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a few concepts to live by

minimalism - can be an excuse to say little, but 'less is more' is still the concept of the century.
detroit techno - a new, technological music shaped into being in a ruined, but undefeated city.
drum'n'bass - pushing beats, and therefore our minds, into unimaginable realms (reinforced has been our literal guide).
electro - remembering those abstract electronic beats that made us contort our bodies in the early '80s - kraftwerk provided the template for our lives
house - the deep sounds of soulful house music move us, whether they be chicago's sparser, traxier side; disco-based funkifications; or new york's jazzy, sophisticated club house.
noise - john cage may not have been our literal guide but we hear the sounds all around us as music...and a layer of sonic grunge can be a marvelous thing.
simple living - without realizing there was a movement behind it, most of have been using a lot of those "simple living" techniques for years. it's all about taking what you already have and making the most if it.

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a few records to live by

computer world - by kraftwerk (1981)
frequencies - by LFO (1991)
99% - by meat beat manifesto (1990)
minimal nation - by robert hood (1994)
parallel universe - by 4 hero (1994)
most anything by basic channel
most anything by drexciya
world to world - by underground resistance (1993?)
bytes - by the black dog (1992)
selected ambient works vol 1 - by aphex twin (1992)
origins - by planetary (dan curtin) (1993)
4 jazz funk classics - by 69 (carl craig) (1992)
quadrilocular EP - by morgan geist (1994)

(and tons of others)

O U R . F A V O R I T E . T H I N G S

a few things we can't live without

atari 2600 - let's admit that those people did some amazing things with almost nothing.
vector graphics - wireframe video games still look more advanced.
turntables and vinyl - need we say why? still the preferred (and better) medium for DJ interpolations.
macintosh - 10% share of the market, and it's still better.
amiga - 0% share of the market, and it's still better. 1987, yo!
star trek - in a rare bout of brushing with the mainstream, some of us must admit to being semi-trekkies (is worf going to beat us up now?).

O U R . L E A S T . F A V O R I T E . T H I N G S

a few things we can live without

TV - for some reason, only 1/2 of us even own one, and the 1/2 that do, don't watch it. i guess we're not missing too much. does this mean we're free to think for ourselves?
happy hardcore - it sure is fun to wish this music would disappear, but it insists on existing. like a virus.
slow breaks - okay, okay...it's a cheap shot, but most of us just can't get with music that is so blatant. or inherently dated. it was great in '91, but we ain't dwelling on it...
money - yah we is busted broke, for the most part. so what? our economy is too profit-driven anyway. "ecologically-sustainable stability" should be the catchword. and we still have our integrity, right? right?!?! ("less is more...less is more...less is more...")

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