Music 25 Jul 2005 01:55 pm

Music — what’s happening to me?

At my age (please try to contain those giggles), you’re not supposed to start liking new styles of music. All around the world, radio programmers put enormous effort into finding just the right mix of classic hits music to attract people like me (and the advertisers that target us).

So why do I find myself listening to Moby and Venus Hum?

There is a common thread here — I discovered them both when watching videos on planes.

In 2003, I was travelling from Seoul to Singapore on Singapore Airlines, when I saw the Venus Hum clip for their song Soul Sloshing. I liked it. When I got home, I found that the CD was not available anywhere in Australia, so I mail-ordered from Amazon.

Venus Hum is pure electronica, with female vocals. No ‘real’ musical instruments at all. It’s a very ‘fat’ and complex sound. I like it.

I’ve just received a copy of their latest CD-EP, Songs for Superheroes. This is only available from the website. I’m enjoying this as much as the album I have.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in seat 1A on my way home from Singapore to Sydney (business class — Qantas doesn’t have first class on flights through Singapore). They played some Moby music from the Hotel album on one of the movie channels after the film. It was good. Moby is a bigger name than Venus Hum, and I quickly tracked down Hotel, Play and 18 at JB Hi-Fi. This is supposed to be music for Ecstasy chewing twenty-somethings.

Why do I like it?

3 Responses to “Music — what’s happening to me?”

  1. on 25 Jul 2005 at 15:45 (Sydney) 1.Keith said …

    Ecstasy chewing forty somrthing, perhaps? 😉

  2. on 25 Jul 2005 at 15:53 (Sydney) 2.Richard said …

    Or dead cool, perhaps.

  3. on 25 Jul 2005 at 15:55 (Sydney) 3.Darren Leffler said …

    Richard – stumbled on this topic while reading the F1 rant. Interesting question on why you like it. I too am finding “Classic Hits” a little dull. I find that driving around with kids in the car (listening to kids music) or to/from work with 702 ABC (grown-up news and talk stuff), and not watching Rage on weekends, I don’t get exposed to new music. When I do hear it I take notice. What was that? Who is that? When I find out I check it out in the music shops or on the web. I rarely buy or download, just want to know who it was so that I feel like I have learned something! I recently made a complilation CD for the car and it contained everything from Madame Butterfly to U2 to Moby. I have no idea what I like. I do know that I don’t like black/hip-hop/rap – whatever genre that is.