sadmanbarty

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with these "post-" music's there are all these signifiers of distance; echo and reverb, a stripped backness, a certain sparsity and emptiness.

the terminology "post-" does indicate that the music is a music remembering something. it's the abstraction of a former glory through the lens of half-formed memories and imagined idylls.

this is what burial very consciously does with garage, but i'd say the same of joy division in relation to the sex pistols; it's in part the sex pistols through the sepia haze of memory.

this music has that quality. the utopia that was disco has ended and this music commemorating it. remembering it. it's a music haunted by a distant happiness.

there's a melancholy in these musics that are absent from the cultural artefacts they're alluding to.
 

Bang Diddley

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you'll all know this record... pacman, asteroids, london bass next door, feels like the party is over in certain parts, after the dance is through, funky keys but there an underlying quiet string like synth in there too - humming to himself (seems on his own), the kick seems off at times to me - maybe

treat us to a proper write up...
 
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the ig

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i hear all that stuff - echo and reverb, a stripped backness - but for me they're signifiers of space rather than (temporal) distance

it's disco culture settling into its spaces, feeling for the echos of those enveloping rooms, expressing the dawning joy that the thing's no mere passing fad, but here to stay.

producers are not involved with the peak-disco hype machine any more, so there's a new capacity/confidence to strip things back, to work for the floor, to locate the sinewy line through the track, that purrrfect ergonomic body music. but all that ads to the general lushness, you picture your own body in there, bumpin the bass, you're not crowded out by the strings etc.

but the sherberty synths, the succulent texture, the rounded bass tones, the pillowy reverb, the brightness...all v heady but also tactile and close

yeah a closed loop of fun - we're in da club, and we're staying put! the spatiality, the dubbiness of a lot of that stuff folds you in..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JIpWZoM7-4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJisGFOEpq0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfRr8UZPl4w
 
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version

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with these "post-" music's there are all these signifiers of distance; echo and reverb, a stripped backness, a certain sparsity and emptiness.

the terminology "post-" does indicate that the music is a music remembering something. it's the abstraction of a former glory through the lens of half-formed memories and imagined idylls.

this is what burial very consciously does with garage, but i'd say the same of joy division in relation to the sex pistols; it's in part the sex pistols through the sepia haze of memory.

this music has that quality. the utopia that was disco has ended and this music commemorating it. remembering it. it's a music haunted by a distant happiness.

there's a melancholy in these musics that are absent from the cultural artefacts they're alluding to.

Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound do this with dub and techno.
 

thirdform

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of course this is the post-disco masterpiece. not the vocal version which isn't that good but the instrumental. proper freaky alien brain and ear eating synth delight. could come out tomorrow and still sound like the future. very ticklish and synaesthetic. it was on my list of course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEkIcKx0y24
 

padraig (u.s.)

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I can't get to this now but maybe later, or later this week

just tbc, is the request for proto-house specifically?

the terminology I usually use is post-disco/pre-house, of which proto-house is a subset

and I use pd/ph as basically a synecdoche for all fwd dance music ca. 80-84ish, and/or what was played in cool NYC, Chicago, etc clubs at that time

so it's many genres, or core sounds, to refer to what I was saying elsewhere

post-disco proper (i.e. Prelude, West End etc), disco not disco, boogie, electro, new wave, post-punk, Italo, etc

and you'll notice that even among those many aren't really proper genre names so much as catchalls, or contain within themselves multitudes

and then there's that particular hallmark of the era, and why I use pd/ph as shorthand, the many virtually impossible to categorize records
 
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