// CTM.05 Breakcore Special
// hosted by Jason Forrest and Pure
The two Wasted nights – put together by those offside music experts that we love to trust, Jason Forrest and Pure – explore the way in which Breakcore as a music genre is developing internationally.
What is Breakcore? Like many of the newest sub-genres of electronic music, Breakcore is a boiling cauldron of manipulated left over bits and pieces of other styles of music. What further complicates the definition is that many of these references to other music have already been put through the blender, leaving few identifiable traces of direct references. So you get breakbeats that used to be Drum and Bass but sped up, distorted and filtered through a lo-fi punk aesthetic. You also get the “intelligent” part of dance music filtered through laptop DSP noise to yield some super fast soundscapes. And you get a new form of heavy metal mixed with hardcore techno, but made as cheaply as possible, with a sense of humor and more than a few ironic winks.
Breakcore is unique in that the scene internationally is largely linked up and distributed online, as a quick glance at where the participants come from reveals: Phoenix, Lublin, Basel, Rennes – not the usual suspects when the talk is up about electronic music.
Yet Breakcore is also different in its live presentation. It is fractured, fucked up music, often with styles abruptly spliced in, breaking down into noise and building back up into a cacophony of fast breaks and Gabber beats. This results in a freedom not seen in many areas of electronic music. Many Breakcore live sets can be much more of a performance than most electronic music, with the musician directly engaging the audience, dancing, singing, and getting wild.
Although the sound has been radically altered, Breakcore in many ways refreshes crucial basics of Techno’s early days. The 2 Wasted nights at CTM will present themselves in the most basic of all club formats: 4 walls, a PA-system, fog and strobe light, no seats, no hang-outs for observers – everything belongs to the dancefloor!
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