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THE GRANDFATHER PARADOX

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B001O1KA5E
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only all minimal was as good as this! 2 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Minimal house has been the enemy of music lovers the last few years, mainly due to an army of soulless djs who have taken the worst of the genre and inflicted it on clubs and bars around the world without mercy. The big dj success stories of the genre have been people like Ricardo Villalobos, Ame & Dixon - the djs that know that house music, even minimal has black roots and who I'm guessing actually own a Stevie Wonder record.

When BBE commissioned this project they approached two of the afore mentioned - Ame and Dixon and for good measure threw them together with another German house hero Henrik Schwarz. Assessing the project the boys initial instinct was to compile some of their early 90's techno inspirations, the likes of Robert Hood and Plastikman but on reflection decided to widen the remit to include some of the great influential minimal music from way before techno as well.

Luckily minimal by it's very nature is perfect for layering on other tracks and the boys have combined music from electronic pioneers with the minimal techno godfathers, hence the album title which refers to a scientific theory about time travel first described by sci-fi writer Rene Barjavel which relates perfectly with the boys traveling back in musical time and manipulating the old music with modern beats and knowledge.

Tracks from Krautrock heroes Can rub shoulders with the modern French electronic beats of I:Cube, British funk heroes Cymande say hello to Detroit techno hero Robert Hood, minimal pioneer Steve Reich has a beer with modern post rock trio To Rococo Rot and the avant-garde genius Arthur Russell shares a sofa with a Richie Hawtin remix of French house boys La Funk Mob.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed and played this album more than any other in 2009.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not paradoxical enough 13 Jun 2009
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It's about time the breadth and depth of minimal electronic music gets explored within the context of a compilation, but The Grandfather Paradox is far too tentative. Venerable music by Steve Reich, Moondog, CAN and Raymond Scott functions more as frosting for a beat-heavy mix (at least for the first mix cd - the second is unmixed). Compilers Schwarz, Ame & Dixon admit they began with the idea of celebrating minimal techno from the 90s but expanded the brief to include earlier music. It sounds like they got confused and ended up focusing on creating a seamless (yet quite enjoyable) mix, but there's really not enough here to differentiate this from any number of compilations attempting a way forward with such conservative means. It's all very pleasant but basically inconsequential: there are no really surprising juxtapositions, just an endless flow of data.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected delight 10 April 2009
By Marc Gustafson - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't really sure what to make of this release since it's definitely not your typical dance mix. But I knew that Ame, Henrik Schwarz, and Dixon all have impeccable taste as djs, so the result was worth checking out. (Not to mention that the price is right for double disc set.) Indeed, if you're looking for something to work out to, you probably aren't going to enjoy this set. But if you're interested in a modern music looked at through the refraction of history, you're in for a real treat. Somehow the flow on the mix CD is remarkable despite spanning 4 decades worth of music. Anyway, if you've ever heard any of these producers/djs before, I highly recommend you take a chance on this set!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only all minimal was as good as this! 2 Aug 2009
By Audio Texture - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Minimal house has been the enemy of music lovers the last few years, mainly due to an army of soulless djs who have taken the worst of the genre and inflicted it on clubs and bars around the world without mercy. The big dj success stories of the genre have been people like Ricardo Villalobos, Ame & Dixon - the djs that know that house music, even minimal has black roots and who I'm guessing actually own a Stevie Wonder record.

When BBE commissioned this project they approached two of the afore mentioned - Ame and Dixon and for good measure threw them together with another German house hero Henrik Schwarz. Assessing the project the boys initial instinct was to compile some of their early 90's techno inspirations, the likes of Robert Hood and Plastikman but on reflection decided to widen the remit to include some of the great influential minimal music from way before techno as well.

Luckily minimal by it's very nature is perfect for layering on other tracks and the boys have combined music from electronic pioneers with the minimal techno godfathers, hence the album title which refers to a scientific theory about time travel first described by sci-fi writer Rene Barjavel which relates perfectly with the boys traveling back in musical time and manipulating the old music with modern beats and knowledge.

Tracks from Krautrock heroes Can rub shoulders with the modern French electronic beats of I:Cube, British funk heroes Cymande say hello to Detroit techno hero Robert Hood, minimal pioneer Steve Reich has a beer with modern post rock trio To Rococo Rot and the avant-garde genius Arthur Russell shares a sofa with a Richie Hawtin remix of French house boys La Funk Mob.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed and played this album more than any other in 2009. Being a committed soul boy this was just what I needed to put music to vaguely familiar names, send me into previously uncharted musical territory and open my ears to the world of minimal music. I'll never be musically the same again and that's the truth!!
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