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September 14, 2012 | By August Brown
Say you're a young electronic music fan, whose entry point into the genre was a David Guetta pop production or Skrillex's face-shearing bass drop festivals. Say you get your hands on “ Electrospective, ” a new compilation of electronic music culled from the vaults of EMI that spans the genre's 50-year history, and cue its first track -- the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's original theme to “Doctor Who.” You might say, “Good Lord, what is this?” And that reaction would be the point of “Electrospective.” “There's an entire generation whose access point to electronic music is Skrillex, and they need to know the contributors that got us here,” said Jason Bentley, the music director at KCRW-FM (89.9)
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March 6, 2014 | By August Brown
The Grammys are conflicted about electronic dance music, and Beatport sees an opening. In 2012, the Recording Academy nominated dubstep producer Skrillex for new artist, but its Grammy "Tribute to EDM" was a strange melange of DJs performing mash-ups with rap and rock stars. In 2013, the academy was roundly mocked after a dance recording nomination went to Al Walser, a keytar-toting unknown (the Grammys later tweaked rules to prevent such flukes). Dance music legends Daft Punk won album of the year in 2014, but for an album that sounds more like classic disco than today's EDM. Pop Bites: Lea Michele, Robin Thicke and more In contrast, Beatport - the pacesetting EDM download site for DJs and dance-music fans - will announce the winners of its sixth annual Beatport Awards on Friday.
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November 10, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The abiding problem with seeing electronic music live is that what you're hearing often has no relationship to what's happening onstage. Whether it's a DJ cross-fading or a dubstepper banging on a sampler pad, a guy behind a laptop could be doing almost anything — perhaps just hitting the spacebar. The German electronic dance trio Brandt Brauer Frick pulled the curtain back in the video for its well-received single "Bop. " Over its nine minutes, the experimental electronic group takes the stage on a cheeky fake-TV show, "Minimal Parade," and methodically shows you how it's done.
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February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
He's best known as a founding member of Devo, the plastic-domed new-wave band that gave the world "Whip It. " But musician Mark Mothersbaugh has flourished in a different guise in recent years: composing for film, television and video games, including the poppy and propulsive soundtrack for new animated hit "The Lego Movie" In other words, everything's, well, awesome? "I'm definitely a visually inspired guy," Mothersbaugh said on the phone from his studio in West Hollywood when asked about the movie.
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January 10, 2010 | By Reed Johnson
On a Pacific Ocean-cooled Sunday night last October, a crowd of 25,000 people thronged the streets outside the Tijuana Cultural Center to witness a startling musical experiment. Packed two- and three-deep on the outdoor stage near the Avenue of Heroes, several members of the Baja California Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Ivan del Prado, conjured lush melodies more suited to a concert hall than a gritty urban thoroughfare. Overhead, a jumbo screen flashed Pop Art graphics ("BANG!"
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March 8, 2013
L.A. electronic musicians have already colonized the northeast L.A. neighborhoods of Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington and Eagle Rock (home to Low End Theory, Stone's Throw and 100% Silk Records, respectively). Now that vibrant scene is sinking its samplers into the badlands of Glendale, with Saturday's opening of the new nightclub Complex. What : In its previous life as the Scene or LaBrie's - well-intentioned efforts to broaden the city's indie-rock venue coterie - the space never quite became appointment viewing.
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May 24, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The last time local government took a close interest in electronic dance music around downtown L.A., the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission banned raves at the facility after a teenage girl's drug death at Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010. The ban was eventually lifted, yet the incident was a dark cloud over dance music's future on public property in the heart of L.A. But that tune will soon change. Starting Sunday, a new monthly series produced by the owners of the Fashion District's Pattern Bar will bring sophisticated underground dance artists to Grand Park, one of the city's most significant and idyllic new public spaces.
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November 8, 2012 | By August Brown
Coachella is taking its show on a boat this year , but it's not the only major music festival testing new waters. Sonar, the long-running Spanish music fest in Barcelona known for ambitious multimedia design work and electronica acts, is taking an abbreviated version of the festival on a full North American tour. Although organizers have done one-off installments and recurring editions in cities including São Paulo, Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa, this season's jaunt, which stops in L.A. at the Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday, is a telling experiment in how a name-brand music festival can reach audiences far from its own shores.
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October 3, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
In one of Steve Martin's old routines, the comedian boasted that " you can be a millionaire and never pay taxes." The punch line? "First, get a million dollars. Now. . . ." A similar answer used to be the only recourse for aspiring electronic music wizards who ached to get their hands on lots of expensive, sophisticated synthesizers: "First, get $100,000. Now. . . ."
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July 3, 1991 | JOHN HENKEN
The really radical challenge of electronic music is its concentrated focus on purely aural events. No theater of performance distractions here, no interpretive charisma or ego. Monday at the Santa Monica Public Library, computer composer Michael Robinson darkened the stage and auditorium, to "encourage an atmosphere of fantasy."
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February 4, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It was DJ Miguel Garcia's first time at last month's National Assn. of Music Merchants' big trade show in Anaheim, but he was in his element, hunched over an expensive DJ rig while spinning his own dance music. "These are probably the best you can get," said the 18-year-old house music performer, who goes by the stage name MikeeyKrook, admiring the Pioneer DJ digital decks and mixers while pumping out his song "Pyramid. " Although the annual NAMM Show is widely known as the place to check out new guitars and amps, manufacturers, retailers and musicians can hear the crescendo of business in a different venue: DJs making electronic dance music, or EDM. Once relegated to raves in warehouses, the electronic music culture has produced international superstars such as Skrillex and Tiesto and has expanded to events such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo Festival, which have put DJs in front of the glow stick masses.
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December 6, 2013 | By James C. Taylor
LONDON - "Abandon all hope ye who enter here. " The quote from Dante, scrawled as graffiti on a New York wall, opens Bret Easton Ellis' incendiary 1991 novel, "American Psycho. " The famous phrase is ostensibly about entering the gates of hell, but it could apply equally to the long, exhausting process of creating a major new musical. Ellis' use of Dante is not lost on the ambitious team behind "American Psycho," the new stage musical based on the novel - the phrase also appears on large video projections over London's Almeida Theatre stage.
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November 4, 2013 | By August Brown
The voice coming out of the tent wasn't exactly modest.  “They called me the granddaddy of EDM. Then they called me a 73-year-old EDM bad ass,” it said, with a vocodered robot tang. “My name is Giovanni Giorgio. But I like to be called Giorgio.” Giorgio, of course, being Moroder, the founding father of electronic dance music whose Sunday night set at the Hard Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park north of downtown was a rare moment of age and experience before youth and beauty at the annual fall rave.
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October 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
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September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
So there's one pretty big show of goth-tinged electronica happening Saturday night at Staples Center. But a second, and arguably more evil, bill is on tap at Complex in Glendale that same night. Actress and Evian Christ are two of the most inventive acts in experimental electronica right now. They don't share much genre-wise. Actress' fragmented noise suites are nominally rooted in minimal dance music, while Evian Christ's foggy, jittery samples come from hip-hop. But while they've planted flags on the fringes of their genres, they're pleasing high-profile ears.
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September 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Warner Music Group Corp. has tapped Bart Cools to lead its electronic dance music strategy as it pushes to take advantage of the growing EDM genre. Cools, a key architect of EDM star David Guetta's dramatic rise, will hold the newly created position of executive vice president for global A&R and marketing for dance music at Warner Recorded Music.  Cools, who will report to Atlantic Records Chairman and Chief Executive Craig Kallman, came to Warner when the record company closed its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group  from Universal Music Group in July.
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June 28, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Surrounded by swirling, half-naked bodies and engulfed by waves of digital drum and bass, Latifa Hussan, 21, and her boyfriend, Cruz Rios, 22, were explaining what had made them drive down from Fresno at 6 a.m. for the Electric Daisy Carnival. It wasn't just the all-star lineup of DJs such as will.i.am, Kaskade and Deadmau5, or the Mardi Gras atmosphere at the electronic music festival, purportedly North America's largest, which drew 185,000 people to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park on Friday and Saturday.
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June 20, 1986 | TERRY ATKINSON
While developments in electronic technology have turned a lot of us into worse couch potatoes than ever, there's another side. People who thought the most involved they'd ever get with music was punching their CD player's remote control are finding that they can make music. And not just "Chopsticks" plunked on the piano.
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June 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
SFX Entertainment Inc., the electronic dance music promoter founded by Robert F.X. Sillerman, on Tuesday filed for an initial public offering to raise up to $175 million.  The New York company represents festivals and events including Tomorrowland, Sensation and Mysteryland.  In another sign of the growing business of electronic dance music , or EDM, the company plans to use the money raised in the IPO for acquiring companies and expanding...
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June 6, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
One of the blessings of listening to music for a living is the bounty of unexpected sounds that arrives from around the world, seemingly out of nowhere, on a daily basis. Yes, the inbox is filled with download links, .zip files and streams -- more than any human can possibly experience. But an object received in the mailbox still has more weight. For example, to hold in one's hand the rhythmic heaviness of "Daora: Underground Sounds of Urban Brasil," a forthcoming double-disc collection of "hip-hop, beats, afro & dub" being issued by Mais Um Discos, is to know that something substantial is within.
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