City Centre Offices - Impact & Inspiration

March 25th, 2017

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This week marks the final transmission of the wonderful record label, City Centre Offices.  Their style of electronic music was new to me at the time and I devoured their releases with a rapacious glee.  I think I have somewhere between 40 - 50 CCO recordings.
 
City Centre Offices has been silent for a number of years and I hate to admit that I'd sort of forgotten about them.  But now this week brings one final release, Boy Robot - Final Transmission.  So with the end of CCO officially here, I thought I'd collect a few favorites in a new mix.  There is so much great music that came from CCO that I could have done mixes that were hours long but I kept this one to the standard 1 hour.
 
Rather than go on and on rhapsodically about what a marvelous label City Centre Offices is, I'll direct you to this excellent article over at A Strangely Isolated Place - http://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2017/3/14/city-centre-offices-interview-the-final-transmission
Great stories, insight and music in that ASIP reminiscence.  The good folks at ASIP also put together a terrific Spotify playlist of CCO music.
 
I hope you enjoy this little stroll down memory lane as much as I did.
 
Cheers!
 
 
T R A C K L I S T:
  • 0:00    Arovane - A Secret
  • 04:00    Casino versus Japan - Late for School
  • 09:45    Herrmann & Kleine - Transalpin
  • 15:40    Ulrich Schnauss - Between Us & Them
  • 22:00    Xela - Softness of Senses
  • 26:06    Christian Kleine - Guitar Interrupt
  • 29:48    Dub Tractor - 50Hz Guitar
  • 35:17    Opiate - Open
  • 37:26    Boy Robot - Glamorizing Corporate Lifestyle
  • 40:40    Bitstream - Stream One
  • 44:40    Styrofoam - Cashier Escape Song
  • 50:33    Dictaphone - Dictaphone II
  • 53:24    Swod - Intro
  • 54:14    Marsen Jules - Chanson Du Soir
  • 58:42    Ulrich Schnauss - Gone Forever
  • 66:23    END
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Glitch in Time

July 28th, 2013

Sometime around 2001 I discovered the album Tides by Arovane.  I'm not sure if it qualifies as "post-digital" or "blip hop" or "micro" music but it was through that album that I began a brief love affair with the style of music known as "glitch."


I have always loved electronic & ambient music but at the end of the 1990s I had lost interest in berlin style electronics and mostly listened to straight ambient.  But with the emergence of glitch, and it's use of complicated beats, noise and samples, I found a new rhythmic electronic music to dive into.


The biggest purveyor of glitch music back then was the Mille Plateaux label.  With their Click & Cuts series they introduced me to a whole new range of sound in music.  There is definitely a lot of music from that time period that, while interesting, could become annoying as well.  I'm not a fan of loud and aggressive glitch.  I definitely am more in tune with the sort of stuff put out by 12k.


Over time I grew tired of much of the glitch scene and the never ending little pops & clicks & wee little sounds intruding on the music.  Although I still enjoy much of 12k music.


Recently I was organizing some of my collection & revisited some old glitch material.  I found that I am still very fond of some of it.  I started collecting tracks for this mix and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.


So this mix is a little step back in time to the early 2000s.  A small glitch in the passing of time to when glitch ruled, for me anyway.


Enjoy.




T R A C K L I S T :


  • 00:00    Arovane - Tides (2000)
  • 04:45    Carpet Musics - Phone Lines (2001)
  • 08:24    Clickits - No Clickedy (2003)
  • 11:35    Xela - Impulsive Behavior (2002)
  • 15:30    offthesky - Down the Stream (2005)
  • 20:50    Shuttle358 - I'm Not Afraid (2003)
  • 25:05    Twerk - From Brown to Green (2003)
  • 29:55    Jan Jelinek - Facelift (2003)
  • 34:55    Bexar Bexar - Kt (2002)
  • 38:30    Christopher Willits - The Seaweed Machine (2003)
  • 40:45    Christian Kleine - Several (2002)
  • 47:15    Arovane - Ambelio (1999)
  • 52:20    Shuttle358 - Calty (2000)
  • 57:11    end
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