Vestigial organs like industrial music and the radio dial proved vital in 2011, while house and dubstep were invaded by hordes of uninvited outsiders, proving once again that electronic and plugged-in music is at the vanguard of change throughout the world.
As per usual, electronic music in 2010 was rhizomatic, but it was curiously unnamed. We're getting no help from the artists themselves, who seem gleefully unconcerned with staying in one spot very long.
David Abravanel, Jason Cook, Timothy Gabriele, Mike Newmark, Alan Ranta, and Dominic Umile
When we think of our experiences with electronic music, we can follow a thought trail that leads like a Wikipedia article from one incendiary album to many others. Their qualities are not always alike but for one: the nostalgic thread that runs through them.
There is a degree of work involved in acclimating one's self to the extremely heady altitudes at which Autechre dwell, but it is trivial compared to the serious delights that await the conscientious listener.