D R E A M D A Z E
NEWSLETTER 19 OCTOBER 2001
There seems to be a connection between old punks and new electronic
artists. Much of the connection might
be due to the DIY ethic and lack of corporate control evident in the
Being an old punk myself (I was a member of a band called Mangled Kittens
in college), I was immediately attracted to the DIY attitude of electronic
music. If I don’t like the way a loop
sounds, I whip open Sound Forge and hack on it until I get the sound I want or
until I reduce the loop to a bloody pulp, leaving it begging for mercy. If I want to expose my music to the world, I
throw an mp3 up on my website and notify my mailing list and a few newsgroups
of the new song’s availability. The
Internet gives a means of self-promotion that bypasses traditional channels
(i.e., costly corporate methods) and empowers the individual. Electronic music is a natural fit for this
channel of promotion and distribution.
As more evidence for my thesis, I offer several examples. Moby
was briefly a member of the hardcore band Flipper (I knew
he looked familiar). Wagon Christ
is a former punk. And the granddaddy of
all punks (I know he’ll love THAT term) John Lydon formed Public
Image Ltd after the implosion of the Sex Pistols and
was eventually ripped off by The Prodigy’s
Keith Flint (but, hey, we still love them).
I wonder how many other people like these are out there, making music on
their laptop while their black leather biker jacket and their Doc Martins
collect dust in the closet.
OLD MUSIC UPDATES
On 10/17 D R E A M D A Z E broke 10,000 plays. Thanks to all of you who tuned in and turned on.
Recent Chartings as of 10/15 (unless noted):
number 4 on the Chicago drum n’ bass chart and number 59 overall on the Chicago
number 6 on the Chicago ambient chart during week of 10/8.
number 19 on the Chicago rhythm & blues chart.
‘Fen’ is number
19 on the Chicago ambient chart.
number 30 on the Chicago ambient chart.
number 36 on the Chicago ambient chart.
‘Bog’ is number
38 on the Chicago ambient chart.
number 41 on the Chicago techno chart.
LATEST MUSIC AVAILABLE
Work has begun on ‘Miscellaneous’, the upcoming CD from D R E A M D A Z
E. Currently there is no end in site
for this project. Another 30 minutes of
music needs to be completed.
Fortunately a new CD of loops just arrived via UPS...
‘‘Swamp’, the new CD by D R E A M D A Z E, is
complete. ‘Swamp’ alternates 70 bpm
ambient songs with 140-150 bpm trance and techno songs. Each subsequent song shifts one key (E to F,
F to G, etc) and carries forward at least one loop from the preceding song,
giving the work a certain ‘flow’.
DJ Stumpy has added a TON of new songs to the station, and
the requests keep coming in, so new songs are added weekly.
Recent additions to the station include:
Check out the D R E A M D A Z E radio station at http://www.mp3.com/stations/dreamdaze. You can find all your favorite D R E A M D A
Z E songs plus songs by other electronic artists.
Give it a listen!
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Check out the cool beer steins decorated with
the Rainbow Death Monkey graphic from the upcoming ‘Miscellaneous’ CD. They’re available at www.dreamdaze.org.
THESE STEINS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE AFTER OCTOBER
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