(Planet Me)
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Pensioner Techno

Why do you like this stuff? She says. You're not a pillhead.

Well, why? It may come as a surprise, but I have never taken drugs. Never. Not unlike Morrissey, "I swear I never even knew what drugs were". I found this music by a long route. I started in the early 80's, absorbing and watching a LOT of movies on VHS. Stuff with soundtracks, pop, rock, and length electronic tomes by people like Giorgio Moroder (Scarface, Midnight Express, Flashdance), Harold Faltermeyer (Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Thief Of Hearts), Tangerine Dream (Legend, Sorcerer, Risky Business), Brad Fidel (Terminator), John Carpenter (Escape From New York, Fog, Halloween, Christine, etc.) , Walter Carlos (The Shining, Clockwork Orange) and Phillip Glass (Koyanisqatsi, Hamburger Hill).... and then, by extension, it wasn't too far to a liking for music with the same characteristics as orchestral scores by Jerry Goldsmith, or John Williams, ebbs and flows, dramatic sweeps, tension and release, music that stepped beyond the conventional 4/4 of rock. After that it was only a very short step to Kraftwerk, and from there Orbital, Underworld, Leftfield.

I don't like labels. As soon as you put something in a box, it wants to get out. Like the -sexual prefix, I'm not just electronic, techno, rock, roll, indie, metal, rap, classical, ... I am all of these things and none of them at once. The product of all our experiences up to the moment before us. We take out what is unhealthy, we keep what is essential. In the meantime, I'm going to dance to some pensioner techno, if that's alright.

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