Floating Points has come under my radar in 2019.
Coorabell- visual & ear galactic delight. It took me three listens to fall in love with the track. I kept coming back to it Why? 4:21 mins is the moment I fell in love-100%. Sam Bishop (birth name) drops in hard techno yet still maintain the spirit of not becoming lost to the machine of electronic music. Electronic Ambience with a holy mother of God punch.
Turns out Floating points is a Neuroscientist turned D.J. -(He studied the Neuroscience of pain) He’s managed to gain respect with the likes of Four tet, Kode 9, and Theo Parrish in the current electronic/EDM movement.
He has a classically trained background he describes as ‘classical, baroque, romantic renaissance’.
He discovered through improvising & experimenting on the piano with what he later identified as jazz compositions. That was how he learned to break the rules.
He cites he was influenced by the Brazilain sounds of bossa nova of artists such as Gal Costa.
He was challenged to explore electronic music (which didn’t have the instruments such as the clarinet or violin) because the music still moved him.
He describes it as making sense of ‘organised noise’. He started finding music possibilities that he felt in every day, organic sounds such as being on a train
The second track I listened to of Manchesters, Sam Bishop ( Floating points) was
Les Alpx -The video explodes colours of plasma have a calming effect to contrast to the tempo of the track
I love the energy. It’s bordering hardcore techno yet retains a melody I can relate to
Something I can only refer to as -the ‘soul clap’. I’m not a huge fan of hardcore techno
If a track brings on a feeling resembling the soul clap then that is what usually wins me over.
What I like about his music is that he has insight into how he produces music – there is a methodical approach creating music with science and using visual media create an immersive experience of sound and using visual imagery to create a space where we can see music. Music that engages multiple sensory stimuli.
I feel like Science x creativity with a touch of esotericism is a perfect equation for experimental music – He named his debut album- Elaenia. (after having a dream about) a tropical bird.