Electronic music trailblazer Machinedrum shares some performances that changed his brain
Curated by MachineDrum
Total Runtime: 1:10:20
Born Travis Stewart on March 4th 1982, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, he has always been a trailblazer - bridging the gap between genres that would otherwise never have met before.
His debut Now You Know, was released in 2001 on the influential Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. It was heralded as the “standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” by Pitchfork.com
I used to use trackers to make my music, to see this guy banging out melodies on the computer keyboard brought such a huge sense of joy to my heart when I saw it.
Eye from the Boredoms trashing everything around him. I wanted to puta video of the "Bulldozer Gig" in which he destroyed and entire venue with a Bulldozer but sadly only photos and audio exist of this amazing
Shot during an interview with Jon while he was deep into his heroin phase. Theres something haunting and beautiful about this performance that I can't explain. It's like witnessing someone who's barely alive
perform for you.
James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince
Need I say more?
Bobby is a songwriting machine. You can tell he just gets song ideas all the time and has no problem capturing them as they come. Rather than have to sit down and write everything out, he probably just picks up a mic and goes at it.
See your mother put to death! See your mother dieeeee! I would not be making music without having Metallica in my life. Blackened was my anthem (when my parents weren't around)
I'm pretty sure they're using all gear in this video. You can't see Manuel in this video but I think he's to the left of Thomas. This video is super inspiring and shows you how people used to rock parties before laptops became essential.
This haunting performance of one of Gesualdo's pieces is taken from the Herzog documentary about him. It takes place in Gesualdo's castle which is even more spooky. I get chills every time I watch this. The lyrics are very depressing, the music way ahead of its time and this performance of it is extremely emotional.
Creepy Lip Sync
Best cover of "I will always love you" I've ever seen. I'm not sure if I want to be friends with the performer or stay very far away from them. Disturbing.
Aphex Steel Drum
Gorgeous steel drum rendition of Aphex's Alberto Balsam. I wish I got to play stuff like this back in college (I was in the steel drum ensemble for 1 semester)
Bizarre water performance from Lagos with bottles lead by a crazy looking old man.
Incredibly psychedelic and downright scary "cover" of We Are The World by the infamous Residents. I originally saw this performance on the Icky Flix DVD about 10-11 years ago. It's incredible how consistently creepy they can be but at the same time be extremely hilarious.
Chic-a-go-go is a public access show based in Chicago IL that showcases mainly Chicago based bands/musicians. It's made like a kids show with adult twist of humor. The performances are normally not live but overdubbed audio over video of the bands dancing around with kids in the TV studio (super low budget!). This is one of my favorite bands displaying how silly they can be while making very serious sounding music.
This bedroom performance won me over. I fell in love with Chelsea's music after seeing this. It's a very emotional performance that displays what can be wonderful about the simplicity of songwriting when limited to just guitar and voice.
Big big performance by a small troll like creature on live TV. I'm still trying to figure out what language this is in, possibly alien? Or it could be an ancient language or something.