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"Electronic" music?
« on: 11 Jun 2007, 09:33 »

I don't even know if that's the right genre that I am looking for, but here goes:

Looking for simple music, electronic in nature, that sits in the background. Something I can study while listening to. Not just the typical overloud bass drum crap, though. Vocals optional, but not really desired.

Someone posted an album by...Dominik Eulberg the other day, and that was very close to what I was looking for.

I crave your recommendations!

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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #1 on: 11 Jun 2007, 09:55 »

Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats and Coil - Horse Rotorvator.
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #2 on: 11 Jun 2007, 10:08 »

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #3 on: 11 Jun 2007, 15:41 »

Future Sound of London - Lifeforms (the most mellow), Dead Cities (the most psychedelic), The Isness (the least electronic)

m83

Amp, A.M.P. Studio

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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #4 on: 11 Jun 2007, 15:44 »

I Am Robot and Proud - The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing

This is one of my favorite studying albums.
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #5 on: 11 Jun 2007, 15:51 »

Um, Dominik Eulberg is minimal techno, if you want to narrow your recommendations, you could ask for recommendations of that.  Bit confused, given techno's driven by a pounding bass drum, but anyway...

I'm trying to think of something that would be relatively easy to get hold of.  Basically, if you're going to just download it anyway you may as well take it from people who are asking you to do so...  http://www.thinnerism.com  There is hours and hours of mellow, not too doof-heavy minimal techno there.
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« Reply #6 on: 11 Jun 2007, 16:16 »

I have to second M83.  I would also recommend Dntel and Efterklang. 

One of my favorites that people either love or hate is Alva Noto.  He has a lot of really cool rhythmic glitch stuff with the Transall series, and then beautiful ethereal stuff with Ryuichi Sakamoto.
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #7 on: 11 Jun 2007, 16:19 »

Beat Romantic by Talkdemonic
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #8 on: 11 Jun 2007, 16:24 »

you need

Mezzotint by Chris Herbert

Music for Airports by Brian Eno
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #9 on: 12 Jun 2007, 07:31 »

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but the music sucks because the keyboards don't have the cold/mechanical sound they had but a wannabe techno sound that it's pathetic for Rammstein standars.

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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #10 on: 12 Jun 2007, 07:58 »

Basic Channel's cover of 'E2-E4' is more like Dominik Eulberg's stuff than the original.  It's on the CD compilation of their stuff, I forget the name of the album.  The track is 'E2-E4 reshape'.  Keeping it techno, Carl Craig also had a go.  Can't remember what it sounded like, don't think I liked it much.

This must be the first recommendations thread where I've heard more than half of what's mentioned, let alone almost all of it.  Don't know Talkdemonic, but that's it.
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« Reply #11 on: 12 Jun 2007, 08:07 »

Don't know Talkdemonic, but that's it.
3 tracks on the label site.  Basically rock music put together on a computer.

http://www.luckymadison.com/pageartists.htm
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« Reply #12 on: 12 Jun 2007, 08:13 »

for the sake of it, I uploaded E2-E4

http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,16145.msg502555.html#msg502555

Also, I am going to have to find those covers, Fish.
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but the music sucks because the keyboards don't have the cold/mechanical sound they had but a wannabe techno sound that it's pathetic for Rammstein standars.

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« Reply #13 on: 13 Jun 2007, 15:47 »

The problem with this kind of recommendation thread is that people always end up recommending interesting music (M83, for example), when music that "sits in the background" i.e. "can be ignored by my brain's higer-functioning areas" is often not.

This goes for the "music to sleep to" threads as well.

I'm sure that some people can study and/or sleep to interesting music; it just seems like a waste of time to me. My recommendation: go here and find a loop that's sufficiently mindless (there's plenty of interesting stuff there, too, so beware).

Just an observation: in my experience, though I might want to listen to music while I study, and while doing so may increase my enjoyment of said activity just a little, if I were to be honest with myself I get stuff done much more quickly without the distraction (this is, however, in the absence of a greater distraction which might be removed by the music). What we have then is a much greater duration of a slightly less abhorent activity. Simple cost/benefit survey says...
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« Reply #14 on: 13 Jun 2007, 16:06 »

One of my favorites that people either love or hate is Alva Noto.  He has a lot of really cool rhythmic glitch stuff with the Transall series, and then beautiful ethereal stuff with Ryuichi Sakamoto.
I can't hack much Alva Noto, but I really admire him for being so genuinely bare and spartan.  A lot of minimal and glitchy stuff has a bit of a fuzzy washed-out quality, but his early stuff is super austere.  Weirdly on his collaborations, you don't seem to get this.  The ones I've heard are the two Sakamoto CDs and the one he did with Opiate. 

Did you ever hear either SND or Frank Brettschneider (who also did stuff as Komet)?  These three artists seemed to be exploring the fully synthesised side of what got caught up as "clicks and cuts" or "glitch".  I sold the one Brettschneider album I had, but recommend SND's 'stdio' and 'tender love'.
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« Reply #15 on: 13 Jun 2007, 16:19 »

The problem with this kind of recommendation thread is that people always end up recommending interesting music (M83, for example), when music that "sits in the background" i.e. "can be ignored by my brain's higer-functioning areas" is often not.

Er, I recommended FSOL's Lifeforms, Windy & Carl, and Amp/A.M.P. Studio.  You can't get much more "background" than those without unplugging your stereo.  Hell, Amp have an entire 2-CD album that's almost nothing but sampled rain.
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« Reply #16 on: 13 Jun 2007, 20:24 »

And my suggestions were jokes.
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« Reply #17 on: 14 Jun 2007, 10:32 »

The problem with this kind of recommendation thread is that every single person who responds always end up recommending interesting music (M83, for example), when music that "sits in the background" i.e. "can be ignored by my brain's higer-functioning areas" is often not.

Er, I recommended FSOL's Lifeforms, Windy & Carl, and Amp/A.M.P. Studio.  You can't get much more "background" than those without unplugging your stereo.  Hell, Amp have an entire 2-CD album that's almost nothing but sampled rain.


Ah, ok. My bad.
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #18 on: 14 Jun 2007, 10:48 »

Susumu Yokota
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #19 on: 14 Jun 2007, 16:13 »

And my suggestions were jokes.

Shhhh.  He should listen to them anyway.
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #20 on: 14 Jun 2007, 19:50 »

I'm not sure whether to call them electronic or indie pop...or both, but Small Sins is really good.
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #21 on: 14 Jun 2007, 23:16 »

Get anything you can find by Gong.

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« Reply #22 on: 16 Jun 2007, 07:22 »

Future Sound of London and Herbert are great suggestions.  May I also recommend Sebastian Schuller -- Happiness and Air -- The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack?  Both are excellent, moody albums that turned low will enhance your studying, and turned up will be awesome.
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« Reply #23 on: 21 Jun 2007, 00:03 »

I find i study/write/everything best to Sigur Ros. (Obvious suggestion though it may be!)

I second (or fourth) the suggestions of Future Sounds of London...

Also, it may be a bit glitchy for your purposes, but Dntel's "Life Is Full Of Possibilities" is a fantastic electronic record...

Can't believe Dumb Luck STILL isn't out over here!
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« Reply #24 on: 21 Jun 2007, 05:28 »

Hit up the Groove Salad - "same great taste and more phat than ever!"  http://www.somafm.com

It's the best ambient music stream on the internet.  Just listen to it and occasionally check your player for artist/track name if you want to collect some of the music.  I've actually purchased (:-o) many albums whose tracks I've heard on the Salad, one of which is Nightmares on Wax - Carboot Soul.  I'm not going to list anyone else - NoW is just one of my all time favs.  Check out Groove Salad's song history for a good listing.

You might like some of the other streams too, like Secret Agent.  Maybe throw these guys a bone once in a while - internet radio is becoming unreasonably expensive - but it doesn't have to be if you write your congressman!  (Sorry for the plug - I've been listening to this station for ~7 years and I really friggin' like it!)

Enjoy!
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #25 on: 21 Jun 2007, 07:19 »

some of Jean Michel Jarre's stuff might be good...
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Re: "Electronic" music?
« Reply #26 on: 21 Jun 2007, 07:48 »

Don't put your case TOO strongly there Rabid!
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« Reply #27 on: 21 Jun 2007, 20:17 »


I'm sure that some people can study and/or sleep to interesting music; it just seems like a waste of time to me. My recommendation: go here and find a loop that's sufficiently mindless (there's plenty of interesting stuff there, too, so beware).

I'm glad you posted that link. I've seen it before but forgotten about it. And it reminded me of some minimalist music that might be good for studying - Terry Riley.  I like "Songs for the Ten Voices of the Two Prophets" but most of his stuff would probably be good. Just avoid the vocals.

Also, Fripp and Eno, "Evening Star"
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« Reply #28 on: 21 Jun 2007, 22:50 »

I'd rather ask in here than start a new thread on a similar topic.

I need the complete opposite- fast-paced, four-to-the-floor type music to work out to. I know almost nothing about techno/trance/house music but I know that so far I've liked Justice, some Motor, and this random band on Myspace. All three are pretty different but give an accurate idea of what I like, hopefully.

Melodic stuff is best but any good up-tempo music will do.
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« Reply #29 on: 22 Jun 2007, 06:53 »

Motor has a net label called top 40, you can download some free stuff of his on there.  At the gym I generally listen to Basement Jaxx or hip-hop.
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« Reply #30 on: 22 Jun 2007, 08:59 »

I'd rather ask in here than start a new thread on a similar topic.

I need the complete opposite- fast-paced, four-to-the-floor type music to work out to. I know almost nothing about techno/trance/house music but I know that so far I've liked Justice, some Motor, and this random band on Myspace. All three are pretty different but give an accurate idea of what I like, hopefully.

Melodic stuff is best but any good up-tempo music will do.

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« Reply #31 on: 22 Jun 2007, 13:38 »

These have all been awesome so far. Thanks fish and amok!

What would you suggest for less minimalistic stuff? Something like Justice.
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« Reply #32 on: 22 Jun 2007, 16:31 »

Daft Punk.  That's the big one.  Simian Mobile Disco, LCD Soundsystem, and Chemical Brothers (early stuff) work nicely as well.

As far as minimal stuff goes though, no one mentioned Oval.  94diskont pretty much incredible.
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« Reply #33 on: 22 Jun 2007, 17:31 »

These have all been awesome so far. Thanks fish and amok!

What would you suggest for less minimalistic stuff? Something like Justice.
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« Reply #34 on: 22 Jun 2007, 20:21 »

Beat Romantic by Talkdemonic
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