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Aug. 27th, 2012

10:05 am

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Since when does updating Flash player mean you automatically agree to installing Google toolbar and Chrome? And since when do things like that happen without a warning that that's what you're agreeing to? I'm not sure how I feel about that.

I went to a dance party on the weekend. It was at the Circus Hub and I was amazed at a) how big the place was with the equipment put away and b) how lovely it looked all done up rave-styles. Giant projections on the walls ftw. Unfortunately the opening dj was playing drum and bass, and the next guy started well but segued into babykilling psytrance way too fast and I couldn't get into a groove with it. That's the shortest time I've spent at a dance party ever. I think Illuminati has moved away from what I'm into, musically. I kept wishing for Will to materialise and start playing psybreaks.

I wouldn't take any criticism I make to heart right now anyway. I'm having trouble feeling anything and I don't know what's up with that. I'm also concerned because the last couple of times I've tried to get into an artificially altered state, it hasn't worked. Brain, what the fuck are you playing at?

So, um, yeah. Things are not quite right but I can't put my finger on what the problem is. *shrug* Not being able to think of things to say is part of it, apparently. Huh.

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From:kehleyr
Date:August 26th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I HATE when they have that automatic change of toolbar or your homepage changes... sighs!
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From:bekitty
Date:August 26th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
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They used to have a little ticky box thing that asked you whether you wanted to install Chrome and the toolbar, but it's quite easy to miss. I've found myself installing the damn things by mistake too.

There should be a law that says "no babykilling psytrance should be played before 1am".

I really enjoyed Ranty's set. Whatever genre he was playing, that's the stuff I like to dance to. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 26th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
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I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention, but I liked it too.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:August 27th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
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We may have to fly you over to Melbourne next time I'm doing a big gig.

Actually, Hedflux and Grouch are playing together in a few months....
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:August 27th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
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It is hella annoying when you update and find all kinds of crap tacked on.
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From:laoke
Date:August 27th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
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If it's any consolation at all, the D&B first set knocked me about a bit as well. I mean, I can dance to it but it's a bit too much like hard work.

Still, had fun catching up with people & it got me out of the house so yay! Dance party!
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From:helianthas
Date:August 27th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
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I have no idea the differences in electronic music beyond "I like this" and "I do not like this," although I can now successfully identify dubstep (do not like). My friend, a DJ, took me around from booth to booth at a BM decompression party one year and declared that I definitively like Breakbeats and Big Gay House and absolutely nothing else. Heheh. (I generally like music that makes me feel dancey and happy at the same time.) </p>

"Babykilling Psytrance" is a very helpful Descriptive, thank you. Hopefully I will be able to identify it when I hear it. Or at least be able to use the phrase "Wow, this sounds like babykilling Psytrance."

Can you tell me what the difference is between "psybreaks" and "breakbeats", if there is any?

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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
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Hehe - babykilling psytrance is a phrase coined by someone I know for that really fast-paced psy that has all those horrible machine-noises in it that seem designed to be disturbing.

Psybreaks has a similar thing going on as breakbeat (although to me if I listen close it still sounds like 4/4, just a bit messier - not like glitch), but has a more psy 'feel' to it, almost an organic sound reminiscent of running through a forest full of glowing mushrooms.

As you can tell I'm up with the tech language. With any luck Will, who's a psybreaks producer (among other things) will drop back in and explain it in more detail. But yeah, breaks-for-hippies is how I'd describe it.

Edited at 2012-08-27 03:43 am (UTC)
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From:Will Marshall
Date:August 27th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
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I replied but got marked as spam.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
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I have unspammed you. LJ does that to FB comments sometimes.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:August 27th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
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Breakbeat/breaks is derived from funk music. Originally it was based on the drum solos ("breaks") in classic funk tracks, which were looped and edited. Breaks tends to be quite heavy: big basslines, very funky/groovy drums (often using samples of real drummers), often hip-hop vocals. It's also commonly kind of scratchy and "low-fi", having a much stronger influence from "live" music than most other electronic music.

This is a pretty typical modern breaks track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsFf-z28xgk

Tech-funk is a subset of breakbeat that became popular in the last few years. It's still a form of breaks, but emphasizes production values and a "hi fidelity" approach. It tends to be more minimal, with cleaner and punchier sounds, and while it remains groovy that groove tends to be very carefully programmed and extremely precise. Tech-funk borrows a lot from techno and house: so instead of having a rock music verse/chorus/verse format it tends to have longer more progressive song structures.

Tech-funk is a pretty loose amalgamation of producers (people like Elite Force, Meat Katie and so on), so it's not so much a style as an attitude. Mainstream breaks is more like rock music or "party" music, whereas tech-funk is a form of breakbeat that tends to appeal more to people who A: really love electronic music, and B: take lots of drugs.

This is a fairly typical tech-funk track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP7NSo6y_M0

Psybreaks is more accurately psychedelic tech-funk. It's a fusion of psytrance and tech-funk: typically using drums and basslines that would be typical of tech-funk tracks, and leads/melodies that are derived from psytrance, but with a more organic, liquid and approachable sound.

Because of this, psybreaks tends to be a collection of very squelchy and abstract sounds, layered on top of an organic-sounding groove. It's at the "interesting" end of electronic music, but because it's built on top of solid and approachable beats it tends to still be accessible to people who aren't complete EDM geeks.

This is a relatively typical psybreaks track: http://soundcloud.com/hedflux/monk3ylogic-basseffex-hedflux

Does that help at all?
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From:Will Marshall
Date:August 27th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
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More typical psybreaks: http://soundcloud.com/badtango/bad-tango-cortex
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From:rivet
Date:August 27th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
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If you continue to feel this way, it might be worth having some bloodwork done. There are a number of things, like hypothyroid and vitamin D deficiency, that present as persistent malaise and brainfog. Learn from my mistakes: I didn't go to the doctor for months, and I could have felt a lot better a lot sooner.
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From:rivet
Date:August 27th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
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Great to hear! Does this mean less lurgy susceptiblity?
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:August 27th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
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Adobe and Antivir both keep bugging me to install bloody toolbars and you have to watch out for the the checkmark where it says "install bloody toolbar". With Adobe that's often even before the download. The checkmark is somewhere on the website and you get the bigger package when you forget to uncheck it. Bloody nuisance.

Sorry you're feeling kind of numb. Or not feeling at all. Is it working both ways? Positive and negative feelings? I sometimes wish feelings weren't so very close to me. These days I start crying for virtually nothing.

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From:tatjna
Date:August 27th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
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It mostly seems to be the fun stuff I'm missing out on. I'd say I was depressed, but normally for me depression goes with a loss of ability to sleep and eat, and atm I'm sleeping more than usual and having no trouble eating. So I'm a bit stumped.
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From:elven_ranger
Date:August 27th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
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LOts of things you download ask you to also download Google Chrome. Usually theres a way to disable that, and if not I uninstall Chrome again after. Do. not. want.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:August 27th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I noticed that when I installed Flash at work =/ I looked in vain for a way to make it stop installing Google toolbar, and there wasn't one, so I had to spend five minutes turning it off and telling that, yes, I really DID want to turn it off, and having it try to make me give feedback on why I was turning it off... AAARGH!
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