Category:Electronic music groups from California
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1. Electronic music – In general, a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, purely electronic sound production can be achieved using devices such as the theremin, sound synthesizer, and computer. During the 1920s and 1930s, electronic instruments were introduced and the first compositions for instruments were composed. Musique concrète, created in Paris in 1948, was based on editing together recorded fragments of natural and industrial sounds, Music produced solely from electronic generators was first produced in Germany in 1953. Electronic music was created in Japan and the United States beginning in the 1950s. An important new development was the advent of computers for the purpose of composing music, algorithmic composition was first demonstrated in Australia in 1951. In America and Europe, live electronics were pioneered in the early 1960s, during the 1970s to early 1980s, the monophonic Minimoog became once the most widely used synthesizer at that time in both popular and electronic art music. In the 1980s, electronic music became dominant in popular music, with a greater reliance on synthesizers, and the adoption of programmable drum machines. Electronically produced music became prevalent in the domain by the 1990s. Contemporary electronic music includes many varieties and ranges from art music to popular forms such as electronic dance music. Today, pop music is most recognizable in its 4/4 form. At the turn of the 20th century, experimentation with emerging electronics led to the first electronic musical instruments and these initial inventions were not sold, but were instead used in demonstrations and public performances. The audiences were presented with reproductions of existing music instead of new compositions for the instruments, while some were considered novelties and produced simple tones, the Telharmonium accurately synthesized the sound of orchestral instruments. It achieved viable public interest and made progress into streaming music through telephone networks. Critics of musical conventions at the time saw promise in these developments, ferruccio Busoni encouraged the composition of microtonal music allowed for by electronic instruments. He predicted the use of machines in future music, writing the influential Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music, futurists such as Francesco Balilla Pratella and Luigi Russolo began composing music with acoustic noise to evoke the sound of machinery. They predicted expansions in timbre allowed for by electronics in the influential manifesto The Art of Noises, developments of the vacuum tube led to electronic instruments that were smaller, amplified, and more practical for performance. In particular, the theremin, ondes Martenot and trautonium were commercially produced by the early 1930s, from the late 1920s, the increased practicality of electronic instruments influenced composers such as Joseph Schillinger to adopt them
2. California – California is the most populous state in the United States and the third most extensive by area. Located on the western coast of the U. S, California is bordered by the other U. S. states of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona and shares an international border with the Mexican state of Baja California. Los Angeles is Californias most populous city, and the second largest after New York City. The Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nations second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, California also has the nations most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The Central Valley, an agricultural area, dominates the states center. What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish Empire then claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its war for independence. The western portion of Alta California then was organized as the State of California, the California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom. If it were a country, California would be the 6th largest economy in the world, fifty-eight percent of the states economy is centered on finance, government, real estate services, technology, and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5 percent of the states economy, the story of Calafia is recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián, written as a sequel to Amadis de Gaula by Spanish adventure writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The kingdom of Queen Calafia, according to Montalvo, was said to be a land inhabited by griffins and other strange beasts. This conventional wisdom that California was an island, with maps drawn to reflect this belief, shortened forms of the states name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000. The Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups also were diverse in their organization with bands, tribes, villages. Trade, intermarriage and military alliances fostered many social and economic relationships among the diverse groups, the first European effort to explore the coast as far north as the Russian River was a Spanish sailing expedition, led by Portuguese captain Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, in 1542. Some 37 years later English explorer Francis Drake also explored and claimed a portion of the California coast in 1579. Spanish traders made unintended visits with the Manila galleons on their trips from the Philippines beginning in 1565
3. Atoms for Peace (band) – Yorke formed the band in 2009 to perform songs from his debut solo album, The Eraser. They released an album of material, Amok, on February 25,2013. In 2006, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke released his first solo album, The Eraser and he said, It’s like opening a big Pandoras Box, and I don’t know what direction it’s going to go in. We’ve got these bonkers rhythms made by machines, and musicians who can keep up with them – no problem –, the band went unnamed for early performances, listed as Thom Yorke or. In February 2010, they announced an American tour and a name, the band shares the name with a 1953 speech by American President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a song from The Eraser. After the tour ended in 2010, Atoms for Peace spent three days jamming and recording material in Los Angeles. The album was followed by a tour of Europe, the US, answering a fan question on Reddit in 2013, Yorke wrote that determining whether new songs were for Radiohead or Atoms for Peace was a grey area. Obviously depends on who is being sampled
4. Heavyweight Dub Champion – Heavyweight Dub Champion is a music and art collective founded in Gold Hill, Colorado in 1997 by Resurrector & Patch. Heavyweight Dub Champion, also known as HDC, is rooted in electronic music, in 2005, they relocated to San Francisco, but the members of their constantly rotating lineup also come from New York, Australia and the UK. HDC is perhaps best known for their performance, in which they use a massive amount of vintage. The LA Weekly says, The main HDC aesthetic is a cooled-out groove and their genius is the great virtue of ’70s dub, never overdoing it. The band lineup of Heavyweight Dub Champion, for studio albums and live performance, is an ever changing organic unit. The only person involved in every aspect is co-founder Resurrector. Both Studio albums are produced by Resurrector and Patch, the debut album, Survival Guide For The End of Time, incorporates contributions from a vast array of artists, including A. P. O. S. T. L. E. Stero-Lion, Wailer B, Elon, Emcee Vill, J Criminology, Totter Todd, Jack Ruby Jr. DJ Hot Daddi 36-O, and others. In addition to performance, HDC often collaborates live with visual artists such as Unstoppable One, Jher 451, King Mob. “We have all kinds of artists on our album and it doesn’t matter if they’re white, black, Australian, or whatever – everyone’s tied together by the spiritual message. While in Gold Hill, They hunkered down in a sonic laboratory – a log cabin equipped with an outhouse and no running water –, Resurrector described their roots, In Gold Hill, we were so close to the natural course of existence. Our band is based on relationships, and it really helped to create the rhythm of our music. ”Today Heavyweight Dub Champion is known for using a large amount of analog and digital gear on stage, similar to the Chemical Brothers. As Resurrector puts it in a 2007 interview, At first there were no electronic instruments involved and we werent very interested in electronic music in those days. Using this old 4-track we started making all these beats with the focus on rocking and shaking interdimensional spirit beings. A focus of the Heavyweight Dub Champion experience, as described by lead vocalist A. P. O. S. T. L. E. Who joined the group in 1998, is trying to present a new paradigm of how people view spirituality, were trying to evoke a spiritual experience. The album was recorded and mixed in Colorado and Los Angeles, the albums manifesto has chapters which follow the story, or the album could be seen as the soundtrack to the book. Israel, in addition to the familiar cast of A. P. O. S. T. L. E. the project was mixed by Bill Laswells veteran engineer Oz Fritz and is mastered by industry favorite Brian Gardner
5. Death Grips – Death Grips is an experimental hip hop group from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of rapper/vocalist Stefan Burnett, drummer/producer/songwriter Zach Hill, the band has featured guitarist Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos on their albums Fashion Week, Jenny Death and Bottomless Pit. Their musical style draws on hip hop, punk, electronic, noise, in 2015, The Skinny called them the first truly important band of the twenty-first century. The group released the mixtape Exmilitary in April 2011 and their debut album The Money Store the following year. Shortly after signing to Epic Records in 2012, the group leaked their second album No Love Deep Web for free download in breach of their contract and were dropped from the label. They released their third album Government Plates in 2013, following several broken performance commitments, the group announced their disbanding in July 2014 along with the release of their fourth album The Powers That B. However, in March 2015 the group revealed that they make some more music. Later that year, they announced their official studio album titled Bottomless Pit. Death Grips was formed in Sacramento, California on December 21,2010, by Zach Hill, Andy Morin, on the first day of their formation they recorded their first song, Full Moon. It was released on March 8,2011 together with a video, on April 25,2011, Death Grips released a free mixtape entitled Exmilitary, containing several tracks from the EP along with new cuts. Throughout the spring and early summer in 2011, Death Grips played small live shows while Exmilitary was spreading throughout the Internet. It received several favorable ratings from critics, with NBCNewYork. com calling it an intense. During this time the members were largely elusive, the only known member being Hill. The first album, The Money Store, was released on April 21,2012 while the songs Blackjack, Get Got, Music videos have been released for all three, as well as the track Lost Boys alone with no video accompaniment. They spent the four months recording their next album, No Love Deep Web. A video for track was released on October 17 featuring animation from Galen Pehrson. This project was created for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, on October 1, the band self-released their sophomore effort via a website which they linked to from Twitter and Soundcloud, and various filesharing services including BitTorrent. This was apparently an effort to bypass the fact that their label was unwilling to release the album until 2013
6. LMFAO – LMFAO was an American electronic dance music duo which consists of uncle and nephew Redfoo and SkyBlu. LMFAO started building a local buzz through its shows and radio play, in 2010, they were featured on David Guettas smash hit Gettin Over You, which charted all over Europe and the U. S. including reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart. Following the songs release, LMFAO officially announced that they have gone on hiatus, LMFAO began their career in 2006 as part of the electro house club scene in Los Angeles, which at the time featured DJ/producers like Steve Aoki and Adam Goldstein. The duo started building a local buzz through its shows and radio play. Once it had recorded demos, Redfoos best friend will. i. am introduced them to Interscope head Jimmy Iovine who gave the green light for them to be signed to Interscope/will. i. am Music. LMFAO released Party Rock EP on the music store on July 1,2008. The album charted at number 33 on the Billboard 200 and number two on the U. S, Los Angeles Times described Party Rock as 14 virtually interchangeable odes to night life. Its first single was Im in Miami Bitch, which was released in December 2008, the bootleg was spread across the internet and became a massive success at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2009. Weeks later the song became the song for the E. television show Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami. LMFAO were a featured storyline on MTVs The Real World, Cancun in August 2009 and that same year, LMFAO was featured in The Crystal Methods song Sine Language. It also peaked at number 31 on the U. S, Hot 100 and at number 12 in Canada. In March 2011, LMFAO released their music video Party Rock Anthem featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. The duo then recorded their album, Sorry for Party Rocking late in 2010 and released it on June 17,2011. The first single taken from the album, Party Rock Anthem, was released on January 25,2011 and it features British singer Lauren Bennett formerly of the girl pop group Paradiso Girls and producer GoonRock, and showcases the Melbourne Shuffle dance style in its popular video. The song is so far the most successful of their career, peaking at one in the United States, Canada, the UK. The second single from Sorry for Party Rocking, Champagne Showers, was released on May 27,2011 and features English singer-songwriter Natalia Kills. The third single, Sexy and I Know It, was released on October 3,2011 and reached number one on the charts worldwide. Also in 2011, LMFAO embarked on their first Asian tour and they performed in Singapore, Manila, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur, among other cities
7. Capital Cities (band) – Capital Cities is an American pop duo from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2010 by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. Their debut EP was released on June 7,2011, with lead single Safe, the band currently consists of Ryan Merchant, Sebu Simonian, Manny Quintero on bass guitar, Spencer Ludwig on trumpet, Nick Merwin on guitar and Channing Holmes on drums. A subsequent single, Kangaroo Court, was released on May 1,2012, the band was featured on the Pop Up #1 compilation selected by Perez Hilton that was released on August 7,2012. The bands song Safe and Sound charted at #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart, the song was also used in a German Vodafone commercial. It was also used in the United States and Canada in a commercial for the 2014 Mazda 3. The song Center Stage was featured on ESPNs First Take where they played a short segment of the retro sounding track before going to commercial breaks. The bands debut album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, was released June 4,2013 via Capitol Records in partnership with Lazy Hooks and it was the first release of new material on Capitol with a Universal Music Group catalog number. The album debuted at number sixty-six on the Billboard 200 chart, Merchant met Simonian on Craigslist after he responded to the others open ad offering his production services. They soon fell into jingle-writing together, and after a three years composing music for commercials and advertising campaigns, the duo formed Capital Cities. The band released its debut, self-titled EP in June 2011 via their label, in 2012, the band signed with Capitol Records. In partnership with Lazy Hooks, the label released In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, the album takes its name from the lyrics of its top 10 Modern Rock radio hit Safe and Sound, which is the albums first single. The song has been heard in campaigns for HBO, Smart Car, Microsoft, Mazda. The album also includes the songs Kangaroo Court and I Sold My Bed, outkasts André3000, vocalist Shemika Secrest and NPRs Frank Tavares are featured on the song Farrah Fawcett Hair. The album is produced and mixed entirely by the pair of Merchant, the artwork is by Brazilian artist João Lauro Fonte. The band embarked on its first-ever North American outing, the Dancing with Strangers tour, with special guests Gold Fields, Capital Cities May 9 show at New York Citys Irving Plaza sold out two months in advance as well two nights at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. All proceeds from the June 7 show at the El Rey went to MusiCares, the band has also appeared and performed at Sundance, SXSW, SweetLife, and ULTRA. The band premiered the video of Safe and Sound on April 25,2013 on VEVO. The clip was directed by Grady Hall, in the video, the song fuels a mash-up of the past 100 years of dance, presided over by the band at the newly restored Los Angeles Theater in downtown Los Angeles
8. The Crystal Method – The Crystal Method is an American electronic music and keyboardist duo formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland in the early 1990s. Like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy and others, are pioneers of the big beat genre, the Crystal Methods music has appeared in numerous TV shows, films, video games, and advertisements. Their album Vegas, was certified platinum in 2007, the Crystal Method is made up of two members, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. Ken taught Scott how to DJ, and when Ken moved to L. A. to work for a producer, Scott followed Ken out to L. A. and they formed The Crystal Method in 1993. By the early 90s, both Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland had moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Ken and Scott bought a house together, in La Crescenta, Glendale, California, which had a small underground shelter beneath the front lawn. Originally intending to turn the shelter into a studio, it proved to be an unrealistic idea and they subsequently named their studio The Bomb Shelter. They were interviewed on the front lawn of the house in the documentary Better Living Through Circuitry, after The Bomb Shelter was built, a tape of The Crystal Methods music found its way to a British DJ named Justin King. King was interested in starting a label that would showcase American electronic dance acts. King teamed up with a Scot named Steve Melrose to form the record label City of Angels, the first official release from the City of Angels label was The Crystal Methods Now is the Time. The Crystal Method were signed to Outpost Recordings in 1996, after the band signed with Outpost, they began working on their debut album. The groups second single on City of Angels was Keep Hope Alive and their next release was on the Mortal Kombat, More Kombat soundtrack, Come2gether. On September 8,1997, The Crystal Method released their best-selling album, Vegas peaked at number 92 on the Billboard 200. It was certified gold by the RIAA in 1998, then platinum in 2007, five of the albums ten tracks were released as singles, Trip Like I Do, Busy Child, High Roller, Comin Back, and Keep Hope Alive. In 1999, the band went into the studio to record their studio album, Tweekend. The album was released in July 2001, and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200, four singles were released from Tweekend, Wild, Sweet and Cool, Murder, Blowout, Name of the Game. Jordan and Kirkland used to have a show called Community Service which aired Friday nights on radio station Indie 103.1. They played music and hosted guests, like Death in Vegas and their show came back on air in 2011 and airs weekly on Sirius XMs Channel 52. A year after the release of Tweekend, The Crystal Method released a mix album based on their radio show
9. Iris (American band) – Iris is an American synthpop band, formed by Reagan Jones and Mat Morris in 1993. After the release of their first album Disconnect, Matthew Morris was replaced with Andrew Sega and their latest album, Radiant, was released in October 2014. The band was initiated in 1993 as Forgiving Iris, with members Reagan Jones, the two had met in college and, influenced by 1980s artists such as Erasure and Depeche Mode, began playing covers locally in Austin, Texas. In 1999 they changed their name to Iris and released their debut full-length, Disconnect and its single Annie, Would I Lie To You. was one of the best-selling records in label A Different Drum’s history. After several shows that followed, Reagan Jones and Matthew Morris started having arguments about their musical direction, Morris became focused on his personal life, and wasnt interested into going back to the studio for the second album. He met Andrew Sega through the original singer of CTRL Joel Willard in 2001, Sega and Jones started working on some test tracks, the first of which would later become Unknown. They felt that the chemistry between the two worked out so well that they started working on the new record that would become Awakening, Sega added guitars and pushed the bands sound into a more experimental electronic direction. They released their second album Awakening throughout Segas new label, Diffusion Records and their next record, Wrath took a more aggressive approach. Its first single, Appetite went No.1 on mainstream radio in Poland, a European tour followed, including festivals in Moscow and London. In 2008, Iris released their first CD/DVD combo, Hydra and it featured 3 brand new tracks, as well as remixes from bands like Mesh, Alpinestars, Datguy, Benz & MD, plus a 40 minute behind the scenes tour diary DVD. In 2010, Iris released Blacklight through Infacted Recordings, after finishing its supporting tour in the U. S. the duo parted ways due to a tour argument. There was more than a year of silence between the members, which ended when Jones sent Sega three demo songs. In 2014, Iris signed with Dependent Records and released their latest album Radiant through the label, Hydra - Remix album, also contains 3 original tracks and DVD with interviews, live shows cuts etc. Official website Iris at AllMusic Iris discography at MusicBrainz Iris discography, forum, and marketplace at Discogs Iris at Gothicparadise