No one can resist the almighty beat, but on the fringes of the modern musical landscape there is an entirely different beast that defies the comforting confines of rhythmic repetition. Vancouver-based composer and sound-sorcerer Craig Aalders descends upon the studio this week to share his sublime shifting soundscapes and discuss the rich world of electro-acoustic music — where listeners are encouraged to rethink the boundaries of music and embrace the entire sonic spectrum. Beautiful vibrations are everywhere, we just need to tune our ears to them.
For the second part of the show, we travel to the digital shores of Singapore…
Singapore (aka Lion City) is a place of open mixing between Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, and British culture. This has produced a rich ecosystem of mutant styles and singular vibes. Among the most interesting was a wild and flourishing rock ‘n’ roll scene in the 1960s. More than simple mimicry, Singaporeans were taking cues from American musicians and adding their own genuine south-east Asian flavours. Fascinating; an entire parallel universe of music happening alongside the psychedelic rock movement in America, yet entirely hidden from Western listeners. For a good introduction to the vibrant 60s scene, check out the Sublime Frequencies compilation Singapore A-Go-Go.
The Stylers were one of the best and most prolific bands of the independence era, producing over a thousand records in at least five languages. Ya ho! This track mixes Hokkien vocals with surf guitar solos and handclaps:
Craig Aalders joins us on the trip through Singapore, as we uncover Singlish hip hop, sitar jams, experimental modern rock, Malay-style funk, and … French pop?
Stream the Singapore special [[HERE]]. Long live local music.. and the local reinvention of global music.