YEAR IN MUSIC 2012: Digital scraps and analog curiosities - Page 3

Hype Williams and the Internet wild

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Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland sparking a spliff, sandwiched between Tony Blair and Oasis' Noel Gallagher
PHOTO COURTESY OF HYPERDUB

Between an LP for Hyperdub, a handful of web-only mixtapes, and a live SF performance for the ages, Hype Williams spent 2012 re-evaluating the significance, and egalitarian capacity, of postmodernism, in an age when anyone with a WiFi connection can go digital-dumpster-diving for musical scraps to quilt together as they please. As long as casual musicians keep on harnessing the vast creative potential at their fingertips, and "professionals" like Blunt and Copeland continue to expose the waning relevance of the art-world's precious institutions, our culture of musicianship is bound to inch closer and closer towards democracy.

 

 

TAYLOR KAPLAN'S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2012

1. Hiatus Kaiyote: Tawk Tomahawk (self-released)

2. Lone: Galaxy Garden (R&S)

3. Scott Walker: Bish Bosch (4AD)

4. Zammuto: s/t (Temporary Residence)

5. Tame Impala: Lonerism (Modular)

6. Laurel Halo: Quarantine (Hyperdub)

7. Field Music: Plumb (Memphis Industries)

8. THEESatisfaction: awE naturalE (Sub Pop)

9. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live (ECM) 10. d'Eon: LP (Hippos In Tanks)

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