May 26th, 2010

Moar Munchiton

Munchi follows up his moombahton splurge with some flashbacks —

i totally forgot to send you some tracks i worked on in late 2009 that were bubbling but influenced by dominican music. like perico ripiao, bachata or dominican dembow. i had these finished but i was working on a whole concept thing there.

Munchi – Dominican Bubbling Battle 2009

Didnt have a name for it so i called it like that. Sampled and cutted up a perico ripiao song, vocals from dominican dembow and with the oldskool bubbling taste. this kind of oldskool bubbling was my favorite, all over the place and so much going on going from slow to fast. made this right after i saw a bubbling battle video from 1995.

And here’s the video in question. Inspiring indeed!

Seriously, what a style! Dude gets LOOOSE. He’s totally syncing with bubbling’s distinctive double-time/half-time herky-jerk, and, like the genre, seemingly drawing on two kinds of raving at once: of the dancehall reggae sort, and of the hardcore techno sort. I like the nods to robot-style popping-and-locking, the plasticman wobbling, and all the transmuted bits of bubbling — and that’s bubbling in the original Caribbean sense. Butterfly, butterfly, mek we do the…

Munchi also shares a couple of tracks that seem to spring uniquely from his Dominican-Dutch circumstances:

Munchi – Mambo Con Sazon

which he describes as

Bachata guitar with also the bachata percussion and the familiar bubbling slowing down and speeding up. I was plannin to put a female reggeton artist on this track she would fit the track perfectly with the energy she brings.

And here’s one more to round things out. Munchi sez:

I made this in 2007 and its mostly bubbling but it flows into baile funk and reggeton
and it got me a bit of exposure back then lol.

Munchi – Nex Aan Te Doen Prt. 1

If it wasn’t clear in my previous post, I love the way that Munchi’s productions are so situated in the particular musical-cultural networks (actual and virtual) in which he finds himself situated (and actively situates himself, as with such keywords as “baile funk” and with, y’know, enthusiastic emails to bloggers like me and Dave Quam).

In light of these latest, I’ve been thinking about Munchiton — a genre all Munchi’s own (even though he’s personally embracing the moombahton tag) — with regard to a resonant quotation from DJ Earworm in that “borrowing culture” documentary I shared last week:

…in the future, when people listen to music, everyone’s gonna have their own custom remix … You heard that new song, yeah, check out my version. Oh yeah, check out my version. That’s not gonna be DJ culture that’s just gonna be culture.

In an age of FruityLoopy GarageBands, I think we’re just about already there. Sometimes this is called “remix culture,” sometimes “participatory culture,” sometimes “read-write culture,” sometimes “free culture.” Before too long, though, Earworm’s right: we’re going to stop thinking of remix practice as the exception, instead realizing that the 20th century’s “read-only” broadcast culture was an anomaly in human history and embracing the imperative to mix-and-mash all the stuff around us as what culture’s really about.

Along these lines, I’m enamored of the idea that not only will everyone be enmeshed in collectively, co-creating culture, right down to versioning the latest global (or local) hits, but that these efforts, in any particular instantiation (e.g., Munchi’s work), might yet coalesce into something even more unruly and awesome: genres of our own. New whirled music. Munch, crunch, mulch. Repeat.

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pace  |  May 26th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Yo dude. you should write a book about all this! wicked wicked pissah!

  • 2. wayneandwax  |  May 26th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Dude, you’re quite right. I should! Ok, turning off the internet now…

  • 3. Gavin  |  May 26th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    A genre of one’s own = one’s personal (musical) brand? Wondering about the benefits of everyone having a personal genre — aren’t there benefits to genres as social worlds? Or maybe I am misunderstanding the ‘our’ in ‘genres of our own’…

  • 4. wayneandwax  |  May 26th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Yeah, glad you raised these questions, Gavin.

    I’m less interested in the branding dimension, per se, than in the way “a genre of one’s own” implies a greater decentralization of the production of meaning (and production itself). And I don’t mean to imply that such micro-genres would emerge at the expense of shared structures of feeling — on the contrary, they necessarily engage with and enrich said structures. Munchiton makes little sense unless one is already (somewhat) aware of the various streams running through it.

    That said, genre is probably not the right word for this. Given that the term tends to imply social convention (or aggressive and successful branding) there’s something rather oxymoronic about a “genre” of one’s own. I meant it more as a thought exercise, for the record.

  • 5. dave quam  |  May 26th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Yeah these tracks rule Munchi is the man

  • 6. w&w  |  June 1st, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I was talking to DJ Rizzla about this last night, in particular since his own current mix of loves/influences/sources is of a similarly idiosyncratic vintage (namely, mashing together vogue, rave, and soca), and I just want to attempt to clarify once more that for me this is less about branding then a sort of self-conscious self-situating via the cultural materials available and resonant for any particular person (and I believe very much in the importance of individual histories, and the irreducible thickness of experience they present). I don’t mean to assert that branding doesn’t insinuate itself into this rather (second) natural practice, and I don’t want to imply that culture stands simply as a set of resources to be accessed at will (and thus giving the misimpression that any of this stuff is necessarily outside ideology), but this sort of thing needn’t be reduced to the creeping tentacles of capital into the everyday — or that any of this sort of (collective) individual happens at the expense of shared social worlds.

    But maybe that doesn’t clarify at all ;)

    Anyway, listen to Rizzla.

  • 7. wayneandwax.com » B&hellip  |  February 21st, 2012 at 10:13 am

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