I know, I know, it’s been moths since my last post, but paid work takes precedence over my blog. I also had to find a good excuse to invest in Max MSP – which fortunately presented itself a few weeks ago. Having poked around with Max a bit more, I have to admit, I’ve fallen in love.
Back in my teens, when my dad found out that I was getting into electronic music, he said “any monkey, given enough time, can twiddle a couple of knobs and make something vaguely musical”. Well, he was right. That said, he also told me that playing with computers would never amount to anything and that I was throwing my life away. While I may not have become the classically trained musician he would have liked me to be, I’ve found that music and technology can fuse quite nicely.
Ever since I got my hands on my first computer, I’ve been a gaming junkie. It’s what got me into computers in the first place, and is in no small part the motivation behind all the car washing, snow clearing, milk rounds, paper rounds and other assorted jobs I did as a kid, to get my grubby mitts on the latest hardware, SDKs and hacking tools.
Inspired by new the DJ’ing techniques pioneered in the late 70’s and early 80’s by ‘Kool Herc’ and later ‘Chris the Glove Taylor’ – the undisputed Godfathers of hip-hop and what has now become known as Turntablism – a new breed of DJ/Producers started playing experimental electronic music fusing elements of disco, electro/hip-hop, and funk & punk in the bars and clubs of Chicago and Detroit, The term ‘House Music’ being derived from the definitive Grandfather of house Frankie Knuckles’ Chicago based club ‘The Warehouse’.
When special guests, really means special. My wife and I turned up at Largo last night expecting to see Neil Finn doing his usual solo (or semi-solo) act, but wow, what a surprise. Largo has a habit of keeping quiet about the line-up of their “special guests” so even finding out that Neil was on the roster was a stroke of luck. What we didn’t expect was six members of the 7 Worlds Collide project appearing on stage – i.e. Neil Finn, KT Tunstall, Jon Brion, Elroy Finn, Lisa Germano and Bic Runga, who were in LA to meet with record execs and promote the second 7 Worlds album (that will be coming out later this year). All of these guys are incredibly talented musicians, jumping round the stage, rotating from instrument to instrument.