Sep 7, 2013

RhoDeo 1335 Beats

Hello, The NSA surveillance and spying scandal has turned a failing democracy into a paranoid authoritarian state. Freedom of speech has dried up and freedom of the press has become a desert. When people are afraid of their own government and when the government is afraid of its own people then there can be no democracy.

NSA's decrypting efforts have succeeded and these days most of what you thought was safely encrypted has become an open book to them. The significance of using battles from the Civil Wars as codewords, is that our Government is now engaged in a war against it's own people. We are perpetual suspects, the enemy. Democracy and the rule of law are now redundant.

Meanwhile so much power is corrupting beyond belief and it's only a matter of time, when, it falls into the really wrong hands. Anyway we know now most if not all US software/servers are comprimised and you need to look for other ways to encrypt, True Crypt looks to be an alternative and it's open source.

The coming months Frenchies rule the beats and they have plenty to offer even though not that much reaches the world as  the music scene is rather dominated by the Anglo - American industry. Meanwhile the French enjoyed themselves in their own niche so to speak, and they did rather well. Today another branch of the French beats scene Techno, increasingly bored of playing other people’s records, however, our man began creating his own tracks that were explicitly intended to transcend what he calls ‘motorway techno’.  ....... N'joy

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Sebastian Devaud AKA Agoria grew up in rural France. His name evolved from the name of an event series he started as a teenager, Agora, loosely meaning ‘meeting place’ in ancient Greek. The son of an opera singer (who taught him music theory and piano from the age of 10) and an architect (who was apparently a big fan of Steve Reich and Brian Eno’s repetitive musics), Devaud cites the inspiration of Pierre Henry, Stockhausen, hip-hop and Prince alongside Detroit luminaries such as Derrick May, Kenny Larkin and Underground Resistance.

Back in 2001 Lyon's nightlife was in an abject state. Promoters of any form of music were subject to constant pressure and restrictions from the local government. Parties were forced to close at 1:00 AM. Local DJs like Sébastien Devaud, AKA Agoria, were regularly being arrested for breaking laws on opening hours. The situation remained fairly bleak, until in March of that year socialist mayoral candidate Gérard Collomb came to power with a mandate to boost Lyon's nightlife and therefore its student population. The city's key cultural figures were gathered and asked to give their thoughts on improving the situation. A small group of people including Devaud and Vincent Carry (now the Nuits Sonores director) campaigned for a dedicated electronic music festival. Carry eventually convinced the mayor to join them on a night out, looking to give him a greater insight into their nocturnal culture. Ten years on and Collomb is still in office, and Nuits Sonores is France's most important electronic music event.

Ten years since his debut and critically acclaimed album release, ‘Blossom’ on PIAS recordings, Agoria is still growing and has become a true pioneer of his style, creating an original epic metamorphosis of dub and acid that takes techno beyond where it started.  His three consecutive albums (‘The Green Armchair’ 2006, soundtrack ‘Go Fast’ 2008 and ‘Impermanence’ 2011) elevated him to cult status and Resident Advisor named his ‘At The Controls’ release in the top 20 best of the decade (2000-2010). His production techniques have collided with an army of notorious artists including Tricky, Neneh Cherry and Ann Saunderson.

Agoria’s dextrous production skills are sought out from the worlds of film and fashion such as with his soundtrack for the film ‘Go Fast’ produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Van Hoofstad. He is now a music director or the high-end French label Courrèges and recently produced the first album from female singer Kid A who featured on his last album.  In 2011 he delivered an episode of the fabric mix series, one of their most successful to date.

Agoria cares more about the music than titles. A student of cinema school he recently created FORMS, a visual and conceptual installation where the DJ is just an element of the show - the motor of the music - engulfed in a vast structure submerged in mapping video, images scripted and graphic composing,  he takes a shamanic approach to creating the perfect environment for the music. . FORMS takes us to the heart of the industrial world; to the absolute essence of electronic music, its architecture and history.  .

In between these roles he manages to maintain and enjoy over 100 gigs a year that take him throughout Europe, USA, Asia, South America and to some of the most cutting edge cities of the world. His favourite place is Japan for its food, idiosyncrasies and humorous nature. A true Frenchmen, he knows to share and to laugh are the key ingredients to a good life.

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Devaud’s 2003 album debut was intended to cross genres to reflect his home-listening habits. ‘La Onzieme Marche’ (The Eleventh Step) was a particularly classy and perfectly poised slab of Underground Resistance-inspired techno. Blossom featured a trio of collaborations: with Sylvie Marks of the Berlin-based BPitch Control label (on ‘Spinach Girl’), Ann Saunderson (on ‘Worth It’), and Tricky (on ‘2thousand3’). BLOSSOM starts off with a promise to "Think Different," and with the mix of electro and tech-house, it sounds as if he might succeed. "Spinach Girl" alternates between the sweet vocals of Sylvie Marks and cool, robotic beat and bleeps. The album's Detroit influences are made blisteringly apparent on "Worth It," with Inner City's Ann Saunderson on vocals. Agoria tries to keep his ear towards the future with technical wizardry; the slower "Presque un Ange" still maintains a shiny, futuristic feel to it, especially with the bright EQ sweeps. Ironic, then, that "Organic," with its pounding beats, is anything but. The smooth dancefloor stomper, "All I Need," takes a page out of the Underworld playbook and repeats one melodic chord progression and bangs the hell out of it. Tricky's appearance on "2thousand3" gives the track a paranoid edge, while "La 11eme Marche" powers back onto the floor. Good enough to work under the flashing lights and almost good enough to work at home too.

Agoria - Blossom ( flac 463mb)

01 Think Different 1:57
02 Spinach Girl 3:36
03 Stereolove 5:02
04 Presque Un Ange 4:35
05 Worth It 6:36
06 Organic 6:11
07 Haiku 4:55
08 All I Need 7:35
09 Kofea 4:57
10 2Thousand3 (Voc.Tricky) 6:09
11 La Onzième Marche 13:06
12 Stereolove (Me & Timy Mix) 6:53

Agoria - Blossom (ogg 167mb)

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Agoria's second album, THE GREEN ARMCHAIR, kicks off with the dark electro of "Baboul Hair Cuttin" before the kick drums of "Code 1026" punch their fists in the air. And althought the initial flip-flop of fast song-slow song suggests that it will continue throughout the album (with the soul-dredging "Million Miles" followed by the cool and bright "Europa"), the album slows down considerably. Scalde channels Freddie Mercury in his delivery of mysteriously poetic lyrics for "Your Inner Kiss," as his voice turns into a chorus of ghosts. Meanwhile, on the dirge-like "Edenbridge," Peter Murphy channels... well, Peter Murphy. Princess Superstar brings her own sleazy stylings to the sci-fi electro of "Lips on Fire." And "Les Violons Ivres" finally brings back the kick drums, drenched, appropriately enough, in strings. Solid.

Agoria - The Green Armchair (flac 380mb)

01 Baboul Hair Cuttin 3:24
02 Code 1026 5:49
03 Million Miles 4:54
04 Europa 6:48
05 Cecile 5:15
06 Your Inner Kiss 4:37
07 Edenbridge 7:36
08 Like A Bull 3:35
09 Lips On Fire 3:08
10 Les Violons Ivres 6:06
11 Wrong Line 4:35

Agoria - The Green Armchair (ogg 141mb)

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Constantly looking to expand his horizons, Sebastien "Agoria" Devaud is now giving a go at a motion picture soundtrack. Following his seminal addition to the now extinct At the Controls series late last year, and in lieu of a proper original studio album, he scored Go Fast, a film about "people driving at over 250km/hour for distances in excess of 2500 km in need of a groove." (Or, if you'd like, Run, Lola, Run for the Fast & Furious generation.)

That said, the soundtrack works just as well as a stand-along long player while being efficient at the dosing of both techno and house moments (intertwined, I'm afraid, with the inescapable inconsequential skits characteristically spoiling the genre). Flirting with the most lunatic fringes of the house world, album opener "Altre Voci," with its operatic vocals and spooky atmospheres, is both evocatively cinematographic and functional, even though it would probably sound more at home in a film noir. It is the most blatantly peculiar thing on here, yet, if you recall the gloomy, "Mulholland Drive Theme"-like vibe on Agoria's DJ mixes, it's also the least surprising.

Being first and foremost a techno DJ, Agoria also has to increase the tempo on two cuts recalling the overarching theme of the movie: first on "Memole Bua," which has a Laurent Garnier-like relentlessness blended with Marc Romboy at his most euphoric, then on "Run Run Run," a marching drum-inspired, beat-driven cut with very few late-in-the-game melodic elements. Any long-time Agoria fan will find plenty of inspiring moments from this peripheral release.

Agoria - Go Fast ( flac 313mb)

01 Tender Storm 1:21
02 Altre Voci 6:07
03 Memole Bua 6:09
04 Dust 5:40
05 Pending Between Two Worlds 1:28
06 Eden 5:27
07 Solarized 5:49
08 Last Breath 1:05
09 Around The Corner 3:54
10 Go Fast 3:05
11 Run Run Run 5:54
12 Diva Drive 7:07

Agoria - Go Fast  (ogg 128mb)

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