It is a rare moment to share a mix from an artist whom I revere and hold as the utmost paradigm for music production. The last time I wrote about this particular artist, I made a bold statement: that he had been the catalyst for a harmonic convergence during one of last summer’s most outstanding musical gatherings, The Big Up Festival. This Saturday, he touches down on the east coast to induce what I am predicting to be no less than an apocalyptic cleanse. Yes, it’s that serious.
David Tipper, or just “Tipper” to those who frequent his soundwaves, is the UK-based producer responsible for creating sounds that force music writers to imagine new descriptive words, usually based on onomatopoeia. For the technically inclined, he is regarded for a unique blend of trip-hop, break-beats, glitch-hop, wobble bass, experimental sounds and vinyl scratching; all of which results in an uptempo calculated chaos.
Chaos in this sense does not denote an unruly mess, rather it’s a freedom for sound to travel, collide and mix in the ingenious way that Tipper devises.
When concocting a mix such as his 2011 promo, the soundscape bears a similar resemblance to a scientific experiment comprised of gutteral sounds, distorted rhythms and morphing cosmic musings. It’s abstract but deeply rooted to life forms… extraterrestrial, perhaps. This is a rare mixture of technical work and pure creativity and inhibition so words can only take you so far before it’s time to give it all up and let the music speak for itself.
Tomorrow Tipper leads a day and night long extravanganza in Connecticut with The Tipper Sound Experience, complete with a water park, zip lining, two sets by Tipper plus a full lineup of supporting acts and the ultimate, NeXus Funktion-One sound system. This is a once in a blue moon kind of thing and the $50 will do you better than a visit to your therapist.
BROWNSTONE EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY PARK
161 BROWNSTONE AVE.