In The Mix: Enter New Dimensions with 'Kid A,' Domenic & Telford
Domenic & Telford Boiler Room Glasgow DJ Set: Telford starts the mix with a leading drum mastering a simple house beat. The artist begins to add electronic flavor to his set by increasing the tempo and volume. Sounds of the rain forest make their way into the mix, adding great depth and variability to this DJ’s style. Chill EDM is what this intro can be characterized as, not requiring heavy dance until later on in the set.
As the set progresses, the sounds become more electric, almost as if you’re in a vortex traveling through space on your own groovy spaceship. That’s the cool thing about these guys; you can dance, think and hang out to their music.
No, this group is not the most enticing, yet that might be what we can appreciate about them -- their patience. Domenic takes over to really pick up the tempo of this mix. Both of these DJ’s are so skilled in clean transitioning. After a while of tropical, afro-beat like music, Domenic begins to add more electronic synths, assimilating two completely different sounds in an impressive way. Their set really heats up toward the end of Domenic's turn and at the start of Telford’s second solo. That prominent house beat resurfaces into the set, along with more intense supporting sounds. Finally, we are put in dance mode, and the music is no longer characterized as "chill EDM."
The duo’s range in music taste certainly does not hinder their set; it really only benefits them. The artists use rhythmic flare constantly, incorporating real-sounding instrumentation like the noises produced from maracas and string instruments.
Domenic finishes the set with the most intensity, adding a great deal of electronic vibration. He adds such intense electronic sound to the point where you feel like you’re trapped inside of a Pacman game. Ultimately, he lowers the intensity and adds unique chime-like sounds and concludes the performance by returning to a vibey house beat alike the beginning of their set.
Kid A – Radiohead: Kid A is easily one of the hardest albums to interpret and understand. The popular British group has been classified as a rock, pop and alternative. However, this group of non-conformist trailblazers are really undefinable because they surprise us every time. The band strayed away from the popular cutting-edge rock music favored by their fans with their previous release of OK Computer in 1997. Radiohead pushed their own limits by not only accepting responsibility as musicians, but as artists and producers. Radiohead became the unexpected with Kid A’s release in 2000.
The album begins with "Everything Is Its Right Place;" but is it really? Dramatic, uncanny lines on the synthesizer shadow Thom Yorke’s unique, unperfected vocals repeating “everything,” passionately into his microphone while playing the ominous piano tune in the background. The synthesizer really takes control of the song, interrupting the pleasant piano and turning the tune into what a disorienting acid trip would sound like.
By shifting their roles in their music as producers and innovators, the band brought in several unique instruments and tools to create the unconventional sound heard in Kid A. Each core member of the band is able to use a modular synthesizer, samplers, special guitars, brass wind instruments and more electronic producing tools to achieve their avant-garde sound that was so unfamiliar to the music industry at the time.
In the second track, "Kid A," incandescent sounds surround the familiar guitar, drum and keyboard dynamic that was once characteristic of Radiohead. These electronic sounds really make the track more approachable and easy to listen to. Following is another favorite from the album, "The National Anthem." This track takes more prominence in that hard rock-n-roll sound, using an electric and especially off-sounding guitar to give weight to the heavy passion in Yorke’s words.
The comforting, familiar sound of the acoustic guitar takes us back to a more leveled conscience in the opening of "How To Disappear Completely." Then, we are brought to a slower, more peaceful tempo following "How To Disappear Completely," with the wondrous, psychedelic tune that is "Tree Fingers." This track breaks up the dense album with instrumental sounds that will allow your mind to wander throughout space and time.
"Optimistic," doesn’t stand out but is a great song with sound instrumentation. Yorke sings and shouts with intent and spirit over the three-man rock orchestra, but does not quite project enough over the powerful harmony between three electric guitars. The next track, "In Limbo," sounds like a sequel to "Optimistic," reciting "Living in a fantasy" to a melancholy tune that sounds exactly like a famous 90s grunge band would.
The album continues with "Idioteque" as a track that completely raises the bar vocally for the band. Thom Yorke and Ed O’Brien harmonize beautifully to extremely difficult ballads, and create quite the exciting atmosphere while performing this song. Similarly, the final track "Motion Picture Soundtrack," is the most emotional, with the focus on Yorke’s voice over his keyboard. The artist sings he “Thinks you’re crazy,” until the tune transcends to a colorful mixture of sounds. "Kid A" changed the game for Radiohead, but more importantly, it altered our boundaries of expectation.