Avicii’s True, and the end of an EDM era
August 07, 2018, 11:21 AMTrue was Avicii’s first studio album, and it’s awesome because it mixes electronic dance sounds (mostly progressive house) with influences from genres like bluegrass and country in a very nontrivial way. (His later work starts to incorporate reggae, hip hop, you name it. It’s great.) The result is a really refreshing and positive take on dance music; it’s danceable but also resonates really deeply. Avicii’s music is wonderful because of the youthfulness and joie de...
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Kavinsky’s OutRun: reimagining the 80s via synthwave
August 06, 2018, 2:27 PMOutRun was the first album that really got me into synthwave, which is this niche genre inside electronica devoted to capturing the aesthetics of 80s film and video game soundtracks in modern-day music; Kavinsky’s music captures that retro-futuristic spirit perfectly. The album’s sound is lush, dark, and brilliantly synthetic; rapid, synthesized arpeggios blend with rich, synthesized organ basslines and retro, synthesized drumlines.
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Ratatat’s self-titled debut does it all
August 05, 2018, 8:55 AMGive Evan Mast and Mike Stroud, two guys from Brooklyn, guitars, a synth, and a drum kit and they compose these crazy, nostalgic, fully-instrumental tracks that seem to comprehend the full spectrum of human emotion in 4-minute songs. Wikipedia has Ratatat’s self-titled debut album down as “electronica, electronic rock, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia;” I think the first two are closest to the mark.
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Gorillaz’ masterful Demon Days
August 04, 2018, 10:18 PMDemon Days is Gorillaz’ sophomore album and continues their brilliant tradition of mixing hip hop, electronic, rock, and indie influences into a wonderfully eclectic sound. Gorillaz, of course, is the innovative British “virtual band,” consisting of animated members 2D, Noodle, Murdoc, and Russell; Damion Albarn (of Blur fame) is the musical mastermind behind the group, while Jamie Hewlett draws the characters and concocts increasingly creative ways to integrate the “virtual” band experience into real life,...
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How Daft Punk’s Discovery changed my musical life
July 20, 2018, 2:29 PMDiscovery is a dance masterpiece that, in many ways, changed my musical life. Up until around 8th grade or so, I’d mostly just listened to popular music on the radio, and of course, you only hear popular songs, and mostly singles, that way. Discovery wasn’t only some of the first real dance music that I liked back in middle school, it was the first full album that I gravitated towards strongly enough that I felt...
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First thoughts on ångstromCTF
December 15, 2016, 9:10 PMOne of the main things I’ll be talking about on this site is this competition I’m running called ångstromCTF. ångstromCTF is an online high-school cybersecurity competition with all sorts of problems, ranging from cryptography to binary exploitation to forensics and web hacking. So far this year I’ve worked to revamp our competition platform to be scalable and maintainable.