WHAT IS IDM???
IDM not to be confused with EDM (although its essentially all the same horse) stands for Intelligent Dance Music and after a brief conversation with a friend of mine just recently discovered i had no real idea how far that term stretched across the many different styles of electronica. I was familiar to various points of recognition within the genre but was unsure of its depth. So after a little research into this elusive term I thought id drop this insight here on The Submarine blog for anyone wanting to geek out on this phantom.
So to begin on an historic note, IDM loosely took root in the early 90's and was fortified by labels such as Warp and Rising High Records among others with artists like Autechre and Aphex Twin at the fore front of the birth of the term. With ambient house and techno as IDMs parents it was then in 92 that Warp Records released "Artificial Intelligence" and was marketed as "Intelligent Techno" from its original title of "Electronic Listening Music". So to cut a long story short, from that came the moniker "Intelligent" which essentially referred to electronica that went beyond just music for dancing while still being open to interpretation. Also not long after its recognition as a new contemporary genre bad press at the time of its conception arose due to the fact that many dance producers and fans whose exclusion from the community prompted the question of whether they produced/listened to "stupid" dance music. I remember hearing that argument constantly around the time my uncle was writing on Square Pusher type drum and bass back in 94 when we were living in a commune in the Nimbin hills with all the psy trance acid casualties.
So for me in the beginning I always likened IDM to artists such as Kruder and Dorfmeister, more chill/deep/abstract leftfield. And id put the "intelligent" aspect of it down to the more complex and thoughtful production techniques associated with that type of sound. Which for the most part is a warranted assumption and basically true of the style. But in reality, the extremely loaded term IDM stretches way beyond its 4/4 roots encompassing all sorts of sub groups born of the title with genres such as chiptunes, bitpop and mircosound to the more broken beat and downtemp approach that became known as trip hop, glitch, bliphop and the like. Its a real mine field of cross-pollination but the fact all these awesome and innovative styles simply just exist goes beyond any title or catagory anyways so get amongst it is my conclusion regarding the fact. Rad music is rad music and a horse is a horse..
So to sum it up briefly IDM i figure over the course of time has become a fairly elusive umbrella and term to a plethora of diverse and generally leftfield styles of music, but an umbrella none the less. And a de facto way if you will to describe your indescribable favorites!!!
artists of note:
Daedalus (our L.A. homie)
Kruder and Dorfmeister
Mouse on Mars
Boards of Canda
enjoy your IDM :)
DJ PHRESH - "BAD INTENTIONS" new single out now
Tomorrow will see the release of the new single "Bad Intentions" by Bronx born DJ Phresh. Dude is a mainstay in the New York club scene and has been DJing forever.
Starting out in 96 working on the promotions team at Roc-A-Fella records gave him the opportunity in meeting all awesome artists and DJs. Now after killing the club circuit for the last 10+ years he's getting amongst pushing his own original singles starting with this awesome infectious "Bad Intentions"
The track was written and produced by Phresh with co-production and mixdown from myself. With Pablo on further co-writing/production and the full vocal.
Click on the single above to hear the preview...
ADDICTED TO OUTBOARD PROCESSING..one for the geeks
Toys ive been messing with lately..
I love toys and have a massive collection back in my original birthplace of Sydney Australia…. give me vintage Star Wars, Transformers and Masters of the Universe all day long.
But lately ive been enjoy much more expensive toys such as valve or solid state EQs, compressors, preamps and channel strips. much to the dismay of my bank account but hey, you gotta spend money to make money i figure so f%*^ it.
So as some of you may know already i have also been working at another studio location outside of The Submarine as an engineer called Uptime Studios in Hells Kitchen, Manhattan. And as a result i now have direct access to a new bounty of outboard processing i have not had the chance to mess with before. Today was a minefield just checking out new tones, shapes and flavours getting aquainted with that awesome analogue gut feeling that for me personelly brings mixes and music to life.
As per the website there is a healthy collection of high quality outboard at The Submarine but its always great to be able to sample new units i havent had the chance to mess with for any decent stretch of time.
Today's fun included..
Tube Tech CL 1A (opto cell w/tube amp) - This beast is a general industry standard for pop/RnB vocals. Sounds amazing, super smooth and buttery.
Empirical Labs EL8X "Distressor" (stereo pair) - Another studio mainstay that you'll find in almost every professional setup. A pair of these guys across a drum buss absolutely destroys.
Gates Sta Level "Compressor" - This is a real vintage piece, classic valve distortion when pushed. I ran a female vocal through this thing bumped the input and instant "mojo".
Kultube stereo Compressor - I have only ever messed with SPL software. But this hardware compressor has a smooth action. Touchy though, like you had to work at it to find the sweet spot, and once there sounded ok but not mind blowing.
Manley Massive Passive (stereo tube 4-band EQ) - Again another industry standard common in most high end studios. Id always wanted to try this piece and was psyched. Super versatile with this warm gooey sound. Awesome
Neve 2254 (limiter/compressor) - Another vintage classic. This piece sounds absolutely amazing. Loved it across the drum buss. You can totally rinse it without over-cooking and still sounds bonkers. A true industry heavy weight.
Purple MC77 (FET compressor) - This comp is a faithful recreation of the 1176. Even down to the "all ratio buttons in" option. This piece sounded really sweet across female vocals.