Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kashiwa Daisuke

A friend of mine turned me on to Kashiwa Daisuke recently. He showed me his magnum-opus album "Program Music I"–it has two tracks and runs total length of 62 minutes. Fucking insanity.

There's so much going on in the album. It's impossible to appreciate it all if you're dividing your attention doing something else; this shit has a life of it's own that demands all of your goddamn attention. It's a masterful composition in the same way 'The Rite of Spring' is a masterful composition, except Daisuke managed to use sampling to create something as vivid and immense as Beethoven, Wagner, or any of the other gods in our musical history.

This has be our modern-day equivalent of classical music: orchestrated sampling. Yes there is sampling in hip-hop, electronica, dubstep, etc, but there is something about sampling without a dance-dance rhythm that just transcends, not something you groove to but something you feel. Maybe I'm overzealous. smd.

Check it out for yourself. The link to the first track is below. I recommend you download a better quality version. You have to listen to it on good speakers/headphones because a big part of why this is so good is the way he uses track panning. Also, don't be a shit and skip around; the build-up is the fun part, listen to it in it's entirety.

apparently, his other albums kinda suck.

(posted by Jon Mastodon)

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