I’m pretty sure if you scanned my Facebook page you could get a general idea of my personality simply by viewing my YouTube likes, page likes, and all my pictures (including artwork I’ve done.) Yet, when I had a Myspace page you could easily get a sense of who I was by listening to my page song, “Dream Machine” by Mark Farina.
The first time I heard the name “Mark Farina” was in 2005 during my high school Myspace days. I had spent a lot of time bouncing from high school to school due to moving around frequently, so the only way I could stay in touch with people was mainly via Myspace. It was so much easier to say, “Hey, do you have Myspace? Let’s be friends.”
Since a lot of people starting friending (can’t believe that’s an actual word) me on Myspace, I wanted to choose a song that would show off attributes of my eccentric personality, yet still remain enigmatic. It seems as though everyone had some type of “popular” song as their page anthem, but I decided to go a different route. So by simply searching Myspace for house/jazz music, I ran across Mark Farina and fell in love with the mushroom jazz sound of “Dream Machine.”
Even though he was born in Chicago and grew up on that Chicago house style, Mark Farina moved to San Francisco in the 90s and began cultivating a new style of music, mushroom jazz.
Mushroom jazz derives a lot of its influence from acid jazz, downtempo, jazz, hip-hop, latin, and a funky organic fusion of unorthodox sounds. It’s the type of music that you can chillout to, dance a little, bop your head to the funky hip-hop lyricism, and zone out into a world that is essentially a “Dream Machine.”
I’ve always been a big fan of jazz, especially when it involves innate experimentalism, so mushroom jazz surely appeases my musical cravings. “Dream Machine” will always be the first track that introduced me to Mark Farina and the world of mushroom jazz, so it would be a disservice for me to abandon that track and not include it as one of my favorites.
If you’ve never listened to “Dream Machine” or any mushroom jazz, then allow your ears to experience a new level of sound…jazzy-funky-organic-fusion.
Dope lyricism…ah, the yacht club.
I love the beauty of experimentation that music encompasses. There is an infinite amount of arrangement of sounds, and the arrangements aren’t always confined to a specific set of guidelines. Of course, certain genres of music have a basis which allows the music to fit within the defined genre, but then some musicians are experts are defying the guidelines of a genre and creating a unique fusion fueled by experimentation.
I’ve listened to quite a bit of experimental music in the past, but one of my favorite genres that allows for broad experimentation is jazz.
Not only is my nickname Jazz, but I truly am inspired by the intoxicating and often infecting sounds of jazz music driven by avant-garde patterns and surreal experimentation. I even like hints of acid jazz, but as of late I’ve been drowning myself in the sounds of experimental jazz and chillout music. Thanks to Pandora, I’ve been finding more than a handful of delicious tracks that capture organic experimentation.
It’s nice to ease my mind and reflect on abstract thoughts, especially when I’m aided by the sounds of experimental jazz & chillout. The rhythms compel me to reflect on distant memories and visions of surreal daydreams I desperately seek to become tangible realities. Not trying to go all deep and philosophical, but that’s the best way I can some up how some of the tracks below make me feel. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m quite in sync with my imagination and zest for complex surrealism, or perhaps I’m just in this abyss of creativity in search of a sense of peace while dealing with these frustrating allergies.
Whatever the case may be, one thing I know for sure is that the sounds of experimental jazz & chillout are my obsession (of course, house music will always be my number one obsession.)
The songs below are some of the tracks I heard while listening to my Pandora station I created based off the song “Ananda” by Animaya.
“Chance’s End” by Oblivion
Drum ‘n Jazz Rawhide Tailshake DnB Remix
“Outta Town” by Echophlekz
“Transatlantic” by Quantic
“Clean Living” by RJD2
“Nightmares On Wax” by You Wish
“Sunrise Light” by Panaphonic & Guanavana
“Signs( Bonobo Mix)” by Badmarsh & Siri
“Ike’s Mood” by Visioneers (more like experimental hip-hop, but still a groovy track!)
“A Special Morning” by Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band
“Moon” by Little People
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