Squarepusher has taken over the music page of the Guardian, and the results bring joy and smiles to children and the young at heart. Just how great is it when Squarepusher is in charge?

Music singles are complete and utter fluff, and he’s not afraid to say so, picking them apart one at a time like an angry, deconstructionist Casey Kasem.

Noise and Italian Futurists get their due. Fluxus is the sort of cinema that accompanies your popcorn.

A gentleman drops by to talk about aesthetic theory, and … uh, something about how great Steve Reich is. Got a little lost on that one, in fact (not that I don’t love aesthetic theory and Mr. Reich).

Squarepusher (and Alex Thomas) demonstrate what music can sound like if you’re a musician. (Note: no fancy delays necessary to make it sound like they’ve got rhythm. Quite unlike when I’m playing, in fact. Well, not that I’m much good with Drum and Bass anyway. That’s real Drum and Bass, you see.)

And best of all, he provides commentary for the above video.

"Sometimes I cave right in." As he walked along the edge of the field, the earth seemed to splinter at each step. A glance along the cold hedgerow hurt his eye. Everything he looked at sent dread through his viscera, none the less sharp for all of its familiarity. Stones underfoot seemed to chatter and sneer, the Luton-grey sky was an idiotic, mocking expanse. He paused at the brook, cold dirty glass. Dull pain accompanied a frame of memory; he had bathed his feet here as a boy. Nearly losing his balance, he said, out loud as if to silence the roaring dead air of the November morning: "That water is too shallow to drown myself in."

The Luton-grey sky was an idiotic, mocking expanse, indeed.

It feels good to hate that video.


Thanks, wesen and Resident Advisor, via Twitter.

  • Doug

    I really enjoyed the articles, and it gave a really interesting edge (Stewart Home, In pictures and indeed the singles reviews) – it's a pity some of them were a little watered down, in particular Paul Hegarty – Check the original article for Organised Sound (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=OSO), or just buy the book, and Paul Crowther – again, buy the book.

    The other problem is that it's a publicity stunt to get more people to buy his new album, which I hate to say, is more than a little bit crap. Please don't waste your money on it, buy one of the others instead, any of them, just not 'Just a Souvenir' (my personal favourite is the Chaos AD Buzz Caner album).

  • Well, in fairness, that's what musical artists traditionally do — make albums, then do publicity stunts to get you to buy them. 😉 That is really disappointing that the album's not so great, though.

    Yeah, I get the sense that Paul Crowther's thoughts were a bit too broad to compress to that short space. (Paul's ideas as a Twitter post: "Wow, I really like Different Trains.")

    So, lesson: read the original story, buy the book, listen to the old albums.

  • great stuff, enjoyed it all. especially the piece on noise.

  • It was fun to read the single reviews and I even enjoyed the little drum/bass polyrhythm jam (it wasn't really a song). It's nice to see Squarepusher sharing a little more but I don't begrudge him his privacy.

    Regarding Chaos AD and Just A Souvenir, it's hard to imagine two more different albums in the Squarepusher catalog. Just A Souvenir is FUN and hyper-melodic while Buzz Caner is bedroom-tweak-acid. Not my personal cup of tea but I think we can see the difference in musical tastes.

    Now the Psultan 12" with the Squarepusher remix… maybe we have come to a compromise.

  • I should have said, "sorry to hear the album *may* not be so great."

    I'm going to go listen to it and decide for myself. 😉

  • Buzz Caner's still a favorite.

  • poopoo

    Doug is right, I listened for myself and the new album is a dud.

  • chris

    Glad to see the futurists getting a nod. I've always thought of reaktor as a virtual intonarumori builder. You should check out the futurist manifesto of music, and art of noise, found them online here: http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/. I'm not sure these are accurate, I remember reading them in art school – they're interesting.

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  • I like _Just a Souvenir_. Vocoder punk rock on "A Real Woman?" It's hilarious.

    Also, check out the Fluxus Performance Workbook: http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/fluxusworkbook.pdf

  • teej

    re: Souvenir. i actually like a bunch of it. the bass acrobatics speak for themselves. i could do with out the goofy stuff. but some of the other louder fuzzy pieces had some redeeming Soft Machine or Tony Williams esque qualities to them. i'm a bass nerd and could just listen to him play dry all damn day.

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