Bleep: A Guide To Electronic Music

Release date
1 Jun 2012
Running length
55 tracks
Running time
300:24

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Olivier Messiaen - Oraison 7:42 36,270
2 Pierre Shaeffer - Etude aux chemins de fer 2:52 799
3 John Cage - Williams Mix 5:44 7,962
4 Pierre Henry - Voile D'Orphee (Veil of Orpheus) 15:36 226
5 Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gesang der Junglinge (Song of the Youths) 13:11 757
6 Louis and Bebe Barron - Main Titles - Overture 2:23 1,166
7 Iannis Kaimakis - Concret PH 2:50 10
8 Daphne Oram - The Innocents - Savage Noises 3:16 671
9 Jean-Jacques Perrey - Music of the Planets 1:04 1,321
10 John Baker - Tros Y Gareg (Main Theme) 2:50 1,225
11 Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples Of The Moon, Part A 16:40 57
12 Popol Vuh - Aguirre I Lacrima di Rei 6:16 3,654
13 Clara Rockmore - Nocturne In C-sharp Minor 3:56 1,006
14 Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene, Part IV 2:45 236
15 Bruce Haack - Stand Up Lazarus 4:15 2,224
16 Throbbing Gristle - Hot on the Heels of Love 4:20 40,467
17 Charanjit Singh - Raga Bairagi 5:08 5,432
18 Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock 3:18 61,663
19 Dinosaur L - Go Bang 7:34 2,234
20 Divine - Love Reaction 5:32 6,922
21 Shannon - Let The Music Play (Re-Recorded / Remastered) 5:20 3,957
22 Art of Noise - Moments in Love 8:16 129,952
23 Model 500 - No UFO's 3:52 4,669
24 Kenny Knots / Sella Colins - Pick A Sound 3:26 142
25 Phuture - Acid Tracks 5:22 17,405
26 A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray Original 4:28 574
27 Inner City - Big Fun 3:24 43,765
28 808 State - Pacific 202 5:38 41,397
29 Frankie Knuckles - Baby Wants To Ride 8:41 13,586
30 Joey Beltram - Energy Flash 4:43 27,392
31 4hero - Mr Kirk's Nightmare 6:23 3,141
32 LFO - LFO (Leeds Warehouse mix) 5:18 14,043
33 Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Hi-Tech Jazz (Original) 8:11 595
34 Bizzy B - [untitled] 5:14 10
35 Robert Hood - Unix 3:17 12,516
36 Autechre - Flutter 5:39 23,749
37 24Hour Experience - Together 3:37 251
38 Basic Channel - phylyps trak ii 12:52 796
39 Innerzone Orchestra - Bug In The Bassbin 10:23 1,550
40 Drexciya - Rubick's Cube 6:17 5,570
41 Coldcut - More Beats & Pieces (Daddy Rips It Up mix) 4:04 1,792
42 Boards of Canada - Roygbiv 2:28 283,090
43 Aphex Twin - Windowlicker 1:01 229,180
44 Gas - Pop 4 9:29 9,598
45 SND - 00005 re vers on C 5:15 2,581
46 Four Tet - She Moves She 4:40 148,215
47 Dabrye - Hyped-Up Plus Tax 3:36 32,548
48 Fennesz - Shisheido 2:58 37,219
49 Wiley - Gangsters 3:13 24,062
50 Skream - Midnight Request Line 5:04 117,165
51 J Dilla - Don't Cry 1:59 78,000
52 Burial - Raver / Archangel 6:17 15
53 Actress - Lost 6:08 27,967
54 James Blake - CMYK 3:40 133,453
55 Brian Eno - Emerald and Lime 2:59 49,760

About this album

Believed to have stemmed from the desire to chart electronic music from its inception, Bleep (the download store which originated from Warp records), set about selecting the tracks believed to have shaped and defined the genre that we all know and love. Of course, an ambitious project like this will not be short – and at a massive 55 tracks, split into the equivalent of what would be a 5 CD compilation, it isn’t. So does it do the job?

Well, being that it is from Bleep, there is an obvious slant towards the Warp artists, with the likes of Aphex Twin (“Windowlicker”), Autechre (“Flutter”) and Boards of Canada (“Roygbiv”) all present and correct. Also, even with 55 tracks, there is never going to be the depth or breadth to suggest that it is a comprehensive listing – but as an introduction to the genre, there are some obvious classic moments to savour.

For a lot of people, without being rude to those who will be thrilled by it, the first set will provide little more than novelty value, with the likes of John Cave and Karlheinz Stockhausen providing the possibilities of what could later be achieved through electronic music, though their experimentalism is more equivalent to field recordings or classical music than the later stylings provided by the likes of Skream (“Midnight Request Line”) or a Guy Called Gerald (“Voodoo Ray Original”). Still, the final track, “Emerald and Lime” – provided by Brian Eno, a great experimental electronic music composer himself, nicely bookends the collection, providing a link right back to the earlier definers of the electronic sound.

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