I managed to get my mitts on a pre-release leak of Pendulum’s newest album, Immersion (iTunes link). I’m about to launch into a track-by-track review, peppered with food analogies — if you’re feeling hungry, I suggest you make a sandwich now.
Before I begin though, I’ll disclaim: this album is going to be disappointing to a lot of fans. It’s going to take a pretty broad mind to get a lot out of it, and if you’re after more of Hold Your Colour (iTunes) or In Silico (iTunes again) I suggest you listen to a few tracks first and get a feel for it before purchasing.
This is not what you’re expecting. It’s experimental. @ruzkin described it to me as “reminiscent of early BT”. It crosses a lot of genre boundaries and tries to cover a lot of ground. In my opinion, the album is fundamentally compositionally flawed; the wrong tracks in the wrong place, and some that should have been left off the album altogether. It is by no means perfect.
I found a lot to love in it; I’m a fan of electronic music in general, so I’m not wedded to the concept of Pendulum as a drum’n’bass act. I wager that at least 70% of their former fans won’t feel the same way.
The photos below show you where I was for New Years Eve — Sensation White! A dance/trance event of about 40,000 people held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
It was an awesome event. A personal highlight for me was getting a thumbs-up returned by Richard Durand (whose music, if you’re into dance/trance, is brilliant!)
The central stage was enormous and featured water fountains, flamethrowers, fireworks, lasers and dancers in an underwater theme (huge white jellyfish suspended from the roof completed the motif).
Only downside was the presence of a few unsavories who wanted to harass or intimidate others — cripes people, it’s a rave! Peace, Love, Understanding, Respect!
Thanks to my Canberra boys Jonesy, Pedro, Robbie, @klepas, Delbs, Will, Geoff, Truckie, Alex and Sean for a great night; thanks too to Melbournite amigo Elex!
Happy New Year everyone — hope 2010 is fantastic to you. (Yes the post is late, shush.)
EDIT: Cripes, forgot to mention Rohan! THANKSTOYOUTOOROHAN! :D
The first round of the Pang! DJ Comp at Lot33 was — to put it bluntly — awesome.
Many of Canberra’s best and brightest upcoming DJs were out in force. The competition organisers left the field pretty open, asking for trance, progressive, electro, breaks, dubstep, techno, tech house or minimal — and I doubt they were disappointed; entrants gave us a pretty full sampling of the world of electronic music.
Entrants were given a half hour to wow the crowd, using their own equipment or the provided CDJ1000s, DJM800 and two Technics 1200 vinyl turntables.
Sadly, I must confess, I got to the event a little late. A miscommunication with a friend (oops) landed me at the event a full hour after it started, so I missed some of the earlier acts. The crowd was initially pretty sparse — sort of to be expected, in Canberra — which left the earlier DJs down on their luck for the ‘crowd reaction’ criteria of the competition. Hopefully the judges took it into consideration!
Not once was I disappointed by what I was hearing. It’s a dirty cliché, but the standard of competition really was high.