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Blackdown breaks down the Breakbeat Continuum, fractally [May. 4th, 2009|03:48 pm]
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Blackdown breaks down the ‘Nuum’

Several things about this post are kinda crazy. First, there was something like an academic conference about the genres loosely under the breakbeat umbrella, but apparently with as many magazine critics and actual practitioners than academics involved. Second, what is ideally and often in fact music to go out and rave to, has people passionately arguing about it in terms completely removed from the music itself.

I’m not criticizing, I’m just fascinated. There has been the odd dance music panel from time to time — they do that at WMC for example. And I know there are Ethnomusicologists and Communications Theorists who are doing academic work on techno. But this sort of conference/panel/talk what have you seems to be a matter of genres critiquing themselves in real time as they mutate.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.

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[User Picture]From: optic
2009-05-04 05:21 pm (UTC)
from your description I wanted to read and enjoy that but (a) I don't understand anything he talks about; and (b) I have trouble getting past the pretentious douchiness of calling it (whatever "it" is) "the continuum" combined with the even worse douchiness of calling *that* "the nuum". disappointing. maybe I would get it if there were samples as examples. it did make me want to dig up some photek though.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-05-04 05:30 pm (UTC)
Well, blame Kevin Reynolds for 'breakbeat continuum.' I read through most of that post not knowing wtf 'Nuum' was. I kept thinking of Clanky's Noom.

I read through it a few times and I still don't know totally what he's on about. Blackdown is usually more breezy and readable, but he verged into the sort of insular chin-stroking The Wire is famous for.
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[User Picture]From: optic
2009-05-04 06:01 pm (UTC)
I would attend an academic conference on the subject of clanky and/or his noom
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[User Picture]From: optic
2009-05-05 05:06 am (UTC)
do you think it's pronounced "noom" or "nyoo-um" like in "continuum"?
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-05-05 12:22 pm (UTC)
I imagine it's nyu-um, give its etymology. It's funnier if you think it's noom.
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[User Picture]From: speicus
2009-05-04 11:32 pm (UTC)
I even like academicese (sometimes), and this dude annoyed me. What is it about electronica that engenders obsessive subgenreification? Every time you add a new offbeat, or slap a filter on something, or bump something up 5 bpm, all of a sudden everyone wets their jumpers trying to come up with a new name for it. I like this guy's argument that the 00s had more subgenres than the 90s, and is therefore more creative. Ha! I hope he never figures out that people were making music before 1980, because his brain might explode.
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[User Picture]From: speicus
2009-05-04 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Detroit ethnomusicology blog was interesting though! DEMF was always one of the more interesting things happening in MI when I lived there.
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