Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

...has returned from the grave with v3.0. And it is glorious.


16 Responses:

  1. Jon says:

    Wow, I thought that was never going to see the light of day. Thank god Flash is no longer required, it’s been years since I was able to browse the old site. The new one works on my phone.

    • jwz says:

      It is, in fact, weirdly phone-like on my desktop, which is an unsettling development.

      • g051051 says:

        In what way? It looks pretty good in Chrome on my desktop. Any screen size I use works like I'd expect.

        • jwz says:

          All of the text in the right or bottom popups is like 48pt, which I'm sure looks totally normal on a phone but reads very "Desktop? What's that?" Likewise, the popups have no scrollbar when there are multiple pages of text. The scroll wheel works but there's no scrollbar. Again I'm sure this seems fine and normal on a phone.

          None of this makes it unusable, but it's weird, and these sort of "tells" show you what platforms the developer cares about. And this trend makes me weep for the future.

  2. thx1138 says:

    The shade thrown on Pendulum had me falling out of my chair!

    Pendulum was inevitable -- if not them, someone would have done it. But they arrived at the right time and in the right place like Elvis, The Beatles, Nirvana, and every successful band that inadvertently changed the zeitgeist. Nu Metal was on the outs and the heavily tattooed Affliction T-shirt wearing Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit crowd were struggling for something to do on Saturday nights after watching the UFC fight. They came to this sound in droves. They came... for Pendulum.

  3. Tree Speaker says:

    Squee! ootz-ootz-ootz Squee! Sq-Sq-Sq-Sqeeee!

  4. jwz says:

    Ishkur continues to provide: how did I never notice that the "blood rave" song was a New Order remix?

    The infamous blood rave at the beginning of Blade just wouldn't be so iconic if it wasn't accompanied by New Order - Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction), a 10 minute Acid anthem that has become the most famous Hard Acid track that you probably didn't know was Hard Acid.

  5. jwz says:

    Other important questions:

    If Bambaataa is the focal point for the immortalization of Kraftwerk and the existence of Electro, would we be having this discussion if he sampled Yellow Magic Orchestra instead? Would Electro exist at all, or did it need to heist Kraftwerk in order to happen? And what kind of alternative Philip K Dick dystopian future would that lead to, and how could it possibly be worse than this one? I'm sure some self-important music writer has already written lengthy fan fiction on this.

    • thielges says:

      Was Afrika B really the vanguard who spread Kraftwerk into hip hop? I didn’t know. Yet another fact to intensify the cognitive dissonance between his brilliance versus his alleged criminality.

      Interesting question about why Kraftwerk and not YMO. My guess about why the dystopian future was avoided is because kraftwerk was more base beat oriented than YMO

  6. Andrew says:

    Wow, thanks for posting this!

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  8. Kyle Huff says:

    Ha ha ha! He really does not like the Dutch.
    This post cost me 5 hours of my day.

  9. halcy says:

    Searching for "deadmau5" is special-cased to just return "Who?", which has me absolutely in shambles.

  10. thielges says:

    What? No mention of Neofolk? I want my money back!

    But seriously, this is fab. Ishkur rocks blends.

  11. Tim says:

    Trying to guess if the apparently random order of play in the "Glitch" genre is a feature or not.

    • Jon says:

      It's intentional. If you click on the genre dot, it plays songs from that genre in a random order. If you want to hear songs from a particular year, you need to click on the bar for that genre in that year. Ishkur says (in the "How to Use" section of the guide) that he did this to "spread the wealth around".