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…)
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 EDM. 4 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.
In my 2nd article of my ‘Spotlight’ series I’ll try to focus on the great combination of trance music especially Psytrance with Tribal music elements.It will be another great opportunity to show you more of the tribal music out there besides the painfully dominant ( and rather boring ) Tribal House genre. (more…)
If you’ll search Google or YouTube for ‘electronic tribal music’ about 90% of your search results would be related to a musical genre called ‘Tribal-House’.This musical genre dominates the cyberspace.Quite heavily I dare say.It’s basically ‘house’ music ( or ‘deep’ house whatever that means… ) with an emphasis on percussion parts especially Latin percussion.YouTube is flooded with tracks\mixes\DJ sets etc. of Tribal-House music.Actually you can’t escape it even if you really wish to.
But…. some of you might be surprised to know that electronic tribal music has many other flavors.In this blog series I’ll try to spotlight some of my favorite electronic tribal artists whom I think have an interesting & original contribution to the ‘electronic tribal’ music world, broadening & enriching its definition & many times escaping any trivial definition.