Electronic Music and Bonobo

In my music review entry, I would like to write upon the musician Simon Green, or better known as Bonobo, who is a producer and DJ in electronic music. As the craze for electronic music becomes more and more mainstream, Bonobo reinvents his work and himself away from the cliché electronic party, rave sound. This electronic composer infuses soft percussion, jazz, profound bass sounds, with the dub funk, and classic orchestral strings that send one into a transcendental, relaxing state. Rather than bombarding the listener with upbeat, loud Electronic Dance Music, EDM, he takes time to bring life to the raw sounds of instruments; essentially respecting the power of each tempo and rhythm that is created by each instrument. In his song Kiara, one can see the reverence he has for giving each individual sound, be it the violin or the electronic beat of the drum, the time to encompass the listener. The romanticism evoked within his music creates a dreamy, eloquent sound that is definitely shaped by foreign cultural sounds, of electronic music that has not surfaced within the mainstream. In comparison, in the song Cirrus permeates almost tribal chimes with haunting bass which allows one to believe that they are closer to world or nature, even within a nightclub. One cannot help but tap there foot and feel the sound of the bass within their body. His sound provokes subtle sensuality without the use of vulgar dynamics or lyrics that are used in mainstream music. Throughout certain points in the song, he simply harmonizes each sound to create an escape from the stresses of life.

When I first heard Bonobo was at the 2014 Electric Zoo Festival at Randall’s Island and I was truly amazed and instantly became a huge fan. Never had I heard a person express so many sounds, and clearly hear them all, in any electronic music. It was similar to new age with electronic that I gave me hope that people still understood the relevance feeling or vibe with in music. The synthesizing within his work creates meditative pathos, which is not taken seriously within electronic music, by not fearing to keep to the basic sound of instruments, a motif very much prevalent in each song. During the festival, he was so different that he gave a new perspective to electronic music and no one would have thought he belonged there compared to the typical ‘rave’, Nicky Romero or David Guetta sound. It was simply refreshing and humbling to be in the same room as him. Although he has been around since 1999, I like how he is not on the radio because his ballads are so long that patience is key, radio would not do his melodies justice.  Each song on his album The North Borders and Black Sands has different sound that is urban, sensual, and relaxing which makes this musician music all the more alluring. One can easily dance or read to this music, it pulls you into a calming, soothing trance addicting one more to his sound. Everything is simply executed with neither pretention nor bombastic demeanor. His music and shows have been heard in 125 countries, including the Sydney Opera house, and hopefully can hypnotize more through ballads of simplistic harmony.

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