Posts Tagged ‘dominik eulberg’

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Upcoming no more: Dominik Eulberg

September 4, 2008

German DJ and producer (and part-time park ranger) Dominik Eulberg was scheduled to play a Kontrol SF night this weekend, and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. A quick check of Eulberg’s Myspace page, however, suggested that it fell through – he’s scheduled to be in Mainz. I suppose I could turn down the lights in my apartment, turn my stereo on really loud, and listen to the song below, but somehow I suspect it wouldn’t be the same.

MP3: Hot Chip – One Pure Thought (Dominik Eulberg remix)

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The zen garden theory of minimal techno

April 8, 2008

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As you can probably gather from this blog, I have a deep and abiding love of pop songs. However, in the last year or two, I’ve gotten more into techno music, especially minimal techno. Techno is a pretty maligned genre, and minimal definitely has a reputation as one of its least accessible forms – it’s widely considered to be all bleeps and glitches, of interest mostly to geeky boys who are high-functioning Asperger’s cases. It’s also somewhat overwhelming to get into – there is a massive amount of music available and not a lot of guidance.

But I’m going to argue that it’s worth persevering, or at least not dismissing minimal techno out of hand. Traditional pop songs are like Western gardens – a showcase of colour and form, easily accessible and understandable, and rewarding to our senses. But minimal techno is like a zen garden. At first glance, it seems impossibly austere, even barren. However, sustained attention reveals that its severity hides just as much complexity as greenery does. I listened to the song below half a dozen times in a row, and heard new details with every iteration. Give it a try.

Further reading: A Spirited Defense of Techno

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MP3: Dominik Eulberg – Potzblitz und Donnerwetter

Image: Zen Garden by Flickr user Neilio, reposted here under its Creative Commons license.