This is so cool: because we only look at things we want to look at, only talk about things worth talking about, the amount of fabulous in the world continues to rise exponentially.
Even though we’re at the tail end of the great recession, think about all the cool stuff in your life. Not just stuff you can buy, but experiences, works of art, innovations of all kinds… the bar has been raised for what you need to do to be noticed, and the market is responding.
Not only do I notice more fabulous, but it sure seems as though the creators of it are more engaged, dedicated and yes, joyful, than I can remember. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do work that matters, this is it. You can’t say, “but I need to make a fortune instead,” because that’s not happening right now. So you might as well join the people who can say, “I love doing this.”
I was listening to the excellend iThinkX podcast this weekend – iThinkX is a themed music podcast and this week's theme was Protest! Along with great tracks from Leadbelly and Nina Simone, the was a song by Autechre, from an EP that was released in 1994 in protest of the Criminal Justice Bill, which was basically a law that allowed for the police to break up raves which the government at the time saw as a threat to the fabric of society, or something.
The music was amazing – I immediately understood and loved it and wondered why I'd not heard it before.
Quite simply, in my teens – when this record was released – you either listened to Nirvana/Rage Against The Machine OR you listened to house/techno and other electronica. You did not, by any means, mix the two. There was a real and demonstrated animosity between the two tribes – and lines had been drawn that you were loath to cross.
Despite the arbitrary nature of the division, it was one I adhered to. But looking back now, what music like Autechre (including most of Warp's catalogue!) did I willfully ignore? How much great music did I deny myself while listening to "Bleach" 100 times?
So – I suppose that's my question. Anyone wanna give me a place to start for 90s electronica? I got some catching up to do…