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The first decades of the 21st century saw dramatic changes in the music industry as technology transformed creation, communication, and consumption. Amid this turmoil one change occurred relatively quietly, almost naturally: so-called bedroom producers, music makers raised on hip-hop and electronic music, went from anonymous, often unseen creators to artists in their own r The first decades of the 21st century saw dramatic changes in the music industry as technology transformed creation, communication, and consumption. Amid this turmoil one change occurred relatively quietly, almost naturally: so-called bedroom producers, music makers raised on hip-hop and electronic music, went from anonymous, often unseen creators to artists in their own right. In Bedroom Beats and B-sides, journalist Laurent Fintoni details the rise of a new generation of bedroom producers at the turn of the century through the stories of various instrumental hip-hop and electronic music scenes. From trip-hop, downtempo, and IDM to leftfield hip-hop, glitch, and beats, the book explores how these scenes acted as incubators for new ideas about composition and performance that are now taken for granted. Combining social, cultural, and musical history with extensive research and over 100 interviews, the book tells the B-side stories of hip-hop and electronic music from the 1990s to the 2010s. Using the format of a beat tape, it explores the evolution of a modern beat culture from local scenes to global community via the diverse groups of idealists on the fringes who made it happen and the external forces that shaped their efforts. Before the uniformity of streaming services, always-on social media, and online tutorials for everything, this is a portrait of independence and experimentation amid historical change. It's a story of obsession and dedication and how the fringes brought about a quiet musical revolution.


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The first decades of the 21st century saw dramatic changes in the music industry as technology transformed creation, communication, and consumption. Amid this turmoil one change occurred relatively quietly, almost naturally: so-called bedroom producers, music makers raised on hip-hop and electronic music, went from anonymous, often unseen creators to artists in their own r The first decades of the 21st century saw dramatic changes in the music industry as technology transformed creation, communication, and consumption. Amid this turmoil one change occurred relatively quietly, almost naturally: so-called bedroom producers, music makers raised on hip-hop and electronic music, went from anonymous, often unseen creators to artists in their own right. In Bedroom Beats and B-sides, journalist Laurent Fintoni details the rise of a new generation of bedroom producers at the turn of the century through the stories of various instrumental hip-hop and electronic music scenes. From trip-hop, downtempo, and IDM to leftfield hip-hop, glitch, and beats, the book explores how these scenes acted as incubators for new ideas about composition and performance that are now taken for granted. Combining social, cultural, and musical history with extensive research and over 100 interviews, the book tells the B-side stories of hip-hop and electronic music from the 1990s to the 2010s. Using the format of a beat tape, it explores the evolution of a modern beat culture from local scenes to global community via the diverse groups of idealists on the fringes who made it happen and the external forces that shaped their efforts. Before the uniformity of streaming services, always-on social media, and online tutorials for everything, this is a portrait of independence and experimentation amid historical change. It's a story of obsession and dedication and how the fringes brought about a quiet musical revolution.

46 review for Bedroom Beats and B-Sides: Instrumental Hip Hop & Electronic Music at the Turn of the Century

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    Laurent Fintoni's Bedroom Beats and B-Sides draws together seemingly disparate narratives of hip-hop and electronic music culture into a coherent patchwork, the edges of which extend far out into the distance, like the tendrils of a funky plant reaching right across the planet. Primarily focusing on the trans-Atlantic connection between the UK and USA, the book covers seminal artists, releases, labels and club nights - notably the likes of Warp Records, Mo Wax, Low End Theory and the Dilla/Madli Laurent Fintoni's Bedroom Beats and B-Sides draws together seemingly disparate narratives of hip-hop and electronic music culture into a coherent patchwork, the edges of which extend far out into the distance, like the tendrils of a funky plant reaching right across the planet. Primarily focusing on the trans-Atlantic connection between the UK and USA, the book covers seminal artists, releases, labels and club nights - notably the likes of Warp Records, Mo Wax, Low End Theory and the Dilla/Madlib connection - drawing from 100+ interviews and guided by Fintoni's own experiences with the scenes and artists discussed. Each section in the book is headed by a track ID, so you can explore relevant musical examples as you read, and the footnotes are often illuminating. Fintoni generally does a good job of addressing sex/ism and race/ism both within the music industry as well as in the discourse around it, though when he makes the claim that, "At its root beat culture is Black and Brown and queer culture," he does little to account for queer influence on or contribution to the music. On the whole, this is a comprehensive work, covering over 20 years of music culture in surprising detail in just 350 pages, making it my favourite book yet from Velocity Press.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bruno Dias

    One of the best and more profound look of the importance of beat culture I ever read

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carl Mercier-Paquette

    One of the only if not the only book on the subject. Very happy someone did it! The tracklist is a very nice and unique touch! Loved the more detail parts about madlib and dilla. Would have enjoy more details on other artists and on social issues. Sometimes it felt like it was simply stated and nothing more. Maybe the book suffered from it’s very big scope. But hey! like i said.. not much to compare this to! I feel this book could inspire many to explore more deeply some things mentioned in this book. One of the only if not the only book on the subject. Very happy someone did it! The tracklist is a very nice and unique touch! Loved the more detail parts about madlib and dilla. Would have enjoy more details on other artists and on social issues. Sometimes it felt like it was simply stated and nothing more. Maybe the book suffered from it’s very big scope. But hey! like i said.. not much to compare this to! I feel this book could inspire many to explore more deeply some things mentioned in this book. For the pioneer move: Bravo! Huge work

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dmitry Kurkin

    Great attempt to put a map grid on variety of interconnected genres and scenes, some of which were previously overlooked, forgotten or simply ignored. NB: although written in English, this guide is far from being Anglocentric.

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