Dude, That’s So ‘Meta’ [Artist Spotlight]

For those readers who are unfamiliar with the term “meta,” it is a word used, chiefly in art or the humanities, to describe something that is self-referential or introspective in nature. This idea may also be referred to as “breaking the fourth wall,” which involves a character “speaking directly to or otherwise acknowledging the audience” through a camera in a film or television program or more directly, in person, like during a play.

Many of you may remember a classic Shakespearian technique we all learned in school known as the “aside,” in which a character would turn to the audience, address them directly, and reveal a bit more information about themselves that the other characters may not be aware of. This is a classic example of “Breaking the fourth wall.” However nowadays, an aside might be more eloquently referred to as something that is “so meta, bro”.

After understanding the meaning behind this next artist’s moniker, we can’t help but curiously wonder how self-referential abstraction will reflect in our favorite art form, electronic dance music. Taking into mind the word’s use in other artistic endeavors, and the infinite spectrum of sounds and thus, moods, that can be created in an electronic music production, “meta music” might just be a formation of sounds that, when amalgamated, animate themselves into a living, breathing, self-aware musical landscape, capable of acknowledging the listener’s existence and drawing them in, much like the Sirens of Greek Mythology would.

We are not speaking for August & Andrew of Meta when we hypothesize in regard to the meaning behind this group’s name, we are merely projecting our experiences when listening to their music with instances in which we have seen the word “meta” used in other forms of art. Who knows, maybe after this post the two might just be appreciative lucky enough to conduct an interview with us here at Rager Onions (*hint, hint*), where we can get to the bottom of this philosophical debacle.

In the meantime, we hope that you can amuse and immerse yourselves in the musical beauty produced by this next electronic artist and producer duo with “composer-like tendencies,” who hails from both Seattle, Washington and Reykjavík, Iceland. Spanning the globe and expanding your own self-awareness, Meta music is the kind we can truly dig. Please enjoy the abundance of auricle abstraction below.

Just Another Spin On This ‘Electric Joy Ride’

Throughout this current technological era, where infinite amounts of information and even experiences can be obtained instantaneously upon the click of a button, we have witnessed our human civilization grow in vast, unimaginable ways due to the obvious advantages that this intangible, abstract data store known as the Internet provides. However, despite all of the overwhelmingly redeeming features that this virtual universe of information bestows, I believe it is simultaneously shaping several aspects about human nature in a way that is not conducive to overall human progress. In fact, I believe these reasons are partly responsible for initiating a sort of “de-evolution” in human cognition and intellectual capacity, a modern “Dark Age” if you will.

What makes this Neo-Dark Age so interesting is that it manifests itself in a completely opposite manner than the historical Dark Ages (500-1500AD), which occurred in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. During this time, the human race was irreversibly set back thousands of years when 3 separate events brought about the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, the building which centrally-housed an unimaginably significant amount of printed material containing an irreplaceably vital collection of cultural knowledges from throughout man’s existence on earth (And don’t say you never learned anything at Rager Onions).

So why now a regression given the limitless amounts of data at our fingertips?

The answer is actually quite simple. It is this ability to obtain any bit of information the second one desires that has caused human beings to ignore that simple fact that they have a brain, another one of the most powerful creations in the universe. Instead of compounding information and data into memory, we now rely on our computers, smart phones and tablets to retrieve bits and pieces of things we have seen before and should at this point, already know. Moreover, this “instant gratification” complex we have developed with access to the internet is nothing short of a detriment as well. We have lost the ability to be shocked, surprised, inspired, or even astounded by human creations and worldly beauty.

I believe it is these facts, along with and the notion that nearly anyone can be a “producer” these days (with easy access to “free” DAWs and plugins) that are slowly corrupting the electronic dance music scene as well. It can be seen in the endless redundant attempts at matching a particular song’s success (*cough* Martin Garrix’s “Animals” *cough*) or the relentless, ignorant and repetitive attempts by fans to critique a particular producer’s work on SoundCloud. I am befuddled at where exactly this tremendous disconnect has originated but I do sincerely believe it takes root as a result of the phenomena I had mentioned above.

Either way, after a filibuster-type rant like that, I will just cut to the point with this next producer who goes by the name of Electric Joy Ride. Despite all the repetitive bull shit, dissatisfied music fanatics and general jaded outlook we humans are beginning to collectively display, Jonny Thomson is still producing quality eclectic, genre-spanning, electronic musical greatness. So before you listen to the music we have included below, please refrain from uttering the simple words we already know many of you will.

“This has already been done before.”

Yeah, maybe it has. Either way, he still does a pretty fucking great job of it.

Shouldn’t that be enough for you?

7 Minutes Dead | Peacock EP

Besides being deceased for a mere four-hundred and twenty seconds, 7 Minutes Dead also manages to produce top quality progressive and electro house beats. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Alex Gulikers of 7MD caught our attention with the release of his first EP only 8 months ago on Monstercat. Since then, we assume Alex has been working on his craft because this next jam, “Peacock”, is a change of pace for the young producer.

Following a less defined progression, 7 Minutes Dead incorporates elements of glitch hop by adding particular samples and chopping his synthesizers/vocals on this “Nu-Disco” jam. On SoundCloud, he describes the song as “ornate funk ostentation.” Well Alex, you will certainly have our full attention from now on.

In addition to the original, glitch hop’s favorite up and comer, Haywyre, has a hand at remixing this beautifully unique track. Giving “Peacock” more of a heavily modulated, funky glitch feel, Martin Vogt turns it up a few notches. This take definitely falls on the more groovier side of things, but overall, another solid song.

Give a listen to both below and follow up if you dig by showing some (sensual) love. You know how I like it. Reeeeal dry.