies heavily on the personal affiliation and emotion connected to it.
The harmonic tunes have been used by many, if not all musicians over time. But not only do these artist make use of the magic which is found in many other natural sciences. To many the deep truth can be found in the proportio divina or sectio area which is also found when studying musical harmonies.
To some degree I have found that music which is often referred to as being good contains harmonies which are easy to listen to, don’t create distractions, are somewhat predictable and sound whole and smooth to the human ear. Bakermat, a Minimal/Electronic Artist from the Netherlands creates this warm, flowing sound. Accompanied by live Saxophone, Flute and Trumpet are simple but effective minimalistic beats, which create a surrounding and slightly unclear ambience. The affection is both melancholic and joyous, which adds up to the perfect minimal experience.

The Harmony can be used to create immediate reaction among the audience, yet cannot be overused. If the music is too clear and predictable to the listener it becomes boring and uninteresting, which would eventually lead up to a rejection of harmony. This is the case in some forms of Jazz,Blues,Punk or even Classical music.

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