Electric Light Orchestra was founded by a guy named Jeff Lynne (and Roy Wood) in 1970. They wanted to, in their words... pick up where The Beatles left off. In a way... at least in my mind, the group really was similar to The Beatles - melodic deja-vu?
in 2001, Daft Punk released a fucking incredible album in Discovery, released just after 1997's Homework.
There's a track called "Face to Face". Go ahead, pull that track up.
Now go back and play ELO's "Evil Woman". Hear it?
Tell me that isn't the most-cool shit?
Sampling. An art form.
Recycling and finding new ways to approach sound and texture.
Exacerbated by technology to an even higher degree every single day.
From funk and disco, to rave clubs and the street.
Adding a TB-303 and a TR-808 into the mix were clear decisions... adding separate hardware to sampled or spun audio offered more flexibility - and to develop this thing called hip-hop.
Nowadays kids can make the same music on websites or through a VST by clicking and dragging panels.
You won't be getting those subtle nuances of hardware or "passion" though.
For a while (some might argue it's over with) vaporwave and plunderphonics dominated a niche of electronic music.
Artists like Blank Banshee, Macintosh Plus and Negativland sampled commercials and smooth jazz... this aesthetic has identified with me; many other millenials, edgelords, sad-boys and generally anyone with a sense of humour.
Do you remember life without "connection"? Does it even matter?
How do you feel being marketted advertisements all day, everyday? On a shirt, on a hat on your phone... on the internet? A new frontier... like a wild-west. Coming to a closely regulated end, maybe soon.
You could argue the whole thing is a joke. But hear me out,
Can music be "ironic" or "funny" and not be outright comedic? ... does it need to be "serious" or "passionate" to be appreciated? Of course it can. The joke folded on itself.
Ever heard of Sportswave? or Seapunk?
Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman
Daft Punk - Face to Face
Clairo - Pretty Girl
This track was released last year. You can check it out on Spotify.
It sounds like it was recorded with a Casio in someone's room.