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Listen to my heart beat

July 2, 2006

Venous Hum: a medical condition where 20% of the bloodflow travels to the brain and back to the heart. Due to the large amount of blood it can move quite fast causing the vein walls to vibrate which can create a humming noise to be heard by the patient.

Years ago when electronic instruments began to appear everywhere, artists tended to utilize them to create the sounds that they could not make with acoustic ones. Those sounds tended to be hyper-clean and almost texture-less. It can be forgiven, then, that many people even today think of electronic music as sterile and cold. But it need not be so. Venus Hum isn’t like that. Their music is warm and inviting.

It is delightful, in fact, that music they make digitally with computers sounds like it was crafted from hot tube amps, bumble bees and lullabies. A totally other source of (rather perverse) delight comes from knowing that the group is from Nashville, Tennessee, the capital of country music.

I’ve had their just-released album The Colors In The Wheel infinite looping in my car for several days now. It’s wonderful. Try it.

PS. Annette, Kip and Tony: next time you’re going to be in Milwaukee or Madison, drop me a line. I can’t introduce you to all the hip music people in town, but I can hook you up with a cream puff, a bratwurst and a Spotted Cow. Seriously.

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  1. […] PS. Annette, Kip and Tony: next time you’re going to be in Milwaukee or Madison, drop me a line. I can’t introduce you to all the hip music people in town, but I can hook you up with a cream puff, a bratwurst and a Spotted Cow. Seriously. – me on both the blog and in an iTunes review […]



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