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Electrify/

26 May

Germany was one of the first countries next to France to really introduce electronic music to the masses. Yet at the time of its birth the electronic music was nothing compared to what we hear today – Simple Sine-Cosine oscillations combined to create a new and interesting synthetic sound.

Now we are confronted with an entire range of new species of music brought to life by these simple technological advancements.
The music world in Europe has taken up quite the leading role world wide, setting new standards and trends within this genre. Germany and France have both brought forth extremely good Minimal artist such as Fritz Kalkbrenner and Worakls as well as Denmark with Trentemøller. Although this seems to be the momentary trend European countries are not confined to a certain genre as France is leading in Hardcore and even has its own genre, Frenchcore with bands including Le Bask and JT Labo 14 and Denmark also has fantastic Goa/Prog.Trance produced by Morten Granau.


Nevertheless it all has its beginning in the older, more simplistic groups such as Kraftwerk and well known Djs of the 80’s Techno scene such as DJ Kotze, Dr. Motte, Sven Väth and many others. Der Dritte Raum is one of the many great talents that this music has brought forth.

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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.