08 February 2010

Audio Presentation

Ballet Mecanique

Ballet Mécanique (1924) was a project by the American composer George Antheil and the filmmaker/artist Fernand Léger. Although the film was intended to use Antheil's score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the 1990s.

In concert performance, the "ballet" is not a show of human dancers but of mechanical instruments. Among these, player pianos, airplane propellers, and electric bells stand prominently onstage, moving as machines do, and providing the visual side of the ballet. As the bizarre instrumentation may suggest, this was no ordinary piece of music. It was loud and percussive –- a medley of noises, much as the Italian Futurists envisioned new music of the 20th century. To explore a fascinating artifact of modernist music like Ballet Mécanique, it is worth understanding its history and also its musical qualities.


Merzbow -

Merzbow's sounds employ the use of distortion, feedback, and noises from synthesizers, machinery, and home-made noisemakers. While much of Merzbow's output is intensely harsh in character, Akita does occasionally make forays into ambient music. Vocals are employed sometimes, but never in a lyrical sense. Contrary to most harsh noise music, Akita also occasionally uses elements of melody and rhythm.[30]

Akita's early work consisted of industrial noise music made from tape loops and conventional instruments. Similar to his present albums, he produced lengthy, disorientating pieces. He also became infamous for the sheer amount of releases in a short time frame.[31] Audiences in general did not quite know what to make of his style.

Radiohead - Idioteque
Idioteque is off the album Kid A by Radiohead. It was different than anything they had recorded before because it used no guitars or bass. It was all computer synthesized and the song was made by the guitar Johnny Greenwood. It was a big step in creating the phenomenon they are today.

Johnny Greenwood - Convergence (There Will Be Blood Soundtrack)

Andy Mckee - Drifting
Andy McKee (born April 4, 1979 in Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American fingerstyle guitarist currently signed to the American record label Razor and Tie. His style of playing and his compositions have earned him a considerable international fanbase; in late 2006, a live performance of his flagship song "Drifting" became a Featured Video on YouTube and MySpace, achieving over 27,000,000 views on the former to date and remaining one of its highest rated music clips.

Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger

Daft Punk proved to be a pioneering force on the techno/electronic scene, pushing back the boundaries of the genre to integrate elements of other musical styles such as disco, rock and groove. Moving away from the pure house sound (that had originated in Chicago in the early 80’s) Daft Punk created their own innovative 90’s fusion, mixing a powerful techno beat with musical influences from their adolescence (everything from Jimi Hendrix and The Stooges to Kiss, Television, David Bowie and Talking Heads

The Mars Volta -
The Mars Volta is an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001 and currently based out of Mexico.[1] Founded by guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band incorporates various influences including progressive rock, krautrock, jazz fusion, post-punk, hard rock, post-hardcore and Latin American music into their sound. They are known for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums. They do a lot of experimental work in their albums and live shows. They are one of the first bands of the 2000's that brought the experimental side of rock main stream. Their albums are not like any others. They don't make separate songs in their albums, it's not one continious song, but they make their songs mesh together and split the album in different ways.

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