Peng Sound V.S. Tape-Echo at Take 5 Cafe & Ossia Mixtape
The magic format, the 10" acetate dubplate has played an integral part in shaping the bass music scene. the humble disc with 2 holes in it represents a lot more than just the music cut into its surface, it tells of 50 years of sound clashes, the birth of the remix, grand tales of one-upmanship, countless rewinds but perhaps most importantly, a code of ethics that remains absolutely relevant to this day. Software has enabled almost anyone to create music on their home computer for free, (If torrents are your thing) a decade ago, the cost of hardware put making dance music well out of reach of most people. The results speak for themselves…I was reminded of this the other week when i received a couple of tracks from a 15 year old producer that totally blew my mind, 'oh its just a couple of beats that i knocked up in Reason' he told me... The internet and digital Dj'ing software has made the distribution and playing of music easier than ever before but at a price that we have yet to fully pay. The web has devalued music as a whole, the independent labels that make up our delicate scene suffer greatly from the loss of profit that illegal downloads deprive them of and perhaps even more damaging is the fact that technology has made people impatient, attention spans have been eroded down to 140 character tweets and the concept of actually having to wait to own a piece of music is almost a distant memory…the speed at which it is now possible to (digitally) release music is silly, everyone making noise in in an effort to be heard above the next man has led to a chronic haemorrhage of free tracks…As a producer, the act of giving away your work places it at the same level as the free newspapers that line the floors of public transport nationwide, if it was given away free it can't be that important kind of mentality which does even more damage in the long run as people come to expect more and more music for free in this mess of a throwaway society. This is where vinyl and dubplates really come into their own. They are one of the best forms of quality control, and for a producer, they are a great tool for refining your sound, while an error in a track you make will cost a few quid for a re-cut it will ensure you don't make the same mistake again, your music will be cut by a technician with years of experience who will get your track sounding the best it possibly can…not mashed into the logic limiter and burnt through itunes. the slightly prohibitive price of cutting also ensures that most will only be able to cut their finest work therefore curating and tailoring their output…Buying vinyl also forces you as a Dj, to carefully consider the music you play and where it fits in with your sound and vibe…The traktor mentality of having GB's of music available is bent mate…The ability for everyone to have everything leaves a great many sounding the same. The web has wounded the art of crate digging, but not fatally, there are few greater pleasures than hunting around and finding a long forgotten gem that has yet to be ripped and upped by the rapidshare gang.