August 28, 2004

Clap happy

Yeah, that is in fact pretty much what I meant. Drip * Drop * Clap -- sorry, Drap -- nicely expands on the sonics and signification of the techno handclap. Among one of his several cogent observations: "It's also a nod to crowd-music synergy in dance music; the music reacts to the dancefloor, so sounds made on the dancefloor should be used in the music."

That reminds me of something Thomas Brinkmann once told me regarding the shouts in the Soul Center records. "Starting with the scream of J.B. [James Brown] on W.v.B. 2," he wrote, "I realized a reaction on the dancefloor. The people who are usually shouting and screaming got this from the speaker (Uups!). At this point there had been two possibilities : The party came down or the people start to scream as well. Expression or impression..."

Posted by philip at August 28, 2004 11:55 AM

This is great. I haven't used a "snare" sound in years, it's all about this. I've been thinking a "handclap" theme set is due for Community Library: I've traced synthetic handclaps into such unlikely music as King Crimson ("one more red nightmare" from 'red' LP)and a few other rock records of the 70ies... Brokenwindow and I were thinking that a themed set @ our monthly could be all about that amazing, but more taboo noise, the "orchestra hit" (cf. "owner of a lonely heart") and of course, what could better accompany an "orch hit" set than an "early synth claps" set?

Posted by: Strata G at August 30, 2004 03:05 PM

Currently, the fuzzy blunted clap is a fav in our house.
See: people like Robag and Wighnomy, gotta love those names.

Posted by: Adesh at September 2, 2004 10:23 AM
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