Monday, February 18, 2008

Cinq questions avec outputmessage

outputmessage was born in the year 2214 in a small galaxy far away. he comes in peace in the hope that we earthlings will better understand the future and its implications.

Cutting the crap, Bernard Farley, a 24 year old Virginia Tech mathematics graduate, is a DC resident producing some of the most lucid, compelling music of our time. Since being named to URB magazine's Next 100 in 2006, he has gone on to produce tracks appearing on a multitude of compilations, has a recording contract with Melodic UK, and is currently hosting a successful Washington, D.C. club night every last Thursday. Aside from that, Bernard is a teacher and one of the friendliest, most polite folks you'll ever encounter. His production credits include some of my favorite ambient and IDM music, including a sensational, spine-tingling track called Marcheurs De Sommeil (Sleepwalkers).

Here are five questions with outputmessage:

lindsaylovesme: How did you get introduced to electronic music?

outputmessage: Back when I was in 8th grade one of my friends showed me the MTV Amp compilation (remember that show?) which had a bunch of great electronic music actually, but the track that stood out to me was "Girl/Boy Song" by Aphex Twin. At around the same time, another friend showed me the Hackers soundtrack which had Underworld's song "Cowgirl" on it.

lindsaylovesme: Who is your favorite painter / sculptor / fine artist?

outputmessage: I'm not super into fine art, but Salvador Dali and Matthew Barney are some names that come to mind.

lindsaylovesme: Why do you think bangers were so big in 2007 and what do you think the trend will be for 2008?

outputmessage: Maybe people wanted to forget that there was still a whole 2 years left of Bush's reign and they needed some abrasive club music to help to do that. More seriously, I think its possibly because of the emergence of indie rock music in the dance and pop scenes. Bangers have this big rock feel to it. It's dance-able and you can rock your head to it with all of the cut-ups, abrasive synths, and huge beats.

lindsaylovesme: Who is your favorite WWF wrestler?

outputmessage: You know, my students have asked me this question way too many times. I didn't know inner-city kids were so into wrestling. I haven't watched that stuff since I was young, but my favorite wrestler used to be The Undertaker.

lindsaylovesme: If you had to choose one artist who you think totally sucks and you are mystified about why they are so popular, who would it be?

outputmessage: I really want to say Nickelback, but that's just too easy. Um, let's talk about Fergie for a second. OK, she's a pop star, blah blah blah...but did you know the most downloaded song of 2007 on iTunes was that song "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)". Of all the songs she's released, that has to be worse. A lyric like "I'm going to miss you like a child misses their blanket" is inexcusable. Shame on you America.

Bonus: What is the best club night in DC?

outputmessage: Well, besides the excellent fun that is had every last Thursdays at Napoleon (wink wink), I would have to say Nouveau Riche is quite good with DJ Gavin Holland. They give you free Sparks there too, how can I complain?

Check back shortly for an exclusive mix made for lindsaylovesme by my favorite IDM artist, outputmessage, and enjoy the tracks below.

outputmessage "Girls and Make-up" (exclusive unreleased track)

Measles Mumps Rubella "Libra Science" (outputmessage remix)

Evan Scott "Crane" (outputmessage remix)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

DJ Pumpkin Patch

Jordan dancing to a DJ Pumpkin Patch track in Cabo. Or was it a Dances With White Girls remix? Pumpkin, I listened to your Daft Punk mix like 4 times today at work. It was the soundtrack to my spreadsheet shakedown. I trust you are hard at work on that mash up and not slamming cocktails at Studio B in Brooklyn?

So how the hell does someone make a song this good and only get 10,182 hits on their myspace? Shit player, that's why I hustle dimes and not rhymes (and by dimes I mean spreadsheets, and by hustle I mean I will work long hours if my boss asks me to). Me and outputmessage were yakking and that incredibly untalented hack Fergie has 47,288,698 visitors to her pathetic pagina. Hey, only another 47,278,516 hits and you're all caught up! I was also listening to Clifford Lidell's latest, "You're Perfect" today too, and wow do I love that kid's sound. He somehow mixes like 40 tracks in 49 minutes without sounding like a complete ADD spazz. One of my top DJs to watch. What a disjointed post today. I'm through.

DJ Pumpkin Patch "Rushin'"

Sunday, February 10, 2008

5 Questions with Kill The Noise

We're kicking off a regular feature on the site called "5 Questions With..." and the series begins with Kill The Noise. KTN has exploded onto the scene with a rowdy mixtape, "Turn off, Tune in Vol 1", several tremendous remixes, and a lovely Kano-sampling track called "Pull My Strings". His remix of Music is My Hot Hot Sex was easily the most on point of the bunch. He also has one of the coolest graphics ever on his myspace - some very interesting cultural touchstones dude! Also, every article written about Kill The Noise thus far mentions that he's from Rochester, so I'll do that too. He's from Rochester, New York everybody!

So without further delay, let's see what the man has to say.

Lindsaylovesme: First of all, congratulations on all the positive reception you've been getting with your tracks, remixes, and the new mix on your myspace. has your remix of Cansei de Ser Sexy's "Music Is My Hot Hot Sex" at the top of their weekly High Five, ahead of blog heavyweights Chromeo and Burial. So, provided the general public agrees with us, and Kill the Noise CDs top the charts, what kind of lifestyle changes would you envision?

Kill The Noise: Haha, man I don't think I've ever even thought of what would happen if I were to actually make it that far. I think that I probably wouldn't change much, except my studio setup. It's well overdue for some upgrades.

Lindsayloveme: Many artists grow up listening to music in their home, citing their parents record collection as a major influence on their early interest and aptitude in music. Was it the same for you, and if so, what kind of music do you remember listening to at home?

Kill The Noise: Well yeah, I think you can't help but be influenced by what your parents listen to. To be honest I was most influenced by the scores to the video games that I played in the 80's. Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Old Amiga games, stuff like that. I think honestly that was the first music I "listened to". I heard a lot of classic rock, jazz, and obviously anything that was big on the radio as a child, but it was those video game noises and sounds that really left a lasting impression on me I think!

Lindsaylovesme: When I think back at the year 2007, I think in my mind it might go down as the year of the live electronic show. Many artists (Daft Punk,Justice, Simian Mobile Disco, etc) were able to present tremendous live shows that were both exciting visually and groundbreaking musically. Do you envision a live show as well for Kill The Noise, and if so, what kind of setup would you use?

Kill The Noise: Well yes that would be a possibility. Anything is more exciting than some guy behind a coupla turntables. I've been working on a live set with a partner of mine on a different project called Ludachrist. It's a lot of work, but it's looking quite promising. Our first show is March 8th in San Francisco for Juxtapoz Magazine. I'm sure that the learning process developing Ludachrist live show will give way to many idea's for a possible Kill The Noise live set in the future. For now it's me on serato, which isn't bad either!

Lindsaylovesme: Aside from music, what are you into academically, spiritually, and guilty-pleasure wise?

Kill The Noise: I am almost completely consumed by my musical endeavors. Between Kill The Noise, my drum'n'bass project Ewun, Ludachrist, and other random things I barely have time to do much else! I hate to sound corny but honestly this whole journey finding my way through life and expressing myself musically has been my connection to my spiritual side. Guilty pleasures definitely involve alcohol and my friends.

Lindsaylovesme: What are your top 5 artists we should be checking out in '08?

Kill The Noise:

Treasure Fingers
Minus Music

Chromeo "Call Me Up" (Kill The Noise remix)

Thanks a ton to Jake for making this happen!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Letters in Numbers

I like the name, I like the concept, and I love how this unsigned band has decided to utilize to distribute their tunes. It reminds me an awful lot of Vector Lovers' self-titled 2004 album on Soma records, except not as good...and uh, different. "Breathe" is catchy and I really like the beginning of "Hooked Pt. 2". Another group to watch once you've finished downloading the 17th remix of "Music is my hot hot sex" and the 240th and final chapter of the Chromeo remixes. In my humblest opinion, the Strip Steve remix of "Fancy Footwork" is the 2nd best Chromeo remix after the Guns n Bombs remix of the same track. Stay tuned for a post on Strip Steve, a possible heir to the French throne.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Chicago Southside

Southside Chicago (Paul Johnson remix)

Chicago is the place

Chicago is where I have spent the past and first eleven years of my life. I arrived in Chicago from Western New York in summer of 1997 at perhaps just past the height of rave popularity. Thousands of bizarrely dressed folks from every corner of the city and suburbs would turn out to places like Cavallini's, Dolton Expo Center, and Route 66 to see DJs called Huggie (is he the one from the UK) and Huggy (wait, isn't he from Florida?). Huge, 22 inch leg phat pants reigned supreme. The flyers for parties had evolved from copy shop cut-outs into glossy, eight page fold-out pamphlets, complete with color photos of the performers and sections touting psychedelic video displays in every room and 20 foot walls of sound. It was a golden age of consumption, individuality, fun, and naivete. Peace love unity and respect didn't change the world, but they could have.

So here are two items I unearthed from a 1990s time capsule: a site where a geriatric raver painstakingly archived rave zines from the 90s from Chicago, Milwaukee, UK, and Canada.

And also Disco Dust's 1998 seminal house track, "Feels Good", remixed by Brian Tappert.