#Writing #Music Monday: A Man Who Knows What I’ll Do In A Moment by Sixpro (6PRO)

CoverThe irritating thing about emergent order is that things don’t turn out the way you want or expect, or the way anybody wants or expects.

Wait. Why in hell am I talking about economic theory in a Writing Music Monday post?

Because all culture is a product of emergent order, and because this somewhat explains a recurring, implicit lament of mine.

I have said, more than once, that I love the otherworldliness of late 1970s, early 1980s synth music. Vangelis, Kraftwerk, the soundtrack to Fletch, Brad Fiedel’s work, Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter’s soundtrack compositions, and so many others. But I also intensely dislike most (not all) techno, the modern descendent of that type of music.

(Which is quite funny, given that I attended a number of early raves where techno was more or less born, but that’s a whole other story.)

I listen to the early synth works, and inevitably dream of a different direction that sort of music could have gone, had the culture been more optimistic (among innumerable other factors).

But the order that emerged out of the rave scene was techno, and house, and industrial, and that’s just how it went. I don’t get my way, and that’s life, welcome to it.

However, the Creative Commons and open source music production is allowing other, nearly infinite new orders to emerge. And one of those is a class of “techno” that, when I find it, I end up loving like the never-existed music I dream could have emerged from early synth.

Now it exists.

Here is one more example to add to the collection, the one and only album from Polish artist SixPro (6PRO).

His “about” explains:

Music is my passion. Always accompanied me. At home, on my bike, at work, in the car … everywhere. I am interested in any interesting music. From the musical genres such as trance, chillout, ambient, psybient, classic electronic music in a completely radically different genres as jazz, smoot jazz, acoustic, and so on. I do not have a preferred style. Depending on my mood, emotions, physical state of mind, I choose myself what I currently want.

My interest in music stretches beyond just listening. For some time I make music. My current work is in the area of electronic music. I’m interested in creating melodic instrumental music with elements of trance and tracks of ambient and chillout genre. I hope that my work you enjoy it and will share with me your thoughts :).

Well, my thoughts are that this album is great, the music is perfect for writing to or just listening to. If you’re in the right mood, you might even make one of the tracks your personal theme music for a day or more.

Sixpro’s soundscapes are complex, well-integrated, and pleasing. Each track is a journey, and each journey is one worth taking, over and over again.

Download A Man Who Knows What I’ll Do In A Moment free from Jamendo.

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Writing Music Monday: Nothing but Gonzo by GONZO GONZALES

[cover] GONZO GONZALES - Nothing but GonzoThis one really is not going to be for everybody. As should become clear.

I usually explain my love of jazz by including a cutoff date: 1960. If it was recorded prior to that year, I generally like or love it. If it post-dates that year, I probably dislike it, though there are any number of exceptions.

What I especially find tedious is all the “fusion” that came from Miles Davis’s late-1960s works, like “In a Silent Way” and (especially) Bitches Brew. I admire Davis himself, and either of those works I can listen to if I’m in the right mood. But almost anything derived from or inspired by them, I just don’t have the right mind or background to even begin to appreciate.

So it’s odd that I enjoyed this at all, because it proceeds pretty directly from that period and style.

But I did enjoy it, and it makes for good background while writing or outlining, at least for me, at least for the mood I’ve been in the past few days.

GONZO GONZALES looks to be a German band (go figure), and they have four albums on Jamnedo. Nothing but Gonzo was recorded in 2003, and released on Jamendo in 2007.

Nothing but Gonzo is free to download from Jamendo.

Nothing but Gonzo by GONZO GONZALES is available under a Libre Art License (AKA a Free Art License).

Writing Music Monday: Visions of Utopia by Zephanie Oblivion

Visions of Utopia coverHere’s what you want if you need some driving, tuneful, upbeat power pop without any voices or lyrics while you write.

It’s not actually something I play when I’m writing much, but I do put it on loud when walking, sometimes, when I’m thinking but need background music of a certain tone. And, while a bit repetitive in a GarageBand-y way, Zephanie Oblivion never lets it get irritating or boring. There’s a… baseline of repitition, but it’s always going somewhere, exploring something, and is lightyears better than what I chance to hear on various radios when I’m out and about.

At present, so far as I can discern, Visions of Utopia is only available through Jamendo, but you’ll want to go to Oblivion’s blog post for the album and download the cover art there, it’s much, much better than the cover on Jamendo.

[As an aside, this is the Writing Music Monday post that puts us over one day’s worth of music, 24 hours and 36 minutes according to Clementine. Woo. Hoo.]

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Writing Music Monday: Dune by Jahzzar

Jahzzar (Javier Suarez) makes a return appearance here for Writing Music Monday with a very different album than previously. The man is diversely talented!

Dune is, again, all instrumental, this time around being his take on psychedelic rock and roll, a la Jimi Hendrix. Being Jahzzar, it never wanders off into aural mush the way some of the influences of this album do (on his website, he throws in Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew at the end of the list of influences). Everything is easy to follow, and rather bright and happy (again, typical for Jahzzar), and melodic.

It’s another of those albums that you may have to be in the right mood to write to it, but if you are in that mood, it’s perfect.

“[S]omething I learned from psychedelia: music as feelings, as a journey. Not only rhythm. Not just melody.” — Suarez on this album.

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