Drum Meditations EP

Drum Meditations EP

Drum Meditations EP is finally out !

I believe this EP demonstrates SplitBrain’s Drum Music aesthetics in it’s purest form.No melodies, no hooks, no lyrics, no vocals.Rhythm composition only.As the name implies all the pieces in this EP are meditative & repetitive by nature but unlike the typical meditation music out there which is usually relaxation music this EP is more about tension & relaxation & the relationship between the two. (more…)

Non Formula Music – Fuck A Genre…

Non Formula Music – Fuck A Genre…

 

Electronic Dance Music world or EDM in short is a formula world.Many formulas actually.Are you familiar with this formulas ? let’s take a look.Here’s an extensive list of genres as indicated by wikipedia.Here’s another one.Do you want to actually listen to the formulas ? Beatport – one of the leading EDM portals would be a good place to start.Pick your formula (genres menu top left) & enjoy the ride.In fact formula influence is so strong that many musicians have the desire to imitate their idols so they can ‘master’ the formula & become ‘leaders’ of the formula.The result is countless EDM clones of Electro-House/Psytrance/Dubstep/Pick your favorite formula.

If you’re an EDM enthusiast you can stop reading right now.This blog is NOT for you.If on the other hand you’re looking for genre-defying music with a fresh & unique attitude towards sound, composition, arrangement & production then I believe you’re going to enjoy this post.Welcome to non formula electronic music world.Sometimes also called IDM (whatever that means) or experimental electronic music or simply electronica.Here we can find the musicians who consistently push the envelope further, explore new sonic territories & redefine our musical experience. (more…)

7 on the floor…Odd Time Signatures in Electronic Music

7 on the floor…Odd Time Signatures in Electronic Music

The majority of western music nowadays is almost completely dominated by the very common & symmetric 4\4 time signature.That’s definitely the case with popular music & especially with EDM4 on the floor anyone ?

The 4\4 time signature known also as common time is a sort of a ‘golden’ time signature, a default time signature, the most ‘basic’ & ‘fundamental’ one in western culture today probably due to its complete symmetric qualities.Every music software you can dream of opens with a ‘default’ template which is… you guessed it : 4\4.

That wasn’t the case a few hundred years ago in Medieval times where the 3\4 or 3\2 actually, the triple meter, was considered the perfect one ( after the holy trinity ) & the duple or quadruple was considered imperfect.Nowadays it seems that western civilization is in many ways pre-conditioned to think & operate in the 4\4 environment.That’s definitely not the case with other cultures like African music where the 3 over 2 poly rhythmic tension is most prevalent, the Indian music with it’s unique & complex Tala rhythmic syntax & Balkan music with its complex & asymmetric rhythms & meters.

In this blog I’ll try to introduce some interesting examples of electronic music ( not necessarily EDM ) which break the 4\4 dogma & which offer a refreshing & unique rhythmic attitude.I tried to cherry pick tracks which I believe are generating this rhythmic shift in a very natural & musical way.The list will progress from ambient & rather mellow musical tracks to the most hardcore & extreme.Let’s hit the road.

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Electronic Tribal Music – Downtempo\Chillout\Ambient – Splitbrain’s spotlight 4

Electronic Tribal Music – Downtempo\Chillout\Ambient – Splitbrain’s spotlight 4

 

In my previous electronic tribal ‘spotlight’ blog series I have covered alternative tribal, tribal trance, & the industrial tribal sub-genres.My goal is to introduce to you the many flavors that exist within the so called tribal music genre in addition to the painfully dominant tribal house genre which is basically house music with some emphasis on Latin percussion.No electronic tribal music review would be complete without mentioning a very important branch in the tribal tree & this is the downtempo tribal genre.Often also called chillout or just chill or ambient or psybient ( the ‘psy’ taken from another electronic genre – psytrance ) or psychill or even dub.All these musical terms & descriptions usually refer to one musical style with a few common characteristics : a rather slow tempo usually between 80-110 BPM , a significant emphasis on melodic & harmonic content & a general relaxing, pleasant & atmospheric musical vibe. (more…)

Electronic Tribal Music  – Industrial Tribal Music – SplitBrain’s Spotlight 3

Electronic Tribal Music – Industrial Tribal Music – SplitBrain’s Spotlight 3

If you read my previous spotlight blog series you know that I’m exploring the so-called electronic Tribal Music genre & that I’m trying to introduce to you some alternatives to the painfully dominant Tribal-House genre & show you a wider range of Tribal Music alternatives.There are quite a few of them & this blog IS the right place to explore that.

In my 3rd spotlight series I’ll focus on a very interesting alternative Tribal Sub-Genre I would refer to as Industrial-Tribal or Industribal to make things short & funky….General characteristics of this genre would be a heavy use of drums & percussion with different elements of noise ( distorted percussion\vocals\instruments & sound effects ), ethnic instruments & dark ambient soundscapes.I’ll ignore the dark symbolism & imagery which is very characteristic of this genre & I’ll try to focus on the musical content & its Tribal influences. (more…)