Concert Analysis

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Shelby Rosen
MUS 265
Spring 2012
Concert Report

Two concerts I attended this semester were Steve Aoki and Datsik and “The Brown Bag Series.” Although two completely different music styles, they were both fun to attend and interesting to think about when considering their musical elements. Steve Aoki is an American electro house musician, record producer and founder of Dim Mak Record. Datsik is a Dubstep DJ and music producer from British Columbia, Canada. “The Brown Bag Series” was an instrumental concert consisting of six people, one being Professor Golove, who played instruments such as the cello, the double bass, and the piano.

Steve Aoki and Datsik brought their tour “Deadmeat” to Buffalo on February 28th. Their Deadmeat tour played in over 40 cities across North America and started on January 19th. Aoki was born on November 30, 1977 and by his early 20’s he built his own record label which he called Dim Mak, named after his childhood hero Bruce Lee. He has been in multiple bands including This Machine Kills, Esperanza, and The Fire Next Time. Steve Aoki is an American electro house musician. Electric dance music was produced primarily for a clubs or environments centered upon dancing. This music is created for the use of DJ’s, and is produced with the intention to create a continuous set, where the DJ progresses from one record to the next, synchronizing each song. Electronic dance music is a music genre that largely stems from the production methods of hip hop, disco, house, and techno music. This music was originally born in the nightclub scene in the 1980s, the warehouse party scene in the 1980s, and the rave scene of the “acid house movement” in the 1980s. By the mid-1990s, the presence of electronic dance music spread throughout the world and today is one of the most popular forms of music there is. Electronic dance music is constructed with electronic instruments such as synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers. Each DJ is different by making their sounds unique even when mimicking traditional songs. The first time I saw Steve Aoki was in 2010 at Pacha Nightclub in New York City. I fell in love with him the moment he played his first song, “The Lion King Remix.” One thing I love about Aoki is how he takes regular songs, even songs from Disney movies, and makes them into his own. He is the definition of “expect the unexpected.” Some of Aoki’s song have vocals, and some do not. Aoki recently started adding hip-hop vocals to some of his songs as well, with LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Travis Barker, and Will.I.AM being a few examples. In one of Steve Aoki’s most popular songs “Warp” with the Bloody Betroots, he uses a hoover sound. A hoover sound refers to a particular synthesizer sound in electronic music. It is a complex waveform that can be created with three oscillators, each spaced an octave apart, with a heavy use of pulse-width modulation and a thick chorus effect. The musical term for the speed of a beat is tempo. The number of beats per minute in Steve Aoki’s songs differ from piece to piece which makes each of his songs interesting and different. Another powerful tool in Aoki’s music is an equalizer, as it is in any electro house musician. With an equalizer, you can make a huge difference how your mixes will sound. The kick drum seems to stand out a lot in Aoki’s music, as do a few other instruments, one being the bass (which is just as important as the kick drum). In Aoki’s uplifting songs, he makes the lead synth stand out as well. Sound effects are also a huge aspect of electric dance music. Noise sweeps, explosions, synth twirls, and so forth are very important in electronic music, and make it different than any other music there is.

Datsik is a Dubstep DJ and music producer. Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, United Kingdom. It draws on many influences such as reggae, techno, jungle, and many more. My favorite form of dubstep, and Datsik’s style, is a...
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