Bombay Black 2016. An 'indie force' rising out of Mumbai, India. Circa 200o, the cult 'BLACK' sound and Bombay collective returns with a new album, videos, art and hyper-genre tour. //TRACK LIST - BOMBAY BLACK ALBUM
Bombay Black Remix Album! A massive & sharp response from the indie scene ! Emerging producers send out a blazing run of Drum&Bass, Electro, Abstract, Glitch and Synthetic Remixes of Bombay Black, Snow White & The Seven Bungalows. Featuring Spycam, Shantam, Fuzz Culture, Sameeruddin, Toymob, Fuzzy Logic, Jack-in-the-Box, POL & Frame/Frame. AUGUST 2016 Release. Promo Showcase Concert #Bombay[mumbai]-11th Feb #Bangalore-17th Feb. #Pune - 28th March. #Bangalore - 3rd April. #New Delhi - 23rd May #Bangalore #TBA >August #New Delhi #TBA >August.
Electronic Dance Music - call it a global [post-hip hop] phenomena or a dumb-down replica of an once potent youth culture. Today, EDM may as well be termed as a treadmill sport of Ego-centric Dunce Muzak. The evidence is at large and screaming - DJ and EDM superhero Tiesto takes pride in his newly christened sir-name, as 'Wynn' - inspired from the patronage of the Wynn Las Vegas Luxury Hotel (starting $300 a night, Encore Tower Suites). As the nobility of Swedish EDM, Axwell and Ingrosso claim that their industrial barrage of tracks are "not some evil plan ... and it all comes out of practically nothing". "It's a brand .. kind of what I wanted to do and become" says (with beaming confidence) online megalomaniac, self-acclaimed scion of EDM, Joel Zimmerman - the Deadmau5. At the top of this game lay tonnes of avarice, narcissism and dire mediocrity; Covered up by expensive car rides with ex-metal heads or ranting online about how great the rat_face producer is. Hype is the zeitgeist of EDM. As Hardwell rambles on and on about the tremendous pressure "to be No.1 and not slide to No.6" - just as a boxing ring phenomenon, to be replaced by the next upcoming 4-minute chart busting replica. Belgian superstar brothers, Like Mike & Dimitri assert that their music has the power to "sell out, 60,000 tickets in a matter of hours" [#fact - that the greek brothers are completely sponsored 'sausages' of Tomorrowland Festival] ... "I can draw notes. it's simple, it's like drawing"- Erstwhile World No.1 French DJ (faker on stage & lair) David Guetta exposes himself on TV,when asked about his method of composition. A coked-up clown or a producer who spends hours harping about his patent kickdrum ? Fact is, the biggest names in the business (of EDM) produce the most hideous and predictable tunes. The uninspiring effect of this music is mostly overcome by immense hype, atrociously loud [clipping] audio and enormous flash & packaging.
The dissemination of electronic music worldwide, tells a sordid story of simplification, industrialization and an almost silent catastrophe - of the spirit of electronic music. The quantized butchery of creativity, mutation and chance, at the alter of pop music and it's godfather - the entertainment busines$ - Candy voices, insipid guitar riffs and 'kindergarden' piano motifs would begin to replace the complex yet potent and ever-changing undercurrents of electronic music. Previously known as Intelligent Dance Music [IDM] for reasons elite, circa 2007, as mass american youth eventually swallowed the sound of electronic music as a viable genre - it was revamped as EDM. Europe’s existing exotic expertise of electronic music would be hacked into and eventually caste aside, to make way for big time business models (hegemony) and crass pop idolatry. Is it the eventual outcome of almost all sub-cultures, once tamed, consumed and forsaken to corporate plunder? At the patronage of global brands, massive events and gigantic festivals -all bent to turn electronic music culture into a gladiator sports of sorts. From Goa to Miami, from Benidorm to Shanghai, from Barcelona to Berlin to Buenos Aires, the image of electronic music is fast becoming singular and almost totalitarian.
Massive visual spectacles, pyro-works, dancers, robots, lasers and the noise of propaganda would allow very little space (or volume) for the actual music or the propagators of the culture within. Who is left listening inside this blitzkrieg of 4 minute rise & fall hits ?! The aesthetics and ethos of a wild & independent spirit within electronic music would be mooched off, in favor of a mostly tacit, yet totally predictable, disney-land like spectacle. Out of the playing-fields, raves, clubs, juntas, regional labels and collectives and into the football stadiums, EDM would regress to a simian status - somewhat similar to the meteoric heraldry & capitalization of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal and Grunge music (circa late 1980's - 90's). Endless automated routines by coked up DJs in-sync with grand production effects ensure the continuos roll of jingles, for the bosses to rake in millions as tickets sales, via VIP arenas, merchandise, joyrides, exclusives and the pre and after parties. $hit Sells & Your Paying ?!
Industry experts and major festival demographics predict (and expect) the EDM cow (market) to be worth approx. 250 Million USD, by 2017. Has electronic music been cuffed into a trap of repetition, simplification and eventual stagnation in most parts of the world? Is Popular EDM a soul-less format at best? Or is EDM the most obvious predicament of a technological revolution- now mired in PLUR, Bass, Bro_step, Fashionistas and Doll DJs. Forget not the tirade of online celebrity worship on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc etc. Have we reached a near hopeless & dead [mouse] end of artistry and innovation? Is there no more 'head-room' left in the spectrum ? What do we and the forth-coming generation of producers, DJs, labels, sound enthusiasts and dance music aficionados hope to aspire, to find and to achieve, outside the massive dross and demagoguery of star DJs. There must be a headway, already! Where and How is the need of the day. Where is the music for the (next) jilted generation ?
Chaos, dissonance, in-harmonics, unpredictability, latent brutality and an overall sense of non-conformity is what makes Jessop & Co. (from Kolkata) a complete anomaly in the scene. A scene otherwise dotted with instantly gratifying DJs & the occasional starlets christened by brands such as RBMA. Jessop's sound shoots an arrow of defiance or even a bursting spark inside the vast universe of noise and experimental, psychological sound dimensions. Exit 4/4 slavery, Enter Planet Unstable Frequency. The band is Anupal Adhikari and Subho Sen Sharma . The visual paradigm of Sabyasachi Chowdhury creates the trio of Shunya or 0000 - Culled upfront as 'Bengali-to-the-core', yet totally anarchistic and liberal in their ideas of sound, music and synthesis. In a blindfold test scenario, it would be impossible to imagine a sound, this stark & yet so meditative emerging from the backwaters of urban Kolkata. Is Jessop the 'sonder' of a very slow decaying place ? The method to their expression is chaotic itself, as Jessop compose and perform off several analog and digital processes. A tandem chain of noise machines and samplers on Max MSP and Ableton Live. Often a macabre sight of t00 many cables. "The laptop will just heat up, way too much... I want some real analog gear now" Say Subho, as the initial debauchery inside the digital realm reaches an over-load of sorts. A series of stark monochromatic reactions of sound is forged upon old television sets, lights and projections. Their sound is definitely veering towards a twisted cinematic thought stream. Their beats and bass-lines are mostly invisible and incognito. Multiple layers of subliminal ambience is applied and negated in the due course of each song. Yet these compositions are not songs, not for you, not for your granny or the local dj. Noise is omnipotent facet of Jessop & Co. Everyone has a story, Jessop is a journey into the nether world of sound dystopia. Political nature of music and sound is seldom traversed in India, exceptions become even more important in an otherwise no-brain free market world. "Aspiring lobbyists for the unstable and the incoherent, or the willingly intoxicated." The WildCity review - http://www.thewildcity.com/EN/music.xhtml/article/9378-wild-city-104-jessopco
Nikhil Narendra, in his late 20's is a quiet and almost demure persona. A very unique producer and musician who has remained in the shadows of the technologized landscape of Bangalore. Away from the seething roaring trends and the raise-thy-hands discotheques, His newest release is aptly titled as - MA-SHIT ! A massive collage of post hip-hop desires. A cascading flow of leftover samples and arte-facts clubbed together with lo-fi drums and several chirpy and evolving ambient passages. This is true late-night smokers delight. Or this is audio-juice for children ala creche. Dark & Happy ! The vagrant yet delicate mangling of samples reminds us of Dimlit and Robert Henke, as they could co-exist inside Nikhil's aspirations. Nikhil's evolving production skills aside, the most exciting aspect of this sound is that, he is able to borrow, skip, cut, steal, contextualize and improvise in his unique way. As many hats or as a true brainfeeder ! Check out his deep ambient set with Shreyas Dipali - Monohive Sessions @ BFLAT Bar, Bangalore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cw4K7D-Vow
Bangalore awakens to a series of emerging artists dispersing out into the hiatus, with a raw and unpretentious barrage of sounds. One of the most talented yet as obscure and moody producers behind this bright flash of raw talent is Rahul Giri a.k.a _RHL and producer sound designer of Sulk Station. consolidate - FRNDS & FMLY '16 claims to be the "music is vivid, sticky and as much a cross section of the nation's underground aesthetics as ever " - Traces of post-hiphop, trap, ambientism, brainfeeder and the current zeitgeist of chopped vocal samples bring together a host of new producers such as Aniruddh Menon, Aerate Sound, Ocean-tied, Pardafash [ our favorite moniker ] and Disco Puppet. Whats missing in the so called Indian EDM scene is the need to break rules and to collaborate, to procreate. Sans the stupid builds & drop, the dull white noise climaxes and aggressive mastering jobs, this compilation avoids those trappings rather well.
Oodles of glitch, melody, solos, moody downers, broken beats, sultry singers, desi sampling, irate drum programming and dashed live instruments - consolidate - FRNDS & FMLYclearly harks at stepping outside the norms of 'raise-thy-hands' trance boppers. The brain-feeder legacy continues to warp and cull out the strangest samples and passages of music. Its no surprise the likes of Thump and Resident Advisor are finally listening to some credible and interesting music outside their chaste circles of consumption. This compilation and the little army of producers built a wall of sound which is special. We like, very much.
MODULE 2 : Emergeis the second release by the Sino-Indian Music Alliance (SIMA), a coalition of artists, labels and agents united in the goal of building new cultural bridges between Asia's two most rapidly developing countries.
Emerge is produced and curated by Sinotronics, Audio Pervert and Hashback Hashish -with the support roster of REProduce Artists, Vital Agency and littlei Kolkata.
This unique 8-track compilation is the new index of exchange between alternative currents of the distant yet contrasting Sino-Indian electronic music cultures. The compilation cuts across genres, styles and tastes with the combined efforts of a gamut of emerging artists - Featuring Hybrid Protokol, 5volts from Kolkata, Hashback Hashish, Jamblu from New Delhi, _RHL from Bangalore and on the China side - From Beijing (Nara, Menghan), and from Changchun (JFI).
DIGITAL ALBUM OUT 26th DECEMBER 2015. SIMA _ EMERGE _ MODULE 2
A three day interactive workshop for and by musicians
who attempt to demystify the various building blocks of Synthesis, Ableton Live and How to Perform Live Electronic Music - Synth Farm was witness to a spectrum of musicians, emerging DJs, studio hacks, synth freaks and sound designers - In discussion, full of questions and exploring the building blocks of electronic music and synthesis through specific sessions. Fairly 'open' in India, the event was it's first kind set up by Varun Desai [Little I / Yidam ] at a completely DIY (inexpensive) level. The first edition [ 4/5/6 December ] saw 8 participants, 3 mentors, 2 cooks, 2 dogs and a vast collection of synthesizers, samplers and audio processors wired up. Approximately 25 hours of electronic sounds, music, experiments and several discussions were archived. STUDIO #1 / The Science by Da Saz STUDIO # 2 / The Jam & Record with Mr. 5 volts STUDIO # 3 / Ableton Live with Audio Pervert
"We have a problem. Music industry, media and fans celebrating it all the time, but actually is just ancient hype : the record" The absurdity of success in a century of digital totality is the one of Vinyl. Not only did it make a come back along the endless waves of eclectic and electronic music - it has now become the praise [if not prize] of the record industry. Within the art and process of vinyl the voices speak out for independence and regional success stories - While the electronic music world steadily and almost unanimously vouches towards the superior sound quality of vinyl. The demand for records [old and new] actually surged within the last decade, inside and inspite the downgraded mass universe of mp3, i-tunes and youtube ! Clearly looked down by many boutique manufacturers at the rising " mechanization of 3 records-a-minute machines with self packing jackets " - The record industry and it's greedy intentions aside, Vinyl and records are here to play. Hopefully forever, in forms yet seen & heard.
Shot on Palolem beach, south Goa, Dilaxatron is the third video from the self-titled debut of Core. A serene and tranquil mood manifested within the sound and images. Released in Switzerland earlier this year, the complete album features 10 songs and 3 videos yet. Curated by Real Network, Core is the first Indo-Swiss electronic music act to serve an unique new venture. Dilaxatron is shot and edited by POL Sinus [ http://otaku.ch ]
B O M B A Y B L A C K H O L E The original crew of Bombay Black (1999-2001) presents BOMBAY BLACK HOLE - The Super-group album, massive remixes and hypergenre tour. The new indie 'order' ! Releasing via OKListen.com -Bombay Black is back on the attack. Sparking off a stellar line up of producers and key instrumentalists, Bombay Black Hole is a siren in the scene ! #Line Up 'HEADSTOCK' Paresh Kamath [ Guitarist, Ruff Poet, Hypnotribe, Kailash Kher ] 'FUNC' Randolf Correia [ Guitarist, Producer, Shaair & Func, Pentagram, Func International ] 'AUDIO PERVERT' Samrat B [ Producer, Teddy Boy Kill, Synth Freak, DJ ] 'DARK CIRCLE FACTORY' Lindsay DMello [ Producer, Composer, Drummer ] 'INDUSTRY' Abhijit Nalani [ Producer, Composer, Hit-Maker ] 'TYRONE_DI_OXIDE' Tyrone Fernandes [ Guitarist, Sound Engineer, FOH Live ] 'BASS CAVE' Jaideep [ Composer, Bass Player ] 'NORTHFACE' Vibhas Rahul [ Percussionist, Drummer, Grooverider ] 'KITE' Naresh Kamath [ Bass Player, Tech-Nerd, Singer ] B O M B A Y B L A C K H O L E [ art by blacktv.word 2015 ]
B O M B A Y B L A C K presents BOING BOING [ Video by Megha Ramaswamy ] 145K++Hits ! A Massive Indie Response !
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S.I.M.A is an unique organization of music industry professionals united in the goal of building cultural and economic bridges between Asia's two most rapidly developing countries. India and China. Module 1 & 2 Compilations released in 2014 and 15 feature 12 emerging artists. SIMA, Sinotronics and Audio Pervert have created several projects under this unique network of contrasting proto_cultures. Click on the Icon to read more about SIMA.
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Anarcho & Digitallis presents Exponential Dunce Muzak [EDM] ! A series expose, revealing the hype under the noise ...