I’ve been thinking about you a lot. Thinking about the deep dark space in which the internet resides. In which your internet personas reside. In which the trolls and monsters lurk, and the caverns from whence streams and torrents flow, legally and illegally. How these things affect the advancement of culture. I have come to no conclusions. Somehow we must balance an artist’s need for survival in a capitalist world against the universal accessibility which art needs to thrive. Where is the line drawn? This question has troubled me for a while. Despite my concerns for artists to be paid, here’s a bootlegged Youtube video of Harlem Shake by Baauer. It’s ripped from Rustie’s Radio 1 Essential Mix and it’s HUUUUUGE. The success of minimalist house/garage in the last few years seems to have suffered a backlash in the form of MAXIMALISM. Rustie’s Glass Swords at the turn of the year and now Lone’s Galaxy Gardens are both awash with a huge pallet of colourful synthesisers and arpeggiators. Baauer takes this and goes in a more repetitive direction, almost as a nod to minimal house’s fascination in looping.
In a similar vein, Hudson Mohawk and Lunice’s project TNGHT plays with atmospheres, flitting between them like doors in Alice through the Looking Glass. Maximalism to the max.
Wish you were here?