Careful, drinking this much coffee could start some Internet feuding. I know. Photo from the artist.

Careful, drinking this much coffee could start some Internet feuding. I know. Photo from the artist.

Enjoy it, because this will be about the only time something this weird racks up hundreds of thousands of SoundCloud plays.

Yes, it’s Toronto’s Joel Zimmerman, aka deadmau5, uploading this week to SoundCloud. 432 is an ode to 432 Hz, with horror movie-spooky sounds oozing over the top. “DAT KICK DOE” from earlier this year is a raunchy, thumping distorted loop. (Back story: this sonic horror is how deadmau5 trolls. Well, I’m all for sound as a way to settle feuds.)

This is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a return to the service after he deleted it – a major exodus, given he had 33 million plays when he shut it down. Now, the artist has his own streaming service: live.deadmau5.com allows him to control what content he releases and charging US$5 for webcasts, downloads, and lots of other stuff. It seems it could be a sign of things to come – better to charge every fan five bucks if you can rather than wait for five bucks to show up from the likes of Spotify, and much better to have control over how things are released.

Two, well … I really like this weird stuff, if only because we get to grab the popcorn, sit back, and watch as deadmau5 fans try to work out what the Hell is even happening. The account name continues to involve trolling – “f***mylife”. (Good to know that Mr. Zimmerman will be the always-negative antidote to the relentlessly sunny disposition Paris Hilton has brought to DJing, and the obsessive cheeriness of social media in general.)

But maybe the funniest bit about this is that deadmau5 can put his name on any bizarre bit of audio content and his fans are into it – and people imagined EDM fans wouldn’t get into experimental sounds. There are actually some nice odd bits on his subscription site, as well, even if a huge amount of the photo collection is devoted to … expensive cars. Yeah, f***yourlife, I guess.

Next, we’ll have to see whether artists with names this big stick to public streaming sites or build their own – for a deadmau5, building a unique streaming site seems as obvious as flying private jet instead of commercial. And — yes, so long as a generation of EDM fans become increasingly immune to really weird noises, maybe there’s hope that EDM will morph back into IDM, after all.

Electric Chinscratch Festival? Let’s make this happen, people.

  • Chris

    I quite liked 432, though I suddenly realised I had my headphones turned up far too loud… However, Dat Kick Doe, is dull. It’s repetition after Satie’s Vexations (the piano melody that should be continuously performed 840 times), but without any of the beauty that comes from the slow morphing introduced by accumulated human error. 4*s and 1* respectively 😉

    • butsrslydoe

      Annnnd… DAT KICK DOE was put up as a joke. There’s nothing about it worth attempting to prove your musical IQ.

      • Michael L

        I agree. He’s showing you can put up ANYTHING on Soundcloud & get followers.

        • thattoo

          d5 was also getting back at the hardstyle artist that copied the exact chord progression from one of his songs, by doing a supremely passable imitation of the basic hardstyle beat.

  • Chris

    I quite liked 432, though I suddenly realised I had my headphones turned up far too loud… However, Dat Kick Doe, is dull. It’s repetition after Satie’s Vexations (the piano melody that should be continuously performed 840 times), but without any of the beauty that comes from the slow morphing introduced by accumulated human error. 4*s and 1* respectively 😉

    • butsrslydoe

      Annnnd… DAT KICK DOE was put up as a joke. There’s nothing about it worth attempting to prove your musical IQ.

      • Michael L

        I agree. He’s showing you can put up ANYTHING on Soundcloud & get followers.

        • thattoo

          d5 was also getting back at the hardstyle artist that copied the exact chord progression from one of his songs, by doing a supremely passable imitation of the basic hardstyle beat.

  • Chris

    I quite liked 432, though I suddenly realised I had my headphones turned up far too loud… However, Dat Kick Doe, is dull. It’s repetition after Satie’s Vexations (the piano melody that should be continuously performed 840 times), but without any of the beauty that comes from the slow morphing introduced by accumulated human error. 4*s and 1* respectively 😉

    • butsrslydoe

      Annnnd… DAT KICK DOE was put up as a joke. There’s nothing about it worth attempting to prove your musical IQ.

      • Michael L

        I agree. He’s showing you can put up ANYTHING on Soundcloud & get followers.

        • thattoo

          d5 was also getting back at the hardstyle artist that copied the exact chord progression from one of his songs, by doing a supremely passable imitation of the basic hardstyle beat.

  • Deawdmaus5

    this is terrible….

  • Deawdmaus5

    this is terrible….

  • Deawdmaus5

    this is terrible….

  • jimlette

    Uh… Hmmm… Uh…

  • jimlette

    Uh… Hmmm… Uh…

  • jimlette

    Uh… Hmmm… Uh…

  • Hospital

    fuck deadmau5!

  • Hospital

    fuck deadmau5!

  • Hospital

    fuck deadmau5!

  • heinrichz

    don’t believe the hype !

  • heinrichz

    don’t believe the hype !

  • heinrichz

    don’t believe the hype !

  • jerfer

    The funny thing about posting galleries of expensive cars is how much it actually would make you feel FML on a deep level. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

  • jerfer

    The funny thing about posting galleries of expensive cars is how much it actually would make you feel FML on a deep level. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

  • jerfer

    The funny thing about posting galleries of expensive cars is how much it actually would make you feel FML on a deep level. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

  • fgvyti

    more pap and shit from the edm illuminatii conspirator

  • fgvyti

    more pap and shit from the edm illuminatii conspirator

  • fgvyti

    more pap and shit from the edm illuminatii conspirator

  • cooptrol

    at last! we music freaks have finally convinced the world to love glitches and weird sht…decades of struggle, and the bittersweet taste of victory…

  • cooptrol

    at last! we music freaks have finally convinced the world to love glitches and weird sht…decades of struggle, and the bittersweet taste of victory…

  • cooptrol

    at last! we music freaks have finally convinced the world to love glitches and weird sht…decades of struggle, and the bittersweet taste of victory…

  • Arioch

    sound like a good industrial/noize base ^^

  • Arioch

    sound like a good industrial/noize base ^^

  • Arioch

    sound like a good industrial/noize base ^^

  • Jeffrey

    Someone needs to remind him about limiters and how they kill the dynamics in a song.

  • Jeffrey

    Someone needs to remind him about limiters and how they kill the dynamics in a song.

  • Jeffrey

    Someone needs to remind him about limiters and how they kill the dynamics in a song.

  • trey

    who listens to this fucking shite!!!

  • trey

    who listens to this fucking shite!!!

  • trey

    who listens to this fucking shite!!!

  • John

    I am into music …..Any music/noise/event/performance which is honest and authentic….In my opinion this is not.

  • John

    I am into music …..Any music/noise/event/performance which is honest and authentic….In my opinion this is not.

  • John

    I am into music …..Any music/noise/event/performance which is honest and authentic….In my opinion this is not.

  • Jim Cesiro

    Dat Kick Doe reminds me of vintage 9 Inch Nails.

  • Jims5543

    Dat Kick Doe reminds me of vintage 9 Inch Nails.

  • Jims5543

    Dat Kick Doe reminds me of vintage 9 Inch Nails.

  • Way better than his usual dross. Really though, it’s down to personal taste. And if it allows his fans to accept more experimental forms, great! Just don’t expect me to wear mouse ears live.

  • Way better than his usual dross. Really though, it’s down to personal taste. And if it allows his fans to accept more experimental forms, great! Just don’t expect me to wear mouse ears live.

  • Way better than his usual dross. Really though, it’s down to personal taste. And if it allows his fans to accept more experimental forms, great! Just don’t expect me to wear mouse ears live.

  • Ned Bouhalassa

    Easily one of the most interesting, self-deprecating, stupid-money spender on stupidly-expensive cars, he is driven by a love of music first and foremost. Haters will be haters, but the music will survive beyond the hype. The man knows hooks and synths. As for the latest ‘experiments’, these sound more like experiments in pissing off/blowing the minds of some of his less sophisticated fans (!).

  • Ned Bouhalassa

    Easily one of the most interesting, self-deprecating, stupid-money spender on stupidly-expensive cars, he is driven by a love of music first and foremost. Haters will be haters, but the music will survive beyond the hype. The man knows hooks and synths. As for the latest ‘experiments’, these sound more like experiments in pissing off/blowing the minds of some of his less sophisticated fans (!).

  • Ned Bouhalassa

    Easily one of the most interesting, self-deprecating, stupid-money spender on stupidly-expensive cars, he is driven by a love of music first and foremost. Haters will be haters, but the music will survive beyond the hype. The man knows hooks and synths. As for the latest ‘experiments’, these sound more like experiments in pissing off/blowing the minds of some of his less sophisticated fans (!).

  • disqus_kRU53IjGpT

    I think edm is tied with digital noise (Hecker, Gabor Lazar, etc) for the most interesting sounds, I just can’t take the way the tracks are put together. I’d rather dance to (or dj) beyond-the-grave-extreme-retro techno/house because it’s more fun to dance to something that doesn’t work like a traffic light. And even in those styles it’s a little too much about control…

  • disqus_kRU53IjGpT

    I think edm is tied with digital noise (Hecker, Gabor Lazar, etc) for the most interesting sounds, I just can’t take the way the tracks are put together. I’d rather dance to (or dj) beyond-the-grave-extreme-retro techno/house because it’s more fun to dance to something that doesn’t work like a traffic light. And even in those styles it’s a little too much about control…

  • disqus_kRU53IjGpT

    I think edm is tied with digital noise (Hecker, Gabor Lazar, etc) for the most interesting sounds, I just can’t take the way the tracks are put together. I’d rather dance to (or dj) beyond-the-grave-extreme-retro techno/house because it’s more fun to dance to something that doesn’t work like a traffic light. And even in those styles it’s a little too much about control…