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Todd Edwards & the microsample: speed & spirituality in UK Garage.

Harkins, Paul (2007) Todd Edwards & the microsample: speed & spirituality in UK Garage. In: Oslo, Norway, 18th - 20th October 2007, University of oslo.

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My paper will examine the role of New Jersey producer Todd Edwards within the development of UK Garage by focussing on his use of microsamples which Simon Reynolds describes as a “technique of cross-hatching brief snatches of vocals into a melodic-percussive honeycomb of blissful hiccups, so burstingly rapturous it’s almost painful to the ear.” The vowels are cut and stretched to the extent that meanings become unclear and enable Edwards to embed subtle spiritual messages which are in stark contrast to the more hedonistic contexts in which his music was enjoyed by London ravers and pirate radio listenters. DJs in Garage clubs adjusted the pitch control on turntables to increase the speed of songs which were deemed to slow for the dancefloor much to the disappointment of the producer himself whose experience and understanding of his own computer based grooves was very different

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Todd Edwards; UK Garage; computer based grooves; spirituality; vocals; hedonistic contexts; pitch control;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Arts & Creative Industries
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 789 (Optional number)
700 Arts & recreation > 780 Music > 781 General principles & musical forms
Library of Congress Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Item ID: 2377
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2008 11:19
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2008 11:19
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2377

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