Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio et al.

catalog

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Is drinking 15 pints an investigation rather than just getting shitfaced? Like 10 pints would be hanging out, but 15 is something serious
 

luka

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I think that's true the first few times you do it. It's a break into new territory. New psychoses. New hysterias. But not when you do it once a week.
 

luka

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Something usually gives out before that point. Money, or stomach, or mind, or emotions
 

Leo

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dunno if this might also help answer leo's q from some other thread about how they do their tunes??

not really, these guys are just DJing. I was inquiring about how the rhythm & sound records were made: via computers/software or with an actual bass player and drummer?
 

thirdform

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I've not listened to a lot of the others posted here yet. Too much other music. I listened through all the clips posted in this long RA piece on BC, some of those were pretty good, but I've not got back to them. It took me ages to get into hieroglyphic being so maybe I need a similar process.

When is version gonna do a top ten basic channel?

listen to miles davis get up with it for 2 months nonstop. don't try and be facetious. force yourself to go through it. then basic channel will make sense.
 

catalog

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i like miles davis! always have done. apart from that ropey 80s period, but i even like some of that. 'in a silent way' probably my fave, or jack johnson.
 

catalog

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I finished reading that book 'Rave' by Rainald Goetz on holiday, was OK. He wrote the original novel in 1998, has just been translated to English now. Some good paragraphs here and there, but a bit fragmented. Picked up speed as it went on, but I had to come back to it (read the third reich by bolano in between which was excellent and just what i needed, despite the flawed ending).

Anyway, towards the very end of Rave, there's a longish ode to Basic Channel, which I thought might sit well on this thread:

BASIC CHANNEL
takes you away from it, from the music, and from yourself. That takes you away from thinking, from attentiveness, from the precision of retracing the distinctly conceived individual steps of thought, from reflection in the sense of recalling successions of thoughts. Which exempts all others' collective vote of life and even the living cells that keep the cerebral cortex alive from the absolutism of inevitably exclusively discrete thinking, which the cerebral cortex can only grasp in discrete terms at a discretely defined moment, not to abrogate the absolutist thinking structure, but to complement it, as it were.

A kind of biological surplus of intake normally to be found in the nightlife through dancing, the grandiose violence of clamour, and drugs: a perfect translation of all that into music, so the effect is still there when you're home alone listening with the volume down: that is what Basic Channel accomplishes.

A monotony that actually speaks the language of living, and therefore, however externally minimal it appears, actually generates a maximum of fundamentality and depth. For many this takes root so deep inside the body that it brings a spiritual element into play. Well, then. The body is an unfathomable sanctuary infinitely distant from nomenclature and epistemological manoeuvres.

Maurizio
Basic Channel
Main Street Records
Burial Mix

And then, in a kind of secondary, often even more fascinating reflection on these basic elements, lots of Chain Reactions. It's hard for me to really grasp how a couple of people in Berlin were capable, in the Hardwax and Dubplate and Mastering climate, to penetrate so deep and so effortlessly into the hyper-individual. Where did they get that from? How did they manage to break out? An absolute riddle."
 

DLaurent

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Surgeon would play the odd track in his sets at HOG. I didn't know what it was or what was going on at the time, but it was a nice contrast of light and dark, and happy days. I thought he was mixing dub with techno!
 
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