I’ve been making a lot of more techno-influenced music lately and I’ve come to the rather annoying conclusion that I don’t like it. None of it. I mean, there are interesting bits and pieces in there but on the whole, it’s a bit of a failure.
I’ve been making music with beats for almost as long as I’ve been making music at all but these days I like to think I know a bit more about the kind of techno I like, what I want from it and how I’d like it to work.
On the non-techno side, I’ve been concentrating all year on longer, softer, work. Ambient, drone, field recordings; situations that encourage and reward deep listening. Central to that has been removing myself from the process more, allowing the music to take form unconsciously or as close as I can get. I set parameters, create tones, let the rest unfold as naturally as possible, in a variety of different forms. As long as I’m not sitting there sequencing things, controlling everything, then I’m happy. It’ll resonate or it wont and that’s fine. I feel like I’m getting somewhere with that, slowly but surely.
I can’t seem to get into the same mindset with techno though. I can’t get myself out of the picture enough to make myself happy. I keep getting in the way. I keep interjecting with some half-baked idea that messes with the flow of the tune. I need to find a way to shut myself out more.
When I look back on the dance music moments that have had the biggest effect on me this year, it’s never been “statement” techno. It’s never had anything big about it really, least of all big ideas about itself. Meditation is a process of reduction, on a dancefloor as much as anywhere else.
Keep it simple, stupid.