Addressing and Visualizing Flume as Music With Texture

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Why music with “texture”?

Breaking down songs into small pieces and focusing on each and every effect, melody or beat, one at a time brings out their uniqueness and significance to the rest of the song. In Flume’s remix of Turning, it could be the fireworks pops that you never thought were actual fireworks sounds when transitioning from one bar to another or the compilation of toms so characteristic of his “first era”.

Probably and most notably with Wall Fuck, Flume is “shattering the expectation that electronic music needs to be pretty, energetic or fun”.

In the case of Spring, Flume adds to the dimensionality with sounds that accelerate and decelerate. With the first bridge of Enough, you can almost see highly static rainy sounds. And quickly, quickly presents the glitch in the initial set of synths of Swingtheory so realisticly you wonder if they were added on purpose.

Visualizing texture

Flume @ Frankfurt 2019
Jonathan Zawada
Heather Mease
Jonathan Zawada
Heather Mease
Flume @ Frankfurt 2019

Finally, how accurate is it to say “music with texture”?

Although I’ve expanded on that term, we are still left with some limitations. The main proposal of this essay was to address the “issue” of there not being enough clear words to describe Taylor Moon, Lapalux, ZES, Flume or any artist with similar production style, but I have the feeling that I am leaving the reader with a sense of unfulfillment.

Figuring out why we explain things the way we explain things.

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store