Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Unintended consequences: Sweden's EDM / Pop Music Engine


PSmag.com has a fascinating article (via boingboing.net) about how and why Sweden became the 'Hollywood' for pop and electronic dance music.
In attempting to prevent illicit American pop music from overpowering local culture in the 1940s, Sweeden's funding of public arts and music education generated something altogether different in the following decades:


"Sweden, and in particular Stockholm, is home to what business scholars and economic geographers call an “industry cluster”—an agglomeration of talent, business infrastructure, and competing firms all swirling around one industry, in one place. What Hollywood is to movies, what Nashville is to country music, and what Silicon Valley is to computing, Stockholm is to the production of pop. In fact, Sweden is the largest exporter of pop music, per capita, in the world, and the third largest exporter of pop overall."

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"So how did Sweden, a sparsely populated Nordic country where it’s dark for much of the year, become a world capital of popular music? Rarely does such a complex question lead to such a satisfying answer: Three-quarters of a century ago, Swedish authorities tried to put a stop to the pernicious encroachment of international pop music, and instead they accidentally built a hothouse where it flourished."

Sweedish Pop Mafia: How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COM TRUISE Wave I Tour - Wrongbar Toronto 2014 Concert Video



This videos contains excepts I recorded at the Com Truise "Wave 1" concert in Toronto's Wrongbar, Feb 12th 2014.




I've tweaked the audio with filters/EQs to mitigate the 'blown out' effect caused by the heavy, heavy bass.

http://comtruise.com/ 
http://soundcloud.com/com-truise

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gothgaze / Darkwave Electronica - B R A I D E R



When I recommended this album to a friend, the Australian artist "Empty" came to mind. BRAIDER is certainly more atmospheric, while Empty is more club-oriented. I feel they could easily share a playlist: both share the same dark, futuristic soundscape.