A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while (1<2) is an instrumental electronic album from EDM mega-star deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman), one of the most popular producers in the world. Though most of the tracks that fill out this double album are either intense electro grooves or ambient pianos and guitars, there are a couple of remixes at the end, one of which is a Nine Inch Nails song with some bad language and violent themes, and the sample used in the song "My Pet Coelacanth" includes the word "f--k."
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What's the story?
WHILE (1<2) is Canadian producer/DJ deadmau5's seventh studio release. The double album features hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor house and techno beats ("Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer," "Terrors in My Head," "Phantoms in My Head," and more than a dozen others) contrasted with ambient piano loops ("Invidia," "Superbia," "Ira"). Though there are no collaborations or vocalists on the record, there are two remixes: How to Destroy Angels' "Ice Age" and Nine Inch Nails' "Survivalism."
Is it any good?
Fans of deadmau5 know what to expect from his albums: deep heavy grooves, technical expertise in the production of his electronic compositions, repetitive and robotic soundscapes, and some oddball ambient anomalies. Many EDM fans believe acts such as deadmau5 are best enjoyed in a live festival setting, where dancing and crowd energy play such an integral role, but the soothing melodies and droning drums make the album just as enjoyable when listened to through headphones or played softly in the background as it does blasted out live through speakers at a club. Longtime electronic music fans and newcomers alike have been intrigued by the cult of personality that seems to follow deadmau5, but it's the creative genius of his music that's really able to shine on this expansive collection.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the improbable rise to super-stardom and celebrity of computer whizzes and techno aficionados such as deadmau5 and Martin Garrix. How has "geek" culture and identity changed as computers have taken on ever-growing significance in our daily lives?
Do you see any similarities between the hard techno style of deadmau5 and the alternative/industrial rock of groups such as Nine Inch Nails? Why do you think Zimmerman chose to remix a NIN track? Do you think there's a crossover in fan bases?