Music

An App to Go Along With This Blog

The task of discovering new music can seem overwhelming to some people. After all, it just takes soooo much work to get on Google/Reddit/YouTube/SoundCloud/Twitter/Pandora/Spotify/iTunes/Grooveshark/Jango/Tunein/Slacker/Last.fm and type a few letters into a search bar…but anyway…I propose an app for these people.

This app could have a catchy name like Libratory, Customusic, DiscOver, TuneULove, or if I wanted to get sued, YouTune.

Now, this app would operate similarly to Pandora, in which it would have a preexisting set of characteristics tied (with metadata) to a library of songs and artists. When the user opened the app, they would be presented with two options:

1) Define the music you want to listen to

• The user could select any number of characteristics of the music they want to hear, such as mood (dark, happy, etc.), place (beach, party, road trip, date, etc.), speed (very fast, fast, average, downtempo, slow), instrumental focus (on guitar, drums, vocals, beats, piano, etc.), and more! Perhaps even lyrical content…

• The app could detect where the user was, and play them custom music based on what other users listen to at that location. For example, if the user is cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, the app may play Wavves, Pixies, or other “mood music.”

2) Give you recommendations based off of your music library

• The app would say, “Hey Colton, I noticed you like Daft Punk and Justice, here is some more French House music I think you would like.

• The app would say, “Hey Colton, you have a lot of metalcore in your music library, have you heard All Shall Perish?”

I feel like this app would, simply put, help people discover new music based off of what they already like.

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DJs know how to read a crowd; why can’t an app?

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get into UK Garage

“Some people make music for inside the clubs, but not me. I make music for the food stands outside.” -Burial

About the Genre
UK Garage exists in a vacuum, located in an odd space between house, 2-step, dubstep, and IDM. According to its Wikipedia page, “The genre usually features a distinctive syncopated 4/4 percussive rhythm with ‘shuffling’ hi-hats and beat-skipping kick drums. Garage tracks also commonly feature ‘chopped up’ and time-shifted or pitch-shifted vocal samples complementing the underlying rhythmic structure.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. For some reason, ‘shuffling’ is the first adjective that comes to mind when I think about this genre.

As evidenced by the Burial quote at the beginning of this entry, UK Garage, in a stark contrast to the more ‘ignorant’ genres that dominate the music market (such as big-room house, trap, and brostep), isn’t made for the club. It isn’t created to be the soundtrack to your drunken escapades, or your quest to take a girl home from the bar after a night of dancing; It’s made for those moments in which the lights have dimmed, the bass has stopped pumping, and the MDMA has worn off, and you’re left to contemplate the questionably ethical decisions you made that night.

All that being said, UK Garage isn’t inherently depressing (although it’s very dark), and it could easily serve as the soundtrack to a night spent in bed in a dimly lit room. 

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And Now, Some Examples
The Mainstream: UK Garage wouldn’t exist without Burial. Easily the most well-known contributor to the genre, he purposefully obfuscated his identity for most of his career in a (successful) attempt to force his fans to focus on his music, rather than his public persona.

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The Up-and-Coming: Holy Other, another mysterious English producer, creates music that isn’t quite as textural as Burial’s, and definitely exhibits more characteristics of contemporary electronic music (so you can actually dance to it).

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You’re a Hipster If You Listen To: M.J. Cole, yet another English producer, is most well-known for more uplifting, house-inspired tunes, as opposed to the usual darkness of Garage music.

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That concludes our crash course on UK Garage. Thank you for reading!