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OK, I'm a folk and classical fan, but my 11-year-old son seems to be developing a penchant for electronic/drum machine sounds. Whenever something like that pops up on the radio, he perks up and tells me he likes it.

So I'd like to get him a CD or two for his upcoming birthday. This would be his first "real" music; we've got kiddie music CDs around, of course. I have no idea what groups would be suitable for him. Obviously I am not going to pick up something in which the lyrics consist of not much more than the Seven Dirty Words. He skews young for his age. I'm looking for upbeat, dance-type music, I guess, with that electronic sound. There's a great used CD place near us, so I could go through the bins for older stuff as well as current releases. Any suggestions?

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.12
Yes, buy him Queen's A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and get him back on track!

Sorry, just being a classic rock ass.

Anyhow, I would actually stick with whatever is suggested here. Most of the posters have a good track record when recommending music. I asked about the Pixies and was suprised with the quality of the songs that were listed that I should give a listen to.

(edited by StaggerLee on 11.10.04 1754)
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.19
    Originally posted by Madame Manga
    my 11-year-old son seems to be developing a penchant for electronic/drum machine sounds

See if you can get him to narrow it down for you a bit. What might be techno to you may be not techno to someone who is really into it. Techno is a small subset of electronic music.
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Upbeat dance-like music isn't really my area of expertise, but two albums that I enjoy which fall under said category would be Daft Punk's "Discovery" and Royksopp's "Melody A.M." - both of which should be relatively easy to find.

IMO, Royksopp's more musically sound, but Daft Punk's definitely more fun and upbeat, so they might be a little more suitable to an 11 year old's tastes.



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Get the CD "Sandstorm" by Darude.
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Pick up MTVs two AMP cd's. Lots of good stuff there and you can probably get them used for like $8 each at your local indy story. The first one's the better though.

Personally, I like either Drum & Bass or Ambient. UNKLE's Psyence Fiction is most excellent featuring vocals by Thom York (RADIOHEAD) and IAN BROWN (STONE ROSES). There is some lite cursing though, if you are one of THOSE parents.

Robert Miles has a few good cd's as well. His first one,DREAMLAND, it is absolutely incredible and I don't think it's ever far from my cd player for quick access.



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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    There is some lite cursing though, if you are one of THOSE parents.


If by one of THOSE parents you mean parents that are involved with what their children do and what they see and hear, I take great pleasure in being one of THOSE parents.




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I meant one of THOSE parents that feel the need to try to shelter their children from what they feel is 'bad' in the world when it's only a matter of time before they hear or see the 'bad' stuff anyway. The kind of parent that wouldn't allow their kid to go on that school field trip to the art museum because they'll see boobies in a painting or on a sculpture. The kind of parent that doesn't let their kids watch TV after eight or nine pm because of the programming content but will let them watch Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck try to kill each other.

You know... one of THOSE kind of parents.

EDIT: Cause Bugs and DONALD Duck never went at it. DAFFY and Donald did though, now that I think about it... I should go watch Roger Rabbit again.

(edited by Cerebus on 13.10.04 2252)


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I second the picks of Daft Punk and Moby. "Discovery" is a great CD. I'd also through BT's "Movement in Still Life" in there. It's got some good stuff.

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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    I meant one of THOSE parents that feel the need to try to shelter their children from what they feel is 'bad' in the world when it's only a matter of time before they hear or see the 'bad' stuff anyway. The kind of parent that wouldn't allow their kid to go on that school field trip to the art museum because they'll see boobies in a painting or on a sculpture. The kind of parent that doesn't let their kids watch TV after eight or nine pm because of the programming content but will let them watch Bug Bunny and Donald Duck try to kill each other.

    You know... one of THOSE kind of parents.


Thanks for the clarification.




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I'm really into Juno Reactor. The soundtracks from the movies "Lost in Space (Matt Leblanc version)" and "Virtuosity" are really good. Any BT, DJ Dan, Underworld, Death in Vegas, and Chemical Bros. are good ones.If you can find it, Medicine Drum and I Am Spoonbender have some good stuff out as well. My friend who dj's house swears by the label Junior Boy's Own. A lot of the real good stuff is on vinyl, so if he gets more into it,buying a turntable may be in order.



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Death in Vegas for an 11 year old? C'mon.

Most of these suggestions MIGHT be okay but I think Merc hit it on the head when he said some "narrowing it down" is in order. What's been suggested might be totally off if what you're really looking for is just some swoopy electronic drum sounds (in which case I'd say, "hey, Kraftwerk's Electric Cafe" and be done with it) Fast or slow - how many beats per minute? Are vocals important? How about vocals that are completely unintelligible? "Real" instruments with the electronic, or all electronic? And most importantly, how much repetition can YOU handle if he plays whatever you end up buying ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the time?

But because I'm impatient, I'll throw Orbital's In Sides out there now on the assumption it'll cover ANY subset of answers. :)

(edited by CRZ on 12.10.04 1847)


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I was going to say Kraftwerk too. Maybe he will like some of the earlier Prodigy before they blew up. especially their Experience CD. It is dated to some now but I still love it, plus there are no dirty words, no bitches being smacked up. Their new album is good too, and I don't recall any bad lyrics. Maybe something that is bubblegum upbeat but may be irritating to you like the Venga Boys. And the poster who mentioned Juno Reactor is right on the money. When I was a little older then him, I got into techno big time after watching the movie Hackers. Maybe you can get him a drum and bass program for the computer if you notice he is always bopping his head and making beats with his hands. And it sounds like your not a techno person so he may have to do what I have to around my techno-phobic wife. Get a good pair of headphones that can throw out some bass.




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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.47
OK, I'm jotting down some notes and heading over to Rasputin Records sometime this week. Thanks for the replies, even if the question was a little vague. Yeah, Kraftwerk--I couldn't remember the name, but I remember some of their videos.

What this kid is doing right now is begging to see the Windows Media Player oscillation line thingie so he can watch how different frequencies affect the display. He's usually more interested in black holes than he is in music, though I hope his mathematical penchant will help pique his interest. So electronic whatever is a natural for him.

As for the parental censorship question, he learns plenty of Anglo-Saxon words from Mama while she's driving in afternoon traffic. It's not so much about avoiding the F-bomb as it's about finding things that are neither way over his head nor beneath him. I want to let him figure out what he likes by trying a lot of different things. But he's still young enough to need plenty of shepherding.

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Any "Crystal Method" non-remix CDs ("Vegas" and "Tweekend" come to mind) and any "Orbital" CDs are pretty G-PG rated. Since most of their tracks don't have original lyrics, you don't have to worry about language.

If you can get your hands on a copy, any CD from the WipeOut game soundtracks have sweet tracks.

And the "Hackers" Soundtracks (there are like four for the one movie) are pretty awesome as well.




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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    Any "Crystal Method" non-remix CDs ("Vegas" and "Tweekend" come to mind) and any "Orbital" CDs are pretty G-PG rated. Since most of their tracks don't have original lyrics, you don't have to worry about language.


"Tweekend", while awesome, is loaded with F-bombs.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.07
    Originally posted by Madame Manga
    What this kid is doing right now is begging to see the Windows Media Player oscillation line thingie so he can watch how different frequencies affect the display.
Best not get him that Aphex Twin (wired.com) single. ;-)



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.47
    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Madame Manga
      What this kid is doing right now is begging to see the Windows Media Player oscillation line thingie so he can watch how different frequencies affect the display.
    Best not get him that Aphex Twin (wired.com) single. ;-)


Oh, now that is funny. I had no idea you could generate sound from pictures, but the crossover is interesting! I'm raising a genuine little tech-head here--in a few years, he's going to be teaching ME all sorts of things. ;-)

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