Dawn of Midi – “Dysnomia”
Written by DJ Ekonomiks on March 10, 2016
Dawn of Midi is quite possibly the most interesting form of music I have ever encountered. Their entire sound is based on rhythm and an almost mechanical structure. The name suggests that the whole album is an electronic production – made in a computer with MIDI – but that’s not the case. This record was performed live in studio in one take. That means that the whole 48 minute experience was mastered then produced without stopping. When I first listened to “Dysnomia” I thought that this was just going to be another minimal house tape. However, after only a few minutes I knew there was something special about this album. The instrumentation is basic, but each song has a unique feel to it – if you even believe this album has songs on it. Listening to the album from front to back is a truly intense experience and I don’t think it should ever be heard in any other way.
The simplicity of the instrumentation is countered by the unique grooves in each song. Every track has it’s own energy and builds in a way that might be confusing at first. My first listen, I kept asking “where is this album going? What is going to happen next?”. This is the essence of Dysnomia. The intangible rhythms and confusing song structure keep listeners on their toes and really force people to let go of their pre-conceived ideas of what music should be. Dysnomia gives me a feeling of adventure, unsure of what the future holds and every new direction it takes is a crazy experience. It is the perfect album to play if you want to be introspective and reflect on life. It’s unpredictability lead to thoughts that I would never conceive without it. The meandering rhythms and melodies really make me feel like there’s so much I don’t understand about life, and that’s alright. This album makes me want to explore as much as I can and live a fulfilled existence.