Well, Steve Rush aka funky49 reminded me I hadn’t blogged in over 4 months so I decided to do a recent events update to say what’s been going on during this time period. So here goes:
I started a new electronica group called Static Grooves that consists of myself, Glen Carter aka Thee DJ Q, and Jason Filipini aka Thee Joker. The live performance aspect of the group is based around all 3 of us running an Ableton Live rig with controllerism interfaces, and doing some other live performance type work as well leaning toward the improvisational.
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From 1:00am to 4:00am EST tonight, redvoid and thee dj q will be on Zentrip Radio on wmnf 88.5fm community sponsored radio in Tampa, FL. Tonight’s show will feature a live Ableton dj set by dj q, and the fm broadcast debut of redvoid’s better daze mix cd. Call into the show and comment on the air.
The term minimalism is commonly misunderstood, and often maligned. In its truest sense, minimalism was an art movement, a form of architecture, and then finally a form of music, specifically Classical or art music. Recently this label has also been applied to electronica as well, and many questions seem to arise from the use of this term, which probably needs some clarification.
The best way to think of minimalism in the broadest sense, is as a series of concepts or ideas. Ideas drive many things, and in creative endeavors, ideas become design principles, guides or even sometimes arbitrary rule sets used to steer the process. The Mies Van Der Rohe quote “less is more” gets thrown around, and did stem from the Bauhaus architecture and design movement so it is legitimately part of the true definition of minimalism, but it is possibly not clear enough to those who do not intuitively understand it at face value. Another way to say this is “doing the more with less”, as in create the most function from the least amount of form. I like to use the term “Occam’s Razor” which fundamentally means “economy of means” or what we could all just call plain simple.