Dance Parties—Feel the Bass
Emma Jean Gilkison
A song sounds different on different systems and in different spaces, and presumably, inside different bodies. A body has senses, cavities, liquids and faculties. In these cavities, we vibrate. Music travels spiral time and the pathways of the mind; its brain circuitry is ancient. Sometimes, a spare drum machine rhythm or a synth line can resonate with us in a way that feels known, but isn’t: for a moment, we’re in the studio with Susan Rogers as Prince lays down the LinnDrum through a faulty mixing console for “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”, to paraphrase her words, ‘like a baby that can’t stop eating food’, or we’re in the booth with Rose Stone singing the hook for “It’s a Family Affair”, recorded when Sly & the Family Stone’s band members were drifting apart.