The thing I had to keep reminding myself in regards to technology is that technology does not necessarily mean electronics. We earth people have been conditioned to believe that when we see the word technology it is referring to advancements in electronics and computers. Musical technology can mean the progression and advancement of wind, string and percussion instruments that have nothing to do with electronics or computers.
The band Didges Christ SuperDrum's new album titled "Alien Technology" is a superb mixture of tribal, industrial, experimental, rock and electronica, made with tradition terrene instruments and mysterious instruments of alien origin. There are plenty of electronics throughout Alien Technology. The electronics are not simplistic repetitive electronic sounds. They are dark complicated electronic twist and turns that engages and stimulates the mind, and assists the lyrics in the telling of stories. Having said that I must tell you that the electronics do not overpower the other instrumentations as traditional, drum, flute and guitar sounds abound.
I love my electronics and "Broken Robots" is filled with electricity. The song makes me wish I were a musician because all I can tell you about the sounds that I hear and love is that they are electrical excitement. But, not being a musician, I don't know what pieces of equipment are used to make them. I also dig the lyrics that make reference to automatons, positrons, and electrons; all things electronic that I love so much.
"Broken Robots" is probably the most synthesized track on the album. The remaining tracks though infused with electrical excitement are more tribal and organic in feel. They invite the listener to do as our earthen tribal ancestors did a couple thousand years ago; take some mind altering natural herb, potion, whatever and become one with the music, the universe, and take a musical celestial trip.
On this musical trip Didges Christ SuperDrum tries to help lost souls with "Finding Our Way Back Om." Humming and buzzing electronics move you along on the journey to find one's way back home. On my trip I felt that home is a metaphor for transcending and ascending into an enlightened superior benevolent being.
A couple of tracks seem almost as if they were written with me in mind as "Stardust+ Energy = Me," and "One True Devil" speak to me. "One True Devil" sings about freedom from religion and the damage, pain, and problems that the religions of the people of earth have inflicted on believers and non-believers throughout history; a message I agree with and relate to. "Stardust+ Energy = Me" addresses questions I continually ask myself regarding spiritualism, and our connection to the universe. The lyrics of the song ask, as I do; when we die to we become a part of the cosmos? This is definitely a song existentialists would love.
Just want to groove to some amazing sounds? Well, included on Alien Technology are several engaging instrumental tracks, Mystic Rituals, Alien technology, and Grok Otok.
I love that loud broken freezer unit compressor motor sound of "Witch Doctor." I also like the message of the piece; seeking out those with the wisdom to heal, and to banish the negative forces that can come into our lives.
"Black Is The Colour," a cool song about loving an emotionally dark girl that my imaginative mind can only describe as, tribal Goth. While the assaulting grooves and technological onslaught of “Grind To The Slaves” makes me think, danceable industrial techno rock, sort of like that late 80’s band Pop Will Eat Itself (remember them?).
Alien Technology is filled with messages, but the overwhelming message is one of enlightenment, acceptance, casting out negativity, finding the light that can lead one out of darkness, and making one's self (and human kind) better.
The image of Didges Christ SuperDrum on their CD cover reminds me of the Predator species (you know, from the "Alien vs. Predator" movies). I find that interesting because with its mixture of tribal rhythms, electronics, and human/organic feel, I think the Predators would love Alien Technology. On the other hand, because of Alien Technology’s humanity and organic feel, I don't think (Star Trek's) the Borg would care for it. I picture the Borg being more inclined to space synth and things devoid of organics and humanity.
Didges Christ SuperDrum’s Alien Technology is a wonderful CD and I think you should buy the CD. I mean that literally. If you can, buy the CD, not downloaded music files. I suggest that because I’ve listened to some of Alien Technology’s tracks as music files and the sound quality is nowhere as good as it is on the actual CD. The CD's professional production is clear, crisp, and you can hear every subtle musical nuance (and there are many). You will have a much more enhanced, enjoyable and enlightened listening experience if you buy the CD.
(C) 2013 Rix Roundtree-Harrison
Howdy folks, I just want to let you guys know that my new book (my first) titled "The Older You Get, The Dumber You Get: Stories For My Daughters." is out now at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. Those of you who have been reading my Life Is Music pieces will recognize a few of the stories which are thrown in with never before told stories. Please pick it up a copy, you may like it. It's got some of everything including bigotry, sexism, racism, sex, drugs, rock 'n roll, and to quote the Beverly Hillbillies' Jed Clampett “swimming pools, movie stars.”
Artist Link: http://www.didgeschristsuperdrum.com